14 Great Restaurants for Outdoor Dining in Manila Right Now
Be sure to follow the safety protocols!
(SPOT.ph) While you can order for delivery from practically any restaurant these days, chances are, you've been itching to dine out. If you're concerned about your safety in the midst of the pandemic, you may want to consider taking your meal outdoors. While any kind of on-site dining still poses risks—do stay home if you can—dining al fresco is thought to be safer than its indoor counterpart as epidemiologists and public health experts agree it makes for a lower risk of airborne transmission. It also allows restaurants to serve more people at a time while maintaining the necessary social-distancing protocols. If you do head out, make sure to wear a mask and wash your hands regularly!
Check out these spots if you're looking for outdoor dining options in Manila:
You can enjoy Wildflour's signature comfort eats—like their winning Chicken & Biscuits (P730)—outdoors as Wildflour's Rockwell, BGC, Greenhills, and Salcedo branches offer al-fresco areas. You can also dine outdoors at Wildflour Italian and Pink's BGC.
Wildflour is at G/F V-Corp Tower, 125 L.P. Leviste Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City and O Square Building, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City. See a list of Wildflour branches. Wildflour Italian is at G/F The Finance Centre, 9th Avenue corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City. Pink's is at G/F Shangri-La at the Fort, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, check out Wildflour Restaurant's Facebook page.
a mano is home to great Italian eats, like their Margherita con Bufala (P550) pizza and Carbonara (P550) which is one of our favorites in Manila. On weekends, they offer al-fresco dining as part of the Rockwell Goes Streetside program, where the mall closes selected side streets to make way for more outdoor dining areas from Fridays to Sundays.
a mano is at Power Plant Mall, Lopez Drive, Rockwell, Makati City. For more information, check out a mano's Facebook page.
Lorenzo's Truffle Cream (P395) or Dry-Aged Ribeye (P3,690/single, P4,690/twin) while basking in the open air, anybody? Mamou Too (a.k.a. Mamou's Rockwell branch) lets you dine al-fresco from Fridays to Sundays.
Mamou Too is at G/F Joya Lofts and Towers, Joya Drive, Rockwell, Makati City. For more information, check out Mamou - A Home Kitchen's Facebook page.
Single Origin is at G/F Edades Tower & Garden Villas, Amorsolo corner Rockwell Drive, Rockwell, Makati City. For more information, check out Single Origin's Facebook page.
This Rockwell establishment serves farm-to-table fare as interpreted by Chef Margarita Fores, a.k.a. Asia's Best Female Chef in 2016. They expand their al-fresco dining area from Fridays to Sundays. They also have a small outdoor stall where they sell local produce and other products on those days.
Grace Park is at G/F One Rockwell Building, Rockwell, Makati City. For more information, check out Grace Park's Facebook page.
The Test Kitchen
The Test Kitchen showcases Chef Josh Boutwood's playful approach to food, and they expand their outdoor dining area from Fridays to Sundays. Their menu evolves constantly, and some of the new dishes you can try are the Yeasted Malt Waffle & Hot Smoked Salmon and the Hamachi Collar, Crab Fat Emulsion & Red Rice Furikake (prices upon request).
The Test Kitchen is at G/F One Rockwell, Rockwell Drive, Rockwell, Makati City. For more information, check out The Test Kitchen's Facebook page.
You can now take your meal outdoors if you're dining at La Cabrera's 6750 Makati branch. That way, you can savor fresh air while enjoying their signature Ojo de Bife (P3,480/500 grams, P4,995/800 grams), a slab of USDA Prime ribeye steak seasoned with salt and pepper, and served on a wooden paddle without sauce.
La Cabrera is at Ayala Business Center, 6750 Ayala Avenue, Glorietta Complex, Makati City. For more information, check out La Cabrera Manila's Facebook page.
Mercato Centrale and RestoPH have come together to launch Mercato High StrEAT, an outdoor-dining event that will feature several establishments serving their food in an open-air environment, following safety protocols. Some of the restaurants joining are Gallery by Chele, Wolfgang’s Steakhouse, Mango Tree Manila, Brotzeit, and El Chupacabra. You can also find Mercato vendors like Mamay’s Ihaw, Ngon Vietnamese Deli, and Chef Ian Sushi. The fair will be held starting October 17, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Mercato High StrEAT is at the Ampitheater, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, check out Mercato Centrale's Facebook page.
Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe
This Marikina restaurant is known for its lush garden setting, where you can enjoy all-day breakfast eats like Daing na Bangus with Rice (P170) or comfort specialties like Sizzling Pork Sisig (P150). They're open from Fridays to Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe is at 145 Ipil Street corner Champaca Street, Marikina Heights, Marikina City. For more information, check out Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe's Facebook page.
Sip on your coffee in a breezy, relaxed location at Commune's al-fresco second-floor area and balcony. You can stay for up to 60 to 90 minutes as long as you place a reservation through their website, and follow their safety protocols of physical distancing, wearing masks, and sanitizing.
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine
Ninyo is a semi-hidden restaurant in Katipunan with an especially romantic al-fresco spot. You can enjoy set meals by Chef Niño Laus, like the Ninyo Classics 7-Course Bestsellers Degustation (P1,500/head), as well as ala carte specialties like the Wasabi Tempura Oysters (P540) and Sea Bass Confit (P1,480).
Ninyo Fusion Cuisine is at 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City. For more information, check out Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge's Facebook page.
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo
It doesn't get any more relaxing and inviting than this Marikina garden restaurant, who's known for their great breakfast eats and vibrant setting full of greenery. You can expect breakfast classics here, like their soft and fluffy Original Buttermilk Pancakes with Coffee (P220) and Beef Tapa (P290).
Rustic Mornings by Isabelo is at 11 Isabelo Mendoza Street, San Roque, Marikina City. For more information, check out Rustic Mornings by Isabelo's Facebook page.
Lampara takes Filipino classics and reimagines them in a contemporary light—and you can enjoy their specialties at their balcony. It's divided into an open-air veranda and a glass-encased nook with a '60s-inspired vibe, so you can enjoy your Veal (P470) or Beef Shortribs (P1,200) wherever you please.
Lampara is at 5883 Enriquez Street, Poblacion, Makati City. For more information, check out Lampara's Facebook page.
This colorful Spanish joint goes for a tropical vibe both within the restaurant and in their veranda. Simultaneously sleek yet lush with greenery, it's the perfect backdrop to enjoy their signature Chili Crab Paella (P890) and Cochinillo Castellano (P890).
La Picara is at 2/F One Bonifacio High Street Mall, 28th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, check out La Picara Manila's Facebook page.
Main image from Facebook/Grace Park (L) and Majoy Siason/SPOT.ph archives (R).