February 05, 2017

Top Six Best Romantic Restaurants for Dating in the Philippines 2017

Here are six swoon-worthy restaurants for your romantic date!
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We’re just a few heartbeats away from Valentine’s Day. Have you already thought about where to take your special someone on a date? If you haven’t, check out the list below of romantic places ShoppersGuide readers recommend.

Remember to make an early reservation, as most establishments tend to get fully booked during this occasion. Keep reading to know where to make your day of hearts special!


6. Spiral, Pasay City


First to enter our list is Spiral in Pasay City, the interactive restaurant of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Spanning 2,291 sq m of space and a seating capacity of 452 persons, it’s not hard to see why it has been touted as the biggest interactive buffet in Manila. In 2014, it got the 10th spot in the TripAdvisor’s list of travelers’ favorite fine dining restaurants in Asia.


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The long-winding staircase at Spiral, which is also the inspiration for the name of the restaurant


Couples can choose from Brazilian, French, North Indian food and more because Spiral houses just about all the flavors of the world in one roof. Diners can have their choice of dish cooked in front of them at any of their food stations, which they call ateliers. These include L’Ecailler, Rotisserie, Churrasco, Asian Noodles, Filipino, and La Patisserie, to name a few.

Recommended dishes to try at Spiral include freshly shucked oysters, foie gras, and artisanal chocolates. They also have an a la carte menu for those who opt not to eat at the buffet.

Hours of operation:
Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Lunch Buffet: 12 NN to 2:30 PM
Dinner Buffet: 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM


5. Antonio’s, Tagaytay City


If you want to get away from the busy streets of Manila on Valentine’s Day, you might want to consider going on a road trip to Antonio’s in Tagaytay City.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The enchanting and classy facade of Antonio’s


Opened in 2002, Antonio’s is a fine-dining restaurant serving modern European food with Filipino and Asian influences. The restaurant is inside a colonial-style mansion bordered with lush gardens on a one-hectare property. Antonio’s has consistently figured in the Miele Guide to Asia’s Best Restaurants ever since 2008, landing in the 48th spot in 2015.

Their standout dish recommended by the chef is lechon de leche (roast suckling pig), which they rub with their own mix of herbs and spices and comes with a variety of side dishes.

Lunch and dinner at Antonio’s is strictly by reservation only. Guests must come in smart casual wear.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


4. Blackbird Restaurant, Makati City


If you want to fly on the wings of love (pun intended), then head to Blackbird Restaurant in Makati City, said to be one of the best restaurants in the Philippines today. This aviation-themed fine dining restaurant looks like an airplane from above, a homage to the fact that Nielson Tower, the building where Blackbird now stands, used to be the Manila International Air Terminal from 1937 to 1947.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The 22-seater private dining room at Blackbird, which was also the control tower of the old Nielson Airport


As the only pre-World War II structure in Makati, Blackbird has retained its original Art Deco architectural design. Tall glass windows give the place an airy feel, while minimalist black-and-white interiors add a sophisticated touch.

The menu at Blackbird consists mainly of European dishes with a Southeast Asian twist. Recommended dishes include prawn Scotch eggs with betel leaves and coconut chili sambal, dry rubbed Wagyu hanger steak, baked Alaska, and burnt butter and vanilla seed ice cream.

For a romantic dinner date, make a reservation at their private dining room. If you can’t get one, there’s always the al fresco area.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sunday to Thursday; 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Friday to Saturday


3. Lemuria, Quezon City


Voter’s comment:
“It has a romantic ambiance with a bit of French and Tuscan vibe. Food is great! And the chef is very accommodating.” – Bea Santos


top romantic restaurants in Philippines

With the sunset as a backdrop, the covered garden at Lemuria is a romantic place to dine in.


Tucked away in the residential area of New Manila is house-turned-restaurant Lemuria in Quezon City. The unique name comes from the legend of the lost continent of Lemuria, which the Philippines is said to be a part of.

Similarly, couples can find themselves lost in time and space in this rustic French-Mediterranean restaurant. With its vibrant greenery and warm, cozy interiors, this 20-seater dining spot sets the tone for a romantic evening best spent having an intimate conversation with your date.

