One of the Philippines’ most frequented tourist spots, Cebu is known all over the world for many things: breathtaking beaches, gorgeous nature, warm hospitality, and of course, the legendary Cebu lechon (roast pig). But while many travelers visit Cebu to try all these things and more, sometimes navigating the foodie scene in Cebu can be a daunting task. If you’re not sure where to eat (because everything just looks so good), check out these ten must-try restaurants in Cebu!
1. Gibb’s Hot Wings
When you’re craving some good American grub, Gibb’s is the place to be. This restaurant is known amongst locals and tourists alike as the king of chicken wings, with their wide offering of chicken wings at varying degrees of spiciness and flavor. So if you’re going out with your friends on the hunt for wings and you all want to order different options, Gibb’s is the place to check out. Located at Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Gibbb’s dishes start at 200 PHP (4.00 USD).
Gibb's Hot Wings
Address: Second Floor, Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Ma. Luisa Road City, Banilad, Cebu City
Price: from 4.00 USD
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 2 PM, 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Website: Gibb's Hot Wings
2. STK ta Bay!
So you’ve come to the Philippines in search of this amazing Filipino food people can’t stop talking about — where do you go? Well, if you’ve traveled the Philippines long enough, you’d find that many excellent restaurants serve Filipino food with unique twists or strictly traditional dishes. STK ta Bay! is one that provides a unique take on Filipino food. With their mouthwatering grilled tuna panga, baked scallops, and crab in chili sauce, you can easily trust that you’ll come back here for their special take on Filipino seafood, paired with an ice cold beer. Rates here start at 200 PHP (4.00 USD) and drinks start at 60 PHP (1.20 USD).
STK ta Bay!
Address: Orchid Street, Capitol Site, Cebu City
Price: from 4.00 USD for entrees, 1.20 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 3 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM
Website: STK ta Bay
3. House of Lechon
Everyone who’s ever been to or has lived in Cebu will tell you that you absolutely cannot leave the island without sampling their famous Cebu lechon (roasted pig), and with good reason since you’ll be missing out on some of the best meat you’ve ever eaten. For the classic Filipino and Cebuano must-try dishes, head on to House of Lechon, a Filipino restaurant popular among tourists and locals. Try out their Carcar special (Filipino pork), classic spicy lechon (Filipino pork), and bicol express (Filipino stew). Rates here start at 200 PHP (4.00 USD), and drinks start at 60 PHP (1.20 USD).
House of Lechon
Address: Acacia Street, Kamputhaw, Cebu City
Price: from 4.00 USD, 1.20 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 10 AM to 10 PM
Website: House of Lechon
4. Casa Verde
While Casa Verde has expanded to multiple locations all over the Philippines, this much-admired restaurant found its humble beginnings in Cebu. American dining at its finest, Casa Verde offers a wide selection of American treats, ranging from the Mighty Ton (a giant burger you definitely cannot eat all on your own, or else you might not be able to walk) to Brian’s ribs (ribs so good you probably would not want to share). Couple those with Milky Way, Casa Verde’s signature giant milkshake, and you’re good to go! Rates here start at 300 PHP (6.00 USD) and drinks start at 150 PHP (3.00 USD).
Address: Third Floor, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Price: from 6.00 USD for entrees and 3.00 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 12 AM
Website: Casa Verde
5. Circa 1900
Located in Casa Uno, Circa 1900 is an upscale yet casual restaurant that features Asian and American cuisine favorites. Perfect for a date with the significant other, or maybe even a special birthday out, Circa 1900’s ambiance matches its food. When you picture a a fine restaurant coupled with fine food and drinks, that is Circa 1900. Try out their Smoky “St. Hellen’s” beef brisket cooked sous-vide, their crunchy slow roasted pork belly, and their medium rare seared ostrich with spiced red wine. These dishes sound like they’d melt in your mouth — and they do. Rates for entrees here start at 600 PHP (12.00 USD) and drinks start at 80 PHP (1.40 USD).
