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Alavar Seafood Restaurant

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££ - £££
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Mindanao, Philippines
08:00 - 23:30
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Quezon City, Philippines
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

As always, this place satisfies your seafood cravings! The Alavar sauce goes with any dish on the plate and it's just gastronomically satisfying. Don't forget to bring home some!

Thank MerlSayre
Muntinlupa, Philippines
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174 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lot of people are saying a lot of good things about this restaurant so I had to visit Abe eat there at all cost. Crabs definitely bit my curiosity. The waitress was very helpful suggesting the combo meal. There are lots of choices but mostly for group dining so the serving and prices are beyond my dwindling pocket.so I... More 

Thank 717Diwata
Manila, Philippines
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101 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Definitely one of the best restaurant in town for seafoods especially crabs. Their alavar sauce is so good that one cannot truly say to have visited Zamboanga without trying this. The alavar sauce goes with the curacha (crabs) for a sumptuous meal. The ambiance is no frills (usual plastic chairs) and usually packed at night so prepare to wait about... More 

Thank byrone29
Smyrna, Tennessee
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016

My fiancé and I took several of her friends out for dinner. We chose this place for their one of a kind crabs. This place is a little pricey, but well worth the money if you are a foodie like myself.

Thank Billy T
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Me and my family went to this restaurant since this place is famous for its curacha and other filipino dishes. The ambience is quite good. Place is newly renovated. However the waitresses and waiters are not so good. Poor customer service. We've waited for about an hour for the food. Other customers were pissed off. We we're already starving. We've... More 

1 Thank Jeng V
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Must try their Curacha with Alavar dish! Its similar to crab with more meat. For Php950 you already get 3 medium sized Curacha already good for 3-4pax :) Their signature Alavar sauce is available for take aways for only Php250 (1kg) very good pasalubong for love ones at home 😍

Thank Ellen N
Dumaguete City, Philippines
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

I don't really know what's the big deal about this restaurant. They have one of the poorest services around! imagine waiting for your food for more than 1 hour! Their famous alavar sauce is just a rip-off of Thai red curry sauce in coconut milk and sweetened to make it palatable with the taste of Zamboanga. Food in Zamboanga is... More 

Thank Alexmamon
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59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

this resto is known for mouth watering seafood, so it's really a must to visit. Service took a little while but it was all worth it when food arrived. Food was wonderful

Thank Darryl G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Poor customer service. Curacha with their signature sauce is delicious tho. Food arrives after an hour! I ordered their sizzling bulalo steak and grilled pork liempo, the taste is good but the meat is somewhat rubbery. Staff and waiters are not so friendly and accomodating. Dont eat here if you're not willing to wait.

Thank Jeng V
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Took about an hour to bring out our food and the place wasn't even full. I think that the food only came out when I asked to cancel our order. Alavar sauce still delicious but I suggest you just buy the sauce and cook your own crabs and shrimps at home. Servers I think are already used to long cooking... More 

Thank Joel P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Philippine, Seafood, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
08:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mindanao, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Mindanao  >  Zamboanga Peninsula  >  Zamboanga Sibugay Province  >  Zamboanga City

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?