Lemuria’s standout dishes include moules au vin blanc, mushroom and Gruyere soup, scallops with mushrooms and beurre blanc, halibut , sea bass, and herb-crusted rack of lamb . For dessert, their Lemuria cheesecake and opera cake have earned rave reviews as well.

If your date enjoys a good bottle of wine, you can head to their temperature-controlled wine cellar which can hold up to 27,000 plus bottles.

For Valentine’s Day, couples can reserve a spot at the main dining room, the garden, the Lavender Room, or the courtyard. Lemuria observes a strict dress code.

Hours of operation: Lunch by reservation; 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday


2. Lina’s Al Fresco Dining, Bacolod City


Dubbed as one of the most beautiful restaurants in Bacolod, Lina’s Al Fresco Dining opened in 2014 and has since served locals and tourists alike with traditional Filipino dishes alongside more exotic southeast Asian fare. Located inside a residential area, the most noticeable feature of this garden-turned-restaurant is the well-lighted pond which gives a sense of calm and romantic feel to the place.


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The green-tinged pond of Lina’s Al Fresco Dining


At Lina’s, you will find familiar Pinoy favorites like sisig or even the famous Bacolod chicken inasal (chargrilled chicken) side by side with Asian offerings like Singapore-style chili crab or pad thai. Recommended dishes to try include beef rendang and bagoong (fermented fish) fried chicken. But if you want to try something unique, they have their own take on a classic Ilonggo dish, binakol nga kansi (beef shank in coconut water). Their kiamoy (Chinese dried plum) margarita, on the other hand, is an adult spin on a beloved kids’ snack.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM


1. Punong Gary’s Place


Voter’s comment:
“Art, good food and relaxing ambiance.” – Kervic


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The center kiosk at Punong Gary’s Place glows as the sun sets.


Couples looking to relax as they are surrounded with the soothing sights of nature can do so this Valentine’s at Punong Gary’s Place, which our readers voted as No. 1. This hidden gem in Silay City derives its name from “punong,” which translates to fishpond in the local dialect. Owned and operated by former Side A band bassist Joey Benin, Punong Gary’s is nestled inside a sprawling hacienda (estate). The main feature of the place is a canopied kiosk with a long footbridge which serves as the perfect backdrop for picturesque sunsets. Meanwhile, features like Bali-inspired cottages and wooden sculptures make visitors feel like they have been transported to another place.

Diners have the option to eat at the main casita or underneath gigantic old trees. Standout dishes from their five-course lunch include Asian fruit salad, creamy kalabasa (squash) soup, grilled chicken pesto Parmesan, and vanillamansi (vanilla with kalamansi) ice cream. Their slow-cooked pork belly is also one of their best sellers.

They allow walk-in guests during their tapas night every Thursday and Friday, but require reservations for their five-course lunch.

Hours of operation: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays ; 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays


Click the store names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.

Photos/Images are from the official websites and Facebook pages of featured establishments.

Results are based on the Top Romantic Restaurants for Dating Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from January 23 to January 29, 2017.


Also Read...

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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February 05, 2017

Top Six Best Romantic Restaurants for Dating in the Philippines 2017

Here are six swoon-worthy restaurants for your romantic date!

We’re just a few heartbeats away from Valentine’s Day. Have you already thought about where to take your special someone on a date? If you haven’t, check out the list below of romantic places ShoppersGuide readers recommend.

Remember to make an early reservation, as most establishments tend to get fully booked during this occasion. Keep reading to know where to make your day of hearts special!


6. Spiral, Pasay City


First to enter our list is Spiral in Pasay City, the interactive restaurant of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Spanning 2,291 sq m of space and a seating capacity of 452 persons, it’s not hard to see why it has been touted as the biggest interactive buffet in Manila. In 2014, it got the 10th spot in the TripAdvisor’s list of travelers’ favorite fine dining restaurants in Asia.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The long-winding staircase at Spiral, which is also the inspiration for the name of the restaurant


Couples can choose from Brazilian, French, North Indian food and more because Spiral houses just about all the flavors of the world in one roof. Diners can have their choice of dish cooked in front of them at any of their food stations, which they call ateliers. These include L’Ecailler, Rotisserie, Churrasco, Asian Noodles, Filipino, and La Patisserie, to name a few.

