14 Must-Try Food Spots: Where to Eat in La Union (San Juan Edition)

Planning to go on a road trip to La Union soon? You should definitely plan for a gastronomic food trip, too, especially since the province is home to many restaurants that serve mouthwatering dishes. You’ll probably visit for the beaches and stay for the food!

To help you with your La Union itinerary, here are 14 must-try restaurants in San Juan, La Union.

Vista Tapas Bar

Vista Tapas Bar is the in-house restaurant of the boutique hotel Patio by Balai Norte. This rooftop food spot features cozy al fresco seating options, as well as a majestic dining hall with ceiling-to-floor windows that let in the sunshine.

Vista Tapas Bar serves Spanish classics such as different varieties of paella, gambas, and even grilled chorizo burgers and grilled octopus. They also have a great wine selection to enjoy with the famous La Union sunset.

Visit Vista Tapas Bar at Patio by Balai Norte, National Hi-Way, Brgy. Panicsican, San Juan, La Union.

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Seabuds is the go-to restaurant in San Juan for anyone who’s looking for healthy and refreshing meals, as well as plant-based options.

This beachfront food spot offers hearty and IG-worthy smoothie bowls, plant-based rice meals, and vegan sandwiches. You’ll surely enjoy the fresh sea breeze while munching on the freshest menu items from Seabuds.

Visit Seabuds inside San Juan Surf Resort, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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Kabsat is known for the many daybeds that customers can enjoy right on the sandy shore of San Juan’s beach. While you’re lounging around on these daybeds, you can enjoy Filipino dishes and seafood.

It’s also a great place to enjoy the famous San Juan sunset, especially with their Happy Hour Buy 1 Take 1 Cocktail promo every 3 PM to 6 PM!

Visit Kabsat at Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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Asian Eats LU


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If you’re craving the best of Asian cuisine, you should check out Asian Eats LU.

Their menu features iconic dishes from all over Asia, including Singapore Laksa, Indian Tofu Curry, Taiwanese Fried Chicken, Baked Char Siu, Beef Kra Pao, and many dim sim varieties.

They also serve hearty breakfast rice meals with great coffee from their neighbor, Mano Coffee.

Visit Asian Eats LU at 161 West, Brgy. Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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Masa Bakehouse


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Masa Bakehouse is known for their world-class bread and baked goods. They are so loved by locals and tourists that they’ve also opened a branch in Paranaque.

They serve varieties of hearty sandwiches, breakfast toasts, and dips paired with their freshly-baked sourdough. In case their overloaded sandwiches aren’t enough for you, they also have rice meals you can enjoy.

Visit Masa Bakehouse at Costales St., San Juan, La Union.

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Carnivores should definitely add KAYU to their San Juan itinerary. This relatively new food spot is known for authentic Texas-style low and slow BBQ. Their smoked meats are cooked for 14 hours to tender perfection.

Their menu features smoked baby back ribs, smoked USDA beef shortplate, smoked artisan sausage, and a gastronomic smoked meat platter. They also offer steaks!

Visit KAYU at Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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MAKAN at Eliseos


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Makan is a homey and cozy restaurant that serves experimental Filipino food. Their space makes you feel like you’re just dining in a friend’s house, but the meals you’ll enjoy will be nothing like the usual.

Some of their must-try dishes include the Roasted Squash Kare-Kare, a soft-shelled crab curry, the Steaksilog, and Steak Dinakdakan!

Visit MAKAN at Eliseos at 379 St. Jude Village, Brgy. Ili Norte, San Juan, La Union.

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The Coffee Library

The Coffee Library has been one of the go-to food spots in La Union even before the pandemic happened. They serve hearty and tasty Vietnamese dishes and classic comfort food. They also have amazing Vietnamese-style coffee that would surely give your mornings a much-needed kick.

Their space is also cool and cozy—perfect for winding down at the end of a busy day.

Visit The Coffee Library at Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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Miryinda is one of the newest food spots that instantly rose to fame thanks to its amazing menu. This quaint restaurant is best known for its savory kare-kare with either crispy bagnet, ox tail, or veggies. They also serve garlic pancit, hearty all-day breakfast, and sweet baked treats!

Visit Miryinda at 225 Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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Kermit is known in both San Juan, La Union and Siargao for serving some of the must-try pizzas and cocktails to enjoy on the beach. They have 16 pizza varieties on the menu, but they also have a wide range of appetizers, pasta dishes, and even desserts.

Kermit also serves craft beers, cocktails, wines, and fresh juices.

Visit Kermit at Great North West, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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Sabong Fried Chicken


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If you’re a certified fried chicken lover, you definitely have to visit Sabong Fried Chicken when you go on your La Union road trip. Their menu features fried chicken in buckets, a fried chicken sandwich, and flavored fried chicken with flavors such as honey bagoong, Korean soy, and even Szechuan style.

They also serve specialty beer to enjoy with their crispy and tasty fried chicken.

Visit Sabong Fried Chicken at Great North West, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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Alegrita X Mang Jose


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Alegrita X Mang Jose is where mouthwatering tacos and delicious grilled chicken inasal collide in one must-visit food spot. Their menu features a wide variety of tacos, including sisig tacos, inasal tacos, and pares birria; and comfort Filipino food like chicken inasal rice meals, beef pares, and barbeque.

Alegrita X Mang Jose also offers signature cocktails that make the perfect partner for their meaty dishes. Their vibrant and colorful interiors also add to the amazing foodie experience!

Visit Alegrita X Mang Jose at Monaliza Surf Resort, San Juan, La Union.

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Tagpuan sa San Juan

Tagpuan sa San Juan is known in the area for being one of the go-to spots for affordable meals. They barely have space for dining but that doesn’t stop tourists from flocking to this quaint spot to get their fill of Tagpuan’s famous rice bowls.

Their dishes include bagnet, beef pares, chicken adobo, and tapa all with a hearty serving of rice.

Visit Tagpuan sa San Juan at MacArthur Hwy, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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El Union Coffee


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El Union Coffee may be known for serving amazing coffee to tourists and locals in La Union, but you can’t sleep on their food options, too!

Their mouthwatering Grilled Cheese, Breakfast Tapa Sandwich, and Spinach Mushroom Melt should definitely be part of your La Union itinerary, not to mention their coffee options.

Visit El Union Coffee at MacArthur National Highway, Urbiztondo, San Juan, La Union.

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