This coming Valentine’s Day, step out of your usual routine and discover the most beautiful date spots away from the city. Whether you’ve already booked a romantic getaway to spots like El Nido or Boracay, or looking to book a table just outside the crowded metro in places like Antipolo or Tagaytay, this list of picturesque restaurants will offer you and your sweetheart a night to remember.
Balay Dako by Antonio’sTagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay
Just a couple hours south of Manila, you can take in the gorgeous scenery of Taal Lake from Balay Dako by Antonio’s. Known for its classic Filipino comfort dishes, this restaurant is known to fill up fast. However, with its stunning vistas and cool cuddle-friendly climate, it does have a romantic side! Be sure to book a table by the window to get a view while having a more intimate experience.
Marcia Adams’ RestaurantJP Rizal Street, Tagaytay
For a quieter Tagaytay experience with a Tuscan touch, try Marcia Adams’ Restaurant. The arched doorways and stonewalls seamlessly tie the lush outdoors with the chic farmhouse interiors. Whether you’ve got a garden table, or are tucked away in dining area, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful flowers, bathed in fresh air, and feasting on Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Come before sunset to see the surroundings in all their naturally-lit glory.
The Nesting TableSitio Pakalsada, El Nido
You can’t get a view more breathtaking than this! At El Nido’s The Nesting Table, you not only get an array of healthy, hearty meals (complete with vegan and gluten free options), but you also get a panoramic perspective of the bay’s iconic limestone islands. Come for lunch and find yourself chilling out with your Valentine for the rest of the afternoon as you lounge on the hammock, listen to live music, or play board games.
Cafe Rizal in Pinto Art MuseumIt is no surprise that Pinto Art Museum’s resident cafe is just as Instagram-worthy as the rest of the gallery. After exploring the sprawling art collection, take your date to Cafe Rizal for picture-perfect international cuisine in a romantic al fresco setting shaded with leafy trees, or in the indoor dining space with high ceilings and rustic white walls reminiscent of Santorini. The space has limited seating, so be sure to book a table as soon as you can.
Yellow Bird Cafe x KitchenMission Hills Blvd, Antipolo
Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this cute space looks great during the day or at night. With hip interiors, modern Filipino dishes, and a wide variety of ‘grammable hot and cold drinks, Yellow Bird is perfect for a low-key but super romantic date with a lots of opportunities to cozy up next to each other for photos. Plus, the quiet ambiance (and lack of WiFi) means that you and your significant other can enjoy an intimate conversation, uninterrupted.
Circa 1900Sanjercas Ville Ext Rd, Cebu City
Set in a cluster of colonial houses, Circa 1900 is one of Cebu’s quick escapes from the chaos of the city. Along with upscale, locally-sourced dining options that are ideal for a lavish date, the venue also has a cool piano bar, and an impressive exterior space that boasts garden, city, and pool views. The buildings, known as Casa Uno and Casa Dos, are refurbished heritage homes that the owners have gone through lengths to preserve. Every angle of this location is a feast for the eyes. And every dish, a feast for the belly!
Bondi&Bourke Davao115 P Pelayo St, Poblacion, Davao City
For another decadent option in an ancestral home, try Bondi&Bourke Davao. This branch offers the same show-stopping Australian fare that its Manila counterpart does, however, its location is completely unique. Set in a pre-war mansion, the restaurant stands out for its distinct connection to history, without giving up any modern indulgences. For a Valentine’s date that’s going very well, guests will be happy to know that Bondi&Bourke is conveniently attached to the boutique Bourke Hotel.
Claude’s Le Cafe De Ville143 Rizal St, Poblacion, Davao City
Enjoy the nostalgic Filipiniana touches of Claude’s Le Cafe De Ville. With its quaint garden, capiz light fixtures, wide windows, ornate woodwork, and grand stairway entrance, you’ll feel like you’re stepping into history. Consistently listed as among the best restaurants in Mindanao, this restaurant’s high-end French cuisine is something you won’t regret including on your Valentine’s Day itinerary. That said, this place books up quickly, so make your reservations soon.
Rali’s Resto BarMalawaan Park, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Head to Subic for a dreamy seaside date in a chic space known for its steak dinners. This open-air restaurant is casual enough to welcome you straight out of a three-hour road trip, but it is also impressive enough to make celebrating a special occasion here totally worth the drive.
Salona Bar At Shangri-La BoracayBarangay Yapak, Boracay
If you’re spending Valentine’s Day in Boracay, you’ll want to take your date to Salona Bar. Known for its cocktail bar overlooking the picturesque island cliff, this multi-level cabana lounge is both comfortable and upscale all at once. You can come in your bathing suit or dressed to the nines, for drinks or for a tapas-inspired dinner—but one thing’s for sure: this is the best sunset view on the island!
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