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

December 26, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (commonly known as Kotte /ˈkoʊteɪ/) is the official capital of Sri Lanka. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is a satellite city and within the urban area of Sri Lanka's capital, Colombo.
Things to do in Kotte

1. The London Grill

77 Galle Road | Cinnamon Grand, Colombo, Sri Lanka Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Steakhouse, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +94 11 2 437437
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 260 reviews

The London Grill

Reviewed By Gulana_H - Copenhagen, Denmark

Great ambiance with live music. Excellent service and highly attentive staff.
But....food is not what I expected. Have been twice, as I loved the atmosphere but didn't see any improvements.
Starters are fine. Bread is nice- they serve Gluten Free bread too- rare for Colombo.
Steaks- overcooked for medium rare, and the texture was hard like rubber.
They also had about 30% fat which was not edible.

811 Kotte Road, Athul Kotte, Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka Outdoor Seating, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +94 11 2 878878
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 115 reviews

Shanghai Terrace

Set over three floors, the restaurant has a capacity of 200+ seats with private dining facilities available from 6 up to 60 people. We take pride in offering a diverse set of dishes from all provinces of China. Its unique charm and unequaled dedication to the palate of the connoisseur, have earned Shanghai Terrace a reputation of being the very best. We use only the finest ingredients from China. Our seafood and meats are fresh, never frozen, upholding the highest standard of quality. Shanghai Terrace is a place where you can immerse yourself in a modern yet humble setting. The restaurants "piece de resistance" is the spectacular outdoor Terrace. Prepared by the expert hands of Master Chef Chef LI HONGLING, you can look forward to a truly unique culinary experience, designed to rouse and delight your senses. Drop in and let " Shanghai Terrace " blow you away

Reviewed By salujajayasena - Colombo, Sri Lanka

I have taken friends and family out on dinner and lunch many times. They have a private room too. Chinese food is excellent. Specially foreigners were really impressed. food is a bit expensive but have ample parking space and service is also good. best is to order prior.

3. Tintagel Colombo - Paradise Road

65 Rosmead Place | Colombo 07, Colombo, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Valet Parking Fusion, Sri Lankan, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$157 - HK$392 +94 11 4 602122
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 222 reviews

Tintagel Colombo - Paradise Road

Restaurants of Tintagel Colombo: THE COURTYARD Situated off the grand main lobby lounge, is an alfresco restaurant offering the Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo à la carte menu consisting of international cuisine. With Seating on relaxed antique-white woven armchairs and polished concrete table tops under the patio or black umbrellas surrounded by high walls of thambergia creepers. In the evening, The Courtyard transforms to a magical candle-lit space for outdoor dining. THE DINING ROOM The Dining Room is a smart and chic indoor restaurant offering the Paradise Road Tintagel Colombo à la carte dining menu consisting of international cuisine. Seating on smart black banquettes and leather-upholstered chairs at black lacquered tables, with white linen napery and plum-coloured glassware. The Dining Room is adorned by a specially commissioned series of work by Sri Lankan based Belgian artist Saskia Pintelon. THE RED BAR The Red Bar is a space where guests can lounge in style on grey and black lounges at bronze tables. Perfect for private meetings, romantic tête-a-tête or for a nightcap, the Red Bar is Colombo’s most stylish intimate bar, decorated with antique French baroque candle-stands and mirrors.

Reviewed By FredRo1948 - Metuchen, New Jersey

We were visiting friends in Colombo who suggested we dine at Tintagel the restaurant in the Tintagel Hotel housed in the former Prime Minister's house in Colombo. The setting is stunning and the service a definite notch above average for Sri Lanka (which is to say it's average for the more developed parts of the world). The food was well prepared, but the kitchen, as seems to be the rule, even in very high end spots owned and run by Sri Lankans, was painfully slow. Nonetheless, I would recommend this place as one of the best in Colombo I have visited. They, as could virtually every place we dined in Sri Lanka with the exception of a country spot where we had a buffet, need a lot of work on providing efficient and timely service!

4. Breeze Bar

Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking Bar, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +94 11 2 437437
Excellent
75%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Breeze Bar

Reviewed By Cheryl_Grace20 - Brisbane, Australia

Stayed at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel for 4 nights and spent a lot of time at the Breeze Bar - it is a great poolside bar with tasty drinks and great service! Special mention to Mr Chanaka for his professionalism and friendliness - always very prompt with delivering drinks!
Great relaxing atmosphere - highly recommended!

