Top Restaurants in Sri Lanka

Bay Leaf Restaurant
Cuisine: Italian
Location: 79 Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07
Price Range: Rs.1400 – Rs.2000
Formerly a Continental restaurant, called Le Palace. The Bay Leaf has been constructed in a grand colonial mansion in Gregory’s Road, with its stylish decor and comprehensive menu, for starters, soups, liquor/juices, main courses (seafood, chicken/meats/vegetarian and salads) and two dessert menus, caters with flair its discerning clientele. This classy restaurant has many dining areas, with a sought after verandah and balcony. It entices all Italian food lovers to savour the best in Italian Ravioli; Ravioli di Melanzane and Chilli Agnolotti.

Echo, Cinnamon Grand Hotel
Cuisine: Italian
Location: Cinnamon Grand, Ground Level, Angsana City Club and Spa, 77 Galle Road, Colombo 03
Price Range: above Rs.2000
Opened on September 2006, after being announced as a potential upmarket addition to the Cinnamon Grand Hotel`s. The gastronomic delights of Italy are just an order away in this chic restaurant. With extensive menus featuring Italian culinary classics it is indeed an ideal food destination particularly of Italian food lovers. There is a good selection of antipasti, pasta and risotto, pizzas, accompanied by your own choice of wines, spirits, juice and cocktails. There are a dozen of utterly sinful desserts to choose from to top off your meal including the staple Tiramisu which is the chef’s specialty. Some vegetarian items are also found on the menu.

Thambapani Restaurant and Art Gallery
Cuisine: Sri Lankan
Location: 496/1 Duplication Road, Colombo 03
Price Range: Rs.800- Rs.1400
Sri Lankan garden restaurant with a touch of elegance and spicy menu for the most jaded palette. The Thambapani is like an oasis that provides a relaxing and tranquil surrounding. It is a place where you can enjoy fabulous food of Sri Lanka. The selection includes pastas, grills and their specialty, seafood. The restaurant also served dessert to round off one’s meal. There are air conditioned rooms, small courtyard area with a mini-waterfall for al-fresco dining as well as a reasonably well stocked bar.

California Grill Rooftop Restaurant, Galadari Hotel
Cuisine: Continental Fine Dining
Location: Galadari Hotel, Rooftop, 64 Lotus Road, Colombo 01
Price Range: Above Rs.2000
The first-class rooftop fine dining restaurant has a great view of Galle Face and Colombo Harbour. The live music at California Grill is played on most nights is considered to be one of the best in the town. This extremely spacious restaurant is enhanced by a well-lit terrace and a private room for corporate entertainment. Excellent service, improved since its 25th anniversary celebrations and renovations. The excellent gourmet cuisine includes a wide variety of steaks imported from Australia and New Zealand, an excellent Crab and Prawn Bisque, a variety of scrumptious seafood dishes (including a very pricey Lobster Thermidor), a generous and filling Rancher`s Mixed Grill and a tasty Roast Duck. Vegetarian food are also offered, the long wine list, the fabulous selection of hot and cold desserts from Flambe’s to Crepes, all add up to quiet a rewarding dining experience.

Chesa Swiss Restaurant
Cuisine: Continental Fine Dining/Swiss
Location: 3 Deal Palace, Colombo 03
Price Range: Above Rs.2000
Considered to be Sri Lanka`s finest, most authentic, and little known Top Class restaurant. Owned and run by a Swiss expatriate couple, Catherine and Michael, and earns its VFM award with style, this dinning restaurant specialized in Western delicacies of Swiss fares. Luscious rosti, spatzli, succulent venison, fine cheeses, regional wines and other Swiss specialties makes this an example of fine dining at its best. Be prepared to pay for it, though, at about Rs. 2300 upwards per head, with wine. The inviting surroundings of Chesa Swiss Restaurant in Colombo set one’s mood in dining while enjoying the special fondues and meat dishes.

Curry Leaf Colombo Hilton
Cuisine: Continental Fine Dining
Location: Colombo Hilton, Echelon Sq. Lotus Road Colombo 01
Price Range: Above Rs.2000
Fine Dining Restaurant of the Colombo Hilton has a contemporary setting enhanced by the cool blue and white tones and soothing music. Spoon is an elegant trendy restaurant where the action in the kitchen is in full view. The show kitchen, clean and gleaming gives it international class. The refurbishment now features a walk in wine cellar and well-spaced tables to ensure your privacy. The restaurant specializes in the seafood and prime cuts of meat.

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