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Restaurants in Cebu, Philippines

Cebu is home to some of the best cuisines and restaurants in the country. Since Cebu is one of the top destinations for both local and foreign travelers, restaurants such as Italian, Chinese, Thai, Japanese to name some—can easily be found anywhere the major cities: Mandaue, Cebu, and Lapu-lapu.

Although the food in the Philippines may taste the same, each island has that authentic texture and taste that cannot be replicated anywhere in the country. Cebu has its own branding of authenticity and home-cooked meals. A trip in Cebu is never complete without indulging in its sinful lechon, eating with bare hands, and hearing some local stories while chewing some authentic, savory home-prepared dishes.

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Best places to eat in Cebu Cebu, Philippines

  • Cebu City’s original grill house, AA BBQ is one of the best barbecue houses in Cebu!
  • Making a name for its spicy lechon, Rico’s Lechon is the right destination to have several bites of Cebu’s most prided cuisine.
  • A taste of Mexico is possible through Maya—a place known for quality, taste, and ambience.
  • Café Laguna is a family-owned restaurant that truly, authentically tastes Filipino.
  • Hukad located in the Ayala Terraces is a native Filipino Restaurant that replicates authentic Filipino food.
  • A trip in Cebu is never complete without dining at Larsian—the barbecue landmark in the city.
  • Famous for its fresh seafood, STK Ta Bai! is the ultimate seafood adventure in Cebu.
  • Prided itself for native cuisine, Lantaw—a floating native restaurant—is one of the new favorites of the Cebuanos for their food that tastes and feels like home.
  • A new craze in the city, Cebuanos and travelers alike go to La Vie Parisienne for its wine, French bread, and artificial cherry blossoms.
  • On top of its delicious dishes, Simply J’s charms its diners with its artistic and quaint ambiance.

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Traditional food in Cebu Cebu, Philippines

  • Sinful and cholesterol-laden, lechon remains a favorite among Filipinos especially during important occasions.
  • A rougher version of sushi, kinilaw—seasoned fish strips soaked in vinegar and spices—is the best drinking companion.
  • Very easy to prepare, inun-unan—fish stew on little water, vinegar, and spices—always appears on the dining table.
  • Anything grilled—grilled fish, pork, and chicken—is every Cebuano’s favorite.
  • Pansit bihon is a popular stir-fried noodle that is always present in important occasions.
  • Sour and savory, sinigang is the best soup served in lunch or dinner.
  • A simple soup, 'tinuwa' is one of the everyday food that locals eat.
  • Considered the most exotic and challenging food for the foreigners, balut—a boiled duck embryo—is a popular street food at night.