With so many new restaurants popping up in the city, it takes us forever to decide where to eat on date nights. But when it comes to special occasions (my husband and I recently celebrated our second wedding anniversary), we stick with tried and tested favorites. Here's our go-to list:
1.) Cowrie Cove
Shangri-la Mactan Resort and Spa, Punta Engano Road, Mactan
A restaurant where you can dine al fresco with a sweeping view of the ocean. What could be more romantic than that? Reserve the Observatory for a special private and secluded dinner on top of rocks breaking water and maybe pop the question? We've heard of couples getting engaged there ;)
Crossroads, Gov. Cuenco Ave., Banilad
There's something about white tablecloths and romantic lighting that set the ambiance for a great date. We also love how this restaurant has equally delicious steak and seafood offerings on the menu. We keep coming back for the Risotto Lobster & US Scallops with parmesan flakes, yum!
Nivel HIlls, Lahug, Cebu City
We love the interiors and the cozy but classy setting of this old favorite. The complimentary freshly-baked bread served in ceramic pots will start out your dinner beautifully. If you have a hard time choosing from all the delicious sounding meals on the menu, they have "Chef Suggestions Dinner Set Menus" served with apertif and wine per course. You can also close out your date with a nightcap at the adjacent Bellini bar.
4.) Blu Bar & Grill
Roofdeck, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu, Nivel Hills
Set a 1000 feet above sea level, this restaurant definitely has a great view of the city while you enjoy cocktails and/or dinner. They recently renovated and will reopen today (December 5). We can't wait to see their new look!
5.) Abaca Restaurant
Abaca Boutique Resort & Restaurant, Punta Engano Rd., Lapu-lapu City
We love all the restaurants from the Abaca group, but this one has the most romantic ambiance. Special occasions warrant a drive to this exclusive and intimate resort to enjoy their California-Mediterrenean inspired menu. Which you can enjoy while listening to the calming sounds of the ocean.
6.) Delice Recipes
Tops Property, Upper Busay, Cebu City
Whether you have an afternoon or a dinner date, the view of this place is definitely worth the drive. Their food selection is amazing, plus they serve pancakes all day! Win!
7.) The Tinderbox
Gov. M. Cuenco Ave, Cebu City
This one is definitely a tried and tested classic. Starting with Beef Salpicao and a Warm Goat Cheese Salad and ending with the Molten Chocolate Cake, you can't go wrong with any of their main courses. With a vast wine selection to match, it's definitely a date night favorite.
We hope this list helps you when you're planning your anniversary or special occasion with your special someone soon! Let us know what's on your list! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org :)