Outdoor dining in Manila’s own gardens
We’re always trying to look for special places to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary or a “just because” day. This would usually result in wanting to make a trip outside Metro Manila, and ending up searching for Tagaytay restaurants or where to eat in Baguio, hoping to find a beautiful outdoor restaurant to go to.
Well we’ve got news for you! You don’t have to leave the Metro for an intimate, al fresco dining experience. In fact, you don’t even need to go outdoors.
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Here are 14 restaurants right in the heart of Metro Manila that will transport you to botanical havens. Add them to your ‘Must Try’ lists on your Booky app so you can plan ahead for upcoming special occasions. Access contact details, addresses and menus of 15,000 restaurants in Manila even when you’re offline. Enjoy restaurant hunting and not Wi-Fi hunting!
Basil – White Plains
Basil is Katipunan’s once secret garden restaurant gem. It serves authentic and traditional Thai cuisine in a beautiful garden-inspired house, designed by the owners who are both plant and art enthusiasts.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge – Katipunan
Ninyo is an escape pad. It’s not exactly a beach resort but it sure looks like one. Chef Niño heads the kitchen serving his take on modern Asian and European dishes with 100 of the world’s great wines. For romantic dinners, make sure to get one of the outdoor private gazebos.
Tip: Men, bring a lock for you and your lady.
Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant – Kapitolyo
Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant, from the same owners of another Kapitolyo favorite Cafe Juanita, is a casual dining spot serving affordable Japanese cuisine. The sakura-filled interiors with a bridge smack at the middle transports you to a park in Osaka during spring time.
Ilustrado – Intramuros
Ilustrado is a fine dining Filipino-Spanish restaurant that has been operating since 1989 inside the historic walled city, Intramuros. The restaurant features a Hispanic architectural design with old world interiors and known to serve world-class Filipino, Spanish, as well as Global cuisines.
You may want to read: Ilustrado, A Historical Filipino-Spanish Restaurant in Intramuros
744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
Earth Kitchen – White Plains
Earth Kitchen is a joint project of the Got Heart Foundation and Hizon’s Catering, their mission: healthy, local and sustainability.
The Wholesome Table – multiple branches
The Wholesome Table is an organic restaurant that serves healthy comfort food by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde. All produce is organic and sourced locally where possible. The theme is very much translated into its home, secret garden-style interiors and design concept.
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe – A. Roces Ave.
Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe is a bohemian and hipster cafe built in an old split-level house serving global gourmet food by Chef Waya Araos-Wijancgo, of the then popular now defunct, Kiss the Cook Cafe in Maginhawa St. Aside from the indoor space, their backyard garden is also open for customers who want an outdoor dining experience.
Torch – multiple branches
Torch Restaurant serves international fusion cuisine. Their specialties include thin crisp pizzas, sizzling marbled angus steaks and oven baked sushis. The place transforms from bright and casual in the morning to dimmed and intimate in the evening.
Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant – New Manila
Lemuria is a secret garden restaurant hidden amongst a residential area in New Manila. It is a dining destination and not exactly a place you just happen to pass by and decide to eat at. The restaurant serves French Mediterranean dishes with wine pairings that complete the whole experience. It’s perfect if you’re looking for romantic restaurants for you and your significant other.
Insider tip: Proper attire (no shorts or slippers, etc.) is required to dine here.
Maria Luisa’s Garden Room – Makati Garden Club
Open exclusively for Makati Garden Club members, Maria Luisa’s Garden Room is a secret haven everyone must try to visit. It is a quaint little haven amidst the busy district of Makati serving the French and European dish specialties of Chef Sandra Fernandez, including breads and pastries.
Casa Renato – Dahlia Ave.
Casa Renato is a beautiful converted restaurant gem serving home cooked-style Mediterranean fusion dishes. It is laid back and casual but also emanates an old romantic vibe. Many a couple have held their pre-nup shoots, proposals and even receptions here.
Pio’s Kitchen – Sct. Reyes St.
Pio’s Kitchen is a private dining restaurant headed by Chef Chin Gallegos. Chef Chin opens her grandparents’ old home exclusively for reserved guests only. Guests are welcomed and served with utmost attendance from Chef Chin and her staff. Pio’s Kitchen is homey and spacious, the interiors can be set up according to your personal preferences as well. You should also check out this list of restaurants in Tomas Morato area that definitely deserve your attention.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden – Marikina
Rustic Mornings is a secret garden restaurant tucked away in Marikina. It is best known for their beautiful al fresco style dining areas and its homey ambiance, thus making it one of the most popular garden restaurants in the metro.
Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar – Mo. Ignacia Ave.
Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar is a lifestyle cafe that serves healthy comforting meals, smoothies and fresh pressed juices in a cozy, bohemian/hipster space. It has garden-like exteriors to match its garden supply center neighbor.
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