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Tagaytay Restaurants: 75 reviews and 182 photos

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Josephine Restaurant: Filipino Favorites and Seafoods

Josephine is one of the oldest Filipino Restaurants in the Country. They offer good ole Filipino Cuisine and comfort foods and filipino fusion cuisine. They started in the 1960's in cavite province and branched out to Manila and to Tagaytay City. Their Specialties Include the Filipino Version of the French Bouillabase recently renamed "Mutya Ng Cavite". This is their branch in Tagaytay City.

Opens 11:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday

According to their website:

In 1965, Alfonso Sarayba, Sr., whom family and friends called Ponso, bought 8 hectares of fishpond in the town of Kawit, Cavite. Fishponds were considered especially good sources of income, but Ponso wanted to transform his fishpond into something different. What he had in mind was building a housing subdivision over land he was going to reclaim from it.

Despite numerous obstacles and relatives' thinking him crazy, Ponso was not discouraged. He borrowed money from friends to raise enough capital for his business plan. This was considered a pioneer undertaking then because land reclamation was not the usual practice at the time.

During the construction of the housing subdivision, someone thought of opening an eatery. The fish were plentiful and the workers needed to eat. Ponso opened the restaurant and named it after his wife, Josephine, whom many called Josie.

On December 22, 1966, the first Josephine Restaurant opened to the public. The people came in droves. They were eager to leave the hectic city life in Manila to enjoy the provincial air that boosted their appetite for fresh seafood.

Josie took over the entire business and imparted her culinary skills to her growing number of employees. JOSEPHINE RESTAURANT, The Home of Fresh Seafood became the family's major line of business.

Favorite Dish: My favorites are the "Mutya Ng Cavite Soup" a seafood medley patterned after the french bouillabase soup at 450 pesos an order. The Sizzling Bulalo Steak at 500 pesos an order. The Grilled Liempo at 400 pesos an order and more.

They Also have Buffets:

Breakfast Buffet Weekends:
-P410.00+ per person
-P310.00+ children below 4ft
-P100 discount for no left over
Lunch Buffet
Weekends:
-P495.00+ per person
-P395.00+ children below 4ft
-P100 discount for no left over

Address: Km. 58 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika West

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: Km. 58 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Maharlika West, Tagaytay City

Other Contact: (046) 413.1802

Phone: (046) 413.1801

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Website: http://www.josephinerestaurant.com/

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  • Updated Mar 16, 2012
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"The Grill" By Antonio's: Third of Antonio's Restaurants

The Grill by Antonio is the third and the cheapest restaurant owned by Sous Chef Antonio Escalante in Tagaytay City. If Antonio's Garden was gourmet european fusion cuisine and Antonio's All Day Breakfast is European Style Breakfast, The Grill is Filipino food, specifically Illongo Cuisine (from Iloilo province) of which he came from. Basically most meals available here are grilled but not all. They have an ecletic selection of assorted filipino dishes and comfort food too.

Favorite Dish: Chicken Inasal (grilled Chicken w/ lemongrass, this is similar to grilled vietnamese chicken that I sometimes wonder if many asian cuisine use lemongrass as seasoning in grilling chicken) thigh cost about 120 pesos (2.40 USD), chicken breast at 100 pesos. Bulalo at 400 pesos, Sizzling Bulalo Steak at 500 pesos. Inihaw na Liempo (grilled pork belly) at 250 pesos. Shrimp Sinigang at 400 pesos an order.

Opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday

Address: One Destination, Aguinaldo Highway Tagaytay

Comparison: about average

Directions: One Destination, Aguinaldo Highway Tagaytay City

Phone: (63)917-899 2866

Price: US$11-20

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Website: http://tagaytayridge.blogspot.com

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 15, 2012
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Antonio's Garden: Antonio's Garden in Tagaytay

Antonio's Garden (owned by fine dining chef Antonio Escalante) is a fine-dining restaurant in Barangay Niugan in Tagaytay serving gourmet food. It is in the Top Ten Restuarants in Asia according to the Miele Guide. It is the most high end of antonio's restaurants in tagaytay. the other restos are Antonio's All Day Breakfast and Antonio's Grill.The place is tucked discreetly into Tagaytay's interior, about 2 kilometers from the main road. The landmark is when you see a large radar dome (not the square radars on the left side of the highway!)with a road going through it on the right side, then turn right through it. Antonio's Garden has a big welcome sign at the gate, then go through a dirt road towards a wooden gate that welcomes you through a parking space and lush garden. There are several eating levels - an outdoor garden with a pond full of colorful Koi or a veranda overlooking the Tagaytay landscape. There's a variety of starters, from cream of white onion soup to cream of tomato soup and coffee souffle. Salad with foie-gras (glazed) come with purplish dressing (raspberry vinaigrette).

