The Five Best Restaurants in Cebu You Can Eat At For Less Than $20

Looking all over the city for budget friendly meals without compromising the dining experience? We rounded up the best restaurants where you can get a good deal for your money – and tummy (of course). Here are our top 5 picks of restaurants where you can spend less than $20 and still feel rich with gastronomic experience.

Brique Modern Kitchen

Salinas Dr, Cebu City, Cebu

Fine dining flair is strong in this modern kitchen. With its red brick walls and modern rustic interiors, you’ll feel like dining in your own posh dining room. As what the slogan says, “Good food, Good company”. They certainly have the good food, and it’s up to you to find good company

 For only ₱935 you can enjoy their delectable starter of Truffled shoestring potatoes, the famous Brique chops, southern fried chicken, and a FreshTart drink.



Truffled Shoestring Potatoes 255 (Homemade truffle flavored shoestring potatoes with bacon, grated Pecorino and fried basil. Served with sour cream and sriracha mayo.)

Brique chops 230 (2 cuts of pork chop topped with rich truffle herb butter

Southern Fried chicken 270(Chicken breast fillet served with country-style gravy)

Steak garlic rice 85

Fresh Tart 125 (Pineapple, banana, and spinach blended with apple juice)


District on 53rd

W Geonzon St, Cebu City, Cebu

District on 53rd is a splendid venue for a quick night out get-away with friends. Enjoy their impressive wine selection with the store’s easygoing atmosphere, perfect for that intimate and quirky conversations.  This food hub is a place to be especially for those in search of different cuisines in one seating with a bit of romantic ambience. The facade may be brimming with wine bottles but aside from wines and international cuisines, they also serve cheese, sandwiches, 20 kinds of ice cream, and even different kinds of cakes!


Raw atlantic salmon on lava hot stone 495 (Lettuce, orange & lime zest, leek)

Brown rice 100 (With lemongrass, ginger, coconut infusion)

Mint quencher 210 (Lime juice, mint leaves, lemon, grenadine)



71 Pope John Paul II Ave, Kasambangan, Cebu City

More than being Cebu’s first ever 16-tap nitro draft system, the Weekend is famous for their best seller – The fat bastard.  You don’t need to chomp off another food since the serving is guaranteed to be bigger than your face and can easily satisfy 2 diners. But if you really do want more, do try the good old fish and chips to compliment the excessive slab of pork .


The Fat Bastard 350 (Tender, thick-cut chop, dry-rubbed and grilled)

Fish & chips 350 (Beer-battered fish fillet, slaw and hand-cut thick fries with malt mayo)


Red Lizard

IT Park, Lahug, Cebu City

Zesty, cheesy, and bursting with Mexican Flavors is pretty much what Red Lizard is. With $20 you’ll get more than what you can eat even with an empty stomach. Better share it with friends who possess the same love for Mexican cuisines. Their unique wall illustrations of orange-ish palette tells a stimulating story sure to be a conversational starter, not to mention instagram worthy.


Nachos machos w/ taco beef 239

Margaritas 59

So-cal fries queso flavored 219

Los tacos Originales 159 (Crispy corn tacos with our own homemade beef taco filling, iceberg lettuce, queso fundido, and salsa roja)

Arroz a la plancha 199 (Mexican style fried rice cooked with an array of authentic spices and chorizo sausage)


Lemon grass

Level 1, The Terraces Ayala Center Cebu

Vietnamese and Thai Restaurants are a gem to find in the City of the South. Luckily Lemon grass is around to offer Cebuanos both the authentic Vietnamese and Thai flavor.  Food presentation is on point and an easy eye candy. Certainly a good fix for Thai food cravings, not to mention the food is healthy and delicious with a good variety of vegetarian dishes.


Green curry rice 195

Moo Krawp 245 (Crispy pork with rustic nam prik sauce)

Pad Thai 205 (Thai spicy Rice noodles. Authentic Thai but mildly spiced rice noodles with chicken and shrimp topped with roasted nuts, sprouts, and herbs)

Coco crepe 120 (Young coconut in Pandan Wrap Drizzled with coco caramel with a scoop of ice cream)

Thai Iced tea 75

Hazel Macuto
Hazel Macuto

Hazel Macuto is the Editorial Assistant of Zee Lifestyle. She spends most of her free time playing with her dachshund named Waffle or painting any available blank canvas. Follow her postings about art on Instagram @hazelninna

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