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STK ta bai! at Paolito's Seafood House

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26 Orchid Street | Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: First of all, it's hard NOT to remember the rather longish name. STK...
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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  • 56
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  • 51
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Don't miss out on the Tuna Jaw

2nd time here and this was better than the last. The food was fantastic all round this time, not just the Tuna Jaw. Everything was nice. Great staff and friendly quick service. A nice surprise was a personal tour of the original restaurant by one of the owners. We had an explanation of how... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
jamjar136
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Melbourne
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Melbourne
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80 reviews 80 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

2nd time here and this was better than the last. The food was fantastic all round this time, not just the Tuna Jaw. Everything was nice. Great staff and friendly quick service. A nice surprise was a personal tour of the original restaurant by one of the owners. We had an explanation of how it started and the decor in... More 

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Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

One of the best grilled panga in town! STK ta bai offers a wide variety of seafood dishes. We also tried their baked scallops, divine!

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Food, service, decor, everything was great. This is a place where locals eat so the food is really good. I went her for lunch and it was already busy. However it didn't take long to wait for the food. I had spicy calamari and river spinach-absolutely beautiful. Definitely will go there again to try something else.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

1. Tuna Belly stank so much, we couldn't go near it let alone put it in our mouth. 2. Girlfriend couldn't even look at it and wanted to leave because of the smell 3. Abysmal service. Waited 35 minutes for the bill and after asking three times, the approached us. 4. The one thing that 'saved' us from the stench... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Fresh and best seafood I've tasted! For a very scrumptious meal, it is a very good price. The restaurant has many vintage items such as old grandfather's clock, books, globes, cash register and a lot more! If you're interested in vintage collections, you will find he restaurant amazing. Parking space is limited and music when we visited is too loud... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I went to STK upon the recommendation of our tour guide/driver. He guaranteed that we would thoroughly enjoy the grilled meats and seafood offered at STK more than going to the other well known grill place called Larsian. I took his advice with high expectations and a huge appetite to match. It would all go downhill from there as it... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Me and my friend decided to eat in STK because of their baked scallops. The best scallops i have tasted by far. Their Shrimp in Garlic Sauce is also recommendable. The problem is that their service is very poor which is why I gave them a poor rating. I don't want to wait for almost an hour especially if i'm... More 

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Montana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I went there on a Saturday night, and the place was packed. It took the waiter 10 minutes just to take our order, and they didn't even bring us drinks until the meal was served. They never checked on how our food tasted (although it was delicious) and it took them a very very long time to get our bill.... More 

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13 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

We had wonderful food in this lovely family restaurant. Such a good surprise and so cheap compared to other places. The atmosphere is great and the owner so welcoming. You have to go there and try the hot and spicy calamares, the crabs and the tuna belly. So good ! Moreover the old house is full of old furnitures and... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We were here on a Saturday and was happy that it's not crowded so we were able to get a seat right away. The place is very homey since I think it's an ancestral house and a lot of antiques are dispalyed on the house. We ordered Grilled tuna panga, sinigang na hipon and the baked scallops. Price of the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 26 Orchid Street | Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Visayas  >  Cebu Island  >  Cebu City

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Filipino

Description

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.
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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