Abaca is a Mediterranean Restaurant and a part of a boutique resort with the same name. It is very easy to find as it is situated not far from the five-star Shangri-La in Mactan. Abaca serves interesting dishes made from local fresh seafood and imported meats and cheeses from around the world. Vegetables and herbs used in their cuisine are from their own organic garden. Abaca has a rich interior with high-end touches which make dining even more enjoyable.
If time allows, visitors might want to experience dining at one of the floating restaurants off Olango Island near Mactan. This type of restaurant is popular more for lunch. The fact is they are not really floating; they are on stilts. So far they have managed to stay low profile and not many tourists know about them. Fresh seafood is served here, for example shellfish, crabs, prawns. Ask your hotel front desk for more info how to get there. Be sure to pick a restaurant with fixed prices.
- Location: Off Olango Island, about an hour by boat from Mactan
- Cuisine: Seafood and Filipino food
There are a few branches of Gustavian in Cebu. When in Mactan try the one located at the Marina Mall. Their menu is quite varied with a good wine list. Salads and appetizers are available in full or half servings. Suggested dishes include Napoleon salad (a combination of mixed Mesclun greens, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted vegetables, walnuts and watermelon with Balsamic vinaigrette as dressing), the clam chowder with smoked salmon tostada and double-decker sandwich. Try as well their desserts, such as chocolate moist cake or brownies with nuts and pralines. Reservations necessary.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
- Location: Marina Mall, Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 3413 093
- Cuisine: European
Hola Espana is another up-market restaurant in Mactan with a gorgeous ambience and outstanding Spanish food. They menu includes gambas al ajlo (stir-fried shrimp with garlic), paella negra (paella with dark squid ink) and bouillabaisse (seafood stewed in olive oil and flavored with herbs and spices.
The Jungle Restaurant
The Jungle Restaurant serves Filipino and International cuisine from 11:00 daily. They also offer all-you-can-eat buffet each day from 15:00. Jungle features a variety of shows (comedians, fire dances and cultural dances) as early as 19:00. Call to check their schedule.
- Location: In Maribago, Lapu Lapu City, close to all the major beach resorts
- Tel: +63 32 236 8641
- Cuisine: Filipino and International cuisine
Visitors who love Japanese food will be happy to learn that there are quite a few Japanese restaurants around Mactan Island. Kaishu is one of the well-known places which serve delicious Japanese cuisine including sausage teppanyaki, tonkatsu (deep-fried pork with Worcester sauce), torikawa, chikuwa tempura (fried ground fish), and sishamo (grilled small fish).
- Opening Hours: Daily, Lunch: 11:00 - 14:00 - Dinner: 17:30 - 22:00
- Address: 168 Punta Engaño Road, Lapu Lapu City
- Tel: +63 32 495 2888
- Cuisine: Japanese
The name means Thai kitchen and that is what one will feel when entering the restaurant. It has such a nice and welcoming ambience. Its red walls are covered with decorative items from Thailand such as wooden arts and crafts. If you feel like something different, go to Krua Thai and try the green curry with chicken or the famous tom yam gung (spicy soup with prawns). If you want something light (not too spicy) try the spicy and sweet fish filet, deep-fried spring rolls, morning glory fried with soy source or fried rice with crab. Singha beer is also available here.
- Location: Near the Marina Mall, Mactan Island
- Tel: +63 32 4954 818
- Cuisine: Thai
Dishes at MB’s come in big sizes, especially the salad and pizza (good enough for two people). They serve traditional German food as well as Hungarian sausage with French fries, chicken wings with spicy sauce and pepper steak. MB’s offers air-conditioned dining on two levels and also has a pool table.
- Opening Hours: 11:00 – 24:00
- Location: Near Mactan Doctor's Hospital in Lapu Lapu City
- Cuisine: German
Maribago Grill serves Filipino food in a friendly atmosphere. Customers can choose to dine at one of their 'huts' with family and friends. They are well known for their delicious food at very reasonable prices. Dishes include chicken adobo (boiled chicken with soy sauce), stir-fried shrimp with garlic sweet sauce, sautéed squid and grilled spareribs.
- Opening Hours: Mon - Sat 10:00 – 22:00, Sun 14:00 – 22:00
- Address: Bagumbayan, Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City
- Tel: +63 32 4958 187
- Cuisine: Filipino
Nonki is a big, two-level Japanese Restaurant. Inside, it features low tables and tatami mats. Food choices are sushi, crab meat salad marinated with mayonnaise and ebi tempura (deep-fried prawns). Don’t forget to try edamame (boiled green soybeans) usually good with beer. Nonki also has a massage section on the first floor. It is a popular place for many visitors to start off with massage followed by lunch or dinner or you can do it other way around.
- Address: A S Fortuna Street, Mandaue City
- Tel: +63 32 3451 300
- Cuisine: Japanese