Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Bistro

Jupiter St., Makati, Metro Manila

Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Bistro
4.2
4.0 Stars

22 Reviewers

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Category:
Café
Business Hours
Reopens: 4:00p - 12:00a

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 12:00p - 12:00a
  • Monday
    • 4:00p - 12:00a
  • Tuesday
    • 4:00p - 12:00a
  • Wednesday
    • 4:00p - 12:00a
  • Thursday
    • 4:00p - 12:00a
  • Friday
    • 4:00p - 2:00a
  • Saturday
    • 12:00p - 2:00a

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

More Business Info

Parking:
Street

Most Recent Reviews

AlwaysHungryPh P.
3.0 Stars
10

After an outreach with kids from Virlanie Foundation nearby, our team went here after for late lunch and some board games. The place is quite big with two parts and with two separate private function rooms.

We were a group of 14 hungry souls and we spent too much for mostly small portions of individualized meals. I was actually expecting to spend less but that didn’t happen. Their one person order is really just for one.

The upside however in this visit is their warm staff who were up to their feet in service. And you get to access the wide range of board games for free. In other similar concept places there is a fee per person to play or there is a minimum consumption per customer.

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Lavanya R.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Unisse C.
5.0 Stars
10

It's been a while since I visited a board game cafe! For the past year, we usually play boardgames at work (after office hours) because one of my officemates collects boardgames.

We decided to head to Ludo for one last hurrah for an officemate who's leaving the country soon. There's no entrance fee, all you have to do is order some food or drinks and play all you want! They have a huge collection of games you can play and they also have some games for sale. 128077🏼

Before I talk about the games, let's go to the food.

They have a pretty good variety of food in their menu. There's quite a number of Japanese dishes and a few Korean dishes.

OKONOMI FRIES • PHP 280
Really loved this!! 10084️ The fries were fried perfectly – crispy!! It was topped with okonomiyaki sauce, Japanese mayo and bonito flakes – just like a normal okonomiyaki! It was really good! 128077🏼 It was gone in minutes!

PARMESAN FRIES • PHP 280
We ordered this as an extra since we lasted until around 10pm playing games. We needed something to munch on.. 128523 When it arrived, the table immediately smelled like cheese!! That's how much cheese was on the plate!

WAGYU GYUDON • PHP 300
This was pretty good. Took a while to come out but it was worth the wait. The beef was seasoned well and the sauce was good with the rice. One disappointing thing about it was there was no raw egg 128557 Oh well. It was still good.

Other stuff we ordered:
TORI CURRY • PHP 210
LONGGANISA WITH EGGS • PHP 200
BEEF SALPICAO • PHP 320
VANILLA MILKSHAKE • PHP 200
BOTTOMLESS ICED TEA • PHP 80 (add-on)

We were able to play 3 games from 7PM til around 10PM.
1. Tokaido (5 players max) - Really fun traveling game wherein the objective of the game is to experience as much as you can on that trip! The player with the most points wins!

2. Takenoko (4 players max) - Objectives game where you have 3 types of objectives: pave plots for planting, plant bamboo shoots, and have the panda eat some bamboo! Each objective has its corresponding points. Again, the player with the most points wins. It's an exciting game because you'll have to choose wisely on what objectives you get (and note what your opponents are trying to do!)

3. Exploding Kittens - Intense game! 128514 I opted out because it's already intense enough with 5 people playing 128517 Basically, if you get the exploding kitten and you don't have anything to diffuse it with, you're dead!

Other interesting games that I wanted to try:
SUSHI GO! PARTY! ---- OMG! This is not your regular sushi go!! It takes sushi eating to a whole new level! There's so many cards involved! Too bad it was getting late so we didn't get to play anymore. But it was interesting reading through the manual!

I saw an employee explaining a game to one of the customers. Since we had someone who knew most of the games we played and we liked reading the manual, we learned the game by playing and reading when we did not understand something. 128541 But that's what ate up some of the time we had hehe!

Overall, the place was pretty big. Though it did get very loud later in the night because it was packed. 128533 Despite it being a Tuesday night!

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Midz S.
4.0 Stars
6

We were planning a Christmas get together with my college friends and I remembered how much I wanted to try each of the many, many boardgame cafes in the metro. So, I suggested that we hold our gathering in one, and it all boiled down to Ludo, since my friend knows the place too well.

