20 of Tagaytay’s Best Kept Secret Restaurants

Next time you’re in Metro Tagaytay, you might want to give some of the more popular restaurants a break, and instead come check out the neighborhood’s best kept secret restaurants. In fact, The Booky Report has 20 of these recommended waiting-to-be-discovered establishments just for you.

Tagaytay is home to a number of popular restaurants but no, this is not that list. There’s more to Tagaytay than mainstream and popular Sonya’s Garden, Bag of Beans, or Antonio’s, we bet you haven’t been or even heard about some of these places.

  • Balinsasayaw
  • Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen
  • Buffy’s
  • Cafe Carmencita
  • Chateau Hestia
  • Concha’s Garden Cafe
  • Don Limone Grill
  • The Dining Room (at Gourmet Farms)
  • Java Jazz Coffee Shop
  • The Lake District
  • Lime & Basil
  • Marcia Adams’
  • Milagros Private Kitchen
  • Moon Garden
  • Nanay Cirilas
  • Nurture Wellness Village
  • The Purple Owl
  • QiWellness Living
  • The Red Bus Mobile Diner
  • Rekados

Balinsasayaw – Aguinaldo Highway

Balinsasayaw is a bed and breakfast as well as a restaurant serving traditional Filipino dishes and boodles in al fresco huts with overlooking view of Taal. Balinsasayaw is actually Tagalog for a swiftlet, a bird native to El Nido, Palawan and is most famous for producing saliva that makes bird’s nest soup.

Balinsasayaw Tagaytay

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Aguinaldo Highway, Silang, Cavite
+63 46 865-3244

Bawai’s Vietnamese Kitchen – J. Hernandez St.

Bawai is a specialty restaurant serving authentic home-cooked Vietnamese food. Bestsellers include their fresh spring roll, their famous Pho Bo (beef noodles) and ca phe sua da or Vietnamese coffee. The restaurant name, Bawai, means grandmother in Vietnamese and is inspired by its owner Yong, who is fondly called Bawai. Bawai’s already have 2 branches in Manila and one in Nuvali, Solenad.

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J. Hernandez Street, Purok 5, Bucal, Silang, Cavite
+63 920 972-2924

Buffy’s – Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road

Buffy’s is a dessert cafe and pasalubong shop selling 100% all-natural, fresh, creamy and healthy carabao’s milk and other dairy products including ice cream, yogurt, cheese and pastillas.

Buffy's Tagaytay

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No reservations accepted
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U1A LMMC Bldg., Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road, Caltex Gas Station, Purok 5, Silang Cavite
+63 46 443-9455

Cafe Carmencita Fine Cuisine & Cakes – Aguinaldo Highway

Cafe Carmencita is a beautiful and homey cafe set in a residential home that serves ‘home-goodness dining and desserts’. The Filipino-Spanish fusion menu includes a number of hot and house specialty dishes, pasta, cakes and coffee. Mom’s Beef Stew and their Turtle Pie are must-try’s.

Cafe Carmencita Fine Cuisine & Cakes

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Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Kaybagal South, Tagaytay
+63 917 588-7913

Chateau Hestia – J. Hernandez St.

Chateau Hestia brings forth a European dining experience in a country-style home surrounded with lush greens. It offers years of curated recipes from Austrian native, Johannes Zehethofer’s worldly travels. Just like the Greek goddess of the Hearth, Hestia, who made sure the fire of Olympus never died out, Chateau Hestia ensures that customer experience also never dies out.

Chateau Hestia Tagaytay

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J. Hernandez St., Purok 5, Bukal near Tagaytay Silang, Cavite
+63 929 711-3289

Concha’s Garden Cafe – Tagaytay-Sta. Rosa Road

Concha’s Garden Cafe is a lifelong dream of owner Gemma Escueta-Sembrano, who have always been passionate about baking and cooking. After convincing three friends to invest in her restaurant, she set out to make her dream come true. Set inside Mother Earth Gardens beside Petron gas station, Concha’s serves homecooked Filipino dishes and is named after Gemma’s grandmother, whom she learned cooking from.

Concha's Garden Cafe

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Richland Estate 1, Sta. Rosa Tagaytay Road, Brgy. Puting Kahoy, Silang, Cavite
+63 906 922-4939

The Dining Room at Gourmet Farms – Aguinaldo Highway

Gourmet Farms Inc. is in the agricultural business focused on organic farming of fresh local produce and beans then putting it out into the market. Inside the big farm/estate is The Dining Room where visitors can enjoy their organic menu using ingredients from the fields. They also sell leafy greens, delectable dips and sauces, as well as trademark coffee blends.

Gourmet Farms Inc

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Km. 52 Aguinaldo Highway, Buho Silang, Cavite City
+63 46 414-1049

Don Limone Grill – Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway

Don Limone is a tucked-away Mediterranean-inspired restaurant that serves ‘fine food and spirits and great cheesecakes’. A shared passion for Mediterranean and Italian flavors between husband and wife, Allen and Betty Tadayon, brought forth bestselling dishes like the Hummus en Fuego, Steamed Mussels Puttanesca, and Chicken Espetada (skewered chicken). Moreover, Allen, being a native New Yorker, had to include cheesecakes–more than 8 unique variants of them. Don Limone used to be part of the BF Homes community.

Don Limone Tagaytay

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4870, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Mendez Crossing East, Tagaytay
+63 932 873-2316

Java Jazz Coffee Shop – Tagaytay-Calamba Road

Java Jazz Coffee is a bed & breakfast, a quaint cafe and art gallery. The cafe is most famous for its Kapeng Pinoy (native coffee), Tsokolate-Eh (thick hot chocolate) and homebaked breads and pastries. It is also known to feature local artists’ through Sining sa Sahig (literally ‘art on the floor’) and jazz music well beloved by the owners.

