Valentine's Day is one of the many holidays Filipinos love to celebrate. Romantics, especially those in a relationship, go out to spend the love month by watching a movie, going out of town, or enjoying a lovely dinner date. If you're planning to do the latter, here are 10 romantic restaurants around Metro Manila to try. We categorized them according to price to keep your budget intact.
PHP 3,000 to PHP 4,000
Blackbird at the Nielson Tower
Address: The Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati
Budget for two: PHP 3,500
For an extra special Valentine’s dinner, head to Blackbird at the Nielson Tower in Makati. The aviation-themed restaurant is one of the top fine dining restaurants in the country, serving specials such as The Blackbird Burger, Dry Rubbed Wagyu Hanger Steak, and Burnt Butter Ice Cream. Table bookings are highly recommended as the place gets packed quickly.
PHP 2,000 to PHP 3,000
Address: Knightsbridge Residences, Century City, Makati
Budget for two: PHP 3,000
Dreaming of pizza and pasta this Valentine’s? Head to Papermoon, a classic Italian restaurant located in Knightsbridge Residences, Makati City. Brought here by businessman Edi Tekeli, Papermoon started as a small booth in Milan, Italy. Order their Eggplant Parmigiana, Pollo Rollatina, and Fettunice Bolognese while enjoying a stunning view of Makati.
The Nest in Vivere
Address: Roofdeck, Vivere Hotel, Muntinlupa City
Budget for two: PHP 2,500
Located in the southern part of Metro Manila, The Nest is recognized not only for their excellent dishes but also for their alfresco dining area, which features a stunning view of Laguna de Bay. Must-tries are the Beef Salpicao, Buffalo Chicken Wings, and Mango Salad with Scallops. Dress up and have a one-of-a-kind dining experience in this elegant place.
PHP 1,000 to PHP 2,000
Address: 7635 Guijo Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City
Budget for two: PHP 1,600
Founded by Thea de Rivera and Gab Bustos, 12/10 was inspired by the couple’s anniversary date, which is December 10. Pegged as an izakaya, 12/10 mainly serves seafood dishes such as Raw Tuna Salad, Katsu Sando, and Salmon Kushiyaki. The restaurant doesn’t serve dessert, but their extensive drink menu can make up for that.
Address: Cubao Expo, 3 General Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
Budget for two: PHP 1,200
Established by Roberto Bellini, Bellini’s is one of the most iconic restaurants in Cubao, Quezon City. Artists and couples flock to this place to get a taste of their famous risotto and arugula pizza. Apart from their delicious (and affordable!) food, guests will also enjoy the restaurant’s mural and wine display.
Address: The Grove Rockwell, Trinoma Mall, and Alabang Town Center
Budget for two: PHP 1,200
Japanese food for Valentine’s may seem like a far-fetch idea, but it will perfectly work when you visit Hanamaruken Ramen. Despite its commercial location, this ramen place gives off a rustic vibe due to its wooden tables and low-light setting. Make sure to try their Gyoza, Happiness Ramen, and Tan Tan Mien.
PHP 1,000 and below
Bag of Beans
Address: 115 Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City
Budget for two: PHP 1000
Bag of Beans has been included in almost every food list but websites and foodies keep on recommending the place due to its ambiance and delicious food. The restaurant serves all-day breakfast as well as salad and pies, never failing to provide a homey experience not only for couples but also to families.
Address: Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City
Budget for two: PHP 800
Up for a two-hour drive this Valentine’s? Make the trip worth it and head to Cloud 9, a hotel and restaurant in Antipolo that boasts of a 360 view. Cloud 9 mostly serves Filipino dishes such as Pinakbet, Kare-Kare, and Crispy Pata at an affordable price. It’s a must-visit for couples who want to escape the city even for just a while.
Address: 248 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes, Paranaque City
Budget for two: PHP 600
La Chinesca isn’t exactly a date place, but it’s one of the best restaurants to visit if you’re craving for Mexican food. There’s no need to be fancy here—in fact, it’s better if you eat with your hands to fully savor the flavor of their dishes. It’s perfect for long-time couples who want to celebrate Valentine’s with a beer in hand.
Hole in the Wall
Address: 4th Floor, Century City Mall, Makati
Budget for two: PHP 500
If you and your partner are on a budget, Hole in the Wall is the best place to dine this Valentine’s. Established in 2014, the “curated food hall” offers a broad range of dishes, including Bad Bird’s Umami Chicken, Famry’s Dumplings, and Scout Honor’s Craft Cookies. Hole in the Wall is not your typical food hall because apart from its hip interiors, the place also boasts of a stunning view of Makati City.
Decided on where to dine yet? Or maybe we missed some noteworthy romantic restaurants? Let us know about them in the comments box below!
-  Blackbird
-  Papermoon
-  Vivere
-  12/10
-  Bellini's Restaurant
-  Hanamaruken
-  Bag of Beans
-  Cloud 9 Antipolo
-  La Chinesca
-  Hole in the Wall