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Best Restaurants in Metro Manila

The best restaurants in Metro Manila keep with the cosmopolitan feel of this city, which blends a myriad of influences from all around the world, both in its history and its cuisine. Filipino food itself has already been shaped by aboriginal, Spanish, North American, Indonesian and Chinese cuisines, so you’re almost certain to find something to your taste in Manila.

Metro Manila’s dining scene includes an eclectic list of eateries which only have 1 point in common: they’re mostly  are good. From upscale hotel’s restaurants to unpretentious budget cafés, and from local to international restaurants, the best places to eat in Manila are ready to serve you mouth-watering meals.

Can’t decide on where to have your next date? Don’t stress cause you can never really go wrong with an amazing view.

Celebrating an anniversary, a special occasion, preparing for a proposal, or looking for a new spot to entertain guests? Sunsets, skyscrapers, and a view of the bay… there’s just something about restaurants with views. Check out these places in and around Manila for these stunning cityscapes and a bonus at the end!

 

Whether it’s your first date or silver anniversary, you want to bring jowa somewhere special to shower them with love and appreciation. So instead of making a reservation at your usual restaurant, try upping your dating game at one of these romantic restaurants in Metro Manila. These Cupid-approved restaurants will make you want to dress up and feel fancy with your date on any special occasion you have in mind, and it’s not just the ambiance that’s great – the food is, too.

Romantic Restaurants in Manila


1. Blackbird at the Nielson Tower – a 1940s airport-turned-restaurant


1940s airport turned Blackbird at the Nielson
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What used to be a radio tower and passenger terminal for the Nielson Airport in the 1940s is now Blackbird at the Nielson, a restaurant that will take your fine dining experience to different heights. The tall windows and black and white interior give off an elegant vibe, especially at night when they dim the lights to serve you a candlelit dinner. The grand staircase is also the perfect spot for posting pics to remember on your IG stories.

They have a wide range of European and Asian cuisine with appetizers starting at P280 and main dishes starting at P680. Their Asian fusion dishes such as lamb rendang and prawn scotch eggs are must-tries.

Address: 6752, 1229 Makati Ave, Makati City
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: (02) 8828 4888

 

2. Grace Park – laid-back dining with postmodern decor


 

Farm-to-table dining in Grace Park
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Dressing to the nines isn’t for everyone. Some just want a simple, laid-back date, and Grace Park’s eclectic, postmodern, and industrial aesthetic allows you to dress down without getting judged.

Iconic band U2 gracing Grace Park in 2019
U2 ate here when they came to Manila for their concert in 2019.
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They primarily offer Filipino cuisine cooked with organic ingredients, from their vegetables, eggs, and down to their rice – great for those particular about their diet, or who just want healthier options. Their specials include the Philippine Sea Bass at P475pastas that start at P395, and mascarpone gelato for P115

Address: Ground Floor, One Rockwell Building, Rockwell, Makati City
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri – Sun 7AM-11PM
Mobile: 0939 934 7223


3. Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant – newbie-friendly French-Mediterranean fusion


Rustic dining at Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant
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For those who’ve always wanted to try French and Mediterranean food, but can’t wrap your tongue around the language, you can go for Lemuria’s 6-course Valentine’s Day set meal (P3,200/person). That means more time exchanging sweet nothings with your date, and less time trying to decipher the menu. 

These set meals include an amuse-bouche, appetizer, soup, pasta, sorbet, beef, and dessert, while the 9-course meal has an additional salad, seafood dish, and cheese plate.

You’ll be surrounded by rich brown furniture and old brick walls that make a rustic fine dining experience, with classical music and dim lighting setting the mood right for a date.

Address: 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, New Manila, Quezon City
Opening hours: Tue – Thu 6PM-10.30PM, Fri – Sun 5.30PM-9PM (Closed Mondays)
Telephone: (02) 8724 5211


4. Champagne Room – dine like queens and kings


Feast like royalty in Manila Hotel's Champagne Room
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It doesn’t get any classier than this. With chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, velvet red accents on the cushioned seats, and gold decor, Manila Hotel’s Champagne Room will make you feel as if you were in Queen Elizabeth’s dining room. Since you’re in Manila’s oldest hotel, known for exemplary food and service since 1909, it’s safe to expect to be treated like royalty too.

