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TOP Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu, Philippines

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Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu
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For centuries, Cebu has been a food mecca where visitors can taste some of the greatest Philippine cuisine vis-a-vis global flavors brought by visitors. But what’s challenging is looking for the top restaurants in Cebu.

As the main staple for regular Filipino dining. Cebu is blessed with outstanding brands that carry the flair and class of the Filipino dining experience.

Here are the …

Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu:

(1) Cafe Laguna

Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu - Cafe Laguna
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Top on our List of Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu is the local favorite – Cafe Laguna. Café Laguna first opened its doors in an unassuming space in Lahug, Cebu City in 1991, the small restaurant became an overnight success simply through word of mouth.

Cafe Laguna Best Sellers
Photo Credits to Laguna Group

Now, with four-family owned restaurants, members of the Urbina family take charge and busy themselves with tasks related to their business. Having their Kare-kare with Bagoong, Crispy Pata, Lumpiang Sariwa, Crispy Tadyang and Pandan Chicken as their best sellers.

A regular at the Philippine Tatler, it is 2021 Sunstar Best of Cebu’s Filipino Restaurant of the year. Need I say more why it’s on top of the list?

BRANCHES:

Café Laguna – Ayala Center Cebu

Address: Level 1, Ayala Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Café Laguna – SM City Cebu

Address: SM City Cebu, The Northwing, Kaohsiung St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Laguna Garden Café – Cebu Business Park

Address: The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Café Laguna – SM Seaside

Address: SM Seaside City, Cebu South Coastal Rd, Cebu City

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Café Laguna – Cebu Business Park

Address: 2 Bohol Ave., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Café Laguna – Ayala Malls Central Bloc

Address: 8WJ4+9WA, Apas, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Café Laguna

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: Café Laguna

 

(2) Rico’s Lechon

Rico's Lechon Store
Photo Credits to ph.news.yahoo.com

By using a suckling pig, marinating and having it stuffed with several herbs and spices then roasted, Rico’s Lechon represents one of the Philippines’ national dishes, lechon; perfectly cooked and served to satisfy your appetites, landing them to the second spot of our 2022 Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu list.

Rico's Lechon
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Rico’s Lechon owner George Pua takes pride in offering the best dining experience to their customers through the brand’s “Da Best Gyud” culture and continuing to provide the juiciest and crispiest lechon. Rico’s Lechon offers an experience like “home” with its present-day classic interiors and cozy ambiance.

BRANCHES:

Rico’s Lechon – Escario

Address: Vibo Place, N Escario St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10:30am-7:00pm

Rico’s Lechon Office

Address: 8WV6+9J8, Paseo Saturnino, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-6pm, Monday, 8am-6pm

Rico’s Lechon – Mandaue

Address: 8WFJ+XRV, Mantawe Ave., Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-7pm

Rico’s Lechon – AyalaMalls Central Bloc

Address: 8WJ4+8WH, Apas, Cebu City, Cebu

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Rico’s Lechon

Address: No. 1 Saturn St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-9:30pm

Rico’s Lechon

Address: 4 Mactan St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Open now

Rico’s Lechon

Address: Unit 3 & 4, Mactan Promenade, Lapu-Lapu Airport Rd, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 8am-8pm

Rico’s Lechon – Mandaue

Areas Served: Mandaue City

Opening hours: Open now

FACEBOOK PAGE: RICO’S LECHON

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: Globally Recognized Cebu’s Best Rico’s Lechon

 

(3) STK Ta Bai

STK ta Bay
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Ask a Cebuano where to dine in a seafood restaurant in Cebu and many will point you to STK Ta Bai! The restaurant features Filipino dishes like Grilled Tuna Panga, Seafood Caldereta, Halabos Shrimps, and crabs cooked in various ways.

STK ta Bay best Sellers
Photo Credits to Paolito’s from the kitchen of STK TA BAI

The restaurant also serves as a mini-museum as well since it has tons of memorabilia and collectibles that visitors and patrons can see throughout the place.

Address: 6 A. Climaco St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 9am-3pm, 5-10pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: STK ta Bai sa Paolito’s Seafood House

(4) House of Lechon

House of Cebu
Photo Credits to kalamicebu.com

House of Lechon is one of the best restaurants in Cebu known for having the best-tasting lechon in the city. They are famous for mixing an elegant and an alfresco dining experience with the most delicious and satisfying meal anybody could ask for. The interior is classy without losing that touch of native Filipino.

