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Savor The Flavors Of The Queen City: 10 Best Restaurants In Cebu City

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Updated Aug 07, 2018

Cebu City is one of the most prosperous cities in the Visayas group of islands found in central Philippines. It is a major economic center in the area, bringing prosperity to the city. Because of this, the city has also evolved into one of the more modern and cosmopolitan cities in this part of the country. As a popular tourist destination, it offers a wide array of food choices as well, from local delicacies to international cuisine. Come and savor the myriad of flavors in Cebu City.

1. American casual dining at Casa Verde

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Don’t be misled by the Spanish name - Casa Verde is at the forefront of American casual dining in the city. With three branches in the city and several others in Metro Manila, this chain is definitely growing. Pork ribs is what Casa Verde does best. Its best seller is Brian’s Ribs, which are baked pork ribs with a barbecue sauce that is to die for, at least according to most of its diners. Other dishes to beat are their Golden Chicken Fingers, their Southwest Pasta and a 9-inch burger called Big Bang. Their salads are best shared as they come in big servings, so families and big groups usually have their dinners here.

Casa Verde

Address: 69 Lim Tian Teng St., Cebu City (main branch)

Price: from 10 USD per person

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm. Every day.

Contact: +63 322536472

Website: Casa Verde Cebu

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2. Cafe Laguna - Filipino cuisine at its best

Cafe Laguna started out as a small and humble restaurant in Cebu that served Filipino homecooked meals. When patrons started coming back for more, the restaurant grew into Cafe Laguna. The family that started it all believed that food should not only be good tasting but should also bring back good memories of sharing meals with family. Now, the restaurant has two branches in Cebu City, and several others in the Visayas and Mindanao. Because Cebu has abundant seafood, most of its appetizers and soups are of the seafood kind, while the mains include beef, pork and chicken. Prawn Gambas is a favorite as well as the Salmon and Mango Salad. Different types of sinigang, a sour soup from a tamarind base, are available either with seafood or pork.

Cafe Laguna

Address: Level 1, The Terraces, Ayala Center, Cebu City

Price: from 12 to 14 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 11pm. Every day.

Contact: +63 322310922

Website: Cafe Laguna

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3. Affordable Filipino dishes at Golden Cowrie

Golden Cowrie is one of the more established restaurants in Cebu. Most tourists and visitors find themselves here, and the main reason for this is that they serve up affordable Filipino dishes. They are also known for their delicious and affordable seafood dishes. To date, Golden Cowrie has three branches in the city, catering to groups of any size. Highly recommended as starters would be the Baked Scallops with butter and lots of garlic or the Calamari, which is deep fried squid rings. The best selling main dishes are still the Filipino favorite Crispy Pata and the Lechon Cebu (whole roasted pork). You also cannot go wrong with their unlimited rice deal, which means you can have as much rice as you want.

Golden Cowrie Restaurant

Address: Salinas Drive, Cebu City

Price: from 4 to 5 USD per person

Opening Hours: 11am - 2pm; 5pm - 10pm. Every day.

Access: Most taxi drivers are familiar with this local spot.

Contact: +63 322334243

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4. Ilaputi - Asian soul food

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This restaurant prides itself for serving Asian soul food and comfort food. Their menu features what they call Asian fusion dishes, which combine different food influences such Filipino and Japanese, or Filipino and Korean. Their new take on the Adobo for example, incorporates Vietnamese influences, thus resulting in the Saigon Adobo. They also have Beef Stroganoff, which is not served with pasta but with rice. Vegetarians will also love the place because it has vegetarian dishes such as their all veggie version of the Korean Bibimbap. The hip ambiance of the restaurant makes it a favorite hang out for young professionals.

Ilaputi

Address: Cebu IT Park, Lahug and Axis Entertainment Center, Escario Street, Cebu City

Price: from 5 to 8 USD

Opening Hours: 11am - 1am. Every day.

Contact: +63 324158800

Facebook: Ilaputi

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5. STK Ta Bay - serving truly local food

STK Ta Bay is a local restaurant that showcases fresh seafood that is abundant in Cebu City. STK is an acronym for the types of cooking on offer in STK restaurants; S is for Sugba or grilling, T is of Tula which is a clear soup, and K is for Kilaw, which is cooking or marinating the seafood in vinegar or calamansi, a local lemon. STK can also be called SuTuKil and these types of restaurants allow diners to choose fresh seafood from what’s on hand and choose the way it will be cooked - grilled, in a soup or cooked in vinegar. While seafood is the main fare, pork and chicken are also available. Most of the dishes are good for sharing so this place is best for big groups and families. Crabs are a best seller as well as tuna and shrimp.

STK Ta Bay

Address: 6 A. Climaco Street, Cebu City

Price: from 10 to 12 USD per person for a full meal

Opening Hours: 9am -11pm. Every day.