Antonio's menu includes a wide selection of main courses, which includes seafoods (scallops swimming on creamy sauce or tasty seabass, a house specialty) and steaks. A child's meal includes soup, main course, mashed potato and a scoop of ice cream. For dessert, chocolate souffle is worth checking out.

Favorite Dish: Antonio's Trio - certified Black Angus terderloin medallion with béarnaise sauce, Lyonnaise potato, lamb cutlet with cardamon beurre blanc with gnocci, (The black angus tenderloin was as tender as it gets - well cooked on the outside, pink and juicy on the inside. The lamb was tender and seasoned just right leaving enough of its gamey taste intact). grilled Chillean seabass on truffle creamed mushrooms. That included farm-picked garden salad (like Sonia's Garden), tomato soup, dessert (double chocolate soufflé) and coffee. But my favorite was the US Black Angus 16 ounce Ribeye Steak which is good for 2 persons and served with AU Jus with freshly baked Bread. Price? about 1800 pesos (expensive by philippine standards but this kind of menu would cost about 50 dollars (2,800 pesos) in the states.

Address: Barangay Neogan, Purok 7, Tagaytay

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: From the highway (ridge), turn right when you see the radar station. Look for Antonio's farm signage in Barangay Neogan, Purok 7. The farm is after a cursillo house; turn left after 200 meters of concrete road.

Other Contact: (63)917-819-1022.

Phone: (63)917-899-28-66

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 18, 2011
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Bag of Beans: British Pies and Coffee BARAKO plus ALAMID!

Bag of Beans, a coffee house, is just a few meters past Mendez Crossing and is one of Tagaytay's garden-themed cafés. This cozy place, owned by a couple named Eric (an Englishman) and Chat, sells pies and cookies they themselves bake and are served with locally brewed coffee. It's actually a coffee shop, bakery and a garden restaurant all rolled into one.

The café has become a popular stopover for those on the lookout for an authentic English menu and a place to unwind after a round of binge eating. Its specialty are Home Made British Style Pies that come in different flavors--Shepherd's Pie, Steak Pie, Apple Pie--and are fairly priced (about 50 pesos for the cheapest) Pies can also be ordered on a 24-hour notice.

Also on the menu are Pies 'n' Mash, Bangers and roast beef. A huge helping of Fish and Chips, an authentic British recipe, comes alongside a variety of omelettes and sausages.

Freshly baked bread comes with different flavors--raisins, wheat and white bread--and makes for an alternative "pasalubong" from Tagaytay, instead of the usual buko pie or pineapples.

Bag of Beans' coffee, grown from Amadeo town in Cavite, is a legend. A bottomless cup comes for about P40. Packed coffee beans are ready to be taken home too. This garden café has an element of wildlife thrown in with a pet monkey playfully pulling off tricks while rabbits roam around in an enclosure. Beans also offers a place for those looking for overnight accommodation.

Favorite Dish: Bag of Beans Excelsa (Baraco) Blend which sells for Php184.80 (a bit less US$4) for a 500 gram bag of ground coffee. Baraco coffee, is a type of coffee grown only in the Philippines, particularly in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite. It belongs to the species Coffea Liberica which has more than twice the caffeine content of arabica coffee. Arabica Robusta (combination of Robusta and Arabica Coffees) Blend for Php235.20 (US$5) for a 500 gram bag. Tropical Blend is made from roasted and ground excelsa, robusta and arabica beans. Tropical Brew retails for PhpP120 (a bit less than US$3) for a 500 gram bag.

