Balay Dako

Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway, Tagaytay, Cavite

Balay Dako
4.5 Stars

80 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 43
  • 4 stars 25
  • 3 stars 9
  • 2 stars 2
  • 1 star 1
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Most Recent Reviews

Justine Lauren C.
5.0 Stars

I remember the First Time we ate here, Pinakbet, Sisig Na Pusit, Ginataang gulay ng balay, Bangus ala pobre and kare kareng gulay. We did not really have to order much because we were satisfied with The Portion of Their food. Amazingly, nothing was too salty or anything. Nowadays, they’re really revolutionizing the taste. Just the right savor. But among All, Bangus ala pobre! The bomb!

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Patrick U.
4.0 Stars

The dine-in space was enormous downstairs! If you want a view of Tagaytay, definitely go here during the day. We enjoyed our stay just as much in the evening!

Grilled Squid:
This was the best of the three dishes we ordered. It was light and not too chewy.

It was a huge serving meant for sharing. Best point is how healthy it looks because of the greens but it's not the best version I've tried.

Pecho & Paa:
Grilled Chicken was also large but a bit dry. It's enough to get full with rice already.

Excellent! Waiting time was fair and they were generous with water refills.

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Jaja R.
4.0 Stars

After our beach day-trip getaway in Nasugbu, we decided to stop by Balay Dako on our way back to Manila for some dinner. My mama being an Ilongga sure knows what to order.

Pata Tim - 11088110881108811088
P800++ Good for 4 - 5 persons

I love it! Brings back childhood memories as to when our mama used to cook this for us. I super enjoyed that there was a good size of meat too!

La Paz Batchoy with Egg - 127775127775127775
A bowl of hot soup that is perfect for the weather. But i think I've tasted better La Paz Batchoy than this

Calamares Fritos - 110881108811088
P400++ Appetizer

I find it not visually appealing on the onset. Haha! It was also too oily and the breading just overpowered the squid.

Since we came at night we were not able to enjoy the view so maybe it's best to have breakfast or lunch here instead to fully enjoy the experience with a view.

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Benjie G.
5.0 Stars

Sarap ng food at super attentive mga staff. Must try ang home made ice cream128077 Happy Tummy 128512

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Chili G.
3.0 Stars

My sister really loves Balay Dako so we acceded to her request to eat there one more time before she left for overseas work. Got up super early to leave alabang at 630AM. Arrived at 745 and we were already #57 in line to be seated. Was actually ready to wait for an hour (since that how long it took the last time) but on our last visit, we waited more or less 2 hours! We were ushered in at 1015 which was already brunch time imo.
Food was still good but I think what pushed this to a 3 was how they disregarded their own policies. It clearly stated there that only complete parties were allowed to go up however there was a group of 25 that came in in 3s and 4s that they allowed. Annoying for us who've been waiting for hours literally.
The food is good no doubt but they should come up with a better scheduling system or offer the breakfast buffet the whole day to accommodate everybody.

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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars

In Negrense, Balay Dako means Big House.

At one time, family compounds were built around a large central home. This Balay Dako became the gathering place. It was where family and friends would come together to commemorate life’s significant events. Baptisms, birthdays and weddings and even funerals became occasions for remembrance, celebration and more importantly, family.

Balay Dako is a restaurant that proudly serves Filipino food. From native dishes created before written histories, to inspirations fashioned by seafaring traders and the assimilations shaped by colonial occupation, Filipino cuisine is defined by struggle and acceptance, upheaval and adaptation.

They celebrate every Filipino’s shared sense of family and history with every dish that they served, Welcome to Balay Dako!

My family and I is a huge fan of Antonio’s Group of Restaurants. It’s is our favorite Restaurant every time we visit Tagaytay. My first visit here was with hubby only and so last Saturday , this is our Second stop for our Summer Family getaway before kids go back to school . After we had breakfast at Dreamland Arts Cafe In Tagaytay, we proceed next here at Balay Dako.

We had our obligatory photo of course 128247 then there are many people waiting at the Lobby for the lunch time and since there was no time for us because we are going to Batangas, I just dropped by at the Balay Deli. This is their pasalubong section . I bought a box 128230 of their cheese 🧀 rolls🥖, one piece is 35 pesos so 6pcs in a box is only 210 plus we users Senior discount so around 200 pesos na lang.

We ate the cheese rolls the following day when we stayed at Pico De Loro for breakfast and my goodness, it’s so , cheesy, it’s the best cheese rolls we’ve ever tasted I swear9995128588 You can find this item too at their Deli.

