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“A very nice surprise, incredible value!”
Review of Arano's

Arano's
Ranked #165 of 731 Restaurants in Cebu City
Cuisines: Spanish
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Cebu City
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“A very nice surprise, incredible value!”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

A little difficult to find but well worth the trip. Great, home cooked Spanish food. Doesn't feel like a restaurant, more like popping over to someone's for dinner. Service isn't perfect but the food and whole experience more than makes up for it. Prices outrageously low.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Cebufoodlover
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Dubai
Level 6 Contributor
225 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Homey restaurant where flaws are absolutely forgivable”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

I first came across Arano's here in tripadvisor.com and then through my brother, who lived nearby.

As other reviewers mentioned, this restaurant is literally a hole in a wall... Its entrance can be easily missed because it is just a plain, unmarked door on a vine covered wall with a shingle marked 'Arano's" beside it. Both are easily missed to the casual observer, which gives it an air of "you have to be in the know to know it"

Once inside, the interiors are unassuming and composed of knickknacks and old photos. It felt like going to an old uncle's house, except that the uncle is a very friendly Spanish gentleman who speaks in a mix of English, Spanish and Cebuano. Servers are not professional types but look like home staff, so don't expect them to know the whole menu.

The restaurant opens only for dinner (6:00-10:00pm) from Monday to Saturday

The food was equally homey and a very good value for money, with a small paella at PHP 200 (roughly USD5) which could serve 3, mains around the PHP 150 mark, with some requiring a day's notice. We had lengua (ox tongue) and it was the most tender I've ever had, almost to the point of feeling like pulled pork. The callos was also tender and flavorful... And actually had real chorizo (not hotdogs as many pennypinchers like to do) and olives!

But the desserts were simply amazing. At PHP20 each (about USD 0.50), we shared small plates of leche flan and crema de mango. The leche flan (a thicker version of creme brûlée) was smooth and was obviously untainted by extenders.

Overall it was a great dinner amidst simple surroundings... Memorable

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank AmANomad
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Cebu Island, Philippines
1 review
“The best Callos, so far...”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

This is one of those restaurants that's totally "homey", delectable and secluded! The location is one of those hard-to-fine places but the adventure of find this place is worth it. The food is great. You will be ushered in a garden setting. Upon sitting, you will be treated like you're home.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank mocoloco
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Cebu
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Lengua”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

One of my favorite spanish dish is the Lengua. and it's so the lengua here is just perfect. so if you want a good taste of lengua, just come here to Arano's.

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Cindy L
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philippines
Level 6 Contributor
566 reviews
278 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 910 helpful votes
“only for those who really look for this place”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

This place is really hidden. Its located in a small village called fairlane. And there is no real sign to say this is the place. Its really a house that converted part of the interior and part of their garden for dining patrons. I've noticed their food quality changes, and i heard its really the mom who is the great chef. As mentioned in the other reviews, spanish food here. Love their paella and the baked chicken. Some of their food like gambas looked like appertizer serving size, so best to ask how big or small each order is.

Not quite 4 rating, but close enough.

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank al22tecc
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