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10 Restaurants in Manila to Take Your S.O. Out for a Romantic Date
by Angelique Borja

Whether you are celebrating your anniversary or just want to take your significant other for a sweet surprise, dining at a romantic restaurant is always a fail-safe plan. What else do you look for in a restaurant aside from great food? You might have your favorite but there are still other fancy restaurants around the metro to try!

If you’re looking for a place with breathtaking view or just a romantic intimate set-up, dining at these restaurants would definitely be a memorable date.

Firefly Roofdeck at City Garden Grand Hotel, Makati

Image grabbed from Firefly Roofdeck’s Facebook page

Surprise your date to a romantic dinner with a view! Firefly Roofdeck is situated on top of City Garden Grand Hotel Makati which gives a scenic landscape of the city’s skyline. The view gets even lovelier at night with city lights dotting the sky. Firefly Roofdeck offers Spanish-Filipino cuisine which you can pair with wine.

Image grabbed from Firefly Roofdeck’s Facebook page

Firefly Roofdeck is located on the 32nd floor of City Garden Grand Hotel corner Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Firefly Roofdeck’s Facebook page.

Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant, Makati

Image grabbed from Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant’s Facebook page

Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant is a quaint restaurant along Yakal Street, located away from the busy central Makati district. The restaurant’s log cabin interior gives off a rustic and homey ambience which complements their European home-style dishes prepared by the restaurant’s very own Swiss chef. Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant is known to serve the best cheese fondue and classic Swiss favorites.

Image grabbed from Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant’s Facebook page

Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant is located at 7431 Yakal Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Chesa Bianca Swiss Restaurant’s Facebook page.

Café Ysabel, San Juan

Image grabbed from Café Ysabel’s Facebook page

Café Ysabel serves Filipino and European cuisine set in a 1920s ancestral home in the city of San Juan. Chef Gene Gonzalez is the man behind the sumptuous dishes and the restaurant itself is famous for its strawberry shortcakes and paellas. The restaurant is also a home to a few paintings which has been restored by their original artists, evoking a rich cultural vibe.

Café Ysabel’s famous strawberry shortcake

Café Ysabel is located at 175 M. Paterno Street in San Juan City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Café Ysabel’s Facebook page.

Las Casas Manila by Margarita Forés, Quezon City

Image grabbed from Las Casas Quezon City’s Facebook page

The restaurant is located inside Las Casas Quezon City, an intricately-designed Art Deco events place formerly owned by the Juico Family and was saved by Jerry Acuzar, Chairman and Founder of NSJBI group, in 2016. Acuzar turned the property as an extension of Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar and is now a part of the Las Casas Heritage Collection.

Image grabbed from Las Casas Quezon City’s Facebook page

Las Casas Manila by Margarita Forés, the restaurant in the property, offers delectable Spanish cuisine that also emulates the place's strong Spanish elements. Reservation is highly encouraged but they also accept walk-ins.

Las Casas Manila by Margarita Forés is located at 134 Roosevelt Avenue, San Francisco Del Monte, Quezon City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Las Casas Manila by Margarita Forés’ Facebook page.

NINYO Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge, Quezon City

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For a more intimate romantic dinner for two, NINYO Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge in Loyola Heights is the perfect venue as they provide bespoke table arrangements. The restaurant has already witnessed countless wedding proposals set in their garden gazebos. NINYO offers artistic fusion of Asian and European cuisines best paired with their wide selection of wines.

Image grabbed from NINYO Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge’s Facebook Page

NINYO Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is located at 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights in Quezon City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit NINYO Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge’s Facebook page.

Galileo Enoteca Deli, Mandaluyong

Image grabbed from Galileo Enoteca Deli’s Facebook page

Literally means “Library of Wines”, Galileo Enoteca Deli is an Italian restaurant where couples can enjoy cheese wheels every Friday to Sunday. The restaurant’s uniquely decorated wine cellar style dining rooms gives a very Italian vibe, where the walls are covered with high-quality wines. Enjoy your wine night with Galileo Enoteca Deli’s homestyle Italian recipes.

Image grabbed from Galileo Enoteca Deli’s Facebook page

Galileo Enoteca Deli is located at 80 Calbayog Street corner Malinao in Mandaluyong City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Galileo Enoteca Deli’s Facebook page.

Osteria Daniele, BGC

Image grabbed from Osteria Daniele’s Facebook page

Osteria Daniele is a new dining place at High Street Corporate Plaza in BGC which was conceptualized by the people behind Las Flores, Rambla, and Tomatito. This restaurant lets couples indulge in high-end Italian dining experience. With floor-to-ceiling windows, brass chandeliers, and velvet chairs, Osteria Daniele is an elegant place to impress your sophisticated date.

Grilled octopus | Image grabbed from Osteria Daniele’s Facebook page

Osteria Daniele is located at 9th Avenue corner 26th Street, Ground Level, High Street Corporate Plaza in Bonifacio Global City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Osteria Daniele’s Facebook page.

Café Juanita, Pasig

Image grabbed from Café Juanita’s Facebook page

Situated in Kapitolyo, Pasig’s foodies haven where restaurants are lined up in every street, Café Juanita remains the favorite when it comes to Filipino homestyle dishes. Serving Pinoy favorites for over two decades now, the restaurant believes that the taste of home never gets out of style. Aside from their delectable food, everybody just feels at home the moment they step inside Café Juanita because of its rustic ambience adorned with eclectic decors and warm lights.

Beef Caldereta | Image grabbed from Café Juanita’s Facebook page

Café Juanita is located at #19 West Capitol Drive, Brgy. Kapitolyo in Pasig City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Café Juanita’s Facebook page.

The Nest: Dining in the Sky, Muntinlupa

Image grabbed from Vivere Hotel's website

For couples down south, another restaurant with a romantic view is nestled on top of Vivere Hotel in Alabang. The Nest not only has the picturesque view of Laguna de Bay but it’s also a great place to enjoy alfresco dining and to unwind as there are no nearby structures. As for the menu, their modern take on Filipino dishes and international cuisines keeps their guests coming back.

Image grabbed from Vivere Hotel's website

The Nest is located on the 31st floor of Vivere Hotel at 5102 Bridgeway Ave., corner Asean Drive, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang in Muntinlupa City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Vivere Hotel’s Facebook page.

Blue Ginger, Muntinlupa

Image grabbed from Blue Ginger’s Facebook page

Blue Ginger is an Asian restaurant tucked in the peaceful Lakefront community in Sucat. The interior speaks loudly of oriental vibe and the menu is a plethora of authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Blue Ginger’s ambience and dishes are equally vibrant and comforting. One cannot help but be in awe of its quirky interior and decors that give the whole restaurant its unique charm and personality.

Image grabbed from Blue Ginger’s Facebook page

Blue Ginger is located at The Wharf in Lakefront, Sucat, Muntinlupa City.

For inquiries and reservations, visit Blue Ginger’s Facebook page.

Have you dined in any of the restaurants mentioned above? Share your experience with us in the comment section!

Cover images grabbed from Blue Ginger’s and Galileo Enoteca Deli’s Facebook page.

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