Kalutara Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Kalutara

November 16, 2017 Merry Kessler

Kalutara (Sinhalese: කළුතර, Tamil: களுத்துறை) or Kalutota is a major city in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka. It is also the administrative capital of Kalutara District. It is located approximately 40 km (25 mi) south of the capital Colombo. The area is well known to produce the Mangosteens, a fruit introduced from Malaysia in 19th century.
Things to do in Kalutara

1. Red Lobster Tours Spa & Restaurant

218 St, Sebastian Road | Katukurunda, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Russian, Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night HK$8 +94 77 871 8800
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 431 reviews

Red Lobster Tours Spa & Restaurant

Red Lobster is a family business since 2005 in Kalutara area. Mainly we are serving Sea Foods with high quality & taste. We have beautiful and natural Restaurant in Kalutara, Sri Lanka. There are not parts before or after "Red Lobster". We are just "Red Lobster". You are serving below mentioned services to you. Restaurant ,Tours (To all the cities in Sri Lanka) , Spa (Ayurveda Massage )

Reviewed By Emanuel C - Timisoara, Romania

At first we went there to eat, the food was good and we liked the friendly family atmosphere created by the owners. After we found out that they make tours also, and we cancelled the tours we booked with our previous guides and contracted Shyan for the tours, and oooo how happy we were! I am shure he provides the greatest tours, he is very kind and very keen on giving the tourists the best experience ever and he succeeds!! Good job! And thank you for our experiences!

2. Restaurant at Mermaid Hotel

Mahawaskaduwa | Mermaid Hotel, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +94 34 2 237613
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Restaurant at Mermaid Hotel

Reviewed By Carrie T - London, United Kingdom

We loved the food. You get quite a good choice of food there. There is always 5 mains to choose from and the Deserts are to die for. The waiters can't do enough for you especially Cheeky chappie! You must ask for him...he's is so so funny with his Cockney slang. My 9 year old son who is the most fussy eater did not like most of the food so the chef was happy to make him something that he wanted and we didn't have to pay for it. The staff really can't do enough for you and I really do miss them all x

3. Happy Banana Sea View Restaurant

164/6b St. Sebastiyan Road Katakurunda, Kalutara Sri Lanka, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Seafood, Sri Lankan, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$71 - HK$149 +94 71 554 9963
Excellent
94%
Good
2%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 34 reviews

Happy Banana Sea View Restaurant

Reviewed By Stuart W

Beautiful location in a tranquil cove, the owners are welcoming and accommodating, nothing is too much trouble at all. As well as the restaurant there is the massage centre, considerably better value than the hotels price and really focused as you desire. A must visit.

4. Paradise Restaurant and Massage Centre

No. 287 | Maha Waskaduwa, Kalutara, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +94 34 4 937822
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 45 reviews

Paradise Restaurant and Massage Centre

Reviewed By Angelp2125

We visited this restaurant on the advice of our tour guide Reshni and quickly made it our local visiting it daily, the staff we all always friendly and I now consider them my friends, they made us so welcome and nothing was too much trouble they made us some wonderful local seafood dishes and when the spice got too much for me Aunty even made me a cheese toasty (not many places would). This place is right on the beach and the view was just awesome the sunsets were perfect. It truly was paradise.

5. Fresh Lobsters Restaurant

No. 166 St. Sabestian Road | Katukurunda, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 77 406 3883
Excellent
80%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 241 reviews

Fresh Lobsters Restaurant

Reviewed By Lauren W

Firstly this restaurant is no longer on the beach but is well signposted from the old location on the right not far from the Avani hotel. Apparently, the original restaurant was burnt down, which is a real shame as the beach/sunset location would really of made the overall experience idealistic. The restaurant environment is lit with bright lights and lacks an intimate feel, however, that said- the food is very good! We had a chicken curry and there was bowl upon bowl of accompaniments. The owner phillipe entertained us with his card tricks and was keen to show us photos of his previous restaurant.