Address: Casa Uno, Sanjercas Ville Extension Road, Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City
Price: from 12.00 USD for entrees and 1.40 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 12 AM
Website: Circa 1900
6. 10 Dove Street Confectionary
When you’re in the mood for some dessert, 10 Dove Street Confectionary is the place to go. Its laidback atmosphere provides a great backdrop to the delectable desserts they offer, especially when you taste their signature selection: mango pandan, red velvet cake, and baked Italian cheesecake. Located in the Oakridge Business Park, 10 Dove Street Confectionary offers a wide variety of desserts and pastries for the sweet tooth, all at an affordable price of 850 PHP (17.00 USD) for a whole cake.
10 Dove Street Confectionary
Address: Oakridge Business Park
Price: from 17.00 USD
Opening Hours: 7 AM to 11 PM
Website: 10 Dove Street Confectionery
7. Garden Cafe
Garden Café promises to bring out the creativity in you for a special and memorable occasion. Although Garden Café’s specialty lies in Asian Cuisine, they also serve a world-class intercontinental buffet fit for kings. One popular option is to create your own pasta dish, meaning that you can enjoy pasta however way you want, and however much you want! Additional, they offer Gaeng Kiew Waan Gai for those who are looking for a little bit more spice in the form of Thai curry. Entrees at Garden Café start at 850 PHP (17.00 USD) and drinks start at 160 PHP (3.20 USD).
Address: Marriott Hotel, Cardinal Rosales Avenue, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Price: from 17.00 USD for entrees and 3.20 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 6 AM to 11 AM, 12 Noon to 2 PM, 6 PM to 10:30 PM
Website: Garden Cafe at Marriott Hotel
8. La Vie Parisienne
Found along Gorordo Avenue, La Vie Parisienne boasts breathtaking décor and an equally hearty treat for anyone and everyone who comes into their restaurant. As the name suggests, La Vie Parisienne’s expertise lies in French and Italian cuisine, and this is pretty evident in how well they can win over customers’ hearts with their dishes such as a baguette with tomato and fresh mozzarella with pesto, as well as their pastries. Rates here start at 100 PHP (2.00 USD) and drinks go for about 300 PHP (6.00 USD).
La Vie Parisienne
Address: 271 Gorordo Avenue, Lahug, Cebu City
Price: from 2.00 USD for entrees and 6.00 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 7 AM to 2 AM
Website: La Vie Parisienne
9. Scape Skydeck
Maybe you’re in the mood to dine with a view. If that’s the case, Scape Skydeck has got your back. This casual lounge offers dinner and drinks on a roof deck, and the view isn’t the only thing that’s going to take your breath away — the food will also do that for you, too. Imagine feasting on their most loved dishes, like the truffle carbonara, smoked baby back ribs, and pork escalope, while dining under the stars, then following it up with some fresh cocktails. You can do all that and more at Scape Skydeck for rates starting at 300 PHP (6.00 USD) for entrees, and 85 PHP (1.70 USD) for drinks.
Address: Roof Deck, Azon Residences, M. L. Quezon National Highway, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City
Price: from 6.00 USD for entrees and 1.70 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 11 AM to 2 PM, 5 PM to 12 AM
Website: Scape Skydeck
Anzani’s specialty lies in how well they can create a magical night for two. Dining here feels like you are dining in Europe, not only because of their specialty cuisine but also because of how well they can pull off the fine dining ambiance. Try out their beef carpaccio, their smoked salmon, and their poached Chilean mussels. They also have a variety of pastas and pizzas and serve many kinds of high-class alcohol including Spanish reds, Italian reds, grappa, and imported beer. By the way, they also serve cigars! Rates here start at 350 PHP (7.00 USD) and drinks start at 80 PHP (1.60 USD).
Address: Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City
Price: from 7.00 USD for entrees and 1.60 USD for drinks
Opening Hours: 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM to 12 AM
Website: Anzani Restaurant
More than the lechon
Cebu is no doubt the home of the best-tasting lechon in the Philippines and in the world. But after sampling their wide variety of lechon dishes, you can explore more restaurants in Cebu that boast food that is just as excellently made. Don’t be afraid to try something new while in Cebu — after all, Cebu’s streets are bustling with new things to try, so might as well have a go at it!
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