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Golden Cowrie Native Restaurant

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Marina Mall, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very happy with the menu, food quality (taste and serving size) and, most especially, the price. Not too happy about them being on the 2nd floor as I have a 1-yr old and was travelling with my 73-yr old dad.

Thank James D
Cebu City, Philippines
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

All the Filipino dishes they offer taste great. The price is very enticing because it is relatively low compare from much the same restaurants in the city. One thing though, the space is limited enough. We dined in with our extended family. We end up walking on top the chairs just to position ourselves on the table. The space provided... More 

Thank bodieandtheblowfish
Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Arriving at our Mactan hotel past 130pm did not give us many options for good eats to bring our hungry foreign guests. With the City at least 1.5 hours away, Golden Cowrie was a two thumbs up choice. Crispy Pata was enjoyed to the bones. Other quick favorites were Chicken Tinola, Bicol Express and Golden Cowrie Halo-halo.

Thank mi3travels
Las Vegas, Nevada
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84 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

I am so happy I ate at this restaurant right before boarding my flight back to Los Angeles!! I was able to satisfy my final cravings for Cebuano foods that I used to love eating growing up in Cebu! Wow!! I thoroughly enjoyed every bite! Finished off the meal with the amazing Ube pastry with vanilla ice cream.

Thank VegasPinay
St. Gallen, Switzerland
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

in the 12th of July 2016 I wanted to invite family Alburo from Canduman, Mandaue City to have dinner for the 12th birthday of their daughter Bujoy...we had a great time with nice food, and the staff have sing us a birthday song

Thank Koenaki
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46 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We ordered most of the foods in there menu including desserts and juices. Get rid of Tortang Talong, too dry! I love there Crispy Pata. They serve fresh fish na inihaw. The soup will do, I think it was sinigang na hipon (baby Prawns). I haven't tasted all the foods serve since I'm too picky. What amaze me is the... More 

Thank Romer G
Tokyo, Japan
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

The Golden Cowrie seems to be the restaurant of choice when you ask locals where to find good Philippine food. Located not far from Cebu Airport it is a convenient taxi ride from many of the international hotels on Mactan Island. The staff are friendly and helpful in recommending specials but tend to steer you toward the higher priced items... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

One of my favorite philipino restaurants in Cebu. Had eggplant and morning glory adobo (stir fried in traditional vinegar soy sauce), sisig (minced meat/squid with spices served on sizzling hot plate) and pork satay. Garlic rice is a must. If you are on low sodium diet you won't like this place. All others, better ask for less salt.

Thank Irucca
Cebu Island, Philippines
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

This is one of the first restaurant that I 've seen giving unlimited rice with their waitresses going around with a "clay pot of rice" and a coconut "sandok". They serve native food and you can be sure that you will have your fill.

Thank Lansdb
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189 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is in a pretty good building in Marina Mall. Unlike most other cheap restaurants, there's no need to take care of flies on dishes. Some may like it a lot. Foods and drinks I ordered with almost 500 PHP were just so-so. I think they are more focusing on tourists' taste other than locals. Gambas was just an... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Philippine, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marina Mall, Lapu Lapu, Philippines
  • Location: Asia  >  Philippines  >  Visayas  >  Cebu Island  >  Mactan Island  >  Lapu Lapu
  • Phone Number: 03322381206

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?