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8 Restaurants for Your Intimate Wedding

From the north to the south of the metro

With a smaller guest list comes the need for smaller spaces. Now that intimate weddings are the norm, you may want to consider venues that were once quite unimaginable for a wedding if you had a 300 pax guest list. Choosing a smaller venue like a restaurant can give your wedding a cozier feel and might be a wiser option than celebrating at home, since you can be assured that safety protocols will be followed and mandated by the venue. You can also cut back on dressing up the venue as restaurants are already designed beautifully, versus complete transformations of blank spaces or homes.

We rounded up eight of our favorite restaurants that accept private functions and weddings. Find out which of these could be your intimate wedding venue!

1. XO 46 Heritage Bistro

Where: Multiple locations

What could be more comforting as you gather your nearest and dearest than a melange of our favorite Filipino dishes? XO 46 Heritage Bistro serves treasured recipes from all over the country with the goal of keeping the Filipino Heritage alive. Apart from its gorgeous interiors, this restaurant–particularly the S Maison branch–is loved by couples for its Manila Bay sunset view. It can be the perfect setting for both a ceremony and reception, or an outdoor reception.

2. Romulo Cafe

Where: Multiple locations

Here is another beloved restaurant for gatherings and intimate weddings, even before the pandemic. Romulo Cafe also serves up a dose of history together with “good old-fashioned Filipino food”. The cafe, named after Carlos P. Romulo, remembers the days when he was ambassador and entertaining diplomats in their home with his wife Virginia’s recipes. Romulo Cafe has locations in Quezon City, Makati, and Alabang.

3. Lola Cafe

Where: New Manila, Tomas Morato, Mandaluyong City, and Pasay City

Lola Cafe offers event packages that start at P650 per head which includes soup, vegetable, starter, pasta, rice, fish, chicken, pork, and dessert. Its different venues can hold 40-80 pax during GCQ, depending on the specific location. Merienda package is also available at P450 per head and you can easily add on or upgrade your package with favorites like US Angus Rib Eye Roast, Truffle Lengua, or Prawns in Aligue. Lola Cafe offers a convenient package that includes already includes basic sound system and projector and screen. A minimum of 15 guests is required to avail of the package. To know more, visit Lola Cafe’s site.

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4. Palm Grill

Where: Tomas Morato

Hail from the southern part of the Philippines? Palm Grill serves authentic cuisine from Southern Mindanao, “specifically Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi”. If you’re simply just a foodie and lover of all our cuisines, consider Palm Grill located at Tomas Morato for your wedding! The restaurant has hosted wedding ceremonies and receptions during the pandemic and couples love mixing its sleek black and wood modern interiors with soft details fresh or dried flowers and a bit of foliage.

5. Mateo’s Restaurant

Where: Quezon City

Love a good Spanish meal? Mateo’s Restaurant is well-loved for its take on the cuisine, serving favorites like paella, lingua mushroom sauce, and callos. Get started with their tapas, like croquettes con chorizo, gambas, or calamares. Mateo’s Restaurant is also known for its desserts so you may want to look into including your wedding cake in your package. Visit Mateo’s Restaurant Facebook page to see more of their recent intimate weddings.

6. Neil’s Kitchen

Where: Alabang, Muntinlupa City

Neil’s Kitchen located at Westgate Alabang is a neighborhood favorite. It is popular for its Singang Paella Grilled Pork Belly and Bagoong Paella with Kare Kare. Couples and families have chosen Neil’s Kitchen to host their intimate celebrations long before the pandemic so the restaurant is no stranger to special events. Because it is located inside a commercial complex, parking will also be easy for your loved ones.

7. Blackbird at the Nielson Tower

Where: Makati City

For Fine Dining option, Blackbird at the Nielson Tower will not disappoint. Private dining is available at certain areas of the restaurant like The Cabin, which can seat up to 12 guests in one long table or the Garden & Terrace depending on weather conditions. The Grill Room, where sunlight pours in during day time complements the restaurant’s art deco interiors and would look lovely over a lunch reception. Exclusive use of Blackbird can be arranged via Jonathan Migné at events@blackbird.com.ph.

8. The Frazzled Cook

Where: Quezon City

Looking for a space with a bit more quirk? The Frazzled Cook might be your perfect match. The restaurant is loved for its “international cuisine with quirky home-cook style” and its interiors match the entire concept. Couples have booked The Frazzled Cook for both their ceremony and reception and some have opted to elevate the restaurant with floral styling. You can get just the right mix of the relaxed homey feel with the elegance of a milestone event here at The Frazzled Cook.

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