8 Essential Restaurants for Authentic Lechon in Cebu

Perfect for the long weekend!

Missed out on our first post on the best places in Metro Manila for crispy lechon? Fret not, we made another one! This time, we trace the roots of where the roasted pig craze began: Cebu. If you’re still on that faux diet then you probably shouldn’t be reading this.

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Rico’s Lechon

Rico’s is a popular choice for tourists and locals alike who want a taste of Cebu’s finest lechon. The secret is in the different herbs and spices that Rico’s adds to their lechon like leeks and garlic. Their spicy lechon is a bestseller!

Booky Tip: Their handy takeout boxes makes it an ideal pasalubong for your family back home.
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No. 1, Paseo Saturnino along Maria Luisa Road, Cebu City
(032)3440119 / (0999) 325 4528 / (0915) 703 3964 / (0933) 632 2248

CnT Lechon

CnT offers Cebu lechon at affordable prices starting at P600 per kilo. Aside from traditional lechon, CnT also offers other lechon-infused dishes like lechon sisig, lechon fried lumpia, sinigang na lechon, and more. 

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Sky Park, 3rd Floor, SM Seaside City Cebu, South Coastal Rd, Cebu City, Cebu
(032) 5138047

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Zubuchon is a combination of Zubu (old name of Cebu in Spanish/Portuguese maps) and chon (for lechon, of course!). This homegrown lechon franchise prides itself  in feeding only the best organic feeds to its pigs, hence giving their lechon that extra value. All of Zubuchon’s lechon are free from additives and MSG.

Fun fact: This is THE lechon that gave Anthony Bourdain a run for his money when he visited Cebu back in 2008. Bourdain proclaimed that lechon was "the best pig ever" after his first bite.
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Unit 005-006, Lower Ground Floor SM North Reclamation Area, Cebu City
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Boneless Lechon: Cebu’s Original Lechon Belly

Boneless Lechon is one of the first to commercially introduce this modern take on Cebu lechon. Fresh lechon belly is deboned and spiced with special ingredients before slow-roasting it over an open-charcoal fire to give it that delicious crispy skin.

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Parkmall Branch Al Fresco 3, Mandaue City
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(32) 511-8803

Tatang’s Boneless Lechon

Tatang’s is a popular lechon vendor in Cebu (that’s now in Manila!) serving extra crispy boneless lechon belly. A lechon belly value meal is only P99 so if you’re travelling on a budget, this is the place for you.

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A.S. Fortuna Mandaue City, Cebu (beside Matias Barbecue Station)
(032) 406-3873


Alejo’s Lechon is a family-owned business that’s been around for more than 30 years now. They serve traditional style lechon which can be bought per kilo or per pig.

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No reservations accepted
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Salvador Extension, Labangon Katipunan, Cebu City
(032) 261-1086 / 261-8575, 09232319683, 09065430711

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Hukad is a Cebu-hailed restaurant focused on regional Filipino fare. It traces its roots since 1982 and has a restaurant coverage of more than 25 branches in Visayas and Mindanao. It is most famous for its Lechon de Cebu, Crispy Pata and fresh seafood fare, all of which are flown from Cebu–and did we mention they also serve unli rice? READ MORE

Fun fact: Hukad recently opened its first branch in Quezon City!
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Reservations are accepted
Ayala Center Cebu, Biliran Rd, Cebu City, Cebu


Carcar Town Market

Carcar may just be the most underrated spot in this list. It’s a famous stopover for tourists who want to experience the real thing: lechon galore that’s not inside a mall or a hotel. But what really makes everyone come back is the famous signature salty drippings collected from the roasting process.

Booky Tip: If you’re not familiar with Cebu or you don’t have any friends in the area, we highly recommend that you book a Carcar town tour since its a bit far from the popular city center of the province.

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Carcar Town Market, Carcar, Cebu

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