Where to Eat in El Nido: Sea Jane Resto Bar + Reef Cafe

Sept. 23, 2016

-Background story-

We were supposed to arrive in El Nido by noon of Aug. 24, 2016, but our Manila-Puerto Princesa flight was twice delayed by a whopping total of six hours. Regrettably, it was already almost sunset when we reached El Nido. We had to cancel our trip to Nacpan beach and Marimegmeg beach which we were scheduled to do that afternoon. Basically, the first day of our 4-day El Nido vacation had gone to waste because of an unreliable airline.

Despite the unfortunate turn of events, we were still in high spirits. We were finally in paradise, after all. There had to be a way to save the day.

It was a very good decision to stay at Ipil Suites El Nido which is very close to El Nido town beach and restaurants. We had no time anymore to go to Nacpan and Marimegmeg but we could still enjoy the beach just two minutes from our hotel! Yey!

Sea Jane Resto Bar

On our way to El Nido town beach from Ipil Suites, we found this:

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Sea Jane Resto Bar El Nido

This fresh seafood spread belonged to a paluto restaurant called Sea Jane Resto Bar. Sea Jane Resto Bar is located right on the beautiful white sand of El Nido town beach at the very end of Rizal Street.

Sea Jane Resto Bar El Nido map

This map shows Sea Jane Resto Bar at the very end of Rizal Street right on El Nido town beach.

It was 7:30 in the evening and the place was brimming with tourists. Chairs and tables were set up right on the beach. There was no better place for a seafood dinner. With the soft sound of the sea and the sand beneath our feet – we knew we were exactly where we were supposed to be.

About two minutes later, it started to rain. Everyone on the beach relocated to the roofed second floor of the restaurant. I would have loved to sink my feet in El Nido’s famous white sand while having dinner but the weather was not cooperating.

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Sea Jane Resto Bar table set-up on the beach (This photo was taken after everyone had relocated to the roofed second floor of the restaurant due to the rain.)

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Sea Jane Resto Bar table set-up on the beach (This photo was taken after everyone had relocated to the roofed second floor of the restaurant due to the rain.)

Rupert, Zuri and me on the roofed second floor of Sea Jane Resto Bar

Rupert, Zuri and me on the roofed second floor of Sea Jane Resto Bar

We ordered mussels and clams in ginger soup, grilled shrimps, grilled squid, four cups of rice, two glasses of ripe mango shake and one can of regular Coke. There was a bit of confusion as to which table ordered which but our food eventually arrived. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mussels and clams in ginger soup (Sea Jane Resto bar, El Nido)

The hot ginger soup was perfect for the rainy weather. It was very tasty, too! The clams and mussels were delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Grilled shrimps (Sea Jane Resto Bar, El Nido).

It’s not obvious in the photo but the shrimps were big. They were also perfectly grilled – cooked but still juicy. Fresh and delicious! The grilled shrimps were our unanimous favorite of the night.

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Grilled squid (Sea Jane Resto bar El Nido).

The grilled squid was huge and looked so appetizing! Sadly, it was overcooked. We were not able to eat all of it because it was too tough. ๐Ÿ™

The ripe mango shake was so refreshing that one glass wasn’t enough. Highly recommended!

We spent a total of PHP 1,000 for our meal. All in all, I think we got our money’s worth. If you don’t mind waiting for your food for 30-45 minutes, then I recommend Sea Jane Resto Bar next time you’re in El Nido. ๐Ÿ™‚

To know more about this restaurant, visit Sea Jane Resto Bar Facebook Page.

-After dinner-

The rain finally stopped. After dinner, Zuri and I played on the beach right in front of Sea Jane Resto Bar while Rupert had a bottle of beer.

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We had fun sinking our feet in the sand. It was so soft! The calm water gently glided to our feet. Surprisingly, it was warm – warm enough for swimming at past 9:00 in the evening. ย A very excited Zuri took a quick dip. As I looked around, I realized we were the only ones left in the water.

When Rupert was done with his beer, all three of us walked along El Nido town beach to check out the other establishments on the beachfront. We found Reef Cafe where Zuri bought a cup of fresh banana shake for PHP 100.

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Reef Cafe at El Nido town beach

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Zuri waiting for her banana shake at Reef Cafe, El Nido town beach

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Reef Cafe’s banana shake. PHP 100.

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Chilling at Reef Cafe right on El Nido town beach

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El Nido town beach at night (Photo taken from Reef Cafe)

Map showing location of Reef Cafe in El Nido

This map shows the location of Reef Cafe along El Nido town beach. (Map taken from Tripadvisor)

To know more about Reef Cafe, visit Reef Cafe El Nido Facebook Page.

It was already half past ten p.m. when we made our way back to Ipil Suites and almost caught a Pikachu! Too bad the rarely seen Pokemon ran away!

Although the start of the first day of our El Nido vacation was less than perfect because of an unreliable airline, Sea Jane Resto Bar and El Nido town beach saved the day! We went to bed very tired but satisfied. ๐Ÿ™‚

You might also want to read:

Where To Eat in El Nido: Altrove Express

Ipil Suites El Nido

Puerto Princesa – El Nido Van Transfer By Eulen Joy Express

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ™‚



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