Where is the Best Buffet in Cebu?
Cebu is quickly becoming one of the best islands in the Philippines that has one of the biggest selection of Buffets in a close-knit area. My personal favorite would have to be divided up into categories, so I will break them down below.
Marriott Hotel (Next to Ayala): (( Update: They have taken down their all you can eat Seafood Buffet for not, however I am leaving up this article out of hope that they will bring it back soon. We shall see. )) If you are a seafood lover, then there is not beating the Marriott Hotel for getting the best all you can eat seafood buffet. On Fridays and Saturdays they have an all you can eat seafood buffet that cannot be contended with any restaurant that I have ever seen. ALL YOU CAN EAT LOBSTER! Where in the world can you find all you can eat lobster, anywhere??? No, I am not talking about little, itty, bitty lobster tails but big ol fat things with tons of meat. When I was there, they had lobster, crab and shrimp along with an assortment of other great dishes. Marriott has the best seafood buffet in town, hands down. You will want to call ahead to find out what days they are having the seafood, as I believe the days may have changed. Average price is around 1000 to 1100 pesos per meal.
Marco Polo Buffet: Without a doubt the best Western buffet in Cebu, however after you have been there as many times as I have, the food starts to all kind of taste the same. That has less to do with the quality of the food and more to do with the frequency of my visits. Like a good wine, if you have too much of it, it will spoil the flavor. Marco has a HUGE selection of Filipino, Western and East Asian favorites. They are one of the best places in town for sushi and the best place in town for deserts. There is no doubt that Marco Polo has the most elaborate and best tasting western buffet in town. The price is around 900 pesos person.
Tara’s Cafe: If you want Filipino food, then you cannot go wrong with Tara’s Cafe. They have two locations that I am aware of. 1 in IT Park and 1 in Guadalupe. All you can eat ribs, pancet, fish, chicken and the list goes on. The food taste great and the value is unbeatable. 200 or so pesos gives you the best value buffet in town.
Gustavian in Ayala Mall: Very good yet inconsistent buffet. You can always rely on some of the best tasting mean in town, because of the meticulous selection of choice meats. The only draw back is that they have limited stock with some of the seafoods so you do not know what you are going to get when you get there. When they have the crab and shrimp, I am in Heaven. The price of this buffet ranges from 500 to 650 pesos and is certainly worth the price. (( Update: They have lowered the price to 370 pesos, which makes this one of the best values in Cebu. Great food, but inconsistent. However we did go there the other day and loved it. It really depends on the day.))
Royal Concourse: This seems to be a party favorite, but I have to say that I am not a big fan. I do not want to say too much as this is a really well priced budget buffet in town, but I just found the food kind of bland, but then again it is not bad food by any stretch. Good price at 149, give or take.
Joven’s Grill on Jones: Oh wow, I was warned about this place and boy I should have stayed away. When we went there, the food looked like it had been sitting out all day or was leftover from the night before. The drinks were all warm and the food tasted terrible. Even at 99 pesos, it was not worth the price. I recommend avoiding this place.