The 10 Most Expensive Buffet Restaurants You’ll Find In Metro Manila


No matter how much we want to save, sometimes life just keeps giving us reasons to splurge. It can be to celebrate a life milestone or it can be as simple as finally having a salary and you just want to treat yourself. There are many ways to splurge too, like going on a shopping spree, buying that one expensive thing you’ve been pining for, or going to a buffet.

Going to a buffet in particular can be such a luxury, especially if you choose to go to those found in hotels. If you’re ready to do just that and spend a huge amount of cash, here are the ten most expensive buffets you can find in Manila! They will definitely make your wallet cry, but at least your stomach is happy!

And to give you an idea just how expensive these buffets can get, the number one resto on our list will make you shell out more than ₱4,000 per person!

10. Marriott Cafe (Marriott Hotel Manila)

Coming in at number ten is one of the hotel buffets you’ll find in the Resorts World Manila area. Located in the ground floor of Marriott Hotel Manila, the Marriott Cafe features open-theatre kitchens so you can watch as your food is being prepared! Marriott Cafe also offers an a la carte menu but well, we’re sure that the buffet stations will tempt you enough to opt for unlimited food.

Photo from Midz S.’ looloo review of Marriott Cafe

Marriott Cafe’s most expensive rates are for its Sunday brunch and its Friday and Saturday dinner buffet called Barrels of the Sea. It’s basically an eat-all-you-can seafood feast that includes tiger prawns, salmon, crabs, and many more! How much will the Sunday Brunch or the Barrels of the Sea cost? You’ll have to shell out ₱2,550 nett per person.

Photo from EJ B.’s looloo review of Marriott Cafe

If that’s too much for you, here are the other buffet rates for Marriott Cafe: Monday to Saturday lunch buffet is at ₱1,950 nett per person while Sunday to Thursday dinner buffet is at ₱2,150 nett per person!

Dress code: smart casual
Lunch – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday brunch – 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Marriott Cafe can be found on the G/F of the Marriott Hotel Manila, Resorts World Manila, Newport Boulevard, Newport City, Pasay.

9. Medley Buffet (Okada Manila)

While many will probably consider the Fountain as Okada Manila’s top attraction, there are so many more things to see and do in this hotel and casino. Dining is one of those options and you have restaurants like Yu Lei, Japanese Kappou Imamura, and Goryeo to choose from. But if it’s a buffet you’re after, there’s no other place you should head to but the Medley Buffet!

Photo from Bella J.’s looloo review of Medley Buffet

Housing seven buffet stations serving a variety of international cuisines, Medley Buffet’s spread might just overwhelm you with the sheer amount of food available. The dessert station, in particular, can be hailed as one of the best in the metro and includes kakanin and other native desserts, chocolate fondue, waffles, crepes, assorted breads and cakes, pudding, and so much more!

Photo from Christina R.’s looloo review of Medley Buffet

“While buffets are common in hotels, what impressed me most here was their impeccable service,” AlwaysHungryPh P. says in his looloo review. “The staff would frequent our tables and would volunteer to get food for us. It was almost like a la carte sit down dinner.”

Wondering how much you need to pay for top notch food and service? For weekday lunch and dinner (that’s from Monday to Friday) and Saturday lunch, a meal at Medley Buffet will cost you ₱1,850 nett per person. Saturday dinner and both lunch and dinner on Sundays will cost you ₱2,700 nett per person.

Dress code: casual
Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Medley Buffet can be found on the UG/F of Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Entertainment City, Parañaque.

8. Heat (EDSA Shangri-La Manila)

“I always consider indulging in wagyu a treat,” says Mary Love S. in her looloo review. “Aside from its unbelievably tender texture, it’s the sort of meat you can’t enjoy on a daily basis because of its not-so-affordable price tag. This is why my heart pounds so fast whenever I hear (or read) the three sweet words unlimited wagyu promo.”

Photo from Bea A.’s looloo review of Heat

Well, guess what? Unlimited wagyu is what you’ll get if you dine in at EDSA Shangri-La’s Heat on a Saturday evening!

Aptly called Wagyu Night, you get to enjoy unlimited wagyu plus other dishes and treats from the regular buffet stations for ₱2,715 nett per person! Is Wagyu not really your thing? Then drop by on a Friday night for Lobster Night instead! For the same price, you’ll get to enjoy eat-all-you-can lobster and many more!

Photo from Mary Love S.’ looloo review of Heat

Here are Heat’s other buffet rates if you don’t feel like paying extra for unlimited wagyu or lobster: lunch from Mondays to Saturdays is at ₱1,985, Sunday lunch is at ₱2,400, and dinner from Sundays to Thursdays is at ₱2,425! Take note that all of these rates are nett per person!

Dress code: smart casual
Schedule: 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Heat can be found on the 1/F of the EDSA Shangri-La Manila, 1 Garden Way, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong.