Contact: +63 322534732

Website: STK Ta Bay

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6. Isla Sugbu Seafood City - best STK for first-timers

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If it is your first time to try STK, Isla Sugbu Seafood City is the best place to go. The ambiance is a bit more modern than ordinary STK restaurants and choosing your dishes is made much easier here. Their standard STK package which costs 1,600 PHP (32 USD) is already good for four people and includes grilled fish or squid, shrimp soup, and fish kinilaw. Rice has also included as well as one appetizer and a dish of the day. Diners can choose their seafood from the fish on ice or from the fish tanks in the restaurant. What can be fresher than that?

Isla Sugbu Seafood City

Address: Grand Convention Center, Archbishop Reyes Avenue, Cebu City

Price: from 8 USD per person

Opening Hours: 11am - 2pm; 6pm - 10pm, Every day.

Contact: +63 22608000

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7. Authentic Mexican food at Maya Mexican Restaurant

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Posted by Maya Mexican Restaurant on Thursday, 5 January 2017

If you want to try something different, head on to Maya Mexican Restaurant at the Crossroads Mall in Cebu City. You won’t be disappointed as the restaurant serves up authentic Mexican food. This is made possible in the hands of their executive chef who hails from California and has traveled all throughout Mexico. The restaurant offers handmade white corn tortilla shells, which diners can fill with a wide variety of fish, chicken or the house specialty, carnitas or slow-roasted organic pork shoulder. These can be topped with vegetables and their signature tomato-chipotle sauce. Other Mexican favorites such as Tacos and Nachos are also available. What probably sets Maya apart from the rest is its well-stocked bar, with 110 kinds of blue agave tequila.

Maya Mexican Restaurant

Address: Crossroads Mall, Banilad, Cebu City

Price: from 10 USD per person excluding drinks

Opening Hours: 5pm - 11pm, Sundays to Thursdays; 5pm - 1am, Fridays-Saturdays

Contact: +63 322389552

Website: Maya Mexican Restaurant

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8. Eat the best lechon in Cebu: Rico's Lechon

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Lechon is the quintessential Filipino dish and it is actually a whole roasted pig, preferably a suckling pig. All over the country, there are different types of lechon and Cebu is one of the places in the country with the best lechon. When you ask people in Cebu, the best lechon in town is Rico’s Lechon. Rico’s is a homegrown Cebu company, which started out as a small backyard operation and eventually grew to one that has several branches in Cebu and now ships to Manila. You can choose to enjoy your lechon in their restaurant or in take-away containers. They even go as far as packing lechon for easy hand-carry on planes. Aside from the original favor lechon, Rico’s is also known for its Spicy Lechon, which is a best seller as well. You can also buy a whole lechon, if you want to.

Rico's Lechon

Address: No. 1, Paseo Saturnino along Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City

Price: 1.50 to 2 USD per kilogram (2.2 pound) of lechon; whole lechon range from 70 to 140 USD each

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm. Everyday.

Access: Most taxis are familiar with this local restaurant.

Contact: +63 323440119

Website: Rico’s Lechon

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9. Fine Mediterranean dining at Anzani Restaurant

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If you want to splurge a bit and have Mediterranean food on your mind, Anzani Restaurant has got you covered. Anzani is owned and operated by Chef Marco and Kate Anzani. Chef Marco reigns over the kitchen, churning out dishes that reflect the flavors of the Mediterranean coast - through the use of tomatoes, olives, herbs, lemon and cheese. When you want to taste Chef Marco’s signature dishes, you can order their “red plate degustation”. Chef Marco has been recognized by the New York Times as a pioneer of New Mediterranean Cuisine. The restaurant also has an extensive wine cellar which can be used for exclusive dining.

Anzani Restaurant

Address: Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City

Price: from 30 to 70 USD per person for the “red plate degustation”

Opening Hours: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 12mn. Every day.

Contact: +63 322327375

Facebook: Anzani Restaurant

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10. Dining with a magnificent view - Lantaw Native Restaurant

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Lantaw is a local term which means “to look out”. Aptly named because Lantaw Native Restaurant boasts of three branches which all offer unique views for diners. Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant located outside of Cebu City proper, is a floating restaurant near the beach, while Lantaw Native Restaurant SRP is on top of the hills of Cebu. The restaurant serves Filipino food, from delicious seafood dishes to grilled food and with an ocean view or a view of Cebu City at night, what more can diners ask for? The Busay branch now offers shuttle service to and from the city for diners.

Lantaw Native Restaurant

Address: Lantaw Busay, Lantaw SRP, Lantaw Cordova

Price: from 10 to 20 USD per person

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm. Every day.

Contact: +63 325142959

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Cebu City - eclectic flavors at its best

Eclectic is the best word to describe food flavors in Cebu City. It has all kinds of cuisines available, most of which are excellent by local standards. In Cebu, you can never run out of food options. Start with our top 10 list, but you can continue discovering other food spots which are likely to be good as well.

This article was originally published on Mar 28, 2017

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