Gas up and surprise your S.O. on a romantic date night at any of these hidden restaurants.
Take advantage of the weekend and treat your loved ones out. Not just out but out of the metro. Because we all know the outskirts have that romantic charm. And there’s something exciting about visiting a “hidden” restaurant. Right?
So make the most out of your trip and savor every bite at any of these restaurants where locating it is half the fun.
Tucked in a residential area in Kay Tikling, Taytay, Rizal is a family compound turned reservation-only café-restaurant. It is a dream project for the co-owner, Soeren Campo III, who loves vintage items and decided to build a cabana for the fam. Then the fam decided to open an alfresco dine-in space to the public last May. Cozy place and cozy food. They’re offering comfort food in big servings perfect for sharing with your date.
For reservations call 0949 904 828 | Address: Dentong Ponciano’s Compound, Kaytikling Rotonda, Ortigas Ave Extension, Taytay, Rizal. Hours of operations: Tue–Sat 8AM-7PM | Sun 12PM-8PM | Closed Mondays [Special 4-course meal on Valentines day!!!]
Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse
Hidden in plain sight of Antipolo and Taytay suburbs and adjacent to a Beehouse is an underground cafe. Its red brick walls and wooden tables give it a cozy and rustic vibe. And large panel windows let you peek at the surrounding forest. They’re a day only cafe but hosts special events like Valentine’s weekend dinner. Celebrate the evening with a special six-course dinner, live music, foraged wild blooms and personalized touches amid their pixie forest.
For reservations call 0917 622 9795. Address: 113 Beverly Hills Avenue, Beverly Hills Subdivision, Taytay, Rizal. Hours of operations: 8 am – 4 pm Wednesday – Friday, 8 am – 5pm Saturday, 7 am – 5 pm Sunday.
Located inside a gated residential on the hills of Antipolo, is a family-run homey pop-up restaurant, Tahanan Bistro. Its overlooking an expansive garden, forestry, and a part of Laguna de Bay. The Lanai is the main dining area with floor to ceiling sliding doors, for that alfresco vibe. They offer private dining only on weekends by Chef Kevin Tuason. Then, you might even gift your date a lovely chair by the man of the house and the artist, Benjie Reyes.
For reservations call 0925 880 1487. Address: 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivion, Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City. Hours of operation: 5pm & 7pm dinner from Friday – Sunday; 11 am & 1pm lunch from Saturday to Sunday.
Nestled on top of the hilly side of Binangonan is the newest cradle of arts. It’s the dream property of the multi-awarded visual artist and owner, Antonio Leaño. It is built on rocky terrain, which gives it a Cycladic architecture feels and a 360 view of Binangonan.
Their in house cafe offers a casual yet tasty dining experience but with a priceless view of Rizal and Laguna.
No reservations, first come first serve. Address: Lot 18 Block 178 Eastridge Executive Village, Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal. Hours of operations: 12:30 pm – 8:30 pm Tuesday-Sunday.
Lutong Pugod-Wood Fired Pizza
Camouflaging with the scenic Marilaque Hi-way is a restaurant that boasts their wood-fired oven. The backroad elicits a feeling of surprise. The wow factor is the main dining area, a dome-like structure made with bamboo poles. It is complemented by artworks of the owner and artist, Jun Tiongco, plus other local artists from Rizal. The food is not short of artistry, as each meal is made from fresh spices and herbs picked from their garden.
For reservations call, 0995 255 7151 / 0906 760 7209. Address: Sitio Masanting, Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal. Hours of operation, 8 am to 8 pm Tuesday-Sunday. (The schedule may change without prior notice.)
Cover photo taken at the now closed 14 Four cafe in Taytay, Rizal.