Adobo Pandesal | 60
Buco Crumble | 150
Butterloaf | 155
Cheese Pandesal | 105
Cheese Roll | 35
Cheese Bread with Glazed Fruit | 240
Corned Beef Pandesal | 45
Ensaymada Classic | 60
Ensaymada Queso de Bola | 80
Monggo Bread | 200
Oat Wheat Bread | 200
Pandecoco | 70
Pinoy Tasty | 110
Plain Pandesal | 60
Raisin Bread | 185
Sisig Pandesal | 50
Salted Ensaymada | 250
Ube Macapuno | 230
Spanish Bread | 140

I highly recommend this when you visit Balay Dako. Aside from their good food at their restaurant, You should dropped by also with their Deli for a delicious pasalubong!128523128523128523

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Kwokie K.
5.0 Stars

For the longest time, I've wondered how Balay Dako by Antonios in Tagaytay fares. I've been going to the fine dining spot for more than a decade now, about the same for the breakfast joint.  Naturally, there's the inkling to try the new concept by the group. We're not really fans of going to a buffet and it doesn't help that the place is packed to the brim every weekend.

It just so happened that on a week day, there was a company trip down in Batangas.  On the way home, we would be passing by Tagaytay - so I grabbed the chance.

🍽️ First impressions, like a lot of the restaurants along the highway stretch, you have the parking area right after the gate before the actual restaurant which will have a view of the Taal lake and volcano.  They have three levels, the main dining area, the second floor with verandas on the side and the floor doubles as a bar for drinks aside being another dining area.  And there's a basement, which they open mainly on weekends for the buffet crowd or for private events.

127968 The look and feel of the restaurant is very homey, like when you're entering someone's old ancestral home. As you enter the lobby, 2 waiting areas flank the reception with the kitchen on the right most side, and the deli on the left most side.

127846128055They have their house lechon chopping station, which you can order by weight, and a house made ice cream chiller for the warm days.  

128161 As part of my odd-ball questions to the staff which I normally ask receptionists or wait staff (I'm glad that they gamely answered) - What does Balay Dako mean? It's actually Negrense for a "Big House" or "Malaki at Magarang Tirahan" which was the actual answer that was given to me.

127775 Now for the meal, you can say that I belong to the part of the dining clientele which doesn't really eat much, but am very choosy with what I eat. Aside from the obvious issue that eating either as an individual or as a couple - we don't get to sample a lot of food in 1 sitting, rather it ends up being different orders on different visits.

127834 Items ordered were the chicken inasal, the pork barbeque, sauteed baby squid in garlic and ginger and a glass of sago't gulaman.  As expected, every entree was excellent!  The chicken and the pork were both tender, grilled very well and not burnt. The squid is actually something very easy to mess up, since if it's under cooked, it becomes mushy, over and it becomes rubbery. As a fan of the garlic flavor, I liked the fact that it was practically over-flowing with toasted / roasted garlic.  The flavor was there, tasty but not over-powering.

127863Even the sago't gulaman is very much authentic, you can tell that it's house made and not made from syrup.  Perhaps the only other version that I've tasted which trumps this one is the one made by Friends & Family by the Raintree Group.

🥁 Service is excellent, the ambiance is great, value for money - a little pricey, but at the very least, you don't feel ripped off paying for your meal. You have that notion that while you did pay a little extra for what you'd normally pay for - but you know you had a very good meal and you'll still return since you very much enjoyed the experience.

In conclusion, you really have to hand it to Antonio's group, they opened their fine dining area before as a way to monetize their farm produce - they just kept growing and growing. I'd perhaps even say that Tagaytay City, if it would be known just for 1 restaurant - Antonio's would surely be part of that discussion.

Maybe next time I need to brave the buffet crowd and see how they fare with the buffet setting.

- kwokie -

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Josette P.
4.0 Stars

My cousin is in town so we decided to bring him to Tagaytay since it’s been a while since he’s here. And when in Tagaytay, Balay Dako is always first in mind. I thought this time we’ll make it to the buffet breakfast since we were there almost 10am. Last call for the buffet breakfast is 11am supposedly but that wasn’t the case. They already had the last call even before we arrived. So we just waited for the Comedor to open. I cannot express my disappointment. Guess I’d need to be at Tagaytay by 7am then to really get to the buffet breakfast since that’s how known they are already.

Anyhow, Comedor at Balay Dako offers great ala carte meals. It can be pricy, yes but the value of their food justifies.