Once we finalized all the details, I gave Ludo a call to reserve a table. I was then informed of some rules:
🔹we were given 30 minutes grace period after our reservation to show up or they cancel our reservation
🔹Minimum of 1 food or drink order per person
🔹we are required to reorder every 4 hours

I just wanted some finger food that night, so I ordered the nachos. Serving size was huge. It surely is good for sharing. It was okay. The toppings included some ground beef, tomatoes, cheese and some marinara (more on the sweet side).

There are a lot of games to choose from. I remember just staring at their shelf full of games wondering what each game was. Good thing their staff are so accommodating that they always approach troubled people like me, suggest games and explain the mechanics of those games.

By the way, don't waste your time looking for common games such as Jenga. They don't offer them.

We played games such as the happy salmon, cards against humanity, coup, and my favorite: coconuts.

Coconuts is a like a game of beer pong wherein players will attempt to shoot "coconuts" (that looked like maltesers) into the cups in the middle of the table using a monkey's hands as a catapult. Once you shoot a coconut into a cup, the cup is yours. The goal is to have 5 cups, I think? (5 or 6) It's a simple, hilarious, no brainer game, which is why it's fun! 128518

The ambiance of the cafe is perfect for enjoying your games. It's cold and spacious and the paintings on the brick wall are eye catching. A wooden door hidden in the brick walls also lead to their restrooms.

If you enjoyed your game, fear not as you can take home a game just like it, because Ludo also sells brand new boardgames.

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Josette P.
5.0 Stars
4

Our new neighbor at Palanca cause quite a stir when they opened. Because why not, finally they're at Makati and at some place very close to us.

Hola Amiga! Gringo is known for their specialty ribs, and chicken. Their chicken comes in two different kinds; the original or the Southern. For a Php 225 for Original you get to choose two sides. Three options for rice either plain, garlic or mexican. And for a tomato lover like me, mexican is always a better option with some salsa on top. The rest of the sides varies from salads to potatoes, beans and corn. The Southern chicken is a little spicy but equally good. In all fairness, the serving size wise, it's big enough to make you full. Actually the chicken serving is pretty big. Ribs on the other end are grilled just right. With a little barbeque sauce and tender meat it's a good pair with those sidings. It's not too soft to the point of falling naturally from the bones. But a good one too.

The place has various beer options perfect for an evening drink, but the place can be crowded and it can be loud. We went here during lunch and I can barely hear my friend from the other end of the table. The place has nice couches but it's quite uncomfortable when everyone is so loud.

For the price we paid, the serving size and quality of the meal; it's highly recommended but be sure to prepare your ears cause it can be really loud.

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Myzyl C.
4.0 Stars

Chicken pepper and a generous amount of mushroom rice is really good. They have root beer float too, so that makes it even more awesome. So many games here but they only have board games that can accommodate max of 10 players. A smaller group might enjoy and play more games than really big groups. Awesome day.

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Daylight M.
4.0 Stars
7

we live.. to P L A Y !!! 128514
went here for dinner and we got overwhelmed by the board games they offer!
the ffond we had are as follows: the chicken cheeses balls (careful, it's hot! the cheese oozes as you take your bite)
the gyoza (we chose the cheese gyoza, since i'm a cheesy person 9996🏻️, it's good too! they offer other gyoza flavor as well)
the japanese pizza was a big takoyaki and it's so filling! super! hahahah!
so here we go with the board games, the instructions will make you go crazy 128540 hahahah! but don't worry, the staffs are very much happy to assist you and your friends! will go back soon for some de-stressing games! hahahah

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Myra L.
4.0 Stars
2

It's a great place to spend your afternoon with friends! The resto manager was kind enough to let us play our own Uno card set w/o a fee. 128588 The service was a bit slow but I enjoyed their Lemon Pepper Chicken. The meat was juicy and so soft! 128522 I was hoping for some caffine kicks from my cappuccino, sadly it was quite weak. 128554

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Camille S.
4.0 Stars
2

While waiting for more friends to come, I ordered two of the cheapest among the appetizers. I got Chips and Sour Cream Dip and Bacon Cheese Balls. There’s nothing special about the chips but the dip was yummy. If I’m not mistaken, the chips is similar to Lays Original (Yellow). The Bacon Cheese Balls were good! We were all hungry when it came so we ate it using our hands. We had a difficult time eating it because the cheese was oozing out and we were very careful not to spill on the board games and cards. The bacon and cheese complemented each other. For dinner, I got Tori Furai (Breaded Chicken with Tonkatsu Sauce). It took quite some time before my order came so I was in the middle of a game when it arrived. The sauce definitely reminded me of how the sauce tasted in other katsu restaurants. However, the taste still doesn’t compare to those other tonkatsu places. The chicken was soft and easy to chew. The rice serving was generous so I wasn’t able to finish it.

