Balay Dako Experience: Good Food + Good Ambiance

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A hearty and happy get-together of a family in a Filipino restaurant offering good food and good ambiance.

Food is always a good idea. Sharing it with our loved ones in a place with good ambiance and delectable food offerings make the experience more enjoyable.

When a dear balikbayan family member went home for a short vacation, most likely we would treat her to a special dining destination. Luckily, we were able to do this family reunion of the Lebajo side before we are hard hit by the pandemic.

Balay Dako (an Ilonggo term for “Big House”) was the unanimous choice. It is a three-story, modern colonial house located along the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway. Since its inception, it has become one of the favorite gathering places of Filipino families for special celebrations and occasions. The restaurant serves an extensive menu of Filipino comfort dishes and classic Tagaytay food.

The Comedor is a Filipino restaurant located on the second level with beautiful panoramic views of Taal Lake. It has a seating capacity of 250.

We occupied two tables with the long green couch chairs since we were many. We ordered some of its best-sellers like pata tim, palabok, kare-kare, lechon kawali, grilled squid and bangus, crunchy turon, and native ice cream. We enjoyed the dishes and it didn’t disappoint us!

The third floor is called Terrazas, a semi-open bar that can be reserved for big functions, and with a seating capacity of 270. You can also eat in this area but you can only order from their bar food menu. It has an open-air veranda with breath-taking views of Taal Volcano and Taal Lake.

After we finished our meals, we also brought home some bread and local delicacies from its Deli Shop.

In the light of the prevailing pandemic, Balay Dako By Antonio’s continues to implement its strict safety measures to ensure the safety of its staff and guests. It is now open from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM, except Mondays in line with the City of Tagaytay Executive Order No. 355 Series of 2021 until further notice.

They are now also accepting events for 2021. For inquiries please e-mail

For more information, visit

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Featured photo: Melt-in-your-mouth Lechon Kawali with Pinakbet Fried Rice! Courtesy: @balaydakotagaytay

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