We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Villa Manila

Filipino, Asian
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
500 E 8th St, National City, CA 91950
619- 477-8512
Improve this listing
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 9 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 3
  • 3
    Very good
  • 1
  • 0
  • 2
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very homey

Villa Manila provides great homestyle Filipino food in a sit-down restaurant (homestyle assuming your mom is a great cook.) I especially liked the vegetables (pinakbet and a dish that I can't even pronounce - guinataang sitaw & kalabasa). I find that Filipino food is traditionally meat-oriented... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2014
Good for:
  • Families with children
Add Photo Write a Review

9 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

The food we ordered was so terrible! The food we ordered looked like someone in the kitchen just took a bunch of leftovers and put it together and heated it up. The presentation was worse...it was in served in bowls that had so many chips. Not worth it for the price. Worse Filipino restaurant. People recommended that this restaurant was... More 

Thank Taknaydog
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

Pictures are always appealing. Made reserevations 2weeks ahead. Menu was the Barkada package-shrimp over cooked, calamari refried -who knows how many times it was fried,,,,all breaded no calamari to taste. Side dish wash-beefsteak with awful smell of bad meat. Only grilled eggplant was good. Service not friendly,waitress rude. Bathroom-do not go use-ugh! Health Inspection or Food Safety Regulation -kindly dine... More 

Thank Manayfe2015
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

I am recommending this restaurant to all of you. The atmosphere is family like setting. The price is reasonably affordable. The waitress is on time, always checked if we needed more help. Great for family birthday parties.

Thank Connie201554
Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We decided to try something new and found Villa Manila. Never having had Filipino food before we were at a loss on what to order. Our waitress was warm and welcoming and explained the items on the menu. There were so many choices I was still not sure what to order and asked if she would order for us, and... More 

Thank Darlene H
Level Contributor
68 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Villa Manila provides great homestyle Filipino food in a sit-down restaurant (homestyle assuming your mom is a great cook.) I especially liked the vegetables (pinakbet and a dish that I can't even pronounce - guinataang sitaw & kalabasa). I find that Filipino food is traditionally meat-oriented and often fried, so it was great to discover some tasty vegetables too! The... More 

Thank Wanderer33
Agoura Hills, California
Level Contributor
385 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We go to San Diego at least once a year, coming from Ventura County; this was our first time at Villa Manila, just a couple miles south of San Diego and fairly easy to reach from the Zoo and our hotel in Hotel Circle. They had a special of 2 people for $20, and since it had 2-3 dishes that... More 

Thank dragon789wv
Westfield, Indiana
Level Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2012

Food was good, atmosphere was basic. Service good.

Thank smoothsailing333
Augusta, Georgia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2011

This restaurant used to be the old Max's. Same cook. The crispy pata and sizzling sisig was delicious. The diniguan was too soupy for me. Overall, still great food and service. Will definitely make another trip before heading back home.

Thank nomoretummy69

Travelers who viewed Villa Manila also viewed


Been to Villa Manila? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 E 8th St, National City, CA 91950
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  National City
  • Phone Number: 619- 477-8512

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 22
  • Cuisine: Filipino, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Villa Manila and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Villa Manila staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?