House of Lechon
Photo Credits to kalamicebu.com

Prepared on a wooden dish that looks like the face of a pig, the lechon is always roasted perfectly—you can tell by the appetizing amber-orange color. The skin is also delightfully crispy, while the pig’s meat is tender and moist. To balance the flavors, guests may choose from other non-pork dishes like baked scallops, pancit canton, lumpia (spring roll), kinilaw (Philippine ceviche), and other local delicacies.

Address: Acacia St,. Cebu City

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: House of Lechon

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: House of Lechon

(5) Parilya

Parilya
Photo Credits to Parilya FB Page

Parilya, a modern seaside restaurant offering traditional Lechon and Seafood grill. An open air resto offering a very refreshing breeze while enjoying their many grilled dishes. Specialties include Open Fire Slow Cooked Lechon Parilya and the Parilya Secret Spiced Grilled Shrimp, as well as a host of other Cebuano classic dishes.

Grilled gambas of parilya
Photo Credits to Parilya.com

But, if you want to have it all, try Parilya’s version of boodle fight called Habhab. For a price of P650.00 per head, you can have lechon, a wide variety of dishes, drinks and more at a long table. Habhab is available for lunch and dinner but take note that you need to pre-book or arrange this in advance.

Address: City di Mare Visitor Center, IL Corso, Cebu South Coastal Rd, Lungsod ng Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-8pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Parilya

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: Parilya

 

(6) Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen

GOLDEN COWRIE FILIPINO KITCHEN
Photo Credits to kalamicebu.com

Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen is the premium brand of the foremost Cebu restaurant deeply rooted in the heart and culture of every Cebuano bringing generations of diners together for 35 years.

GOLDEN COWRIE FILIPINO KITCHEN Best Sellers
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Its menu features classic recipes to pay homage to the heritage of Philippine cuisine and celebrates culinary creativity in terms of modern execution and play of flavors. Their best sellers include dishes like pinaupong manok, tahong in coconut milk, manong’s red balls, and Salinas kwek-kwek.

Address: Ayala Center Cebu, 176 Archbishop Reyes Ave., Cebu Business Park, Cebu City

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen Official

 

(7) Lantaw Native Restaurant

Lantaw Cordova
Photo Credits to Sugbo.ph

Lantaw is a Bisaya word that translates to “look out”. This popular restaurant in Cordova offers stunning seaside views and excellent local cuisine in an Asian-themed setting filled with bamboo furniture and wooden accents.

LANTAW NATIVE RESTAURANT best sellers
Photo Credits to Lantaw Cordova’s FB Page

Given that it’s situated above sea, Lantaw Native Restaurant serves all things seafood–roasted squids, boiled clams, sinigang na hipon, and more. I don’t blame you if you had too much! The combination of mouthwatering seafood and stunning scenery will get you begging to stay.

Address: Barangay Day-as, Cordova, Northern Cebu

Opening hours: Sunday-Saturday, 11am-9pm

 

 

(8) AA BBQ

AA BBQ
Photo Credits to restaurantguru.com

Your trip to Cebu would not be complete without a visit to AA BBQ. Not only can it give you that down-to-earth experience but also for their delicious dining venture. This open-air grill restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists because of its reasonably-priced food, comfortable ambiance and
accommodating staff. Affordable and fresh servings make them a constant in the Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu list.

AA BBQ pochero
Photo Credits to everythingcebu.com
hot and crispy squid
Photo Credits to everythingcebu.com
fried “bangus” with garlic
Photo Credits to everythingcebu.com

You will be greeted by a display of marinated seafood and meats in front of the restaurant, where you will specify how you want your food to be prepared. You can have them grilled, fried or stewed. Their best sellers include pochero (beef bone marrow) (either sizzling or stewed), hot and crispy squid and fried “bangus” (milkfish) with garlic.

