Cebu's best restaurants

Yesterday, my colleagues and I had a difficult time deciding on a dinner venue in Cebu. As one put it so aptly, maybe it’s because we’re all decision makers in our roles that sometimes we just want to leave it to others to decide in simple situations like this. I came up with an idea of having everyone write their choice down on a piece of paper, roll it up and have a Manila colleague pick the winning entry. The winner was supposedly Vienna Kaffeehaus Mango, but our boss decided it might be over budget so we trooped to Golden Cowrie instead.

Taking inspiration from yesterday’s exercise, I thought about writing an entry on my favorite restaurants here in Cebu. Here are the ones on my list:


  • Casa Verde. First situated in an old house in a small street parallel to F.Ramos, this restaurant offers a big serving of baby back ribs at only Php130. It’s their bestseller, so don’t forget to try it on your first visit.
  • Ila Puti. With two branches found near call center buildings at IT Park and Sykes Mabolo, I’m sure this resto has definitely captured the hearts of the building employees. They have unique dishes like bangus in coco cream sauce and pasta puti.
  • Da Vinci’s Pizza. Most famous for their original Da Vinci white sauce, they have several branches in Cebu. Most familiar to me are IT Park, Osmena Boulevard, and Marina Mall in Mactan. Prices per pizza are at Php200-300.


  • Café Georg. This stand-alone restaurant in Banilad offers a lot of selections from appetizing bread dips, salads, main courses to dessert. I love the spinach and cheese dip, mango tahini salad, Singaporean style fish, chicken pot pie and bolognara pasta. They’re always updating their menu, so there’s always something new and exciting to try when you come back for your next visit.
  • Lemongrass. Owned by the family behind home-grown Laguna Garden Café, this restaurant in Ayala Center showcases dishes of Vietnam and Thailand. Try their pad thai, pandan chicken, steamed fish, and pork spare ribs. Pair them with their best-selling citrus herb juice.
  • La Buona Forchetta. It’s an Italian restaurant in Acacia street, located in an old mansion turned into a commercial location. My fave dishes here are the focaccia bread (appetizer), salciccia (pizza) and marinara pasta. For dessert, their tiramisu is definitely a must-try. Prices range from 300-400 per dish.
  • Spice Fusion. This restaurant has two branches in Cebu, located at Banilad Town Center and SM Northwing. The theme is all about Asian fusion. I love their roti, spicy cream of seafood soup, and lemon chicken.
  • La Tegola. The best branch of the La Tegola chain of Italian restaurants is on the mountaintop of Busay. You dine with a great view of Cebu City, and it’s best to visit at night so one could see the city in lights.


  • Abaca. This is my favorite restaurant of all time! Menus change everyday according to available ingredients. Everything I’ve tried here tastes good, and service is excellent too. Though it comes at a hefty price tag (at least Php1,000 per person), it’s definitely worth the visit. One would never forget an experience at Abaca.
  • Tides @ Shangrila Mactan. The wide range of the buffet at this restaurant makes its customers stay longer to savor the experience of all the delectable dishes up for grabs. I especially love the fresh seafood and chocolate fondue.
  • Black Angus. This is a steak restaurant located in Gaisano Country Mall, Banilad. I’m not really a big fan of steaks, but I found their dishes appealing nonetheless.

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Anonymous said...

hi there. im so glad to have found your blog. been to cebu a couple of times (one for business and the other for pleasure) but reading your blog made me wonder if i've ever been to cebu at all :)

seemed like there were lots of things i missed when i was there. well im planning to go there again for sinulog this january 2009, and i hope to check the places i read in your blog.

more power.


Unknown said...

hi lance! your comment made me happy. i wrote this blog to help other travellers, and i'm glad you found my posts useful for your next cebu trip. :) i'll write more about the restaurants i featured soon. will keep you updated. hope to see you back here in my blog! :)


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