As the beautiful
Mactan Island, Cebu, does not have an awful lot to offer visitors to
do and the resorts themselves are quite well contained with the hotels
happy if you never leave their establishments, we decided to let you
know of some of the different restaurants available to you on the
As Mactan Island is an idyllic island, you may
not want to go into the city of Cebu, as most people will be in Mactan
to get away from one city or another, for this reason we have
concentrated on the restaurants on Mactan Island itself in a hope to
encourage you to get out just a little and see some of this small
Having said that most of the restaurants are in
other hotels, so you may be travelling from one resort to another but
at least you get out, and also get to see some of the island, not to
forget see some of the other resorts. It must be said that a lot of
the resorts do have theme dinners , and special dinners from time to
time but this is constantly changing so you would need to check with
Travelling from one resort to another is not a
simple as you may believe, we advise you to call ahead and make a
reservation and also to ask them to inform security that you are
coming along so you will be allowed into the resort in the first
We have only selected a handful of restaurants,
those that stand out for one reason or another.
Shangri-La - One of the few
Chinese restaurants on Mactan. Open lunch and dinner from 12am-2:30 pm
and 6-10:30 pm respectively. Only a la carte is served.
Shangri-La - This
Italian restaurant is large and with its open air design and
"fun" Italian style to it is definitely worth a visit. They
have an open fire wood oven, and the chef is Italian. The restaurant
is normally only open in the evenings from 6 to around 10:30 pm.
Prices are not too bad with an appetizer ranging from 350/400 Pesos
and a Calzone Pizza 440 Pesos.
Plantation Bay Resort - Described
to us as the best Italian on Mactan, this indoor Italian restaurant
has an intimate fine dining feel to it. The prices are good with
appetizers around 220/300 Pesos, a Pasta dish 340 Pesos and a and a
bottle of the house wine 690 Pesos. The restaurant is only open in the
evening and from 7 - 11 pm and reservations are recommended.
Shangri-La - Known as Cowries
this beautiful restaurant is a must when in Cebu no matter where you
are staying. Built out on a cliff overlooking the sea below Cowries
offers you a perfect venue for a romantic fresh seafood dinner. The
set menu is 1,500 Pesos which includes a variety of choices. The
restaurant is open from 6pm - 10pm and the bar which is adjacent
opens from around 10pm - 1am. Reservations are highly
Plantation Bay Resort - Called
Fiji Restaurant, this small restaurant built out again over a small
cliff overlooking the sea, has a very rustic and Mediterranean feel to
it. They serve a mixture of seafood, and also some Japanese choices
such as sashimi and sushi.
Maribago Bluwater - Regarded by
many as the best Seafood restaurant on Mactan. As with all the other
seafood restaurants this one is also built out into the sea. The menu
is relatively limited, with few appetizer options but the seafood is
top notch and well prepared.
General - White
Sands - We strongly recommend
you to go along to the White Sands Resort and enjoy their lunch buffet
which at only 299 Pesos is very good value. The buffet comprises of
some Japanese sashimi, sushi and also some local dishes. The reason we
recommend this restaurant is it is right on the beach and hence one of
the few beach side restaurants we could find. Travelling so far and
not eating in a beach side restaurant would be a terrible shame.
Presently only open for lunch but they may even for dinner which would
be great, but more as we hear of it.
Plantation Bay Resort -
Kilmanjaro grabbed our fancy purely because it is built out into the
middle of the lagoon and so looks out of this very unusual resort. The
food served is Asian and International. They even have netting all
around the restaurant so as to keep any unwanted insects out. This is
open 24 hours a day.
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