This romantic restaurant in Manila offers 6-course meals from P4,500 per person, which packs in great value for money, as each set comes with a soup, salad, sorbet, main dish, and dessert. Their A La Carte menu is lighter on the wallet, though, with dishes starting from P300.

When it’s time for drinks, the Champagne Room isn’t restricted to champagne, but boasts an impressive selection of drinks for P200-P900 including wines and non-alcoholic drinks such as mocktails and juices. The menu also suggests which drinks to have before, during, or after your meal – useful for booze newbies.

 

Address: The Manila Hotel, One Rizal Park, Ermita, Manila
Opening hours: 12-15 February 2021, 5:30PM-10PM
Telephone: (632) 8527 0011 (call for reservations)


5. Galileo Enoteca – sip and dine in a wine cellar-styled space


Wine cellar-inspired aesthetic Galileo Enoteca
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Hide away with your loved one in Galileo Enoteca, designed like a cozy Italian wine cellar, where you’ll be surrounded by bottles of wine arranged on brick shelves. 

Romantic Package in Galileo Enoteca, with 3 course meal and romantic set up
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They offer Romantic Packages for P2,400: a 3-course couple set meal with an antipasti, main courses divided into primi which is a pasta dish, followed by secondi which is usually a meat dish, then a dessert, accompanied with your choice of red or white wine – plenty to choose from here. Plus, they’ll also decorate a table just for you with rose petals and tea lights.  

Or if you’re coming here after dinner just for the wine, you can pair it with a smaller a la carte dish, such as their antipasti platters from P500.

Address: 80 Malinao, corner of Calbayog St, Mandaluyong
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9AM-9PM (Closed Mondays)
Telephone: (02) 8534 4633


6. Le Petit Soufflé – romantic brunch with soufflé pancakes


Valentine brunch with Le Petit Souffle's souffles
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For all the early birds who prefer to be tucked in and asleep by 9PM, Le Petit Soufflé is a great place for a fancy brunch. Here, you can dine on Japanese-style French cuisine in its cozy and warm garden-inspired seating area. 

As per their name, they specialize in fluffy soufflé pancakes (from P300) that are popular in Japan. No worries if your date has a sweet tooth and you don’t – they also serve savory dishes, such as their hambagu, a Japanese-style hamburger steak starting at P425.

 

Address: Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Opening hours: Mon 10AM-8PM, Tue – Sun 10AM-7PM
Telephone: (02) 8886 3056


7. Pablo Bistro – extensive drinks menu


Pablo Bistro open until 1AM for late night dates
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Enjoy your meal and conversations in this restaurant’s intimate setting, with the dimmed lights and candles, and a drink or two from Pablo’s extensive 6-page menu of drinks, priced at around P300 per glass. Along with your drinks, some surefire dishes to have a yummy meal are the baked eggplant and goat cheese bites for P220, and their paellas from P750

Address: The Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, 119 L. P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City
Opening hours: 9.30AM-4.30PM, Daily
Telephone: (02) 8403 0626


8. The Nest Dining in the Sky (temporarily closed) – dine with a glittering view of Metro Manila


Rooftop dining away at The Nest Dining in the Sky
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Dine with a view at The Nest Dining in the Sky. From its rooftop location on Vivere Hotel, you can see the wide expanse of the city skyline from 31 storeys up. 

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To go with customer favorites such as the Wild Mushroom Pasta for P470 and nachos with cured pork for P550, you can enjoy their unlimited wine offer from 10PM-12PM for only P590.

As it’s located in Alabang, this place is convenient for the couples living in the South, or even for those in the metro who want to dine away from the city on their special day. You don’t have to worry about making it on time despite the drive either, since they’re open till 1AM.

