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5 Outdoor Restaurants in Manila Where You Can Feast at Ease with Their Dine-in Services

These outdoor restaurants have top-notch safety protocols to keep your dining more comfortable.

By: Ursula Pertez | July 06, 2022
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These al fresco restaurants are a breath of fresh air.

Images: Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe Facebook page (L); @rusticmornings (R)

After months of restaurants offering only take-out and delivery, dine-in services are now allowed in Metro Manila areas as long as establishments follow strict health safety protocols. Now, patrons can again come to their favorite popular fast-food chains and outdoor restaurants in Manila to dine in.

Safety is still an issue, so if you want to feel at ease while eating, try going to outdoor restaurants. Their bigger spaces make social distancing easier, and their beautiful setups are a big plus. Not sure where to go? Below is a list of five outdoor restaurants in Manila that are safe for dine-in experiences. Read on!


1. Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe

Location: 145 Ipil St corner Champaca, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Operating Hours: Thursday to Sunday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM


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Located in Marikina Heights, this garden restaurant is a peaceful spot in the busy city.

Image: Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe Facebook page

Greg and Sally Tree Garden Café reopened its doors for al fresco dine-in service. This outdoor restaurant offers various Filipino comfort foods: sizzling pork sisig (minced and fried pig ears), sinigang (sour tamarind soup), and tocino with bagoong rice (sweet cured pork sausage with fermented shrimp rice).

This cozy outdoor restaurant in Manila sets dining tables at a proper distance from each other so there would be appropriate social distancing between diners.


2. Blackbird

Location: Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle 1209 Makati
Operating Hours: Daily, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM


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Customers can dine at Blackbird’s open-air dining space.

Image: Blackbird Facebook page

One of Makati’s most sophisticated outdoor restaurants in Manila, Blackbird, fuses classics with contemporary Asian cooking. They prioritize the safety of their diners by cleaning and disinfecting their facilities. Along with the thorough disinfection, they redesigned their outdoor restaurant’s layout to ensure enough distance between tables. Blackbird also trained its staff to strictly implement the safety rules prescribed by the government. When dining in, customers have the choice to eat at their spacious al fresco terrace, grill room, or their upstairs dining room.



3. Rustic Mornings by Isabelo Garden

Location: 11 Isabelo Mendoza St. San Roque, Marikina City
Operating Hours:
Monday to Friday, Sunday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Saturday, 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM


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Rustic Mornings is known for its breakfast and brunch specialties

Images: @rusticmornings

Rustic Mornings by Isabelo implemented strict safety protocols when they reopened their dine-in services and charming outdoor restaurant garden dining area. For one, this outdoor restaurant in Manila requires diners to make table reservations. Once at the restaurant, guests must have their body temperature checked and fill out a health declaration form for contact tracing. Guests with fever and flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to enter. Wearing face masks will also be required at all times except when eating and drinking. Alcohol stations will also be installed within the establishment, and physical distancing will be observed in dining areas, queuing areas, and restrooms.


4. Ilustrado Restaurant

Location: 744 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila
Operating Hours:
Monday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Tuesday, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Wednesday, 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM; 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Thursday and Friday, 8:00 AM to 10:0 PM
Saturday, 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM


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Ilustrado Restaurant was established in 1989.

Image: @ilustradorestaurant

Ilustrado Restaurant reopened for dine-in services. The old-style outdoor restaurant is known for its Spanish garden courtyard, cafe, and neo-classic main dining room. Along with its reduced capacity, this outdoor restaurant in Manila will also be limiting its menu options for the cafe and best sellers. Their specials include paella Ilustrado, callos Madrilena (stew with ox tripe, chorizo, pimientos, bacon slab, and garbanzos), and adobong bagnet with crab fat (marinated deep fried pork belly).



5. Ninyo Fusion Cuisine & Wine Lounge

Location: 66 Esteban Abada Street, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM


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NINYO is an Asian fusion restaurant.

Image: Ninyo Fusion Facebook page

For everyone’s safety, NINYO Fusion Cuisine and Wine Lounge will be opening their dine-in services for reservations only. Guests who feel unwell and have flu-like symptoms are encouraged to stay in their homes. At the outdoor restaurant, foot baths will be installed at the entrance. Customers will also be required to wear face masks, fill out a health declaration form, and have their temperature checked. Alcohol dispensers will also be provided for disinfection.


Dining in will never be the same, but following these outdoor restaurants in Manila, health protocols will make it as safe as possible under the new normal.


Need more options in Metro Manila? Go to Yoorekka Magazine to find more recommendations!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. For now, keep safe!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on July 02, 2020.


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