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[dropcap letter="W"]hen you’re on a first date, especially if it’s with someone you’re really interested in, you’d want to be relaxed, pleasant and engaging. The last thing you’d want is to worry about the food, the service or how the music’s so loud you can barely hear each other. Here are 8 restaurants that can make your first date a little easier.

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Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St cor Greenbelt Drive, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 625-2792 | Facebook

Open from: 11AM-12AM daily
Price range: PHP800-1200 (for two)

If your date wants: Burgers, obviously.

Having burgers on the first date says "no pressure, we can be casual and comfortable" but bringing her to a place with burgers as good as BurgerBar's also says you're thoughtful and discerning.

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Greenbelt 2, Esperanza St cor West Drive, Ayala Center, Makati
(02) 501-3717 | Facebook

Open from:11AM-10PM daily
Price range: PHP800-1,200 (for two)

If your date wants: Steak. No nonsense steak.

Steak on the first date says "we are going to eat meat," and if you're paying—and even if it's not too expensive like Tender Bob's', it shows your willingness to spend. It's up to you if that's a good or bad thing.

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G/F Fairways Tower, 5th Ave cor McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 846-0680 | Facebook

Open from: 11:30AM-11:30PM daily
Price range: PHP600-1,000 (for two)

If your date wants: Burritos!

...And if you're feeling a little adventurous (beans=flatulence).

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66 E Abada St, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
(02) 426-0301 | Facebook

Open from: 11AM-2PM, 6PM-10PM daily
Price range: PHP1,000-2,000 (for two)

If your date wants: Fusion.

If you've always wanted to say "I want to take you somewhere nice."
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G/F Serendra, 11th Ave, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig
(02) 954-2100 | Facebook

Open from: 11AM-11PM daily
Price range: PHP1,000-2,000 (for two)

If your date wants: Something fancy, like foie gras.

This says you can be fancy but you're practical. The place is perfect if your date's after a work day because it's just in Serendra (going to Ninyo from elsewhere in the Metro will be hell on a Friday).
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2277 Chino Roces Ave., Legazpi Village, Makati
(02) 894-3855 | Facebook

Open from: 11:30AM-2PM, 6PM-11PM daily
Price range: PHP500-1,000 (for two)

If your date wants: Authentic Japanese.

Bringing a date to Little Tokyo is cliched for a reason. The food's good, the price is reasonable and the ambience says "I'll take you away" without being overly romantic/making you look creepy.
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3rd floor Pos Building, Scout Madriñan cor Tomas Morato, Quezon City
(02) 416 3280 | Facebook

Open from: 12PM-12AM daily
Price range: PHP500-1,000 (for two)

If your date wants: Healthy comfort food.

Taking your date to a place with good, healthy comfort food says you're thoughtful and you care about being eating right. Nomnomnom's shabby chic interiors (and the wittily-named items on their menu like "talong and lasting love") can make for a great conversation starter, too.

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Marikina Shoe Expo, Gen. Romulo Ave., Cubao, Quezon City
(02) 913-2550 | Facebook

Open from: 11AM-11PM daily
Price range: PHP500-1,000 (for two)

If your date wants: Homey Italian.

Now if you're not scared to be a little romantic (complete with sweet homemade wine), then Bellini's is your place. Nothing says "date" than a quaint, dimly-lit Italian restaurant.
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