14 Must-try Iloilo City Restaurants Serving Delicious Barbecue Ribs
Do you always have fall-of-the-bone ribs in mind? Apparently, so do a lot of Ilonggos, whose love of ribs in its many iterations—baby back ribs, barbecue ribs, hickory spareribs, grilled spareribs, etc.—are evidenced by the sheer number of ribs places scattered around Iloilo City. Almost every other restaurant—whatever the cuisine—also serves up their own versions of this favorite comfort food.
And while elsewhere ribs are generally among the more expensive meat dishes, these Ilonggo rib joints managed to keep their prices easy on the pocket to cater to a penny-pinching Ilonggo market—one even serves a hefty order for only P99, complete with unlimited rice!
The City of Love is definitely the place to be if you’re a lover of ribs yourself. We listed below some restaurants whose lip-smacking ribs you definitely have to try whenever you’re in the bustling metropolis. Their other menu options are not bad at all, either.
1. Pub Express
M.H. Del Pilar St., Molo, Iloilo City (main branch)
Their super tender ribs are only P169, already served with garlic rice. You’ll also find this ribs joint in malls across the city.
2. Urban Sands
#17 M.H. Del Pilar St., Molo, Iloilo City
The bar at this hotel serves some mean pork back ribs, which already come with soup and rice for P275.
3. Bourbon Street Bar and Grill
The Avenue at Smallville, Glicerio Pison Ave., Diversion Road, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
(+6333) 3203028, (+6333) 3295616, (+6333) 5016262
One of the more established joints for pre-game dinner and drinks, what with their good selection of wines and cocktails, Bourbon Street is also known for their hefty fall-of-the-bone Barbecue Ribs.
4. Bistro Carcosa
Festive Walk Parade, Megaworld Blvd., Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Their crowd-favorite Big Boy Ribs (P220) have a sweet and tangy sauce, served with mashed potatoes.
5. BBQ Shack
G/F Westland Gateway Complex, Donato Pison Ave., San Rafael, Mandurriao
Their classic St. Louis Cut pork spareribs are seasoned with their signature spices and slow-cooked for 36 hours, then doused with their homemade BBQ sauce before being served. They are so flavorful and tender, they fall apart to the touch. Pair them with their all-American selection of sides, like Hawaiian Amish Rolls, mashed potatoes, BBQ Beans, Sourdough, onion rings, pickles, mac & cheese, cornbread, and Spicy BBQ Rice.
Red Square Bldg., Smallville Complex, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
This Italian restaurant’s appetizing solo-sized ribs are only P195!
7. Salt Gastro Lounge
Manfreds Place, Gen. Luna St., Iloilo City Proper
This popular bar is known for their cheap yet good cocktails and American comfort food, including Barbecue Ribs (P315), a large solo serving of ribs glazed in their signature barbecue sauce and served with steak cut fries drizzled with parmesan cheese. Come on a Friday or Saturday night to enjoy your ribs and booze with live music.
8. Al Dente Ristorante Italiano
The Mansion, 101 General Luna St, Iloilo City Proper
This Italian restaurant has been an establishment in Iloilo for almost 20 years, so you can be sure their Italian Baby Back Ribs (P280) are a must try. The tender pork ribs are smothered in a sweet-tangy barbecue sauce, served with deep-fried onion rings and garlic rice. Catch them at their original location at The Mansion (former Sarabia Manor Hotel) until end of July 2018, before they move to their new location at Atria Park District in August 2018.
9. Madrid Spanish Bistro
Shops at Atria, Atria Park District, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
(+63917) 8071199, (+63977) 8850028
This Spanish bistro has its own version of grilled pork ribs in smoked barbecue sauce called Costillas Romana (P295), served with your choice of garlic rice or steamed rice.
10. Bavaria German Restaurant
113 Seminario St., Jaro, Iloilo City
Even this German restaurant has BBQ Ribs (P285) on their menu! It’s basted with their home-made barbecue sauce, served with rice or potatoes. If you’re sharing, get the BBQ Rib Rack, a huge rack of ribs served with fries for only P395!
11. Brewery Gastropub
Westgate Building, Donato Pison Avenue, Brgy. San Rafael, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
One of Iloilo City’s most popular night spots serves delicious Baby Back Ribs that you can pair with a bottle or two from their selection of over 100 beers from around the world. They even have a Ribfest for three Wednesdays and Thursdays of July 2018, wherein you can eat all the Baby Back Ribs, Pork Steak, and Pork Belly you want and drink all the premium craft beers and wine you can from 6PM to 9PM for only P399. Don’t fret if you miss it—they regularly bring back this popular promo!
12. Seventy N Coffee + Drinkery
70-N Jalandoni St., Jaro, Iloilo City
This homey resto-bar serves tasty Pork Ribs in either sweet or spicy BBQ sauce with Java Rice for only P165 during brunch. But we recommend you go ahead and order a half-rack of their huge St. Louis Back Ribs (P475) for sharing during lunch or dinner. These slow-cooked, flame-grilled US ribs are coated in home-made spicy or sweet BBQ sauce.
This Bacolod ribs joint is becoming so popular in Iloilo City, with several branches in malls around the metro, including SM City Iloilo and the newly opened Robinsons Place Pavia. The reason for its popularity? The juicy grilled spareribs are only P99, while the tender pork back ribs in sweet BBQ sauce are only P175, and both already come with unlimited rice! Prepare to wait in line, all branches are super packed during meal times.
14. Casa Amore
Shops At Atria, Atria Park District, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
This Italian restaurant from the creators of Madrid Spanish Bistro also has Grilled Baby Back Ribs (P285) among its main courses. It’s glazed in smoked barbecue sauce and served with buttered corn and your choice of two sides (try their Parmesan Potato Fries and Mashed Potato).