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24 *Date-Worthy* Restaurants And Cafés To Try In 2024

Check out some recos by Pinoy Gen Zs and Millennials in and around Manila.
Date-Worthy Restaurants And Cafés In Metro Manila And Rizal
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Great food, yummy drinks, and chill vibes—there’s definitely plenty of those in Manila. But what sets truly date-worthy restaurants and cafés apart is all those things… plus a sprinkle of ~*romance*~. It could be in the ambiance, the carefully crafted menu, or the staff that would make you want to leave big tips. It could also be influenced by the usual crowd.

From cozy table-for-two places to underrated hangouts in and around Manila, here’s a compilation of 24 dine-in spots recommended for dates by Pinoy Gen Zs and Millennials.

24 Date-Worthy Restaurants and Cafes To Try

1. Tahanan Bistro (Antipolo)

Tahanan Bistro is one of the top-voted date places that are worth the hype, says Karla. It’s hard to beat the setting and tasty menu items. Plus, you can book a romantic package with optional add-ons like a bouquet, sparkling wine, or even a proposal set-up.

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Tahanan Bistro
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2. 5678 Poblacion (Makati)

Paulina shares, “It’s intimate and you can really talk to each other. They also have a selection of cocktails and other drinks. We got the P700 course and it was pretty good—well-paced and the whole meal was prob around 1.5 hours.” Check out their IG page here.

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5678 Poblacion (Makati)
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3. Yawaragi and Yamazato in Hotel Okura (Pasay)

Planning an upscale dinner for a Japanese cuisine fan? Try these restaurants at Hotel Okura, says Eunice. It’s a splurge with some meals going for around P7,200 per person. But if it’s for a rare occasion, you have the budget, and you love the concept, these are excellent choices.

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4. Kodawari (Makati)

Kassy shares Kodawari as another great option for Japanese food lovers. Prepare to spend around P1,500 per pax on mouthwatering udon and gyudon bowls. Aside from the mains, Charmaine says, “I super love the bread and butter! 1000/10 for me. Hinanap-hanap ko siya after.”

@charmainegeee Overall 9/10 ?? I super love the bread and butter! 1000/10 for me. Hinanap hanap ko sya after ???? #kosumosuph #foodreview #tastingmenu #pobla #fyp #birthdaydinner #xybcza #kenough #kenergy @Eyb ? original sound - IGN

5. Saikou Bar and Café (Greenhills, San Juan)

Saikou Bar is for sneakerhead couples. Enjoy the collection of kicks, the artsy interiors, and plenty of choices for drinks. Here’s Zette’s review, “Sarap ng food and coffee accessible pa if you are just commuting.”

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@zette.jpeg Valentines Date Idea? I gotchu! Saikou cafe is hidden cafe in San Juan city near Greenhills lng ???? Sarap ng food and coffee accessible pa if you are just commuting ???? Perfect if you have sneakerhead gf/bf as well!! #sanjuancafe #hiddengemcafe #valentinesdateidea ? Ghibli-style nostalgic waltz - MaSssuguMusic

6. The Director’s Café (Taft)

Recreate rom-com storylines and go see a movie with your crush here at The Director's Cafe! You get one free movie pass for every 300-peso purchase of their iced beverages and light snacks. Films from various genres are shown daily, so call ahead to check if what’s showing suits your taste.

@iamtel_ The place was worth staying and I loved how the staff accommodated me. They’re so friendly! Also, the service and food are all worth it. You just need to purchase worth 300 PHP for a 1 MOVIE PASS. #directorscafe #cafe #manilaencounters #manilaph #coffeelover #moviedate ? As It Was - PREP

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7. Mamou Prime in The Podium (Mandaluyong)

While other branches might cater to more groups or families, Retty recommends this branch for dates because of its more intimate and cozier setup. As with other Mamou branches, the steak and truffle pasta are must-tries.

@annmrgrtt_ Looking for a resto for date night this valentine’s day? Try Mamou Prime at The Podium, Ortigas! ?? Their steak is to die for ???? #restaurantreviewph#restaurantph#restaurantinmanila#restaurantrecommendations#restaurantrecommendationsph#mamouprime#thepodium#restaurantinmanila? Jazz masterpiece "As time goes by" covered by a Jazz violinist by profession(962408) - ricca

8. Samba in Shangri-la The Fort Hotel (BGC)

Franch loves this Peruvian place for the private rooms and fancy outdoor seating. She also mentioned how the exotic drinks in tiki cups can be a conversation starter. At Samba, you'll appreciate the spices of the seafood rice, sous vide prime rib, or slow-cooked duck. Complement the savory feast with the tropical cocktails. Or, try their refreshing fresh oysters with their fine wines.

