Celebrate the holidays with your loved ones just like the good ol’ days while still being safe by opting for al fresco dining!

Holidays are just around the corner and this only means that there will be family reunions here and there. However, gatherings will not be the same as they were before knowing that the pandemic is still far from over. 

While there are some restrictions, holidays don’t have to be dull and ordinary. If you’re like us who have been long craving for face-to-face interactions, why not try some of the best al fresco restaurants in and around the metro? This way, you can safely spend the holidays with your loved ones outdoors while enjoying good food and great stories at once.

Top Al Fresco Restaurants for Get-Togethers

Settling on a date is one thing, deciding on the venue is another—we’re pretty sure, anyone would relate to how hard the latter is. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the nicest open-air restaurants to give you the best al fresco dining.

  1. Hiraya Restaurant
  2. Sulyap Gallery Cafe & Restaurant 
  3. Tahanan Bistro
  4. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
  5. Wyndell’s Al Fresco Dining
  6. Lutong Pugon-Wood Fired Pizza
  7. Coffee Rush Eastridge Binangonan
  8. Locavore
  9. Lampara
  10. Gubat

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1. Hiraya Restaurant

 

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Stepping inside Hiraya Restaurant feels like entering a fantasy world in a fairytale book. Located in Binangonan, Rizal, this restaurant gives you a cozy vibe and delicious Filipino food that will remind you of your home. So if you’re looking for an extraordinary and definitely IG-worthy alfresco dining Rizal experience to enjoy with your family, Hiraya Restaurant is the place to be.

Address: 0905 Sitio Hangganan, Pag-Asa 1940 Binangonan,
Must-try dishes: Sizzling pork sisig, overloaded beef nachos, sinigang na ulo ng salmon sa miso, tapsilog

2. Sulyap Gallery Cafe & Restaurant 

 

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Situated in San Pablo City, Sulyap Bed & Breakfast is a great choice to have a memorable alfresco dining Laguna experience with the family. It boasts of sumptuous traditional Filipino dishes that won’t let you break the bank. Add to that the old-world ambiance of Sulyap’s facade and interiors, letting you experience the life of the rich in the past decades.

Address: Brgy. Del Remedio, Cocoland Compound 4000 San Pablo City, Laguna Philippines
Must-try dishes: Sinigang na liempo, bistek tagalog, lechon kawali, sizzling mixed seafoods

3. Tahanan Bistro

 

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Looking for places perfect for al fresco dining in Antipolo? Search no more because Tahanan Bistro is your best bet! Not only it gives you an exquisite al fresco dining experience but also allows you to experience the values in a traditional Filipino home. For sure, your grandparents and parents will reminisce about their lives back then while dining at Tahanan Bistro.

Address: 22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision
Must-try dishes: Iraya, Mayon, Halcon

4. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo

If you and your loved ones enjoy mornings and breakfasts, don’t miss the Rustic Mornings by Isabelo. It’s one of Marikina’s hidden gems that doesn’t only serve delicious food, but also has an open air garden-style setup that’ll surely give you a safer al fresco dining experience in Marikina.

Address: 11 Isabelo Mendoza St, San Roque, Marikina
Must-try dishes: Ilocos Bagnet, Beef Tapa, Original Buttermilk Pancakes with Coffee, Country Style Omelet

5. Wyndell’s Al Fresco Dining

Wyndell’s Al Fresco is one of the newest restaurants with a view in Tanay, Rizal. It offers a wide variety of cuisine. They’ve got a fusion of Filipino-American-European cuisine. And if that’s still not enough, go to their samgyupsal area and devour the eat-all-you-can meat offerings. 

Address: Km. 58, Marilaque Highway (Marikina-Infanta Highway), Tanay, Rizal
Must-try dishes: BBQ Burger, Gamberi Aglia e Olio Pappardelle, and Philly Cheesesteak

6. Lutong Pugon-Wood Fired Pizza

 

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Lutong Pugon-Wood Fired Pizza is an al fresco restaurant in Tanay that serves wood-fired gourmet pizza and pasta. Aside from the delicious food they serve, they also have a small art gallery that you and your family can tour after your sumptuous meal.

Address: Sitio Masanting, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal
Must-try dishes: Pepperoni Pizza, Beef Pastrami Pizza, Gambaretto Pizza

7. Coffee Rush Eastridge Binangonan

 

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Take your al fresco dining experience to the next level with a good selection of caffeine and pastries in Binangonan, Rizal. Coffee Rush Eastridge is a perfect setting for family gatherings this holiday season as it is pocket-friendly and has amazing views. We suggest you visit the place as soon as it opens especially if you’re going on big groups as the cafe tends to be full-booked.

