First, see the old look of Cafe Juanita: OAP | Cafe Juanita – Eclectically Romantic

Some say the ambiance is now East Asian Chic
Some say it’s maaliwalas because of the lighting and high ceiling…
Some say that they are afraid that it would lose its charm and look like Cafe Juanita at the Fort
Some say they feel like royalty every time they eat in the new Cafe Juanita…
Some say it is about time to upgrade the look and give it a modern chic ambiance…

On its 20th anniversary, Cafe Juanita decided to celebrate its success by moving into its new home beside the Shunji Matsuo hair salon (same owners as Cafe Juanita), which is across the old Cafe Juanita. When the lot owner of the old Cafe Juanita informed them one year in advance that the lot will be used for something else, the owners decided to find a new home for it. One of the main considerations was to get an old house that they could transform into a restaurant.

We attended the blessing, and here’s how the new Cafe Juanita looks now…

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As you enter, you’ll see a chandelier masterpiece and a staircase leading to the mezzanine level.

As you climb the stairs, to the left, you’ll see an elegant and well-lit setup, which seemed a bit crowded.

To the right, you’ll find a more homey-but-still-classy type of dining setup. You can reserve the mezzanine level for a private function. It is bigger than the function room they had in the old branch.

It is more orderly than the original Cafe Juanita (and not as scary, too). Usually, the owner, Dr. Vasquez, arranges things first and “messes up” the decor later on.

The grand piano, an integral part of the Cafe Juanita experience, is still the centerpiece. 

I like this booth-type table. It’s probably the best place to reserve for a romantic date for two. 🙂

One great thing about the new Cafe Juanita is the bigger and cleaner restroom at the back of the restaurant. 🙂

The new Cafe Juanita is located beside Shunji Matsuo Japanese Hair Salon (which is designed ala Cafe Juanita style). It is also beside the Bahay ni Juan restaurant along West Capitol Drive.

(Inside Shunji Matsuo)
Since the salon’s next door, you can drop by there first and look fabulous before eating at the new Cafe Juanita.

When the lot owner postponed the original plan of constructing a new building, the Cafe Juanita owners decided to transform their original branch into a different restaurant concept, focusing on Asian Cuisine (in the meantime).

New Cafe Juanita
#19 West Capitol Drive, Barrio Capitolyo
Telephone Number: +632 632-0357 (same number)

As for me, I miss the kitschy charm of the old Cafe Juanita. What do you think of the new Cafe Juanita?

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P.S. Congratulations on the 20th successful year of Cafe Juanita and its new home, Dr. Vasquez! 🙂

Erratum: The lot owner of Cafe Juanita did not threaten Dr. Vasquez, they just informed them of the plans as early as 2008 so that Cafe Juanita could find a place with sufficient lead time.