Ocho Seafood and Grill

Senator Enage St., Tacloban, Leyte

Ocho Seafood and Grill
4.6
4.5 Stars

8 Reviewers

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Category:
Seafood
Business Hours
Open: 10:00a - 10:00p
Phone
+639176288082

Hours

  • Sunday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Monday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Tuesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Thursday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Friday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p
  • Saturday
    • 10:00a - 10:00p

Payment Options

Cash, MasterCard, Visa

Most Recent Reviews

Eviths A.
4.0 Stars
4

It was my first time in Tacloban last Monday and i asked my friends from the city their recommended restaurants. i also checked Looloo app and there was a common restaurant in both recommendations: Ocho Seafood & Grill.

Ocho is located at Downtown, Tacloban. there were no cabs in the area but you can take a car hire from the airport or a tricycle if you're in the city. it's not hard to miss. the red signage with the yellow font can be seen meters away. it is arguably one of the popular restaurants in the city.

i usually search for the history of a restaurant before dining in. i really wanted to know why it was named as "Ocho". but my hunger prevailed and decided to order and dine already.

it has 2 floors (which i only learned after we left). when we entered, there's a receptionist who will take you to your table. the place looks posh and it was adorned with some christmas decorations and lights. we were told that to order, we can proceed to the counter. when we proceeded to the counter, i discovered that it's a posher version of Metro Manila's Dampa restaurant. you can choose among the fishes, prawns, squids, crabs and some other crustaceans fresh from the sea and they will give you a menu on suggestions how you wanted them to be cooked. i failed to take photos of the selection since there's a sign "no picture taking please".

there were just 2 of us, unfortunately, so we only had limited orders: calamares, shell fish soup, spicy prawns and seaweed salad. we were asked for how many kilos are we ordering. we said that we didn't know and that only 2 of us will dine. the girl from the counter looked at us first before getting the fresh seafood. then she asked us if those were enough then placed each order on a weighing scale.

the food were served after 10 minutes from ordering. despite the dialect barrier, i'm glad that they know how to speak Tagalog. and i discovered that the servers were sensitive enough to follow up your orders thru their respective headsets without asking.

and here's my verdict for the food:

shellfish soup: we have halaan and some other variant of clam. the soup was good but i had better. i can taste the ginger but the natural flavors of the halaan were a bit overpowered by the tomato. for shellfish soup, i know that less ingredients are better. for me, it lacks salt and pepper.

calamares: it's not extraordinary but i like the fact that it wasn't too rubbery.

Spicy shrimp/Gambas: i love how the shrimp was perfectly cooked and the sauce was actually perfect with the calamares.

seaweed salad: it's seaweed, tomatoes with vinegar. one of the things i learned in highschool and from watching cooking shows is to make an effort in adding colors to the food: the seaweed salad failed on this aspect. it's all green since the tomatoes were green. and the vinegar/vinaigrette is just okay but i know they can do better. i also think the vinaigrette lacked salt and pepper. i can taste the sugar though. the seaweeds were fresh buy i preferred that they added some red onions for much flavor and to neutralize the vinegar/vinaigrette.

rice: you can choose for plain or garlic rice. and plain rice costs P20 only which is quite cheap than the other restaurants. and their cup of rice is one big cup.:)

drinks: they have pitchers of iced tea, lemonade and some wine. we ordered cucumber lemonade which tastes like the one from the vendo machines. i

all in all, the food that we ordered failed to meet the taste i was expecting. but i guess it's unfair to compare them with Dampa, but their efforts were commendable. and the fact that the staff were accommodating, that they were able to serve our orders on time and i my cravings were satisfied, i rated them 4 stars.

and plus points since Tacloban is back in its glory after the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda. you can see signs almost everywhere that the place is a surge prone area.

#loolooDroneGiveaway

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Te L.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Pat D.
5.0 Stars

Loved the spicy shrimp dish here! :)

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Cherry O.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Evita G.
4.0 Stars

Super love their food!
Don't miss this Resto whenever you're in tacloban 128077

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Yoko T.
5.0 Stars

Generally speaking, I had the best experience in Tacloban. I love the city and most especially the locals. But omg eating here is life changing for me! We tried almost everything on their menu (hmm well, maybe half of their menu 128541128541128541) they have the freshest seafood and veggies, its like everything tastes better here.

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Alex O.
4.0 Stars

After almost 20 years and almost a year after Yolanda, I am glad to be able to visit again Tacloban, and humbled beyond belief to see that the city is back on its feet, and that the restaurant industry is seeing a renaissance and booming with the influx of foreign NGO workers.

Ocho was submerged 'breast-deep' during the supertyphoon, but now it is back in business, and the place carries almost no trace of the storm surge.

Ocho, I was told, has always been the premier must go restaurant in Tacloban that serves fresh seafood, where you buy the meat first at the counter and have it cooked the way you like it market-style, albeit in an airconditioned and modern interior this time. Ocho is said to have started as a carinderia that has become a full fledged restaurant.

We ordered the following, which were all very good! And I highly recommend you do!

-Halaan soup (clam soup using Imbao clams), which is my all time favorite Bisayan soup :)
-Grilled Tonto (in Waray, means 'foolish,' as this fish is said to swim towards fishermen to get caught to serve its mission in life which is to be an excellent grilled fish on your table ;) ...)
-Sarad (shell fish) cooked with a thick and spicy amber sauce, sarap!
-Sweet and sour whole shrimp, wonderfuly stirfried and coated with the sweet and spicy sauce
-Mango Banana Cake, delicious (the cake chiller actually has quite a mouth watering cake selection than can rival any coffee shop)
-Houseblend iced tea in pitcher with honey and calamansi! Perfect with the food!

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Edmund U.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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