Welcome to Cabalen San Bruno! We are the Authentic Bay Area branch and sole U.S. location for the Philippine restaurant group known for authentic Kapampangan dishes and other Filipino specialties. We bring to you dishes from our beloved province, known to food connoisseurs as the mecca of Filipino cooking due to the innate cooking talent of its denizens and their obsession with all things culinary. True to our tradition since its launch at our Quezon City branch in 1986, we present to you our “Eat All You Can, Eat All You Want” concept cherished by Filipinos throughout the Philippines. Bay Area residents are immediately transported back to our restaurants in their hometown, feeling the sense of nostalgia as they enter our beautiful welcoming space marked by high ceilings and traditional décor, reminiscent of our original locations.
Our food is not only Filipino but truly Kapampangan! Cabalen’s emphasis on keeping our menu rooted in authentic Kapampangan cooking and techniques is ensured by using the same recipes as our locations in the Philippines prepared by a veteran culinary team handpicked by our founder to bring the taste of our restaurants to the United States. You might recognize some of our offerings as your standard Filipino fare but upon closer inspection, they carry a unique interpretation of the classics. A hallmark of our buffet offerings includes our version of Kare Kare, which foregoes oxtail in favor of beef cheeks to offer you mouth melting tenderness. Our regulars are also completely enamored by our fried chicken, cooked to crispy seasoned perfection. The variety is endless as we offer a rotation of classics such as palabok, various types of adobo and our weekend lechon specialties.
We love serving our loyal customers and enjoy seeing our repeat customers several days during the week! Come on your own and enjoy a wide selection of our culinary delicacies or share the feast with friends and family! Our restaurant can accommodate up to a party of 90 and known for large parties on weekends. Our foundation is built upon the Filipino tradition of hospitality and we offer our full buffet inclusive of entrees, desserts and drinks at an affordable and unbeatable price.
Cabalen truly represents a Filipino tradition of hospitality known for exceptional service, comfortable ambiance and delicious food. We look forward to sharing this with you on every visit.
For more information on our buffet, check out our signature menu.