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24 Nov 2017 - 9 min read

10 Best Restaurants in Cebu City

Cebu City!

1. Larsian BBQ

(photo via Instagram, @maibee28)

Location: Fuento Osmena, Cebu City, 6000 (It’s next to Robinson Cybergate Shopping Mall and Chong Hau Hospital in the uptown area of Cebu.)
Type: Grilled food, Street food
Reservations: Not accepted
Budget for one: starts at P200
Open hours: 24 hours
What to eat: Grilled Squid, Grilled Gizzards, Grilled Chicken skin, Grilled chicken intestines (isaw), Kinilaw (fresh fish preserved in vinegar)
Insider info: Ask if the stalls have freebies, like free soup, sides, an entrees!
Contact details: Phone number: +63 9226205921 Facebook: @LarsianFuente

Nothing spells out foodie adventure quite like an experience at Larsian Barbeque’s hawker-style grilled delicacies. Follow the trial of smoke, and the occasional hungry Cebuano, and you’ll eventually find this hotspot of great food. There are no frills or fuss when it comes to dining here. Expect to see around 30 stalls of barbeque on sticks, vendors shouting to catch your attention, and eating with your hands (though you could use utensils too!) Definitely consider Larsian BBQ if you’re in the mood for something new and something truly local, without breaking the bank!

2. Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant

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Location: Busay Hills, Bantayan Road, Cordova, Cebu
Type: Filipino Cuisine
Reservations: Accepted
Budget for one: P350 to P400
Open hours: 11am to 11pm
What to eat: Baked scallops, Calamari, Kare-kare, Utan Bisaya soup, Crispy Pata, Grilled bangus
Insider info: Eat here when it’s close to sunset for the perfect view!
Contact details: Phone number: +63 32 5110379, +63 9225751173, +63 32 5142959 Facebook: @LantawFloatingNativeRestaurant

If you’ve got a flair for romantic views and dining by the sea, then the Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant is a must-visit in Cebu. Described as “floating” because it’s situated atop a mountain, Lantaw is also known to some as “the best restaurant in Cebu,” and for good reason. Dining here is a treat for the senses. You enjoy a panoramic view of Busay Hills and all it has to offer, including a glimpse at the three islands around the coast, all while drinking wine and eating some of the best renditions of Filipino food any restaurant has to offer.

3. 10,000 Roses Café

(photo via Facebook, @10-000-Roses-Cafe)

Location: Sa Baybayon, Day-as Barangay Road, Cordova, Cebu
Type: Korean, American, Café-style
Reservations: Accepted
Budget for one: P300 to P500
Open hours: 10:30am to 10pm
What to eat: Rague Pasta, Alio Olio pasta, Gorgonzola Pizza, Vanilla latte
Insider info: Eat here at night for the best view of the 10,000 Roses garden!
Contact details: Facebook: @10-000-Roses-Cafe-379098142446703

If you’re in the area as soon as the coastline hits dusk, make your way to the 10,000 Roses Café and watch the LED flowers light up like magic! After you take a couple of highly Instagrammable pictures, enjoy and indulge in delicious coffee and have a slice or two of classic pizza. And if you come too early for the LED roses to light up, that’s no problem because this area provides an uncompromising view of the famous Cebu skyline. The best part is you may even make a new friend or two, as this café is relatively new compared to its neighboring cafes and restaurants. Hence, plenty of Cebuanos flock here to experience what the 10,000 Roses café can offer.

4. Rico’s Lechon

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Location: No. 1 Paseo Saturnino, along Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City
Type: Filipino
Reservations: Not accepted
Budget for one: starts at P350
Open hours: 10am to 10pm
What to eat: Garlicky squid balls, Spicy lechon, Lechon chicharon, Sizzling lechon sisig, Prichon, The Original lechon
Insider info: Don’t ask for sauce! Cebuanos eat their lechon without any gravy or “sarsa” because the meat of the pork is already super flavorful.
Contact details: Phone number: +63 32 3440119 Facebook: @RicosLechonOFFICIAL

True to form, if you ask any Cebuano who serves the best lechon in the city, everyone will give you different answers. They don’t call this city “Lechon Capital” for nothing. But one answer remains consistent—someone will mention Rico’s Lechon at least once. Owned by Enrico Dionson, he has kept the original lechon recipe consistent since he opened up shop in 1997. That’s why generations remember the same flavour, and it’s easy to recall that Rico’s Lechon is one of the best. Hence their mantra, “Da Best Gyud!” If you’ve never experienced Cebu lechon and you’re curious about the hype, this is a good place to start.

5. Wheel’s Bar and Grill

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Location: Don Mariano Qui Street, Cebu City
Type: Filipino, Asian, Mexican-inspired
Reservations: Accepted
Budget for one: P200 to P300
Open hours: 11:30am to 1:30pm (Lunch), 6pm to 11pm (Dinner)
What to eat: Kinilaw Tacos, Sisig with raw egg, Boneless Chicken n Gravy, Ginabot, Grilled pork belly, Grilled chicken, Humba, Larang
Insider info: Call ahead if you want to avail of their Wagyu Beef, which is P1800 for 8 pieces. They might not have this on hand.
Contact details: Phone number: +63 9987934098 Facebook: @Wheelscebu

For the very best in interior aesthetic and ambiance, look no further than Wheel’s Bar and Grill, which opened just this year. Mimicking the vibe and feel of a motorcycle cross-country road trip, this is the kind of place you go to after a long day of sightseeing. Order a bucket of San Miguel, kick back, and relax with friends. Don't expect any fancy eating here, Wheel’s Bar and Grill finds sophistication in serving classic Pinoy comfort food at friendly prices!

