Where to Go for Sumptuous Festive Dining in Manila

Dec 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Suvi Hoikka

Manila may not be the best Filipino destination if you want to have the best dining experience but it has a number of great places where you can enjoy sumptuous dining for whatever occasion.

The following are some of the top picks you should consider.

Casa Roces

Offering Spanish, Asian, and Filipino dishes, Casa Roces is one of the highly-rated restaurants in Manila. It is located in 1153 JP Laurel corner Aguado Street. San Miguel, Manila. Its wooden interiors and cozy atmosphere present a warm welcome to every diner. Full bar service is available. Casa Roces is famous for its Malacañang frozen soufflé, choritos en balsamico, loacker milk hazelnut torte, fabada ala Casa Roces, and crispy lengua. The restaurant is open from 10AM to 10PM daily.


TGI Friday’s

You may not be inclined to book this casual dining restaurant for your formal or semi-formal event but it is definitely one of the best places for festive eating in Manila. Located on the ground floor of Robinson Place Manila in Ermita, it offers American and Mexican cuisines in big and filling servings. There’s complimentary Wi-Fi Internet connection available and the unlimited Mojito promo during Fridays is surely a crowd drawer. There are several restaurant branches all over the city.

Century Park Seafood Restaurant

Serving authentic Chinese food, Century Park Seafood Restaurant at the side of the Century Park Hotel offers some of the best fine dining dishes in Manila. Many will quickly notice how everything in this restaurant is so Chinese. There’s a large hall, round tables, and ornaments that scream Chinese. The restaurant serves aquarium fresh fish dishes, real shark fin soup, and the notable hot prawn salad. It’s also possible to request for a dish that is not listed on the menu.

My Kitchen by Chef Chris

If you are craving for European cuisines, this restaurant at The Oasis Paco Park Hotel at 1032-34 Belen Street, Paco, Manila is one of the best options. It is a fine dining place with an elegant ambience that features a blend of old and modern designs. This is the place to visit if you are curious about the famous panizza, an original hand-rolled thin-crust pizza created by Chef Chris Locher with arugula and alfalfa sprout toppings. The restaurant serves alcohol, has outdoor seats, and provides Wi-Fi Internet connection. It opens from 7AM to 11PM daily.

Corniche - Diamond Hotel

Located in Diamond Hotel, Roxas Boulevard Corner J. Quintos St., Ermita, Corniche is one of the best places in Manila for enjoying good food. It serves American, European, Japanese, and other Asian dishes. The high ceilings, comfortable seats, and spacious area make this dining place impressive as if the ambience can make up for whatever insufficiency you may find in the food. Alcohol is served and luxury dining is available. Corniche is only open at certain times so you may want to verify availability before heading to the place.

Coco Bango Cafe

Serving diners 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, Coco Bango Cafe at White Knight Hotel along General Luna Street in Intramuros is a lovely place for enjoying great food anytime you want. It has a full bar service, live music, outdoor seating, and a separate smoking area. Dishes served include Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and European. Wi-Fi Internet connection is also available.

Tomahawk Chops & Grill

Specializing in American gourmet food, Tomahawk Chops & Grill is located at 56-A East Capitol Drive, Kapitolyo, Pasig City. The place is rather small but should be big enough to hold a crowd for a festive dining. The restaurant’s food is well-praised by almost every diner. It is one of the best dining destinations in Kapitolyo although not really the perfect place for those who crave for local food. Tomahawk also has a full bar that stocks some of the world’s best whiskeys. The restaurant only serves lunch and dinner.

Café Ilang Ilang

Manila Hotel’s Café Ilang Ilang is the place to go if you are looking for excellent Mediterranean and European food. It also serves Asian food, which are mostly Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino. The dishes are offered by the buffet along with unlimited desserts including the delectable Matcha chocolates and noteworthy macaroons. Café Ilang Ilang serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner all in buffet-style. Café Ilang Ilang is regarded as one of the best if not the best eat-all-you-can dining places in Manila.

Most of the restaurants featured here accommodate reservations for parties or special events. However, you should not be that keen on booking your event in these restaurants if the location is too inconvenient. If you need to find other places where you can hold parties, wedding receptions, and other similar events with food served, you can find great options on FlySpaces

Suvi Hoikka
Suvi Hoikka

Suvi Hoikka is Editor-in-Chief at FlySpaces, an online marketplace for office space. She writes about anything and everything revolving around the workspace industry. Whether it’s the coolest rooftop event spaces in Jakarta or latest trends in office space diversity, her works continue to open relevant discussions on various workspace topics around the web.