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Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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Marina Mall, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
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225 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Golden Cowrie has always been our favorite local restaurant that serves Filipino dishes in their best local taste. We usually order their pakbet, tinunuang langka, sizzling bangus ala pobre and bicol express. Their unli rice makes their meal more satisfying. So far I never had a bad experience with Golden Cowrie. Its restaurant I would recommend.

Thank Dennies S
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146 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Went here for a late dinner with colleagues. It was around an hour to go before they close but they cheerfully served us. I love their Kare-Kare and Sinigang, the taste is perfect! This place is truly recommendable if you are looking for a lutong bahay dishes on a very affordable price.

Thank iam_via
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

My girlfriend and I found this place by chance and we're very happy we did. It was full of diners enjoying themselves in a nice clean atmosphere. The food was a pleasant surprise. We really enjoyed the Guisadong Bihod, Sinuglaw, Betsy's Garlic Chicken and a nice size piece of Leche flan. They have very friendly staff and clean bathrooms. We... More 

Thank Cook2Travel03
Seoul, South Korea
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Craving 1 last Filipino meal on our way to Mactan airport. This hit the spot. The Crispy pata was perfectly crisp and tasty. The Sisig and egg rolls also deliciious. All with bottomless white rice and ice tea. Ended the meal with ube ice cream. Meal was served 5-10 minutes after being ordered. Servers were very attentive. Not sure of... More 

Thank GarFamIly
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Very happy with the menu, food quality (taste and serving size) and, most especially, the price. Not too happy about them being on the 2nd floor as I have a 1-yr old and was travelling with my 73-yr old dad.

Thank James D
Cebu City, Philippines
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016

All the Filipino dishes they offer taste great. The price is very enticing because it is relatively low compare from much the same restaurants in the city. One thing though, the space is limited enough. We dined in with our extended family. We end up walking on top the chairs just to position ourselves on the table. The space provided... More 

Thank bodieandtheblowfish
Manila, Philippines
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88 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Arriving at our Mactan hotel past 130pm did not give us many options for good eats to bring our hungry foreign guests. With the City at least 1.5 hours away, Golden Cowrie was a two thumbs up choice. Crispy Pata was enjoyed to the bones. Other quick favorites were Chicken Tinola, Bicol Express and Golden Cowrie Halo-halo.

Thank mi3travels
Las Vegas, Nevada
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2016

I am so happy I ate at this restaurant right before boarding my flight back to Los Angeles!! I was able to satisfy my final cravings for Cebuano foods that I used to love eating growing up in Cebu! Wow!! I thoroughly enjoyed every bite! Finished off the meal with the amazing Ube pastry with vanilla ice cream.

Thank VegasPinay
St. Gallen, Switzerland
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82 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

in the 12th of July 2016 I wanted to invite family Alburo from Canduman, Mandaue City to have dinner for the 12th birthday of their daughter Bujoy...we had a great time with nice food, and the staff have sing us a birthday song

Thank Koenaki
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

We ordered most of the foods in there menu including desserts and juices. Get rid of Tortang Talong, too dry! I love there Crispy Pata. They serve fresh fish na inihaw. The soup will do, I think it was sinigang na hipon (baby Prawns). I haven't tasted all the foods serve since I'm too picky. What amaze me is the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Philippine, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marina Mall, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Visayas  >  Cebu Island  >  Mactan Island  >  Lapu Lapu
  • Phone Number: 03322381206

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?