Recommended dishes to try at Spiral include freshly shucked oysters, foie gras, and artisanal chocolates. They also have an a la carte menu for those who opt not to eat at the buffet.

Hours of operation:
Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Lunch Buffet: 12 NN to 2:30 PM
Dinner Buffet: 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM


5. Antonio’s, Tagaytay City


If you want to get away from the busy streets of Manila on Valentine’s Day, you might want to consider going on a road trip to Antonio’s in Tagaytay City.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The enchanting and classy facade of Antonio’s


Opened in 2002, Antonio’s is a fine-dining restaurant serving modern European food with Filipino and Asian influences. The restaurant is inside a colonial-style mansion bordered with lush gardens on a one-hectare property. Antonio’s has consistently figured in the Miele Guide to Asia’s Best Restaurants ever since 2008, landing in the 48th spot in 2015.

Their standout dish recommended by the chef is lechon de leche (roast suckling pig), which they rub with their own mix of herbs and spices and comes with a variety of side dishes.

Lunch and dinner at Antonio’s is strictly by reservation only. Guests must come in smart casual wear.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


4. Blackbird Restaurant, Makati City


If you want to fly on the wings of love (pun intended), then head to Blackbird Restaurant in Makati City, said to be one of the best restaurants in the Philippines today. This aviation-themed fine dining restaurant looks like an airplane from above, a homage to the fact that Nielson Tower, the building where Blackbird now stands, used to be the Manila International Air Terminal from 1937 to 1947.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The 22-seater private dining room at Blackbird, which was also the control tower of the old Nielson Airport


As the only pre-World War II structure in Makati, Blackbird has retained its original Art Deco architectural design. Tall glass windows give the place an airy feel, while minimalist black-and-white interiors add a sophisticated touch.

The menu at Blackbird consists mainly of European dishes with a Southeast Asian twist. Recommended dishes include prawn Scotch eggs with betel leaves and coconut chili sambal, dry rubbed Wagyu hanger steak, baked Alaska, and burnt butter and vanilla seed ice cream.

For a romantic dinner date, make a reservation at their private dining room. If you can’t get one, there’s always the al fresco area.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sunday to Thursday; 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Friday to Saturday


3. Lemuria, Quezon City


Voter’s comment:
“It has a romantic ambiance with a bit of French and Tuscan vibe. Food is great! And the chef is very accommodating.” – Bea Santos


top romantic restaurants in Philippines

With the sunset as a backdrop, the covered garden at Lemuria is a romantic place to dine in.


Tucked away in the residential area of New Manila is house-turned-restaurant Lemuria in Quezon City. The unique name comes from the legend of the lost continent of Lemuria, which the Philippines is said to be a part of.

Similarly, couples can find themselves lost in time and space in this rustic French-Mediterranean restaurant. With its vibrant greenery and warm, cozy interiors, this 20-seater dining spot sets the tone for a romantic evening best spent having an intimate conversation with your date.

Lemuria’s standout dishes include moules au vin blanc, mushroom and Gruyere soup, scallops with mushrooms and beurre blanc, halibut , sea bass, and herb-crusted rack of lamb . For dessert, their Lemuria cheesecake and opera cake have earned rave reviews as well.

If your date enjoys a good bottle of wine, you can head to their temperature-controlled wine cellar which can hold up to 27,000 plus bottles.

For Valentine’s Day, couples can reserve a spot at the main dining room, the garden, the Lavender Room, or the courtyard. Lemuria observes a strict dress code.

Hours of operation: Lunch by reservation; 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday


2. Lina’s Al Fresco Dining, Bacolod City


Dubbed as one of the most beautiful restaurants in Bacolod, Lina’s Al Fresco Dining opened in 2014 and has since served locals and tourists alike with traditional Filipino dishes alongside more exotic southeast Asian fare. Located inside a residential area, the most noticeable feature of this garden-turned-restaurant is the well-lighted pond which gives a sense of calm and romantic feel to the place.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The green-tinged pond of Lina’s Al Fresco Dining


At Lina’s, you will find familiar Pinoy favorites like sisig or even the famous Bacolod chicken inasal (chargrilled chicken) side by side with Asian offerings like Singapore-style chili crab or pad thai. Recommended dishes to try include beef rendang and bagoong (fermented fish) fried chicken. But if you want to try something unique, they have their own take on a classic Ilonggo dish, binakol nga kansi (beef shank in coconut water). Their kiamoy (Chinese dried plum) margarita, on the other hand, is an adult spin on a beloved kids’ snack.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM


1. Punong Gary’s Place


Voter’s comment:
“Art, good food and relaxing ambiance.” – Kervic


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The center kiosk at Punong Gary’s Place glows as the sun sets.


