10 Spots For Fancy Romantic Dinners In Manila

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If there’s one day in the year when you really have to put out all the stops for your bae, it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s right around the corner so if you still don’t have plans, now is a very good time to make one!

But just in case you find yourself stuck and unsure about what to do, here’s what we suggest: have a classic, romantic dinner with that special someone! You can never go wrong with great food and a fancy setting, especially on a day like the Day of Hearts. Read on to find out where you can have both on Valentine’s Day!

1. FOO’D

Can you guess how much a three-course meal in FOO’D is?

Photo from Mary Love S.’s looloo review for FOO’D

3,000? Nope.

2,000? Still no.

1,000? Not even!

Wanna know the answer? It costs ₱800! Yes, you read that right! 800 bucks! FOO’D proves that it’s possible to experience fine dining without blowing a whole in your budget. They don’t sacrifice the quality of the food either, even with the low prices!

Take the crowd-favorite Cipolla Carmellata for example. Made up of a caramelized onion, grana padana gelato, and grana padana hot cream, Christian C. calls it the “highlight of the entire meal” as well as the “best onion dish” he’s ever had in his looloo review. It’s just that good!

Photo from Ruth S.’s looloo review for FOO’D

FOO’D also has four and five course meals available for those looking for a heftier meal. You can also opt to upgrade your set meals to get other choices for dishes. For a hassle-free experience, don’t forget to make a reservation!

FOO’D is located at G/F Shangri-La at The Fort, 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

2. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge

Just behind the hustle and bustle of Katipunan Avenue is a restaurant where you can escape and have a peaceful and romantic time with your date!

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge serves dishes featuring a harmonious blend of Asian and European flavors that will surely tickle your fancy. This Valentine’s season, Ninyo sweetens the deal by offering a Valentine’s degustation! Called Love Story, this degustation has six courses (aptly named chapters) and is inclusive of a red or white wine.

Priced at ₱3,000/head, Love Story is available from February 13-18! Reservations are required so be sure to make them beforehand!

Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge is located at 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.

3. Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant

A rundown of romantic date spots here in Manila won’t be complete without including Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant. It’s gourmet dining, elegant interiors, and intimate ambiance all rolled into one hidden setting perfect for special date nights!

Lemuria is known for serving French Mediterranean cuisine and this Valentine’s season, it will also offer a menu specific for the occasion! Priced at ₱2,750/head, the five-course menu is available from February 13-15 only so don’t miss out the chance to try it! We heard it includes delectable treats like a berry and mango pavlova for dessert!

Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant is located at at 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, Quezon City.

4. Blackbird

Long before the Ayala area became the Central Business District of Makati, it was once the first ever commercial airport of our country. Amazing, right? Looking at it now, not much else will give you a clue about the area’s aviation history except for the Nielson Tower along Makati Avenue.

The Nielson Tower is now home to Blackbird, one of the metro’s most popular places for fine dining. The Art Deco-style building itself provides for a romantic setting for your Valentine’s Day date. Inside, you’ll find The Grill Room, the main oval dining room that features the famous spiral staircase. Ascend the stairs and you’ll reach The Cabin, the former control tower of the old airport that now houses a more intimate dining space.

Couples yearning for alfresco dining can step outside the tower and enter the Garden & Terrace, while those looking to have cocktails before or after dinner can go to the Lounge & Bar.

Given these options, all you have to do is to decide where you want your romantic dinner to play out. Blackbird will take care of the rest.

Blackbird is located at the Nielson Tower, Makati Avenue, Makati.

5. Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie

Looking for a restaurant with good food and good views? Well, you need to look no further than Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie!

Located on the 34th floor of the Citibank Tower in Makati, Top of the Citi is yet another restaurant with a Valentine’s Day set menu for you and your S.O.! Priced at ₱3,295/head, you get to sample Chef Jessie’s much-praised cooking with dishes like Grilled Medallion of Beef Tenderloin with Foie Gras in Valentino Sauce, and Dark Chocolate Sweetheart and Light Strawberry Cheesecake Kiss.

Want a glass of red or white wine to enjoy with the great view of the Makati skyline? You can have that with your Valentine’s Day set menu for an additional fee!