Address: Coffee Rush Eastridge, Eastridge Executive Village Binangonan, Rizal
Must-try dishes: Longganisa, beef tapa, coffee menu, pastries, pinangat

8. Locavore

 

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Can’t decide whether you’re going for al fresco dining Pasig, al fresco dining Quezon City, al fresco dining MOA, or BGC alfresco dining? Locavore has you covered with their branches across the metro! They serve Filipino dishes with a French touch. The ingredients are locally grown and produced. The open kitchen and industrial interiors add to the modern hipster vibe of the restaurant, making an ideal setting for holiday gatherings with the family.

Address: Various locations in Metro Manila
Must-try dishes: Squid karekare, Kimchi + Sinigang, bulalo

9. Lampara

 

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Type in “al fresco dining near me” on Google and Lampara will definitely come up especially if you’re residing in the busy Makati. As soon as you enter Lampara, what catches you is the open space marked by high ceilings. It also has a relaxed open veranda to feel the breeze and check what’s happening outside, and a little glass-house nook with a cozy Mod, ’60s-vibe where you can have drinks. And as good as the restaurant looks, their food is one of a kind. That’s why it’s no surprise that Lampara comes to the list of best restaurants for al fresco dining in Metro Manila.

Address: 5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City
Must-try dishes: Tinola balls, duck leg, chicken, salmon

10. Gubat

While the City of Stars may seem to be surrounded by towering buildings, it hides a gem in Diliman that makes a nice spot for family reunions. Gubat is a garden restaurant that gives you a familiar al fresco dining Quezon City experience with its traditional Filipino dishes and way of eating. They even encourage you to eat kamayan style! So if you and your loved ones are game for an al fresco dining in Metro Manila with a twist, Gubat is the place to be.

Address: Bonsai Society, President Carlos P. Garcia Ave, Diliman, Quezon City
Must-try dishes: Lechon kawali, halabos na hipon, adobong baboy

Sometimes, dining isn’t just enough to catch up with the family. So, make the most of the holiday season by extending your get-togethers to an overnight stay at one of the awesome budget hotels in the metro. 

Check out ZEN Rooms’ quality yet affordable hotels perfect for group travelers.

Frequently Asked Questions About Al Fresco Dining

Q: Where are the best al fresco dining restaurants in Metro Manila for family reunions?
A: Here’s a list of the best al fresco dining restaurants in Metro Manila:

  1. The Food Truck at Sofitel Manila
  2. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden
  3. Gubat 
  4. The Treehouse Village
  5. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
  6. The Wholesome Table
  7. Lampara
  8. Locavore
  9. The Roofdeck Garden at the Podium
  10. Delgado 112

Q: Where is the best place to experience al fresco dining Marikina?
A: Here are the must-try al fresco dining Marikina:

  1. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden
  2. The Treehouse Village
  3. Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe
  4. Pan de Amerikana
  5. Beefalo

Q: Where is the best place to experience al fresco dining Pasig?
A: Here are the must-try al fresco dining Pasig:

  1. Locavore
  2. Sentro 1771
  3. Black Olive
  4. Fiery Style
  5. Florabel
  6. Cafe Mary Grace
  7. Barcino
  8. Shrimp Bucket

Q: Where is the best place to experience al fresco dining Alabang?
A: Don’t know where to book al fresco restaurants in Alabang? Here are the must-try al fresco dining Alabang:

  1. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse 
  2. Southbank Café + Lounge
  3. Melo’s
  4. Cafe Mary Grace
  5. The Black Pig

Q: Where is the best place to experience alfresco dining in BGC?
A: Here are the must-try alfresco dining in BGC:

  1. Alegria Manila
  2. Ooma
  3. Wildflour Restaurant
  4. Crisostomo Restaurant
  5. La Picara
  6. Manam
  7. Locavore
  8. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Q: Where is the best place to experience al fresco dining Cebu?
A: Looking for the best al fresco restaurants in Cebu? Check these places for an ultimate al fresco dining Cebu:

  1. Soho Park
  2. Anzani New Mediterranean Restaurant
  3. The Pyramid
  4. Sky Park Seaside
  5. Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant
  6. Top of Cebu
  7. Scooby’s Café

Q: Where is the best place to experience al fresco dining Antipolo?
A: Looking for the best al fresco dining in Rizal? Check these places for an ultimate al fresco dining Antipolo:

  1. Tahanan Bistro
  2. Burrow Cafe
  3. Vieux Chalet
  4. Crescent Moon

Q: Where is the best place to experience al fresco dining Manila?
A: Whether you’re looking for the best al fresco dining MOA or al fresco dining in Manila for gatherings, we got you covered! Check these places for an ultimate al fresco dining Manila:

  1. SM by the Bay
  2. La Cathedral Cafe
  3. The Frazzled Cook
  4. Café Ysabel
  5. Barbara’s Heritage Restaurant
  6. Ilustrado
  7. Patio de Conchinita

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