7. Corniche (Diamond Hotel)

Definitely one of Manila’s most Instagram-friendly hotel buffets, Corniche enters our list at number seven! Here you can enjoy multiple oriental and western cuisines (including Chinese, Indian, and European) along with the relaxing, breathtaking view of the gardens and even a cascading waterfall!

Calling Corniche “a gem in itself”, Antonio Lorenzo Q. says in his looloo review that “this place definitely has something to offer to almost every guest. Service is above excellent, not to mention the efficiency and hospitality of the staff as well as the food’s freshness.”

Lunch at Corniche from Mondays to Saturdays costs ₱2,180 nett per person while the rate is at ₱2,500 nett per person on Sundays. Dinner from Sundays to Wednesdays is at ₱2,280 nett person and ₱2,780 nett per person on Thursdays to Saturdays!

Dress code: smart casual
Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 a.m.
Dinner – 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Corniche can be found on the G/F of the Diamond Hotel, Roxas Boulevard corner Dr. J. Quintos Street, Manila.

6. The Cafe (Hyatt City of Dreams Manila)

A popular name in the hospitality industry, Hyatt is always associated with high class amenities, service, and even dining! It’s no surprise then that the buffet restaurant of its Manila hotel has made it to this countdown!

Called The Cafe, Chili G. gave this buffet restaurant a five star review because of the awesome food, ambiance, and service! “The place and spread is quite big, they even provide trays so you can carry more stuff back to your table,” she says in her looloo review. “Great spread overall, the tables are placed far enough from each other that you have privacy, servers are polite and attentive. Will definitely go back!”

Photo from Chili G.’s looloo review of The Cafe

You can snag yourself a seat in this 315-seater buffet restaurant for ₱1,638 nett per person for lunch on Mondays to Saturdays. Sunday brunch deals the biggest damage to your wallet at ₱2,799 nett per person. For dinner, rates are at ₱1,650 nett per person from Mondays to Thursdays and ₱2,538 nett per person from Fridays to Sundays.

Dress code: smart casual
Lunch – 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. from Mondays to Fridays, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
Dinner – 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The Cafe can be found on the G/F of the Hyatt City of Dreams of Manila, Aseana Avenue corner Roxas Boulevard, City of Dreams Manila, Parañaque.

5. The Pantry (Dusit Thani Manila)

Let’s begin our countdown of the top five with Dusit Thani Manila’s The Pantry! Priced at ₱2,950 nett per person, the Crossover Sunday Brunch is The Pantry’s most expensive buffet. Wondering why it’s called Crossover? It’s because you can literally cross from The Pantry to Dusit Thani’s Japanese restaurant, Umu, and eat from its selection as well!

Photo from Dusit Thani Manila’s Instagram page

While crossing over to Benjarong, the hotel’s Thai restaurant, isn’t part of the Sunday brunch, you’ll still find a chosen number of its dishes among The Pantry’s offerings. And you know what else is included in this ₱2,950 buffet? Unlimited soda, iced tea, juices, and even wine!

Photo from Tina B.’s looloo review of The Pantry

Don’t see the need to cross over to Umu? You can avail of the two other Sunday lunch buffet rates. The regular lunch buffet, which is at ₱2,500 nett per person, is the cheapest of the three and does not come with wine. There’s also the regular Sunday brunch buffet, which is priced at ₱2,800 nett per person and comes with craft beer, wine, and even mimosas!

For the other days of the week, lunch from Mondays to Fridays is at ₱1,950, Saturday lunch is at ₱2,150, dinner from Mondays to Fridays is at ₱2,200, and dinner on the weekends is at ₱2,350. As always, all these rates are nett per person!

Dress code: smart casual
Lunch – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The Pantry can be found in the Dusit Thani Manila, 226 EDSA, Ayala Center, Makati.

4. Spectrum (Fairmont Makati)

The first of two restaurants whose most expensive buffet rate exceeds the ₱3,000 nett per person mark is Fairmont Makati’s Spectrum. Its buffet features what it calls the five Culinary Theatres showcasing dishes from China, the Middle East, Europe, India, and the Philippines.

Photo from Fairmont Makati’s Instagram page

Some might find the selection rather limited, but the quality of the food sure makes up for it. “For quality, I’d say they’re at the top class,” Josette P. says in her looloo review.

Now you’re probably curious just how big of a hole eating here can wear in your wallet. The most expensive rate, which is the Sunday brunch, costs ₱3,077 nett per person!

Photo from Sandra Y.’s looloo review of Spectrum

If spending more than 3,000 bucks for a meal is just way too much for you, you might want to visit on a different day and time. The lunch buffet here at Spectrum costs ₱2,150 nett per person from Mondays to Saturdays. If you’d rather have dinner here, rates are at ₱2,380 nett per person from Sundays to Thursdays, while Friday and Saturday dinner will cost you ₱2,450 nett per person.