Couples looking to relax as they are surrounded with the soothing sights of nature can do so this Valentine’s at Punong Gary’s Place, which our readers voted as No. 1. This hidden gem in Silay City derives its name from “punong,” which translates to fishpond in the local dialect. Owned and operated by former Side A band bassist Joey Benin, Punong Gary’s is nestled inside a sprawling hacienda (estate). The main feature of the place is a canopied kiosk with a long footbridge which serves as the perfect backdrop for picturesque sunsets. Meanwhile, features like Bali-inspired cottages and wooden sculptures make visitors feel like they have been transported to another place.

Diners have the option to eat at the main casita or underneath gigantic old trees. Standout dishes from their five-course lunch include Asian fruit salad, creamy kalabasa (squash) soup, grilled chicken pesto Parmesan, and vanillamansi (vanilla with kalamansi) ice cream. Their slow-cooked pork belly is also one of their best sellers.

They allow walk-in guests during their tapas night every Thursday and Friday, but require reservations for their five-course lunch.

Hours of operation: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays ; 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays


Click the store names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.

Photos/Images are from the official websites and Facebook pages of featured establishments.

Results are based on the Top Romantic Restaurants for Dating Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from January 23 to January 29, 2017.


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Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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February 05, 2017

Top Six Best Romantic Restaurants for Dating in the Philippines 2017

Here are six swoon-worthy restaurants for your romantic date!
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We’re just a few heartbeats away from Valentine’s Day. Have you already thought about where to take your special someone on a date? If you haven’t, check out the list below of romantic places ShoppersGuide readers recommend.

Remember to make an early reservation, as most establishments tend to get fully booked during this occasion. Keep reading to know where to make your day of hearts special!


6. Spiral, Pasay City


First to enter our list is Spiral in Pasay City, the interactive restaurant of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Spanning 2,291 sq m of space and a seating capacity of 452 persons, it’s not hard to see why it has been touted as the biggest interactive buffet in Manila. In 2014, it got the 10th spot in the TripAdvisor’s list of travelers’ favorite fine dining restaurants in Asia.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The long-winding staircase at Spiral, which is also the inspiration for the name of the restaurant


Couples can choose from Brazilian, French, North Indian food and more because Spiral houses just about all the flavors of the world in one roof. Diners can have their choice of dish cooked in front of them at any of their food stations, which they call ateliers. These include L’Ecailler, Rotisserie, Churrasco, Asian Noodles, Filipino, and La Patisserie, to name a few.

Recommended dishes to try at Spiral include freshly shucked oysters, foie gras, and artisanal chocolates. They also have an a la carte menu for those who opt not to eat at the buffet.

Hours of operation:
Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Lunch Buffet: 12 NN to 2:30 PM
Dinner Buffet: 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM


5. Antonio’s, Tagaytay City


If you want to get away from the busy streets of Manila on Valentine’s Day, you might want to consider going on a road trip to Antonio’s in Tagaytay City.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The enchanting and classy facade of Antonio’s


Opened in 2002, Antonio’s is a fine-dining restaurant serving modern European food with Filipino and Asian influences. The restaurant is inside a colonial-style mansion bordered with lush gardens on a one-hectare property. Antonio’s has consistently figured in the Miele Guide to Asia’s Best Restaurants ever since 2008, landing in the 48th spot in 2015.

Their standout dish recommended by the chef is lechon de leche (roast suckling pig), which they rub with their own mix of herbs and spices and comes with a variety of side dishes.

