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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!

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!

Quezon City

Grape Escape – SM North EDSA

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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Sky Garden, 2/F SM North EDSA, North Ave cor EDSA, Quezon City
(0998) 297-7501 | (0905) 305-1674

Wadough’s – Maginhawa Street

Wadough’s is a whimsical cake and dessert cafe that specializes in out-of-the-box and Instagram-worthy pastries. They also offer all-day breakfast meals, coffees, light snacks, and customized cakes for special events.

Recommended dishes: Parmesan Cheesecake, Breakfast of Champions, Pesto Walnut Grilled Cheese, Black Bottom Cake,

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154 Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Diliman, Quezon City
(0917) 708-7896

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

Little Owl Cafe – Broadway Ave.

Little Owl by the Lola Group is a neighborhood cafe great for weekend chill with its cozy and minimalist design. They serve all-day brunch meals and pastas.

Notable dishes they offer: Sirloin Tapa Silog, Shrimp & Aligue, Chicken and Waffle

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65 Broadway Ave., New Manila, Quezon City
(02) 7501-2036

Gourmet Gypsy Art Café – Roces Ave.

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

Leann’s Tea House – Mother Ignacia St.

Serving up authentic Korean food, Leann’s Tea House are certified KBBQ masters. Barkadas based in Quezon City can gorge on their unlimited samgyeopsal, incredible kimchi, and their bestselling seafood pancakes.

Samgyupsal and Banchan from Leann's Tea House
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105R Mother Ignacia St., South Triangle, Quezon City
(02) 7917-6356

Kandle Cafe – Mother Ignacia

Kandle Cafe is a neighborhood cafe serving contemporary local dishes made with home-grown greens. Signature dishes include Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy pasta and the Kandle Burger. Aside from those, specialty coffee and local beers are served.

Recommended dishes: Arrozcaldo, Kandle Burger, Cafe Latte, Mr. Egoy and Ms. Eggy Pasta

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113 Mother Ignacia Ave., South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City
(02) 8372-4504

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

Fish with Salad from Earth Kitchen
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Lot 10-B-10 White Plains, Katipunan, Quezon City
(02) 7577-9318 | (0917) 584-3278

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

Marikina

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

Pasig

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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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

salmon-sahimi from Haru Sushi Bar and Restaurant
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21 West Capitol Dr., Kapitolyo, Pasig
(02) 8631-0597 | (0923) 893-2641

Muntinlupa

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”

steak-and-fries from JAEU Bistro and Ramen Bar
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UG/F Festival Supermall, Filinvest Corporate City, Commerce Ave., Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 8821-8006 | (0966) 970-9586

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

Mandaluyong

Grid x Griddle – Greenfield District

Take date night to the next level! More than your typical board game lounge, Grid x Griddle offers up a fun, welcoming ambiance paired up with cozy interiors and mouth-watering food.

Recommended dishes: GxG Pizza, Truffle Pasta, Truffle Mushroom Soup

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Unit B, The Hub, Greenfield District, Highway Hills, Mandaluyong
(0927) 879-4686

Greenhills

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

Multiple Branches

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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The Wholesome Table – multiple branches

Get a seat at The Wholesome Table and treat yourself to fresh, delicious, and organic meals that will keep your tastebuds happy while still staying healthy.

Recommended dishes: Meat and Eggs Plate and Bistek Tagalog

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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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Early Bird Breakfast Club – multiple branches

The Early Bird Breakfast Club is a whole-day breakfast cafe that has redefined and redesigned our breakfast favorites. They aim to serve ‘beautiful breakfast – morning, noon, and night’. It has one of the brightest and most beautiful interiors and plated dishes in the metro today.

Recommended dishes: Ultimate Grilled Cheese with Roasted Tomato, Yin & Yang Champorado

Buttermilk Crispy Fried Chicken, Spaghetti Bolognese and Ultimate Grilled Cheese from Early Bird Breakfast Club
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