Nothing better than great views, delicious food, and the cool Tagaytay air.
Last updated: October 12, 11:26p.m.
Us city people love a good road trip and what better place to have a romantic getaway than Tagaytay? The cool air, the abundance of food choices, and just a short trip away from the hustle and bustle of the city, it’s the perfect choice.
Note that all restaurants and fast food joints are closed every Monday for disinfection in compliance with the city-wide ordinance of Tagaytay.
Antonio’s is Tagaytay’s most celebrated fine-dining destination that features the best of international cuisine from top chef Tony Boy Escalante. Its impeccable food, elegant interiors, scenic gardens and great service are what make them exemplary.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Inside it is the “secret”, The Chef’s Room: a well-appointed dining area that can seat 60-70 guests, overlooking the entire restaurant. It provides guests with privacy from other diners. Enjoy a fancy dining experience for you and your date.
Available for: Dine in, takeout, pickup, or delivery via Grab Express or LalaMove. They are open from Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Balay Dako is the newest restaurant venture of Antonio’s Group of Restaurants. It is a 3-storey Filipino restaurant overlooking Taal Lake.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Balay Dako has one of the best views of Taal Lake, has an expansive menu of our favourite Filipino dishes, beautiful interiors, all at reasonable prices.
Available for: Dine in and takeout. They are open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Serving an Italian feast like no other, Buon Giorno! is an artsy and charming restaurant that serves exquisite dishes like the Salmon Risotto, Lamb Chops, Osso Buco and the pizza and pasta selections. Whether you choose their branch in Twin Lakes or the Cliffhouse, you’ll be getting the best view in the house.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Italian always goes well with anything romantic, pair it up with a great view and you have the perfect date.
Available for: Dine in and takeout. They are open Mondays to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays from 8:00 a.m. t 6:00 p.m.
Camp Benjamin is a 4.7-hectare multi-purpose facility with an adjacent 8-hectare integrated and natural farm located in Alfonso, Cavite, an upland municipality literally just a few minutes off of main Tagaytay. Short for Meant for Organic and Natural, Mon’s is a farm-to-plate concept restaurant that values health and wellness. Enjoy Mon’s all-day breakfast and merienda menu, burgers and sandwiches, salads, and various inspired regional dishes.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Mon’s Restaurant provides a “Dine Under The Stars” option where you can dine in the garden on comfy cushions complete with a canopy and ferry lights.
Available for: Dine in, pick-up, and delivery. They are open from everyday from 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for table reservations and from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for deliveries.
The Purple Owl is truly one of Tagaytay’s best kept secrets; it’s an events place and a restaurant in one. Guests are required to book at least two days in advance and select between two set course meals by Mrs. Gee’s Kitchen. You can personalize the event based on your preferences, making it the perfect place for secret proposals or special anniversary dinners.
Why it’s perfect for dates: The Purple Owl will help you fully customize your ideal dining set up! That’s why you need to book at least two days in advance.
Available for: Dine in strictly by reservation.
Aozora, meaning blue sky, is a Japanese restaurant serving authentic Japanese dishes crafted by Chef Seiji Kamura. Aozora’s bulalo ramen will make your next “putok batok” experience worth it.
Why it’s perfect for dates: We can never get tired of Japanese food but pair it up with Tagaytay’s cold air and Aozora’s setting? Makes for a cozy date if you ask us.
Available for: Dine in daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Lime & Basil is a farm-to-table garden cafe offering authentic Thai cuisine from Tagaytay resident, Chef Sigrid Sarmiento. It is a casual and relaxed Asian dining experience where guests can tour and walk around the herb and vegetable gardens. There’s also a craft store inside called Laura’s Yard.
Why it’s perfect for dates: There’s just something charming about garden-themed restaurants that’ll make any date intimate and out of the usual.
Available for: Dine in, takeout, and delivery. They are open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. from Monday to Sunday.
Tucked away inside Crosswinds Tagaytay is this adorable and quaint cafe called Cafe Voi La. It is an Asian-inspired getaway from the interiors down to their fusion dishes. Bestsellers include the Garlic Beef Tapa, Chicken Satay, Massaman Back Ribs and their famous Salted Caramel Cheesecake.
Why it’s perfect for dates: You and your date will easily fall in love with Café Voi La’s vibrant colours and expansive South East Asian dishes.
Available for: Dine in, pick up, and delivery via LalaMove. They are open from Mondays to Thursdays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Fridays to Sundays, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Chateau Hestia brings forth a European dining experience in a country-style home surrounded with lush greens. It offers years of curated recipes from Austrian native, Johannes Zehethofer’s worldly travels. Just like the Greek goddess of the Hearth, Hestia, who made sure the fire of Olympus never died out, Chateau Hestia ensures that customer experience also never dies out.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Chateau Hestia is a bed and breakfast so you and your date can also have the option to stay the night and wake up with a view of nature and the breeze of fresh air.
Available for: Dine in.
As far as hidden restaurants in Tagaytay go, this is truly a private and serene space. Deli de San Honore is a bakery/restaurant owned by husband and wife Jeremy and Kate Joson. They serve international dishes, weekend special plates, and homemade breads.
Fun fact: Deli de San Honore translates to “store of St. Honore,” the patron saint of bakers.
Why it’s perfect for dates: It’s a quiet garden-style restaurant that comfortably seats up to 18 people at a time. It’s a great place to enjoy some quiet time together with your significant other.
Available for: Curbside pick up only. They are open from from Friday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Proudly claiming to serve some of the best paella in the country, El Cocinero is a must-try spot for lovers of Spanish-Mediterranean cuisine. The product of the unlikely combination of Nasugbu roots and over a decade of training in Ibiza, treat yourself to a delightful menu of tapas, pasta, pizza, and more!
