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STK ta bai! at Paolito's Seafood House

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Filipino, Seafood, Asian
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26 Orchid Street | Capitol Site, Cebu City, Philippines
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food and price

Pros: value for money, cheap food, bigger parking area, big space for families of more than 10, fresh food Cons: when the restaurant gets too busy, food can take long to serve, waiters tend to not entertain or pretend to not see you waving your hands.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Pros: value for money, cheap food, bigger parking area, big space for families of more than 10, fresh food Cons: when the restaurant gets too busy, food can take long to serve, waiters tend to not entertain or pretend to not see you waving your hands.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I had dinner with my family last night and we went to this restaurant because we want the usual fish viand (sinigang). The place is quite full ,there are many customers but we were just comfortable. The food is good and affordable.

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Cebu City, Philippines
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I've been dining at this restaurant a lot of times already. I even had my Graduation celebration here, as well. The food will never disappoint you. The taste is so Filipino and if you’re a sucker for seafood, then this is the place to be. My family likes it here and we enjoy their hefty servings. Probably the only downside... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My cousins recommended this place for our first dinner in Cebu on our 2 night stopover. It has a unique atmosphere with some antique displays all over the rooms. Not far away from the hotel where we stayed. We were kind of lost when we were taken to a table where we were seated. I liked the place and most... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is where we had dinner on our first night in Cebu. A friend recommended the place since it was filled with Antiques. It is located in a side street. The taxi driver we got did not know where it was but good things Google Maps is always there. When you get to the place you will see 2 STK... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

The locals in Cebu recommended STK to us and I am forever grateful. Amazing food and atmosphere. On a par with the best restaurants in London. Light delicate flavours. Fresh as it gets seafood.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This place has great food and a wonderful atmosphere. It has filipino goodness all over the place. The prices are also reasonable and the portions are good too. I would eat there again and again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We read about this restaurant in the Philippine Airlines Inflight magazine and were glad we tried it. This place is famous for its grilled fish collar--and that was just the beginning of gastronomic nirvana. We thought we over-ordered at first but then the dishes started coming--dish after dish of seafood heaven! From the collar to the shrimp in some spicy... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

The best seafood restaurant in town! The ambiance gives off that historic and homey feel with vintage pieces of furniture and religious relics that adorn the place and the walls of this rustic restaurant. The best sellers per category are to die for! We tried the grilled tuna belly, and every bite was divine! The taste goes deep into the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The seafoods are postively heaven. But their Lechon kawali is head and shoulders above everyone else's. Very tender and melt-in-your-mouth. A must-try!

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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, Seafood, Asian

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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