American food seems to be the pinnacle of greasy gluttony or a truly perilous trap that causes sharp stomach pains and regret. As far as I know, typical American cuisine is fond of enveloping their menu with too much meaty dishes. I found the same thing consistently with Tony Roma’s, where I had dinner with a friend last week, at least upon going over their menu three times. (Click here to view Tony Roma’s menu.)

Tony Roma’s is a franchise under a holding company, Mas Millennium (Singapore) Private Limited operating in seven cities in the world, namely: Singapore, Jakarta, Shanghai, Bangkok, Manila, Sydney and Perth. In the Philippines, it has three branches spread out in these locations: Glorietta (Makati), Bonifacio Global City (Taguig) and Alabang Town Center (Muntinlupa).

I’ve never known about Tony Roma’s before, as restaurants that tend to lean on meat-centric offerings are not really on my culinary radar. But this does not mean that I would reject a dinner invite at an “upscale” dining place like Tony Roma’s. πŸ™‚

Review of Tony Roma’s (Glorietta 4, Makati City)

Ambiance: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

From stepping in from the door and glancing around, I could sense that Tony Roma’s is a β€œspecial-occasion” diner that presents creative and complicated food prepared perfectly and complemented by an unparalleled wine list. According to my research, this top-notch restaurant is best known for well-executed steaks, tender baby back ribs, elegant setting and well-informed service that are guaranteed to justify expensive prices.

Perhaps because of our conversation flow, I didn’t notice that we’ve stayed here for about three hours. Gasp! We left when it was almost closing time. For that, I commend the ambiance of the place with great marks, as it helped me feel comfortable. Tony Roma’s is as fancy as a restaurant in a four-star hotel where customers can feel relaxed to wile away an entire afternoon or evening.

Service: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

We received fine service. Staff was gracious to suggest a quiet area for us. The first floor seemed pretty busy and cramped with customers eating at peak hours. The second floor had about three different sections for different types of customers: families, small groups and big ones. We were given the menu once we were seated. The waiter repeated our orders as he should. Food didn’t come out fast but waiting time was tolerable.

Food: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†

Food choices on the menu consist of all traditional American variety. Must-tries are the well-marinated “fall-off-the-bone” pork ribs and chicken barbecue. While there are tons of variations of pork and chicken dishes differentiated by the sauces, there are also dishes that are suited for pescetarians like me.

I got the Shrimp Marinara (Lunch portion, PHp 395) β€” linguine with marinara sauce, a dash of herb and Parmesan cheese topped with tender grilled shrimps. The taste of the pasta is almost forgettable, but the texture was great and the shrimps were seasoned wonderfully. I’m not a “pasta person,” but this one, like the limited number pastas that passed my test, is counted as a strong contender in defying my preconceived biases against pasta. This shrimp marinara didn’t make my heart skip a beat but overall taste was good.

On the other side, my friend had the Chicken Alfredo (Lunch portion, PHp 415) β€” linguine with mixed with creamy mushroom sauce, a dash of herb, Parmesan cheese topped with grilled chicken breast.

Price for Value: β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜†β˜†

Carnivores who are willing to pay a hefty price can check out the steaks and baby back ribs at Tony Roma’s. Basing on the quality and presentation of food and accommodation, I recommend this restaurant still even if I’m not a straight-out meat-eater.

Tony Roma’s
Ground Floor, Glorietta 4, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
Contact number: (02) 757-1926

Other branches:
2F Expansion Wing, Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa City
5th Avenue Corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Operating Hours:
11.00am to 11.00pm (Sun – Thu)
11.00am to 12.00 midnight (Fri – Sat)


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16 Responses

  1. Casey

    Unfortunately, you are pretty spot-on with American cuisine, hence why I cook at HOME most of the time! LOL Sorry your experience wasn’t stellar, but it seems like you still had a pretty good time. πŸ™‚

  2. Swexie

    A three-hour dinner only means that you’ve enjoyed your company. It’s funny that you have this preconceived biases against pasta. I could always associate pasta with spaghetti and spaghetti with parties so I have a nice feeling whenever a pasta dish is served. =)

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha yeah you’re right. I, too, associate spaghetti with birthday parties, especially when celebrating with my Filipino friends. But maybe my taste buds are “tired” of the same taste thus my dislike of pasta. πŸ˜€

  3. Little Miss Honey

    Great review! I like that you give ratings for every aspect… Thanks for this info. I haven’t tried any Tony Roma here in Singapore but now I know that they are more into steaks, I would love to bring my hubby here. I will search for their branches here.. Thanks so much!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Oh yeah, Tony Roma has two branches in Singapore now. One is in Orchard Hotel Shopping Arcade and the other one is in Suntec City Mall, Tower 5. I frequent these places before. πŸ˜€ You can get their privilege card to avail of some discounts.

  4. Jon

    Interestingly, I haven’t dined at Tony Roma’s.
    I will try the Shrimp Marinara when we visit.

  5. #TownExplorer | @edmaration

    Hey! Detailed review πŸ™‚ Great thing they have at least 3 branches in the Philippines. Mukang pang-sosyal hehehe… I never heard about Tony Roma yet until you blogged it. TR must be thankful to you. Cheers!!

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Yay I always do this type of rather lengthy reviews for myself to remember the details and also to share a comprehensive experience with my readers. Glad you found my blog and thanks for leaving a comment. πŸ™‚ Drop by Tony Roma’s next time and feel sosyal din even when you ordered their cheapest dish. πŸ˜› I bet you’d have a great time here.

    • Rochkirstin Santos

      Haha I can’t comment on that seriously because I haven’t tasted ribs (baby back ribs) in my whole life! :p I’m not that curious to grab a bite either.

  6. ralph

    there are really those people willing to pay much for the ambiance and experience… the price makes your imagination run wild about the food, just never make it too high. love to try the place. thanks. Yahweh bless.


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