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They’re fully booked for a reason.

These places are some of the most exclusive restaurants in the country today. Whether it’s a limited 10-seater capacity or a special private dining setup, don’t visit without a reservation because it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to accommodate you. Call them up and inquire a few days ahead, because some of them are already booked all weekends until next year!

They are almost always fully booked for a reason so these restaurants should be on every Filipino foodie’s bucket list. Add these places to your “Must Try” tab on the Booky app. You can access restaurant information, even when you’re offline!

Kyo-to – Legaspi Village

Kyo-to is a fine dining Japanese restaurant by Chef Ryohei Kawamoto. They are best known for serving authentic kaiseki ryori, also known as dishes that explain Japanese history.

It’s perfect for: when you want to make someone feel extra special, bonus if they love Japanese food as well.

Kyo-to
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Kyo-to
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G/F 119 C. Palanca Jr. St, Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 8805-7743

Txanton – Pasong Tamo

This next place will transport you to the summer you strolled through the Boqueria market in Barcelona. Relive those fond memories at Txanton – the country’s first jamoneria and cellar offering premium cured meats and imported wines for pairing. It is divided into 3 parts: the shop, the tasting room and the private dining room.

It’s perfect for: when you’re craving for utterly authentic Spanish cuisine, they have a wide variety of Spanish hams and you can bet that these are straight from Spain.

Txanton
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Txanton
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2294 Chino Roces Ave. Ext., 2/F Smithbell Bldg., Makati
(02) 8812-2040; loc. 112

Purple Yam – Malate

Purple Yam is a Brooklyn-based Filipino restaurant and a pioneer in globalizing Filipino cuisine while supporting small local producers. Set in a 1950s ancestral home, Purple Yam was born out of chef Amy Besa’s love for the Philippines and her goal of leaving a legacy to pass on her knowledge to passionate culinary students. 

It’s perfect for: a cozy meal with reimagined Filipino favourites and hints of influences from all over Asia.


Fun fact: To ensure the freshest ingredients, Purple Yam is by-reservation only.

Purple Yam
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White Pompano with Coffee Gata Sarsa
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603 Julio Nakpil St. cor. Bacobo, Malate, Manila
(02) 8523-3497; (0917) 870-5760

Blackbird – Makati

Located in the heart of Makati city, Blackbird is an upscale contemporary European and Asian restaurant boasting some of the most high-end interiors the Metro has to offer, and it is headed by none other than Chef Colin Mackay of Sala Bistro and People’s Palace.

It’s perfect for: when you want to celebrate something special in an intimate setting.


Fun fact: The Manila International Air Terminal, which used to stand on the same location in 1937, is the inspiration behind Blackbird's aviation-themed design.

Blackbird
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Blackbird
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Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle Gardens, Makati
(02) 8828-4888; (02) 8828-1937

Caviar Restaurant and Champagne Bar – Muntinlupa

Caviar is a French fine dining restaurant that celebrates the era of cultural refinement and social elegance in the last century. Located in Alabang, it provides a serene, intimate space where guests can escape from the real world and relax, drink great wine, and eat some of the best food around.

It’s perfect for: splurging on your special someone with a romantic backdrop paired with a great selection of wine and food.

Caviar
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Caviar
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Unit A-206 Westgate Center, Alabang-Zapote Rd, Alabang, Muntinlupa
(02) 8552-7930

Pio’s Kitchen – Tomas Morato

Pio’s Kitchen is a private dining restaurant headed by Chef Chin Gallegos. Chef Chin personally welcomes her guests into her grandparents’ old home and is exclusively for reserved guests only. Pio’s Kitchen is homey and spacious, and can be customized according to the guests’ personal preferences (subject to additional costs).

It’s perfect for: when you want an intimate dinner with a cozy and home-y vibe whether it be with your date or your family.

Pio’s Kitchen
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Pio’s Kitchen
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96 Sct. Reyes corner Sct. Fuentebella, Laging Handa, Quezon City
(02) 7509-4529; (0917) 532-2892

Foo’d by Davide Oldani – Shangri-la Hotel

FOO’D (pronounced food-dough) by Michelin-starred chef Davide Oldani is the first to offer an affordable fine dining experience starting with a three-course meal at only Php 800.

It’s perfect for: those who are intimidated by course-menu restaurants as Foo’d will definitely be the one to help you face your fears!

FOO’D
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FOO’D
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Insider tip: Get up to ₱100 off on your bill with Booky!

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G/F Shangri-la Hotel at the Fort, 30th St corner 5th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 7950-8492; (0917) 711-4469

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. 

It’s perfect for: those looking for an extra romantic date night where you’ll feel as if you’re out of town and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.


Insider tip: Don't forget to bring your own lock to hang on their romantic love locks wall.

Ninyo
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Ninyo
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Insider tip: Get up to ₱200 off on your bill with Booky!

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66 E. Abada St., Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 8426-0301; (0917) 580-7928; (0939) 921-5881

Mecha Uma – BGC

With Sensei Sushi and Ooma in his tail of culinary achievements, one thing is certain: Chef Bruce Ricketts knows his sushi. Mecha Uma, meaning ‘absurdly delicious’, offers a more fine dining and out-of-the-box experience with it’s 10-course omakase where Chef Bruce personally prepares and serves the dishes. Reservations are required to get a seat for the degustation.

It’s perfect for: those who are looking for a new and exciting Japanese food experience especially with their 10 course omakase.

Mecha Uma
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Mecha Uma
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G/F RCBC Corp Center, 25th & 26th St., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0919) 084-5537

Antonio‘s – Tagaytay

Antonio’s is Tagaytay’s most celebrated fine dining destination that features the best international cuisine by world class chef Tony Boy. Its impeccable food, elegant interiors, scenic gardens and great service are make them exemplary. People come here to celebrate special occasions–birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and more.

