I miss those coffee moments with friends and I miss the delectable dishes served at Cafe Adriatico. The cafe was closed due to a fire last Dece. 13, 2010 and it reopened May 17. I would gladly visit for a review on my free time. It was reported that Cafe Adriatico regulars expressed their dismay over its absence in Remedios Circle. In blogs that reported the fire, feedback ranged from dismay to disappointment. To those who valued the restaurant for many significant memories, this is really great news.
Café Adriatico opened in 1979, the first restaurant of the LJC Group of Restaurants. LJC founder Larry J Cruz patterned the café to the sidewalk cafes of Paris, France. The restaurant became known for its good food and warm service, coupled with an old-world ambience. It was the first theme restaurant in the country, and sparked the bistro boom. Many restaurants, cafes and bistros imitated Café Adriatico, but the original restaurant in Malate, now 32 years old, remained the benchmark for most restaurants in the country.
The café eventually became the watering hole of Manila’s who’s who with the brightest minds and famous stars rubbing elbows there at night. Open until the wee hours of the morning, it became the place for late-night dinners and nightcaps during the ’80s and the ’90s.
I really miss going to this Cafe with my cousins and my friends. Now that it's open, I'm so excited to share the good news to all of you who'd be eager to create meaningful lasting memories with Cafe Adriatico.
Café Adriatico is the flagship restaurant of the LJC Group of Restaurants, which include Bistro Remedios, Café Havana, Larry’s Café and Bar, Abé, Fely J’s Kitchen, Lorenzo’s Way, Abé’s Farm and La Mer Catering. With branches all over Metro Manila, the LJC Group continues the legacy of Larry J. Cruz that has been the signature of all its outlets: good food, great service and old-world charm.
Café Adriatico is now open for service. It is located at the corner of Adriatico and Remedios streets in Malate, Manila. It is open from 7 a.m. to 6 a.m. the next day, except Sundays.
For inquiries and reservations, call the LJC Marketing Office at 5220403.