We had the following:
- Bulalo (good for 5 to 6 person)
- Calamares
- Lumpiang Sariwa
- Kalderetang Kambing
- Inihaw na Pusit

Bulalo is a staple order. Whether you want it the traditional way or the sizzling way, it’s the way to go. Their bulalo has a good 1kg to 1.2kg worth of beef and bone marrow. It’s really big and overwhelming but through the years, the meat has been tender and the broth is really tasty on its own. It is still perfect with that hint of cold breeze in Tagaytay. Always always perfect! The calamares was okay, I think they appeared like onion rings cause of too much breeding. I’d say 50/50 for the breeding to squid ratio. Lumpiang Sariwa is so stuffed it almost look like embutido. I really like their lumpiang sariwa though. Stuffed ubod with this thick peanut sauce. Really tasty!! Kalderetang Kambing is good too. Tender chunks of meat which almost didn’t taste like kambing as it can be rigid at times but theirs is tender. The sauce is a little spicy which is the best way to have kaldereta in my opinion. Inihaw na Pusit is stuffed with onions and tomatoes that’s grilled perfectly. Very good paired with some soy sauce and vinegar all mixed out.

We had their mango shake in carafe that’s good for sharing and I like how thick they were and have the natural flavors of the mango. My sister ordered a latte, but despite adding sugar the coffee is still a meh. Service is good! The staffs are attentive, and very organize. I also admire how the food arrived in like 20 minutes or so, despite how hectic it has been.

On our way out, I saw these freshly baked piyaya and wondered if they are for sale. And yes they are!!!! I’ve heard good words about these piyaya and unfortunately, it’s also one of my weaknesses so I’d have to try. One pack of freshly toasted piyaya is Php 70, it has 5 pieces on one bag and it’s bigger than your average piyaya. It’s slightly toasted, has a good brown sugar filling that gives it a good sweetness and caution, it’s really hot! I really loved it!! Definitely a good take home food or dessert.

I’d have to say, Balay Dako has always been a reliable place to dine at Tagaytay. Unfortunately, people flock in and the lines just keep on piling up. For weekend lunch, better be there by 10am, to be seated at 11:00am since they actually open Comedor at 10:30am. Cause if you arrive at 12nn, oh good gracious, I don’t know what time will you be seated. They do not accept reservations as well. I’d definitely need to try the breakfast buffet next time. Wish me luck, guys!


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Pat D.
4.0 Stars

Balay Dako’s Breakfast Buffet

Food 11088110881108811088

I love their taho, ensaymada queso de bola and corned beef 100841008410084

➡️ The usual breakfast choices- they have tapa, bacon, tocino, longganisa, corned beef and many more
➡️ Omelette and fried rice
➡️ Variety of breads, spreads and fruits
➡️ The dessert station- mostly filipino delicacies

Price 1108811088110881108811088
➡️ 700 pesos is a good deal. You’ll leave the place full and happy.

Ambiance & Service 1108811088110881108811088
➡️ Perfect way to start your morning in Tagaytay. Good food, great ambiance, relaxing view (Taal Volcano) and you can really feel the cold breeze
➡️ You have to be there early as the lines are usually long. There are no reservations and the buffet is only open from 7am- 11am.

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Simonette S.
1.0 Stars

They need to up their service or limit customers. They could have offerred us an appetizer after making us wait a full hour for our food, just to keep us from leaving and cancelling our order altogether. Kids were crying from hunger. Bad experience.

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Ruth S.
3.0 Stars

Back when there was still Antonio’s Grill, my family would most of the time eat there. Though pricier than other Filipino restaurants in Tagaytay, people still opt to dine here because of the quality of the dishes and the service. The sisig and bulalo soup were our favorites.

When Balay Dako opened, a lot of people (including myself) were raving about their weekend breakfast buffet and how good this restaurant is. Not only were the dishes good, the place and location is so much better now. The ambiance and the view of Taal Lake.

Last Christmas, my family and I had breakfast here and we enjoyed the experience that we made sure to go back here for dinner.

After xxxx months, we finally had a chance to dine here. We arrived almost 8pm but the place was still packed with customers, mostly families spending their weekend together. We were 16th on the line and had to wait for around 30-40mins? Not bad considering we had to wait for 15 other groups to be seated before us.

Since we were pretty hungry (konti na lang hAngry na), we ordered right away.

| Orders: Beef Bulalo, Pancit Canton, and 3 cups of rice. Was also supposed to order something else for myself (I can’t remember anymore what I wanted that time) but 10mins after ordering, we were informed that it was not available anymore. (After 10mins pa talaga nalaman?? 128527128546).

They would usually repeat our orders before leaving just to confirm and avoid giving the wrong dishes. Our server did that and we confirmed.

