After being stuck in traffic for over an hour, the only thing I could think of was this better be worth it. When we arrived in Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant, there was a long line of customers waiting to be seated. I was impressed. Good thing we called ahead and made reservations!
Lantaw is made out of bamboo and kugon – commonly known as native tall grass. This gives its customers a 100% native dining experience. It has several lounge chairs and wooden furniture which add to the restaurant’s comfortable interiors. Inside you’ll find half of a colorful jeepney transformed to a beverage bar. Lantaw is a floating restaurant with a spectacular view of the Cebu City skyline and if you’re lucky and get there early, you’ll also get a beautiful view of the sunset.
Considering the restaurant’s ambiance and superb customer service, everything on their menu was astonishingly affordable! Lantaw offers a variety of Filipino dishes ranging from P150 – P400 per dish, which is usually good for 2-3 persons. We ordered Spicy Scallops and Buttered Garlic Shrimps. They also have a good selection of drinks – alcoholic and non-alcoholic of course!
Lantaw Floating Native Restaurant is located in Day-as Wharf at the tip of Cordova in Mactan. It takes roughly 30-45 minutes to get there in regular traffic. You can get there via the Old Mactan Bridge and driving all the way to the Cordova/Marigondon crossing. Turn right and head towards Poblacion, Cordova. Once you reach Poblacion, you can ask where Day-as Wharf is located. If not, just look for the Lantaw signs. For those taking public transportation, you can get to Lantaw by taking a multi-cab or jeepney to Cordova. Get off Poblacion and take a pedicab to Day-as Wharf.
So Was It Worth It?
YES, it was worth it! Our appetites were definitely satisfied and our senses appeased with the restaurant’s unique ambiance. Lantaw’s friendly staff was a plus too! It was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of the city – definitely a great alternative for those seeking a genuine Filipino dining experience.