Ok, so here are my two picks for the best Jamaican and Mexican restaurants in Dumaguete. Both of these are located south of the city proper – True Love is first up on the left as you are heading south and Senorita’s is located on the right in Banilad. As with most things, if it’s your first time going to either place, be sure to have data on your phone and use Google Maps – they are both listed.
Senorita’s Mexican Grill
Hours: Open Tues through Sunday 10 AM to 10 PM
Cost: Moderate (good-sized portions)
Facebook: Senorita’s Mexican Grill
Tripadvisor: Senorita’s Mexican Grill (Five Stars – 17 reviews)
There’s not much doubt about it: Senorita’s Mexican Grill is quite the stop for those seeking tastes from South of the Border (American border, that is). Prices are moderately priced, portions are abundant and the attention to detail to their culinary crafts is incredibly high. Senorita’s opened in 2016, and its Mexico-centric comestibles have hit a high note among Dumaguete’s residents. Their best seller is the super-deluxe burrito (320 pesos) and they also offer a dizzying variety of other dishes (shrimp tacos for 320 p is also a home run). Oh, and don’t forget that Sunday is 50-peso taco day!! Senorita’s also offers the site for birthdays, anniversary celebrations and the like. Note also that Senorita’s has a Five Star rating (with 17 reviews) on Tripadvisor.
Senorita’s Mexican Grill is located on the left side of the southern national road in Bacong just before Thunder Road Bar and Grill.
True Love Café – Best Jamaican Restaurant
Hours: Open Tues through Sunday 8 AM to 10 PM
Cost: Low (Satisfaction: Incredibly high)
Tripadvisor Reviews: True Love Cafe
True Love Cafe is a true treat to the residents of Dumaguete: An authentic Jamaican restaurant overseen by an totally authentic Jamaican (the absolutely unique, Orville H.), the small roadside eatery that opened in 2013 specializes in a myriad of Jamaican specialties including jerked chicken and goat, scrumptious dumplings, parrot fish escoviche and a variety of curries and pizza. As an added bonus, each entree comes with complimentary bowl of sumptuous soup and a nice serving of cornbread (both made fresh daily). If you are only staying in the city for a short period of time, I highly recommend taking the time to check out! If you are wondering just how good the food is here, know that the restaurant is rated Five Stars on Tripadvisor (with 112 votes) The only possible downside to True Love is it’s location: It’s located right on the road and passing traffic can be a bit much if you are sitting outside. Thankfully, Orville closed off the interior a while back, so if the traffic is bad, you can always eat inside the colorful restaurant in air-conditioned comfort. Orville is also very involved with a number of charitable events throughout the city, and his public feedings are definitely a step above the McDo spagetti-fests that we used to do.
Pizzas typically run around 150 pesos, curries around the same.
Note that the restaurant used to be called “One Love Cafe” but the legal team of Bob Marley’s estate ‘asked’ Orville to change the name. Also, the inverter aircon that Orville is using is actually running off of a dedicated solar array on the roof of the restaurant.
Google Map to True Love Cafe
True Love is located on the left side of the southern national road. It is just past the Shell Station to the right of the road, and if you’ve reached Seaoil on the right, you’ve gone to far. With it’s very colorful exterior, it’s kind of hard to miss.