Food & Restaurants

Food & Restaurants in Cebu

The great thing about Cebu is that, while being an island paradise, on the one hand, it's also a sophisticated city, with a wide range of pretty decent restaurants to choose from. Street-food abounds in Cebu and is amazingly cheap. You can buy all sorts of Philippine delicacies from the many street stalls scattered around Cebu City.


  • SuTuKil - An acronym for sugba (grilled), tula (soup-based/with broth), and kilaw(raw, soaked/pickled in vinegar). This is a popular term for ordering a selection of fresh seafood and meat from the market and cooked any way you like it in an eatery.
  • Lechon - Roasted suckling pig. The whole province of Cebu is known for its lechon which is known to be the best in the Philippines.


Cebu has Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Continental, fusion, and of course local restaurants. It also has other international cuisines like American, Spanish, Thai and Indian. For tourists, the two best areas to find great restaurants are Ayala Mall and IT Park. Ayala Center Cebu recently opened a modern extension called The Terraces with an abundance of food choices adjacent to Marriott Hotel. It also has two grocery stores with large sections of food imported from the rest of the world. The IT Park has over 20 great restaurants and most of them are open 24 hours a day. Both of these eating areas offer free WiFi. On the other hand, SM City Cebu also opened an extension to the main mall called SM Northwing with more than 10 choices of local and international cuisines.

  • Alberto's PizzaB. Rodriguez Ave. (opposite Vicente Sotto Hospital). Offers a good and rather affordable locally made thin crust pizza.
  • Ang Manok ni Señor Pedro. Specialises in Lechon Manok or roasted chicken which is a local favorite.
  • Bens LechonHas branches in Mactan Marina Mall, Airport Rd, Parkmall Mandaue and also in White Gold Supermarket.,  +63 32 420-4320, e-mail:. Popular for its Native Cebu Lechon, in its branch in STK Food St. they offer STK an abbreviation for sugba, tuwa and kinilaw, offeringsinugbang panga, tuna belly, squid and the famous Bisaya chicken. They also offer pochero, caldertang kambing along with other Filipino dishes.
  • Casa VerdeHas branches in Ayala Center Cebu, IT Park and the original restaurant in Ramos.. Well known for their baby back ribs.
  • Cielo (2nd Level, The Forum, Archbishop Reyes),  +63 32 412-9887, e-mail:. Open daily, except Mon., 11AM-2PM and 6PM-12midnite. Cielo is an authentic Italian style restaurant with a contemporary bar and lounge, the interior and music is quite reminiscent of NY City. Specialties include gourmet pizzas, pasta, osso buco, scallopini ala marsala and traditional Italian desserts such as bread pudding, panna cotta, tartufo.
  • CNT LechonSM City Cebu. Serves authentic Cebuano Lechon.
  • Golden CowrieBranches in Salinas Drive, SM Cebu and Robinson's Cybergate.
  • Giuseppe'sMarie Luisa Drive, Banilad. Authentic Italian restaurant.
  • Hola Espanol. Spanish cuisine in the Philippines. Try their Paella Negra, and other paella varieties.
  • Joule's chickenTalamban (Across Blue Gym, No signs at all, look for the smoke on your left and motorbikes on your right, and long lines at the window.). Famous for their lechon manok (roasted chicken).
  • The Jungle Restaurant. They serve international cuisine. Aside from dining, they too have entertainment, dances from around the world, fire dancing, Local Filipino traditional dances, Filipino culture, arts and crafts etc.
  • La Buona Forchetta da Paolo Ristorante PizzeriaAdvent Business Center, 139 Acacia St., Kamputhaw. is popular among foreign residents for offering authentic Italian cuisine at reasonable prices. Equally noteworthy Italian restaurants are La Tegola (with outlets in Busay and Banilad) and Brescia(Salinas Drive, Lahug), which also has a wide range of imported wines.
  • Larsian Barbeque (Near Fuente). Best and the cheapest around the city. The barbeque portions are small so you have enough space to store dessert. Try various kinds of barbequed local delicacies not for the faint of heart: innards, coagulated blood, squid, hotdogs aside from the usual pork and chicken varieties.
  • Mooon Cafe. Is a local restaurant located at the Terraces in Ayala Mall as well as in Guadalupe not far from the Capitol building. Its specialty is Mexican "inspired" food and ambiance, but they serve a wide variety of options.
  • Little Saigon Big Bangkok1 Paseo Saturnino Drive ( Old Maria Luisa Road) next to The Spa at Cebu, Banilad, Cebu City+63 9177103900, e-mail:. Little Saigon Big Bangkok is an Asian restaurant specializing in creative Thai and Vietnamese "street food" cuisines, among many others.
  • Gustavian's near Giuseppe's for steaks, euro-continental, and a pub theme. Also in Ayala terraces. Pretty good deli too.
  • Siomai sa Tisa. Steamed Pork Siomai served with chili sauce.
  • Spice FusionIt has branches in Banilad Town Center and SM Cebu. They offer a wide selection of Southeast Asian food.
  • Tajimaya YakinikuLahug (End of Crossroads Mall). Serves Japanese cuisine.

Desserts, pastries and cakes

  • La Marea - Cebu-based bakeshops specializing in cakes
  • Leonas Cakes and Pastries - Cebu-based dessert and pastry shop with several outlets in Cebu. Try their banana walnut cake.
  • Cebu La Fortuna Bakery. Try their masi, a Chinese Filipino sweet product of crush nuts and sugar wrapped in rice paste. This is their only excellent product; the others may not be worth much for a try.
  • 10 Dove St - in the village of Santo Nino. The owner converted a garage like structure into a cheap, sandwich bistro. Real star are her fantastic cakes, very fresh, served by the slice from old-fashioned cake platters.