Estoria Manila: A Love Story

Something Old, Something New at Estoria Manila

Twenty years back, I met my friend (now husband) at an office near Manila. Young and restless, we would roam the party places of Malate, Ermita, and Mabini.  This year, we were blessed to have been gifted a dinner date for two at the new Estoria Manila Restaurant and Events Place.

And as fate would have it – Estoria is right smack in the middle of our love story setting. I was elated to realize for this year’s Valentine’s date, we are coming back to where it all began!

As soon as we arrived, the place delivered us the nostalgia, the romance, and the past. I knew right then and there; it will be a night to remember.

Finding Estoria Manila

I was drawn to the massive arched entrance door. Straightaway, I was transported back in time to Old Manila with its classic Filipino-Spanish theme and Intramuros vibe. I felt so at home already.

The cleverly designed events place of Estoria Manila that brings you back to the charm of the Spanish Era

As we stepped in, the friendly staff greeted us, as well as the impressively styled walls reminiscent of the Ermita Shrine’s facade. I immediately fell in love.

I was awed by its tall ceilings adorned with a massive chandelier, the French glass walls, and the intricate balusters. Certainly, creating a romantic mood and what will transpire throughout the night.

Estoria Manila Restaurant and Events Place has 2 entrances and both are stunning

A lot of thought went into designing the restaurant. As a result, the sustainably built interior design gave it authenticity and classic touch.

Their tagline: “Celebrating Filipino” definitely screams here. It is evident in every aspect of the restaurant, from the food to the ambiance.

Estoria Manila's Jose Rizal Hall is airy and spacious that can hold 30-50 for sit-down meal.

Why Estoria is Our New Delightful Discovery in Manila

I have always shunned going out for Valentine’s Day, so we decided to head there a day before. I wasn’t expecting much because it wasn’t V-Day yet.

But Estoria exceeded our expectations. They treated our night as special as the 14th itself.

The 5-course dinner we enjoyed was not only exquisite from the wine down to dessert but was also remarkably served!

They handed us, ladies, with a complimentary red rose. They also gave out talking cues to help pairs maintain meaningful conversations.

The dinner experience was delightful, indeed!

  • affordable fine dining Food and wine what else can a Valentine date ask for

According to their Operations Manager, Mr. Christian Abrera, the place is run by Airo Hospitality a Filipino family-owned hospitality brand behind the:

  • Airo Hotel, Anex Hotel, and Airobedz in Manila
  • Anahaw Garden Resort in Rizal
  • Airo Suites x Estoria Cafe and Airobedz in Makati
  • Airobedz McKinley and Airobedz in BGC

That explains the quality, the genius, and the love for heritage behind every detail of the place!  This definitely will be where we’ll frequent every time we go back to Manila.

They Serve Food that is Close to our Hearts

The restaurant serves tapas and well-loved Filipino culinary treasures like Kare-Kare, Bulalo, Sisig, and Pancit. While the bar offers selections of non-alcoholic drinks, coffee, sangria, and wine.

The restaurant regularly serves breakfast to Airo and Anex hotel’s guests and walk-ins. They also offer lunch and dinner with their Ala Carte.

All in all, Estoria Manila is an excellent mix of history, culture, and gastronomic delights that will leave you wanting more.

Estoria Manila's Filipino Spanish fusion deliciously done and happily served

A Place for Every Gathering

Since Estoria Manila opened its doors in May 2022, it remained true to its vision to bring back the glory of Ermita through its events and delectable food. 

To accommodate intimate weddings or other intimate events, they have the Jose Rizal Hall good for 30-50 pax. To add to the space, the Luna Hall can hold another 30- 50 pax. Both can comfortably hold a gathering of 100 to a max of 110 guests. 

Estoria also offers Melchora Room. It is reclusive enough for business meetings or small intimate gatherings for 8-10 guests. 

Estoria Manila offers The Jose Rizal Hall, Melchora Hall, and the Luna Hall too.

Opposite the restaurant and a few steps away, is The Nuestra Senora de Guia Shrine, home to the oldest Marian image in the Philippines. This makes Estoria the best option to celebrate traditional gatherings like weddings, baptisms, and family reunions. As well as for business meetings and corporate events.

Amazing Offers and Promos starting February 2023

Obviously, we had the time of our life! Definitely made our trip back to memory lane, more meaningful and happier. You can also check Karla’s list of 10 Things You Need to Know About Estoria Manila.

Need I say more? You have to experience the same hospitality and the delectable dishes served us for Valentine’s Day. Do pay Estoria Manila a visit and take advantage of their amazing specials – Love is in the Air for Dinner + Accommodation or the Valentine’s Dinner Special package at a very reasonable price!

Estoria Manila's Love is in the Air and Valentine's dinner Special
  • For the daily busy bees, elevate your workday with their brunch offer available from 11 AM-1 PM at 299++ only! 
  • If you are looking for a reception venue, ask about their “A LOVE STORY” wedding package. This smartly planned package will surely delight any couple planning their big day. A stress-free event that will add to the beauty of any life milestone or love story.

Location and Contact Details

For more information on inclusions or for reservations, contact Ms. Tina Marbella, Sales Account Executive +63920-925-AIRO(2476), or email

For updates, frequent their social media pages on Instagram, Facebook, and Tiktok or their website: Look for the hashtags #CelebrateFilipino #Estoria #Manila

Estoria Manila is convenient to access.  Being nearby tourist spots such as Dolomite Beach, Intramuros, Rizal Park, and the National Museum, public transportations are readily available around the vicinity.

Estoria Manila is conveniently located near the Ermita Church, just stone's throw away for a wedding reception

Manila is quite lucky to have Estoria, the newest landmark in the making – where memorable events and stories of celebrations are beautifully written.

About the author: Nelle Gillesania of is a homeschooling mom of 2 curious boys. A multi-potentialite, a self-made multimedia and voice artist, and a “rambler writer” who runs on coffee. She believes that the first teachers of our future leaders are: loving family, nature, and experiences.

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  1. I agree na ang classy and romantic ng vibes ng Estoria Manila. Ang sasarap pa ng kanilang pagkain kaya worth it ang pagkain sa restaurant na ito. A plus din dahil ang babait and hospitable ang kanilang staff

  2. This place is very romantic
    Kaya always ito babalik balikan!
    The foods looks so delicious too
    At pwede pa i celebrate dito any Tradional gatherings❤️

  3. Ang sayaa . Gusto ko dn maranasan sa ganitong place na napaka ganda matikman ang mga msasarap na foods , ksama ang mga anak ko ? tlga naman npka ganda ng place at ambiance ang classy ❤️

  4. This will be Amazing Historical Resto Place in Manila, Sobrang Nice ng Place, IG-Worthy din ang datingan at ang maganda dito They Serve Food that is Close to our Hearts, Filipino Food na Talaga naman Paborito ng karamihan . Well defenitly Must Visit This Place. Perfect din sa kahit Anong Occassion or Gathering.

    1. I agree na ang classy and romantic ng vibes ng Estoria Manila. Ang sasarap pa ng kanilang pagkain kaya worth it ang pagkain sa restaurant na ito. A plus din dahil ang babait and hospitable ang kanilang staff.

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