What’s better than spending Valentine’s Day at the best date restaurants in Manila to sweep her off her feet?

From garden restaurants, roof deck bars, and intimate hideaways, we’ve got it all covered for you for Valentine’s Day to give her the butterflies with good food in a stylish, intimate, but not-too-stiff setting.

For the month of love, we’re giving you romantic and lavish dining spots to check out in and out of the metro. Here are 12 affordable dining destinations you can find in Metro Manila and Tagaytay.

1. Le Petit Souffle – Metro Manila

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A mix between French elegance and Japanese aesthetic, Le Petit Souffle offers a serene and romantic ambiance that will surely impress you and your date. With its garden-inspired interior, this modern French-Japanese bistro gives an outdoor vibe while being indoors. Because of its decor, there’s truly no doubt this dining spot is Instagram-worthy, yet perfect for a casual dine out. Serving both sweet and savory food, guests keep returning for their much-loved Foie Gras Mac & Cheese and Squid Ink Rice. You might also enjoy some delicious desserts and Souffles to match the romantic hanging lamps, dim lights and imitation trees.

Third Floor, Century City Mall, Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Average cost: PHP 1100 for two people (approx.)

2. Rockwell Glasshouse – Makati

The Rockwell Glasshouse is a modern-day structure surrounded by lush green plants that mimics the feel of a greenhouse in the middle of the city. Huge Fiddle Leaf figs, gold details and lavish furniture adorn the interior of this elegant spot, which makes it the perfect place for an endless conversation over coffee or wine with your date. Natural lighting emits from the glass exterior, allowing for a simple, yet elegant ambiance. And the food tastes as lovely as the facade. Rockwell Glasshouse’s menu consists mainly of salads, pastas, sandwiches and coffee. The more indulgent meals include a selection of rice bowls, all-day breakfast fare, and cake. Must-try menu items include Bottarga Pasta, Fried Portuguese Sardines with Garlic Rice and Eggs, and the Parma Ham and Emmental Cheese Sandwich. This definitely makes to the list of best date restaurants in Manila.

R1-GH, The Glasshouse Rockwell Center, Hidalgo Drive, Rockwell, Makati City
Average Cost: PHP 900 for two people (approx.)

3. Straight Up – Taguig

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Straight Up is a rooftop bar that offers a panoramic view overlooking the parks, upscale boutiques and restaurants of Bonifacio High Street. You and your date can definitely enjoy drinks with a breathtaking view of the city, lounge indoors or reserve a private room perfect for exclusive parties. Highlights of the menu include Italian cuisine, complimentary finger food with cocktails, as well as a separate buffet for wine lovers. In the evenings, you can catch live performances and fresh beats by singers and DJ’s who specialize in bossa, soul, house beats, and jazz. With a bar that offers a 360 degree view of the city, there’s no way that your date could get any more romantic. If this doesn’t make it to your list of best date restaurants in Manila, we don’t know what will.


15th Floor, Seda Hotel, 30th Street Corner 11th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Average cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)

4. Cafe Juanita – Pasig

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A fusion of different Asian cuisines, this casual dining spot is a feast for the eyes. With its Asian antiques and adornments, the ambience of this unique restaurant is perfect for your Instagram feed. Some of the favorite menu items are the binagoongan, kare kareng gulay, and fish with tamarind sauce. Even their dessert offers a taste of heaven! Some of the must-try desserts include the cassava cake and toffee pudding. You can also include this as one of the best go-to coffee places in Manila. With the restaurant’s own musician playing piano on the side, this charming place is whimsical, homey and delightful in best way possible.

19 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City
Average Cost: PHP 1200 for two people (approx.)

5. Cafe Voi La – Tagaytay

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In the quiet outskirts of Tagaytay, you can find a unique and one-of-a-kind Asian-fusion themed restaurant that offers pockets of peace and serenity. The cozy and rustic feel of this unique cafe, combined with colorful interior and Asian art, makes this cafe a vibrant and picturesque spot for a romantic date. While waiting for your food to be served, you can find yourself admiring Thai and Vietnamese ornaments, as well as other Southeast Asian decor adorning the indoor and outdoor area. Some of the loved menu items include the Homemade Chicken Pork Adobo, Café Voi La Chicken Curry, Trio of Spring Rolls, and Café Voi La Pad Thai. However, the clear winner is their cheesecake! The name of the restaurant is derived from a Vietnamese word “boi la”, which means to cook with leaves.


