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

March 5, 2018 Mikaela Didonna

Discover the best restaurant in Southern Province, Sri Lanka including SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, Oceana Beach Cafe and Seafood Restaurant, Dream Family, Hello Burger, Tangalle Rice & Curry Restaurant, Kat's Coffee, mmmh Sucre & Sale, Mango Shade, Salty Swamis Cafe & Surf Shop, Bentota Rock Beach Restaurant
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1. SANKAREST Garden Restaurant

Nape | Paratharkaya, Kosgoda 80570, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Free Wifi Asian, Sri Lankan, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$275 +94 77 548 7054
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 115 reviews

SANKAREST Garden Restaurant

Reviewed By Carold1962 - Lincoln, United Kingdom

We emailed Sankarest to ask if they could cook us some traditional Sri Lankian food. When we arrived we were very warmly welcomed into a beautiful house and seated on their verandah. The food was far beyond our expectations, so many different dishes, all so wonderful especially the shredded aubergine....... We have never tasted anything like it, it was amazing. If you are looking for a traditional Sri Lankian experience with wonder food provided by lovely people then this is the place your looking for.
Thank you Sankarest

2. Oceana Beach Cafe and Seafood Restaurant

61/5 Sethsiri | Parakrama Road, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Asian, Soups, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch +94 71 606 4267
Excellent
82%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 370 reviews

Oceana Beach Cafe and Seafood Restaurant

Oceana Beach Café & Seafood Restaurant serves a daily catch of fresh seafood along with our authentic Sri Lankan menu.

Reviewed By Mats Tomas K

The prawn cocktail was fantastic. We had the mixed seafood which was very good except the overdone fish. A reasonably priced Sauvignon Blanc from Chile was well chilled. Staff was very friendly and gave good service.

3. Dream Family

117 Panghawasa Road | Medaketiya, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 77 502 2575
Excellent
87%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 794 reviews

Dream Family

Reviewed By Hanif T

The owner is really friendly.
We had Rice and Curry with vegetables witch was really good.
Rice was served with 8 types of Curries witch all were delicious.
100% recommended.
The guys father is a fisherman and offers fresh seafood.
He was kind to offer free food for 8 month old baby that we took boiled potatoes and he loved it.
He saw baby was crying and brought a teddy bear for him .

4. Hello Burger

533 Galle Road | opposite Royal Beach Hotel, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating Fast Food, American, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$31 - HK$86 +94 77 192 7667
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 232 reviews

Hello Burger

"The Best Burger in Town"-Delicious Fresh homemade Burger Just come over and try..... we offer also for vegetarian people a wonderful meals. Also we have homemade fresh Pasta-Tagliatelle which is approved by italian People. Breakfast possible A MUST in Hikkaduwa-

Reviewed By BigBear90 - Farnham, United Kingdom

The fat [email protected] burger has everything you'd want in a burger and it's delicious, they ask you how you want it cooked and it was medium rare to perfection. Drinks are delicious, lovely setting, staff are great. Lots of people recommended this place to us and it's always great when recommendations pay off, this is a real gem and well priced.

5. Tangalle Rice & Curry Restaurant

Mahawela Road | Godelawela, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout Seafood, Grill, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$314 +94 71 209 9696
Excellent
89%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 190 reviews

Tangalle Rice & Curry Restaurant

We provide sea food and rice and curry with deep down south style, by using fresh ingredients and traditional cooking method for breackfast,lunch and dinner

Reviewed By Travelleryoda

We ate here twice during our three night stay in Tangalle and were very impressed both times. The host is a really lovely guy and the food is just as good. The best Sri Lankan food we've had to date. The different veggie curries were delicious, especially the pumpkin one. The place had a good ambience, helped by the 00s ballads sounding out. We can't recommend this place enough. A bit off the beaten track but don't miss it.

6. Kat's Coffee

235 Matara Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi Cafe, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast +94 76 856 8495
Excellent
91%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 139 reviews

Kat's Coffee

Reviewed By simon b - Derby, United Kingdom

Nice coffee shop that sells fresh cakes, she does a nice latte, mocha and flovoured teas, slightly cost more than other places but we drank there as the quality /taste was better for us. Limited on food it's mainly snacks/breakfast items. I had all 3 flavours of porridge and they were all nice. She has a book swap, hires pushbikes and sold some local made bags ar a very good price.

7. mmmh Sucre & Sale

42 Welle Dewalaya Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible French, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 +94 76 915 2494
Excellent
89%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 192 reviews

mmmh Sucre & Sale

mmm Sucré & Salé is a French creperie. Come and enjoy in a "COZY" setting, delicious traditional pancakes savoury and sweet. According to your wishes, you have the choice between the "Classic" pancakes, or you have the ability to "create your own pancake" among the proposed ingredients. To accompany your meal, you can quench your thirst with a home made smoothie or iced coffee or opt for a classic drink. We offer also a choice of coffees freshly ground and prepared with an Italian machine.

Reviewed By Christine S

This little place has amazing crepes with both sweet and savoury fillings.
The owners are very nice and welcoming. They even helped out when our daughter got sick because of the warmth. Thank you! You’re the best - we’ll definitely come back for more great food

8. Mango Shade

no. 141 Pangngawana Mawatha, Tangalle 82200, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$24 +94 77 720 1859
Excellent
84%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 498 reviews

Mango Shade

Home made Food

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

We took our baby to this restaurant and they could not have been lovelier. The food was amazing and is extremely reasonable. A lovely place and atmosphere, we loved that they have playing cards on the tables. Definitely worth a visit for dinner.

9. Salty Swamis Cafe & Surf Shop

542 Galle Road, Wewala | Opposite Vibration hotel, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, Contemporary, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +94 77 729 1722
Excellent
94%
Good
4%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 264 reviews

Salty Swamis Cafe & Surf Shop

Salty Swamis promises speciality coffee, superfood-packed smoothies, and fresh tropical juices served with a constantly changing contemporary breakfast and lunch menu in addition to a unique brand of service and attention to detail. In addition to the cafe we offer a comprehensive surf shop as well as a carefully curated retail space for all travellers.

Reviewed By claudia b

Myself and my friends came here everyday when staying in Hikkaduwa because the coffee was fantastic and food was delicious! A little on the pricey side but it was completely worth it. So Great atmosphere and lovely staff. Super encouraging to see they are making an effort to reduce pollution too by not using plastic (bottles/straws) etc!

10. Bentota Rock Beach Restaurant

Aturuwella, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +94 75 670 0075
Excellent
85%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 118 reviews

Bentota Rock Beach Restaurant

Reviewed By Jean R - Moraira, Spain

Very disappointed. Prawns Starter arrived ten minutes after mains. Sorry, such a shame after previous reviews. Go to pier 88 instead,approx 500 lk tuk tuk return from our Bentota hotel. And Happy Garden (no beer though) was fantastic curry and rice.

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