Antonio's Garden Restaurant
Purok 7 Brgy Neogan, Tagaytay, Philippines
www.antoniosrestaurant.ph - + 639178992866
Antonio's Garden Restaurant Tagaytay Reviews
Antonio's Restaurant - Best of Tagaytay Feb 14, 2016
UPDATE 2015: Antonio's Restaurant was awarded as one of Asia's Best 50 Restaurants
UPDATE 2014: Featuring the new Lanai Lounge. It makes the whole experience much more special...and if you're on a date, more magical. Trust me! (see 2014 photos)
To quote, "back where I'm from, I'd have to spend hundreds of dollars, maybe even more, to experience something like this"
UPDATE 2013: Miele Guide's Top 20 Restaurants from 2008 to 2013
Antonio's Restaurant is 5th in Asia's Top 20 for 2010/2011 of the Miele Guide!
My best friend has been raving about this place for ages, said it's the most perfect place to go to in Tagaytay on a date. So I made a mental note of it and waited for the best time when I can go there.
So finally, that time came, I was on a date indeed, I wasn't in love or anything but the place surely made me want to BE IN-love haha!
The place is gorgeous! The restaurant is set inside an old spanish-inspired mansion with a big beautiful garden. From the moment you step inside the big gates of the property, you'll find your eyes wandering and taking in the beauty of the surroundings- starting with the landscaping of the front lawn and once you enter the house. All around you, you'll find something to look at- classic and elegant pieces of furniture, art decor and collectibles while you go through the rooms/corridors that lead you to a big wooden staircase.
At the bottom of the steps, you'll notice the black & white printed pattern of the floor, which for me, adds to the romantic ambience of the place. Here, you have your choice of where to dine- on the left, probably the former living room and den, is perfect for private parties and gatherings as it is somehow enclosed but it's huge so it fits several tables. In front and all the way to the right, I think, is the best area to have your dinner date, as it is dimly (but just right) lit by candle-like chandeliers, which again perfectly sets the romantic tone to your evening. It also gives you a view of the well-lit garden downstairs, which I think is the best area if you're there for lunch. I got a peek of this garden while standing on the landing of another set of steps going down, though it was in the evening, I could imagine its beauty in the day time.
Okay, enough of the description of the place, let's go to the food- I would say, with Antonio's ranking in the TOP 5 in the recent Miele Guide which covers 450 restaurants in 17 countries, and is the only Philippine entry for 2010/2011, I think SAYS IT ALL. Need I say more?
The Entrées are served in a set-menu which includes a salad, soup, dessert, and coffee or tea. Your choice of Entrée determines the price of your meal. See how succulent and delicious these sound:
*Herbed Roasted Rack of Lamb with Cardamom Beurre Blanc served with your choice of Siding (Rock Salt Garlic Potato Fries, Mashed Potato, Coriander Gnocchi Potato, Black & Green Olive Rice, Garlic Risoni, Tomato Risoto, Tossed Arugula & Balsamic Dressing with Roasted Tomato, or Pomery Spatzle) ~ Php 1,800+
*Grilled Certified Angus Beef Fillet Gratinated with Wild Mushroom on Mashed Potato ~ Php 1,900+
Those were our orders (mine was the Lamb of course, always a favorite) and they were oh so yummm, so ooh, so aahh. No kidding! Mind you, if those prices sound expensive, they have a Chateaubriand, a Prime Ribeye, and a Porter House that cost more (Php 3,800-5,200+) but bigger servings, good enough for two or just one really BIG guy with a big appetite. Lol!
Antonio's also serves Certified Angus Prime Roast Beef at 2.3k pesos per head but with a minimum order of 6 persons. If you would like to know more, their Menu is posted in their website (see above details). Click on "Antonio's", as the company has 2 other restaurants in Tagaytay, one that serves breakfast all day and another that specializes in grills & BBQ (different location).
Reservations: Dinner is by reservation only, please call the number on their website.
Dress Code: Smart-casual. No flipflops, slippers, or wife-beater tops/sandos (Hehe)
Directions: Via SLEX from Manila, take either the Sta Rosa Exit or the Eton City Exit. Turn right at the Tagaytay Market, go past the rotunda, Days Hotel, Casino, and Taal Vista Hotel. Once you see the huge satellite dish, take the next right turn. Just drive slowly through the undeveloped street (not sure if it has more lights now), follow the signs until you see a big (spanish-looking) wooden gate surrounded by vines, with a Sto. Niño (Catholic statue) on the gate wall, at the left side of the road.
To know more about the MIELE GUIDE, go to-
*Menu and prices quoted*27May2011*DaiVe*
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Secluded restaurant that serves fantastic food - the best in Tagaytay Nov 16, 2012
I have been to Antonio's twice in the past year. First was to attend a friend's wedding anniversary, and the second time was to celebrate my father's birthday (who happens to be named Antonio as well).
There are actually two restaurants in this location: the main one by reservations only, and the Breakfast at Antonio's - which allows for walk-ins. There is a third restaurant called "The Grill", which used to be at a different location although I have not been to this third restaurant recently.
The place is in a secluded compound a few kilometers off the main road from Tagaytay, which makes it difficult for walk-in (or drive-in) customers unless they know the place. Thus, a visit to Antonio's is generally planned in advance, as the reservations can run out many months ahead for certain dates (especially those for wedding receptions). The Breakfast place is not as full if one arrives early, although parking can be a challenge if there is a big party or wedding reception in the main restaurant.
There is a dress code, which is smart casual, so flip flops and t-shirts are not considered proper attire.
I won't talk about the food much except to say that you know how it will taste considering this is a multi-awarded restaurant, not just in the Philippines but in Asia. This is fine dining at its best in Tagaytay.
Disclaimer: I personally know the owner of Antonio's as he was my classmate in Bacolod City. However, I did not see him since high school, only to find out that he became a flight attendant and eventually chose the career of being a chef many years later. It seems that was one of the greatest career decisions he made, now a lot of people have enjoyed his sumptuous cooking.
Secret Garden Of Antonio May 17, 2009
This is a house garden converted by its owner into a resto with snob factor.
I was impressed with the design of the dining areas and the gardens. Colored lamps were hung to lend a cozy, romantic feel even in the lower deck where we chose to dine. To match this appeal, the food was really good. Well, we were only there for a brunch but we got what we were looking that time - good food in a relaxing place.
This place is perfect for:
1. A good Saturday brunch away from Manila.
2. A good date place.
3. A good place to propose - but this is getting a cliche now.
4. Not a good place to bring small kids. Just bring them to Jollibee. Otherwise, you and your kids won't enjoy the experience of dining here.
5. A good place to bring your parents for a weekend getaway.
I would probably be back, maybe for the item#1 or item#2. Whatever the reason is, I still love this place and I would love to come back over and over.
I just need a driver to go there. :)
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