5 Must-try Dining Spots in Metro Cebu

Lately, I've been busy doing some spring cleaning on my laptop. Since I have to transfer my files from my old laptop to our new one, I realize that I have to free up some space on our external hard drive too. As I was going through my old files, I landed on this folder that's filled with photos from our travels long before our twins came along. Suddenly, all the good memories just came rushing in. 

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How I miss those days when Paul and I would go on a road trip or fly out for a weekend break to our chosen domestic location. Living in a country with more than 7,107 islands, this means that you have a lot of places to visit and to choose from. One of my favorite spots is Cebu. The land of delicious lechon, dried mangoes and an island filled with the warmest, most hospitable people. The idea of traveling to Cebu never fails to excite me as it's an island with a good mix of city and island life. Cebu City is every bit a busy cosmopolitan center with malls, IT hubs, buildings, hotels and more. There's the famous Magellan's Cross and the Sto. Nino Shrine too. Meanwhile, if you go to Mactan, Bantayan and Malapascua then you can relax and just enjoy your day on the beach. 

Of course, I travel to eat and I always have to work up an appetite whenever I'm in Cebu. Won of my fondest meals was when I was there with my team and after a successful event, we headed off to this simple looking seafood restaurant but oh man, there's where we feasted on the freshest scallops, crabs, oysters and more. Thinking it is making me drool. That was indeed one of the best meals ever. 

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When traveling to Cebu, your trip won’t be complete without gorging on different local delicacies, snacks, and beverages. After all, food is integral to history and culture. Delving into the local Cebuano food scene is one way to get in touch with the people and the place you’re visiting.

With Cebu’s vastness, it’s hard to eat at every notable restaurant during the span of your trip. Even more so, when you plan to vacation in Metro Cebu, where there are tons of eateries everywhere. So, listed below are five dining spots within Metro Cebu you might want to try first before exploring other restaurants:

Soba Kamakura 

You might be thinking, “Why would I fly to Cebu City just to have Japanese food?” Well, if you want to experience authentic dishes prepared by the illustrious Chef Hiroyuki Sakata, then Soba Kamakura in Mandaue City is the right place for you. 

Soba Kamakura is a restaurant specializing in preparing soba (thin Japanese noodles made from buckwheat). In this restaurant, you’ll taste delicious noodles and experience the Japanese way of turning cooking into an art form. Be sure to make a reservation if you want to eat here because the restaurant only has 14 seats and they get full quite fast! 

House of Lechon 

What is a food trip in Cebu without their famous Lechon? A whole roasted pig is vital to many Filipino celebrations, and you can find one of the country’s best at the House of Lechon in Cebu City. The recipe of the iconic and delectable Lechon Cebu comes from the small town of Carcar. Locals say that the roasted pig is so delicious, you’ll forget the pain of breaking up with your lover or perhaps all the stresses you left behind at work. 

The House of Lechon may seem like a favorite eating place in Cebu City. However, it is one of the industries that built the Queen City of the South’s reputation as a tourist and lifestyle destination. It may have helped enhance Cebu’s growth as a residential hub, which is why there are many houses for rent in Metro Cebu. 


If you’re craving international cuisine with Cebuano twists, Feria in OsmeƱa Boulevard, Cebu City, is the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings. This restaurant offers Mediterranean, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, and other Asian cuisines. Vegan options are also available for those who don’t eat meat or are conscious of their health. 

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Feria offers ala carte and buffet options, which means you can try their food without worrying about wasting your buck or filling your stomach before your food-trip adventure for the day ends. Besides delicious food, you’ll also enjoy a lively and cheerful atmosphere while you dine with family, friends, or yourself. 

Tavolata 

Traveling with kids? Pizza and pasta are foolproof foods you can order for them. Head over to Tavolata in Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City, and enjoy Italian-style pizza and pasta dishes in the comfort of your seats. Tavolata has floor-to-ceiling glass walls, which means you can enjoy the scenery outside while you eat. 

Notable dishes you must try are the truffle pasta, Margherita topped with mozzarella, sourdough bread, and chicken parmesan. Tavolata serves large servings, so the resto is perfect for sharing and celebrations. 

Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant 

In the seaside town of Cordova, the famous Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant is everyone’s dream food trip respite. Not only is it especially designed to float over the water, but it serves delectable seafood dishes! Enjoy servings of baked scallops, Visayan-style vegetable soup, and grilled tuna belly. Traveling to Lantaw may take you two hours from mainland Cebu. However, the food and ambiance will make the commute worthwhile. 
 
Dining in Cebu is a must for tourists who want to maximize their Cebu trip. Add these five restaurants to your itinerary and plan your gastronomic adventures accordingly.

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