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Outdoor dining in Manila’s own gardens!

When in search for the perfect dining experience, several things come to play: amazing food, great presentation, and beautiful surroundings. While there are plenty of restaurants with pretty interiors, you might think it’s hard to find spots with a garden view without driving up to Tagaytay or Baguio. Think again.

Want to turn the al fresco experience up a notch? Check out these restaurants under the stars!

Here are 15 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!

Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe – Marikina

Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe is the destination for people who want to enjoy affordable herb-infused food in a relaxing ambience of a sprawling garden!

Available for: Dine in and take out. They are currently accepting reservations for February 13 and 14, 2021. You may call them at (0915) 892-6158

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Rice and Chicken from Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe
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145 Ipil St cor Champaca St, Marikina Heights, Marikina
(02) 8255-5659 | (0945) 221-3905

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.

Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery. They offer freebies and discount codes on their social media accounts from time to time, so be sure to check their pages before Valentine's day!

Outdoor Dining Area Basil White Plains
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Pad Thai from Basil White Plains
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White Plains Ave. cor. Katipunan Ave., Ugong Norte, Quezon City
(02) 8911-4158 | (0916) 240-3195

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.

Available for: Dine in. You may contact them for table reservations. They are also a great venue for intimate weddings and other celebrations.

Dining Area from NINYO Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
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Seafood Ceviche with Batuan Ponzu from NINYO Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge
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66 E. Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 8426-0301 | (0917) 580-7928

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. 

Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery. Call them to reserve a table.

Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant Dining Interiors
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Salmon Sashimi from Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant
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9 West Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 8631-0597 | (0923) 893-2641

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.

Available for: Dine in. They are open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Ilustrado Facade
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744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
(02) 8527-3674 | (02) 8527-3675 | (02) 8527-2345

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.

Available for: Dine, in, takeout, and delivery via FoodPanda. They are open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Crispy Seafood Pancake from Earth Kitchen
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5 Garlic Pasta from Earth Kitchen
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Lot 10-B-10 White Plains, Katipunan, Quezon City
(02) 7577-9138 | (02) 8961-0572 | (0917) 584-3278

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.

Available for: Dine in and delivery via FoodPanda. You may call any of their branches to reserve a table.

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Soup from The Wholesome Table
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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.

Available for: Dine in and delivery. Their special Valentine's day menu will be available from February 12 to 14. Lunch seating time is 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and dinner seating time is from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

Gourmet Gypsy Art Cafe Al Fresco Dining Area
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Pulled Pork Sandwich from Gourmet Gypsy Cafe
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25 A. Roces Avenue, Quezon City
(02) 7211-1233

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.

Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery via GrabFood. They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Torch Restaurant Interiors and Dining Area
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Angus Hanger Steak from Torch Restaurant
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Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant – multiple branches

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. Note that proper attire (no shorts or slippers, etc.) is required to dine here.

Available for: Dine in. Check out their full menu and Valentine's day guidelines here.

Dining Area and Al Fresco Area from Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant
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White Chocolate and Orange Mousse from Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant
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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.

Available for: Dine in and delivery. You may contact them for reservations and inquiries.

Facade of Maria Luisa's Garden Room
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Salad from Maria Luisa's Garden Room
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Makati Garden Club, Recoletos St. cor. Ayala Ave., Makati
(02) 8552-7051

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.

Available for: Dine in, pickup, takeout, and delivery via third-party couriers.

Dining Area but from Casa Renato
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Blue Marlin from Casa Renato
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7 Dahlia Avenue, Fairview, Quezon City
(0917) 553-0849

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.

Available for: Takeout with three to five days lead time. They are open daily except Sundays.

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Paella of Choice from Pio's Kitchen
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96 Sct. Reyes corner Sct. Fuentebella, Laging Handa, Quezon City
(02) 7509-4529 | (0917) 532-2892

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.

Available for: Dine in, pick-up, and delivery. They are open Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Al Fresco Dining Area
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Breakfast Dishes from Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
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11 Isabelo Mendoza St, San Roque, Marikina
(02) 8681-2461 | (0917) 814-6824

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.

Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery via Grab Assistant, FoodPanda, LalaMove and other couriers. They are open from Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Facade from Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar
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Chips, Grilled Cheese, and Smoothie from Hillside Cafe & Juice Bar
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Cedarhills Garden Center, 57 Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City
(0915) 647-4706 | (02) 8374-1117

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