Crosswinds, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)

6. Filling Station – Makati

This American-inspired diner is nothing short of an Instagram lover’s heaven. Vintage decors, pop art, and a retro car displayed in the middle of the diner, it’s the perfect place for a unique and quirky dine out with your family and friends. Their menu includes classic American food items, such as friends, burgers and milkshakes. If you’re seeking to time-travel back to the retro days, this is the perfect spot for you! You’ll be greeted by waiters dressed to that time-period.

5012 P. Burgos Street, Poblacion, Makati City 12101210
Average Cost: PHP 1500 for two people (approx.)

7. Bag of Beans – Tagaytay

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If you’re seeking to unwind in a place far from the metro, Bag of Beans offers chic interiors, rustic surroundings, and Instagram-worthy features. This dining spot serves American-Asian dishes while being surrounded by a garden.

115 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 1000 for two people (approx.)

8. Veranda – Tagaytay

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Veranda, located in Tagaytay is perfect for a romantic date outside the metro. Overlooking a magnificent view of Taal Lake, this dining spot has a traditional and elegant Filipino atmosphere with a food selection that brings back exquisite Filipino cuisine and international dishes. Serving a variety of refreshing platters, their menu will remind you of a classic, yet modern Philippine taste that’s enjoyed by all. If this isn’t romantic enough, their interior offers pristine lighting, luxurious interior, and a stunning view.

Taal Vista Hotel, Kilometer 60, Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average cost: PHP 1200 for two people (approx.)

9. Gallery by Chele – Taguig

Gallery by Chele is a fusion between modern Filipino and Spanish cuisine. Offering unique and innovative dishes, this restaurant is reasonably pricey for its quality, presentation and rich flavor. The casual, open ambience is adorned with nature-inspired and wood interior, making it the perfect place for an elegant and sophisticated dining experience. They even cater to vegetarians with their distinct menu and offers specialty items, such as Beef Curry, Bana – Lu, and Pearls and Clams. This is definitely one of the best date restaurants in Manila.

Fifth Floor, Clipp Center, 11th Avenue Corner 39th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
Average Cost: PHP 1800 for two people (approx.)

10. Tsokolateria – Tagaytay

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Tsokolateria located in Tagaytay is the perfect spot for chocolate lovers seeking to satisfy their sweet cravings. With an amazing view of Taal, you’ll be closer to nature while enjoying a bundle of chocolate snacks in the outskirts of Manila. With their delicious menu, you’ll fall deeply in love with their chocolate dips, tablea mallows and hot chocolate. You can also enjoy cool breeze by the outdoors, making a sweet and romantic experience for you and your loved ones.

The Boutique Bed and Breakfast, 45 Aguinaldo Highway Silang Crossing East, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 800 for two people (approx.)

11. Sonya’s Garden – Tagaytay

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Fill your tummy with delicious food and your heart with love and romance. Sonya’s Garden is where the magic happens! A number of proposals that have taken place in this garden paradise, as well as wedding ceremonies and events. This dining destination isn’t just home to good food and a homegrown flower garden, vegetables are freshly harvested from their very own farm and guests quickly fall in love with its beautiful and charming ambience. Their menu items include Salad, Tea, Chocolate Cake, White Pasta, and Coffee.

Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Tagaytay City
Average cost: PHP 1400 for two people (approx.)

12. Dreamland’s Arts & Crafts – Tagaytay

This bohemian-inspired, Instagrammable cafe and restaurant in Tagaytay City is crafty, artsy and the all-around dreamy. Who wouldn’t want to dine inside a place full of art and color? Adorned with dream-catchers, paintings, fairy lights and other vibrant decors, Dreamland’s Arts & Crafts Cafe offers classic breakfast items and homegrown foods. Other items you can order are Nachos, Potato Wedges, Pasta, Hot Chocolate, Barako Coffee, Chicken Wings, and Burgers. This cozy spot is the definition of dreamland. You might just catch yourself dreaming for more!

Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Tagaytay City, Tagaytay City
Average Cost: PHP 800 for two people (approx.)

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Calling out all food lovers out there! We’re giving you 15 budget-friendly, drool-worthy, and super delicious menu items to try out in these best affordable restaurants in Manila! Get your camera phones ready, your tummies rumbling, and PHP200 ($4) worth of cash. We’ve got your cravings (and budget) covered!

1. The Burgery

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The Burgery is known for its juicy, medium-done patties and overflowing nachos. Considering their cheap prices, they offer more than what is expected from a budget-friendly meal, with each bite releasing a sweet amount of meat juice that’s perfect for meat lovers. We will not include this in the list of best affordable restaurants in Manila for nothing!

Bugsy Burger – PHP145 | Fat Tony Burger – PHP185
Location: Circuit Lane Makati, Riverfront Drive, AP Reyes St, Carmona, Makati

2. Chubs Chasers

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Formerly known as Chubs Steak at Manok, Chubs Chasers is the same casual Filipino-American diner serving their signature Divine Steak and Carvilicious Chicken. With the expansion of their menu, they have now included ribs, burgers, pasta, desserts, and other entrees into their menu.

Parmesan Flaming Wings – PHP 199
Location: 86 Visayas Avenue Extension, Tandang Sora, Quezon City

3. Lagrima

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Lagrima, located in Legazpi Village Makati, offers authentic tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. With a wide selection of fillings for both your burrito and taco, you are free to customize the flavors to your liking. Their amazing Horchata (Rice Milk) is loved by many too and it’s surely a must-try in their delicious menu. Get ready for an explosion of flavors when dining in this yummy taco and burrito joint.

Super Taco –  PHP 190 | Quesadillas – PHP 150 to PHP 200
Location: G/F BSA Mansion 108 Benavidez St, Legazpi Village, Makati

4. Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters

Chef Lau’s Pugon Roasters is a fast food-type of restaurant that specializes in Pugon Roasted Chicken and other savory dishes, such as Kaldereta Mac n’ Cheese, Angus Beef Steak, and Sinampalukang Sopas. Guests are welcome to order unlimited rice for only Php 6.00, making their menu budget-meal worthy and perfect for unli-rice lovers. With a powerful distinct taste, you can easily tell from the flavor that it’s from Pugon’s. Even their Atsara is good. For anyone needing a hot meal served quickly, this dining spot is perfect for a quick dine out.

Pugon Roast Chicken  – PHP 99 to PHP 119
Location: Ayala Triangle Gardens, Salcedo Village, Makati City

5. Esquinita Kitchen & Pub

Esquinita Kitchen & Pub is a hole-in-the-wall, casual restaurant along Estrella in Makati offering affordable Filipino-Mexican cuisine, such as tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. Perfect for a group meal, this dining area will keep your tummies filled and satisfy your cravings.

Sisig Rice – PHP 99 | Crispy Sinigang PHP 169
Location: 78 A Estrella St. Bel Air, Bel-Air, Makati

6. The Wild Poppy

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The Wild Poppy is a hip garden rooftop inspired restaurant that serves modern Asian specialties like fried baos, other small bites, and signature cocktails. The ambiance of this bar & restaurant emits a cozy vibe that puts you in a relaxing mood while enjoying meals and cocktails. The interiors have a vibrant and warm contrast, giving guests a great time with great food.

Chicken Ren Damn  – PHP 120 | Hoi Belly – PHP 140
Location: 2/F 5666 Don Pedro Street, Poblacion, Makati, 1210 Metro Manila

7. Grape Escape

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Grape Escape is a wine lounge and kitchen and is the first of its kind in Maginhawa. It offers something far greater than the typical menu and is usually visited by students from nearby schools and institutions. They even have a wide selection of wines and a number of dishes to match the awesome food. If you’re seeking for a fancy but affordable place, Grape Escape if the spot for you.

