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Don’t need to spend a lot of money to be fancy shmancy

Romantic date nights don’t always have to be extra fancy. When you and your boo feel like cutting back a bit on expenses, it doesn’t mean you have to cut back on date nights!

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We never want anyone to sacrifice on good food and a cozy romantic ambiance and we’re here to prove to you that all of that can be within budget.

Also read: 16 Restaurants In and Out of Metro Manila with Beautiful Interiors

We’ve listed down some of the best places for date nights where you don’t need to break the bank; scroll down, take your pick and worry less about your wallet and more time enjoying each other!

Grape Escape – multiple branches

Grape Escape Wine Lounge + Kitchen is a casual wine and dine experience where you can pair wine with a Spanish-Italian inspired cuisine that offers Brick Oven Pizza and Tapas.

Recommended dishes: Salpicao, you should also try their House Sangria, it’s one of the best!

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Insider tip: You can enjoy up to ₱500 off your bill!

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Nikkei – multiple branches

Nikkei is the first Peruvian-Japanese Sushi Bar in Manila headed by Argentinan Chef Christian Cejas. “Nikkei” is Peruvian cuisine culturally inspired by the Japanese who started to migrate to Peru in the 19th century and is now becoming the latest food trend in Europe. Their menu offers Causas, Ceviches, and Tiraditos.

Recommended dishes: Seared Tuna w/ Sea Urchin Risotto and their coffee infused whiskey, Sleepless in Shinjuku

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Insider tip: You can enjoy up to ₱500 off your bill!

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La Spezia – Tomas Morato

La Spezia, an Italian hole-in-the-wall that features fresh and simple Italian menu composed of timeless classics and standout desserts.

Recommended dishes: Burrata, Spaghetti Alle Vongole Veraci

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90 Scout Dr Lascano St, Laging Handa near Tomas Morato, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 7960-6903

Gourmet Gypsy Art Café – Quezon City

Gourmet Gypsy Art Café offers International cuisine and is owned by Chef Waya Araos-Wijangco. This café boasts of different crafts and style from all over the world. Their bestsellers include the Spaghetti Al Nero, Vietnamese Beef Stew and Mini Elote Mexicano.

Recommended dishes: Spaghetti Al Nero, Roasted Bone Marrow

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25 A Roces Ave., Quezon City
(02) 7211-1233

Wildflour Café + Bakery – multiple branches

Wildflour Cafe + Bakery offers international fare and specialty breads and cakes – With a delectable brunch menu until 3pm featuring the best homemade pancakes, sandwiches, and coffee to start off your day. Add to that a diverse dinner menu 5pm onwards, including high quality steaks, homemade pastas, and an expansive wine, beer and cocktail selection.

Recommended dishes: Croque Madame, Squid Ink Mafaldine

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Insider tip: You can enjoy up to ₱250 off your bill!

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Earth Kitchen – White Plains

Earth Kitchen, a joint project of the Got Heart Foundation and Hizon’s catering, a restaurant dedicated to promote the products of local farms and indigenous people. Earth Kitchen offers farm-to-table cuisine. Some of their most talked about dishes are the Bulgogi Wrap, Fresh Spring Rolls, and Squid Ink Pasta.

Recommended dishes: Squid Ink & Aligue, should also try out their Fresh Dalandan Juice

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Café Juanita – Kapitolyo

Located in their home in West Capitol Drive in Kapitolyo Pasig, Cafe Juanita has been a neighbourhood favourite. In spite of the restaurant boom in the area, this place continues to pack itself to the brim due to its kitschy details and treats for the eyes thanks to its eclectic and over the top Asian-inspired interiors; they serve Asian and Filipino favourites.

Recommended dishes: Kare-Kare, Pinakbet

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Insider tip: You can enjoy up to ₱100 off your bill!

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19 West Capitol Dr., Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 8632-0357; (0922) 877-9894

Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant – Kapitolyo

Haru Sushi Bar & Restaurant, from the same owners of another Kapitolyo favourite Cafe Juanita, is a casual dining spot serving affordable Japanese cuisine. The sakura-filled interiors with a bridge smack at the middle adds to the authenticity and romance of the place.

Recommended dishes: Uni Donburi, Cha Soba

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21 West Capitol Dr., Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 8631-0597; (0923) 893-2641

Stoned Steaks – Tomas Morato

Stoned Steaks lets you cook your own steak on a 350° lava rock right at your table. Also offering mouthwatering starters and sandwiches like Baked Veal Bone Marrow and Wagyu Foie Gras Burger, you can choose from wide selection of Angus Steaks, Wagyu, and Surf & Turf!

Recommended dishes: Ribeye, Oyster Rockefeller

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55 Sct Rallos St., Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 8866-3807; (0915) 376-1500; (0917) 707-3837

Derive Café – Madison Galeries

Hungry for a throwback? Step into Derive Cafe and be transported to the ’80s! Enjoy great food, neon lights, and the best arcades straight out of your childhood.

Recommended dishes: Triple Cheese Burgertime, Ultimate Crossover Appetizer Sampler Set

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4/F Madison Galeries, 398 Don Jesus Blvd., Cupang, Muntinlupa
(0917) 711- 4937

JAEU Bistro & Ramen Bar – Festival Supermall

JAEU is a bistro and ramen bar that brings both Japanese and European cuisines to the table. Whether you’re team ramen or team steak, you’ll have choices for your cravings like their must-tries Hell Ramen, Lekei Ramen, Tenderloin, Steak Frites, and more.

Recommended dishes: Freshly Made-To-Order Gyoza, Hell Ramen “Jigoku”

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UG/F Festival Supermall, Filinvest Corporate City, Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 8821-8006; (0966) 970-9586

Fino Deli – Marikina Heights

“The first wine bar and delicatessen in Marikina City”. Fino Deli brings rustic Italian and Spanish flare in an inviting and relaxed atmosphere. They serve wide variety of imported wines, cheeses and cold cuts.

Recommended dishes: Paella Negra, Sangria, and their Wine Milkshakes

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151 Dao St., Marikina Heights, Marikina
(02) 8997-5024; (0906) 388-4248

Café Amarela – Mayor Gil Fernando Ave.

The perfect place for important events and big celebrations, Café Amarela serves up an international dining experience that you won’t forget. Boasting a well-traveled menu that features soon-to-be favourites such as Portuguese Chicken, Tuscan Buttered Salmon, and Vietnamese Grilled Porkchop, treat yourself to a tasteful and fun time at Café Amarela.

Recommended dishes: Russian Baked Salmon, Crispy Isaw Fries

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69 Mayor Gil Fernando Ave., San Roque, Marikina
(02) 7956-6341; (0927) 385-6678; (0908) 343-0251

Mona Lisa Ristorante – Commerce Ave.

Mona Lisa Ristorante is a casual dining restaurant offering authentic Italian cuisine. They are best known for their Sicilian Caesar Salad, Spaghetti Alla Vongole and Bruschetta.

Recommended dishes: Panna Cotta, Prosciutto Melone, their Brewed Iced Tea is also one of the most talked about among their patrons.

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2/F The Commerce Center, Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 8556-0708

Lucy in the Sky Café – Greenhills

Take your tastebuds on a culinary trip at Lucy in the Sky Cafe! Eat healthy without sacrificing on taste with their vegetarian and vegan takes on foodie favourites such as sisig, Korean barbecue, and more.

Recommended dishes: Palabok, Longganisa with Rice

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222 Wilson St. Greenhills, San Juan
(02) 8370-4113

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