Lunch and dinner at Antonio’s is strictly by reservation only. Guests must come in smart casual wear.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


4. Blackbird Restaurant, Makati City


If you want to fly on the wings of love (pun intended), then head to Blackbird Restaurant in Makati City, said to be one of the best restaurants in the Philippines today. This aviation-themed fine dining restaurant looks like an airplane from above, a homage to the fact that Nielson Tower, the building where Blackbird now stands, used to be the Manila International Air Terminal from 1937 to 1947.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The 22-seater private dining room at Blackbird, which was also the control tower of the old Nielson Airport


As the only pre-World War II structure in Makati, Blackbird has retained its original Art Deco architectural design. Tall glass windows give the place an airy feel, while minimalist black-and-white interiors add a sophisticated touch.

The menu at Blackbird consists mainly of European dishes with a Southeast Asian twist. Recommended dishes include prawn Scotch eggs with betel leaves and coconut chili sambal, dry rubbed Wagyu hanger steak, baked Alaska, and burnt butter and vanilla seed ice cream.

For a romantic dinner date, make a reservation at their private dining room. If you can’t get one, there’s always the al fresco area.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sunday to Thursday; 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Friday to Saturday


3. Lemuria, Quezon City


Voter’s comment:
“It has a romantic ambiance with a bit of French and Tuscan vibe. Food is great! And the chef is very accommodating.” – Bea Santos


top romantic restaurants in Philippines

With the sunset as a backdrop, the covered garden at Lemuria is a romantic place to dine in.


Tucked away in the residential area of New Manila is house-turned-restaurant Lemuria in Quezon City. The unique name comes from the legend of the lost continent of Lemuria, which the Philippines is said to be a part of.

Similarly, couples can find themselves lost in time and space in this rustic French-Mediterranean restaurant. With its vibrant greenery and warm, cozy interiors, this 20-seater dining spot sets the tone for a romantic evening best spent having an intimate conversation with your date.

Lemuria’s standout dishes include moules au vin blanc, mushroom and Gruyere soup, scallops with mushrooms and beurre blanc, halibut , sea bass, and herb-crusted rack of lamb . For dessert, their Lemuria cheesecake and opera cake have earned rave reviews as well.

If your date enjoys a good bottle of wine, you can head to their temperature-controlled wine cellar which can hold up to 27,000 plus bottles.

For Valentine’s Day, couples can reserve a spot at the main dining room, the garden, the Lavender Room, or the courtyard. Lemuria observes a strict dress code.

Hours of operation: Lunch by reservation; 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday


2. Lina’s Al Fresco Dining, Bacolod City


Dubbed as one of the most beautiful restaurants in Bacolod, Lina’s Al Fresco Dining opened in 2014 and has since served locals and tourists alike with traditional Filipino dishes alongside more exotic southeast Asian fare. Located inside a residential area, the most noticeable feature of this garden-turned-restaurant is the well-lighted pond which gives a sense of calm and romantic feel to the place.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The green-tinged pond of Lina’s Al Fresco Dining


At Lina’s, you will find familiar Pinoy favorites like sisig or even the famous Bacolod chicken inasal (chargrilled chicken) side by side with Asian offerings like Singapore-style chili crab or pad thai. Recommended dishes to try include beef rendang and bagoong (fermented fish) fried chicken. But if you want to try something unique, they have their own take on a classic Ilonggo dish, binakol nga kansi (beef shank in coconut water). Their kiamoy (Chinese dried plum) margarita, on the other hand, is an adult spin on a beloved kids’ snack.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM


1. Punong Gary’s Place


Voter’s comment:
“Art, good food and relaxing ambiance.” – Kervic


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The center kiosk at Punong Gary’s Place glows as the sun sets.


Couples looking to relax as they are surrounded with the soothing sights of nature can do so this Valentine’s at Punong Gary’s Place, which our readers voted as No. 1. This hidden gem in Silay City derives its name from “punong,” which translates to fishpond in the local dialect. Owned and operated by former Side A band bassist Joey Benin, Punong Gary’s is nestled inside a sprawling hacienda (estate). The main feature of the place is a canopied kiosk with a long footbridge which serves as the perfect backdrop for picturesque sunsets. Meanwhile, features like Bali-inspired cottages and wooden sculptures make visitors feel like they have been transported to another place.

Diners have the option to eat at the main casita or underneath gigantic old trees. Standout dishes from their five-course lunch include Asian fruit salad, creamy kalabasa (squash) soup, grilled chicken pesto Parmesan, and vanillamansi (vanilla with kalamansi) ice cream. Their slow-cooked pork belly is also one of their best sellers.

