Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tagaytay: Antonio's Fine Dining

Antonio's Fine Dining, Tagaytay

The places that automatically come to mind when thinking of 'fine dining' in the Philippines are few and far between. But one name that hardly breaks a sweat when being the restaurant that a person mentions when thinking about this topic. This name is the (dare I use the term) legendary Antonio's. Antonio's Fine Dining is a classy restaurant located in the cool mountains of Tagaytay just south of Metro Manila that is known for their impeccable taste in full course meals. Read more after the jump:

Roasted Duck Breast topped with Pan Seared Foie Gras and Red Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes, Berries and Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Jus. (Read more about it below)

I've always heard about Antonio's. The key take away from whatever I've heard about this place always boils down to three things: the food, the place and the price. The food, as they all say, is excellent. The place, as you would believe, makes you feel like you're not in the Philippines; and as for the price? You guessed it, it'll put a hole in that trusty old wallet of yours. After my girlfriend and I came from our dining experience there, I can say that these three facts are true. But rather than see the third point (price) as negative, I would say that you get what you pay for and the entire experience is worth it. (Lol I know this sounds like I am justifying the exorbitant amount we spent for our meals there, but really, it was worth it ;) )

Aside from ordering the main entrees which came with a salad, soup and dessert, we ordered this  Portebello Mushroom Souffle with a thick and creamy Gruyere Cheese sauce (Php 350) as an extra appetizer. We drowned the hapless souffle with this sinful white sauce.

Making Reservations:

I decided to bring my girlfriend to Antonio's Fine Dining in Tagaytay during Valentine's Day lunch. I purposely picked lunch time because I knew the traffic getting there during before dinner time would be crazy as well as the fact that reservations for dinner would virtually be non-existent. Even though I was playing it safe with a lunch reservation, I still e-mailed the reservations staff ( 2 months in advance on the first working day of the year which was around January 2. Luckily we got the reservation.

If you're planning on heading to Antonio's during peak days (Christmas, Valentines, holidays), please do reserve in advance. The reservation staff are very helpful and do their best to confirm with you multiple times before the date of your coming.

Ordering Entrees:

Let me make something clear, we initially thought that the entrees listed on the main menu of Antonios were stand alone dishes, we didn't know that if you ordered an entree, you were entitled to a full course meal which includes salad, soup, main dish, dessert and coffee or tea.

Anyway, my girlfriend order the entree that we liked the most which was the Roasted Duck Breast (Php 1,800). I had the Grilled Lambribs (Php 1,650) which was also good in its own right but bowed down to the duck in our opinion. Again, these came with salad, soup, dessert and coffee or tea. Read more about the details in the pictures below: 

The first course of our meal, Antonio's House Salad. Organic greens, walnuts, blue cheese, cranberries and currants drizzled with a distinct raspberry vinaigrette.

Second course was a hearthy Prawn Bisque which was very flavorful. I don't know what that bread thing was, but it was peppered with sesame seeds and it accompanied the soup really well for us.

The first main course of what we ordered, Grilled Lambribs glazed with peppered baebeque sauce on a plate of interestingly labled Pumpkin Sage Rosini (who eats pumpkin? Well I did I guess haha)

...and this is why we came to Antonios. A tremendous Roasted Duck Breast topped with pan seared Foie Gras. It was served with a side of Red Cabbage and Mashed Potatoes and bathed in Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Jus (Don't ask me what that is, I don't exactly know haha but it was good!)

Dessert was served with coffee for a delightful finish to this wonderful meal. I think this was a Mandarin Orange Sorbet. Not sure though. But it was very refreshing and zesty!

and this was a Panna Cotta with Honeycomb Caramelo. A very thick and creamy treat combined well with the natural honeycomb.
The Place

The grounds of Antonio's can only be described by saying that it is the perfect Philippine house on a hill. It has huge windows that generously let in the cool Tagaytay breeze. This breeze mingles well with the amount of light let in through the windows. The landscaping and gardening is also very good as the entire house gives off a very natural & organic vibe mixed with the luxurious and classical charm of the place. (Note the pillows embroidered with the Antonio's 'A' and vintage knicknacks here and there.)

The interiors. Breezy and light, cheerfully relaxed and classy. 

This is more or less what the feel of the house is like. Wide open windows and lots of greens,

After our meal, we wandered around the large property and stumbled upon the newly constructed Lanai Lounge. The servers told us that the drinks there are particularly good. I will have to try that out some other time. 

The Menu and Price

As I said earlier, you get what you pay for. If you're planning a trip to Antonio's, you better allocate at least Php 2,000 per person for a full course meal.

Here's their most recent menu. Click on the pictures below to enlarge. (All images are taken from the Antonio's website at

Contact Details:

Address: Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, Batangas, Philippines

Address Notes:

  • Careful when using Google Maps or Waze to get you to Antonios! The locations are all screwed up. We got lost following both Google Maps and Waze. They show the general vicinity of where Antonio's is in, but it is not precise.
  • Antonio's is a closed compound near a barangay with small houses. Once you see a beautiful wood and metal gate, you will know you have reached Antonio's. (Beep at the gate and a guard will check your reservation)

For a more precise location, check the map pasted below: (Click image to enlarge)

***Reservations Only***

Contact Number: +63.917.899.2866 or +63.918.899.2866.

Operating Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM




  • Does not serve breakfast.
  • Requires smart casual (says so on the website and reservation list) but we saw people there simply in T-shirts and pants, please don't be like this. Keep the management's wishes of maintaining a smart casual atmosphere. Respect the food!
  • Accepts credit cards.

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