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500 E 8th St, National City, CA 91950-2344
619- 477-8512
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been going to this restaurant for over 6 years, ever chance I get when I am in San Diego. It never disappoints. I tried their boodie fight and it was fantastic. The beef knuckle soups, the lechon kawaii and the fried banana turon are my favorite.

Thank claireesp
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

The food was excellent - cooked perfectly - serving was generous - enjoyed the Kamayan - everything on it - grilled fish, crispy pork, grilled eggplant, red eggs, tomato, mango, bagoong ~ Filipino caviar, top quality rice etc etc and place was decently presented and clean and service was tops and reasonably priced.

Thank Inez S
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Friendly atmosphere, great tasting food, true representation of our great culinary.. Be sure to ask each dish that conquer your eyes to make sure that its the taste you are looking for. Grilled items are all good and the Halo-Halo is excellent. Enough parking spaces for all diners closer to Hwy 5. Lovely decors that came from The Philippines.. I... More 

Thank ricky_toledo_realtor
Humble, Texas
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Was driving around driving solo and decided to stop at the Filipino Restaurant. Food was very good place was centrally located and restaurant was clean. Only thing I was disappointed in was at the food prices, a little over what I think would be fair.

Thank Javier D
San Diego, California
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 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 28, 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
Level Contributor
3 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
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87 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 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
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433 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $22
Filipino, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 E 8th St, National City, CA 91950-2344
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  National City
  • Phone Number: 619- 477-8512

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San Diego, California
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?