Top 10 Dating Spots in Cebu

Top 10 Dating Spots in Cebu

No. 1 – La Vie in the Sky

This place will take your dating experience to new heights

La Vie in the Sky has got to be one of the best dating spots in the metro when you are looking for great ambiance. Sitting on an elevated location, this restaurant and winery gives you a jaw-dropping view of the city skyline during the day and a great scene of the metro’s night lights after sunset. You can order from their selection of multi-cuisine (mostly French and Italian dishes) and they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Expect to spend north of USD60 for a dinner for 2, especially if you decide to get their steak, which is a must-try. La Vie in the Sky accepts cash and credit card payments. After your dinner date, you can lounge on the resto’s patio overlooking the metro and enjoy La Vie’s original craft beer or one of their signature wines. With its exquisite dining experience, photo worthy interior design, and romantic view, this restaurant and winery will surely elevate your dating game.

  • Pros:Best ambiance for a romantic night
  • Cons:Traveling to the location can be a feat if you take public transportation
  • Business Hours:10 AM to 2AM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Price Range:$$
  • References:La Vie Facebook Page

No. 2 – Anzani

Sophisticated and romantic high-class dining

Figure 1 Photo credit: Anzani Website

Anzani Restaurant is one of the most posh dining spots in Cebu. Owned and operated by Cebu’s very own Kate Anzani and her husband, renowned Chef Marco Anzani who are both very hands on in running the business, this restaurant offers an upscale, artisanal flair but still with a hint of a homey feel. The great quality of service of their staff also speaks volumes of how superb the dining experience is at Anzani. You may opt to dine inside or enjoy the romantic view in the al fresco dining area. You can expect to spend north of USD150 for a dinner for 2, even more should you decide to go for Chef Marco’s famous degustation dinner. With its sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine, romantic atmosphere and skyline view of Nivel Hills, this restaurant is a great place to bring your date for a deluxe dinner date.

  • Pros:High end and romantic dining experience that is not intimidating
  • Cons:Can be quite pricey
  • Business Hours:11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM to 12 AM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Price Range:$$$
  • References:Anzani Website

No. 3 – Dolce Cafe

Sweet spot for a sweet after-dinner dessert

Dolce Cafe can seem very daunting and posh due to its upscale look and ambiance but it’s actually pretty reasonable budget-wise. You can take your date here for coffee and dessert after dinner. The view will give you that extra romantic atmosphere at the al fresco seating area with a great overlooking sight that is conducive for a good conversation. Without breaking the bank, a stop here for delectable choices cakes and sweets that will satisfy yours and your date’s sweet tooth will cost you only north of USD15 for 2.

  • Pros:Inexpensive yet great place to stop for dessert and coffee
  • Cons:It’s easier to get to the location via private car especially when you plan to stay until midnight
  • Business Hours:7AM to 1AM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Price Range:$
  • References:Dolce Cafe Facebook Page

No. 4 – Mr. A Bar & Restaurant

Who says a romantic date has to cost you an arm and a leg?

Mr. A’s Bar and Restaurant is another excellent location for dinner with a breath-taking overlooking view. This restaurant is most preferred by locals and foreign tourists alike due to its sumptuous selection of Filipino dishes that are reasonably priced. You can expect to spend north of USD30 and you and your date will be sure to satisfy your gastronomic cravings for great Filipino cooking. Since prices here are not sky high, and the place is also preferred for locals and foreigners for night-outs, the crowd can get pretty thick especially during the weekends. If you don’t mind the crowd, you can have a nice intimate and inexpensive dinner date at their al fresco dining area with an amazing view of Cebu’s night skyline.

  • Pros:Breathtaking view and inexpensive food
  • Cons:Can get crowded during the weekends
  • Business Hours:12PM to 2AM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Price Range:$
  • References:Mr. A Bar and Restaurant Facebook Page

No. 5 – La Vie Parisienne

What can be more romantic than Cebu’s “Little Paris”?

La Vie Parisienne
Figure 2 Photo credit: La Vie Parisienne Website

La Vie Parisienne, translated as the ‘Parisian Life’ is Cebu’s very own Little Paris in the heart of the hustling and bustling city. Paris is considered by many as the most romantic city in the world because of the scenic Eiffel Tower and the Seine, and its history embedded with art and literature in the Romantic era. This concept is translated into the restaurant’s cozy and romantic ambiance and exquisite French cuisine. Their al fresco seating at the garden area boasts of artificial cherry blossom trees with LED lights that gives that romantic look and feel. You can expect to spend north of USD50 for an intimate and truly romantic dinner for 2.

