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The Alternative

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European, Filipino, Vegetarian, Healthy
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Serena Road | Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
Today
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 56
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
No longer open

This is no longer here. this listing needs to be taken down. Shame because i really wanted to go and visit.

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 21, 2015
Chiller149
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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150 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is no longer here. this listing needs to be taken down. Shame because i really wanted to go and visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
montreal
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The restaurant is shut down for now. But if you are looking for an amazing place to stay this is the one. I stayed here for 2 weeks and was welcomed into the family by the owner. If you want a place to relax, be surrounded by smiles and always greeted with a hug-there will be space for you. This... More 

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Bacoor, Philippines
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We only took photos there. Sadly, the restaurant is now abandoned. Lodging house is still operating. Too bad for a place that has potential to attract a lot of tourists because of its picture perfect view of Bacuit bay.

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

The pictures here that are posted at trip advisor is old and long time ago. There is a new place that the owner has. They have a cottages on the beach and pristine forest and nice veiw of bacuit bay. Clean waters and friendly staff to assist you. Here is the new website they have. thealternativebeachcottages.com.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
Reviewer
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Serena Road | Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Mimaropa  >  Palawan Province  >  Palawan Island  >  El Nido

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 25
  • Cuisine: European, Filipino, Vegetarian, Healthy

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?