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19 Essential Filipino Restaurants in Los Angeles

Crunchy lumpia, hearty lechon, and sweet banana turon

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| Wonho Frank Lee

The food of the Philippines truly offers something for everyone. From crunchy lumpia to hearty lechon and sweet banana turon, a bounteous Pinoy spread knows no bounds. Southern California’s options are abundant with huge concentrations of eateries in Northeast LA and the South Bay. From chef-driven restaurants to fast-casual staples, here now are 19 essential Filipino restaurants in Los Angeles serving through the pandemic.

Removed: Dollar Hits, HiFi Kitchen, Lasa, Ma’am Sir (closed), Silog, Spoon & Pork (closed for renovations), Park’s Finest (temporarily closed)

Added: Little Ongpin, Pick Your Plate, Pinoy Pinay, Tagalog Takeover pop-up

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Ninong's Pastries & Cafe

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Now operating as a pop-up out of Lokels Only in Chinatown and Northridge’s Cafe Aficionado, Ninong’s does lots with ube, from pancakes to cookies to milkshakes. They also serve straight-up egg and longanisa plates, and plates of spaghetti. Don’t skip on the morning pastries. Check Ninong’s Instagram for location and hours.

Lilian's Bread and Sweets

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In Los Angeles, it’s not unusual for some of the best foods to be found hiding behind car washes in tucked-away communities. That’s certainly the case with Lilian’s, the semi-obscured hit off Tampa Avenue in Northridge where Filipino seafood takes a front seat. There’s also a second location in North Hills.

Bamboo Bistro

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This Panorama City staple is known for its excess, where guests can dine on endless isaw skewers, whole fried tilapia, kare-kare, and more. They’re slowly moving back to normal hours, so these meals — which are usually served family-style over tables lined with banana leaves — are available. Call or email to confirm operating hours.

Kuya Lord

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Behind the stoves of the Kuya Lord pop-up is Llera Maynard, the former Bestia sous chef who formerly served as a corporate chef for the H.Wood Group. He’s selling skillfully made Filipino fare from his La Cañada home sporadically, so follow along on Instagram for the latest updates.

The Filipino food movement has made a major push into North Hollywood thanks to Tatang. This is a more formal affair than the fast-casual options that are booming across the city, with composed plates of longanisa-inspired meatballs and free-range chicken skin and thigh sisig. Open for takeout and delivery.

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Arko Foods International

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Arko Foods International is everything you want in a grocery store. There’s an entire market dedicated to specialty Filipino ingredients, a fresh fish market, and a massive hot food counter with oxtail kare kare or lumpia.

Kusina Filipina

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Eagle Rock’s legacy as a home for Filipino-Americans is well deserved, and continues today at places like Kusina Filipina off Eagle Rock Boulevard. The few-frills spot is a gathering place for families of all stripes across lunch and dinner, as well as lots of off-site catering. Open for delivery and takeout with a second location in Cerritos.

Little Ongpin

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Nestled into the Eagle Rock-Cypress Park neighborhoods is Little Ongpin, which shares a strip mall filled with other Filipino markets and restaurants. If asking for recommendations, staff will steer you to the stir-fried noodle dish miki bihon.

Oi Asian Fusion

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Though Oi Asian Fusion isn’t afraid to lean on the fusion side of its name, ultimately this is a place for reliable options like tapsilog and adobo served over rice. All locations — including Long Beach, Chino, and Canoga Park are open for delivery and takeout.

Oi Asian Fusion
Oi Asian Fusion
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Tagalog Takeover

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Tagalog Takeover’s chef/owner Stacy Bareng is serious about her menu. This Northeast LA pop-up operates out of spots like 1802 Roasters in Cypress Park, with colorful dishes and marinated meats. Check Baren’s Instagram for dates and hours.

Neri's Casual Filipino Dining

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Koreatown keeps it casual with Neri’s, a small storefront serving Filipino favorites like sisig and pancit, plus fusion options like tocino burgers. Open for takeout and delivery-only.

Sari Sari Store

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Margarita and Walter Manzke operate a fast-casual Filipino rice bowl restaurant inside Grand Central Market and it’s one of the most popular stalls in the Downtown food hall. Try the sisig, full of pork and liver bits over perfectly cooked rice, and topped with fried eggs. The roasted eggplant over garlic rice is another standout.

