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10. Aozora Japanese Cafe + Bistro – Domicillo Hotel
Aozora, meaning blue sky, is a Japanese restaurant serving authentic Japanese dishes crafted by Chef Seiji Kamura. It is located on top of the Domicillo Design Hotel, offering a beautiful view of Taal Lake and Tagaytay’s clear blue skies in the afternoon. It’s for anyone looking for a romantic place for dates or proposals. It’s not for people who prefer to have Filipino dishes. We recommend the Tuna Teppanyaki, Bulalo Ramen, Pork Belly Yakiniku and Rainbow Maki. Our insider tip is to get the seats on the corner ridge for the best view.
9. Amacena – One Tagaytay Place
Amacena, which is derived from the Spanish words “ama” or a conjugation of “amar” which means profound love and “cena” for supper, is a restaurant inspired by the love of food. Serving Filipino and fusion dishes – It’s for people who want that traditional Filipino taste with a modern twist. It’s not for picky eaters. We recommend their All-Day Breakfast options such as Steak Benedict, Pulled White Adobo, and Pork Belly Tapa. Our insider tip is to try their french toast which comes in White Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Bacon, and Nutella & Ice Cream.
8. Terraza of Balay Dako – Aguinaldo Highway
Balay Dako, meaning ‘big house’, is the newest addition to the Antonio’s group of restaurants that serves proudly Filipino food. It is a 3-storey converted restaurant where each floor features a specific section. (1) Comedor, the main dining area on the 2nd floor, (2) Silong, a private event area on the 1st floor and (3) Terraza, a semi-open bar on the top floor. Terraza of Balay Dako stands on its own with their signature cocktails and their mouthwatering tapas, pizzas and grilled items amidst breathtaking views of Taal Lake. It’s for beautiful brunch meals and nights out with family or friends. It’s not for people who want a more intimate and romantic dining experience. We recommend the Kilaw Sugba, Inasal and Pinakbet Rice with Lechon Kawali. Our insider tip is Terraza also serves single ‘meals for one’. Fun Fact: Antonio’s group is Booky’s first partner in Tagaytay, you can now book and avail discounts at all of their restaurants. Read more here.
Reservations are accepted
Emilio Aguinaldo Highway, (Nasugbu – Tagaytay Road), Silang Crossing West, Tagaytay
7. The Red Bus Mobile Diner – One Destination Hotel
The Red Bus Mobile Diner is a cool and hip American food truck diner serving off-the-grill gourmet burgers, burritos, fajitas and milkshakes from a classic 1970 VW Kombi. It’s for quick after work eat with a few friends. It’s not for big groups, it’s a truck. We recommend their gourmet burgers such as theirEl Mejicimbi Burger, Red Hog Bacon Burger, and Triple Cheez Pwiz.
6. Leslie’s – Aguinaldo Highway
Leslie’s is everyone’s old-time favorite and must visit when in Tagaytay. It is one of the most classic go-to Filipino restaurants in the area with a beautiful overlooking view of the Taal lake. It’s for big family gatherings. It’s not for people who prefer fine dining setup. We recommend their signature Bulalo Special, Seafood Kare-kare and Pork Sisig. Our insider tip is you may request for a Bulalo soup refill.
Reservations are accepted
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Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay
+63 46 483-1065
5. Bag of Beans – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #8
Bag of Beans is a big, rustic and cozy cafe and restaurant in Tagaytay with various places to hang out, either indoor, at a gazebo, or by the fireplace. They serve American-Asian fusion dishes specializing in homemade savory pies, breads and proudly local coffee. It’s for groups who want to hangout and enjoy the cool Tagaytay breeze. It’s not for people who want close attention from the servers. We recommend the Shepherd’s Pie, Blueberry Cheesecake and house blend coffee. Our insider tip is Bag of Beans has a second branch at the rotunda and a third branch at the new Twin Lakes Tagaytay, where you can enjoy dining with a view.
4. Bag of Beans – Twin Lakes
Last month’s #5
Bag of Beans is a big, rustic and cozy cafe and restaurant in Tagaytay with various places to hang out, either indoor or outdoors. They serve American-Asian fusion dishes specializing in homemade savory pies, breads and proudly local coffee. It’s for groups who want to hangout and enjoy the cool Tagaytay breeze. It’s not for people who want close attention from the servers. We recommend the Shepherd’s Pie, Blueberry Cheesecake and house blend coffee. Our insider tip is Bag of Beans has a few other branches around Tagaytay. Also featured in 10 Restaurants at Twin Lakes Tagaytay with a Stunning View.
3. Breakfast at Antonio’s – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #1
Chef Tony Boy Escalante, out of his love for breakfasts, created a spin-off of Antonio’s–Breakfast at Antonio’s. It serves all-day breakfast in a classic and elegant but casual Antonio home-style dining setup. The architecture and interiors of the place very well-adapted to its location, creating a space with an unobstructed view of Taal Lake and to catch the refreshing Tagaytay breeze. It’s for families or couples looking for breakfast or brunch with a view. It’s not for people who don’t want to queue as they don’t accept bookings. We recommend the Chorizo Bilbao with Mushrooms Omelette, Daing na Gindara, Fresh Corned Beef and their Hot Chocolate. Our insider tip is you might want to take out some of their baked goodies and jams from their in-house bakery.
2. Antonio’s – Aguinaldo Highway
Last month’s #2
Antonio’s is Tagaytay’s most celebrated fine-dining food destination that features the best of international cuisine from top chef Tony Boy Escalante. Its impeccable food, elegant interiors, scenic gardens and great service are what make them exemplary. It’s for special family celebrations, anniversary dinners and grand weddings. It’s not for people looking for affordable meals. We recommend the Antonio’s House Salad, Pommery Rubbed Roasted Rack of Lamb, Beef Plancha, Roasted Duck Breast in a Mixed Berry Red Wine Jus and Lechon de Leche. Our insider tip is they are closed on Mondays and do not accept walk-ins.
1. Charito by Bag of Beans – Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
Last month’s #4
Charito is the secret spin-off sister of Bag of Beans. Named after its owner, Charito Antiquera, it is an upscale version of its predecessors. Bag of Beans specialties are still served, but Charito offers select European dishes. It’s for slow relaxed weekends. It’s not for people looking for a quick bite. The food, view and ambiance is meant to be enjoyed for longer hours. We recommend their bestselling Roast Beef, Baby Back Ribs, Grilled Pork Chops and Grilled Salmon. Our insider tip is get a spot at the al fresco area, with an overlooking view of Tagaytay. Read our full feature here.
Reservations are accepted
Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay
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