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Al Fresco Dining Spots in Metro Manila Perfect for The Family

The best of open-air dining spaces for you to check out



When it comes to eating out safely in the new normal, al fresco dining is the way to go. Health experts have established early on that open-air settings pose the least amount of risk. Keep social distancing in the equation, and the risk further reduces.


This only means that meeting your friends and family again to bond over good food is a well-deserved treat you can now pursue safely. If you’re looking for restaurants in Metro Manila with fantastic al fresco dining areas just for this kind of get-together, the recommendations ahead are for you.



Al Fresco Dining Options in Pasig

Capitol Commons, situated just outside the Ortigas Business District, offers several al fresco dining choices. Finding a restaurant your entire family can agree on here is as easy as taking a stroll and checking out the menus on display.


Consider Florabel for an excellent spread of dishes. What to expect? A mix of local and continental favorites. Start with a bowl of French onion soup (especially good when the weather is chilly) or a serving of Caesar salad. Then, enjoy the namesake chef’s award-winning adobo paired with a steaming cup of garlic rice.


In the mood for a meal that reminds you of a backyard cookout? Peri-Peri offers chicken and ribs expertly grilled over charcoal for a delicious smoky taste. You can choose sides, finger foods, and appetizers to round out your dining experience. 


If burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and beer are more your thing, however, head over to Tipsy Pig Gastropub. This restaurant also offers American and Filipino dishes that every family member—even picky eaters—can enjoy. 


A serving of pork adobo fills a bowl.
From all-time favorite Filipino dishes to a mouthwatering steak and Hainanese chicken combo, you can enjoy many of Pasig’s al fresco dining spots in Capitol Commons. Photo: Shutterstock



Al Fresco Dining Spots in BGC

If you enjoy the cosmopolitan feel of Bonifacio Global City, you’ll be happy to find plenty of options for your family’s al fresco dining experience in this area.


Head to Kiwami Japanese Food Hall to get your fill of ramen, sushi, and teriyaki dishes. Here, you can order from restaurants such as Yabu, Ippudo Ramen, Yakitori Hachibei, and Hannosuke. 


Another option? Bring your friends and family to La Picara in One Bonifacio High Street Mall for a spice-filled Spanish feast. Try the chili crab paella if you’re fond of seafood; meanwhile, for meat lovers, why not go for La Picara's cochinillo Castellano, beef cheeks, or the glazed Iberico pork ribs? You can also order tapas to go with your wine.


After a hearty meal, you and your family can head to St. Louis House of Fine Ice Cream & Dessert located in BHS Central Square for some dessert. Expect delicious ice cream, crepes, and fondue here—a perfect way to end your lunch or dinner on a sweet note. 


Two chocolate and banana crepes lie on a plate.
BGC is home to many delicious al fresco dining options. Photo: Shutterstock



Al Fresco Dining in Makati

A trip to Power Plant Mall in Rockwell also means you can consider the establishments in its periphery. On the Rockwell strip alone, you and your family can get a taste of Italian (a mano), classic Filipino (Café Via Mare), and Spanish (Barcino) cuisines. Excellent chicken ramen (Marudori) and the well-loved Tantanmen (Ramen Ron) are a short stroll away at 8 Rockwell and Edades Tower, respectively, as well.


In nearby Salcedo Village, The Wholesome Table has an extensive selection of dishes that, as its name suggests, are made from organic ingredients. You can even get meat- and dairy-free alternatives to the popular items here.


Meanwhile, enjoy Filipino comfort food at Mesa; macarons and other café favorites at Bizu; and “less is more” types of dishes prepared using sophisticated cooking techniques at Ember by Chef Josh Boutwood. All these restaurants are in Greenbelt Park. 


A bowl is full of delicious vegetables.
You can find a host of great restaurants with al fresco dining in Makati. Photo: Shutterstock



Outdoor Dining in Parañaque

For those in the south, it goes without saying that the food landscape on Aguirre Avenue in BF Homes is worth checking out. In the past two years, it’s seen a handful of changes. New players have opened while some older ones have left. Bottom line: there are still so many places to enjoy a meal with the family here.


Mapishi Food House serves a curated selection of Swahili food for the adventurous family. If you’re fond of Indian food, you’ll see familiar-sounding dishes like chapati and biryani. However, less common items such as pilau and ugali firigisi are available, too.


Want a more laidback vibe? Masa Bakehouse, the southern outpost of the famed La Union baker, is hip yet relaxed, with sourdough playing a big role in the menu. Its take on eggs Benedict and the simple grilled cheese sandwich (now merged with beef pares) are definite must-tries.


Several chapatis lie on a wooden serving board.
Parañaque has many al fresco dining options, including a Swahili restaurant. Photo: Shutterstock



Make Your Al Fresco Dining Even Better

The pandemic may have changed the way people bond with their family and friends, but with the Manila al fresco dining options available today, bonding over food and drinks in 2022 can be worry-free.  


Group of people enjoying al fresco dining experience.
Level up your al fresco dining experience with Globe Rewards. Photo: Shutterstock



Did you know? Globe Rewards allows you to use the points you earned from being with Globe Prepaid or Postpaid to unlock perks like special deals at partner establishments, including restaurants. On your birthday, subscribers get a special treat, too. Check out your Globe Rewards today to see how you and your family can upgrade your next al fresco dining experience.



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