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Pencil in a weekend date night or book a spontaneous trip to Cebu—here are the 11 most romantic restaurants you should add to your bucket list

The way to one’s heart is through one’s stomach, and these dining destinations prove it. With crave-worthy food, boozy tipples, and a stylish atmosphere, each of these restaurants encourage a lovely evening, especially when spent with those closest to you. Whether you’re after a new haunt to frequent with your special someone, in need of an elegant setting for a momentous occasion, or simply wish to enjoy a well-deserved meal, these eleven romantic restaurants promise an extraordinary experience.

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1. Beso Beso

Location: Makati City

A reincarnation of its former Poblacion outpost, chef Rob Pengson’s Beso Beso excites an elegant evening with delicious Filipino-Spanish fare like mushroom adobo paella or empanadas stuffed with foie gras and eel. Located within Aleanza Institute of Arts, the intimate restaurant is strictly by reservations only.

Tatler Tip: while the tasting menu is Beso Beso’s main feat, you may opt for a more casual experience and request for tapas instead.

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2. Pig and Palm

Location: Cebu City

At the Pig and Palm, sit back, relax, and graze across the modern tapas-style menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton and head chef Jamie Doe. Boasting an extensive list of classic cocktails, signature concoctions, and world-class wine, the beverage selection impressively complements its worldly plates.

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3. Antonio's

Location: Tagaytay City

Since opening its doors in 2002, chef Tonyboy Escalante’s namesake restaurant has been a reliable choice for special occasions. From family reunions to weddings and of course, romantic date nights, the idyllic Tagaytay destination makes an ideal setting for an unforgettable evening, made even more memorable by the infallible food and attentive service.

Tatler Tip: come early to lounge at the lanai and enjoy expertly-crafted cocktails before you dine.

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4. The Barn

Location: Baguio City

Gaze upon the panoramic sights of old Baguio at The Barn, where you’ll find an eclectic mix of artisanal comfort food. Featuring both delicate bites like the gourmet bruschetta and hearty options like the duck confit, you’re free to craft your own dining experience.

Tatler Tip: ask for their Above The Clouds Bonfire Experience to enjoy a private dining experience as you gather around the cosy flame, sipping on decadent hot chocolates.

5. Metronome

Location: Makati City

An impressive wine selection, courteous service, and refined French cuisine by Chef of the Year Miko Calo, all set within the show-stopping interiors by designer Noel Bernardo—Metronome certainly does not leave much to be desired. Curated with epicures in mind, each menu assures a gastronomic feast.

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6. Sala Restaurant

Location: Makati City

Chef Colin Mackay’s first restaurant, Sala remains another timeless dining destination even 25 years since it first opened in Malate. This comes as no surprise to the loyal patrons of the fine dining establishment, which has been long-loved for its curated multi-course menus, thoughtful wine pairings, and top-notch service.

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7. M Dining

Location: Makati City

A continued fine dining favourite among the Metro’s gourmands, M Dining is home to chef Tom Bascon’s classic Europan fare. Be it osso buco, filet mignon, or steak frites, the culinary staples are executed with the utmost attention to detail, making for a worry-free meal every time.

Tatler Tip: plan ahead and request a special menu for the occasion.

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8. Finestra Italian Steakhouse

Location: Parañaque City

The moment you step into Finestra, you know you’re in for a sensational experience. Beaming with an Old World sophistication, Solaire’s Italian restaurant is ideal for those who want to indulge in the sips and bites they know and love, prepared to a T: from the aperitivi to the steaks and all the way down to the decadent warm chocolate cake, you’ll be well taken care of.

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9. Nobu Manila

Location: Parañaque City

The internationally-celebrated Japanese-Peruvian dishes of chef Nobu Matsuhisa invite a special evening all on its own. Set within one of Nobu Manila’s private rooms or floating cabanas, the romantic atmosphere elevates the experience even further.

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10. Blackbird at the Nielson Tower

Location: Makati City

Whether you dine at the main grill room, the upstairs cabin, or the al fresco garden and terrace, meals at Blackbird at the Nielson Tower radiate with a timeless class. With plates great for sharing and perfected cocktails, it continues to be a dependable choice, any day of the week.

11. Tahanan Bistro

Location: Antipolo City

Surrounded by lush greenery, Tahanan Bistro is a refreshing escape from the city, drawing in diners with modern, Filipino-inspired dishes. Choose between one of their three five-course menus, or call ahead if you’re after a vegetarian or pescatarian-friendly option.

Tatler Tip: Tahanan Bistro also offers romantic packages that include wine, seats at the restaurant’s prime spots, and more. Add on a bouquet for a heartfelt touch or request for the proposal set-up for the big night.


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