  • Pros:They have a wine cellar with artisanal brews and spirits
  • Cons:Can get pretty busy during peak hours
  • Business Hours:9AM-3AM (Sundays to Wednesdays); 9AM to 4AM (Thursdays to Saturdays)
  • Price Range:$$
  • References:La Vie Parisienne Website

No. 6 – Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant

A view of the sea will surely take your date’s breath away

Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant offers an authentic native Filipino dining experience with a unique feature of an al fresco style on a floating restaurant. This place has a beautiful view of the sea and the skyline of Cebu City seen from afar. It has a spectacular sunset scene that is quite romantic. You can expect to spend north of USD40 for a dinner for 2. You may need to call in for reservation, especially for dinner during peak seasons like weekends and special occasions like Valentines, Graduations, etc. as the place can get packed.

  • Pros:Open air dinner date experience with a romantic sunset view
  • Cons:Getting to the location can be quite a challenge
  • Business Hours:10AM to 11PM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Price Range:$
  • References:Lantaw Floating Restaurant Facebook Page

No. 7 – Balay sa Busay

Romantic, homey ambiance with a spectacular city view

Balay sa Busay is another mountain top restaurant in Cebu City where couples can go and enjoy sumptuous Filipino dishes. Some of their dishes have unique takes on the regular Filipino cuisine that is enjoyed by both locals and foreigners alike. The restaurant has beautiful overlooking scenery and a very homey feel. You can enjoy a delicious meal for two without worrying about exorbitant prices. They also have indoor or al fresco dining options that will give you a romantic scenic view of Cebu City’s skyline. You can expect to spend north of USD50 for a fully satisfying dinner for two inclusive of dessert and drinks. While getting here, like most of the mountain top restaurants on this list can be quite a challenge for those without private cars, the trip to this restaurant is really worth it!

  • Pros:Rustic yet romantic ambiance
  • Cons:The place can get packed during peak hours
  • Business Hours:11AM to 11PM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Price Range:$
  • References:Balay Sa Busay Facebook Page

No. 8 – Circa 1900

Giving that vintage and rustic colonial romantic mood

Circa 1900
Figure 3 Photo credit: Circa 1900 Website

Circa 1900 has got to be one of the most unique dining spots in the city. It offers modern international dishes that will leave you and your date in sheer gastronomic bliss. While their menu is contemporary, the design is quite the paradox! It has that gorgeous Vintage Cebu ambiance that will make you travel back in time. The restaurant is a sprawling colonial era ancestral home converted to a two-part restaurant and events venue. The owners decided to retain its old-Cebu charm and beauty, making it a standout in the now highly urbanized metro. You may opt to dine and go at Casa Uno (House 1) or you can take your date on a dip at their pool at Casa Dos (House 2). You can expect to spend north of USD70, complete with dinner and probably a nightcap at their Cicada bar. This restaurant will surely give your and your date a wonderful and one of kind nostalgic and romantic experience.

  • Pros:A romantic vintage break from the busy city life
  • Cons:You’ll need to call in for reservation
  • Business Hours:11AM to 11PM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • Price Range:$$
  • References:Circa 1900 Website

No. 9 – Parilya Restaurant

A romantic restaurant by the sea

Parilya Restaurant is a great place if you want to enjoy a romantic dinner for two while enjoying the sea view and breeze. Although it’s typically frequented by large groups of friends or families, the scenic view of the bay and the ships passing through are quite a sight to behold while dining. The restaurant is one of the many business ventures of veteran restauranteurs in the metro. They have a track record of offering food establishments that serve great food at reasonable prices and Parilya is no exception. The restaurant also offers indoor or al fresco seating. The outdoor seating space will give you that great romantic view. You can expect to spend north of USD50 for a solid dinner for 2. Although it can get quite busy and crowded, you can still enjoy the serenity from the sounds of the sea waves and the wonderful view. This seaside restaurant is a definite must-try if you are looking forward to a romantic evening.

  • Pros:Authentic Filipino cuisine by Cebu’s most trusted and veteran restaurateurs
  • Cons:You’ll need to get here by cab or private car
  • Business Hours:$
  • Price Range:10AM to 10PM (Mondays to Sundays)
  • References:Parilya Facebook Page

No. 10 – The Pyramid

A romantic bistro with unique elegance

The Pyramid Cebu has an elegant one of a kind aesthetics as it draws its inspiration from the pyramid in Paris, France’s Louvre museum. If you want to end your night with a quick nightcap of cocktails after your dinner date, this is a great place to swing by. More of a bistro than a full restaurant, you will find a limited variety of food items on the menu. However, you can choose from their house specialty cocktails that are great for a late night and intimate conversation. You can expect to spend north of USD50 for light meals and cocktail drinks for 2. They only offer indoor seating but with their clear plexiglass exteriors, you will still get to enjoy an outdoor dining feel. The Pyramid’s dim pink and purple ambience lighting at night will add to that romantic late night date.

  • Pros:Unique and elegant architectural design
  • Cons:Limited food options
  • Business Hours:10AM to 3AM (Sundays to Wednesdays); 10AM to 4AM (Thursdays to Saturdays)
  • Price Range:$$
  • References:The Pyramid Cebu Facebook Page