For a board game place, Ludo’s food offerings are really good but only the rice meals are worth the price. Also, always go for the bottomless iced tea. Just don’t forget to ask for more ice for every refill as it can get really sweet. If you’re planning to stay there for at least two hours to play, the iced tea will be worth it.

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Denise A.
4.0 Stars
7

I've been to Ludo Boardgame Cafe many times now and this is already their second branch which I had to visit cause it's bigger and can accompany larger groups as compared to their first branch in Tomas Morato where it's always fully booked and waiting could take up to two hours 128529

I'm not really a fan of boardgames ever since cause I usually associate it with geek gaming or smart playing, LOL. I rarely play monopoly, and haven't played chess in my entire life, so i'm clueless on what to expect on modern boardgames.
Little did I know, there are a lot of new concept boardgames like co-op games, Deck Building Games, Strategy Games, Bluffing Games, etc. It might be intimidating at first but I assure you the game masters will explain to you how the game works at first and then you can start playing with your friends.

Anyway, let me go first onto the food. It's required to order 1 drink and 1 food per person to be able to play. No minimum amount required per order.

I love their CHEESE GYOZA P160, aside from it's cheap it's also yummy. It comes with a sweet sour vinegar sauce. We also ordered their SUPER NACHO CHIPS P250 (For 3 Pax) which is already good for 3 to 5 pax. Nothing special about the nachos, it's your typical nachos but it's the cheapest for sharing food on their menu so just had to order it. For the drink I ordered their GREEN TEA Latte for P100 which looks more like a Frappe, I find it so sulit cause for P100 you get to enjoy a nice drink already. And it wasn't that bad, being an avid fan of matcha I find this one good enough na. It's subtle and light, just a perfect drink while playing.

I don't really think there's something extravagant about their food that's why wala talagang tumatak sakin but when you're actually playing, you won't mind it anymore. Having good food for a boardgame cafe is like a "BONUS", as having tried playing in other boardgame cafes, so far wala pang super sarap that would make me want to come back for the food itself, boardgames lang talaga yung babalikan ko.

I like this branch better cause they have a wider range of drinks and imported beers. For some reason, their food is better and well prepared compared to the other branch. If I had to choose, i'll definitely come back to this branch!

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Norman Lester T.
5.0 Stars
7

Ludo has a very huge collection of boardgames.

My friends and I decided to kill time at Ludo since we wanted more bonding aside from our dinner at Ogawa. Clingy, eh? We called Ludo to have our names put on the waiting list. We were 6th. We waited for more than an hour to be accommodated. Still, it's fine. Not sure why, but good thing there's a nearby Sbucks there for us to wait.

I ordered King's Landing Float and I loved it. I think it's priced at 250php. It contains Irish Cream, root beer and ice cream. Since for us to play and stay, everyone needs to order at least one food or drink. My friends ordered Butterscotch beer. It tastes like butterbeer! But too sweet tho. For me. One of my friends also tried their Triple Chocolate Chip milkshake. It's very yummy as well.

For food, we had nachos, and potato chips with sour cream dip. I didn't like the food so much. But still, okay for a pica-pica.

Very friendly staff. I just forgot the name of the girl who assisted us. 128584 We played Avalon. Super exciting! Haha. We also tried Escape from Enigma game from Mystery Manila. It's a bluffing game as well wherein the goal is to find the right tool for you to use to escape (i.e, flashlight, key, pliers, etc.). Just ensure to keep Enigma away as he will do everything to prevent you from escaping. Enigma may kill you too. 128517 We enjoyed this game so much that we bought 1 set of it. Haha since Ludo is just until 2am, we continued to play Escape in Whistlestop until 5am. 128584

P.S. They also have One Night Ultimate Werewolf game. 9786

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Camille S.
5.0 Stars
6

Lucky enough to find the last available table and last parking slot in Ludo during our visit. The place gets really packed around 5pm.

