After more than a year at home, are you ready to celebrate your next special occasion outside? We have a list of the best alfresco restaurants with great food that you can enjoy while still staying safe.
With restaurants opening up again, dining out is an option once more. Many people are still wary of eating indoors in public places due to COVID-19, so the next best thing is to eat outdoors. Luckily, the weather is cooling down and non-aircon, alfresco dining will actually be a pleasant experience. You can finally celebrate special occasions and milestones safely outside your home, no need to celebrate your birthday in your dining room again. We’ve rounded up the best options for alfresco dining in and around Metro Manila that are perfect for your next birthday or anniversary celebration.
1. Antonio’s Restaurant, Tagaytay
We can’t talk about alfresco dining for special occasions without mentioning Antonio’s. A longtime favorite for families and couples alike, this top-rated restaurant offers a safe place to celebrate milestones. Their dishes are always consistently delicious and their service is impeccable. Of course, the beautiful (and open-air) setting is part of Antonio’s whole experience. You can’t go wrong with a trip to Antonio’s. Make sure to reserve before heading to Tagaytay.
Book your table here: https://antoniosrestaurant.ph/antonios-restaurant/
2. The Loggia, Palacio de Memoria
The Loggia by Margarita Fores is a new restaurant that specializes in Italian-Filipino cuisine, which Chef Margarita Fores is known for. Set in the beautiful and historic surroundings of Palacio de Memoria in Roxas Blvd, the Loggia offers delicious dishes such as Australian Beef Tenderloin alla Scamorza, which is served with smoked mozzarella and red wine jus. The Loggia is the perfect place to celebrate your next Sunday brunch with your family or friends..
Book your table here: https://www.palaciodememoria.com/venues/the-loggia-restaurant/
You’ll find this beautiful restaurant in the middle of the CBD in Makati. Backdrop to countless intimate weddings, Blackbird at the Nielson Tower is at the top of the list when thinking of where to celebrate a special occasion. Their covered terrace serves as a nice escape from the urban setting right outside their doors. You can even reserve their second deck for a small gathering for up to 10 people.
Book your table here: https://www.blackbird.com.ph/
Another Margarita Fores restaurant is Lusso in Greenbelt. It’s been around for many years and for good reason. Known for their decadent demi-pound burger, they also serve other tempting Italian-French dishes. Alfresco dining by Lusso lets you enjoy the lush gardens of Greenbelt while sipping some champagne and maybe forgetting about the pandemic, even just for a while.
Book your table here: +63 917 700 5893 and +632 7756 5893
If you want to celebrate with tried and tested comfort food that always hits the spot, you can’t go wrong with Mamou. Known for their steaks, truffle pasta, and desserts, Mamou is always a great choice for happy occasions. Mamou offers outdoor dining options in all their branches (Powerplant, BGC, and Ayala 30th) so if you have young children waiting at home who can’t go out yet due to current quarantine guidelines, you can choose the nearest branch to you and have a quick but still memorable meal.
Book your table here: +63 917 5062668 or +63 917 8662668. Find them on Instagram: @mymamou
A familiar name for people from the North (i.e. Quezon City and up), Lemuria is another restaurant that’s been around for many years. This elegant restaurant is tucked inside Horseshoe Village in Quezon City and has been witness to many proposals and intimate weddings. You can choose to dine in their garden or if you’re celebrating with people you’re comfortable with (meaning your fully-vaxxed friends and family members) you can also eat inside their main dining room. Strictly by reservation only, open for dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Book your table here: https://www.lemuria.com.ph/horseshoe/
7. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine and Wine Bar
This romantic restaurant is perfect for couples celebrating a special occasion. Set in Chef Nins Laus’ ancestral house, Ninyo has become Katipunan’s best-known “well-kept secret”. Garden pavilions, koi ponds, and twinkling lights make this a perfect date spot. Of course, the food is also part of its appeal. Chef Nins serves a fusion of European and Asian cuisines, including degustacion sets for special occasions. Make sure to reserve a gazebo in advance to make the most of this experience. By reservation only.
Book your table here: (028) 4260301 / (0939) 9215881. Find them on Instagram: @ninyofusion
8. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse
If you’re craving steak, look no further than Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. Known to serve one of the best steaks in Metro Manila, you can get your steak fix in a safe outdoor dining setting. Choose between their branches in Podum, BGC, or Resorts World, all have limited outdoor dining capacity. If you’re still uncomfortable eating out (even alfresco) Wolfgang’s offers Wofgang’s Curbside that brings their freshly cooked steak straight to your home. More accurately, they’ll cook the steak right outside your home in their special truck. You can’t get any safer than that!
Book your table or curbside reservation here: https://main.wolfgangssteakhouse.ph/
9. La Picara
Known for their paella and kimchi croquetas, La Picara is a Spanish restaurant where you can also celebrate a special occasion outdoors. Their large open-air veranda lets you enjoy the cool breeze, a nice view of BGC, while having a drink or two. Even with quarantine restrictions, La Picara is quite popular so be sure to reserve before going to ensure a spot on their veranda.
Book your table here: 0927 172 4480
We know life isn’t exactly back to normal yet, but life does go on and we have many things to be thankful for. Another birthday, another wedding anniversary, even being fully vaccinated, are all valid reasons to celebrate. If you’re ready to start venturing out to the world and want to enjoy time with family or friends, you can start with these safe, and delicious, alfresco restaurants.