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Dining Destinations in Cebu With a View

In the central region of the Philippines lies Cebu, an island that’s well-known all over the world for its historical sights and abundant natural beauty. Home to such wonders as Magellan’s Cross, the vibrant island of Mactan, and the historic Sinulog festival, Cebu has never ceased to enchant travelers. Amidst this wealth of wonders lies another treasure that visitors will love discovering – its culinary scene.

There’s an unmatched pleasure in dining outdoors, under the vast expanse of the sky or with a captivating view stretching out before you. When a beautifully plated dish is complemented by a breathtaking panorama, the meal becomes an experience that engages all senses. It’s a symphony of taste, sight, and feeling, where each bite feels more flavorful and each moment becomes more memorable. And in Cebu, dining with a view is an art form that many establishments have perfected.

Whether you’re craving the rich flavors of traditional Filipino dishes or the nuanced tastes of international cuisine, the myriad of restaurants, resorts, and hotels in Cebu promise dining experiences that transcend the ordinary. You’ll definitely want to have a meal at the following places on your next trip to the island:

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NUSTAR Resort and Casino

Emerging from the reimagined Kawit Point, NUSTAR Resort and Casino stands as a beacon of opulence in Cebu City. This 9-hectare establishment epitomizes everything luxurious. With its sprawling complex housing everything from a state-of-the-art casino to a serene boardwalk, NUSTAR is more than just a place to stay—it’s a destination in itself. 

You especially won’t want to miss the dining experiences NUSTAR offers. With a plethora of in-house restaurants, bars, and cafes, every culinary enthusiast can find their niche here. Picture yourself seated al fresco, with a gentle sea breeze teasing your senses, as you feast your eyes on the vast expanse of the sea and the architectural marvel that is the CCLEX – the Philippines’ longest and tallest bridge. Some of the resort’s dining establishments, including Il Primo, Mott 32, Kazuwa Prime, and Barcino, offer such a breathtaking experience.

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Mr. A. Bar and Restaurant and Bellini

On the slopes of Busay lies a dual dining experience that has long been a favorite among locals and tourists alike: Mr. A Bar and Restaurant and its Italian counterpart, Bellini. With an expansive terrace overlooking the city, this establishment offers one of the best panoramic views in Cebu. The twinkling city lights juxtaposed against the vastness of the night sky create a romantic setting, perfect for intimate dinners or celebratory gatherings.

Mr. A’s menu delves into hearty Filipino and international dishes, while Bellini champions Italian cuisine, complete with pizza, pasta, and a selection of wines. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic Cebuano sisig or a rich spaghetti carbonara, there’s something here for every palate. One of the must-try experiences at Mr. A is their dessert – particularly the choco lava cake, which when paired with the cool Busay breeze and the mesmerizing cityscape, turns a simple sweet treat into a memorable indulgence.

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La Vie in the Sky

A play on the phrase “la vie en rose,” which translates to “life in pink” or seeing life through rosy glasses, La Vie in the Sky takes this concept to literal heights. Situated amidst the cool highlands of Busay, this establishment is an extension of the well-loved La Vie Parisienne bakery and wine library in Cebu City. As its name suggests, dining here feels akin to enjoying a slice of Parisian life, with the bonus of a sweeping view of the metropolis below.

La Vie in the Sky’s authentic French ambiance only contributes further to its charm. Surrounded by vine-laden trellises, rustic wooden furnishings, and a selection of wine that would make any sommelier nod in appreciation, it’s a touch of Europe on Cebuano soil. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of rosé or indulging in a plate of cheese and charcuterie, the experience is elevated by the vista of Cebu City’s shimmering skyline, especially as nightfall drapes the city in a blanket of stars and lights.

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Balay sa Busay

Cebu’s culinary scene is a delightful fusion of tradition and innovation, and no place exemplifies this better than Balay sa Busay. The term “balay” translates to “house” in Cebuano, and indeed, the establishment evokes the warmth and coziness of a Filipino home. Nestled in the picturesque hills of Busay, it pays loving homage to Filipino heritage, both in its architectural design and its menu.

Balay sa Busay offers a contemporary take on Filipino comfort food. While the dishes are rooted in tradition, they come with a twist that delights both local and foreign palates. Think of classics like adobo and sinigang, but with an unexpected flair. And as you relish these dishes, the restaurant’s expansive windows present you with a panoramic view of Cebu City and the azure waters beyond.

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Lantaw Floating Restaurant

The very essence of Cebu’s coastal allure is beautifully captured at the Lantaw Floating Restaurant. Located in Cordova, this dining destination offers patrons a unique experience – the chance to enjoy a meal atop the serene waters of Cebu, surrounded by the gentle lapping of waves and the occasional calls of seabirds. As the sun sets, the water around the restaurant transforms into a shimmering tapestry of golds and purples, setting the scene for a magical experience.

Lantaw specializes in seafood dishes and sources fresh catches daily, ensuring that every bite is a celebration of the ocean’s bounty. Favorites like grilled squid, sinigang na hipon (shrimp in sour soup), and baked scallops become even more delightful when paired with the open-air ambiance. As you relish your meal, you’ll be treated to the sight of local fishermen on their bancas casting nets and lines, reminding diners of the vibrant community and rich marine life that thrives just beyond the restaurant’s decks.

In Cebu, dining is an immersive experience that marries taste with breathtaking sights. As you chart your culinary journey across this vibrant island, remember that the backdrop to your meal—be it a shimmering cityscape, a serene hillside, or the vast expanse of the sea—adds a unique flavor, making each bite truly unforgettable.

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