Why it’s perfect for dates: The place is inside La Bella Residences and is surrounded by lush greens away from the city noise.
Available for: Delivery via Lalamove, Angkas, Joyride, and Mr Speedy.
Marcia Adams’ is a tucked away Tuscany-inspired garden restaurant that serves Mediterranean dishes prepared by owner Marcia. It’s perfect for a short romantic getaway for special occasions. Bestsellers include the Grilled Aromatic Pork, Classic Shish Kebabs, and Banana Split.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Like many of the restaurants in this list, Marcia Adams has a charming vibe and garden-themed restaurant that it really is a short trip to an intimate dining experience.
Available for: Dine in, takeout, and local delivery from Sunday through Friday by reservation only. They are open from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for dine in and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for takeout and delivery.
Narra Hill is a secret bed and breakfast spot and an events venue perfect for a quick vacation, an out-of-city wedding, and other special celebrations. They have 4 beautiful rooms available for booking strictly via Airbnb.
Why it’s perfect for dates: It’s easily one of the most romantic restaurants in Tagaytay; it’s able to provide an intimate, quiet, and a breathtaking scenery.
Qiwellness Living is an Asian fusion tea house, a bathhouse and spa destination. It’s inspired by centuries-old architecture, cuisine, and healing practices of China, combined with modern design, culinary techniques, and advances in wellness.
The tea house offers a la carte menu as well as a ‘yin & yang’ degustation menu that changes with the season and would require an advanced reservation of 48-hours. Treat you and your SO to a relaxing spa day, and enjoy the great food, and view, together.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Great food, beautiful views, and a spa all within reach.
Available for: Inquiries and bookings. Text them at 0917-522-6969 or send them an e-mail at email@example.com.
A pioneer in the Philippine spa industry, Nurture Wellness Village (formerly known as Nurture Spa) is a DOT-accredited resort and wellness retreat house for ‘ecotherapy’ or healing by and through nature. The customer experience is enhanced by its Filipino-themed décors, spa treatments, and cuisine. You can even pick fresh herbs and greens from their garden if you desire.
Walk-ins and day tour packages are available. It is also most famous for its Glamping (glamorous camping) program.
Why it’s perfect for dates: If you’re looking for a relaxing date, this place is perfect. Healthy food ad relaxing spa treatments await you at Nurture Wellness Village.
Available for: Walk-in and reservations. Check out their new normal protocols here.
Sonya Garcia’s Garden is a tucked away bed and breakfast, a wellness spa, a country store, a panaderia, a cottage restaurant and a well-kept secret garden. It is one of the top choice destinations for a romantic getaway during weekends for Manilenos.
If you’re a bit adventurous, you can pick and eat the flowers right off their garden.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Sonya’s Garden has seen many proposals and it’s no surprise as their bed & breakfast provides a beautiful romantic backdrop for any date and occasion.
Available for: Dine in and delivery.
Dreamland is an artsy cafe where you can enjoy your blended beverages, pastries, and play a round or two of their in house board games. If you’re a fan of dream catchers, you’ll surely be amazed of their displays!
Why it’s perfect for dates: Their dream-y interiors are sure to tug on your heartstrings and instantly create a romantic atmosphere.
Available for: Dine in from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Memory Lane takes you down a trip to your past with their home-style interiors and recipes. They serve your usual comfort food and the famous bulalo soup of Tagaytay.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Memory Lane’s interiors and exterior are perfect backdrops for any romantic photos you have in mind. It’s cute country-themed style is different from the usual romantic places.
Available for: Dine in and delivery. They are open everyday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. except on Tuesdays.
Fire Lake Grill is a homey destination in Tagaytay that serves grilled specialties like USDA steaks, seafood, and more. Try their selection of delectable cakes like the Flourless chocolate cake, Lime-infused panna cotta, and the Malibu Rum-poached pineapple carpaccio.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Steak + wine is always a great combination for a romantic evening and it’s made even better with Tagaytay’s cozy weather.
Available for: Dine in from Tuesdays to Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Black Roof is a new industrial-rustic style events place that’s ideal for all types of special occasions. Hurry and book their team now for that unforgettable experience.
Why it’s perfect for dates: The Black Roof is the go-to for any special occasion as they’ll help you transform their place for that perfect romantic setting you’ve been dreaming of.
A trip to Tagaytay simply wouldn’t be complete without dropping by Bag of Beans. They have everything that you’re craving for, from international cuisines like their shepherd’s pie to all-day breakfast dishes like garlic beef tapa. You should also try a slice of their ube macapuno cake to conclude your gastronomic experience at BoB.
Why it’s perfect for dates: Picture this: great ambiance. good food, and the best views with the best person in your life — you simply couldn’t ask for more at Bag of Beans!
Available for: Dine in, pick-up, take out, and delivery. Because of the Tagaytay LGU, they're closing their doors for dine in transactions but BoB is open for take out and delivery on their main branch from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every Monday.
An underrated and secluded place in Tagaytay, Verdiview offers peace and privacy to couples who need it. The whole restaurant is pretty spacious, with magical garden areas that just seem to be out of this world.
While you’re having your lovely dinner, you might get serenaded by the majestic music of the Verdiview Trio.
Why it’s perfect for dates: If you and your partner love digging in to Filipino dishes, Verdiview is the one for you! Don’t forget to try their sinfully good spicy bulalo steak when you get the chance.
Available for: Dine in. For reservations or inquiries, you may contact them at (0939) 9367383 or (0906)0416664 or you may send them a message on their Facebook page.
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Brgy. Luksuhin Ilaya (Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road Highway)Alfonso, Philippines
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Cover image from QiWellness Living.