Romantic restaurants in Manila

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.

All information in this article has been updated as of 26 January 2021.

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

1940s airport turned Blackbird at the Nielson
Image credit: @trailingwife_c

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
Image credit: @tyronelalas

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.
Image credit: @u2bonoloveofficial

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 P475, pastas 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
Image credit: Lemuria

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
Image credit: @janeyinwonderland

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
Image credit: @galileoenoteca

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
Image credit: @galileoenoteca

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
Image credit: @lepetitsouffleph

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
Image credit: @pablobistro

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
Image credit: @bernardteeyz

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. 

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
Image credit: @insiderph

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
Image credit: @bakkumkim

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
Image credit: @solaireresort

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

Romantic restaurants in Metro Manila

You don’t need to wait till Valentine’s Day to celebrate the love you’ve found with your special someone, so a special date at one of these romantic restaurants in Manila is only reasonable. Whether you want to celebrate with a brunch, a dinner, or a merienda at these romantic restaurants in Manila and the surrounds, what matters is that you make it a special day for each other.

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Cover image adapted from @tyronelalas, @trailingwife_c, and @lepetitsouffleph

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