Tatoy's Manokan and Seafoods | Things to do in Iloilo City-Iloilo

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A trip to Iloilo City wouldn't be complete without having a hearty lunch at the iconic Tatoy’s - a diner known for its native litson manok and seafood dishes. Who would have known that this prestigious diner with such a huge space—nipa huts by the beach, airconditioned and non-airconditioned food halls, plus a conference area—started with just four tables? As a fisherman, its sole owner Tatoy knew where to get high-quality ingredients. In just a short period time, his recipes were favored by the locals and eventually became the talk of the town. Aside from being a mere diner, Tatoy’s also plays a significant part in every Ilonggo’s life. From normal lunch outs, locals go to this place for every milestone they share with their loved ones. Now, foreign and local personalities have also made their mark on this diner. A photo opportunity with Honorato “Tatoy” Tiburan Espinosa himself must not be missed!
Open: 7:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Address: Valuarte-Calumpang-Villa-Oton Road, Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Fee: N/A
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Nearby attractions

Camiña Balay nga Bato
1.15 km away

A heritage of the past that has been well-maintained up to the present time, Camiña Balay nga Bato remains as one of the most popular landmarks in Iloilo City. The compound still serves as home to the 4th generation of Melocoton-Avancena clan. Upon entering the ancestral site, antique and souvenir boutique called Lola Rufina’s Heritage Curio Shop, would welcome guests with local handicrafts and even spices. Saints carved in red stones, paintings, tskoloteras, and textile pride hablon and sinamay are just some of the rare items can be bought here. Its grand staircase, where guests are instructed to climb up sideways, shows Spanish century interiors and architecture. As soon as guests reach the second floor, a scent of nostalgia would come in with the sight of oratorio or prayer corner, grand sala, and dining hall. After an hour of touring around, the best part to end the visit is to have a taste of its popular Molo soup and Tsokolate E.

Molo Mansion
4.06 km away

Right across the town church is the grand Molo Mansion built in the 1920s. To save the structure from deteriorating, it has been restored and turned into a heritage museum. It now houses crafts and arts by the Ilonggos, and tourists can conveniently shop at a cultural retail store by the lobby. At the backyard, one could find a sweet spot for sweet organic treats! Table Matters sell artisanal ice cream made from blue ternate and also a variety of coolers—a perfect break from touring around the district of Molo.

Molo Plaza and Church
4.14 km away

The façade of the church, telling of the neogothic influence, already gives travelers a preview of the rich history of the building. The church was raised in 1831, under the supervision of Father Pablo Montaño, and was completed under the direction of Don Jose Manuel Locsin. Coral stones, as well as the two red pyramidal spires, show how the so called Feminist Church has aged with glory. It is easy to reach the area as almost all jeepney routes with “Molo” or “Arevalo” on the signage will pass by the plaza. Inside the church, one can find the centerpiece that holds the image of the patron saint, St. Anne, and the 16 statues of female saints along the aisle.

Where to stay

Top Star Hotel Oton
Hotels and homes
4.02 km away

Top Star Hotel is a bed and breakfast hotel for business travelers located in Oton, Iloilo. Modern bedrooms are prepared to experience a good night sleep as well as the highest level of service from hospitable and reliable team.

Urban Sands Hotel Iloilo
Hotels and homes
4.70 km away

Strategically located at Molo, Iloilo City, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.

Urban Sands Iloilo
Hotels and homes
4.70 km away

Experience the amazing transition upon entering Urban Sands. The threshold features wood flooring lined with sand-colored pebbles and a beautiful landscape. To the left is a bar that caters to guests and the public, raised high and mighty with wood-inspired accents and delicate interiors. To the right is another crafted transition, spotless white tiles that house the front desk. The hall leading to the pool is lined with artworks of Ilonggo artists. Further, exposed in all its glory, is the core of Urban Sands: the rooms, the pool, and a new enchanting realm.

Urban Sands has comfortable rooms, three of which house a queen bed in every room, two with two semi-double beds, and another two with one king bed each. All rooms are located at the poolside – it’s undeniably better than being in a hotel saturated with rooms and hallways. At Urban Sands, you’re closer to nature. Revel on the milieu of the beach, the fine landscaped space, the smell of fresh air, and the cool calm that evidently soothes the soul. The room dimensions vary around 15 to 16 square meter or 18 to 19, terrace included. All rooms are fully air conditioned and equipped with the following: high quality beds with padding and comforters, bathroom with hot and cold shower, telephone, a refrigerator with mini bar and snacks, and a 32 inch LED television with cable connection and USB port. To the working population, Urban Sands is a haven because of its 24/7 WiFi/Internet access.

Urban Sands is all about fun and enjoyment. Enjoy a well-designed pool perfect for the morning stroke or late night swim. Guests are welcome to enjoy the pool while having a bountiful breakfast or luxurious dinner. The Kiddie pool is located in the far end of the pool, perfect also for a family swim.  Moreover, the Business Center is also conducive for group meetings and for those working as a group. The bar and restaurant serve palatable dishes and savvy beverages. You can even request for a blissful  full body massage; either in the convenience of your rooms or  at the reflective shimmering of cool water at the poolside. All in all, Urban Sands is dedicated in giving all that valued guests could ask for. Truly, and intimately, Urban Sands is a paradise in the city.

Getting there and around

Valuarte-Calumpang-Villa-Oton Road, Sto. Niño Sur, Arevalo, Iloilo City, Iloilo

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