If you’re getting tired of spending too much time indoors, a good meal in a scenic garden restaurant may be exactly what you need. Fresh air, abundant greenery, and yummy food can do wonders for your mood—and for your Instagram feed! More importantly, these bistros offer a socially distant option for eating out, whether it’s for a special occasion or just a well-deserved break from regular life. Read on for 12 of our favorite garden restaurants near the metro.
1. Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse (Antipolo, Rizal)
Just an hour or so away from Manila, Antipolo is emerging as a thriving foodie destination. One of the must-try restaurants here is Burrow Café, an underground forest bistro that’s an enchanting escape from the city bustle. Beyond the secret garden appeal of Burrow, the restaurant also features a tantalizing menu of sourdough pizzas, all-day breakfast and lunch dishes, and decadent desserts. Reservations are required through the website.
Address: 113 Beverly Hills Ave., Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo
Website: Burrow Café at Antipolo Beehouse, Facebook, Instagram
Service Hours: Wednesday to Friday, 8AM to 4PM; Saturday and Sunday, 8AM to 5PM
2. Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery (Antipolo, Rizal)
Another Antipolo dining hotspot is the artsy Crescent Moon Café and Studio Pottery. Tucked away in a quiet garden setting in Antipolo, this tranquil hideaway is a wonderful space to enjoy lush greenery, a large koi pond, and vibrant bohemian décor. Fresh Southeast Asian cuisine served by the kitchen goes perfectly with the breezy surroundings.
3. Luljetta’s Café (Antipolo, Rizal)
Café and spa in one? Count us in! Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa is the first hanging gardens spa in the Philippines and remains an underrated Antipolo spot, whether you want a massage or a dip in one of the swimming pools overlooking Laguna Lake and the surrounding mountains. A yummy snack of Sumaka (suman, mango, kasoy) after a rejuvenating spa experience is perfect!
4. Lutong Pugon (Tanay, Rizal)
After a strenuous adventure in the mountains of Tanay, there’s nothing more rewarding than a meal at Lutong Pugon, a secret garden restaurant in Tanay known for its delicious wood-fired pizza and pasta dishes. An extension of the home and studio of local artist Jun Tiongco, the eye-catching restaurant features an open-air bamboo dome for diners surrounded by a flourishing garden.
5. Silayan Dining Room at Masungi Georeserve (Baras, Rizal)
At the Silayan Dining Room, guests can dine in a hilltop glass hut overlooking the famed Masungi limestone cliffs, Laguna de Bay, the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, and the Metro Manila skyline. It’s found within the award-winning conservation project Masungi Georeserve and trust us, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more picture-perfect setting than this. For now, the intimate space is only open for private events, such as meetings, weddings, and other special occasions.
6. Well’s Garden Café (Baras, Rizal)
Well’s Garden Café is a newly opened restaurant in Baras that offers cozy alfresco dining in a pretty garden setting. This low-key restaurant is a favorite of bikers and day-trippers exploring Baras and nearby Tanay. With affordable home-cooked meals, a laidback atmosphere, and even potted plants for sale, it’s the perfect pit stop to fill up and rest before making the trip back home.
Address: Manila East Road, Brgy. San Jose, Baras
Service Hours: Monday, 10AM to 8PM; Tuesday to Sunday, 8AM to 8PM
7. Sonya’s Garden (Alfonso, Cavite)
Even after years of being a popular Tagaytay destination, Sonya’s Garden hasn’t lost a bit of its magic. The bed and breakfast is still a tranquil retreat, while the alfresco restaurant offers guests an opportunity to dine amidst flourishing shrubs, vibrant blossoms, and lush trees. Each homemade dish is fresh and flavorful with greens picked right from the garden. Book a Tagaytay day trip with a stop at Sonya’s Garden here or reserve a table at the restaurant from the website.
8. Gabriela at Nurture Wellness Village (Tagaytay, Cavite)
Nurture Wellness Village is hailed as a pioneer in spa services in the Philippines, but even if you’re not planning to indulge in the spa experience, the stunning estate is worth a visit for Gabriela. The in-house restaurant complements the wellness experience and the lush natural surroundings, serving healthy and delicious Filipino cuisine for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. With ingredients sourced right from the Nurture Wellness gardens, every dish is as fresh as possible! Whether you prefer the traditional hilot or a gentle exfoliation treatment, book your Nurture Wellness spa experience here.
9. Mon’s Restaurant (Alfonso, Cavite)
Luxury picnic-style dining may not be for everyone, but for those who want a unique and romantic experience under the stars, the “Dine Under the Stars” package at Mon’s Restaurant is a must-try. Mon’s Restaurant serves modern Filipino cuisine using fresh, organic ingredients, including tasty rice bowls, all-day breakfast dishes, and Pinoy classics like crispy kare-kare, sinigang, and more. Up early? Mon’s is open at 7AM, so early birds can grab a scrumptious breakfast here in the morning.
10. Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant (Silang, Cavite)
Guests can enjoy a serene alfresco meal in Chateau Hestia, a bed and breakfast, a garden restaurant, and a deli shop found in Silang. The rustic and elegant estate is a pleasant weekend hideaway serving farm-to-table European cuisine that includes artisan pizzas and decadent Basque burnt cheesecakes. Refreshments include fresh fruit juices and an impressive selection of wine.
11. Marcia Adams (Alfonso, Cavite)
Tucked in the quiet gardens on the boundary of Tagaytay and Alfonso, Marcia Adams is a lovely casual dining spot inspired by the Mediterranean. Pockets of dining areas in the property take guests on a journey through Europe, from rustic Tuscan farmhouses to lush countryside estates in France. Likewise, the restaurant serves delicious Mediterranean three-course meals that will make diners feel transported to the southern regions of Italy. Reservations are required. To reserve, contact 0917-801-1456.
12. Patis Tito Garden Café (San Pablo, Laguna)
Owned by famous fashion designer Patis Tesoro and her husband Tito Tesoro, Patis Tito is a dining establishment in Laguna that’s proudly Filipino. Alfresco dining is set in the flourishing garden of an old Filipino home while local tunes play in the background. Food is just as decidedly Pinoy with the café favoring slow-cooked local favorites, like ensaladang pako and chicken kinulob. Reservations are required. Contact 0917-126-5182 to book your visit.