5 Dining Places in Rizal You Must Try

Rizal province is a well-known respite for nature and art lovers. Its close proximity to Metro Manila makes it accessible to metro dwellers who want to immerse themselves in art and nature during the weekends.

Aside from having nature reserves and art galleries, Rizal is also an emerging food tripping destination. Here are five dining places in the province that you might want to try out post-pandemic:

Dap-ayan Restaurant


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Dap Ayan Restaurant in San Mateo, Rizal is the place to go to if you want to experience alfresco dining. Here, you’ll enjoy outdoor dining similar to romantic restaurant setups in Italy but with Filipino aesthetics and comfort food. Enjoy dishes such as goto, bagnet, arroz caldo, kare-kare, native lechon, and various milk tea flavors.


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Satiate your love for Korean barbecue and side dishes at Zamgyupzilla in Birmingham Alberto, a private subdivision in the town of San Mateo. Zamgyupzilla offers various types of pork, beef, and chicken cuts, side dishes, sauces, and other Korean barbecue staples. It offers a more affordable price compared to other unlimited samgyeopsal restaurants. But due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, Zamgyupzilla is currently open for take-out and home delivery only. You’ll be able to enjoy your favorite marinated meats and other Korean condiments at home.

Bulawan Floating Restaurant

Situated in Tanay, the Bulawan Floating Restaurant is the ideal dining spot to enjoy pristine views and great food. While the restaurant isn’t exactly floating on a river or lake, the surrounding fish ponds and water features create the impression that you are aboard a floating place. Bulawan Floating Restaurant also offers fishing sessions to their customers. Try catching your meal with a bamboo fishing rod and wait for the staff to prepare your fresh catch for you.

Kaulayaw Cafe

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Now let’s go to Antipolo City and check out Kaulayaw Cafe. The restaurant and coffee shop offers a balance between urban and natural aesthetics, making it the perfect spot to unwind after work. From your seat, you can enjoy the romantic view of the sunset hitting the Metro Manila skyline.

Kaulayaw Cafe is also the perfect place for coffee lovers to explore various flavors. The cafe offers coffee beans from Sagada, Benguet, and their own blend called Kaulayaw. Patrons of the cafe recommend pairing their coffee brews with Makisig toast, which is sourdough bread topped with egg, beef tapa, red radish, dill, spinach sauce, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Lutong Pugon

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Enjoy Italian cuisine without flying to Italy by going to Little Pugon, another eatery in Tanay, Rizal. At first glance, the entryway to the restaurant doesn’t seem fancy. However, inside Little Pugon, you’ll see rustic interiors with a bohemian touch. Given the number of gourmet dishes on the menu, you’ll surely have a taste of Italy right at the hilly terrains of Rizal.


Rizal province is a hotspot for unwinding and satiating your desire for local and foreign flavors. These five dining places are excellent destinations that you can visit in Rizal during the weekends and holiday seasons.


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