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10 Best Restaurants For Holiday Gatherings With Your Loved Ones

10 Best Restaurants For Holiday Gatherings With Your Loved Ones
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These dining spots are open this holiday weekend!

You’ve hustled hard amid the holiday rush, and Christmas is just a couple of days away. Traditionally you’d be dining at home—but in this day and age, there's no stopping you from heading out and celebrating at the best restaurants. 

If you're looking for spots that will remain open through the holidays, look no further than the list below! Aside from being open on December 24th and/or 25th; some even have specials lined up, too!

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1. Tatatito

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Filipino food is pretty much a fail-safe come Christmas time, especially when you’re with family. Trust Tatatito to deliver on those classic flavors, in an easy-breezy setting. The Legazpi Village spot is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the 24th and 12 to 8 p.m. on the 25th. Apart from their winning Crab Palabok and Roast Bistek Tagalog, their holiday specials—which include the likes of the Crab Relyeno (starts at P580) and Buco Pies (starts at P250)—are also worth sampling. Give them a call at 0917-862-4000.

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Tatatito is at OPL Building, Carlos Palanca Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, check out Tatatito’s Facebook page.

2. Metronome

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Up for a modern-French expedition? Metronome’s fashioned a special set lunch (P5500) and dinner (P8500) menu that's available on the 24th. Featured on both sets are courses of the likes of Bresse chicken (the coveted French chicken considered to be some of the best in the world!), artichoke (with an artichoke ragout and Tyrolean bacon), and Gateau au Gingembre (a dessert with the flavors of ginger, dates, and mulled wine). Give their hotline a ring at 0917-147-3776 to make a reservation.

Metronome is at G/F The Grand Midori, 160 Bolanos Street, Legazpi Village, Makati City. For more information, check out Metronome’s Facebook page.

3. Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar, Samba, and High Street Café

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These resident dining spots of Shangri-La The Fort will be open on the 24th and 25th, with their own respective specials. Hit up Raging Bull Chophouse & Bar if you’re up for a meat fest, as they’ve got a Christmas set menu (P5450) of premium meat and seafood cooked over the Josper grill. For a Peruvian fiesta, troop over to Samba and try Chef Carlo Huerta’s holiday lunch and dinner set menu (P3750). And if it’s variety you crave, High Street Café is the place to go. Don’t miss their Christmas eve and Christmas day dinner buffets (P3,900) on the 24th and 25th; their Noche Buena spread (P2,700) on the 24th; or their Christmas day lunch buffet (P3,900) on the 25th. Give the hotel a call at 0917-536-3287 or email eats.slfm@shangri-la.com to reserve your tables.

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Shangri-La The Fort is at 30th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, check out Shangri-La The Fort, Manila’s Facebook page.

4. Tomatito

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Maybe your idea of holiday cheer involves feisty flavors and a chic party-ready ambience. You can count on Tomatito to deliver on both aspects, and they’re open from 12 to 9 p.m. on the 24th and 25th! Tried-and-tested faves include the IG-famous Salmon TNT (P740) and Paella Cochinillo (P1995); also worth ordering up are their holiday specials of Roast Beef (P2195) and Pescado al Horno (P3955) a.k.a. baked lapu-lapu. Call them up at 0915-588-4803 to reserve.

Tomatito is at 30th Street corner 11th Avenue, Fort Bonifacio, Bonifacio Global City. For more information, check out Tomatito Manila’s Facebook page.

5. Spiral

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You’re in for a flavor-filled ride pretty much any time of the year at Sofitel’s resident buffet Spiral. But it’s especially fun to drop by come the holidays as they bring out big guns of the likes of Beef Wellington Royal, Luxury Seafood on Ice, Tomahawk Steak, turkey, and Glazed Leg of Ham. Catch their Christmas spread for dinner on December 24 (P6900) and for brunch on December 25 (P6,600). You can reach out to their hotline at 8832-6988 to save your seats.

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Spiral Buffet is at Sofitel Manila, CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City. For more information, visit Spiral Manila's Facebook page.

6. The Grid Food Market

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It can be challenging to decide on just one restaurant that’ll please groups of friends or family with varied interests. Enter food halls, like The Grid Food Market and its stalls covering a wide range of cuisines. They’ve got everything from Southeast-Asian staples from Babu and Flower Boy, to Chinese eats from White Flower Tea House and Pilya’s Kitchen, to Umami Fried Chicken from Bad Bird, to spunky tacos from La Chinesca, to good ol’ burgers and steaks at Beefier, and more. The Grid will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the 24th and 12 to 9 p.m. on the 25th; you know what to do.

The Grid Food Market is at 2/F Power Plant Mall, Rockwell, Makati City. For more information, check out The Grid Food Market's Facebook page.

7. Gloria Maris Greenhills

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Christmas-day hakaw or Peking duck, anyone? Gloria Maris is an institution that’ll please everyone from your lolo and lola to your five-year-old nieces and nephews. They’ll be open between 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the 24th and the 25th; save your tables by calling 8570-0921.

Gloria Maris Greenhills is at Missouri Street, Greenhills, San Juan City. For more information, check out Gloria Maris Restaurant Greenhills’ Facebook page.

8. Tapenade

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Discovery Primea’s Tapenade restaurant dishes out Mediterranean eats all year ‘round. On the 24th they’ll be having a dinner buffet spread (P5000) with everything from antipasti to brick-oven pizza to meaty eats like Osso Bucco, and more. Come December 25, the the buffet will also have baked rice dishes, Lamb Navarin, and a hearty Seafood Bouillabaisse. Give them a ring at 7955-8888.

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Tapenade is at Discovery Primea, 6749 Ayala Avenue, Makati City. For more information, check out Discovery Primea’s Facebook page.

9. Blackbird

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Dining out with your special someone? Well worth considering is Ayala Triangle’s famous Blackbird, what with its subdued elegance and topnotch continental-Asian eats by Chef Colin McKay. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the 24th, and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the 25th. Take your pick from their ala-carte fan faves such as the Twice Cooked Beef Short Ribs, Sweet Fish Sauce, Hot and Sour Salad (P980) and  Prawn Scotch Eggs, Betel Leaves, and Coconut Chili Sambal (P320). Give them a call at 8828-4888 for reservations.

Blackbird is at Nielson Tower, Ayala Triangle, Makati City. For more information, check out Blackbird at the Nielson Tower’s Facebook page.

10. Kazunori

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Japanese might not be the first cuisine that comes to mind for Christmas, but there’s really no reason you can’t go for it this time of the year. For exceptional renditions in Manila, Kazunori is a reliable—everything from their sashimi to their donburi to their noodles and more features great-quality ingredients from the Japan. They’ll be open for dinner on the 24th and the 25th; go for the first seating from 6 to 7:45 p.m., or the second seating from 8 to 9:45 p.m.

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Kazunori is at 2301 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City. For more information, check out Kazunori Japanese Restaurant / Kazu Cafe’s Facebook page.

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