Miguel & Maria

89 Lilac St., Concepcion, Marikina, Metro Manila

Miguel & Maria
3.9
4.0 Stars

43 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 13
  • 4 stars 14
  • 3 stars 13
  • 2 stars 3
  • 1 star 0
  • 49 Reviews
  • 36 Recommend
  • 43 Reviewers
Category:
American
Business Hours
Reopens: 11:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+639989722456

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 11:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash

Most Recent Reviews

Bianca Q.
3.0 Stars
3

Food was good, service was fast, however the seafood marinara was a bit bland for me. Staff were nice as well from the parking boys up to the servers!

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Muffy T.
4.0 Stars
6

Food is good here! Absolutely love their mac and cheese; and the ribs and dirty rice. :D

I was also able to taste their ultimate burger and baked salmon. The salmon was overcooked but the mashed potatoes that came with them were perfect. The ultimate burger was juicy, but the meat lacked seasoning - the cheese totally made up for this tho.

Overall, food is good and service is fast and efficient.

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Pauie P.
3.0 Stars

Good place. Good food.

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Midz S.
3.0 Stars
10

We finally invaded Lilac St. in Marikina!!! Our first restaurant of choice: Miguel and Maria.

We arrived the place past 12 and there were parking spaces available, so we were able to park easily. The restaurant was packed! A family was occupying the whole couch dedicated as the waiting area. We waited for the server to come to the front desk to have us listed on the waiting list. We were 3rd on the list, by the way, although it wasn't too long of a wait since customers are already preparing to leave.

While seated on the waiting area, the server gave us copies of the menu. She mentioned that we can already order our lunch while waiting for seats to be cleared, so they can serve it as soon as we sat down.

We ordered their baked salmon, steak, chicken parmigiano, seafood paella and roasted herbed chicken. The first three were served with roasted vegetables and a choice of either mashed potatoes or rice on the side.

Baked Salmon P300
I liked their baked salmon. I had it cooked well done, and it was good. It wasn't flaky or rubbery, contrary to what a server from another restaurant told me when I had a salmon returned to the kitchen to finish cooking. The cheeses on top didn't actually add much flavor to the dish, but it was okay. The mashed potato wasn't to my liking. It still had small bits of potatoes, and it wasn't as creamy and as seasoned as what I wanted it to be.

Steak P350
The steak used was New Zealand beef. I'm not sure on what New Zealand beef is, but I didn't enjoy the dish that much. When you cut your steak, you expect to see the "lines" of the beef. This wasn't the case. It was like big cuts of not-so-"jelly" fat. These are my thoughts, while my sister had the opposite. She liked the steak. But I guess I shouldn't have expected a lot considering the price.

Chicken Parmigiano P250
This was like a chicken breast pizza. It was just okay as well.

Seafood Paella P350
Huge huge serving of paella good for 3 people! Although I can say that this is not a legit paella, I was able to enjoy it as it was bursting with flavors.

Roasted Herbed Chicken
This was served with rice. We weren't asked on whether we will have it with rice or mashed potatoes. My first impression of it was it was like an inasal. But it was different, although it lacked the herby taste my boyfriend was looking for.

One thing about the dishes: almost all the dishes weren't served hot (except the paella). I know it's not because I took photos first, since it's the first time I encountered this issue with my food. Perhaps the food was ready minutes before it was brought to us. I think it would've been better if the food were served hot.

Serving was huge! A had a hard time finishing even just a single dish. Pricing is cheap given the serving.

Service was great as well. Even though I think they were short-staffed, the servers were able to pull it off and you won't even notice that they are getting stressed or tired.

P.S. There are more seats inside, although I wasn't able to take photos of it since it was dark and a bit crowded.

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Lai L.
2.0 Stars

Overrated.

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Kyla B.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Athina Janelle U.
4.0 Stars
3

I like the atmosphere of this place. It would seem as if they offer expensive dishes.... Glad to know that the their dishes are priced just right.

Baby back ribs taste nice but could get too sweet towards the end. I like how the meat goes off the bone easily.

Steak is also delicious, my companion had it medium well. I am not fond of undercooked meat but I was satisfied when she gave me a small slice of beef.

The salmon dish is yummy too. It has lots of cheese (which might take away the "healthiness" of the dish) but you know, cheese IS cheese so I have no complaints about it.

