(SPOT.ph) Outdoor dining gained tremendous popularity over the past year—i.e. all of that—and it’s an even more exhilirating experience when you add being on top of a building to the equation. After all, there’s nothing like noshing on great food al-fresco in sunny Manila. Take in sweeping views of skylines, swoon over a gentle sunset in Manila Bay, or enjoy the energy of a buzzing neighborhood— some of the best seats for outdoor dining are found in rooftop restaurants scattered around the city. Whether you’re preparing for date night or a catch-up with friends, we list essential rooftop restaurants with great bites and drinks.
Appreciate gorgeous Manila views with great food and a cold margarita in hand at these must-visit rooftop restaurants:
Dr. Wine Rooftop
Sitting atop Dr. Wine in Poblacion, Makati is Dr. Wine Rooftop—a bar that specializes in craft cocktails and—you guessed it—wine and sangria. Pop in for French fare in an open terrace overlooking the Rockwell and Makati skylines, and bring your friends to enjoy dusk-drinking and snacking into the night. While sipping on boozy beverages like the Watermelon Crush (P350) and Red Lolea No 1 sangria (P1,450/bottle), be sure to order The Doctor’s Platter (P1,980)—their signature platter of cheese and charcuterie for nibbling on!
Dr. Wine Rooftop is at 5921 Algier Street, Poblacion, Makati City.
Mediterranean-themed rooftop bar and restaurant Nautilus overlooks Quezon City, with nautical-inspired interiors and food picks like Baked Norwegian Salmon (P495), Tenderloin Steak (P810), and Grilled Pork Belly (P325). An extensive bar program and proud whiskey collection on display makes this spot extra special.
Nautilus is at 10/F Prime Hotel, 70 Sergeant Esguerra Street, South Triangle, Quezon City.
Looking for something exciting and extreme? Dine at Manila’s highest rooftop restaurant at the 60th level of the Grand Hyatt Manila in BGC, with aerial views of the cityscape. A open-fire charcoal grill is the star of the kitchen here, along with an impressive menu of fresh seafood and steaks—think Lobster Thermidor (P3,200) from Norway, or Kobe Cuisine Wagyu Rib Eye MS 6 (P3,800/300 grams). Wrap up a luxurious meal with a tipple of your choice; they've got everything from wine to vodka to international beers and more.
The Peak is at 60/F Grand Hyatt Manila, 8th Avenue corner 35th Street, Bonifacio Global City.
Open on Friday and Saturday nights to welcome you with panoramic views of the Makati skyline, Mistral’s breezy terrace makes the perfect wind-down spot. Go crazy on bar chow faves like Gambas Tacos (P460), Truffle French Fries (P520), and Crispy Calamari (P480), as well as their iconic bespoke cocktails. A gin trolley makes its way around the terrace through the night, and expert mixologists can prepare your G&T for you tableside. Reservations are encouraged.
Mistral is at 10th Level, Raffles Makati, 1 Raffle Drive, Makati Avenue, Makati City.
There really is nothing like the classics—Sky Deck offers an unobstructed 360-degree view of Intramuros City, with a beautiful view of the Manila Bay sunset on one side, and the walls of Intramuros sprawled out on the other. On the menu are savory bites like the Spicy Gyoza (P390) and Raffaele Lamb Ribs (P1,100), as well as an extensive wine selection—making it the perfect venue for an intimate date. Bringing your family? Live music and buffets make weekends extra festive.
Sky Deck is at Bayleaf Hotel is at Muralla Street, Intramuros City, Manila.
The Penthouse 8747
This Gatsby-inspired lounge overlooks the Ayala Triangle Gardens and anincredible view of Makati’s bustling Central Business District. On the menu you'll find an extensive list of appetizers and bar chow, as well as steaks, pastas, burgers, and wraps; among the must-tries are the Prime Sausage And Mash Platter (P890) and The Penthouse Burger (P480). The bar is where the magic happens—come through on a weeknight and pick your poison. From vodka to Japanese and Taiwanese whisky to single malts and more, it's all here.
The Penthouse 8747 is at BA Lepanto Building, 8747 Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City.
UNWND Lux Hostel
Poblacion haunt UNWND's simple and friendly rooftop lounge offers a vibrant outdoor space to unwind over pizza, pasta, and board games. Colorful cocktails—of which are the Wyp Delight (P450) and classic Lychee Martini (P250)—are plentiful, and a jacuzzi on the upper deck calls out for a weekend hang with the gang.
UNWND Rooftop Lounge is at 5/F, 5396 General Luna, Poblacion, Makati City.
The Nest Dining in the Sky
Who doesn’t love the fresh vibe of Metro Manila’s southern cities? The Nest Dining in the Sky is a rooftop restaurant that sits atop the 31st floor of the Vivere Hotel, overlooking Laguna de Bay and sweeping views of Muntinlupa. Enjoy endless options of their international menu; from Risotto Poppers (P250) to the Gin Cured Salmon Carpaccio (P550) to the Korean Barbecue Set (P660) and more, they've got you covered.
The Nest Dining in the Sky is at 31/F Vivere Hotel, 5102 Bridgeway Avenue, Filinvest City, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Milagritos & Encaramada
For those looking for an expansive ocean view, restaurant Milagritos and rooftop bar Encaramada have prime access to Manila Bay’s gorgeous sunset. With fairy lights strung across the open terrace and a pool to keep things cool, who wouldn’t fall in love with this outdoor space? Add star eats like the Foie Gras Burger (P750), Bangus Confit (P195), and Atlantic Salmon Mare Monti (P695) and you've got a real winner. Remember to wait for the music to come on when the sun goes down.
Milagritos & Encaramada are at 3/F TRYP by Wyndham, Mall of Asia, Manila City.
Top of the Alpha
Jazz lovers, this is your spot! Enjoy panoramic views of Makati’s Central Business District and the jazz bands and DJs that play here almost nightly. The menu includes barbecued meats, freshly caught seafood, and craft cocktails; you can look forward to noshing on savory eats like the Wagyu Burger (P800) and Salpicao (P700) while sipping on libations like the Summer Samba (P500) and Over the Rainbow (P500).
Top of the Alpha is at 34/F, Alphaland Corporate Tower, Ayala Avenue, Makati City.
Bonus: Yours Truly, Rooftop Garden
Popping up at the Havitat Hotel until June 2022, this rooftop spot in Poblacion does exciting bar chow to go with their cocktails, like enoki and shimeji Mushroom Fries, and a bacon-wrapped Sonora Hotdog. Host to other small businesses pop-ups and a DJ line-up to encourage dancing at dusk, this space makes the perfect hangout spot from Thursday through Sunday evenings.
Yours Truly, Rooftop Garden is at Havitat Hotel Rooftop, 6060 R. Palma, Poblacion, Makati City.
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