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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Local cuisine, Seafood, Bar, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Artcafe is a popular restaurant, opens the doors early morning for breakfast with the best homemade bread, Yogurt, Swiss Muesli etc and right at the gate to the island hopping tours. It's a good hangout anytime of the day to have a bite or a coffee, a fruit shake, a cocktail or a sumptious meal, book a tour or a ticket. Artcafe grows its own organic vegetable and prides itself to be an ecofriendly and sustainable business. At night the place lights up, live music begins and you can enjoy delicious international specialities and a great variation of salads that are grown on their own organic farm or enjoy a good glass of wine and meet people at the Bar. Wifi - Books - Foreign exchange - Travel
$4 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Seafood, Bar, Healthy
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Digital Payments, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I call this home away from home as its literally become my safe haven during Covid. Everyday I would come here to do my online work whilst drinking coffee and having a delicious meal. I also buy all my organic fruit and veggies from here,...as well as their delicious cheese, olive oil and home baked breads. They also stock my favorite natural eco toiletries and I very much respect how Judith and her husband very much put themselves out there as a means of uplifting el nido with conservation issues such as banning plastic and regular beach clean ups. She has been an immense catalyst for change in this village. The staff are all absolute sweethearts with whom we are all on first name basis, and I always feel calm and welcomed being here. Its also been a relief having art cafe here during internet and electricity breakdowns.. They are consistent with power and wifi.. So thank you for your incredible service and creating such a wonderful atmosphere despite these dire and intense times..More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of few restaurants refusing to close down in El Nido during pandemic. Very good and reliable although once my steak was more done than medium well that i requested. Otherwise, always happy to dine there.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed July 17, 2020

The place is therapeutic if you love anything tropical, art, the coffee and the food.. we visited here 3 to 4 times and each vacay we always bring a newcomer to this cafe. Good for first timer in El Nido. A famous landmark, easy to...find. Friendly and accommodating staff. We always stroll the seaside and end up having our coffee or meal here. It becomes a must-stop or must-visit everytime we go to El Nido.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed June 1, 2020

The food and drinks were very good at Artcafe. the tikka masala was excellent. The live music made for a very enjoyable meal. The band was able to be heard but not so loud that it interfered with your meal or conversation.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 11, 2020

I visited this place 3 days in a row. Their food is great and combined with their great service and live music it really makes you feeling going back. The waitresses were so friendly and ready to help the customers right away. I would like...to name they all but I don't remember their names but, big thanks to Kristel, Giselle and the rest of the crew that served me so great.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 4, 2020 via mobile

Good range of food and drinks to choose from, all of which seemed freshly cooked. Great service and enjoyed the live music. Good location and was higher than the street level which was appreciated.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 3, 2020 via mobile

We stopped here for a quick breakfast before our ferry to Coron at midday. The melted cheese toast was very good, fried eggs were ok, too. Nice place with comfy chairs. We visited many places around, but this cafe has really nice seating and comfortable...chairs.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 1, 2020 via mobile

Booked all of our day tours (3) with this place and I can honestly say I’m so pleased. After seeing others which looked unprofessional this place was excellent. Food and water provided on each tour and the food was so delicious and different each day....We did a mixed group tour one day and only 10 people on the tour so the boat was not over crowded. 2 private tours of the group of us 4 were amazing. Staff were attentive and courteous and their knowledge of places was excellent too. Don’t look anywhere else if you want fun, professionalism. Thank you so much Art cafe!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 28, 2020

We were in El Nido for my wedding last year, and on the first night, my mom and I went here for dinner and there were guys playing acoustic music. My mom had the best paella, while I loved the seafood pasta. Wrote some songs...as request for the acoustic duo but sadly they weren't able to play them. What disappoints us the most was that they didn't even bother to tell us they weren't going to play our requests. Nothing at all. After almost an hour waiting for our requests, we left feeling bad. Saturday night, we came back to this place with my husband and the whole family after my Mom bragged about their paella. This time there was a band playing, and boy, they were so good. We sent them requests and the band played most of them. Family members jammed with the band and we enjoyed watching, listening and singing with them. It was really fun, seeing my Filipino and Mexican family having the best time of our vacation. Thank you so much for making us forget the feeling and embarassment we had on our first night in this place. And the paella was really good! Don't forget to leave a tip for the band and the staff who worked so hard every night. Can't wait to go back!More

Date of visit: December 2019
artcafeelnido, Owner at Artcafe, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2020

Dear trashtravel, Thanks so much for your feedback. We are glad you returned for the Saturday’s live music and truly had fun and were able to listen to your requests. The Wednesday night duo, usually plays many of their own compositions, quite some originals the...More

Reviewed February 28, 2020

My only regret was that we didn't find this restaurant before, while we were staying in El Nido. The food was great, the environment very comfortable and the staff pretty nice. Totally recommend it.

Date of visit: February 2020
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December 30, 2018|
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Response from 962AndrewY962 | Reviewed this property |
It is a Christian country - this isn’t advertised
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October 11, 2017|
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Response from wanderlust_apoorva | Reviewed this property |
No,there are enough boats round the year for tours so i guess advance booking is not required
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