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Rizal Blvd, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
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6:00 am - 3:00 am
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 39
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  • 9
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Talk about an other worldly place. Crazy does begin to describe it on weekends. Between the hard pounding electronic dance music, tightly packed dance floor of mostly young people and big city nightclub ambiance, it is a lot of fun. Watching the mostly younger ladies ( of legal age? ) strutting... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
workingtoomuchinabq
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Talk about an other worldly place. Crazy does begin to describe it on weekends. Between the hard pounding electronic dance music, tightly packed dance floor of mostly young people and big city nightclub ambiance, it is a lot of fun. Watching the mostly younger ladies ( of legal age? ) strutting their stuff trying to attract foreigners is entertaining. There... More 

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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Odd place. Cranky old white men at the bar drinking beers before breakfast. But the food was okay. Decent and hearty breakfasts. The weird part is the service. It wasn't bad service. It was all very correct. But they all seem very fearful, like they're minding themselves so they won't be published later. It was very strange and uncomfortable.

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Thank kenalexwhite
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

ok, why? well, its a watering hole on rizal blvd so you can watch the world (and the ferries) come and go. two separate little beer garden nooks. then, it has a deli with some pretty neat and unusual stuff including some breads that are good including black bread, meats that include pastrami, sausages and liverwurst, about 20 kinds of... More 

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Thank john k
Dumaguete City, Philippines
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is still good, but the prices have risen over 50% and the service has gone from bad to worse since the last change of management. When sitting outside for dinner I had to go inside to ask the waitresses to be kind enough to bring us menus outside. One of the waitresses finally brought us one (1) menu... More 

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Thank Tommy B
Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is an ok restaurant, we dont go here much because its a bit far from our hotel and there are better options away from the Boulevard. During dinner time its packed. Its probably the best option for western food on the Boulevard.

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Thank jovialjosie2002
Dumaguete City, Philippines
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why Not is another European-based type restaurant in the Philippines that tries hard to do it all but just don't serve the best meals at all. Their steaks can be quite good, but ask for medium well to get medium rare: pinoy chefs here just don't get how to nail a steak, and so customers have to make the adjustments... More 

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Thank danerobb
Hong Kong Region, China
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Friendly staffs , easy to go and if you like play pool. There are some good players to play. The girls there are excellent players!

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Thank Ming T
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
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111 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was recommend to have dinner in Why Not and we tried! Dinner was great, food was great with very big portion and why I received the bill, I was surprise of the total bill. Very cheap and affordable! Take note the food are big serving, worth your every penny!

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Thank MASTER_PETER_TAY
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
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48 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

I am happy to say that the food has turned around in Why not, I have eaten lunch and dinner there several times in the past, and was not happy with the quality of the food in many cases. I had the steak with herb butter on this visit, unfortunately the sauce that came was mushroom. the steak was excellent... More 

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Thank timballenger
Perth, Australia
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Always a great place to dine when in Dumaguete. Service is always good & friendly. Had the pork schnitze & was so full. The standard just got better. First dined here in 1996, will come back again.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rizal Blvd, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Visayas  >  Negros Island  >  Negros Oriental  >  Dumaguete City

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Filipino, Asian
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 3:00 am

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