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Filipino, Asian, Bar, Pub
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Dinner, Lunch
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Seating, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed November 12, 2019

Good Food Good Vibes. cool place to dine and coffee. staff are friendly and accommodating. proumpt. a must visit in surigao city

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed November 4, 2019 via mobile

They do hv good food and are foreigner friendly but open waaaaay to late. Like after 6pm?? Should be open all day. Also during peak times when foreigners want to go there, xmas, new yrs eve, etc. Always closed. So foreigner friendly?? Nay, nay. If...u want a good sandwich you'll need to visit the attached always crowded cant get a table tiny coffee shop. There is, as u can see, a market for this type of tourist stuff here in surigao city but no one seems to want to capture it. Maybe visit the we dont have any burgers burger place here in town for another disappointing trip. Surigao city has dropped in tourist requisites. Go to siargao folks. Surigao city is no longer on the list of places to see because of places like this who cater to only the ownersMore

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 9, 2019 via mobile

ate lunch and dinner here. must try their house burger at an affordable price and is good for sharing. at night, ej's has a band to entertain and has a relaxing atmosphere and has a grill menu and beer and hard drinks. has ample parking...and is beside the tavernMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed October 3, 2019

We ate in this restaurant for lunch because of nice reviews but unfortunately the food we ordered was nothing but just an ordinary food, the fact that their noodle was very salty and besides they are expensive and the service was bad. For me I...will never eat in this restaurant againMore

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed August 16, 2019

I returned to EJ's for a second visit last evening … Unbelievably the meal was even worse that the cremated garbage that they served me during my first visit. I ordered their Beef with Broccoli and what, ideally, should have arrived would have been succulent...slices of beef freshly simmered in it's own gravy style sauce with sliced broccoli added towards the end of the cooking process and served to the table … No chance! The beef had not been freshly cooked, in fact it hadn't been cooked that day at all, it was pre-cooked beef that I became of the opinion that they buy-in processed, they had sliced it and cut it in to small rectangular pieces and, I believe, put it thru a microwave prior to serving, it was both tough and chewy and not succulent, melt-in-the-mouth, as it could/should have been. Then there was a carrot garnish, my god there was probably two complete carrots of it, now carrot can be really refreshing when there is water still within but this carrot was old, it was dry and of a rubber texture and would have been more appropriately served in the bin. The broccoli, complete florets of it, clearly straight out of a saucepan of water and having not been anywhere near the beef during the cooking process which, of course, would have been the microwave! But then came their 'Pièce de Résistance' ... the goddam awful sauce … I realise that this lot shall never get it but not all of the world is addicted to sugar as they are, sugar is a killer and having not taken sugar myself for the past 35 years it is not just that I find the stuff disgusting but I am actually offended when some idiot decides to lace my meat & vegetable dinner with it. It was so sweet it was disgusting but there was so much sugar in the sauce that as the meal cooled down the sauce solidified around the beef, it was like I would have needed a hammer & chisel had I wished to continue eating this garbage. EJ's has the makings of a good restaurant, nice location etc., but whoever is in charge of their produce purchasing, their recipes selection and their cooking processes needs to be fired before the place has any chance of improving because somebody has clearly lost the plot!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

This place is busy at all hours. They menu has a wide selection of choices. I ate here on 3 occasions. Everything that we ordered was delicious. That coffee drinks and desserts were fabulous. Every evening they have live entertainment until 1am. The place is...always filled with foreign travelers. I highly recommend this eating establishment.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed January 15, 2019

This place needs to learn how to cook and serve ribs, I made the mistake of ordering the special pork ribs, they were special alright, absolutely cremated, just charcoaled remains and no edible meat left on the bones, just one taste made me feel ill,...I fed them to my dog the next day and even he didn't like them. Whilst I'm sure they can serve some quality dishes their special ribs are not one of them, I'm awarding 2 stars for the live music, the cold beer and the professional waiter but NOT for my meal.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

This bar / restaurant is on the sea front next to the Tavern hotel. It has great live music nights and offers a good range of food. Really enjoyed a meal on a couple of nights there with friends.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed June 23, 2018

I had dinner here with my husband and our daughter, their food was good and portions were big. They have a coffee shop and a restaurant right across. We stayed inside the coffee shop (it was a good thing that they allow food to be...served there) because there was live music, a little bit too loud for our taste, at the restaurant. Also, there were big groups of people drinking and it wasn't really friendly for families especially with kids. I still recommend it because of the coffee and food, apart from the bad live music.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed June 12, 2018

We have been here many times over the last 7 years and it never disappoints. The food is reasonably priced and great quality. It's the biggest and in our opinion, the best entertainment venue in Surigao City. We fortunate to be there when the band...Frequency were playing. I'm not sure if that is how you spell their name. Their lead singer was the best we've heard and there are plenty of amazing singers in the Philippines. Even if you are only staying for one night before taking a ferry, make sure this place is on your list. It is right next door to the Tavern Hotel.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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EJ's Garden By The Bay is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5