Address: 8WH2+WF7, Salinas Drive, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 8am-5pm, Monday, 8am-5pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: AA BBQ

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: AA BBQ

 

(9) Top of Cebu

TOP OF CEBU
Photo Credits to Sugbo.ph

This Filipino restaurant offers an unobstructed view of Cebu City, providing guests with an unforgettable outdoor dining experience while enjoying an amazing view overlooking the city’s skyline. Top of Cebu is one of the restaurants in Cebu City with an ambiance favorable for romantic dinners and occasions.

TOP OF CEBU
Photo Credits to Sugbo.ph

They offer local fusion cuisine with a local twist that’s popular among local diners. Some crowd favorites include the Sinigang sa Miso (meat with sour broth), sizzling gambas (saucy shrimp), and breaded salmon filled with mango sauce. There’s also the Pancit de Cebu, a dish consisting of stir-fried noodles with seafood, local vegetables, and pork, finished with a bed of crispy fried noodles, eggs, and native chicharon (pork cracklings).

Address: 9VCC+HCM, Tops Road, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-11pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Top of Cebu

(10) Balay Sa Busay

BALAY SA BUSAY
Photo Credits to cebubulletin.ph

A new entry to the Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu list, Balay sa Busay is a cliffside restaurant in Cebu that promises a delightful gastronomic indulgence. Strategically perched on top of a lush highland, this “homely-resto-with-a-millenial-twist” boasts an alfresco dining setup that guarantees nothing short of panoramic scenery.

Pancit Patong
Photo Credits to Sugbo.ph

Balay sa Busay offers various classic Filipino cuisine with a distinctive taste you’ll surely love such as Ang Paboritong Sisig ni Tatay or their Pancit-Batil-Patong, Pomelo Salad and Honey Chili Crablets. Or if you need to combat the chill of the hills, warm up with their Lechon Tinola ni Lolo.

Address: 9VCC+HCM, Tops Road, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-11pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Balay sa Busay

INSTAGRAM BUSINESS ACCOUNT: Balay Sa Busay

(11) ORANGE Karenderia

Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu - ORANGE KARENDERIA
Photo Credits to ORANGE KARENDERIA FB Page

Orange Karenderia started as a carenderia (food stall) in 2012. Owned by Cebuanos Mike and Beverly Pato in Mandaue City, Cebu. The “upscale carinderia” concept has expanded not only in Cebu but also in Bacolod and in other parts of Manila.

Betsy’s Garlic Chicken
Betsy’s Garlic Chicken; Photo Credits to ORANGE KARENDERIA fb page

Their standout dishes are Betsy’s Garlic Chicken and the tuna panga. The appetizers are dishes Cebuanos are known to love like kinilaw, sinuglaw, itlog na maalat (salted egg), and calamares (fried squid).

BRANCHES:

Orange Karenderia – SM City Cebu

Address: SM City Cebu, 3rd, Cebu City, Cebu

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Orange Karenderia Parkmall Branch

Address: 8WGM+CP3, Tipolo, Mandaue City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-10pm

Orange Karenderia

Address: Alfresco, Newtown Blvd., Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu

FACEBOOK PAGE: Orange Karenderia Parkmall | Orange Karenderia SM City Cebu

 

(12) Chikaan Sa Cebu

CHIKAAN IN CEBU
Photo Credits to the owner

Chikaan sa Cebu has strengthened its long-standing tradition of serving the Cebuanos’ take on authentic Filipino dishes for over 30 years. Their menu is a collection of favorite traditional dishes from various parts of the country. With their recipes, each meal feels like coming home every time.

CHIKAAN IN CEBU
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Chikaan sa Cebu Restaurant provides a warm and cozy atmosphere. Suitable for having a good meal with families and at a typical Filipino resto. They serve mostly Filipino food with varieties on the soup, beed, pork and chicken menu like crispy pata, pinakbet, and spicy shrimp in coco cream.

BRANCHES:

Chika-an sa Cebu

Address: 42 Salinas Dr, Cebu City, 6000 Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-8pm

Chika-an sa Cebu

Address: 3rd Level, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, CBP, Archbishop Reyes Ave, Cebu City Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Chika-an sa Cebu

Address: SM City Cebu, Juan Luna Ave Cor, Cabahug And Kaohsiung St., Cebu City, Cebu

Chika-an sa Cebu

Address: 3rd Floor, SM Seaside City Cebu, Cebu City

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-8pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Chikaan sa Cebu

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: Chikaan

 

(13) HUKAD sa Golden Cowrie

HUKAD SA GOLDEN COWRIE
Photo Credits to owner

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie is a favorite food spot in Cebu among foreign and local tourists. Not only for their gastronomical dishes but also for their interior emitting a vibe of a simple and rural dining.

