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STK ta bai! at Paolito's Seafood House

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26 Orchid Street | Capitol Site, Cebu City 6000, Philippines
+63 32 253 4732
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10:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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!

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4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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...

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

an old house converted into a restaurant, they serve various kinds of filipino food - especially seafood. the grilled tuna belly was very good. i also liked the halaan which were very big and the soup was tasty. servings were big and prices are very affordable.

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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

food is superb. big servings, delicious! the place is also great as it was like an old house turned into a restaurant with lots of antique displays and paintings and other collections. you can check the items out while waiting for the food.

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QUEZON CITY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

The old home converted to a restaurant is full of memorabilia that your eyes will feast on. If you are a fan of old stuff, this place will not disappoint for sure. I love finding old cameras and some stuff that can be rarely seen nowadays. It has a cozy setting and feels like just eating at home. As for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Philippine, Seafood, Asian, Soups
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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