5 Must-try Restaurants near UP Diliman

5 Must-try Restaurants near UP Diliman

Dormy Team

June 29, 2024

Just passed your dream college? Congratulations and welcome to UP Diliman, Iskolar ng bayan!

The University of the Philippines Diliman is nestled in the center of Quezon City, surrounded by bustling streets of Katipunan and Commonwealth Avenue. Like its diverse culture, UP Diliman offers its students a wide variety of dining options— from different cuisines to meals that can fit any budget! So, whether you’re a student or a visitor, a food-trip in UPD is never a dull time!

Here is Dormy’s Ultimate Guide to 5 Restaurants that you Must-Try Around UP Diliman!


Budget: $$ (PHP 200-400)

Location: 88 Esteban Abada St, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila

You can’t miss Tetsuo’s quality Japanese food for a reasonable price! Enjoy their famed signature fried chicken combos for no more than PHP 250.

Photo Credits: (@tetsuo.vision) – Instagram

Chubby Chicken

Budget: $$ (PHP 200-400)

Location: Xavier Residences, 41 Esteban Abada St., Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila

Satisfy your cravings with Chubby Chicken’s sweet or spicy chicken strips combo for more than PHP 200. You can’t miss their unique fried Oreos dessert, either! A classic favorite for all Katipunan students!

Photo Credits: @chubbychickenkatipunan – Instagram


Budget: $ (PHP 170-200)

Location: Bonsai Society, President Carlos P. Garcia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1101 Metro Manila

Gubat is a little closer to home, just outside campus along C.P Garcia. Enjoy their elevated Filipino classics and garden al-fresco ambiance. If you want a unique dining experience, embrace the kamayan at Gubat!

Photo Credits: @gubat_qc – Instagram

Garlic Kitchen

Budget: $$ (PHP 200-600)

Location: 56b Maginhawa St. UP Village, Quezon City, Philippines 1101

Located at the heart of Maginhawa street, Garlic Kitchen features innovative and elevated Filipino classics that will leave you wanting more after each bite. It is a must to check out their unique recipes that make the most out of local ingredients.

Photo Credits: Garlic Kitchen – Facebook

Rodics – UP Diliman

Budget: $ (PHP 130-200)

Location: Ground Floor, Epsilon Chi Center, Balagtas St. UP Campus, Quezon City

You just can’t beat the original! Rodics has been serving quality tapsilog on campus since 1949, and they know how to get it right. This breakfast food spot is definitely a must-try when in UP Diliman.

Photo Credits: @rodicsdiner – Instagram


UP Diliman truly boasts a variety of must-try restaurants around campus. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional Filipino flavors or something more unique, you’ll find a spot that satisfies your cravings. These 5 spots are just the tip of the iceberg for good food in Diliman, start your student (and food-trip) journey by discovering these classics!

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