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STK ta bai! at Paolito's Seafood House

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26 Orchid | Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
+63 32 253 4732
10:00 - 22:00
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Bondville, Vermont
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112 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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 experiences. The fried eel was the only dish I didn't like. It was kind a... More 

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Kokomo, Indiana
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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

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Madras, Oregon
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 I understand, the Japanese dined at this restaurant during their occupation. There are many historical... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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, we ordered baked scallops- recommended by waitress (a bit on the sweet side), lechon kawali... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
2 reviews
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 so go early and go hungry.

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Melbourne, Australia
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373 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
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 staff that we came across, apart from some cursory pointing onwards. Once seated, the room... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

To me being in Cebu means eating at STK! Even if I'm just passing through, if I only get to have one meal in Cebu, this place would be it! My favorites include grilled scallops, kinilaw, sinuglaw, panga and their deep fried battered shrimps! I am so excited and giddy as i type this because i am eager to share... More 

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Emmendingen, Germany
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51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Before we were always happy with food and service at StK. Today was all disappointment. Waiting time about an hour, and not many guests. First the grilled squid came and got cold while waiting for fish sinigang and hot and spicy shrimps. We got the garlic rice after 45 minutes but had to wait further. For the other dishes. They... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

Appetizer. Had the scallops,loaded with white sugar,disappointing, Thai soup was terrible, service poor,don't waste your money,you will be better off at a street stall for quality

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Manila, Philippines
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This is truly one of the local restaurants here in Cebu City that you must dine. Food taste, excellent. Price range, super affordable. We ordered Tinolang Isda, Grilled Tuna Panga, Kilawin Tuna, Grilled Pusit ( must-try so juicy ) and our bill, just 1,335! Happy tummy, great value for money.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Philippine, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, 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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