After 15mins, our pancit arrived. A different pancit. Instead of the usual Pancit Canton, they served us with PANCIT NI ANTONIO. We were supposed to have them replace our pancit but parang ayaw na palitan ni kuya. Oh well, sige sige sige. 128530

127837 PANCIT. Good thing, this was good!! Generous toppings. It was tasty and my lola liked this.

And then the “star” of the night, BULALO NA BAKA.

127858 BULALO. Once you see this, you’ll somehow understand the reason behind the more than 1k price tag. The meat was HUGE!!!!! and oh so tender. Can be shared by up to 5 pax, I think. But there weren’t that much veggie added which is why this is just an okay bulalo for me. Would be so much much better and “reasonable” with more veggies. In terms of the taste, the soup was tasty and flavorful. Again, make sure to eat this right away because it taste different when not that hot anymore. Tip: Ask for soup refill. It’s unlimited. 128521

| Service. This was just okay. Different from Breakfast at Antonio’s. Servers aren’t that nice and respectful. 128527

Overall, it was just an OH-KAY experience. Maybe I expected too much? Maybe it was just a bad day? I don’t think I’ll go back here again anytime soon unless for breakfast. I can easily enjoy a good bulalo soup somewhere else cheaper (i.e., Josephine’s or Bulalo Point) but still with the same (or even more) bulalo goodness.

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Bella J.
4.0 Stars

It was my lola's 85th birthday yesterday and before today, she hasn't seen Taal. Ever. So my mom and titas decided to celebrate her birthday in Balay Dako.

Given the weather, it was no surprise that really thick fog greeted us the moment we arrived in Tagaytay and sadly, the famous view was nowhere to be found. And since it was raining, the tables in Balay Dako's veranda can't be occupied so it took us nearly two hours to be seated.

Balay Dako's breakfast buffet is only available during weekends and holidays. It's basically a Filipino cuisine feast priced at 700 bucks per head. The main stations include the ulam (which includes dried fish, tocino, adobo), egg station, rice station (dump some rice and mix-ins in a bowl and they'll cook it up for you), breads (banana bread, ensaymada, etc.), salad, kakanin (palitaw, puto bumbong, etc.), and drinks (coffee, teas, and juices).

What I count as my absolute favorite here is the Corned Beef. It's so, so good! And yes, it's not your canned corned beef. The meat is really tender and flavorful. In the four times I've eaten here, this and the bacon are the only ulam I get to pair with my rice.

I usually just go for plain rice but today, I decided to go for the fried rice. Salted egg has always been one of my simple joys (though I usually don't end up liking salted egg-flavored stuff) and I really love eating a meal composed of rice, salted egg, and tomatoes. That's it. Haha. So I went for that combination when I had my fried rice done. Unfortunately, I found the finished bowl of rice to be too peppery and I ended up wishing I just mixed it all myself and added a little soy sauce. Haha

Other favorites include everything that was perfect for the extra cold weather: champorado, taho, and mainit na tsokolate.

Don't expect too much with the salad bar and you'll be fine. Haha. There was also a basket of balut and penoy, which I chose to stay away from. If you like Kansi, it's also present in the buffet so don't miss out on it!

Balay Dako also has a store where you can find bottled fish in a variety of sauces, jams, and other pasalubong. As per my usual, I got a tub of another favorite of mine, galletas, though I was told that the jams are their bestsellers.

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Mico C.
4.0 Stars

Pagkarating na pagkarating namin, nagsitakbuhan agad ang ilan sa aming mga pinsan para makakuha ng litrato ng Taal. Kami namang "matatanda" ay naiwan upang pumila at mag-antay. Hindi bale, nakasunod din naman ako pagkakuha namin ng lugar para sa pamilya. Pakitingnan na lamang ang pangatlo kong litrato para makita ang kapiligirang pinamangha ako.

Una kong nakita ang lutuan ng piaya. Ibang klase ang pagkakalugar nila sa mga bagay-bagay. Ang lakas ng dating nila 'pagkat unang sasalubong sa iyo papunta sa upuan mo ay ang amoy ng niluluto na piaya.

Dahil malaki ang grupo namin (sampu kami), napili naming kunin ang Set E. Uunahan ko na kayong lahat, sobra ang Set E para sa amin. Unang una sa lahat, kalahati sa amin ay hindi nagkakanin, kaya may tira na kaagad kaming kanin. Ang mga nakapukaw sa aking pansin ay ang mga sumusunod: Tortang Talong, Sinigang na Hipon, Kare-Kare, at Inihaw na Pusit. Naging paborito ko sa lahat ay ang inihaw na pusit, ngunit tingin ko napili ko iyan dahil mahilig ako sa pusit. Nagustuhan ko ang Kare-kare 'pagkat magatas ito. Panalo rin ang kanilang bagoong. Isa sa naunang inihain ang tortang talong. Kaya siguro ako nasarapan kasi gutom na ako noon.