Top of the Citi by Chef Jessie is located at Citibank Tower, 8741 Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati.

6. Galileo Enoteca

Italy is undoubtedly one of the most romantic places on Earth. But getting there, especially in time for Valentine’s Day, is probably just wishful thinking. So why not have the next best thing and bring your amore to Galileo Enoteca!

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Enoteca is the Italian word use to call a place that showcases wine. And a lot of wine you will find in Galileo Enoteca! This February 14, you can have your choice of dry red, white, or sweet wine with Galileo Enoteca’s Valentine’s Menu for Two! Priced at ₱3,000 for lunch and ₱3,600 for dinner, this package for two includes the very popular cheese buffet!

Galileo Enoteca is located at 80 Calbayog Street corner Malinao Street, Mandaluyong.

7. 210 Degrees Kitchen + Drinkery

Home to the City of Love, it’s no surprise that many couples associate France to anything and everything romantic, even its cuisine. So for those in search of a cozy, dimly-lit French restaurant that exudes romance and yummy food, 210 Degrees Kitchen + Drinkery is the place you’re looking for.

Helmed by French-Basque chef William Mahi, 210 Degrees likewise offers a special Valentine’s Day menu which will be available only on February 14. This Valentine’s Day menu is priced at ₱3,200/head and includes six courses infused with the best of French cuisine!

Take note that dinner seatings are at 6:00 and 8:30 PM so don’t forget to place your reservations!

210 Degrees Kitchen + Drinkery is located at G/F Icon Plaza, 25th Street corner 6th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

8. Caviar Restaurant & Champagne Bar

When you think of indulgent food, you probably think of things like chocolate, risotto, perhaps even a lamb rack as well. What if we tell you that you can get all of these and more in one special menu on Valentine’s Day?

Caviar Restaurant & Champagne Bar in Alabang takes indulgence to whole new level this Valentine’s season with its seven-course (yes, seven!) set menu! Available on February 12 and 13, and for limited guests only on Hearts Day itself, this set menu includes a Frenched Lamb Rack, Truffle-infused Bucatini Pasta, and Valrhona Chocolate Fondue!

Caviar Restaurant & Champagne Bar is located at Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Road corner Filinvest Avenue, Alabang, Muntinlupa.

9. Toyo Eatery

Less is more at times and this is all the more true when you dine at Toyo Eatery. Owned by Chef Jordy Navarra, Toyo Eatery serves Filipino food with a twist dished out on small plates. The seven-course tasting menu is a crowd-favorite and the recommended way to enjoy the best that Toyo Eatery has to offer its diners. If you and your date want something less overwhelming, go for the three-course set menu or the a la carte menu.

Whichever menu choose, make sure not to miss out on the Garden Vegetable Salad to start off your meal. It’s otherwise known as the Bahay Kubo because it’s made up of all the vegetables mentioned in the song! Another crowd favorite is the Barbecue, which is served with Toyo’s famous Silog, a bowl of malagkit rice topped with an egg yolk and chicharon bits!

Toyo Eatery is located at Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Chino Roces, Makati.

10. Bistro Manuel

A lot of foodie hearts broke when Lolo Dad’s closed down in 2013. So why not mend it spending Valentine’s Day over at Bistro Manuel!

Bistro Manuel is owned by Chef Ariel Manuel, the same chef who owned Lolo’s Dad’s! Many of the classic favorites from Lolo Dad’s are found in Bistro Manuel’s menu, along with a range of dishes created specifically for the restaurant!

For this year’s Valentine’s season, Bistro Manuel has not one, not two, but three Valentine’s Day menus! Called the Sweetheart Deals, you can choose one of three set menus (The Bud, The Blossom, and The Bouquet), which are all available from February 6-12 and 16-28!

Bistro Manuel is located at 2/F Six Axis Center, 4347 B. Valdez Street corner Makati Avenue, Poblacion, Makati.

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Bella Javier

Bella is a lover of all things sweet, a multi-time winner of the timeless children’s party and icebreaker game, Name That Tune, and a self-proclaimed queen of wishful thinking. A wanderer whose hunger lasts 24/7 and a proud owner of an oldies playlist mixed with songs she can sing fluently but does not understand, she’ll choose neither Edward or Jacob when asked that same old question.

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