6. Seashells Restaurant

Seashells Restaurant,De Abrew Road | Maha Waskaduwa, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +94 77 119 4250
Excellent
49%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

Seashells Restaurant

Situated in Western province in Sri Lanka’s boasting of breath taking panoramas of beach side, we offer unforgettable meal with indulgent all-inclusive benefits, featuring gourmet dining and enriching daily activities. We guarantee, your stay with us would not simply be an enjoyable visit, but an experience to be savored for life. Seashells Restaurant is a hidden gem on the Emerald isle of Sri Lanka. Located just 10 min tangerine hotel .

Reviewed By lauramayjohnson - Southampton, Hampshire

We had the lobster. Actually we had three lobsters each. The rice and noodles were lovely. They brought me a spicy side dish which was heaven. They were attentive and friendly. The setting is great as you are up one floor watching all the activity in the street below. Definitely recommended.

7. Little Door Restaurant

No 26 Abrew Road | Waskaduwa, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating Seafood, Chinese, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +94 77 083 6885
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
3%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Little Door Restaurant

Reviewed By Angela-lee T - Greater London, United Kingdom

We visited Little Door after Reading so many positive reviews on trip advisor. So glad we did,the food was amazing prawns ,lobster , cuttle fish all served up with rice,salad and currys. The attentive service was exceptional. So much so we have booked to visit again next time .

8. King Fish Restaurant

69 De Abrew Road, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Seafood, Soups, Asian, Fusion, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +94 34 2 238782
Excellent
75%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

King Fish Restaurant

Reviewed By PhilipRozario - Colorado

Staff is very friendly but the environment is not good for restaurant at all. Their food is ok but the only thing is environment. Cats are running across the restaurant and lying on the tables. So please create a appropriate environment.

9. Oasis

No 1/399 Abrew Road , Maha Waskaduwa | No : 399/1 Abrew Road , Maha Waskaduwa, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Asian, Sri Lankan, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$235 +94 77 619 4059
Excellent
73%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 273 reviews

Oasis

Oasis restaurant is a Sri Lankan seafood specialist. They offer a variety of mouth-watering dishes which include: local cuisines, such as curries, local fishes, lobster and prawns. Oasis Tours and Travels is a Sri Lankan Tour specialist. They offer excursions to explore the beautiful country. This includes famous areas to visit, such as Sigiriya, Dambulla for the Golden Buddha Temple, Pinnawala for the Elephant Orphanage, and Hikkaduwa Galle for the Turtle Hatchet. They also provide opportunities to visit and swim in the surrounding Beaches, where you can also get involved with water sports, such as Jet-Skiing and Scuba-Diving. Please contact Tikka for further information.

Reviewed By Kep70 - Brigg, United Kingdom

Ate here on a few occasions to try different things, had barracuda and tuna which were ok but nothing to get over excited about. Tried the fish soup which was very bland and lacking flavour. Tried the mullet which was nice but even though it was meant to come with salad, chips and rice it was missing the rice and was told that the rice had finished for the night. Had chicken fried rice which we asked for extra spicy, came with no spice and was so dry it was almost inedible, which was a shame as they are not small portions and I was looking forward to it. Most of the staff are friendly, but they do rush you and have no concept of starters and main courses as all food comes in any order and you end up with it all together. Was disappointed as it had a great write up.

10. Anthony Restaurant & SPA

13 Maha Waskaduwa, Kalutara 12000, Sri Lanka Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$204 +94 71 207 1501
Excellent
69%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 59 reviews

Anthony Restaurant & SPA

Lovely restaurant on the beach!

Reviewed By Sergey U

Honest: if the trip is supposedf to take 3 hours - Anthony, unlike others, will not tell you that it will only take 40 minutes. Food in his restaurant is excellent and always fresh - we (there were 10 of us) dined there every single day and celebrated my mother's 80th birthday. Tables can be ste right on the beach... Id I ever come to Sri-Lanca again and happen to be near Kulutara I will dine in Anthony's restaurant.

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