12 Manila Restaurants to Try for Your Next Private Party
From ladies' lunches to meetings to early Christmas parties!
(SPOT.ph) It’s one of those minor-major celebrations, important but not exactly enough reason to shut down an entire bar for a private bash. Maybe a 30th birthday or a wholesome bachelorette party? A small-scale family dinner with a few balikbayan aunts? A high school reunion? It requires something a little more upscale than "fries for everyone!" at McDonald’s, but still straightforward. Cooking is out of the question. You want a bit of privacy because you know you’re going to make noise. Besides, anything exposed might ruin a planned surprise.
We’ve rounded up a list of restaurants around Metro Manila that might be suitable for your next party.
This list is not ranked.
2/F Building 1, B3, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City
Contact: 846-5293, 0917-875-9162
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday); and 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday to Saturday)
The Grub: Reimagined comfort food like the legendary Bacon Chicharon, an eponymous Prime Bistek Tagalog, award-winning Truffled Three Cheese Mac, Triple Mushroom Risotto, and Frozen Hazelnut Cheesecake
Capacity: Up to 16 people can fit in their rooms.
Amenities: They have a projector screen for presentations or cheesy slideshows. Guests, however, have to bring their own sound system and projector.
Budget Breakdown: Minimum consumable charge of P8,000 to book the room and P16,000 to book the room for the entire day.
Overstay Charge: None
2. Red Box: Rock, Dine, and Roll
3/F Greenbelt 3, Makati City
4/F Eastwood Mall, Orchard Road, Libis, Quezon City
The Grub: Pulutan specialties that won’t choke you, like Sisig, Buffalo Wings, and Nachos, as you belt out Celine Dion hits
Capacity: They have party packages with rooms good for 12, 15, and 20 people.
Amenities: Karaoke machines and microphones are included in the party packages. Some rooms also have billiard tables.
Budget Breakdown: During Happy Hour (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.), the Party Package is P4,999 for a group of 12; P5,999 for 15; and P7,499 for 20. During Prime Time (7 p.m. until 12 a.m.), it’s P7,499, P8,999, and P10,999, respectively. The packages are inclusive of Sisig, Buffalo Wings, Fish and Chips, Nachos, and Charcoal Grilled Pork Belly.
Overstay Charge: P99/person for every extra hour
3. Highlands Prime Steakhouse
2/F Entertainment Mall, North Wing, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City
Contact: 556-0768, 901-3243
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday); and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Friday to Saturday)
The Grub: US-certified Angus steaks and buffalo wings
Capacity: The biggest function room can fit 20 to 25 people.
Amenities: An extra P1,500 to rent the widescreen, sound system, and projector
Budget Breakdown: P30,000 consumable for three hours. Highlands Prime Steakhouse also offers buffet packages worth P850+ to P1,500+ per person for a group of 40 to 50.
Overstay Charge: P1,500 for every extra hour
120 Scout Lazcano, Quezon City
Contact: 352-4926, 0917-808-0718
Open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 pm. to 11 p.m.(Monday to Saturday); and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday)
The Grub: Thai food! Try the Pad Thai, Tom Yum, and Cha Yen
Capacity: Function Room B can hold 25 to 30 people.
Amenities: Free use of white screen, speaker, and microphone
Budget Breakdown: For four hours’ use, pay P10,500 for weekdays and P12,500 for weekends. Set menus are available for approximately 12,000.
Overstay Charge: P2,500 consumable for every extra hour
5. Terraz: Meetings & Bistro
3/F Zuellig Building, Makati Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Contact: 625-4831, 625-4832
Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Mondays to Fridays)
The Grub: Western and Asian fusion presented playfully, like the Steak and Frites, Bombay Style Vegetable Curry, and Malaysian Chicken Curry
Capacity: The Piña Room 1 can seat up to 20 people while merging Piña Rooms 1 and 2 can fit up to 32.
Amenities: The use of the room comes with free use of a flip chart, white board, and pens. The projector may be rented for P3,500, and the screen and sound system may be used subject to availability.
Budget Breakdown: Piña Room 1 has a consumable price of P20,000, while merging Piña Rooms 1 and 2 amounts to a consumable fee of P32,000. Corkage fees apply at P500 per wine bottle and P1,000 per cake.
Overstay Charge: P5,000 for every extra hour, non-consumable
6. Alba Restaurante Español
4/F Prism Plaza, Two E-Com Center, Harbor Drive, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City
Contact: 808-2326, 808-8210, 846-344
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Grub: Traditional Spanish fare complete with paella and tapas!
Capacity: This particular branch has rooms named after different places in Spain. La Manca can seat 25 people and Navarra can accommodate up to 30 people. For their bigger rooms, Madrid can hold as many as 50 people and Pamplona can fit about 60 people.
Amenities: Get the buffet package for complimentary use of the portable sound system and a pair of microphones.
Budget Breakdown: With 25 people or more, you can get the buffet rate for P695+ a head for lunch and P750+ for dinner for four hours of room use.
Overstay Charge: P500 for every extra hour
7. Conti's Bakeshop & Restaurant
61 Presidents Avenue, BF Homes Commercial Center, Parañaque City
Contact: 842-5265 local 204 to 205, 807-3388, 0922-847-3003, 0917-554-7136
Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Monday to Thursday); and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday to Sunday)
The Grub: Filipino food complemented by terrific pastries and cakes
Capacity: Naida and Vicente can each fit 30 people; combined, they can accommodate up to 70 persons.
