Samal Dining Guide: Unique Culinary Experiences

Nestled in the heart of the Philippines, the Island Garden City of Samal is a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters and lush landscapes. However, beyond its natural beauty, Samal offers a hidden treasure trove of culinary delights. From traditional Filipino dishes to International flavors, this island boasts a diverse and vibrant food scene that is sure to excite food enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Join us on a gastronomic journey as we explore the unique culinary experiences that the Island Garden City of Samal has to offer, making your visit not only visually breathtaking but also mouthwateringly memorable.


Farm-to-Table Freshness

Samal Island's fertile land and favorable climate make it an excellent source of fresh, organic produce. Several farm-to-table restaurants on the island proudly serve dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. A lot of restaurants serve fruits that are locally available such as pomelo, marang and mangosteen. These establishments are dedicated to delivering flavors that burst with freshness and a connection to the culinary culture of the island. You'll appreciate dishes made from ingredients that have been thoughtfully grown and harvested right on the island. It's an opportunity to savor the pure and unadulterated taste of Samal's bountiful offerings.

Discovery Samal offers fresh and exciting cuisines to choose from its selection of restaurants. Ranging from Eastern to Western cuisine, these mouthwatering dishes are worth coming to the island for. With only a 5-minute boat ride away from the City of Davao, Discovery Samal has everything you wish for in one stop.


Seaside Seafood Feasts

Samal Island's extensive coastline provides an abundant source of fresh seafood and there's no better way to experience it than with a seafood feast. Imagine dining while having a beautiful view of the beach as the sun kisses the waves. Restaurants along the shore serve up a delectable array of freshly caught seafood, prepared with local flavors and traditional cooking methods. Tuck into dishes like grilled tuna belly, adobong pusit and binakol na manok while listening to the soothing sounds of the waves, overlooking the orange and purple hues as the sun sets.

Morning Catch is the perfect restaurant to taste the freshest seafood with Asian and seafood delights as it is the home of Asian fusion cuisine in Discovery Samal. While having the best view of Samal Island’s awe-striking beaches, dishes like Pad Thai, Seafood Laksa and Red Chicken Curry are some of the crowd’s favorites that will surely entrance the senses. Don’t miss out on dining here at Morning Catch, our weekday rate starts at Php 1500 net per person fully consumable on food and drinks and inclusive of a boat ride. You may book a table reservation here.


Elevated Dining with the Overlooking View of Davao Gulf

If you're seeking a truly unique dining experience, Samal's overlooking restaurants should be at the top of your list. Perched high, these venues offer not only delectable local food but also stunning panoramic views of the island. While savoring Filipino classics, like kinilaw (ceviche) and kare-kare, you'll be surrounded by the island's lush greenery, creating an atmosphere that is both serene and awe-inspiring. The combination of breathtaking nature and tasteful cuisine in this elevated setting is a dining experience like no other.

The Shoreline, the resort’s All Day dining restaurant serves local and international cuisines with a unique flavorful twist. With flavors you’ve never expected you’ll taste from a simple Filipino dish, The Shoreline’s unique style is perfect for foodies and explorers alike. Not only that, The Shoreline offers a breathtaking view of Davao Gulf that adds to the charm of eating delectable dishes. The Shoreline offers buffet dinner every Friday to Sunday, perfect days to plan your indulgent weekend.


Halo-Halo: A Filipino Delight

No culinary journey in the Philippines would be complete without indulging in the iconic Filipino dessert, halo-halo. This delightful concoction is a mixture of crushed ice, sweetened fruits, jellies, leche flan and a scoop of purple yam ice cream, creating a colorful and flavorful treat. To those who are unfamiliar with the delicacy, it may be a unique combination however, its taste will surely delight your taste buds. While it's widely available all over the country, Samal offers unique variations of this beloved dessert based on the local fruits’ availability. Each restaurant adds its creative spin to the local delicacy, making it a delightful adventure to foodies out there. Be sure to try a few to discover your personal favorite.

Haribar Lounge at Discovery Samal will take you on a different journey from the rest of the restaurants previously mentioned. As you wine and dine and enjoy delectable treats from all over the island, it’s time to wind down and relax with the stunning views at the beachfront as you listen to the lullaby of the waves. Haribar Lounge offers the best drinks that suit your preference. With signature cocktails that are inspired by the rich culture of Samal Island and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages that feature the region’s fruits–you’ll surely find the perfect drink to suit your evening.


Kubo Dining Experience

For those seeking cultural immersion, a kubo dining experience is a must. Kubo, a traditional Filipino cottage, is the setting for an authentic culinary adventure. Many resorts in Samal Island offer dining in cottages, allowing you to savor traditional Filipino cuisine just as the locals do. It's an enchanting opportunity to learn more about the local culture while feasting on traditional dishes like adobo, sinigang and inihaw na baboy. The immersive experience transports you to the heart of Filipino traditions and flavors.

Discovery Samal offers a modern yet unique take of the kubo dining experience. Our beach dome is perfect for a day out in the sun or even a moonlight dinner under the stars while creating a serene and private environment. Enjoy a romantic dinner for two or even celebrate an intimate lunch with the family in a unique setting.


Island-Hopping Tours

Why settle for just one beautiful beach when you can explore them all? Combine the beauty of the island with your culinary adventure by joining an island-hopping tour. Several tour operators offer these exciting excursions, taking you from one beach to another while you taste local specialties along the way. Explore hidden coves, relax on pristine aquamarine shores and sample diverse culinary traditions from different parts of the island. It's an exciting way to experience the variety of flavors and landscapes that Samal has to offer.

Discovery Samal’s Mindanao Pavilion offers this exciting adventure with different packages to choose from. Our packages include going to the best destinations in the island such as the Giant Clam Sanctuary and Coral Garden where you’ll see the underwater beauty of Samal Island. These paired with fresh and flavorful dishes create the perfect island getaway to remember.


Twinkling Night Market Delights

As the sun sets, Samal's twinkling lights come to life, offering a feast of street food and snacks. Samal’s night market is where you can truly immerse yourself in the local food scene. Filipino favorites like balut, banana cue, fish balls and a variety of barbecued treats are some of the appetizing foods to try. With only a few minutes away from the luxury resort, it’s really easy to go for a casual and flavorsome dining experience as you and your friends mix and mingle with the friendly locals. It's a wonderful way to conclude a day of exploring the island's attractions.


Take a Culinary World Detour in the Small Island Garden City of Samal

Samal Island's culinary scene is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Beyond its stunning beaches and natural beauty, you'll find a rich tapestry of flavors and dining experiences. Whether you're a food enthusiast or someone looking to savor the local culture, Samal's remarkable culinary offerings will leave you with lasting memories of this tropical paradise. So, embark on your Samal dining adventure and let your tastebuds savor the extraordinary flavors of this beautiful island, where every meal is a feast and every bite is a memory.