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LoopList: 8 Hidden Garden Restaurants in Metro Manila for a Romantic Dinner
by Angelique Borja

Still looking for an idyllic place in the city to impress your date? Check out these charming restaurants tucked in the coziest places of Metro Manila. These garden-inspired cafés are perfect to pull off a romantic date with your significant other.

1. Maria Luisa’s Garden Room (Makati City)

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Maria Luisa’s Garden Room is an exclusive French-Scandinavian gourmet restaurant for members of the Makati Garden Club and their guests. With international chef Robert Lilja at the helm of its culinary team, Maria Luisa’s Garden Room has become an ideal venue for special occasions.

For club membership inquiries, please call (02) 552 7051 or (02) 552 7045.

Location: Recoletos Street, Makati City

2. Courtyard Café (Parañaque City)

Image from Courtyard Café's Facebook page.

Courtyard Café's rustic outdoor setting gives a very relaxing vibe. Their vintage furniture and charming decors are Instagram-ready. Courtyard Café has a wide array of Filipino favorites such as crispy pata, kare-kare, and bagnet, as well as halo-halo and turon for desserts.

For inquiries, contact Courtyard Hotline: (PLDT) +632 359-4288, (SMART) 0929 390-7777, (GLOBE) 0945 847-1777

Location: Daly Road, Merville Park Subdivision, Parañaque City

3. My Mother’s Garden (Pasay City)

Image grabbed from My Mother’s Garden's Facebook page

My Mother’s Garden is a by-reservation-only restaurant located in the home of the late National Artist for Architecture, Pablo Antonio.

This secret garden restaurant serves as Malu Antonio Veloso’s tribute to their mother, Doña Marina Antonio, wife of Pablo Antonio. Malu and daughter Letlet Veloso are famous fashion designers and they run the restaurant depending on reservations.

Image grabbed from My Mother’s Garden's Facebook page

For inquiries, contact Malu Veloso at 831-8407 or 0917-600-8886.

Location: 2650 Zamora St. Pasay City

4. Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant (Quezon City)

Image from Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant's Facebook page

Experience gourmet dining at Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant featuring French-Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines straight from the cellars of Brumms Quality Wines, Inc.

Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 6:00 PM - 10:30 PM. Lunch is available for exclusive booking only.

For more details and inquiries, visit Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant's Facebook page.

Location: 5 Julieta Circle Horseshoe Village, Quezon City

5. NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge (Loyola Heights, Quezon City)

Image from Ninyo Fusion's Facebook page

Looking for a more intimate romantic dinner set up? Head to NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge in Loyola Heights, Quezon City. Escape from all the metro madness and relax in the cozy ambiance of this fancy restaurant and wine bar, where you can experience Chef Niño's artistic fusion of Asian and European cuisines.

For inquiries, call NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge at (02) 426-0301 or visit their Facebook page.

Location: 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City

6. BASIL (Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City)

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BASIL has been a favorite food destination when it comes to authentic Thai cuisine. It also opened branches in different cities in the metro but it is here in White Plains where couples travel to for a more romantic and intimate ambiance. The food and vibe in BASIL is a complete Thailand experience.

Image from BASIL's Facebook page

BASIL is open from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

For inquiries, call (02) 911-4158.

Location: White Plains Avenue Corner Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City

7. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo (Marikina City)

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Rustic Mornings by Isabelo has a unique charm and rustic homey ambiance, making it one of the best garden restaurants in the metro since it opened in 2012. It is owned by Chef Portia Dee Baluyut, serving all-day breakfast, lunch, pastries, and coffee.

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is open from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM on weekdays (walk ins and reservations are welcome) and 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM on weekends (first come first served).

For weekday table reservations, please call +632 4258610, 6812461 or +639177005810.

Location: #11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City

8. Miranda’s Garden (Muntinlupa City)

Image from Miranda's Garden's Facebook page

For a more chill spot, drive down south and check out Miranda's Garden in Alabang. The concept of the restaurant is African-Filipino garden and they offer simple Filipino dishes. The food prices are from PHP80 to PHP250.

Miranda's Garden is open Monday to Saturday, 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

For inquiries and catering services, call 0977-495-1705.

Location: 1522 Sta. Teresita., Villa Donata, Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Cover image grabbed from the Facebook pages of NINYO Fusion (left) and Courtyard Café (right).

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