Amenities: Complimentary use of a basic sound system, microphone, and VCD player
Budget Breakdown: P5,000 consumable for two hours
Overstay Charge: P1,200 for every extra hour
8. Gloria Maris Shark's Fin Restaurant
Greenhills Shopping Center, Missouri Street corner Connecticut, San Juan
Contact: 570-0921, 570-0923, 570-0924, 570-0927,
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Grub: Traditional Chinese, with a Japanese flair. Think fresh seafood and roasts!
Capacity: Smaller VIP rooms can accommodate around 20 to 30 people, while others can seat up to 60 people. Their biggest can comfortably fit 108 people, with big tables that seat 12 to 14 people each.
Amenities: Projector, screen, sound system, or other lights may be rented at a minimal fee.
Budget Breakdown: A per-table fee of P12,000 consumable and a reservation fee of P2,000 per table upon confirmation. Big function rooms have either two, five, or nine tables. Guests can order a la carte, but Gloria Maris also has eight set menus, ranging from P14,500 to P35,200.
Overstay Charge: P2,000 per hour after 3 p.m. and after 11:00 p.m.
9. Adarna Food and Culture Restaurant
119 Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City
Contact: 926-8712, 0917-961-8113, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday); and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Sunday)
The Grub: Historical, regional, and heirloom cuisine, which includes Morcon ala Regina 1914, Kaldereta Antigo, Chicken Relleno 1940s with Salsa Monja, Pancit 1913, Lumpiang Freska Kabitenya, among others
Capacity: Silid ng Reyna, which also features a collection of Manila Carnival Queens, can accommodate up to 20 people. Silid ng Bituin, adorned with Philippine movie memorabilia, can seat 25. The covered Patio Rosas with a mock sari-sari store can fit 50 people; the al fresco Hardin ng Sampaguita can fit as many as 60 people; and Bulwagang Adarna, filled with vintage photos and artworks, can accommodate up to 65 people. Rooms may also be combined for bigger capacity.
Amenities: Free use of projector screen, microphone, and sound system
Budget Breakdown: All rooms may be rented for four hours, with a minimum consumable price for food and drinks: P6,000 (Silid ng Reyna), P7,500 (Silid ng Bituin), P12,500 (Patio Rosas), P15,000 (Hardin ng Sampaguita), P25,000 (Bulwagang Adarna). Lunch and dinner sets are available upon request, and may be served buffet, plated, or family-style.
Overstay Charge: P500 for every extra hour (Silid ng Reyna and Silid ng Bituin) and P1,000 for every extra hour for Bulwagang Adarna
10. Milky Way Café
2/F 900 A. Arnaiz Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
Contact: 843-4124, 843-7124
Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)
The Grub: International and Filipino cuisine which include favorites such as Baby Crispy Pata, Crispy Hito, Adobong Soft Shell Crab with Taba ng Talangka, and more
Capacity: Private rooms may be combined to accommodate up to 150 people. The combined Aguado and San Rafael room, the Mabini room, and the Lobby Lounge can accommodate 45 to 50 people, while the Banquet Hall can hold up to 100 people.
Amenities: Complimentary use of a sound system with two microphones and a white screen. Projectors are not provided.
Budget Breakdown: For the combined Aguado and San Rafael, Mabini, and the Lobby Lounge, it's P10,000 for the first two hours. The Banquet Hall goes for P35,000. Lunch or dinner meals start at P800 per person. Fees are consumable. Buffet packages, ranging from P800 to P1,100 per person, are available for morning and afternoon snacks, lunch, dinner, merienda cena, and children’s parties.
Overstay Charge: For parties past midnight, they charge P5,000 (Banquet Hall), P2,500 (Mabini), and P2,000 (Aguada and San Rafael, and Lobby Lounge) for every extra hour. Prices are non-consumable.
11. Ilustrado Restaurant
744 Calle Real Del Palacio, Intramuros, Manila
Contact: 527-3674, 527-3675, 527-2319,
Open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Grub: International buffet and Filipino-Spanish meals
Capacity: Banquet rooms that can fit up to 20, 30, 40, 50, 100, and 150 people
Amenities: Room for three hours’ use, with extras like basic sound system (CD player, mixer, four wired microphones, speakers, and operator) for P4,500 and power consumption for a full band for P3,500. Floral centerpieces are P300 to P500 (per table), while their two- and three-layered cakes cost P3,000 to P,4000, respectively.
Budget Breakdown: Get the set menu for a consumable rate. For morning or afternoon snacks, the price ranges from P5,000 to P30,000; for lunch, P10,000 to 50,000; and for dinner, P15,000 to P50,000.
Overstay Charge: P2,500 to P5,000 for every extra hour, depending on which room is used
12. Comida China de Manila: Old Chinatown Cuisine
FRDC Bldg. 106 E. Rodriguez Jr. Avenue, Pasig City
Contact: 671-5942, 914-0830, 914-0832
Open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Grub: Chinese cuisine with old-time favorites like Pata Tim, Bird's Nest Soup, Pancit Canton, and cold cuts
Capacity: They have five function rooms: three can fit 30 to 40 people, another 60 people, and a fifth for a group of 90. Rooms may also be combined to accommodate a maximum of 200 people.
Amenities: Karaoke with microphone and a white board
Budget Breakdown: For half a day’s use, it’s P10,083 (30 to 40-seater rooms), P20, 166 (60-seater), P30,249 (90-seater). Ten available set menus range from P3,991 to P7,680 per table. Corkage fees apply.
Overstay Charge: P360 for every extra hour (30 to 40-seater), P720 (60-seater), and P1,080 (90-seater)