5. CIOCONAT lounge

107 Barnes Place - Kynsey Road | Colomb0 7, Colombo 00700, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Delivery Cafe, Middle Eastern, Sri Lankan, International, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$24 - HK$63 +94 11 2 679292
Excellent
50%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 294 reviews

CIOCONAT lounge

CIOCONAT lounge is the Café / Restaurant that transformed the way you thought of deli food. With so much of fusion, they present authentic Italian Food, Arabic menu over the weekend, a Shisha tent that is the talk of the town, an enjoyable Kids menu, a choice of tantalizing fare including Sandwiches, Cakes, Pastries, Crepes, Waffles, and a whole load of other delicious items as well as a wide selection of specialty drinks which cannot be found and enjoyed anywhere else.In the process of tasting our own specialty chocolate beverages you will feel the aroma, thickness, texture and colour that will appeal to all your 5 senses.Your palate will be tickled by the tasty food and drinks prepared by our experienced Chefs and Baristas.What’s more you get service with a smile. We do things differently and we are Unique in what we offer you. Come in to CIOCONAT LOUNGE and see the sweet side of life in you.Indulge in a world of Hot Chocolate and much more…

Reviewed By aspirebern - Bern, Switzerland

From the outside it looked like an Italian restaurant with Sri Lankan cooks , an unlikely combination.
But on entering we found slick service and an interesting menus without alcohol.
We opted for the curry range which we found to be authentic a delight to eat. In particular the dhal fry and the chicken tandoori stood out.
I recommend this restaurant as good place to start particularly if staying nearby.

6. LeeSH Sandwich Bar

245 High Level Road | High Level Road,, Nugegoda 10250, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 77 325 1734
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

LeeSH Sandwich Bar

Upon winding your way through the trendy Highway road side of Nugegoda, you will find our cozy little LeeSH Sandwich Bar, where We Make for your Choice of Fast, Healthy food ; prepared right in front of the customer - using a Unique style of natural ingredients, freshly baked bread and buns on Burgers or Sandwiches , high quality Fresh vegetables on Salads with mouth full of Happiness! This is the Ultimate dining for you!

Reviewed By pasindum93 - Homagama, Sri Lanka

Wow that’s a great place. ☺ small place but 5 star service and taste. cool place. Friendly service. I ordered a grilled chicken burger meal. Actually it's really worth and the taste is so good too. We could choose any beverage for our meal and it’s great. I’m not happy about the parking area. I’m recommending that place for anyone. Thanks

7. Tao

77 Galle Road | Colombo 3, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner +94 11 2 437437
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 250 reviews

Tao

Cinnamon Grand’s newest gastronomic offering TAO has a new look, new menu and 2 expert chefs from China. The hotel’s new edition of TAO serves some of the finest and most intricately prepared Chinese dishes out there created with the perfect blend of ingredients from Sichuan, Shandong, Guangdong or Fuji by two experts with experience, skill and an authentic love for Chinese food. Tao’s dining experience includes the ritualistic art of Chinese tea, engaging the pourer and drinker in an ancient ceremony of health and wellbeing. This combination of cuisine and experience comes together perfectly to create an ambiance that is incomparable. For Chinese food connoisseurs, foodies and lovers of delicious food, Tao offers everything and more.

Reviewed By PJBrownhill - Leicester, United Kingdom

The whole outdoor eating experience is complemented by fans and cool air. The tables are very private for large and small parties. The service is excellent and our waiter Chaminda was both helpful and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and the whole evening was memorable.

8. Shaze

No. 65 Thibirigasyaya Road, Colombo 00500, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Cafe, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegan Options, Halal, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Drinks +94 76 843 3122
Excellent
60%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 302 reviews

Shaze

Be it a quick coffee stop, a family dine-out, a sea-food pick 'n prep or a corporate gathering of individuals with a knack for the finer culinary delicacies of life, we have now opened our doors in Colombo and await the opportunity to serve you. At Shaze we present you an authentic and exquisite range of courses on our A la carte menu, while offering a wide range of Italian coffee brewed from choice 100% Arabica beans prepared to perfection. For those daring for a touch of adventure and craving for delights the ocean has to offer, our outdoor fish-market brings you the choice of picking and preparing from the catch.

Reviewed By repatto

Wow. What a place for a meal. Came for lunch and couldn't even finish 2/3ds of the meal. It was well presented and delicious. Thank heaven for take out left overs. Plan on coming back for the beautiful cheesecake I was too full to try

9. Giovanni's Presto Pizza

145 Thimbirigasyaya Road, Colombo 00900, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner +94 77 033 5366
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 174 reviews

Giovanni's Presto Pizza

Another brain child of Master Pizza Chef Dimuthu Gamage, Giovanni's the latest Italian Pizza restaurant situated in the heart of Colombo 05.

Reviewed By Menekag - London

I absolutely love their wood fired pizzas. The taste is amazing as they use the best ingredients. I love the fact their pizzas are full of fresh basil and if you ask for extra they give some in a little bag so you can add more if necessary..My personal favourites are all meat, 4 cheese and the chicken pizza.

10. Garton's Ark

Nawala Road | Urban Wetland Park, Nugegoda 10250, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Asian, Sri Lankan, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks +94 77 994 2050
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 123 reviews

Garton's Ark

The Garton's Ark, Sri Lanka's Largest Sailing restaurant. The boat consists of an air conditioned lower deck able to accommodate 64 persons seated,and a upper deck which can accommodate a further 30 persons. Patrons of the restaurant will be offered a comprehensive buffet meal while sailing on a 5 km Long course that would last 2.5 hours Or an Ala Carte menu while it's docked.

Reviewed By Dulan S - Sri Lanka

We attended a home coming reception of a family friend at this floating restaurant and enjoyed it immensely. The food was quite fabulous and trip in the lake was quite unique as well. Recommend for special occasions as well as romantic dinners.

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