Balay Dako review | When in Tagaytay

Tagaytay has been one of the go-to places here in the Philippines when it comes to family road trips, barkada escapades, or to even those special dates. But with lots of options in the vicinity, you may want to include our featured establishment in one of your priorities to visit if you want a solid experience that is very recommendable.

balay dako window seats
window seats

Balay Dako offers not only our favorite Filipino dishes but gives that full classic Tagaytay experience including the front seat overlooking views of the Taal Volcano and the Taal Lake with that refreshing cold temperature around. Who would not want that, right?!

This classic Filipino chandelier will welcome you as you enter the 3-level establishment.

center chandelier
center chandelier

The large main dining place has its inner and outer area where the outer one for me is the one considered as the window seat dining of the place. Well, the views can be seen from every seat inside but of course, the nearer to the window, the better the experience.

inner dining
main inner dining

window seat dining
main window seat dining

By the way, all areas are considered alfresco since every dining spot inside is open-air. All those windows are just screen windows letting the circulation of the cold air pass through and out. It was really comfortable inside and with a view like that, can you even ask for more?

Balay Dako dining
eating time!

We ordered for sharing foods so we can taste a bit of everything and it was all extra delicious! The spare ribs were perfectly sweet, sour, and spicy while the calamares' coating was already tasty. Man, the gulaman serving was right on the money and its sweetness was balanced. If you want to see more of the foods we ordered, watch the video below.

I don't eat "Piyaya" but they are making it live there which can be considered as an entertainment too. Though I don't eat Piyaya, Mom told us that it was good and she had more than 1 already which says something really nice about it - deliciously crispy.

piyaya mini factory
piyaya mini factory (lol)

Exploring the other levels, the upper dining was as superb, classic, and classy. It also has the best overlooking spot ideal for that Instagrammable entry. Picture perfect!? Indeed!

upper dining
upper alfresco dining


balay dako overlooking view
overlooking view

balay dako overlooking spot
overlooking spot

The establishment is big and you can only appreciate it when you try to cover everything. I initially thought it was small but when I tried covering the other floors, that is the only time I realized how spacious their territory is. #ibadin

If you want to have your picture taken nearest to their signage, go to the lower level and there are even more tables and chairs there for more guests. 

balay dako signage
balay dako signage

Their facade can be underwhelming but given the large parking space in front, you know they already got a lot of patrons and now I know why.

balay dako by antonio's
balay dako by antonio's

Here is a quick footage of our visit
If you cannot see the video above, click HERE for it

Address: 4120 Tagaytay-Nasugbu Hwy, Tagaytay City
Operating hours: 11:00AM to 9:00PM weekdays
8:00AM to 9:00PM weekends
Contact nos.: 046 483 4847

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Balay Dako review | When in Tagaytay Balay Dako review | When in Tagaytay Reviewed by Michael on January 01, 2022 Rating: 5


  1. It looks beautiful, I absolutely love the decor. And what an amazing view! I would love to eat here.

  2. I like the dining spot, the open air and overall the place has a nice feel and look to it. Definitely worth visiting.

  3. Balay Daco looks like an amazing restaurant. I like that all seating is open air and you can not beat that breathtaking view!

  4. LOVE the wall of screened in "windows" wish we had more places like that here. I much prefer a natural breeze than air conditioning

  5. This looks like a wonderful property. I have been to Philippines a few times but have never been to Tagaytay. Would love to visit this place, after reading your review.

  6. I have heard great reviews about Balay Dako but we never had a chance to visit yet. I think it was 4-5 years already since I have been to Tagaytay. Thank you for sharing this detailed review. Since, I am from Bacolod, we'll be skipping the piaya for now and simply enjoy the magnificent view with delicious food.

  7. Wow!! What a fabulous location to dine with family and friends. The floor to ceiling windows are just the best when enjoying a lovely meal. There are so many fabulous places to visit all over the world.

  8. Looks like a nice place! Thanks for the review.

  9. the place looks lovely! I would definitely enjoy spending some time there to relax and enjoy myself.

  10. this is an amazing place to visit! it's so much relaxing while eating in front of a beautiful view, and we cant wait to visit there as soon as possible.


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