The best of the South.
The Queen City of the South, a fitting name for Cebu City. The country’s second city has been hailed for many great things – their beaches, festivals, and best of all their food.
If you’re wondering where to eat in Cebu, loosen your belt and get ready because there are too many good restaurants in Cebu to miss out on. As the first island the Spaniards settled in, Cebu’s local cuisine is naturally adorned with Spanish influence. Now adding to that melting pot the Chinese community that has taken its roots there, expect a taste of Chinese cuisine as well.
For this list, we present the best restaurants to get good grub the next time you’re down (way down) South. Whether if you’re there on vacation, headed for Sinulog, or just passing by, you can not afford to miss these places to go to in Cebu!
Anzani Restaurant – Nivel Hills
For an elevated Mediterranean dining experience, head over to Anzani Restaurant, a fine-dining concept that has been recognized as the “best of the best” and “Cebu’s best”. They offer unique and innovative dishes that will satisfy the palate that’s always craving for something new.
House of Lechon – multiple branches in Cebu
Can’t visit Cebu without getting a taste of their famous Lechon, right? While there are many Lechon spots around the city, the House of Lechon is arguably one of the most-loved restos to serve succulent, roasted suckling pig! They now offer a Hot and Spicy variant for those who want a special kick!
Señor Kimchi – Escario
Señor Kimchi is a Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant that specializes in serving urban tacos and burritos. Recommended dishes include their Bulgogi Beef Burrito, Drunken Shrimp Pandesal Pizza, and Spicy Pork Taco.
The Pig & Palm – Cebu Business Park
The Pig & Palm is Jason and Irha Atherton’s first restaurant concept in the Philippines, offering a modern Spanish tapas menu with a focus on pork. Recommended dishes include their Roast Suckling Pig, Pork Terrine, and Curried Grouper.
Insider tip: If you're dining late at night, try out some of their signature cocktails such as the Rum DMC, Milk & Honey, and Notorious P.I.G.
Kayu: Kitchen + Bar – Sanson Road
Kayu is an innovative gastronomic concept specializing in modern-fusion cuisine with beautifully plated dishes from appetizers to desserts. We recommend the Pork Belly with Grilled Applesauce, Sizzling Rib Eye Steak, and the Sizzling Banana Caramel dessert.
La Vie Parisienne – Lahug
La Vie Parisienne is a French bakery, a deli and a wine library – all in one! Indulge in freshly baked breads, pastries and desserts, gourmet sandwiches, cheese plates, coffee and a huge selection of classic and premium wines.
Bintana – Camputhaw
Bintana is Filipino neighbourhood cafe in Cebu that serves traditional homemade Filipino cuisine, specialty coffee, and pastries. Bintana, as we all know, means ‘window‘, but as a restaurant, it’s a portal to a gastronomical experience!
The Oriental Spice Gourmet – Pajo-Basak Marigondon
A lot of locals and tourists have been raving about this restaurant for quite some time now. The Oriental Spice Gourmet serves the best of Southeast Asia’s cuisine. Bestsellers include the pad thai, hainanese chicken, and laksa.
No reservations accepted
Pajo-Basak Marigondon Rd., Lapu-Lapu City, 6015 Cebu
(032) 406 0814
Balay sa Busay – Tops Road
Atop the famous Tops Road in Cebu City, Balay sa Busay sits overlooking the scenic cliffs of upland Busay, serving everything close to home: Filipino cuisine with a touch of Cebuano magic, including Fried Pompano, Pinakbet Rice, Lechon Tinola, and so much more.
Gorliz – Paseo Saturnino
Inspired by a quaint town in the Basque Country of Northern Spain, Gorliz is a tapas bar and restaurant that has grown to be both a local and tourist favorite.
Reservations are accepted
View their Facebook account
2/F Streetscape, Paseo Saturnino, Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City
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Cover photo from Balay sa Busay Facebook