Address: Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Avenue Corner Asean Drive, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Opening hours: 5.30AM-1AM, Daily
Telephone: (02) 8771 7777


9. La Cabrera – a steakhouse Argentinians approve of

Old Hollywood steakhouse La Cabrera
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La Cabrera’s a charming old Hollywood-inspired interior is filled with movie reels, vintage telephones, and old photographs. This, paired with dimmed lights and live jazz music, will put you in a romantic mood.

This restaurant is one of many steakhouses scattered all over Metro Manila, but what sets it apart is that a lot of diners call its steak “the best steak they’ve had in the Philippines”. Even Argentinian visitors call this restaurant’s cuisine authentic, reminiscent of their steaks back home. These steak meals cost around P2,800, but considering that each is 500G of meat, you can split one with your date if you have an average appetite.

Address: Ayala Business Center, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Glorietta Complex, Makati City
Opening hours: 10AM-7.30PM Daily
Mobile: 0905 290 0703


10. Oasis Garden Café (temporarily closed) – all-day eats and high tea sets for a merienda


Live music and glass ceiling at Oasis Garden Cafe
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Those fortunate enough to have enough leave credits to take the whole day off can lounge about in Oasis Garden Cafe, where you can take your sweet time nibbling on their all-day snacks and afternoon tea sets, perfect for a merienda

High tea sets at Oasis Garden Cafe
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They have a classic afternoon tea set at P988 that consists of sweets, finger sandwiches, scones, condiments such as berry compote and Devonshire clotted cream, and your choice of premium coffee or tea. 

With a piano right smack in the middle and a crystal-clear glass ceiling, it’s perfect for a wholesome date any time you come by – with natural sunlight pouring in by day, and the live music and a view of the stars that sets the mood come nightfall.

Address: Solaire Resort & Casino, Aseana Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City
Opening hours: Sun – Thurs 11AM-12PM | Fri – Sat 11AM-1AM
Telephone: (02) 8888 8888

Restaurants With A View in Manila

 

Vu’s – Marco Polo Ortigas

Vu’s is a sky bar and lounge settled on top of Marco Polo Ortigas; being 45 floors up from the ground, the view is nothing but stellar. Enjoy cocktails such as the Sapphire Road (their award-winning signature cocktail), Paparazzi, Aqua Ball, and the Godfather.

Available for: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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45/F Marco Polo, Meralco Ave, Ortigas, Ortigas, Pasig
(0926) 697-9630 | (02) 7720-7777

Lung Hin – Marco Polo Ortigas

A contemporary Cantonese and seafood restaurant located at the upper floor of the Marco Polo Ortigas hotel tower. The expansive layout of chic interiors and the exclusively appointed private dining rooms with a city view are ideal venues for intimate gatherings. You can also visit VU’s Sky Bar on the 45th floor.

Available for: Dine-in (reservation is recommended), in-house delivery.
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44/F Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel, Meralco Ave., Ortigas, Pasig
(0916) 779-0562 | (02) 7720-7777 loc 6621

 

Z Hostel Roofdeck – Poblacion

Z Hostel is the first and biggest luxury hostel in the Philippines. On top of it is a roofdeck bar that is the first to use RFID bracelet technology for easy cashless transactions.

Available for: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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5660 Don Pedro St, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 8856-0581 | (0927) 965-2692

Firefly Roofdeck – Poblacion

Firefly Roofdeck is a 50-seater bar that offers panoramic views of the Makati skyline. Firefly offers grilled specialties and even cooks them right in front of you on their open teppanyaki station.

Available for: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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32/F City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati Ave cor Kalayaan Ave, Poblacion, Makati
(02) 8888-8181 loc. 3500

Straight Up Bar – Seda BGC

Straight Up is a cocktail bar and lounge on the rooftop of Seda in BGC. They have plush seats and an intimate setting along with their tapas, drinks, and fabulous music amid a spectacular view of the city skyline and beyond.

