The Queen City of the South is known for so many great things—pristine beaches, electrifying festivals, instagrammable spots, and best of all their food. From the crispy and juicy lechon of Carcar to the tasty cheesy baked scallops of Bantayan, restaurants in Cebu have so much to offer!

So if you’re wondering where to eat, your tummy does not have to worry because there are too many good Cebu restaurants you wouldn’t want to miss.

Top 10 Restaurants in Cebu That Will Keep You Wanting for More

Loosen your belt and brace yourself for a gastronomic adventure that no other place can give you than Cebu! Here are the best restaurants in Cebu you shouldn’t miss!

  1. Rico’s Lechon
  2. Larsian
  3. House of Lechon
  4. Big Jel’s Cebu
  5. Samgyupsalamat
  6. Yakimix
  7. Casa Verde
  8. The Pyramid
  9. La Vie Parisienne
  10. 10,000 Roses Cafe

Discover some of the most delicious food in Cebu (other than lechon) with our list of the best restaurants in the province!

1. Rico’s Lechon Restaurant

food at rico's lechon

Photo credits to ricoslechonofficial

First on our list is Rico’s Lechon. It is one of the city’s go-to spots for crispy Carcar lechon Cebu. Available in original and spicy flavors, lechon goes perfectly with anything in their menu. Many travelers say that Rico’s Lecon Restaurant offers the best lechon in Cebu. Other than the roasted pig, you must also try their sizzling lechon sisig, kinilaw na tanigue, Bicol express, monggos, and calamares. 

Address: Vibo Place, N Escario St., Cebu City

Cost: PHP 200 – PHP 500 per person

2. Larsian 

a man grilling pork at larsian cebu

If you’re looking for cheap but definitely satisfying food in Cebu, Larsian is the best place to be! It is known as one of the go-to BBQ places in Cebu. Larsian is not just famous among the Cebuanos but also to foreigners and first-timers in the province.

Address: Don Mariano Cui St., Cebu City

Cost: PHP 50 – PHP 200 per person

3. House of Lechon Cebu

interior and food of house of lechon

Photo credits to House of Lechon

Another obvious place where you can taste one of Cebu’s best roasted suckling pigs is the House of Lechon. What sets it apart from others is that, their lechon is bathed in lechon drippings, and the sauce is served on the side for those who might need a little extra. To make your meal more satisfying, try some oyster sisig and baked scallops!

Not only do they serve great food but House of Lechon has also great interiors that feature a native and modern Filipino style. 

Address: Acacia St., Cebu City

Cost: PHP 150 – PHP 300 per person

4. Big Jel’s Cebu

cheesy baked scallops

There’s no other place where you can taste the freshest and tastiest seafood in Cebu than in Bantayan Island! And the top seafood restaurant in Cebu is Big Jel’s! They offer eat all you can Cebu seafood for as low as PHP 199 per person! From cheesy baked scallops and oysters to lechon and more, Big Jel’s is a foodie’s haven!

Address: Bantayan Island

Cost: From PHP 199 – PHP 300 per person

5. Samgyupsalamat 

korean food at samgyupsalamat

Photo credits to Samgyupsalamat – 삼겹살라맛

If you’re craving for Korean food while in the Queen City of the South, go to Samgyupsalamat Cebu. This Korean restaurant in Cebu offers a great menu that will satisfy your hungry tummy! From the tastiest pork and beef to yummy side dishes, Samgyupsalamat Cebu never disappoints.

Address: Various branches in Cebu

Cost: From PHP 399 per person

6. Yakimix Cebu

buffet area at yakimix cebu

Photo credits to Yakimix

Yakimix Cebu is perfect for those with a big appetite! From 150 to 200 dishes of mostly Asian food, specifically Cantonese, Korean, Japanese and Filipino, this buffet in Cebu is a must-try. They offer the biggest and only smokeless grill buffet in Cebu at a very affordable price.

