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How Many of these Tagaytay “Secret” Restaurants Have You Tried?

by Maia Marquez
June 7, 2019

More than just for its cool breeze, Tagaytay known as a popular foodie destination—enough for Manila folk to be willing to drive down south simply for a yummy meal.

When someone brings up a Tagaytay food trip, whether spontaneous or planned, names like Balay Dako, Antonio’s, and Bag of Beans often come up, even when the city has many other restaurants just hiding in plain sight.

While there's nothing wrong with old favorites, for your next trip to the Windy Ridge, consider these not-so-secret secret restaurants in and near Tagaytay for a new kind of culinary experience. We promise, they’re worth the trip, too!

Milagros Private Kitchen

INSTAGRAM: @milagroshomecooking

For a truly intimate and special dining experience, Milagros Private Kitchen is the perfect choice. Strictly by reservation only, Milagros promises a private meal of personalized home-cooked fare prepared and served by their in-house cook, Chef Al. Feel right at home amidst its rustic ambiance, and let its exclusivity take your memorable milestones to another level.

Milagros Private Kitchen
1640 Maglabe Drive, Brgy. Guinhawa South
(0917) 465 4617
(0906) 204 3248

Aozora Japanese Restaurant

INSTAGRAM: @marylove_siy

Translating to “Blue Sky” in English and implying a heavenly dining experience, Aozora will transport you to a neighborhood restaurant in Japan. Specializing in high-quality, authentic Japanese food, it offers classics like maki, curry, teriyaki, and donburi among others—but what’s really worth trying is their Aozora Ramen, a playful fusion of the hearty noodle dish and the Tagaytay-famous bulalo.

Aozora Japanese Restaurant
SVD Road, corner Tagaytay-Calamba Road
(0936) 980 9656

Deli de San Honore

INSTAGRAM: @patriciagaw @lagunamommy @chris_tiu17

What once started as a home-based catering service in Quezon City has expanded into Deli de San Honore in Tagaytay. Paying homage to St. Honore, the patron saint of bakers, this garden-style bakery-restaurant specializes in homemade breads, on top of serving international dishes, comfort food, weekend specials, and desserts. Apart from the honest work owner and in-house chef Jeremy Joson puts into his dishes, Deli de San Honore also grows their own greens in the restaurant.

Deli de San Honore
Zambal Road, Brgy. Neogan
(0915) 959 1675

El Cocinero by Chef Arnaldo


Feel like you’ve been whisked away to Greece, Spain, and Italy all at once with just a short drive to Tagaytay. Tucked away inside La Bella Residences, El Cocinero serves you authentic Ibizan cuisine, making it a worthy stop for any Tagaytay food trip. With a blue and white Grecian façade on the outside and colorful Picasso-inspired artworks inside, you're in for a pleasant surprise. Prepare your tastebuds for a party of flavors like no other—their paella selection is one of the best in the country!

El Cocinero
La Bella Residences, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway
Neogan, Tagaytay
(0916) 341 2489

Siglo Modern Filipino

INSTAGRAM: @johnbunag @cacalooo

Touring the country’s 7,641 islands is no easy feat and may even be considered near-impossible—but traveling the Philippines through food can be done with just a trip to Tagaytay. Siglo Modern Filipino, which means “century” in English, puts together a hundred years' worth of heritage recipes from all over the country. Apart from using native ingredients like batuan, barako, adlai, and labuyo in their dishes, they also support local farmers and advocate local produce.

Siglo Modern Filipino
3500 Calamba Road, Sungay West
(02) 584 4090

Chateau Hestia Garden Restaurant and Deli

INSTAGRAM: @mikemnsyc

One of the more popular spots on this list, Chateau Hestia brings Europe’s old-world charm to the relaxing and scenic Tagaytay countryside. Named after the Goddess of the Hearth, this Austrian family-owned restaurant is where the owners share their fondness of good food and simple joys like genuine European cheeses, sausages, and wines. It’s flanked by lush greens, charming artwork, wooden décor, and colorful accents that give off a picturesque and worldly vibe.

Chateau Hestia
J. Hernandez St. Purok 5, Brgy. Bukal
Silang, Cavite (Near Tagaytay)
(0929) 711 3289
(0905) 352 4636

Trattoria Mario Mio

INSTAGRAM: @trattoriamariomio

More than an authentic Italian trattoria (an Italian resto serving simple food), Mario Mio is also L’Opera chef Paolo Nesi’s first farm-to-table concept restaurant. Nestled in the Monteluce complex, the trattoria uses only the freshest ingredients: freshly picked greens and vegetables, homemade dough, fresh pasta, and free-range poultry. Warm and homey, its Italian-inspired ambiance makes for a quality dining experience you shouldn’t miss out on.

Trattoria Mario Mio
Km 48, Aguinaldo Highway
Lalaan, Silang, Cavite (Near Tagaytay)
(0917) 166 7332)

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About Maia
Maia’s passions in life are to travel and tell stories. Born in the States and raised in Manila while having studied in France, her ultimate goal is to travel all countries of the world. While she’s not abroad, she spends time tanning at the beach, exploring the underwater world or chilling with her 15 dogs. Follow her adventures on her Instagram @maiawillseetheworld.

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