10 Most Romantic Restaurants in Quezon City
For when you want to have a fancy night out.
(SPOT.ph) While Quezon City is a haven for hole-in-the-wall restaurants that offer trendy menus, it’s often overlooked as a date spot, with discerning diners heading more often to Makati or Taguig for that fancy night out. And even though a romantic dinner is arguably dependent on how you plan it out, be it at an intimate rooftop resto or overlooking the sea, here’s a list of places that will help set the mood.
A slab of steak usually comes hand-in-hand with fine dining, and when you’re looking to share a romantic meal, sometimes upscale is the way to go. When you’re in QC, there are only a number of restaurants that cook their steaks perfectly—one of them is Melo’s. The old-fashioned house-turned-restaurant has a classic steakhouse interior, and if you pick the right table, you’ll be treated to a beautiful garden view. Melo’s offers certified Australian and Japanese Wagyu, and any of their cuts will be a prime option. You’d be hard-pressed not to order any of their steaks.
Must-tries: Grade 8 Australian Tenderloin Wagyu (P4,380), Baked Oyster Rockefeller or Florentine (P580)
Melo’s is at 58 Sergeant. Esguerra Avenue, South Triangle, Diliman, Quezon City.
Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant
With the restaurant’s rustic and homey ambience, it’s almost impossible to turn down an invitation to dine at Lemuria. This European-inspired garden estate with terracotta walls and roofing is a portal to the Mediterranean. The restaurant’s international cuisine offers seasonal multi-course menus and a fine selection of wine. Helmed by Chef Kevin Endaya, he designed the menu to be as authentically French as possible, so don’t miss Lemuria’s specialties like the rich and savory Beef Bourguignon, often included in their nine-course tasting menu.
Must-tries: Nine-Course Tasting Menu: Bouillabaise, Beef Bourguignon, Cheese Plate (P2,800/person)
Lemuria Gourmet Restaurant is at 5 Julieta Circle, Horseshoe Village, New Manila, Quezon City.
A Taste of L.A. Café
Open since 1995, this Tomas Morato classic is a go-to of residents for fancy dinner dates. With five main seating areas, each with different views of the refurbished Spanish-style mansion, the restaurant is perfect for when you and your date just want to hide from the world. Their thin-crust lamb pizza is savory and cheesy—a sure order for the adventurous couple. The restaurant’s cheese fondue is also a popular choice, with Gruyère and Emmental cheese as its base. A number of Filipino dishes are also offered for those looking for a taste closer to home.
Must-tries: Garlic Lamb Pizza (P600), Classic Two-Cheese Fondue (P970), Sizzling Spicy Sisig (P370)
A Taste of L.A. Café is at 171 Don A. Roces Avenue, Laging Handa, Quezon City.
The Frazzled Cook
Perhaps the only thing frazzled about this restaurant is its décor, with quirky mismatched furniture and kitschy ornaments spread throughout its cozy space. But the restaurant’s visual chaos only adds to its charm. Their menu boasts homey Italian food, perfect for casual dates when neither of you is in the mood to dress up. The Pizza Caprese and Truffle Pasta have long been the restaurant’s signature dishes, even before their relocation from Mandaluyong. Another bestseller is the Wagyu Salpicao, which is great for those looking for something familiar (and can be eaten with rice).
Must-tries: Pizza Caprese (P295), Truffle Pasta (P325), Wagyu Salpicao (P595)
The Frazzled Cook is at 78 Scout Gandia Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City.
House of Wagyu Stone Grill
Here, your choice cut is served sizzling on a stone grill right in front of you. House of Wagyu Stone Grill is an easily accessible date-night restaurant at Eastwood Mall. Apart from their initmate and romantic interiors, come here for their Dry Aged Wagyu—there’s no question why their Grade 8 Ribeye is a bestseller. Like most steak restaurants, House of Wagyu Stone Grill also provides surf and turf options. Steak with king prawns or seared scallops? Why not?
Must-tries: Dry Aged Wagyu Rib Eye (P3,785/220 grams), Wagyu Rib Eye Grade 8 (P3,395/180 grams), Gambas (P375)
House of Wagyu Stone Grill is at G/F Eastwood Mall, Eastwood City, Libis, Quezon City.