Note that these rates are not inclusive of drinks. For a non-alcoholic beverage upgrade, you need to pay an additional ₱618.75 nett per person. If you prefer drinks of the alcoholic variety, that will cost you an additional ₱743.75 nett per person.

Dress code: smart casual
Lunch – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday brunch – 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Spectrum can be found on the G/F of Fairmont Makati, Makati Avenue, Makati.

3. Cafe Ilang-Ilang (Manila Hotel)

And just like that, we reached the top three of this rundown. Landing in at third place is The Manila Hotel’s Cafe Ilang-Ilang! Featuring eight live cooking stations, you can enjoy Pan-Asian, Western, and even Mediterranean dishes. You can also find a churrasco station and even a wood fire oven churning out freshly cooked pizza in this buffet!

What makes Cafe Ilang-Ilang truly special are its themed dinner buffets. There is a specific theme per night and depending on the day you dine, you need to pay ₱2,675 or ₱3,270 nett per person. Sundays and Mondays are for the regular international buffet. The rest of themed nights are as follows: Tuesday is Mediterranean Night, Wednesday is Asian night, Thursday is Surf and Turf Night (meaning there will be a lot of steaks and seafood!), Friday is Seafood Night, and Saturday is American Night.

Photo from Bernisse C.’s looloo review of Cafe Ilang-Ilang

For the other buffet rates, Sunday brunch is at ₱2,625 nett per person (inclusive of bottomless chilled juices), and lunch from Mondays to Saturdays is at ₱2,375.

Dress code: smart casual
Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Cafe Ilang-Ilang can be found in The Manila Hotel, Roxas Boulevard, Manila.

2. Spiral (Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila)

This might come as a surprise to you but nope, Spiral isn’t the most expensive buffet in Metro Manila. And believe it or not, Spiral’s buffet is cheaper by just ₱85 compared to the number one buffet on this list.

Photo from Norman Lester T.’s looloo review of Spiral

If you think ten buffet stations is already overwhelming, you’ll be completely mindblown with Spiral and its 21 dining ateliers. Yes, we’re very serious. And we’ll even list all 21 ateliers for you! Here are the first ten: L’Ecailler (seafood), Filipino, Peking Duck Oven, Salad and Appetizer, Sushi and Sashimi, L’Epicerie (meats and cheeses), Hot Japanese, French Stove, Rotisserie, and Wood Fired Oven (pizza).

Photo from Unisse C.’s looloo review of Spiral

Can you still handle it? The last 11 ateliers are as follows: Churrasco, North Indian, Asian Noodles, Chinese Wok, Steam Baskets (dimsum), Thai, Korean, La Boulangerie (breads), La Patisserie, Chocolaterie, and Creamery. What a mouthful, huh?

Now how much do you have to pay for a taste of what all these ateliers can offer? Up to ₱4,215 nett per head!

The ₱4,215 price tag is actually for the Sunday lunch buffet and is inclusive of champagne or wine. If you don’t want either drink with your meal, the rate goes down to ₱3,500 nett per person. On the other hand, lunch at Spiral from Mondays to Saturdays will cost you ₱2,750 nett per person.

The dinner buffet is priced at ₱3,200 nett per person on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays. Dinner for the remaining days is at ₱3,500 nett per person.

Dress code: smart casual
Lunch – 12:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Spiral can be found in the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, Roxas Boulevard, CCP Complex, Pasay.

1. Escolta (The Peninsula Manila)

Reigning supreme in this rundown of the ten most expensive buffet restaurants in Metro Manila is none other than The Peninsula Manila’s Escolta! It seems like the brunch buffet really is the most expensive buffet that some hotels offer because Escolta’s Sunday Champagne Brunch costs a whopping ₱4,300! If you want an explanation behind that price, it’s because it’s inclusive of free-flowing champagne!

Photo from Lia B.’s looloo review of Escolta

Would you rather have wine and beer over champagne with your brunch meal? That will cost you ₱3,600. If you’d rather not have any alcoholic beverage at all for lunch, all you have to pay for is ₱3,100.

If you’d prefer to stay as far away as possible from the Sunday brunch and its sky high prices, the lunch buffet at Escolta from Mondays to Fridays is at ₱2,100, the dinner buffet from Mondays to Thursday is at ₱2,600, and the Friday and Saturday Seafood Dinner Buffet is priced at ₱2,800.

Photo from AlwaysHungryPh P.’s looloo review of Escolta

These prices are already inclusive of service charge and government fees. We’re not exactly sure if that will make you feel better. Oh, and remember that Escolta is closed for Sunday dinner!

Dress code: casual
Lunch – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Dinner – 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Escolta can be found on the G/F of The Peninsula Manila, Makati Avenue corner Ayala Avenue, Makati.

What do you think of these prices? Will you be eating in any of these buffets soon? Let us know in the comments! And if you happen to notice that the breakfast buffets are MIA, stay tuned because we’ll have a separate rundown just for that! Do we still go with the most expensive ones, or maybe the cheapest ones this time?

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