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Samba in Shangri-la The Fort Hotel (BGC)
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9. 678 Korean BBQ Restaurant MOA (Pasay)

Samgyup lovers: here’s where you can go next. It’s not unlimited, but it’s definitely worth the price. Franch also raves about this place for their “melt-in-your mouth beef”  She also declared, “destroyed all other Korean grills for me.” 

@678koreanbbq this is your sign to have a Assorted Beef here at 678 Korean Bbq Moa Seaside ????????#fyp #koreanfood #authentickorea #samgyup #foodtiktok ? FLOWER - JISOO

10. King Jjamppong (and New Lasema Spa in Makati)

Okay, the vibe is not exactly romantic in this family-friendly resto, but if you and your date are looking for authentic Korean-Chinese staples in K-dramas like jjajangmyeon, this is the best place to try it. And, it’s the perfect pre-game meal, lunch, or dinner for a cute date idea: a jjimjilbang experience. PSA: Lasema offers great date packages for couples starting at P4,800.

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@johnhkchoi Why did I only know about this restaurant just now?! #kingjjamppong #koreanchinesefood #makati #koreanfood #longervideos #jjajangmyeon #tiktokph #philippines #foodtok #tiktokfood ? From The Start Laufey - chris(ur fav Lauver)

11. Seoul-Sky Restaurant (Eastwood)

This swanky revolving restaurant is found on the 33rd floor of the MDC 100 Building. The first question you might ask is if it’s actually revolving and will it make you dizzy. Here’s an honest take from Apple: “TBH if tititig po kayo sa labas medyo nakakahilo since namamalayan niyo po yung pagikot pero kung kumakain ka naman, hindi naman.” Still, it’s a unique experience that virtually transports couples to a Seoul-like skyline.

Seoul-Sky Restaurant (Eastwood)
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12. Refinery Rockwell (Makati)

It’s a great place to go for an affordable steak & wine night, according to Nyra and Nyela. If you want to drink with your date all night, ask about their unlimited wine promos or try their sangrias.

@nyranyela A more budget friendly option in Rockwell for your steak & wine date nights ???? pwede for Valentine’s day! #foodieph #phoodtour #foodietokph #tiktokfoodieph #cheapeats #affordable #cafe #musttry #restaurant #makati #powerplantmall #refinery #winepromo #happyhour ? Hey, Mickey! - Baby Tate

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13. Vibe Café and Bar (Tomas Morato, QC)

An intimate café in the morning and an enchanting bar at night—it’s great for chill afternoon dates and evening drinks alike. It’s a super accessible place for oysters and wine, too. Fans like Cass love it for the yummy food and accommodating staff.

@curiouscass_ Perfect hangout / date spot ???????? good food (frfr) + instagrammable (aesthetic fr) ????The Vibe (Café & Bar) #fyp #cafe #coffee #foodieph ? original sound - DJ Discretion

14. Metronome (Makati)

“This is hands-down the best fine dining lunch set menu in Manila,” says Maxine. The foie gras tarts get rave reviews, too. Check out this bistro to experience a fusion of refined French culinary techniques and familiar Filo flavors. They also have vegetarian options!

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@maxinesanz This is hands-down the best fine dining lunch set menu in manila. ????????????????#makatirestaurants#makatidate#maniladateideas#fyp#finedining#makatifoodies? original sound - Siangyoo
Metronome Makati
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15. Dillingers 1903 (Makati)

This oldie-but-goodie steak resto in Greenbelt is definitely underrated, says Denile. “Sinasadya talaga namin mag-Greenbelt para [dito].” Complement your mains with sides that come in big portions, perfect for sharing with your date.