Basil is both moody and rustic, with lush greenery surrounding the restaurant’s vintage wood accents and dim lighting. Traditional Thai cuisine is at the forefront of Basil, and every single dish is made from scratch—even their herbs and spices are ground up in the kitchen! Plus, what is a Thai joint without pad thai? Basil’s version is an easy favorite among Asian food fans for its varied textures of crunchy (thanks to the nuts and beansprouts), chewy, and silky. Their curries are also a popular choice, and they’re served with your choice of Wagyu beef or duck.
Must-tries: Pad Thai (P360), Thai Red Beef Curry (P470), Sticky Rice With Mango (P130)
Basil is at White Plains Avenue corner Katipunan Avenue Extension, Quezon City.
With their vibrant murals of various Italian landmarks, you can’t help but feel charmed at Bellini’s. And if the interiors aren't enough of a hint, the place serves traditional Italian cuisine—yes, their pastas are made fresh daily. It’s easy to mess up Italian food, and that’s why owner Roberto Bellini is there every day to make sure each dish is up to his standards. Their Fettuccini Panna Prosciutto Funghi is good for two people, with a silky cream sauce binding the flat pasta, delicate smoked ham, and earthy mushroom seamlessly.
Must-tries: Fettucini Panna Prosciutto Funghi (P320), Pizza Alla Salciccia (P280), Carpaccio Di Salmone (P500)
Bellini’s is at Cubao Expo, General Romulo Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City.
Van Gogh Is Bipolar
A quirky restaurant dedicated to the misunderstood post-Impressionist painter, Van Gogh Is Bipolar boasts customized menus fit for whatever mood you’re in (Happy? Calm?). The place recently reopened after months of renovation, and they’re known for having staff that have dealt with mental illness. First, the restaurant provides you a map of their multiple themed areas before serving dinner. You’d both want to try the Lover’s Feast to complete your date experience, which includes a five-course tasting menu and two glasses of wine. Their dishes depend on seasonal ingredients and, well, the chef’s mood, but we suggest getting a glass of their herbal “mood” tea to perk up your stay.
Must-tries: Lovers Feast (P3,500/good for two), Virginia Woolf Tears Soup (P199), Mood Tea (P199/bottomless)
Van Gogh Is Bipolar is at 154-H Maginhawa Street, Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge
Ninyo is a love letter come to life, with romantic al-fresco private areas all set under the night sky. Book a private gazebo for the night, and they’ll decorate the floor with rose petals. Stroll through the garden and you’ll find a wall filled with padlocks akin to the famous bridge in Paris. It’s no wonder the place has seen many engagements. Chef Niño Laus flexes his culinary muscles with the restaurant’s experimental menu that blends Japanese and European cuisines. Go for any of their six-course degustation—a crowd favorite is the “Paris” set menu, with wasabi-flavored fried oysters, smoky grilled tiger prawns, and creamy panna cotta.
Must-tries: Paris Six-Course Degustation (P3,000/good for two)
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge is at 66 Esteban Abada, Loyola Heights, Quezon City.
Las Casas Manila by Margarita Forés
This heritage mansion, designed by National Artist and architect Pablo Antonio and overseen by Jerry Acuzar of Las Casas Filipinas, is old-fashioned in the best possible way. Every detail of the restaurant is an art installation in itself, from the ceiling and staircase to the walls and tables. Las Casas Manila is an escape from the busy Metro, and a near-equivalent to a visit to a museum. Chef Margarita Forés takes a break from her Cibo roots and successfully creates a menu that features both Spanish and Filipino dishes. The Paella Marinara is a dish a lot of people rave about, while her flair for Italian food comes out with the Spaghettini con Mariscos. Share your Churros con Chocolate with your date to cap off the evening.
Must-tries: Paella Marinara (P1,450), Spaghettini con Mariscos (P275), Churros con Chocolate (P120)
Las Casas Manila by Margarita Forés is at 134 Roosevelt Avenue, Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar, Del Monte, Quezon City.