Address: NIC 2 Building Capitol Square, N Escario St., Cebu City

Cost: From PHP 499 per person

7. Casa Verde Cebu

casa verde facade and food

Photo credits to casaverdeph

Casa Verde Cebu offers all-American classics from ribs, pork steaks, tenderloin to beef burgers. While this Cebu restaurant serves western dishes, you can still feel the Pinoy touch with its Filipino decors that make up a relaxed dining atmosphere. You can also order sandwiches if you’re just looking for a quick bite to eat.

Address: 69 Lim Tian Teng St. Cebu City⠀

Cost: From PHP 500 – PHP 1000 per person

8. The Pyramid

the pyramid cebu

Photo credits to The Pyramid

You don’t need to fly to Paris to see the Louvre Museum because in Cebu, you can see something that’s so close to it. The Pyramid is a sophisticated wine and dine restaurant and a lifestyle destination that offers so much more than their eclectic, international menu. You must try their crispy pata, sizzling sisig, crispy kangkong, hawaiian and 3 cheese pizza!

Address: Cebu IT PARK

Cost: PHP 300 – PHP 500 per person

9. La Vie Parisienne

interiors of la vie parisienne

Photo credits to La Vie Parisienne

Your French-inspired trip in Cebu doesn’t stop at The Pyramid because there’s still La Vie Parisienne. It is a French bakery, a deli and a wine library all in one! You’ll drool for their freshly baked breads, pastries and desserts, gourmet sandwiches, cheese plates, coffee and a huge selection of classic and premium wines. 

Address: 371 Gorordo Avenue Lahug

Cost: PHP 300 – PHP 1000 per person

10. 10,000 Roses Cafe

Photo credits to @kerramun

From France to South Korea real quick! The 10,000 Roses Cafe in Cebu is inspired by the 20,000 lighted rose garden display in Dongdaemun, South Korea. This Cafe is a crowd-favorite because of its instagrammable spot. These white roses illuminate at night lining the front porch of the cafe. Such a romantic place for a couple trip? And how about a proposal here? (ehem!)

Address: Day-as, Cordova, Cebu (beside Lantaw Floating Restaurant in Cordova)

Cost: PHP 250 – PHP 500 per person

Where to stay in Cebu

We’ve rounded up some of the best budget hotels in Cebu that offer quality accommodations at a very affordable price.

  1. ZEN Rooms Alicia Tower Cebu
    Price range: PHP 714 – PHP 800 per night
  2. ZEN Premium Banilad
    Price range: PHP 1300 per night
  3. ZEN Rooms S Hotel & Residences Cebu
    Price range: PHP 1000 per night
  4. ZEN Rooms Hamersons Cebu
    Price range: PHP 1400 per night

Frequently Asked Questions About Restaurants in Cebu

Q: What is the popular food in Cebu?

A: The most popular food in Cebu is lechon. Other must-try dishes are the cheesy baked scallops, pintos, and budbod kabog.

Q: What is Cebu famous for?

A: Cebu is famous for its IG-worthy spots and pristine beaches like:

  1. Bantayan Island
  2. Malapascua Island
  3. Kawasan Falls
  4. Oslob
  5. Temple of Leah
  6. Sirao Flower Farm

Q: How much is a meal in Cebu?

A: A typical meal in Cebu costs around PHP 100 per person but if you want to try its best dish like lechon, prepare at least PHP 300 per meal.

Q: Where can I eat local food in Cebu?

A: There are so many great restaurants in Cebu. some of the best are: 

  1. Rico’s Lechon
  2. Larsian
  3. House of Lechon
  4. Big Jel’s Cebu
  5. Samgyupsalamat
  6. Yakimix
  7. Casa Verde
  8. The Pyramid
  9. La Vie Parisienne
  10. 10,000 Roses Cafe

Q: Where is the best beach in Cebu?

A: Cebu is famous for its pristine beaches. The best islands to visit in Cebu are:

  1. Bantayan Island
  2. Malapascua Island
  3. Oslob 

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