12 Homegrown Restaurants to Visit in Cebu


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The Queen City of the South, a fitting name for Cebu City. The country’s second city has been hailed for many great things – their beaches, festivals, and best of all their food. As the first island settled by the Spaniards, Cebu’s local cuisine shares deep roots of Spanish influence, there’s no question that their cuisine is one of the richest and most delectable in the country.

For this list, we present the best places to get good grub the next time you’re down (way down) South. Whether if you’re there on vacation, headed for Sinulog, or just passing by, you can not afford to miss any of these restaurants.

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Yolk: Coffee & Breakfast – Mabolo

Yolk is an all-day breakfast place that offers creative breakfast dishes and third wave specialty coffee. As their name suggests, Yolk offers many egg centered dishes but their menu also expands beyond eggs with sandwiches, pancakes, chorizo, and more.

Also read: 12 Restaurants in Manila with DIY Breakfast
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80 Tres Broces Street, Mabolo, Cebu City
(032) 231-0411

Señor Kimchi – Escario

Señor Kimchi is a Korean-Mexican fusion restaurant that specializes in serving urban tacos and burritos. Recommended dishes include their Bulgogi Beef Burrito, Drunken Shrimp Pandesal Pizza, and Spicy Pork Taco.

Also read: 11 Best New Taquerias to Try Around Manila
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Unit F18 Axis Entertainment Avenue, Escario, Cebu City
(032) 255-0183

Abaca Baking Company – Ayala Terraces

Abaca Baking Company (ABC) serves up artisan crafted breads, from-scratch baked goods, and classic American food. Menu highlights include their Croissant Sandwiches, Chicken & Waffles, and their ABC Breakfast Skillet.

Also read: 15 New Beautiful Restaurants for Ladies Who Brunch
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Ground Floor, The Terraces, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
(032) 262-0969

Camden Cafe – Capitol Site

Camden Cafe is an all-day breakfast and cafe concept serving up an assortment of omelettes, eggs benedict, breakfast platters, pancakes, and more. We recommend their The Spaniard omelette, Anchorage bagel sandwich, and Buttermilk Pancakes.

Insider tip: For a greener option, they also offer Fresh Bowls, composing of different salads and fruit bowls.
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Unit 3 Rosal Apts., Rosal St., Capitol Site, Cebu City
(032) 888-9176

The Pig & Palm – Cebu Business Park

The Pig & Palm is Jason and Irha Atherton’s first restaurant concept in the Philippines, offering a modern Spanish tapas menu with a focus on pork. Recommended dishes include their Roast Suckling Pig, Pork Terrine, and Curried Grouper.

Insider tip: If you're dining late at night, try out some of their signature cocktails such as the Rum DMC, Milk & Honey, and Notorious P.I.G.
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MSY Tower, Pescadores Road, Cebu Business Park, Cebu City
(0917) 657-6866

Kayu: Kitchen + Bar – Rockwell Cebu

Kayu is an innovative gastronomic concept specializing in modern-fusion cuisine with beautifully plated dishes from appetizers to desserts. We recommend the Pork Belly with Grilled Applesauce, Sizzling Rib Eye Steak and the Sizzling Banana Caramel dessert.

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Sanson Road Rockwell Cebu, Cebu City
(0917) 708-3883

Birdseed Breakfast Club – Escario

Birdseed Breakfast Club is an all-day breakfast concept and third wave cafe serving great gourmet meals and signature cold brew coffee. Bestsellers include their Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Waffles, Mom’s Beef Tapa Silog, and Salmon Silog.

Also read: 8 Breakfast Spots in Manila You Didn't Know Serve Unlimited Coffee
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Unit F19, Axis Entertainment Ave, N. Escario Street, Cebu City
(032) 254 9463

District on 53rd – Lahug

District on 53rd is a wine and food hall inspired by the blending of street food and gourmet eats inspired by the owners’ travels. They serve various comfort food specialties, tapas and wine, specialty ice cream We recommend their Porcini Fondue, Lechon Sisig, and Crispy Noodles with Seafood.

Also read: 12 Cool Coffee Shops by Day, Bars by Night
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No reservations accepted
Cyberzone, Filinvest Salinas Drive, Lahug, Cebu City
(032) 261-7212

Etta’s Eclectic Food – Ayala Center Cebu

Ettas Eclectic Food + Drinks is a modern Filipino concept that combines familiar local taste with a fresh and stimulating presentation. Recommended dishes include their Pansit Sisig, Crispy Corned Beef Silog, Dinuguang Lechon Kawali, and Tocino Pork Skewers.

Also read: 12 Restaurants in Manila that Serve the Best Filipino Food with Twists
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No reservations accepted
Garden Level, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu City
(032) 410-9012

Cicada at Casa Dos  – Circa 1900

Circa 1900 is a colonial house that has been restored into a restaurant, piano bar, and function venue. Casa Dos is the follow-up to its first restaurant concept Casa Uno, what makes Cicada unique is its casual dining experience specializing in Spanish tapas and wine in an al fresco setting. 

Also read: 15 Romantic Restaurants in Metro Manila Ideal for Proposals
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Sanjercasvil Road, Gorordo Avenue, Cebu City
(032) 239-6265

Marisse Patisserie – Sanson Road

Inspired from the owner’s memories of baking with her mother as a child, Marisse Patisserie is a poolside bakery and cafe that serves a variety of sweet concoctions such as loaf cakes, breads, croissants, pies, cheesecakes, and so much more.

Also read: 16 New Cheesecakes to Fall in Love With
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32 Sanson Road, Cebu City
(0917) 708-3853

Hala Paella – Banilad Town Centre

Hala Paella brings the taste of Spain with a touch of Cebu, specializing in casual Spanish dining with dishes made from the best quality ingredients with reasonable servings and affordable prices. 

Insider tip: You can order Party Size Paellas that can serve 8-10 people, order from their many paella options such as Chorizo, Valenciana, and Lechon.
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Banilad Town Center and Robinson’s Cybergate Fuente, Cebu City
(032) 344-4252

Visited any of these restaurants? Share it with us in the comments below or tag us on Instagram @bookyapp on all your food finds! If you still haven’t, download Booky for free on iOS and Android and enjoy the convenience of searching and booking restaurants offline.

Pit señor, indeed!

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