@denileramos Part 2 | favorite sulit restaurant for steak date nights! They have a delicious combo of ribeye steak + truffle cream pasta! We’ve eaten here so many times already. Such a great find ???????? #steaknight #dillingers #steaktok #manilaeats #trufflepasta #ribeyesteak #beststeakhousemanila #makatifoodies #DenileRecos ? original sound - Denile

16. Johnny’s Steak and Grill at B Hotel (Scout Area, QC)

Steph Nicole recommends Johnny’s ribeye steak and truffle carbonara pizza for a filling dinner with your beau or belle. And if you’re up for a more extended date, why not book a romantic staycation package right in the city, too?

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@stephnicole_ko #newfinds #cafeph #fyp #foodieph #qccafefinds #foodtiktokph #dateideas #foodtiktok #datenight #wheretoeat #quezoncity #bhotel #steakplaces #steakplacesqc #johnnyssteakhouse #foodrecommendation #trufflecarbonarapizza ? Dancing In The Moonlight - ???

17. La Piazza Ristorante in Okada Manila (Parañaque)

For a splurge-worthy date here, expect to shell out around P500 to P2,500 per order. To remove the guesswork, try the Tuscany dinner and Felsina wine pairing. It costs around P3,800 per person, also suggested by Steph Nicole.

La Piazza Ristorante in Okada Manila
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18. Man Ho at Manila Marriott Hotel (Pasay)

Up for an ultra-fancy Chinese banquet? Get heaping servings of comfort food and prep a budget of P5,000+ if you both have a hearty appetite. Alternatively, dine in the other hotel restaurants like the Cru Steakhouse or Greatroom.

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@bbqsweetcorn perfect romantic date night idea in manila ???? Man Ho, a Chinese restaurant located inside Mariott Hotel Manila in Pasay City! Open daily | 11:30 AM - 10 PM #manhorestaurant #restaurantideaph #marriotthotelmanila #dateideas #dinneridea #coupledateideas #datenightph #fyp ? original sound - _Spotify_

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19. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo (Marikina)

Brunch with babe? This is worth the drive, promise. Weekends might attract more families. But, the homestyle interiors and seating options make dates feel intimate. Share a platter of breakfast staples and exchange stories over bottomless Barako coffee.

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
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20. Burrow Café (Antipolo)

For those in the East of Manila or willing to go there, here’s another must-try for dates, according to Ronn. This is literally a hidden gem (since it’s underground) that offers gourmet mains. Into meditation? They occasionally offer a magical “forestbathing” experience with breakfast and coffee, too. (Bonus: Ronn also recommends Vieux Chalet, a cozy decades-old Swiss restaurant).

@eriellechua An hour drive from Metro Manila to visit a beautiful #burrowcafe just in #antipolocity #foodtiktok #antipolocafe ? There She Goes - Ben Grosse Mix - Sixpence None The Richer

21. Café Giya (Rizal)

The breathtaking view and delicious food made this such a hyped date place. Hanna top choices here are the “tender and flavorful” beef salpicao plus the sizzling Pomodoro pasta. Prices range from P200 to P500 per dish (with large servings), she says. (Bonus: Another must-see in the same area is Escalera Café).

Café Giya
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22. Vista Café (Rizal)

Think you can only see a sea of lighted roses in Cebu or Seoul? Tick it off your romantic bucket list at this dreamy café in Angono. It looks like a favorite venue for proposals, too. For athletic couples, we dare you to bike up to the café. Your rewards will be the overlooking view—maybe throw in a nice meal together, too. (Bonus: Kape Sinukuan in Pampanga is a charming alternative for those in the North.)

Vista Cafe
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23. Alvarez Park Café (Valenzuela)

Clarize recommends this hidden attraction for al fresco dining. Great for a portside stroll, too. Try the fresh seafood paluto at the main restaurant or head to The Fisherman’s Point for formal dining. Select from their ala carte offers. Or, indulge in their specialty tasting menu, available on weekends.

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24. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant (Intramuros)

For an old-timey Manila vibe, nothing beats the historic walled city. Here’s the most recommended dining spot in the area. Brielle says, “This place is so cute ISTG—nanghaharana sila! We had a date there and it was the cutest surprise (made our day extra special).”

@tonediscoveries If you want to go back in the old time, this place is excellent #fyp #foodieph #foodie #tarakape #wheretoeatph #intramurosdate #datespot ? Uhaw (Tayong Lahat) - Dilaw

Do you have other date-worthy places to suggest? Sound off on the comments! Or, share this and tag Cosmopolitan Philippines!

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