Java Jazz Coffee

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442 Tagaytay-Calamba Road, Sungay West, Tagaytay
+63 917 483-7399

The Lake District – Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway

The Lake District is a new restaurant and drinking lounge built with urban-industrial interiors that complement the cool winds and picturesque view of Tagaytay. The kitchen offers modern Western cuisine by Chef Francis Tolentino, who also co-owns and heads the recently opened Unit 27 Apartment Bar + Cafe in BGC.

The Lake District

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Maharlika West, Tagaytay – Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay
+63 46 413-4186

Lime & Basil Restaurant – J. Rizal St.

Lime & Basil is a farm-to-table garden cafe offering authentic Thai cuisine from Tagaytay resident, Chef Sigrid Sarmiento. It is a casual and relaxed Asian dining experience where guests can tour and walk around the herb and vegetable gardens. There’s also a craft store inside called Laura’s Yard.

Lime & Basil Restaurant

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9014 J. Rizal St., Brgy Sikat, Alfonso, Cavite
+63 915 627-6393

Marcia Adams’ – J.P. Rizal St.

Marcia Adams’ is a tucked-away Tuscany-inspired garden restaurant that serves Mediterranean dishes prepared by owner Marcia. It’s for casual lunches and romantic dinner dates. Reserve the sunset lounge for a majestic Tagaytay sunset view.

Marcia Adams tagaytay

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JP Rizal St., Bgy. Sikat, Alfonso, Cavite, Tagaytay
+63 917 801-1456

Milagros Private Kitchen – Maglabe Drive

Milagros Private Kitchen hosts intimate gatherings and offers a unique and private outdoor dining experience in the comfort of a secluded venue. The menu is personalized and highlights Filipino dishes created with family recipes from Malabon. It also sells bottled gourmet and homemade products. Milagros can accommodate around 16 people and requires a 3-5 days advanced reservation.

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1640 Maglabe Drive, Guinhawa South, Tagaytay
+63 46 413-1888

Moon Garden – SVD Road

Moon Garden is a Balinese-inspired private garden and vacation home. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway for couples. Accommodations include breakfast. Feel free to bring your own booze and food as well, they don’t charge corkage.

Moon Garden Tagayytay

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Reservations are recommended
SVD Road, Brgy San Jose, Tagaytay
+63 939 913-9097

Nanay Cirilas’ Kapeng Barako – Mayors Drive

Nanay Cirilas is a cafe serving all-day Filipino and English breakfasts, a full list of appetizers, house specialties, signature dishes and desserts. Nanay Cirilas’ Kapeng Barako, which started way back 1955, is not to be missed. Supported by Nanay Cirilas’ daughter-in-law, they were both able to fulfill their dreams of opening a cafe. They are open Friday-Sunday only, strictly by reservation with pre-orders.

Nanay Cirilas' Kapeng Barako

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Mayors Drive, Tagaytay City, Cavite
922 291-3869

Nurture Wellness Village – Pulong Sagingan

A pioneer in the Philippine spa industry, Nurture Wellness Village (formerly known as Nurture Spa) is a DOT-accredited resort and wellness retreat house for ‘ecotherapy’ or healing by and through nature. The customer experience is enhanced by its Filipino-themed décors, spa treatments, and cuisine, you can even pick fresh herbs and greens from their garden if you desire. Walk-ins and day tour packages are available. It is also most famous for its glamping (glamorous camping) program.

Nurture Wellness Village

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Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West, Tagaytay
+63 918 888-8772

The Purple Owl – Gardenia Loop

The Purple Owl is an events place that customizes events through their design arm, the Hoot Designs. Whether it’s for a marriage proposal, wedding, family celebration, an anniversary or a ‘just-because’ movie night, The Purple Owl can make it happen. It is also a restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner made from Mrs. Gee’s family heirloom recipes. A 3-day advanced booking is required.

The Purple Owl Tagaytay

Reservations are required
Gardenia Loop, Villa Pura, Tagaytay
Email: thepurpleowltagaytay@gmail.com

Qiwellness Living – Aguinaldo Highway

Qiwellness Living is an Asian fusion teahouse, a bathhouse and spa destination. It is inspired by centuries-old architecture, cuisine, and healing practices of China, combined with modern design, culinary techniques, and advances in wellness. The tea house offers a la carte menu as well as a ‘yin & yang’ degustation menu that changes with the season and would require an advanced reservation of 48-hours.

Qi Wellness Living Tagaytay

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Aguinaldo Highway, Brgy. Maharlika East, Tagaytay
+63 917 522-6969

The Red Bus Mobile Diner – Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway

The Red Bus Mobile Diner is a cool and hip American food truck diner serving off-the-grill gourmet burgers, burritos, fajitas and milkshakes from a classic 1970 VW Kombi. You can find it at the One Destination Hotel along Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway.

The Red Bus Mobile Diner

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One Destination Hotel, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway,Tagaytay
+63 908 899-3708

Rekados – Sta. Rosa-Tagaytay Road

Rekados serves Filipino dishes with touches of Spanish flavors. Its menu is extensive consisting of soups, appetizers, salads, mains and desserts, it even includes pasta and paella. Don’t forget to visit Gatas Station and Balai Pasalubong when you’re in the area.

Rekados Cafe & Restaurant

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Santa Rosa-Tagaytay Road, Pasong Langka, Silang, Cavite
+63 917 545-5421

(Write-up by Aileen Ang for The Booky Report. Featured photo of Lime and Basil courtesy of View Magazine.)

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