HUKAD SA GOLDEN COWRIE
Photo Credits to the owner

But of course, the main highlights of the restaurant—its menu! They will surely take you on another mouth-watering adventure, with Cebu’s finest local dishes. Their varieties of dishes range of meat, seafood, vegetables and Cebuano delicacies such as Pomelo Salad, Ngohiong, Adobong Talong, Baked Bantayan Scallops, Sinigang Baby Prawns, Escabecheng Tangigue.

BRANCHES:

Hukad

Address: Ayala Center, Biliran Rd, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-10:30pm

Hukad sa Golden Cowrie

Address: Robinsons Cybergate, Don Gil Garcia St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 6am-9pm

Golden Cowrie

Address: 42 Salinas Dr, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-2pm, 5-8:30pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Hukad – Golden Cowrie

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: Hukad

(14) CHOOBI CHOOBI

Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu - CHOOBI CHOOBI
Photo Credits to cebu24.com

An original seafood restaurant from Cebu. Choobi Choobi is known for serving affordable shrimp dishes, and are especially loved for their Shrimp in a Bag. And let me mention that the shrimps are raised and are harvested from Stan’s (Choobi Choobie’s owner and founder) own farm in Cebu.

CHOOBI CHOOBI
Photo Credits to thehungrykat.com

Choobi Choobi Restaurant has been in business for quite a while. Good quality seafood, generous serving portions, and a price tag that doesn’t break the bank are some of the reasons why Choobi Choobi Restaurant is one of the most famous restaurants in Cebu.

BRANCHES:

Choobi Choobi

Address: 6000 F. Cabahug St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Choobi Choobi – SM City Cebu

Address: 8W69+H5P, SM City Cebu Juan Luna Avenue Corner Cabahug, Kaohsiung St., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Choobi Choobi – SM Seaside City Cebu

Address: 2nd Floor, SM Seaside City Cebu, Cebu City

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Choobi Choobi – Robinsons Galleria Cebu

Address: 8W36+MPC, General Maxilom Ave Ext., Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

Choobi Choobi – Parkmall

Address: Parkmall, Ouano Ave, Tipolo, Mandaue City, 6014 Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-2pm, 5:30-10:30pm

Choobi Choobi

Address: 8X36+2J8, The Outlets at Pueblo Verde. MEZ II, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 11am-8pm

Choobi Choobi

Address: Mactan Newtown, Hawkers Center, Newtown Blvd, Lapu-Lapu, 6015 Lalawigan ng Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-10pm

Choobi Choobi – Ayala Center Cebu

Address: Cebu, Cebu City

Choobi Choobi

Address: 72R3+94J, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Choobi Choobi

GOOGLE BUSINESS LINK: Choobi Choobi

 

(15) CIRCA 1900

Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu - CIRCA 1900
Photo Credits zomato.com

This fine-dining place in Cebu City serves international cuisine with a local flair. Circa 1900 Cebu—on its halls reek not just in rich history but also a tradition of conservation and safe keeping. Owned by Apodis Circa 1900 Corp. Circa 1900 Cebu is a brand that represents classic dining and nostalgia for a turn-of-the-century golden age. Circa 1900 completes the 15 Best Filipino Restaurants in Cebu in 2022.

Truffled Squid
Truffled Squid; Photo Credits to the owner

Their menu is regularly changed and adjusted. The shifting seasons, what’s now good and what isn’t quite, are both taken into account. Even so, crowd favorites are such as Truffled Squid, Prawn Risotto, Roast Crunchy Pork Belly Ribs, and the Pistachio Encrusted Salmon.

Address: Sanjercas Ville Ext. Rd, Cebu City, Cebu

Opening hours: Tuesday-Monday, 10am-9pm

FACEBOOK PAGE: Circa 1900

INSTAGRAM BUSINESS LINK: circa1900

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📍Cebu, Philippines
 
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