They allow walk-in guests during their tapas night every Thursday and Friday, but require reservations for their five-course lunch.

Hours of operation: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays ; 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays


Click the store names to see their exact addresses and contact numbers.

Photos/Images are from the official websites and Facebook pages of featured establishments.

Results are based on the Top Romantic Restaurants for Dating Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from January 23 to January 29, 2017.


Also Read...

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Disclaimer: All articles in the Consumers Magazine of ShoppersGuide.com.ph (SG) are for general information and entertainment purposes only. Although careful research has been made in writing them, SG does not make any warranty about the completeness and accuracy of all information presented in our articles. Our content is not intended to be used in place of legal, medical, or any professional advice.

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February 05, 2017

Top Six Best Romantic Restaurants for Dating in the Philippines 2017

Here are six swoon-worthy restaurants for your romantic date!

We’re just a few heartbeats away from Valentine’s Day. Have you already thought about where to take your special someone on a date? If you haven’t, check out the list below of romantic places ShoppersGuide readers recommend.

Remember to make an early reservation, as most establishments tend to get fully booked during this occasion. Keep reading to know where to make your day of hearts special!


6. Spiral, Pasay City


First to enter our list is Spiral in Pasay City, the interactive restaurant of Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila. Spanning 2,291 sq m of space and a seating capacity of 452 persons, it’s not hard to see why it has been touted as the biggest interactive buffet in Manila. In 2014, it got the 10th spot in the TripAdvisor’s list of travelers’ favorite fine dining restaurants in Asia.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The long-winding staircase at Spiral, which is also the inspiration for the name of the restaurant


Couples can choose from Brazilian, French, North Indian food and more because Spiral houses just about all the flavors of the world in one roof. Diners can have their choice of dish cooked in front of them at any of their food stations, which they call ateliers. These include L’Ecailler, Rotisserie, Churrasco, Asian Noodles, Filipino, and La Patisserie, to name a few.

Recommended dishes to try at Spiral include freshly shucked oysters, foie gras, and artisanal chocolates. They also have an a la carte menu for those who opt not to eat at the buffet.

Hours of operation:
Breakfast Buffet: 6:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Lunch Buffet: 12 NN to 2:30 PM
Dinner Buffet: 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM


5. Antonio’s, Tagaytay City


If you want to get away from the busy streets of Manila on Valentine’s Day, you might want to consider going on a road trip to Antonio’s in Tagaytay City.


top romantic restaurants Philippines

The enchanting and classy facade of Antonio’s


Opened in 2002, Antonio’s is a fine-dining restaurant serving modern European food with Filipino and Asian influences. The restaurant is inside a colonial-style mansion bordered with lush gardens on a one-hectare property. Antonio’s has consistently figured in the Miele Guide to Asia’s Best Restaurants ever since 2008, landing in the 48th spot in 2015.

Their standout dish recommended by the chef is lechon de leche (roast suckling pig), which they rub with their own mix of herbs and spices and comes with a variety of side dishes.

Lunch and dinner at Antonio’s is strictly by reservation only. Guests must come in smart casual wear.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


4. Blackbird Restaurant, Makati City


If you want to fly on the wings of love (pun intended), then head to Blackbird Restaurant in Makati City, said to be one of the best restaurants in the Philippines today. This aviation-themed fine dining restaurant looks like an airplane from above, a homage to the fact that Nielson Tower, the building where Blackbird now stands, used to be the Manila International Air Terminal from 1937 to 1947.


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The 22-seater private dining room at Blackbird, which was also the control tower of the old Nielson Airport


As the only pre-World War II structure in Makati, Blackbird has retained its original Art Deco architectural design. Tall glass windows give the place an airy feel, while minimalist black-and-white interiors add a sophisticated touch.

The menu at Blackbird consists mainly of European dishes with a Southeast Asian twist. Recommended dishes include prawn Scotch eggs with betel leaves and coconut chili sambal, dry rubbed Wagyu hanger steak, baked Alaska, and burnt butter and vanilla seed ice cream.

