For the month of love, we’re giving you romantic and lavish dining spots to check out in and out of the metro. Here are 12 affordable dining destinations you can find in Metro Manila and Tagaytay.
1. Le Petit Souffle – Metro
A mix between French elegance and Japanese aesthetic, Le Petit Souffle offers a serene and romantic ambience that will surely impress you and your date. With its garden-inspired interior, this modern French-Japanese bistro gives an outdoor vibe while being indoors. Because of its decor, there’s truly no doubt this dining spot is Instagram-worthy, yet perfect for a casual dine out. Serving both sweet and savory food, guests keep returning for their much-loved Foie Gras Mac & Cheese and Squid Ink Rice. You might also enjoy some delicious desserts and Soufflés to match the romantic hanging lamps, dim lights and imitation trees.
Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Average cost: PHP 1100 for two people (approx.)
2. Rockwell Glasshouse – Metro
The Rockwell Glasshouse is a modern-day structure surrounded by lush green plants that mimics the feel of a greenhouse in the middle of the city. Huge Fiddle Leaf figs, gold details and lavish furniture adorn the interior of this elegant spot, which makes it the perfect place for an endless conversation over coffee or wine with your date. Natural lighting emits from the glass exterior, allowing for a simple, yet elegant ambience. And the food tastes as lovely as the facade. Rockwell Glasshouse’s menu consists mainly of salads, pastas, sandwiches and coffee. The more indulgent meals include a selection of rice bowls, all-day breakfast fare, and cake. Must-try menu items include Bottarga Pasta, Fried Portuguese Sardines with Garlic Rice and Eggs, and the Parma Ham and Emmental Cheese Sandwich.
R1-GH, The Glasshouse Rockwell Center, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati City
Average Cost: PHP 900 for two people (approx.)
3. Straight Up – Metro
Straight Up is a rooftop bar that offers a panoramic view overlooking the parks, upscale boutiques and restaurants of Bonifacio High Street. You and your date can definitely enjoy drinks with a breathtaking view of the city, lounge indoors or reserve a private room perfect for exclusive parties. Highlights of the menu include Italian cuisine, complimentary finger food with cocktails, as well as a separate buffet for wine lovers. In the evenings, you can catch live performances and fresh beats by singers and DJ’s who specialize in bossa, soul, house beats, and jazz. With a bar that offers a 360 degree view of the city, there’s no way that your date could get any more romantic.
15th Floor, Seda Hotel, 30th Street Corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Average cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)
4. Cafe Juanita – Metro
A fusion of different Asian cuisines, this casual dining spot is a feast for the eyes. With its Asian antiques and adornments, the ambience of this unique restaurant is perfect for your Instagram feed. Some of the favorite menu items are the binagoongan, kare kareng gulay, and fish with tamarind sauce. Even their dessert offers a taste of heaven! Some of the must-try desserts include the cassava cake and toffee pudding. You can also include this as one of the best go-to coffee places in Manila. With the restaurant’s own musician playing piano on the side, this charming place is whimsical, homey and delightful in best way possible.
5. Cafe Voi La – Tagaytay
In the quiet outskirts of Tagaytay, you can find a unique and one-of-a-kind Asian-fusion themed restaurant that offers pockets of peace and serenity. The cozy and rustic feel of this unique cafe, combined with colorful interior and Asian art, makes this cafe a vibrant and picturesque spot for a romantic date. While waiting for your food to be served, you can find yourself admiring Thai and Vietnamese ornaments, as well as other Southeast Asian decor adorning the indoor and outdoor area. Some of the loved menu items include the Homemade Chicken Pork Adobo, Café Voi La Chicken Curry, Trio of Spring Rolls, and Café Voi La Pad Thai. However, the clear winner is their cheesecake! The name of the restaurant is derived from a Vietnamese word “boi la”, which means to cook with leaves.
6. Filling Station – Metro
This American-inspired diner is nothing short of an Instagram lover’s heaven. Vintage decors, pop art, and a retro car displayed in the middle of the diner, it’s the perfect place for a unique and quirky dine out with your family and friends. Their menu includes classic American food items, such as friends, burgers and milkshakes. If you’re seeking to time-travel back to the retro days, this is the perfect spot for you! You’ll be greeted by waiters dressed to that time-period.
5012 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City 12101210
Average Cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)
7. Bag of Beans – Tagaytay
If you’re seeking to unwind in a place far from the metro, Bag of Beans offers chic interiors, rustic surroundings, and Instagram-worthy features. This dining spot serves American-Asian dishes while being surrounded by a garden.
115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 1000 for two people (approx.)
8. Veranda – Tagaytay
Veranda, located in Tagaytay is perfect for a romantic date outside the metro. Overlooking a magnificent view of Taal Lake, this dining spot has a traditional and elegant Filipino atmosphere with a food selection that brings back exquisite Filipino cuisine and international dishes. Serving a variety of refreshing platters, their menu will remind you of a classic, yet modern Philippine taste that’s enjoyed by all. If this isn’t romantic enough, their interior offers pristine lighting, luxurious interior, and a stunning view.
Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average cost: PHP 1200 for two people (approx.)
9. Gallery by Chele – Metro
Gallery by Chele is a fusion between modern Filipino and Spanish cuisine. Offering unique and innovative dishes, this restaurant is reasonably pricey for its quality, presentation and rich flavor. The casual, open ambience is adorned with nature-inspired and wood interior, making it the perfect place for an elegant and sophisticated dining experience. They even cater to vegetarians with their distinct menu and offers specialty items, such as Beef Curry, Bana – Lu, and Pearls and Clams.
Fifth Floor, Clipp Center, 11th Avenue Corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Average Cost: PHP 1800 for two people (approx.)
10. Tsokolateria – Tagaytay
Tsokolateria located in Tagaytay is the perfect spot for chocolate lovers seeking to satisfy their sweet cravings. With an amazing view of Taal, you’ll be closer to nature while enjoying a bundle of chocolate snacks in the outskirts of Manila. With their delicious menu, you’ll fall deeply in love with their chocolate dips, tablea mallows and hot chocolate. You can also enjoy cool breeze by the outdoors, making a sweet and romantic experience for you and your loved ones.
The Boutique Bed and Breakfast, 45 Aguinaldo Highway Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 800 for two people (approx.)
11. Sonya’s Garden – Tagaytay
Fill your tummy with delicious food and your heart with love and romance. Sonya’s Garden is where the magic happens! A number of proposals that have taken place in this garden paradise, as well as wedding ceremonies and events. This dining destination isn’t just home to good food and a homegrown flower garden, vegetables are freshly harvested from their very own farm and guests quickly fall in love with its beautiful and charming ambience. Their menu items include Salad, Tea, Chocolate Cake, White Pasta, and Coffee.
12. Dreamland’s Arts & Crafts – Tagaytay
This bohemian-inspired, Instagrammable cafe and restaurant in Tagaytay City is crafty, artsy and the all-around dreamy. Who wouldn’t want to dine inside a place full of art and color? Adorned with dream-catchers, paintings, fairy lights and other vibrant decors, Dreamland’s Arts & Crafts Cafe offers classic breakfast items and homegrown foods. Other items you can order are Nachos, Potato Wedges, Pasta, Hot Chocolate, Barako Coffee, Chicken Wings, and Burgers. This cozy spot is the definition of dreamland. You might just catch yourself dreaming for more!