Maraming tao nung pumunta kami rito. Ito naman ata ang kadalasang napupuna ng mga taong pumupunta rito. Dahil dito, may mga pagkakataong nahirapan kaming tumawag ng pansin ng mga empleyado rito. Maliit na pintas kumpara sa masarap nilang pagkain.

Nung paalis na kami, bumili ako ng dalawang supot ng piaya. Ito ay naging pasalubong ko sa mga naiwang miyembro ng pamilya namin sa Maynila. Naisip kong isang supot para sa akin, at isang supot para sa kanila. Ngunit, pagkalapag ko pa lang sa mesa namin sa bahay, wala pang talumpung minuto, ubos na iyong dalawang supot. Napakasarap ng piaya nila.

Iyon na lamang! Ingat! #loolooDroneGiveaway

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Abe C.
5.0 Stars

Balay Dako is the awesome breakfast buffet (weekends only) and ala carte lunch/dinner restaurant by Antonio's group. For P700+ per adult and P450+ per child

+Must: Create your own fried rice. They'll have you fill up your bowl but can recommend what to put if you want, say, Tinapa, Bagoong or Talangka or others
+Must: in the Chafing Dish area: the assorted tuyo (danggit, etc.), beef tapa, Corned Beef (either the cooked one in the chafing dish or the fresh one in the carving station at the back)
+Must: Puto bumbong, Taho, cheese roll
+Must: Campo Rado is a fave for some but I like more the Guinataan
+Enjoy the view of Taal Lake 128522
+Come in early like 8am or 7ish to sit early as arriving 830 onwards means you likely wait for an hour to sit. But you can visit their Deli for snacks and bring home stuff.
+for weekdays buffet it's Breakfast at Antonio's

Others in the offering:
Assorted fruits
Filipino bread and pastries
Bread stuff (get the cheese roll) 🤣
Other food Longganisa, Pork Tocino, vegetables, omelettes/egg station, (I already mentioned the fried rice station), so much more. But it's extensive enough without a drop off in quality.

Resto Name Ratings, at a Glance: 
> Food & Beverage: 127775127775127775127775 (excellent variety and quality, even beverages)
> Service (Dine-In) : 127775127775127775127775127775 excellent and attentive and friendly staff
> Kitchen Service  : 127775127775127775127775 
> Ambience          : 127775127775127775127775127775 (great set up and view)
> Value for Money: 1277751277751277751277751/2 (quality buffet for a decent price)
> Worth a Try      : Yes!!! A Thousand times yes!
> Worth a return : Absolutely! In fact I write this upon my return today. My first visit was easily a 5 in service and food. 2nd visit the food is a 4 while the service remained a 5.
> VERDICT          : 1277751277751277751277751/2 rounded up to a 5 (my first visit was easily a 5, this 2nd one is a 4 to 4.5 as there were issues with some food being less than they were before last July 2016 when I first tried it, but for now, 5 it is.

A must visit in Tagaytay both for the quality buffet, good price, and the view.

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Foodcrawl P.
3.0 Stars

Tried Balay Dako for Dinner. We booked a 40 seater Private Function Room for Php20,000 worth of consumable food and drinks. Set Menu is also available for group orders. Not impressed by the food but Piaya is an instant favorite (great option for Pasalubong, too)

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Avi C.
2.0 Stars

Ordered kare kare and lechon. It was pricey... and overrated! I'd go for Max's Kare kare and Elar's lechon anytime. Not worth the Tagaytay hassle. Boo! 128553

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Livid G.
5.0 Stars

Always a pleasure. Lahat masaraaaap. Longanisa Lang more on the sweet than garlicky side.

Egg omelette station for the win! Take atsara or ensilada to rest your taste buds

**This review is for their breakfast buffet

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Sandy V.
3.0 Stars

Amazing view but service and food was okay

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Ernesto C.
2.0 Stars

We arrived at 11am hoping to be ushered in quickly but we were number 50 and they were only at number 30. We waited for 15 minutes and the number moved to 38 so we thought that we could get in within one hour as there were a lot of vacant tables inside but they were not letting people in. We got in at 12:10pm amd ordered but our order took another 40 minutes to arrive. We dont plan to come back. I hope you can learn from my bad experience. Dont go here for lunch!

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Nica E.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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