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Heritage House Tour: 7 Things You Need to Know About Guevarra's

Find out why this quaint spot in San Juan has become a popular dining destination

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Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

Whether you're a foodie or a resident of San Juan, you're probably wondering who P. Guevarra is. An impressive fellow, Pedro Guevarra was a Filipino soldier, a lawyer, and a politician—particularly, he was a resident commissioner to the House of Representatives of the 68th United States Congress. Perhaps you've heard of the Tydings-McDuffie Law during History class? Pedro Guevarra made that happen.

Guevarra's, the heritage house-turned-restaurant, is named after the said historical figure. A popular attaction on this end of the famous street, the restaurant has a lovely facade and charming interiors.

Once you step into the lot, you can't help but feel like you've travelled back to another era. Owned and operated by Seven Plates Inc.—with Chefs Rolando and Jackie Laudico—Guevarra's is known for its superb Filipino spreads, well-trained staff, and an ambiance that matches its vintage interiors.

Maligayang Pagdating sa Guevarra’s!”—greets the lovely maître d as you enter through the impressive front door. It has two glass-paned doors, giving anyone who's waiting to be seated a peek into the glamorous main dining hall.

How about waiting in style? Comfy seating pieces—reminiscent of a Filipino home, complete this nook by the main door. The golden wall accents add to the elegant and stately feel of the restaurant.

There are more things to see when you get inside, but to tide you over until your visit, here are seven things you need to know about Chef Laudico's Guevarra's:

1. It has a mouthwatering and inviting buffet.

We're daydreaming about lining up and filling our plates with sumptuous food! This part of the restaurant is kept bright and welcoming—thanks to the generous windows that let in plenty of natural light.

2. It used to be a spa.

Before Seven Plates Inc. took over, the old house was functioning as a spa. Don’t be surprised if at the next table, the lady goes on about when she used to de-stress within the premises. 

3. The interiors showcase vintage details and an old world charm.

Intricate woodwork and generous seats populate the room while being illuminated by a dazzling chandelier.

4. You might have seen it in a movie.

Here's a fun Pinoy movie trivia for you. If you’re a fan of young Janice de Belen and Richard Gomez, you might recognize the house, as it was featured in their movie Islaw Palitaw.

5. Pedro Guevarra's photos are on some of the decorated glass panes in the restaurant.

In celebration of this remarkable human being, Pedro Guevarra’s dandy self can be seen on the glass planes that serve as dividers.  Get acquainted with how he looks and you might even get some sartorial tips while you’re at it.

6. You can get married at Guevarra's.

Civil weddings are usually officiated in the garden, while the reception is held in the house. For wedding preps, they also have function rooms that are turned into the makeup area and holding room for the bride.

On ordinary days, guests can walk around the property and relish the calming ambiance. Friends can take over the outdoor seating area, exchange stories, and patiently wait for their turn in the buffet line.

7. The house is almost a hundred years old.

Built in the 1920s, the house is now approaching its centenary! Just take a moment and think that this house has survived World War II, the martial law years, and several coup d’ etat. Amidst all that, it is still standing and even got to keep some of its original features like the intricate wall arch seen in the main dining hall.

Chef Laudico's Guevarra's is located at #387 P. Guevarra St. corner Argonne St., Addition Hills, San Juan City.

Schedule a get-together with friends or a lunch with the family by getting in touch with the restaurant via landline at (02) 705-1874 and  705-1811 or via mobile at (0917) 311-2222. You can also send an e-mail to cheflaudicoguevarra[at]gmail.com. Follow Guevarra's on Facebook for updates.

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