They require all guests to order at least one food/drink as their gaming charge. I ordered a lot since we stayed there for hoursss! I ordered A&W Rootbeer Float and Parmesan Fries first. The float was good; of course it's A&W. The fries lacked the cheese flavor. We asked the servers to add more parmesan cheese on it and it took them after at least five follow ups before action was made. I also ordered their Katsudon for dinner which was okay. I was kinda expecting that it wouldn't taste good because it wasn't their specialty or whatever. Surprisingly, it wasn't bad at all.

Since it's a board game place, there are around 1-2 people who helps in explaining each board game. I think they should add at least one more person to help because the place gets full and it'll take time before another group of people is "served". They also sell board games there but don't get too excited to buy your newly discovered favorite game. Some of the items are priced a hundred bucks more expensive vs. other game stores. But if your game is hard to find and they have it, might as well buy it.

Lastly, I have to commend the place for maintaining the clean tables and shelves. For a very interactive place, it's really good that they keep it clean. Of course, they wouldn't want their precious board games ruined with the drinks and food. I also liked the wall decors which were inspired from the Dixit card game. Creative!! It made me want to have my favorite Dixit card painted in a big canvas and hang it in my room.

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Lhorenz-Ehmer R.
5.0 Stars

Board games! ;)

Japanese food and board games!

We ordered japanese carbonara. Pesto, fries and gyoza! Super sarap ang creamy ng pasta.

Saya ng mga board games nila! At accomodating ang mga taga turo ng games. Buti super konti ng tao! :)

Visit na guys. :) fully booked sila ng friday night and sat. Kaya weekday pumunta. Hehe

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Em D.
4.0 Stars

And I'm officially into board/card games now. 128563 Went to Ludo with some friends and spent about 7-8 hours eating, drinking, and winning (mostly losing for me though). 🙄

We ate lunch first while waiting for our other friends to arrive. We got their chicken alfredo pasta and their 5 piece ebi tempura. Both items were actually pretty good. I also got their chocolate milkshake, which wasn't bad too. 4-5 hours later, we tried their chocolate chip cookie ala mode (forgot what it's really called) and did not like it one bit. The cookie was so hard and it tasted old. We finished it anyway cause... Idk sayang. 128542 Food was kinda pricey but most of it is good, I guess.

Now moving on to the games we played. Played some warmup games first like Exploding Kittens, Hive, Da Vinci Code and Sushi Go! before we moved on to playing Coup and Pandemic.128563 Has anyone here ever won Pandemic??? We tried twice and we thought we were good the second time but NOPE!!! I thought I wouldn't like the game 'cause you have to work as a team so no challenge... I was wrong. It's even harder. Too many epidemics!! Coup was pretty interesting too. I'm actually interested in buying it... So I can practice. And start winning. Lol.

We tried calling Ludo to reserve a table 3 days before and they said they no longer accepted reservations for that day but they also said that there would be walk-in tables available so... We went anyway hehe. It started getting full at around 5 PM on a Sunday. The game masters were helpful and friendly but there were still some games they weren't familiar with.

I cannot wait to go back and win Pandemic and try other long games! 128525 Other suggestions will be greatly appreciated lol.

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Denise A.
5.0 Stars

I really love it here. Although their food is quite pricey around P150 and their drinks, it's a good place to hang out for spontaneous night outs with friends :)
The place is very nig so you can come in 7-10pax. You can stay as long as you want but make sure you order something.
Better reserve before going here since most people stay for a long time there might be no available seats for you.

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Neil R.
4.0 Stars

Preface: This rendesvoos review is extremely late... two months late, to be exact. I had some trouble with a new phone that made me unable to post this earlier. Profuse apologies to Ludo, our awesome host that evening, and to the equally awesome and affable looloo crew.

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One of the more active entertainment strips in the metro just became more diverse.

Ludo: Boardgame Bar & Bistro, this new kid on the Jupiter block, gamely and generously invited several loolooers for a night of fun and discovery.

