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The Alternative

Serena Road | Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan Island 5313, Philippines
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Ranked #6 of 34 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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77% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Kendal, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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112 reviews 112 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Great if you can get hold of the Balcony seats, but the place serves Expensive Food!!! However, place has great ambiance and need to go up barefooted.

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Bonn, Germany
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We only had a dinner here the night before our Tao Expedition (but they also got accommodations). The ALternative caught our noses as we walk the street to find a place to eat. Smells really yummy! The ambience is great and the hanging terrace where you can sit down, eat and chill is just amazing! Service is good and the... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We found this place on our last night but even then managed to squeeze in breakfast before our ferry to Coron the day after. We shared a few plates of delicious dishes with rice and a few beers. This place has a couple of sunken, slouching seating areas overlooking the beach so try and grab one of those if you... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We visited The Alternative 3 times for both lunch and dinner and really enjoyed our experience. The view is beautiful and service is good. I would recommend the banana heart curry and the cashew dip. Delicious! Prices are reasonable. Most dishes are less than P300.

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Makati, Philippines
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Nice ambience at the ground floor, a bit humid at the second floor. Nice music.. You have to leave your slippers outside the resto. Mixed cuisines includes, Filipino and Thai cuisines

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Manila, Philippines
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Perfect for stressed out yuppies seeking a quiet place where you can read a good book or simply absorb the beauty of nature. The Alternative has a hanging dining/rest area wherein you can just lie down while watching the beauty of el nido palawan. Be one with nature as you eat great seafood recipes like seafood paella while hearing the... More

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