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All 37 El Nido Restaurants

The Alternative

Serena Road | Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
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Ranked #16 of 37 Restaurants in El Nido
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $25
Cuisines: European, Filipino, Vegetarian, Healthy
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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English first
Quezon City, Philippines
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I woke up early to secure a seat for our group for breakfast. Walked by the beach so that I wont miss the famous "balcony seat". I climbed up their stairs by the sand but sadly, its out of service. I asked our tour guide, he said that it's all about tax matter. I dont know if its true, but... More

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

Our hotel at El Nido was several meters away from this establishment. To inform everyone interested of visiting this place, The Alternative was closed for business. Its doors and windows were already boarded and you can see clothes being dried at the famous "nests".

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Makati, Philippines
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were looking all over for this place on our recent trip to El Nido - it took us awhile to realize we've passed by it several times already. It may be because there was a sign right outside (the one facing the street) slapped on which said "CLOSED" or something like it. And the area of the restaurant facing... More

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Batangas City, Philippines
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If you get the hanging seat, overlooking the beach, then good for you! But if you stay inside, there's hardly any air coming inside so it's hot and humid. Plus, service might take a while. Would test your patience. But food tastes okay!

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Tumon, Mariana Islands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This place was excellent. Food was good. Shame from what I see in the reviews it is closed. Was a very cool spot.

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Having read all the reviews of this place and hoping to have a great meal, we were disappointed that the restaurant and rooms are closed down since June 2014. Speaking with the locals apparently the owner/management could not renew their license ???? Hopefully they can resolve their issue and reopen again because the view from their nest seating is lovely.... More

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We ate here a couple of times. The food was reasonable and portions were quite hearty but the service was quite poor - we had to go and find the waiter ourselves whenever we wanted anything. Some of the items on the menu were unavailable - which was also quite disappointing. I would recommend trying their seafood paella and spicy... More

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Richmond Hill, Ontario
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

We went to this restaurant because it was owned by the same people as Altrove, which we really enjoyed! However, we were very disappointed when we arrived at the alternative for lunch and were not greeted by anyone. After being seated, we waited about 30 minutes but nobody came to take our order; we had to go find someone to... More

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Manila, Philippines
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Good breakfast with a scenic view of the ocean and mountains. But no service water for drinking, one thing to improve on! But the rest is OK.

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Edmonton
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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Great food. Relaxed atmosphere. Excellent service, very accomodating. Would highly recommend to all vegetarians. Wide variety to choose from.

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Additional Information about The Alternative

Address: Serena Road | Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Mimaropa  >  Palawan Province  >  Palawan Island  >  El Nido
Average Prices: USD 3 - 25
Cuisine: European, Filipino, Vegetarian, Healthy

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