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STK ta bai! at Paolito's Seafood House

26 Orchid | Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
+63 32 253 4732
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average12%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
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“seafood” (34 reviews)
“tuna” (18 reviews)
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Philippine, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
26 Orchid | Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
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Reviewed today via mobile

Everything is BBQ'd on the huge grill at the front of the restaurant. Our meal was a good price and a good quality. The Garlic Prawns were really tasty, they do come as whole prawns though! We have a very specific style of food in...More

Thank 07772426074
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointing! I'd been expecting great things, particularly as this place came highly recommended by a well known guide book. Sadly it did not live up to it's reputation. The service was fairly slow, even though it was only 5:00 and almost empty when we...More

Thank Andrew2520
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to check out Paolito's after the hype I saw on Trip Advisor and to be honest I don't get it at all. This would be considered by most people as a dive. Very basic standards including hygiene. I think you might feel tricked if...More

1  Thank twistedfoodlover
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best places if you want to go on a dinner date with your special someone. This used to be an old house converted into a restaurant. Antiques and old Filipino and historical stuff can be found here as well. Price...More

Thank Natz1919
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

Absolutely wonderful meal Great service tasty food and good value. Went here for lunch in spite of some reviews. The food was great. Backed clams were amazing as were the ceviche in coconut milk. The grilled squid was great, a challenging dish from my previous...More

Thank ofanoa
Reviewed 23 May 2017

This restaurant prides itself on fresh seafood prepared great. Their tuna, grilled on an open hibachi, has to be tasted to be appreciated.

Thank mbugal
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

My wife and I dined here with our daughter, two of our niece, and three close friends. What a feast! We ordered many items on the menu, to include the grilled eel. Delicious! The restaurant has been around since before WWII. In fact, from what...More

Thank Da8u66as
Reviewed 17 May 2017

So we followed the lonely planet guide and went there for a meal with my wife. As I’m a chef myself I was really looking forward to the visit in such a highly recommended seafood restaurant… We walked into and yes, very nice decor…attentive staff,...More

Thank Skunkavenger
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Best food during my 2 weeks in the Philippines. If all of the food in the Philippines was this good everyone would rave about Filipino food. The food was cook and seasoned perfectly and is some of the best local food. They are very busy...More

Thank tfr0ck
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Firstly this place was a little difficult to find, and once found, parking was difficult. We entered from the rear door as this is where the car park is, and walked through a rabbit warren trying to find the front. There was little help from...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 26 Orchid | Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Visayas  >  Cebu Island  >  Cebu City
  • Phone Number: +63 32 253 4732
First of all, it's hard NOT to remember the rather longish name. STK stands for the local dialect's term for grilled, sour soup, and pickled, a description of the type of food one can order in the restaurant. The ambience of this seafood house is unique. It's actually an old house with 1930s-1960s memorabilias and antiques. Their POS is even this old cash register. Their phones are the old ones with dials. Then the food. They serve authentic grilled Filipino dishes like the jaws of the tuna fish ("panga" in the local dialect) and innovative creations like curried crabs. Finally, the bill...US$7/head and you head out with a doggy bag! Good ambience, excellent food, and great value for money.
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