It’s perfect for: special occasions whether it be with a date or a group, Antonio’s has long been a staple for many special gatherings so you can bet they’re experts at it by now.


Insider tip: They're closed on Mondays.

Antonio
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Antonio
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Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay
(0917) 899-2866; (0918) 899-2866

Foggy Mountain Cookhouse – Baguio

Foggy Mountain Cookhouse is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant. Chef Babes opens his home porch to serve customers a private and specialized dinner based on what’s fresh for the day. Reservations and pre-orders should be made at least one day before booking date. Check out the Firepit, scented with herbs, that’s used to warm guests during colder nights or roast marshmallows.

It’s perfect for: an extra special and intimate meal in the City of Pines when you want to be far from the crowds and busy areas.

Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
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Foggy Mountain Cookhouse
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172 St. Joseph Street, San Carlos Heights, Baguio
(0916) 767-4687;(0932) 762-3639

The Purple Owl – Tagaytay

The Purple Owl is one of Tagaytay’s most romantic date destinations. An events place slash restaurant opened in 2014, they serve homemade comfort food (by Mrs. Gee’s Kitchen) right in their own backyard while regularly transforming their place into different themes. Since opening, they’ve hosted and customized hundreds of special events through their in-house design arm.

It’s perfect for: those who want an extra intimate and one-of-a-kind dining experience where you can even customise the set-up!

The Purple Owl
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The Purple Owl
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Gardenia Loop, Villa Pura, Tagaytay
Email: thepurpleowltagaytay@gmail.com

Gallery by Chele – Fort Bonifacio

Formerly called as Gallery VASK, Gallery by Chele is a modern restaurant that uses local ingredients to give their diners an extensive offering of tasting menus and a la carte options featuring dishes inspired by the Philippines and Southeast Asian region.

It’s perfect for: those who want a fine-dining experience in a laid back setting, you’ll also have a great view of the Manila sunset.

Gallery by Chele Interiors
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Rice Dish with Roasted Duck from Gallery by Chele
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5/F Clipp Center Building, 11th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0917) 546-1673; (02) 7218-3895

Tahanan Bistro – Antipolo

Located on the upper floor of renowned artist, Benji Reyes’s home, Tahanan Bistro is a casual but fine dining escape in Antipolo. It is family-run and operates to provide guests a warm second home. Helmed by Chef Kevin and Keesha Reyes, this restaurant serves organic and locally-sourced Filipino dishes through 3 set menus: Aranga, Balayong and Katmon. 

It’s perfect for: those looking for organic food to go along with a fresh air dining experience that isn’t too far away from the city.


Insider tip: It is only open three days a week and is strictly by reservations only. 

Tahanan Bistro
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Tahanan Bistro
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Insider tip: Get up to ₱500 off on your bill with Booky!

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22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo
(0925) 880-1487

Bale Dutung – Pampanga

Bale Dutung (meaning ‘house of wood’), by the famous Chef Claude Tayag and wife, Mary Ann, offers a unique four-hour, 10-course degustation dining experience with 3 standard menus to choose from: Kapampangan Spread, Lechon 5 Ways and the Anthony Bourdain menu.

It’s perfect for: those planning to have their dining experience as the main event of the day.

Bale Dutung
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Bale Dutung
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Villa Gloria Subdivision, Angeles City, Pampanga
(0917) 535 9198

Marcia Adams’ – Tagaytay

Marcia Adams’ is a tucked away Tuscany-inspired garden restaurant that serves Mediterranean dishes prepared by owner, Marcia. Reserve the sunset lounge for a majestic Tagaytay sunset view.

It’s perfect for: those who love sunsets and a cold breeze.

Marcia Adams’
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Marcia Adams’
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JP Rizal St., Bgy. Sikat, Alfonso, Cavite, Tagaytay
(0917) 801-145

Denlim’s Kitchen – Pampanga

Denlim’s Kitchen is a private dining kitchen and experience showcasing Chef Dennis Lim’s home cooked style dishes. Due to limited space, Denlim can only accommodate around 24 guests each night, so reservation is a must! It offers a 7-course degustation with appetizing dishes such as the 5 Cheese Baked Mussels Casanova, Beef ala Dione, Shrimp Elena, and their best-seller, Pugon Liempo Wrap.

It’s perfect for: those who love out-of-town trips and want to have a few stops and have Denlim’s as the main destination.

Denlim’s Kitchen
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Denlim’s Kitchen
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Maharlika Street, San Fernando, Pampanga
(0917) 880-8552

Punong Gary – Silay City

Punong Gary serves deliciously healthy food fresh from the harvest. They ultimate goal is to bring people together to enjoy good food in a good place for a good cause. 

It’s perfect for: a mini food trip getaway where you’ll be surrounded by the calmness of the greenery and ponds.

Punong Gary
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Punong Gary
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Gary’s Place Hacienda Tinihaban, Barrio San Jose Silay City 6116
(0917) 327 1729

Helm – Fort Bonifacio

A ten-seat restaurant, at Helm you’ll taste unique fusions of ingredients that are prepared by none other than Chef Josh Boutwood, the chef behind the test kitchen 9780 and savage.

It’s perfect for: those who enjoy having the chance to converse with the chef as Chef Boutwood’s ten-seater restaurant allows him to get to know the diners a little bit more.

Brioche from Helm
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Dragon fruit, pomelo sorbet from Helm
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G/F The Plaza, Arya Residences, McKinley Pkwy, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(0906) 234-1900

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