La Place is across the street from the much busier Maribago Grill. La Place is an outdoor restaurant, although there are sheltered areas where you can sit if it's raining. A log wall keeps out most of the street noise. There is rarely a crowd in La Place, making it a relaxing place to have a drink or a small meal. It's a good place to get away from the tourist crowd. The trees and sense of openness, combined with the relative quiet and dim lighting, make it a romantic spot for a couple seeking privacy.
The bar area is colorful and attractive, and (unlike Maribago Grill) it has a nice selection of high end alcohol. Most seating areas are benches with cushions next to low tables. There's very little light at the tables making it difficult to read menus (the small candles aren't much help). If you're looking for a fancy meal or a large selection from which to choose, go to Maribago Grill. The menu at La Place is limited -- a few pasta dishes, some pizzas, a few traditional chicken, pork, and seafood dishes, some sandwiches -- and your first choice from the menu isn't always available. What food they have is good. It's basic comfort food, not gourmet quality, but tasty. They have the best cheeseburger I've found in the Cebu/Mactan area. Not that you come to the Philippines to eat cheeseburgers, but if you get a craving for one, this is the place to go.
I would recommend La Place for light meals, snacks, or drinks. The bartenders/waitresses are attractive and friendly. Service is more attentive than is typical in the Philippines. The website advertises that La Place is open for lunch but I haven't found that to be true. The bar attracts a few expats and is (I'm told) a regular gathering point for Dutch citizens living in the Philippines, although I've never seen a crowd there. Every time I've been there, whether on week nights or weekend nights, the place is pretty much empty.
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