Chicken Fritters – PHP 175
Location: 99 Maginhawa Street, Teachers Village East, Teachers Village, Quezon City 1101

8. Gata

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Gata offers flavors of Bicolano cuisine, especially since most would consider it a piece of Bicol right in the middle of Quezon City. They serve authentic Bicolano dishes like Laing, Bicol Express, Adobong Bicol, all with fresh gata or coconut milk. All of these can be customizable so you won’t worry too much about the spice levels.

Adobong Bicol Rice w Egg | Homemade Bicol Longganisa with Garlic Rice and Egg | Crispy Danggit Bicol with Garlic

Rice and Egg  – All for PHP190
Location: Unit 3 143 Mother Ignacia Ave. Brgy, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

9. BonBanhmi

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Known to be truly authentic when it comes to Banh mi sandwiches, this hold-in-the-wall dining destination is owned by a Vietnamese couple and is said to make the best Banh mi in Manila. Everything in their menu is under PHP250 that’s why it is one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila! So it’s perfect for a budget-friendly dine out.

All Banhmi  – PHP99 to PHP119
Location: Food Patio, 7th Floor, PBCom Tower, 6795 Ayala Ave cor V.A. Rufino St, Salcedo Village, Makati

10. Tittos Latin BBQ + Brew

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If you’re looking for the best affordable restaurants in Manila, visit Tittos. It is a taco place located along the foodie strip of Kapitolyo. It serves a menu of unique Filipino dishes with a Latin American twist. The ambiance is nice and it doesn’t get too crowded, so it’s just right for a simple, casual dine out with some friends. You might even want to try out their cocktails, which are a great compliment to their outstanding dishes.

All Tacos – PHP125 to PHP155
Location: 16 East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City

11. Bai Nian Tang Bao

Bai Nian Tang Bao is a soup dumpling specialty restaurant that serves a wide array of Chinese comfort food. You’ll find yourself enjoying their Soup Dumplings, Fish, Scallops, Rice Bowls and Pork Dumplings. Everything on their menu does not disappoint!

Chicken Soup Pork Wonton – PHP119 | Shanghai Scallion Oil Noodles – PHP179
Location: Ground Floor, Uptown Parade, 9th Avenue Corner 38th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

12. Bento&Co.

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Bento & Co. is a neighborhood Japanese restaurant that thrives in their ‘make-your-own bento’ concept. You can modify your order based on your mood and hunger level. You can definitely feel the Japanese taste through their food and the ambience of the restaurant. If you’re down to customize your bento box to your liking, why not try out this awesome Japanese food spot.

Katsudon – PHP175 | Make-Your-Own Bento – PHP125 to PHP200
Location: No. 2 Scout Dr Lazcano, Paligsahan, Quezon City

13. Faburrito

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Faburrito is a healthy Mexican restaurant that serves freshly prepared wraps, burritos and other Mexican specials. Some of their menu items include Steak Salad, Nachos, Mango Salsa, Fish Salad, Chicken Quesadilla, Tacos and Lemongrass Tea.

Chicken Quesadillas – PHP 169 | Battered Fish Bowl – PHP 195
Location: G/F The Columns, Ayala cor Sen Gil Puyat Ave, Salcedo Village, Makati

14. Bowl Master

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Bowl Master lives up to its name by serving you fresh and flavorful bowls perfect for every meal! Their tipid meals are perfect for those who are always on a budget. Bowl Master is definitely one of the best affordable restaurants in Manila.

Rice bowls – PHP85 – 105
Location: Double Dragon Plaza The Meridian Pasay City

15. Kko Kko

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Kko Kko is a modern Korean chicken house that uses traditional and contemporary recipes that came from Grace Lee and her mother.  Their menu is divided into three main categories – Korean Fried Chicken, Korean Street Food, and Dosirak (Korean Lunch Cox), each narrating a story about the dining setting and customs of Korea. Find yourself enjoying authentic Korean cuisine in this sweet dining spot. Other food items include Onion Rings, Cheesy Chicken, Chicken Wings, Bibimbap, Bread Bowl, Beef Bulgogi, Soy Chicken.

2-pc Chicken with Rice – PHP118
Location: The Sapphire Bloc, Sapphire Road, Ortigas, Pasig City

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