Steak Pie at 60 Pesos, COFFE ALAMID (coffee harvested from droppings of the Civet Cat or Alamid in Tagalog, also known as Coffee Luwak in Indonesia and Weasel Coffee in Vietnam, this type of coffee is the most expensive int the world! more expensive than arabian sanani, ethiopian sidamo or kona coffee!) at 117.50 pesos a cup (cheaper than in Bo's Coffee which is 240 pesos a cup). Coffee Alamid is Philippine civet coffee that comes only from the sweetest coffee cherries of the Philippine forests. The palm civets that naturally propagate the sugar palm trees are also the same civets that choose and eat these ripe cherries. The beans are then fermented in the digestive system of the civets, then excreted as whole beans. The coffee farmers pick these civet droppings during coffee season.Coffee Alamid when roasted, has sweet, chocolatey aroma that heightens the senses. It is light and naturally sweet. Its fine and smooth taste is perfect for a good morning start. It is a winning formula during high power meetings. Enjoy it black and pure to savor its true taste and aroma.

*note that arabica coffee is smooth domesticated coffee found at starbucks and regular coffee shops, robusta is strong coffee added to instant coffee to add flavor and taste!, liberica is wild coffee thus is exotic.

Address: 3650 Aguinaldo Highway Mendez Crossing,Tagaytay

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: Address: 3650 Aguinaldo Highway, Mendez Crossing West, Tagaytay City

Phone: (6346)413-2724.

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Coffeehouse

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Cafe Platito ATBP: quaint cafe at the Cliffhouse Tagaytay Complex

a quaint cafe among the dining options in the chic cliffhouse tagaytay complex

Favorite Dish: the brazilian rib ey steak

Comparison: about average

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2010
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Lobby Lounge at Taal Vista: fun place to Relax

a nice place to just lounge around and relax and have a light snack or meal and hace a cocktail.

Favorite Dish: the chicharon bulaklak (deep fried pork pancreas)

Comparison: about average

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

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  • Updated Aug 26, 2010
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Starbucks Tagaytay City: A Starbucks with A View

this starbucks comes with a view of the smallest volcano of the world in the Tagaytay Ridge , the taal volcano in Batangas City.

Address: Tagaytay City

Comparison: about average

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Coffeehouse

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  • Written Nov 16, 2009
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Cafe At The Ridge: Main Resto of Taal Vista

serving international buffett and ala carte dishes

Address: Tagaytay City

Comparison: more expensive than average

Price: US$21-30

Rating: 5

Theme: Buffet

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  • Written Jun 18, 2009
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Alfonso's Diner: Main Dining Area of Royale Tagaytay Estates

intrnational flavors and resto

Address: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite Province

Comparison: about average

Directions: Barangay Buck Estate, Alfonso, Cavite Province

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Eclectic/International

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  • Written Jan 7, 2009
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Mushroomburger, burger that dared to be different: Mushroom Farm and Burger Joint!

Once upon a time, in the not-so-distant past [the late ’70s actually], back when this archipelago weren’t as dominated by jolly bees or red-haired clowns, there was one burger chain that stood out from the rest for being, well, deliciously unique. No doubt, Mushroom Burger created such a splash when it came out that not a few boldly predicted that it would actually put us in the world map of burgers.

Mushroom Burger was cocnceptualized and founded by enterprenuer Alberto Dy in 1978 in Tagaytay City while selling freh mushroom at his farm where he heard a comment from a swiss tourist that mushrooms cost more than beef in their country hence he sparked on an idea to mix it together and form a hamburger.

Mushroom Burger isn’t exactly a “chain” as it has only two branches [one in picturesque Tagaytay and another on West Avenue in Quezon City. But the deficiency in numbers proved more of a boon than a bane since it is one of the famous things to do here in Tagaytay City!

Favorite Dish: It was like their burgers: delicious as very distinctive and the cheapest mushroom burger is 30 pesos only and the 2 layer patty (like a Big Mac) at 79 pesos. The spaghetti with mushroom is priced at 55 pesos. A Purely Mushroom Burger with creamy mayonanaise costs 52 pesos a bun. The

Hong Kong Rice was another winner wherein you have 2 mushroom inspired toppings with steamed rice and egg drop soup at 80 pesos.

Address: 70 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City

Comparison: least expensive

Directions: 70 Gen. Aguinaldo Highway, Tagaytay City, Cavite Province, Philippines (just after Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay)

Price: less than US$10

Rating: 5

Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 1, 2007
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