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STK ta bai! at Paolito's Seafood House

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$$ - $$$
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26 Orchid Street | Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
+63 32 253 4732
10:00 - 22:00
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am sorry to report that this lovely decorated and well managed restaurant is lacking a key feature: a good cook. The sweet € sour fish was uneatable (too much vinegar, too little fish), the crabs in curry held only 2 spoonfull of crabmeat and you had to look hard for the curry sauce. The scalops were pasted with sweet... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, scallops, pork bbq and garlic rice is awesome. Close to city center via taxi or uber.

Thank Vanessa51910
Hoi An, Vietnam
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had high hopes tonight. The place looks interesting - an old house on a quiet street, food grilling outside on the street, an excellent welcome ...........& then it all went wrong. The food was nothing special. The rice was cold so I sent it back, the Hot & Spicy Calamares were more like goujons - neither hot nor very... More 

Thank yachtmasterjohn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Especially their baked scallops! So yummy. And very very affordable! Love their filipino inspired look of the restaurant, so home feels. Everything about their dish is perfect!

Thank Bianca L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Whenever I'm in Cebu craving for Filipino food or if friends ask for recommendations, I always think of STK Ta Bai as the first option. I tried different dishes and could not decide my favorite. Most of their dishes may lean more on the sweet side, like other Filipino restaurants, but it's not too overpowering. The grilled tuna panga was... More 

Thank twistedmimming M
London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

It was great to finally find a good quality Filipino restaurant that does great fish. The hot and spicy calamares is a menu staple along with the crab curry. Remember to clarify what you are ordering to avoid too many surprises however that can be part of the fun. Whilst this is only 'just' 4 stars in terms of the... More 

Thank Kel_London1
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

If they serve us the speciality of the house: BBQ Thuna totally burned... Dry and bitter... The rest was OK... But I'm disappointed that they did it... I dont want to go there again... My friends, all Philippine, were shocked...

Thank Chris C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We arrived from Manila to Cebu and went straight to City Tour,our driver Jason recommended for us to eat lunch here in STK and we're glad we followed his advice. There are two restaurants in one street probably because the place can be easily packed during mealtimes. The ambience is nice,lots of antique decor,food is great and the price is... More 

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Emmendingen, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We trend to visit once a week while in Cebu. Great seafood! And reasonable price. Try the spicy shrimps, they'll peel them before cooking if you ask! Today we're having a big grilled squid, a tuna cheek and their garlic rice. I could just eat the rice for dinner, so good.

Thank BengtHUlm
Quezon City, Philippines
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Great food, owner and staff very accommodating; 10mins away from Magellan's cross, may use waze to avoid getting lost

Thank Reise E

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Philippine, Asian, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
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 Street | 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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