Sunny eggs in a bowl with rice.
Rice bowl at Sari Sari Store
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Petite Peso

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Here in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, chef Ria Barbosa is cooking and baking her heart out. The Filipino sweets and savories at Petite Peso are equally memorable so don’t hold back when it comes to ordering — pork lumpias, sisig salad, money rolls, polvorones, and more.

Petite Peso’s family-style meal.
Petite Peso
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Big Boi Filipino Comfort Food

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Sawtelle Japantown’s Big Boi, named after the owner’s father, offers soulful Filipino comfort fare in the form of affordable combo plates. But that doesn’t mean the chef skimps on flavor, with clean takes on classic dishes like adobo, sisig, tocino, and sinigang served with a choice of rice or pancit. Open for takeout and delivery.

An overhead shot of Big Boi food, Filipino classics with roast meat and rice and drinks.
Big Boi
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Ito Ay Atin Restaurant

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West Covina’s Itoy Sa Atin offers one of the city’s best steam table smorgasbords. Although nothing is cooked to order, the selection of soups, stews, and stir-fries gleam with freshness. Always available and reliable is the pork adobo, a delectable stew redolent of garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar. The hunks of meat are so tender that the provided plasticware cuts through like butter.

Pick Your Plate

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As the name states, this no-frills mom and pop spot serves Filipino dishes by the pound along with massive combination platters. On Thursdays Tita Claire serves lechon by the pound with incredibly crunchy skin.

Pinoy Pinay Filipino Fastfood

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Pinoy Pinay opened in 1992 in the heart of Cerritos, where traditional home style cooking. Indoor dining returned to this staple on May 5, so it’s a good time to order some sisg and enjoy the vibe.

Fiesta Barbecue and Bibingka

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A casual barbecue-focused Carson spot for bibingka and grilled pork belly, Fiesta Barbecue and Bibingka is a favorite in the South Bay. The place can get a little cramped inside, so order ahead.

Edna's Filipino Cuisine

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Open since 1991, Edna’s is well-known in Long Beach for its inexpensive combo plates, offering plenty of rice alongside staples like chicken adobo, pancit, and more. Open for takeout and no delivery Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Ninong's Pastries & Cafe

Now operating as a pop-up out of Lokels Only in Chinatown and Northridge’s Cafe Aficionado, Ninong’s does lots with ube, from pancakes to cookies to milkshakes. They also serve straight-up egg and longanisa plates, and plates of spaghetti. Don’t skip on the morning pastries. Check Ninong’s Instagram for location and hours.

Lilian's Bread and Sweets

In Los Angeles, it’s not unusual for some of the best foods to be found hiding behind car washes in tucked-away communities. That’s certainly the case with Lilian’s, the semi-obscured hit off Tampa Avenue in Northridge where Filipino seafood takes a front seat. There’s also a second location in North Hills.

Bamboo Bistro

This Panorama City staple is known for its excess, where guests can dine on endless isaw skewers, whole fried tilapia, kare-kare, and more. They’re slowly moving back to normal hours, so these meals — which are usually served family-style over tables lined with banana leaves — are available. Call or email to confirm operating hours.

Kuya Lord

Behind the stoves of the Kuya Lord pop-up is Llera Maynard, the former Bestia sous chef who formerly served as a corporate chef for the H.Wood Group. He’s selling skillfully made Filipino fare from his La Cañada home sporadically, so follow along on Instagram for the latest updates.

Tatang

Spread at Tatang
Joshua Lurie

The Filipino food movement has made a major push into North Hollywood thanks to Tatang. This is a more formal affair than the fast-casual options that are booming across the city, with composed plates of longanisa-inspired meatballs and free-range chicken skin and thigh sisig. Open for takeout and delivery.

Spread at Tatang
Joshua Lurie

Arko Foods International

Arko Foods International is everything you want in a grocery store. There’s an entire market dedicated to specialty Filipino ingredients, a fresh fish market, and a massive hot food counter with oxtail kare kare or lumpia.