6. Sunburst Chicken

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Location: G/F Unit 1 One Mango Avenue, Gen. Maxilom Avenue, Cogon Ramos, Cebu City
Type: American, Filipino
Reservations: Not accepted
Budget for one: P200
Open hours: 7am to 12am
What to eat: Chick n’ Crackers, Calamari, Fried Liver, Sunburst Fried chicken with Coleslaw, Classic 3 pcs. Sunburst chicken platter
Contact details: Phone number: +63 32 2322305

Leave all thoughts of the Good Colonel behind, because in Cebu, there’s another who reigns supreme in the chicken business. Enter Sunburst Fried Chicken, which began serving delicious fried meals in 1971. However, they opened up shop in Iligan City, Mindanao, making the Cebu restaurants franchises and branches. Despite this, the recipes have remained largely unchanged, and to this day many Cebuanos associate good chicken with the Sunburst brand. While it’s not the healthiest meal you’ll ever have, it will certainly prove to be memorable!

7. Siomai sa Tisa

Location: 816 Katipunan St., Cebu City
Type: Chinese, Filipino, Dimsum, Fast food
Reservations: Not accepted
Budget for one: P100
Open hours: 24 hours
What to eat: Classic Siomai meals
Insider info: Order side dishes to complete the experience: puso and lumpia work best with this flavour profile.

For something truly down-to-earth, go to the beloved Siomai sa Tisa, which serves exactly what it says on the tin—siomai without all the fancy fixings or sophisticated servings. This part of town sells only the finest and purest pork siomai in its complete glory, for P6-7 pesos a pop. The siomai is best eaten with some chili on the side, salty soy sauce, and lots of calamansi drizzled on top. The best part is this part of town is alive 24/7, since Siomai sa Tisa is part of a street servicing a popular Cebu I.T. district with call center agents coming and going all day long.

8. Dolce

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Location: D’ Address, Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City
Type: Café, Desserts, Coffee
Reservations: Accepted
Budget for one: P200 to P250
Open hours: 7am to 1am (Sundays to Fridays), 7am to 2am (Saturdays)
What to eat: Butterscotch brownies, Carbonara pasta, Fish burger, Ultimate Pork Chop, Dolce Omelette, Cebuano Breakfast, Pancake Stack, Java Chip blend, Wild Tribe Mocha blend
Insider info: Dolce actually shares the same space as a flower shop and a n architectural design studio.
Contact details: Phone number: +63 32 5127263 Email: cafe.dolce@yahoo.com Facebook: @DolceCafeCebu

With its sleek and modern design, plus convenient work and study hours till after midnight, Dolce is one of the top-of-mind cafes in Cebu for both locals and foreign visitors. The brainchild of Sarah Dychengco, Dolce serves sweet desserts at affordable prices, as well as viands and full meals that can fill up any sojourner looking for rest and relaxation in an otherwise busy capital city. Relax inside, where you can read a book and ponder in peace, or people-watch while surrounded by Cebu’s city lights in the area outside.

9. ETTA’S Eclectic Food + Drinks

(photo via Facebook, @EttasPH)

Location: Center Cebu,, 176 Archbishop Reyes Ave. Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
Type: Filipino, Filipino-fusion, Southeast/East Asian
Reservations: Accepted
Budget for one: P400 to P550
Open hours: 11am to 10pm
What to eat: Salmon Bellysioso, Parmesan French Fries, Humba, Pancit Negra, Kawali Silog, Seafood Squash Soup, Boneless Bulalo, Tocino Pork Skewers, Lapu-Lapu with XO, Dinuguang Lechon Kawali, Pirit-Pirit chicken, Ginataang Kaldereta, Frozen Iced Tea
Contact details: Phone number: +63 32 4019012 Facebook: @EttasPH

For the very best in Fusion cuisine, head to ETTA’S Eclectic Food + Drink restaurant. Just when you think you know Filipino food, ETTA’S brings a twist to your favorites that sure to excite and surprise your tastebuds with a plethora of new flavors. It’s an adventure for everyone, from reading the menu to receiving the food. But just because they’re pushing the envelope of culinary design doesn’t mean they compromised on taste. At ETTA’S, the taste is just as powerful as the presentation. Coupled with a chic interior that relies heavily on open glass and wooden accents, ETTA’S is a restaurant tour de force!

10. Yolk: Coffee and Breakfast

Location: 80 Tres Borces St., Mabolo, Cebu City
Type: Café, American, Filipino, Fusion
Reservations: Accepted
Budget for one: P350 to P400
Open hours: 7am to 10pm
What to eat: Chorizo and Eggs in Pan, Eggs Benny, Pumba Sandwich, Mighty BLT, Piccolo Latte, Americano, Cebu Omelette, Got Beef on Rice, Goodness in a Jar, Green with Envy, Rice to the Top
Insider info: You can ask the chef to cook your eggs however you want! Runny, poached, steamed, hard boiled, fried, etc.
Contact details: Phone number: +63 32 2310411 Facebook: @YolkCafePH

Good food is born out of passion, and the same applies for the founders of Yolk: Coffee and Breakfast. A group of friends came together one day and decided to create something new out of their shared love for delicious meals. Hence, Yolk was born. While the concept is nothing new—there are plenty of “all day breakfast” places in Cebu by now—the “egg”xecution of their dishes is what sets them apart. As the name suggests, most of their prized dishes have eggs in them. By adding fresh ingredients and saucy twists, Yolk rises above the crowd as a total palette pleaser in all aspects! Plus, their coffee is out of this world, as they source their beans from the Dutch Colony Coffee Co. in Singapore! Enjoy a fun experience and check out other tourist spots to visit, things to do and more in Cebu City. Discover cheap hotel deals and cheap flights from carriers like Philippine Airlines, AirAsia, and more with Traveloka!]]>

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