We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.


££ - £££
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
495 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066-4438
+1 650-225-9221
11:00 - 20:30
Closed now
See all hours
Tue - Sun 11:00 - 20:30
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

15 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 14: English reviews
Level Contributor
51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a nice restaurant, very friendly staff. all you can eat is awesome. Lots of baboy or pork at the bar, the salad is ok but the only thing I left wanting was lumpia. For the parking there are free parking spots along the road that are taken. We parked at the bank of America parking lot just a few... More 

Thank garyexpat
Fresno, California
Level Contributor
204 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Surprised how good the food is being a buffet restaurant. We attended a function her for a baptism. The selection is wide and all courses are covered. I am very impressed. If you crave for pinoy comfort food, definitely come here. We will definitely go back when in this area

Thank marion93722
San Mateo, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Been twice for lunch during the week & wasn't disappointed; kare-kare is pretty good & was told it is served everyday; the fish dish is also good; not impressed with the coconut juice as it was diluted & too sweet; desserts were so-so; all in all, hard to beat the price; for $11 you get all you can eat variety... More 

Thank smdiner
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Authentic Filipino cuisine on a budget. I had the kare-kare from the buffet table and Palabok. Both were well prepared and totally tasty. Cooked just as they should. I wish they had one here in Chicago maybe right beside the Jollibee in Skokie. For like $11 for a Filipino buffet I can't complain. This is gonna be the First stop... More 

Thank Jake C
NEWARK, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I've been here a few times, and each time I visit this place, I am extremely satisfied and happy :-) Here's a breakdown of my positive experience: 1) Food quality – excellent, delicious, and freshly cooked. They have ample selections of entrees, and even desserts and drinks (even on weekdays!) 2) Cleanliness / Environment / Comfort – contrary to some... More 

Thank Conrad L
San Francisco, California, United States
Level Contributor
9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

I had the chance, to visit,this establishment, a couple of times,within the last few months,& all I can say, is that the food,taste great,and is within the budget.I can definitely,recommend this,to friends,looking for a well prepared home cooked meal.the food, is so good,that makes,the patrons, go back endlessly.this is the best,yet,so far,that it deserves an excellent rating.Good job, guys,keep up,... More 

Thank lovebugfeb16
Level Contributor
23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

I was excited with the food. I miss eating Filipino food. There are several choices like, sisig, chicharon, adobo, kare-kare and more. However, the food is so salty. They have sago gulaman and halo-halo.

2 Thank Exxxtreme
Brussels, Belgium
Level Contributor
206 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

This is my first Filipino food buffet experience in California, and I have to say I am very impressed. The buffet table was sparkling clean, the selection had all the recipes I can think of, my favorites were dinuguan, pancit, lumpia, karekare, sisig, lechon kawali, buko juice sagot gulaman, and many many more! Loved this place

Thank Ryan A
Virginia Beach, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

It was my first time here and upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a friendly, upbeat staff and told us we have a choice to sit whenever we pleased as we were early for dinner, there's not much of customers at that time. The ambiance of the restaurant is charming and quiet. Food in the station is adequate... More 

Thank Ruby V
San Francisco, California
Level Contributor
291 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2014

Location: Not far from the San Bruno Cal Train station. Has it's own back parking lot along with street parking. Customer Service: We were seated right away, but we were there for Sunday AYCE and they were a bit slow on picking up our plates we were through with. I even saw one customer that was waiting at the door... More 

Thank Roshlynn

Travellers who viewed Cabalen also viewed


Been to Cabalen? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Philippine, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Waitstaff, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 495 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066-4438
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Bruno
  • Phone Number: +1 650-225-9221

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cabalen staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?