Available via: Dine-in (Reservation is recommended), Pick-up.
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15/F Seda Hotel, 30th St. cor. 11th Ave., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 7945-8888

 

C Lounge – Conrad Manila

C Lounge is a laid back bar in one of the top hotels in Manila that offers tea sets, cocktails, and a variety of finger food.

Available via: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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3/F S Maison, Conrad Manila, Seaside Boulevard cor Coral Way, Pasay
(02) 8683-3914 | (02) 8833-9999

 

La Cathedral – Intramuros

Situated beside the historical Manila Cathedral Church, La Cathedral is a homey café offering hearty meals from pastas, sandwiches, to rice meals. Peer outside and view the picturesque site as you enjoy a cup of coffee.

Available for: Dine-in (reservations only).
La Cathedral Café with a view of Manila Cathedral in Intramuros
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Greenfield Bldg, 398 Cabildo St, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 8701-7833 | (0916) 588-2292

Sky Deck – The Bayleaf

Sky Deck is a rooftop bar located within the walls of Intramuros. It has a beautiful view of the capital of the Philippines and the sprawling Club Intramuros Golf Course.

Available via: Dine-in (reservation is recommended), Pick-up, in-house delivery.
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Insider tip: While Manila's night lights are picture perfect, you should drop by early so you could witness the unobstructed view of the sunset.

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The Bayleaf, Muralla cor Victoria St., Intramuros, Manila
(02) 5318-5000

Jazz Up in the Sky – Heroes Hotel

In its very essence, Jazz Up in the Sky is a restaurant atop Heroes Hotel that specializes in steaks. They offer affordable yet delicious steaks and the place even has its own coffee shop, Skybrew Café.

Available via: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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Roofdeck of Heroes Hotel, Osmena Highway cor Florentino Torres St., San Andres Bukid, Manila
(0977) 367-9396

 

TAS Roofdeck – Aguirre

TAS is a rooftop restaurant and bar in BF Homes. They offer Filipino and international fusion dishes including grilled skewers, street pizzas, and wraps along with delicious cocktails and craft beers. They hold musical acts and other events.

Available via: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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3/F 31 Aguirre Street, BF Homes, Parañaque
(0917) 719-4840

 

The Nest Dining in the Sky – Vivere Hotel

The Nest Dining in the Sky offers romantic outdoor dining with a stunning view. They serve familiar comfort food with gracious personal service beneath the warmth of life and laughter as you dine on the 31st floor of Vivere Hotel with a sweeping view of the south.

Available via: Dine-in (reservation only).
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31/F Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Ave. cor. Asean Dr., Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 8771-7777

 

 

Terraza of Balay Dako – Emilio Aguinaldo Highway

Terraza of Balay Dako is located on the top floor of this extraordinary place of dining. Just like the main dining room located below, diners are treated with the typical delicious experience Balay Dako is known for, but Terraza stands on its own with their signature cocktails and their mouthwatering tapas and pizzas amidst breathtaking views of Taal Lake.

Available via: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, (Nasugbu – Tagaytay Road), Silang Crossing West, Tagaytay
(046) 483-4847 | (0943) 264-1680 | (046) 413-4866

Charito by Bag of Beans – Maharlika East

The go-to coffee shop in Tagaytay, Charito by Bag of Beans is an upscale spin-off of the latter that features spacious dining areas inside and at the balcony, with a majestic view of the Taal lake. The original menu is still intact, but they also serve European dishes and breakfast meals.

Available via: Dine-in (reservation is recommended).
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Maharlika East, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay
(046) 483-1279 | (046) 413-6459

The Teahouse at Qi Wellness Living – Aguinaldo Highway

If you’re looking for a great restaurant with an amazing view overlooking Taal lake, then Qiwellness Living is a good place to start. Perched along the ridge of Tagaytay, this restaurant is an homage to ancient China updated with modern day sensibilities. Qiwellness Living boasts an Asian fusion teahouse, a bathhouse, and a spa destination all in one picturesque package. They offer an a la carte menu but we recommend reserving a few days in advance to experience their seasonal degustation menu. 

Available via: Dine-in (reservations only).
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Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay
(0917) 522-6969

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