123 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA | Directions 1910639.948553 -75.143952
Neighborhoods: Center City East, Center City
best food!!!!!!!! – I eat out a lot. I mean, six times a week. So when I went to Cebu last week, I was amazed at how good their food was. Their dipping sauce concept is brilliant. It's all about the sauces for me. My girlfriend doesn't like sauce with her steak. So it was great for her. She didn't order the dipping sauces on the side. I had their salmon and found my favorite sauce. It was their soy sake tamarind?. You gotta try it!
Great food: tapas and Dipping Grill – We were in Old City on a Friday night and passed by Cebu. It was really crowded and buzzing, so we stopped in. (Line was long, but it moved fast) It was a lot of fun. Great DJ. On the way out, I picked up a menu card for the restaurant. What a surprise! I was expecting something very different. We ended up going back to Cebu the following week for dinner. I wanted to try their tapas menu which isquite extensive and really reasonable. I don't think anything is over $7 or $8 on it. The surprise for me was the Dipping Grill. Although we shared a couple of tapas dishes that our server - Iris - (she was fantastic) recommended, we decided to see what the Dipping Grill was all about. I ordered the skirt steak (full size) and my date had the half portion. We each ordered different sauces so that we could end up trying 6 of their sauces. It was really great, and a fun way to share a meal. The ambiance was great: good background music, but we could still talk without having to shout over the din. We weren't rushed and were lingering over dessert and coffee and ended up hanging around for the late night again. Another DJ but just as good.
Great Place to Dine and Dance! – I went to CEBU last Friday with my girlfriends and we had a blast! I never write reviews but I had such a good time I felt like I had to share it with citycearch! Food was fabulous! Love their entrees as well as tapas menu. The DJ was awesome and the drinks were DELICIOUS. I recommend to anyone who is looking to have a great meal and night out!
One of the few GREAT places for dining and nightlife in Old City! – Lately I have been feeling like a lot of restaurants and lounges never live up to the hype projected by professional reviews or their own websites. Well, I stopped in Cebu this past week after a young hostess greeted me while a friend and I reviewed the menu out front, I must say we got more than we had bargained for.
We stopped in to just grab something light, but ended up sampling a variety of unique and tasty "tapas" that we both enjoyed! They have a nice three item sampler, that is reasonable (3 apps of your choice for only 20$).....We chose Fried Calamari, Vegetable Fritters, and Seared Beef. I have ordered calamari plenty of times, but they were served with marinara sauce, and Cebu uses this sweet coconut dipping sauce that will make you ask for extras, I PROMISE! The vegetable fritters were really good too, so my buddy decided to spring for one more menu choice to share. This time we got the crispy chicken wings. This was a new take on something familiar. If your a good old fashioned beer and bar food kind of guy, you will get a nice surprise with these gems. I wish I could find a place over the bridge in Jersey to get wings like this. The place is a Filipino inspired restaurant, and this was my first experience with that style of cuisine.
Needless to say, I really liked what we ordered. Next time I am in Philly and have a full appetite, I am going in to try the entrees because they sounded great too!
Good service, uneven, illogical food – We had good service (the place was empty at 6p.m. on a Saturday night), but the food was not good. "Paella" was recommended and we expected to get . . . well . . . at least something resembling paella. We received tomato sauced rice piled with mushy, inedible mussels, a few small clams, previously frozen shrimp, and yes. . . what resembled and tasted like KIELBASA!! My sirloin steak (accompanied by what tasted like dipping sauces assembled from bottled barbeque sauce) was fatty and gristle laden. The small asparagus spears were tasty, as was the sliced potato. My child's talapia was ok, but the 3 dipping sauces were not good, nor were they suited to the dish. We cut our losses and had ice cream from a local store for dessert. Not worth the time or money.
Lavish cocktails and unique "dipping" dining served in a romantic and posh magenta-hued setting. – In Short
The folks at Cebu have repackaged this dramatic space from Filipino cuisine to a "dipping grill" of proteins, ranging from pountry to pork loin to tuna. Vegetables also take the plunge, and are all served with a selection of dipping sauces. An interesting concept, folks. But if you're not into dunking your dinner, the bar scene offers another option.
WORST NIGHT OF MY LIFE – not only were the drinks incredibly small, but the bartenders were slow and rude. The bouncers were the most egotistical jerks and had control issues. They will kick you out for setting a drink down or closing your eyes while sitting. On the way out , my friend asked for me to wait until she got her coat so i turned around to help her - a bouncer shoved me outside and said i could wait outside ... then he proceeded to to accuse me of calling him the "N" word behind his back. The worst part - the managers don't care about what anyone says and completely ignore the issues.
Best Bartender In the WORLD – The big bartender with the red hair Greg is possibly the best bartended in the world. He served us an excellent meal and made us drinks to compliment the meal. He made me a martini and when I asked him what was it called he asked me name. I told him it was Jamie. His response ? Jamie I made the especially for you so from now on you can come in here and call it the Jamie.
My husband is a beer drinker and Greg when over the whole beer list describing each and they came up with a Filipino beer in which my Husband loved. After our food at the bar the lights went down and that is when Greg really shined. He made our drinks with lighting efficiency while being real busy and the last drink was as good as the first. Then out of no where he decides to light a bottle on fire and he starting flipping it all around and even behind his back. Then he started blowing fireballs 12 feet long.
Go for the food
Go for the drinks
Stay for Greg!!!
Ps Tell him Jamie and Ron says hi!!!
Service so slow I thought I was on the show Punk'd – If waiting 57 minutes (yes, precisely fifty-seven minutes) for your drink order is your idea of good service, then this place is for you! I realize the world doesn't revolve around me and completely understand when a restaurant is packed and service is on the slow side - I'm really not one to complain. However, the place was half empty and I could see by the expressions on the faces of the other patrons that I wasn't the only one in dismay. From there things only went downhill. The staff forgot about 1/3 of our our food orders and seemed bewildered and bollixed when we asked hard-hitting questions like, "Where's my food?" After paying the tab, I ran for the door, hoping to escape, and praying to never return. The bottom line: Worst Phila restaurant experience ever.
Don't convince a Filipino Native, that Toron is also named Lumpia Shanghai... – Having lived in metropolitan city as Boston, there is no Filipino cuisine...So, visiting Philadelphia, I was excited to find out that there was a few Filipino restuarants...To my dismay, I was very disappointed with the food. In addition, some of the servers who aren't native filipinos, should be retrained in the ingredients of each dish. One example, ordering 3 appetizers, Lumpia shanghai, tocino, and tahong - I believed that Toron is not another name for Lumpia Shanghai, which was served as part of the 3 apps we've ordered. When we had asked the server that I did not ordered this, she responded by saying that it was made that way...I was shocked!!! Do not convince a filipino native that Toron is Lumpia Shanghai...One redeeming dish that was served was Kare Kare...tasty and authentic...overall I expected a little bit more..
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