This list of the best restaurants in Cebu introduces an eclectic choice of venues serving a wide range of cuisines, whichever of the 168 Cebu islands they might be located on. Cebu has become one of the main holiday destinations in the Philippines, and infrastructures had to be implemented to accommodate and cater an increasing number of visitors from all around the world.
The dining scene in Cebu Province’s main holiday destinations from Cebu City to Mactan Island, and from Moalboal to Malapascua Island, therefore offers an authentic journey through savours; when East meets West, as they say. Discover below Cebu’s most popular dining venues in their respective location.
Established on Nivel Hills in 2008, Anzani is a very well-quoted fine-dining restaurant run by a charming couple, Marco and Kate Anzani. Chef Marco Anzani has been considered as one of the founders of “new Mediterranean cuisine” by the New York Times, and his restaurant has received five international awards since 2016. Décor, atmosphere, and service are on par with the food: simply outstanding. Prices are rather steep, but top quality comes at a certain price.
- Opening Hours: Lunch from 11:30-14:30; dinner from 17:30-00:00
- Location: Panorama Heights, Nivel Hills, Lahug, Cebu City
- Tel: +63 32 232 7375
This genuine Filipino restaurant is named after the original name of Cebu – Zubu, appended to the name of their speciality, the Lechon. Lechon is a Spanish dish that can be translated into roasted suckling pig. At Zubuchon, you have the opportunity to sample locally produced pig, raised in a natural environment, and fed with top-notch natural products, including organic food during the last week of their existence. Zubuchon’s professional ethics certainly explains their success in Cebu.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 23:00
- Location: Opposite Mango Square Mall on General Maxilom Avenue, Cebu City
- Tel: +63 32 239 5697
Ibiza Beach Club is a stylish venue to dine and relax located at the end of the jetty that closes the bay in front of the Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island. The outdoor terrace offers a comfortable place to enjoy a skillfully mixed cocktail while watching the ocean and listening to the unobtrusive live music. The air-conditioned indoor dining area is elegantly decorated; it offers the perfect place to savour the fine cuisine blending Asian and Mediterranean influences served here. In addition, if you’d prefer to opt for a heartier meal, churrasco – seasoned grilled meat - is also available.
- Opening Hours: Mon-Thu from 16:00 – 00:00; Fri-Sun from 15:00 – 02:00
- Location: At Movenpick Resort Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 492 7777
Located on the second floor of Neptune’s Dive Centre, on a small lane parallel to the shore in Moalboal village, Lantaw is an unpretentious restaurant made of wood, and featuring a cool terrace offering sea view. Lantaw serves an eclectic choice of dishes from all around the world. You can enjoy here Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Italian, and Filipino dishes literally prepared in front of you – the kitchen is opened. As a seaside restaurant, seafood is also predominant in the menu. Rates are not cheap, yet remain affordable.
- Opening Hours: From 07:00-22:00
- Location: Panagsama Beach in Moalboal
- Tel: +63 915 278 5388
Serving a hearty choice of Filipino and western favourites, The Big J’s International & Local Cuisine Restaurant is a simple affair built of wood, bamboo, and rattan panels. Do not be shoved away by this basic aspect, as the main asset of this place is the quality of the food it serves. Obviously, it’s not a fine-dining restaurant, yet you may be surprised by the savour of the dishes served here. From their crispy lechon kawali to their sweet & sour fish fillet, and from their mango alamode to their crispy turon, you’ll feast here at reasonable rates.
- Opening Hours: From 06:00-21:00
- Location: On Argao-Santander coastal road, near Whale Shark Point in Oslob
- Tel: +63 922 382 6269
Offering panoramic views over the garden and the pool of the chic Cebu City Marriott Hotel, Garden Café is a stylish restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner à la carte, as well as excellent buffets which give you the opportunity to sample a large choice of delicious dishes according to themes such as Savory International for lunch; Flavours of Asia from Monday to Thursday, Popular seafood on Friday, and Magnificent Prime Rib on Saturday, for dinner. Settings and service are top-notch, and prices are in line with the five-star rating of the hotel.
- Opening Hours: Lunch from 12:00-14:00; dinner from 18:00-22:30
- Location: At Cebu City Marriott Hotel
- Tel: +63 917 319 6867
Belonging to the upscale Radisson Blu Cebu Hotel located right next to the SM City Cebu (shopping mall), Feria is a stylish restaurant at which you can enjoy Filipino, Indian, Mediterranean, Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian cuisines both à la carte and at buffets. The five-star rating of the resort is perfectly reflected in this restaurant which will surely please as much your eyes with its stunning décor and furnishing, that it will please your taste buds with its fine cuisine. Rates are obviously on the steep side.
- Opening Hours: From 06:30-22:30
- Location: At Radisson Blu Cebu
- Tel: +63 32 402 9900
Oscar’s Bar and Restaurant is the venue you should not miss if you come by Malapascua Island, a small tropical paradise located seven kilometres northeast off Cebu Island. Settled on Bounty Beach (to the south of the island), Oscar’s is an open-sided venue located on the second floor of Thresher Shark Divers. You’ll dine here surrounded by palm trees, in a very cool atmosphere. The food served here features a good range of Filipino, Asian, and international dishes, although the menu changes everyday to incorporate the freshest ingredients of the day.
- Opening Hours: From 07:00-00:00
- Location: At the second floor of Thresher Shark Divers in Bounty Beach, Malapascua Island
- Tel: +63 927 612 3359
Located toward the eastern tip of Mactan Island, and part of the Abaca Boutique Resort, Abaca Restaurant is a true culinary gem. As in most hotel restaurants, the food served here is international – in a way to please as many people as possible, and Abaca succeed to make any type of cuisine shiny without effort. Their Chef is really talented, and the service is absolutely excellent at Abaca. Designed in a well-thought-out intimate contemporary Filipino style boasting Spanish influences, the décor and atmosphere of Abaca make it a very pleasant venue to dine in Mactan Island.
- Opening Hours: From 07:00-23:00
- Location: At Abaca Boutique Resort in Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 495 8456
Located on Panagsama Road, a mere 50 metres from the sea, Ven’z Kitchen isn’t much to look at, yet it is extremely popular for the quality of the food it serves. You can sample here a good choice of Filipino and Asian specialities, including fresh seafood, vegan and gluten-free dishes prepared with style by two friendly ladies. Prices are very affordable, and you even can join a cooking class to learn how to prepare some of the most famous dishes of Filipino cuisine.
- Opening Hours: From 10:00-22:00
- Location: Panagsama beach in Moalboal
- Tel: +63 32 474 3981