We had the mac n cheese dish too and I was satisfied with it. I love that way the cheese clings to your spoon. I just wish they add a bit more bacon bit.

Their burger is okay. We found it a bit too salty for our liking. It has generous servings of cheese too.
I like the french fries and the dip that goes with it.

All dishes are served in big proportions!

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Ig Plummer S.
4.0 Stars
3

Great food.
Affordable.
Big servings.
Good service.

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Sainah A.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Reich T.
2.0 Stars

Miguel and Maria.  One of the popular restaurants along Lilac Street.  We tried to dine here x number of times but the wait time is discouraging.  We finally got a table one Saturday afternoon (no wait time involved)

First things first,  the joint looks big from the outside but in reality - it is a small restaurant.  Less than 15 tables,  i assume.  Of all the restaurants I've been to,  this by far has the most confusing interior / decor.  Dim lighting and vintage furniture - one would think they are aiming for the homey vibe but once you see the wall decor,  homey goes down the drain.  Michael Jordan,  LeBron James,  Notorious Big,  Tupac,  Martin Luther King and Mohammad Ali will give you the stare.  Yes,  photos of famous African American figures are on the wall.  Uhmmm...maybe they are paying homage to famous people.  I turn to the bar,  flatscreen shows local basketball and another wall decor that features Big (with "It all started with a dream"  or something similar to that caption).  Are you just as confused as I am? 

I aint sure if the theme is family restaurant meets sports bar meets "we-are-paying-homage-to-famous-AfricanAmericanPeople".   I got a lil woozey describing the not-so-cohesive surroundings.

On to the food.  We ordered the following:

*Garlic Parmesan Wings
*Seafood Marinara Pasta
*Cheesy Belgian Fries

I hate to break it to you folks but the food is blah.  The chicken wings was served first,  it looks appetizing at first glace but as they say - looks can be deceiving.  The wings are cold,  i am guessing these babies were fried a couple of hours ago.  I can tell because the meat is too tough.  Such a letdown,  these could've been awesome if they served it hot. 

The pasta was served next.  Is it me or they prefer serving dishes cold???  Or the kitchen staff is too cool to care they didn't bother reheating the food.  Or....the microwave is busted!  Dunno really.  If a restaurant has the audacity to charge php 200+ for pasta,  please for the love of all things holy - don't serve 'em cold.  Tastewise,  it's mediocre.  This is something you can make at home.

The fries were served last.  Weird sequence eh?  Mains are served first then the appetizers.  This was served hot.  Fresh off the fryer fries drizzled with generous servings of cheese sauce,  Jalapeños,  bell peppers and bacon.  The cheese sauce is nothing like the one i tasted before (February 23rd to be exact).  It's good but a lil too salty for my preference.  The other components of the sauce is too overpowering,  it gets cloying after a couple of bites.  I aint no expert but if they tone this down by substituting the capcicum with caramelized onions - it would lessen the cloying factor.

Overall,  my first Miguel and Maria is not as satisfying as i hoped for.  I had high hopes for this place.  Maybe it's just a bad day,  I dunno really.

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Triggerhappyfoodie C.
4.0 Stars

We were lucky enough to drive by one December weeknight and find a parking slot. Although it was still early for dinner, we went on in as this place is usually packed.

On the table (1st round)
🔹Bacon Chowder in a Bread Bowl - Creamy, flavorful and hearty We dipped in some of the bread into the soup too.
🔹Baby Back Ribs - tender and tasty
🔹Beef Casserole - this was really good and heavy.

Food was great, prices were reasonable and servers pretty attentive and engaging. We enjoyed the first visit so much that we went back for another round with MIL and Lola.

On the table (2nd round)
🔹Mac & Cheese - corny and some pieces were hard and seemed under cooked. We wish they served this with bread but hubby got parts of MIL and Lola's bread bowl anyway.
🔹Calamari - fresh, soft and tasty. I'm not sure what the sauce was but it was a bit sweet and had hints of pesto
🔹Tomato Soup in a Bread Bowl - they over toasted parts of the bread
🔹Grilled Cheese Sandwich - they used the same cheese as the Mac & Cheese. warm and comforting combo. Of course I dipped the sandwich into the soup. the soup wasn't too thick nor sour. I've had better Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup but this ain't bad.