Being situated at the former Pino and The Burger Project made Ludo easier to find. Adding to that ease, their big and bright bluish sign screamed, making it difficult to miss. The establishment was surrounded by huge panels of clear glass. Compounded by well-lit interiors, it made the big groups hunched over and around their tables difficult to miss street-side.

As you walk into their doors, you'll notice a row of shelves filled with board games. With an arsenal of over 650 games, Ludo is an escapist’s fantasy quite unmatched by any other option available at the moment.

On the day of our rendesvoos, they had been on soft opening for a few weeks already. Yet, based the inflow of patrons, the response from the Makati crowd was anything but soft. I was dumbfounded that evening, ignorant me was not aware that such a market existed.

Walking by the shelves you'll realize that it truly is possible to make every Ludo visit quite different from the last. Fantasy, history, science fiction, comic books and literature are but a few of the available genres. And if that's not enough, a five-figure budget allotment allows them to continually add more games while retiring some in the process.

You could also go in with an open mind and allow their in-house game gurus to recommend games and assist you in learning the rules and mechanics. Heck, they'll even play with you. How's that for customer interaction?

That night, Nathan served as our gaming guru. He had us try out games such as Avalon, Apples to Apples, Mad Gab, and Tic Talk.

That last one served as the highlight for me, as it provided some SFW catch words that will last a long time for the people involved. To mention a few: Svetlana, Ponstan 250, and Loperamide.

As with every looloo rendesvoos, that night involved meeting new people, catching up with old friends, and actual face-to-face conversations with loolooers I only got to interact with in-app.

So shout outs to Chichi T. Dell C. Marie H. Mae A. Yshkael C. Paul G. Ronith Jazel D.

Plus, the greatest crew on this side of the globe: Peanut D. Odell R. Roegan T.

Props to Ludo as well for being such great hosts. Especially for providing an environment wherein you feel like you’re just playing and hanging out at your friends sala. Yes, I think we had the distinction of being the nosiest table that night. 128556

Before I end this, let me share some random observations:

> If you have a vehicle, park on the side. Oddly, the slots right in front of Ludo are owned by another establishment.
> You can bring in your own games.
> Game gurus wear white shirts and white caps, while the servers are in black.
> They offer a wide array of alcoholic beverages, including cocktails and imported beers.
> If you plan to eat, do it before you play. Eating nachos adds an extra layer of difficulty to a game challenging enough.
> The shelves also serve as a marker, dividing the quiet space from the not so quiet area.

So gather your friends, head on out to Ludo and get your game on!

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Mico C.
4.0 Stars

I've been to several boardgame/cafe places before and to be honest, i hated them. I always felt like i would hyperventilate anytime soon given my close proximity to fellow boardgamers (ha!) and the feeling of "humidity" throughout my stay. With that being said, i really enjoyed my experience at Ludo. It was spacious, and the temperature of the place was well set. I really liked my stay, and didnt notice that we were there for 5.5 hours already.

Food was very practical. They were choices that could be eaten neatly while still multitasking and playing your game. We played Bang, Avalon, Timeline (history game wherein i spaced out but my humanities partner really loved), dixit (cool game, inside jokes all around haha), and this chinese dragon bridge game (forgot the name but would love to buy this).

Boardgame selection was awesome. Unlimited ice tea + 5 hour stay = sulit. Haha

Anyway, will definitely be back with my group of friends soon. Although, i know it can be hard at times to get seats nwe were there 5 minutes before opening hahaha #atat

Anyway, hope you guys enjoy your visit if ever you decide to pass by :)

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Will C.
5.0 Stars

I was a bit surprise that they are packed for a thursday night. We were able to avail of their private room for 12 persons. Its 3000 for 4 hours and 1k for any succeeding hours, all of which is consumable. So its a good deal for a big group. They seldom run out of cards games and its a nice place to test out new card games before buying any.
#12Days

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Mae A.
4.0 Stars

Just had their Iced Mocha (coz I was so full from my Chili's food trippin'). It was served a little late which was prolly due to the big crowd that night. It was a Saturday so the place was packed. Still had fun playing games (we played Mad Gab. Yaaaayyy!) here and yeah, a bit bitin so multiple visits is a must here. 128513

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Will C.
5.0 Stars

So finally i arrived here to meetup with my friends after all the traffic. For a friday, the jampack crowd is tolerable. Enough breathing space to walk around and has enough playing cards. Ordered their millshake. It was good9786

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