For a romantic dinner date, make a reservation at their private dining room. If you can’t get one, there’s always the al fresco area.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM, Sunday to Thursday; 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM, Friday to Saturday


3. Lemuria, Quezon City


Voter’s comment:
“It has a romantic ambiance with a bit of French and Tuscan vibe. Food is great! And the chef is very accommodating.” – Bea Santos


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With the sunset as a backdrop, the covered garden at Lemuria is a romantic place to dine in.


Tucked away in the residential area of New Manila is house-turned-restaurant Lemuria in Quezon City. The unique name comes from the legend of the lost continent of Lemuria, which the Philippines is said to be a part of.

Similarly, couples can find themselves lost in time and space in this rustic French-Mediterranean restaurant. With its vibrant greenery and warm, cozy interiors, this 20-seater dining spot sets the tone for a romantic evening best spent having an intimate conversation with your date.

Lemuria’s standout dishes include moules au vin blanc, mushroom and Gruyere soup, scallops with mushrooms and beurre blanc, halibut , sea bass, and herb-crusted rack of lamb . For dessert, their Lemuria cheesecake and opera cake have earned rave reviews as well.

If your date enjoys a good bottle of wine, you can head to their temperature-controlled wine cellar which can hold up to 27,000 plus bottles.

For Valentine’s Day, couples can reserve a spot at the main dining room, the garden, the Lavender Room, or the courtyard. Lemuria observes a strict dress code.

Hours of operation: Lunch by reservation; 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM for dinner, Tuesday to Sunday


2. Lina’s Al Fresco Dining, Bacolod City


Dubbed as one of the most beautiful restaurants in Bacolod, Lina’s Al Fresco Dining opened in 2014 and has since served locals and tourists alike with traditional Filipino dishes alongside more exotic southeast Asian fare. Located inside a residential area, the most noticeable feature of this garden-turned-restaurant is the well-lighted pond which gives a sense of calm and romantic feel to the place.


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The green-tinged pond of Lina’s Al Fresco Dining


At Lina’s, you will find familiar Pinoy favorites like sisig or even the famous Bacolod chicken inasal (chargrilled chicken) side by side with Asian offerings like Singapore-style chili crab or pad thai. Recommended dishes to try include beef rendang and bagoong (fermented fish) fried chicken. But if you want to try something unique, they have their own take on a classic Ilonggo dish, binakol nga kansi (beef shank in coconut water). Their kiamoy (Chinese dried plum) margarita, on the other hand, is an adult spin on a beloved kids’ snack.

Hours of operation: 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM


1. Punong Gary’s Place


Voter’s comment:
“Art, good food and relaxing ambiance.” – Kervic


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The center kiosk at Punong Gary’s Place glows as the sun sets.


Couples looking to relax as they are surrounded with the soothing sights of nature can do so this Valentine’s at Punong Gary’s Place, which our readers voted as No. 1. This hidden gem in Silay City derives its name from “punong,” which translates to fishpond in the local dialect. Owned and operated by former Side A band bassist Joey Benin, Punong Gary’s is nestled inside a sprawling hacienda (estate). The main feature of the place is a canopied kiosk with a long footbridge which serves as the perfect backdrop for picturesque sunsets. Meanwhile, features like Bali-inspired cottages and wooden sculptures make visitors feel like they have been transported to another place.

Diners have the option to eat at the main casita or underneath gigantic old trees. Standout dishes from their five-course lunch include Asian fruit salad, creamy kalabasa (squash) soup, grilled chicken pesto Parmesan, and vanillamansi (vanilla with kalamansi) ice cream. Their slow-cooked pork belly is also one of their best sellers.

They allow walk-in guests during their tapas night every Thursday and Friday, but require reservations for their five-course lunch.

Hours of operation: 3:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Thursdays and Fridays ; 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturdays and Sundays


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Results are based on the Top Romantic Restaurants for Dating Poll posted at the home page of ShoppersGuide.com.ph from January 23 to January 29, 2017.


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Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon

Arrah Camillia Quistadio-Manticajon is the current content supervisor for the Visayas region of ShoppersGuide Marketing, Inc. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication degree from UP Cebu. She has previously worked for a business process outsourcing company, a community newspaper, and a global technology company. When not writing, she putters about in the kitchen, baking or testing new recipes.

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