Food presentation and serving containers/platters are pretty ok. Dishes from the other tables looked appetizing too. The place isn't that big and tables are close to each other. They have a lovely and clean restroom.

There are still a lot of dishes that we want to try and we'd probably pull right in if we see a parking spot.

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Kim L.
3.0 Stars

I thought it was OK.

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Alvin Joseph G.
5.0 Stars

I love this stuffed pork chops creamy spinach.. one of my favorite my comfort food.. must try guys! Value for money 128522

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Jillian L.
5.0 Stars

Ordered Tomato Soup and Roasted Herb Chicken. Food was well served and great. For the price even if its a little expensive you will be impressed with the taste. Definitely worth it to try and go back for their other dishes.

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Liza Marie D.
5.0 Stars

The food is awesome! the ambiance is cozy! the dessert is to die for!

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Jacky J.
4.0 Stars

So this will be my second review for Miguel & Maria. When we arrived, they immediately gave us service water. At first, I can't decide what to order. If it's mac & cheese or baby back ribs or lasagna or carbonara. Since, I already tried their mac and cheese for our first visit so I ended up for baby back ribs. Even though I was hungry for dinner, their serving for baby back ribs was big for such a single order. We also ordered grilled cheese which was their best seller, I also love it. Even their tomato dip was perfect combo with the sandwich. I ordered my lemonade, Stellina's. The staffs were very kind and attentive. There was this specific staff which s(h)e gave our orders was very good, she even told us "enjoy your meal" , i didn't have the opportunity to get her name, though. We had 2 orders of baby back ribs and grilled cheese and 2 drinks, our bill was less than 1000php, very worth it. I'll be back to try their pasta and wings which were also best seller! 128076

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Bianca F.
4.0 Stars

Had our date for his birthday here and we now know why this place is highly recommended! The steak and the stuffed pork chop was soooo good, even the ultimate burger, that it makes us wanna go back again!

Too bad I had no photo of any of the food. 128542

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Jacky J.
4.0 Stars

I like the place because of the parking space! Its parking space can accommodate more or less 10 cars. The ambiance was not okay because of the smell of the place. I think they don't have good ventilation. I love their mac and cheese. We also ordered baby back ribs, hickory chicken and stuffed pork chop. Their serving was so big and very worth it to its price. I will be back!!

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Ivanne L.
3.0 Stars

It's pretty cool how the east side of Manila finally had its own foodie haven. Been passing through Lilac Street quite often and noticed how this place is jam packed with people every night. So we made dinner reservations with the whole angkan for Mom's bday.

Serving a 12 top table in a small sized restaurant is always a challenge. Thumbs up to the staff of Miguel and Maria for never giving up. Hahaha. To think there were only two servers on a Thursday (long weekend the next day) dinner service?! Kudos!! 128077🏽

I had the tenderloin steak for dinner because I was craving for some meat. Being in Texas for a year, I was used to having all my steaks fat and round. Then I was served this plate (see photo), first reaction that came into my mind was "Did I order pork chop?" 128514 I didn't even bother sending it back. As long as it was cooked right, it didn't matter. The steak was just ok for me. I felt it was cooked in a flat top instead of basting it with butter (like how I usually liked my steaks to be cooked). But considering the place wasn't a steakhouse, di na ako naginarte. Haha. The gravy was what made it yummy for me though. Plus seeing bell peppers with the mixed veggies, that was fun too. We also had the mozzarella sticks + chicken tenders for appetizer which was pretty good. The chicken tenders came with a honey mustard dip that really went well with the chicken. Must hack that recipe soon.

Ended the evening with good old blue berry cheesecake! They served it in platitos with individual sized round cheesecake. I loved how it wasn't too rich and over powering. A good finish for the night! 128149

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Jacque B.
4.0 Stars

Miguel & Maria, a new place in Lilac St. to visit.
They are serving Filipino, Italian, Western etc food and wine too! Great place for family dinner, small gatherings and business meetings. My son loved their buffalo wings; its crunchy, sweet and spicy. The paella is a head turner too. I tried their cheesy baked mac but I think there's some spicies missing, its a bit bland. But the service is excellent!

Overall, this is a great place to dine.

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