Kusina Filipina

Eagle Rock’s legacy as a home for Filipino-Americans is well deserved, and continues today at places like Kusina Filipina off Eagle Rock Boulevard. The few-frills spot is a gathering place for families of all stripes across lunch and dinner, as well as lots of off-site catering. Open for delivery and takeout with a second location in Cerritos.

Little Ongpin

Nestled into the Eagle Rock-Cypress Park neighborhoods is Little Ongpin, which shares a strip mall filled with other Filipino markets and restaurants. If asking for recommendations, staff will steer you to the stir-fried noodle dish miki bihon.

Oi Asian Fusion

Oi Asian Fusion
Oi Asian Fusion
Farley Elliott

Though Oi Asian Fusion isn’t afraid to lean on the fusion side of its name, ultimately this is a place for reliable options like tapsilog and adobo served over rice. All locations — including Long Beach, Chino, and Canoga Park are open for delivery and takeout.

Oi Asian Fusion
Oi Asian Fusion
Farley Elliott

Tagalog Takeover

Tagalog Takeover’s chef/owner Stacy Bareng is serious about her menu. This Northeast LA pop-up operates out of spots like 1802 Roasters in Cypress Park, with colorful dishes and marinated meats. Check Baren’s Instagram for dates and hours.

Neri's Casual Filipino Dining

Koreatown keeps it casual with Neri’s, a small storefront serving Filipino favorites like sisig and pancit, plus fusion options like tocino burgers. Open for takeout and delivery-only.

Sari Sari Store

Sunny eggs in a bowl with rice.
Rice bowl at Sari Sari Store
Matthew Kang

Margarita and Walter Manzke operate a fast-casual Filipino rice bowl restaurant inside Grand Central Market and it’s one of the most popular stalls in the Downtown food hall. Try the sisig, full of pork and liver bits over perfectly cooked rice, and topped with fried eggs. The roasted eggplant over garlic rice is another standout.

Sunny eggs in a bowl with rice.
Rice bowl at Sari Sari Store
Matthew Kang

Petite Peso

Petite Peso’s family-style meal.
Petite Peso
Wonho Frank Lee

Here in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, chef Ria Barbosa is cooking and baking her heart out. The Filipino sweets and savories at Petite Peso are equally memorable so don’t hold back when it comes to ordering — pork lumpias, sisig salad, money rolls, polvorones, and more.

Petite Peso’s family-style meal.
Petite Peso
Wonho Frank Lee

Big Boi Filipino Comfort Food

An overhead shot of Big Boi food, Filipino classics with roast meat and rice and drinks.
Big Boi
Wonho Frank Lee

Sawtelle Japantown’s Big Boi, named after the owner’s father, offers soulful Filipino comfort fare in the form of affordable combo plates. But that doesn’t mean the chef skimps on flavor, with clean takes on classic dishes like adobo, sisig, tocino, and sinigang served with a choice of rice or pancit. Open for takeout and delivery.

An overhead shot of Big Boi food, Filipino classics with roast meat and rice and drinks.
Big Boi
Wonho Frank Lee

Ito Ay Atin Restaurant

West Covina’s Itoy Sa Atin offers one of the city’s best steam table smorgasbords. Although nothing is cooked to order, the selection of soups, stews, and stir-fries gleam with freshness. Always available and reliable is the pork adobo, a delectable stew redolent of garlic, soy sauce, and vinegar. The hunks of meat are so tender that the provided plasticware cuts through like butter.

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Pick Your Plate

As the name states, this no-frills mom and pop spot serves Filipino dishes by the pound along with massive combination platters. On Thursdays Tita Claire serves lechon by the pound with incredibly crunchy skin.

Pinoy Pinay Filipino Fastfood

Pinoy Pinay opened in 1992 in the heart of Cerritos, where traditional home style cooking. Indoor dining returned to this staple on May 5, so it’s a good time to order some sisg and enjoy the vibe.

Fiesta Barbecue and Bibingka

A casual barbecue-focused Carson spot for bibingka and grilled pork belly, Fiesta Barbecue and Bibingka is a favorite in the South Bay. The place can get a little cramped inside, so order ahead.

Edna's Filipino Cuisine

Open since 1991, Edna’s is well-known in Long Beach for its inexpensive combo plates, offering plenty of rice alongside staples like chicken adobo, pancit, and more. Open for takeout and no delivery Monday to Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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