11 Romantic Restaurants That Will Jazz Up Your Date Nights

Take your night out with bae up a notch.

Every couple’s interests are different, and your ideas of what’s romantic may vary. Whether it’s fine dining, a night of sipping cocktails together, or just a new experience in general – there’s a spot out there tailored perfectly for your dream date. Because of that, we’ve rounded up 10 best places for you and your significant other according to your personality.

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So are you planning the perfect date night? Skip the shrugs when you ask each other where to eat, and cut to the chase. Now all that’s left to do is to find out which one suits you best.

If you’re looking for amazing steak and wine, try Smith Butcher and Grill Room.

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Smith Butcher and Grill Room is a premium steakhouse offering the highest quality selection of steaks from five different continents. It’s for indulgent couples craving melt-in-your-mouth steak. It’s not for couples trying to be nice to their wallets or their diets. We recommend the Menage a Trois of Deep Sea Scallops, Matsukasa Steak, and That’s The One. Our insider tip is to ask their servers about their alcohol selection to get the best wine pairing for your food orders.

*Date Budget: P7000 (with wine)

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ACI Building, 147 H.V. dela Costa Street, Salcedo Village,Makati
+63 927 375-9467

If you’re looking for something cheesy, try Kehl’s Swiss.

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Kehl’s Swiss was born from the desire to make delicious Swiss and Italian dishes easily accessible in the Metro. It offers a homey dining space for families and friends to get together and enjoy great food. It’s for the cheesy, mushy couple, ready to huddle over their special platter in a homey space. It’s not for people who don’t like cheese, but then again, who doesn’t?

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163 Aguirre Ave, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 812-2567

If you’re adventurous, try Van Gogh is Bipolar.

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Van Gogh is Bipolar is a mood-healing cafe and sanctuary, where the menu is curated specifically for the diner’s current mood. It’s for adventurous couples who love surprises, since Van Gogh has a different menu every time. It’s not for people who are very particular or safe when it comes to their food choices. We recommend simply being open – one dish could be here today and gone tomorrow!

*Date Budget: P2000 (includes drinks and dessert)

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154 Maginhawa St, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City
+632 0922 824 3051

If you’re looking for something inspired by Japan, try Izakaya Kenta

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Izakaya Kenta offers a wide selection of sushi, sashimi, grilled and deep-fried meats at fairly affordable prices. They also have different types of tempura dishes. It’s for couples who dream of going to Japan together, but are on a budget. Think bonding over authentic dishes while talking about their culture. It’s not for those who prefer to stick to cuisines closer to home.

*Date Budget: P1500 (includes dessert)

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G/F Malate Bayview Mansion, 1781 M. Adriatico Street, Malate, Manila

If you really love traditional pasta, try Francesco’s Kitchen

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Francesco’s Kitchen is a newly opened traditional Italian restaurant serving regional cuisine with a selection of homemade pastabrick-oven pizza, and more.  It’s for  people looking for classic Italian dishes that are both familiar and new to their palates. It’s not for those of you looking for Pinoy spaghetti. We recommend the Burrata, Ossobucco in Gremolada Con Fettuccine Alfredo, and the Ortolano pasta. Our insider tip: they have both fresh and dry pasta so you noodle lovers know where to head to next!

Reservations are recommended
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863 A. Mabini St, Addition Hills, San Juan
(02) 777-9777

If you’re looking for something dark and mysterious, try Blind Pig.

Blind Pig
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Blind Pig
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Blind Pig is a speakeasy with a 1920s vibe, serving finger food and signature cocktails concocted by bartenders trained by Milk & Honey Member’s Club of New York and London. It’s for couples who love to drink in ambient settings. It’s not for people looking for full meals. We recommend the Shepherd’s Pie, Smokey Old Bastard, and the Goldrush. Our insider tip is to come prepared with your own specific cocktail cravings and get the Bartender’s Choice. Your servers will be ready to create a drink especially for you, right on the spot.

*Date Budget: P2500 (includes alcohol)

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227 Salcedo St, Legaspi Village, Makati
+632 478-6990

If you’re looking for somewhere small and quaint, try La Chinesca.

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Chef Bruce Ricketts’ permanent mainstay for his Mexican mini-restaurant is still the place to be. Enjoy fresh tacos like Tripitas made with beef intestines & Guisada de Res made with beef shoulder & lengua and drinks. It’s for couples who enjoy quiet corners with amazing food in front of them. It’s not for people who don’t want to share tacos. Or the claustrophobic.

*Date Budget: P1500 (includes alcohol)

Insider tip: Ask for the secret menu and get their famed guacamole.

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248C Aguirre St, BF Homes, Parañaque
(02) 738 0724

If you’re looking for something charming and nature-inspired, try Greg and Sally Tree Garden Cafe

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Greg and Sally Tree Garden Cafe is a tucked-away garden restaurant offering brunch meals, burgers and pastas. It also grows and sells herbs in their own garden. It’s for nature-loving couples looking for a relaxing, quick getaway. It’s not for people unwilling to do long drives. We recommend the Gourmet Tinapa, Peppered Steak, and Halo Halo Turon. Our insider tip is to visit during daytime and get their outdoor seating where you could fully enjoy their garden view. For special dinner set-ups, just call and they’ll be glad to help you surprise your loved one!

*Date Budget: P800 (with sides and dessert)

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145 Ipil St cor Champaca, Marikina Heights,Marikina
+632 940-1976

If you’re looking for a place to transition from coffee to cocktails, try ¡VENGO! Neighborhood Cafe 

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Taco Vengo is a modern taqueria serving authentic tacos, burritos and rice bowls. But with their new and improved VENGO Neighborhood Cafe, you get the best cross between a cafe and a bar. It’s for a Before Sunrise type of couple, ready to talk to each other about anything and everything from dusk ’til dawn. Don’t miss their chwaffle (churros waffle) for dessert as well.

Date Budget: P2000 (with coffee and alcohol)

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G/F, Jose Cojuango & Sons Organizations Bldg., C. Palanca St., Legaspi Village, Makati
(0929) 774 8671

If you’re looking for something novel and exciting, try Seoul Train

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Seoul Train aims to give customers a unique dining experience that lets them feel like they’re literally traveling in Seoul by train. It’s for couples who love Korean BBQ – Seoul Train prides itself in specializing in grilled marinated meats. Apart from their train motif, what really makes this place stand out is the quality of their beef – where else can you enjoy A5 Wagyu, 21 Day Dry Aged Tenderloin, and USDA Prime Ribeye grilled KBBQ style? Make sure you try their Woo Samgyeop, Yangnyeom Galbi, and Haemul Pajeon. It’s not for diners who don’t like having their clothes smell. Our insider tip: challenge yourself with their fun arcade crane machines!

*Date Budget: P3000

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#28 Sergeant Esguerra Ave, near Tomas Morato, South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 287-2446

If you’re looking for something travel-inspired, try La Tienda.

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La Tienda
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La Tienda is a traditional Spanish restaurant in the more secluded areas Makati, established nearly thirty years ago – maintaining its old Spanish town appeal. It’s for couples who love to travel, and are looking for an authentic taste of Spain. It’s not for diners looking for modern dishes or fusion cuisines. We recommend the Salpicado – Tenderloin Tips, Cochinillo Asado (to be ordered a day in advance), and Paella Bogavante.Our insider tipis to check out their gourmet deli for amazing Spanish food finds – ‘la tienda’ is actually Spanish for ‘the store’.

*Date Budget: P2200 (includes alcohol)

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43 Polaris St. Bel Air,Bel-Air, Makati
+632 890-4123

*Date budgets for restaurants are approximations.

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