Lighthouse Restobar, Iloilo City

“Where do you want to eat?” is a petty yet debatable topic for most couples. Men often have a hard time soliciting for an answer from their ladies. Here’s a great tip to men: we might already have a place in mind, but surprising us by knowing where exactly to bring us will be very much appreciated. It will be considered as a grand gesture even. Take it from me, bring her to Lighthouse Restobar.

Two years ago, my best friend celebrated his birthday at Lighthouse. I was on a 3-day vacation here in Iloilo after 6 months of working in Manila. Capping off my vacation with sumptuous meals in such a homey place made the brief getaway bittersweet. About a week ago, I enjoyed their exquisite meals again with fellow bloggers. Here’s what we had:


Gambas Al Ajillo (P200) – slightly spicy shrimps in garlic
Blackened Sashimi (P280) – Black sesame crusted salmon and wasabi mayo
Chicken Potato Salad (P160)
House Salad with Passionfruit Dressing (P170) – Greens, grapes, and candied walnuts in Passionfruit vinaigrette


Pollo Coco (P220) – chicken and potatoes in coconut broth
Roast Beef (P280) – Slow-roasted beef served with gravy
Crispy Belly (P190)
Baby Back Ribs (P280)


Banana crepes (P140)
Blueberry Cheesecake (P160)
Lava Cake (P160)

Served with class in simple white plates, the dishes look very presentable and formal. The presentation can pass for fine dining, but once you get to taste the dishes, you’ll feel the comfort that home-cooked meals bring. Lighthouse Restobar features dishes from around the world. The menu offers Japenese, Mexican, Filipino, and Italian dishes. It is a result of the owner’s son’s penchant for cooking and traveling as a steward.

I have a weakness for quaint and charming pieces that’s why I really asked Mrs. Ledesma where she got her decors. A few pieces from her collection of paintings are displayed in the restaurant and she got most of her beautiful plates from Madrid and some from a local department store.





This wall tempts me to collect plates too. Mugs and plates? Hmmm. My future home will be too fragile. 😀

The bloggers and I didn’t just enjoy the food that night. We were also entertained by the owner’s impressive storytelling. Mrs. Arlette Zayco-Ledesma shared with us amusing stories before she accompanied us to the romantic riverside. It’s interesting to note that she named the restaurant Lighthouse as she has always been fond of the word. She also loves that it’s also a symbol of hope. Coincidentally, the building where it is located is also shaped like a real lighthouse.

Every day except Saturday and Sunday, Lighthouse features a live band at the riverside.

Enjoy outdoor dining without mosquitoes and hovering insects. 😀



Lighthouse is a quiet place, away from the bustling Smallville and Atria. Surprise your woman by making your ordinary dates extra special. Trust me, you’re guaranteed with 100 pogi points!


Lighthouse Restobar is located at

58 Gen. Luna, Iloilo City

Opening hours: 11am – 11pm

Tel. Nos.: 330 2551, 09177000675



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