For most couples looking to maintain the romance in the relationship, choosing a place to eat is a rather stressful dilemma. In general, you would think that meals in romantic restaurants around Metro Manila are rather expensive and unsustainable in the long run. Fortunately, all is not lost. Here is a list of 10 romantic restaurants and cafes to take your special one without breaking the bank. Read on to find out more!

Best restaurants for a romantic dinner in Manila

1. Romulo Cafe

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For those couples craving for homemade Filipino food, head on over to Romulo Cafe in either Quezon City, Alabang or Makati. With monochromatic interiors and pictures on the walls, their restaurants are distinctive and highly identifiable. Moreover, their cosy dining areas trick you into thinking that you are eating at your grandmother’s house. It might as well be because the furniture and recipes used in the restaurants were inherited from the owners’ grandparents.

  • Address: Lazcano cor., Sct. Tuazon Brgy. Tomas Morato, 32 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

2. Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe

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If you and your special one desire to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, a meal at the Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe will be a great choice. Located in a peaceful corner in Marikina, the cafe is surrounded by greenery and serves up delicious Filipino comfort food. With spaces for indoor and outdoor dining, this place is popular with couples looking to celebrate their special moments.

  • Address: 145 SE Ipil corner Champaca St, Marikina Heights, Marikina, 1810, Philippines

3. Cafe Xocolat

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Alternatively, if you and your special one can’t live without chocolate, Cafe Xocolat is the place for you. Although their chocolate drinks and delicious drinks are the main attraction, they serve tasty comfort food as well. With branches in Katipunan, Greenhills, and Eastwood, this place is perfect for couples who want to preserve the sweetness in their relationships.

  • Address: 172 B. Gonzales, Lungsod Quezon, 1800 Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines

4. Conspiracy Garden Cafe

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For couples who appreciate music, poetry, and live performances, Conspiracy Garden Cafe is the romantic place to beat. Located along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City, the cafe serves up delicious food and provides a stage for budding indie artists from the Metro. Open from 5pm to 2am, Mondays to Saturdays, their restaurant is great for the couple that appreciates the arts.

Address: 59 Visayas Ave, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

5. Pino Restaurant

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The next of the romantic restaurants on this list is the Pino Restaurant in Quezon City. This resto serves Filipino and Vegan cuisine, making the restaurant a good place to go meat-free. In addition, what sets them apart is their modern take on traditional Filipino dishes. While you are there, be sure to try their take on the kare-kareng bagnet.

  • Address: 39 Malingap, Diliman, Lungsod Quezon, 1101 Kalakhang Maynila, Philippines

6. Nipa Hut Restaurant

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For couples that enjoy viewing the scenery, the Nipa Hut Restaurant is an amazing choice. Located in Pasig City, this romantic restaurant features a breathtaking view of the city that provides an elevated dining experience. As for the food, Japanese food fans will enjoy the Japanese cuisine in addition to the Filipino cuisine that they serve.

  • Address: Capt. Henry P. Javier, Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines

7. Ilustrado

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Otherwise, for couples looking for that fine dining experience, look no further than the Ilustrado Restaurant located inside the historic walled city of Intramuros, Manila. With its Filipino-Spanish stylings and historical facade, the restaurant is certainly one classy establishment. Cuisine wise, the Illustrado serves up delicious Filipino-Spanish cuisine that has been perfected since their establishment in 1989.

  • Address: 744 General Luna St, Intramuros, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

8. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine

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For the couples that enjoy their privacy, Ninyo Fusion Cuisine in Quezon City is the place to be. The restaurant offers romantic date packages where you and your special someone can sit privately away from prying eyes. These packages include complete set meals and customized decorations to set the mood for every occasion.Cuisine wise, Ninyo serves a modern blend of Asian and European food and of course complemented by a wide selection of wine.

  • Address: 66 Esteban Abada St, Loyola Heights, Quezon City, 1108 Metro Manila, Philippines

9. Hippie Tipi

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For the couples looking to get away, the Hippie Tipi is a good fit. Tucked away on a busy street in Marikina, the Hippie Tipi’s cozy interior and mini teepees take you and your special one to a romantic place beyond the hustle of the city. Cuisine wise, the Hippie Tipi serves western food such as pasta and pizza perfect for that romantic date.

  • Address: #7 Bentt II Building, 73 Lilac St, SSS Village, Marikina, 1811 Metro Manila, Philippines

10. Le Petit Souffle

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Last on this list is the Le Petit Souffle, the perfect romantic restaurant for couples that value convenience. With branches in Century City Mall and SM Megamall, couples can even indulge in some retail therapy after the meal. Cuisine wise, the Le Petit Souffle serves up authentic French and Japanese cuisine that is reflected in their French and Japanese inspired interior.

  • Address: SM Megamall Building B, St Francis, Ortigas Center, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

A romantic night out

Although dining in the Metro Manila may be generally expensive, there are definitely affordable romantic restaurants to be found if you care to look. We hope this list has made planning your dates that little bit easier and less taxing on your wallet. If you are looking to make that date extra special, head on over to Shopback for deals on gifts from a wide range of merchants. You can do your romantic date night at home and still get the best food on your favorite restaurants by ordering online on Honestbee or Foodpanda that are all available on the cashback site. In addition, do share with us in the comments if we had missed out on your favorite place.

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