Where to Eat in Bandarawela: The Best Restaurants and Bars

February 20, 2018 Joeann Galban

Bandarawela is the second largest town in the Badulla District which is 32 km (20 mi) away from Badulla. Bandarawela is 200 km (120 mi) away from Colombo and about 125 km (78 mi) away from Kandy, the two capital cities of Sri Lanka. Thanks to its higher altitude, compared to surrounding locations, Bandarawela has milder weather conditions throughout the year making it a popular tourist destination for locals. Bandarawela is within hours reach of surrounding towns and cities by both road and rail. The town is influenced by its colonial history and rests among dense, lush forestation occupying a niche among visitors as a base for eco-tourism.
Things to do in Bandarawela

1. Ella Village Restaurant

No 73 Bandarawela Road, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Reservations Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 72 672 7890
Excellent
71%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 288 reviews

Ella Village Restaurant

Reviewed By Bryan D

Tasty food at a good price! Go for the traditional Sri Lankan curry, lots of food! Beer is not served but plenty bars in Ella to get a beer after your meal!

2. Jade Green Tea Centre & Restaurant

Main Street | Ella, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi Asian, Sri Lankan, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 57 2 228786
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 512 reviews

Jade Green Tea Centre & Restaurant

Reviewed By Worldwanderer83 - London, United Kingdom

If you look for authentic local food (with a few western options as well) try this place. Best for curry (chicken w all condiments) and their potato salad w onions; amazing. Also good for people watching over Main Street. The in-keeper with wife was very friendly and accommodated me after a short waiting time with warmth and a smile.
I will be back when traveling to SLanka in the future.

3. Adam's Breeze

Near little Adam's Peak, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 78 575 0314
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 348 reviews

Adam's Breeze

The best food our family had in Sri Lanka!

Reviewed By Mitchell J

Sat in the corner that looks out at the forest and watched the birds while we enjoyed the Sri Lankan breakfast and the fruit roti, both were good. Very close to the start of Little adams peak, would recommend before or after the hike.

4. New Buhari Hotel & Bakery

No. 37 Main Street, Bandarawela 90100, Sri Lanka Vegetarian Friendly
Excellent
16%
Good
52%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
16%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 6 reviews

New Buhari Hotel & Bakery

Reviewed By Saranger - Los Angeles, California

Ate here with spouse while a guest at the Hotel Orient. Restaurant is located on the main road and just a short walk from the Bandarawela train station, Post Office and most other places in town.
Enjoyed a dish of veg biryani then split three short eats (potato curry, egg, etc) and topped it off with an Elephant Ginger Beer. Total cost for dinner was 215 rupees (about $1.67 at current exchange rate).
Staff are very friendly and speak English well, If you are unsure, just ask and they will happily answer your questions and ensure a delicious meal. We were the only non-Sri Lankans in the restaurant, but we felt welcome and comfortable. The staff were a bit surprised to learn we are Americans as most foreign tourists to Sri Lanka eat in their hotel restaurant, but we like to get out and experience real life.
When you're in Bandarawela, make a visit to this restaurant and enjoy your meal with their friendly and welcoming staff.

5. Ella Flower Garden Restaurant

3 Mile Post, Passara Rd | Ella, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards American, Indian, European, International, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$157 +94 57 2 050480
Excellent
71%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 784 reviews

Ella Flower Garden Restaurant

Reviewed By CABX123 - San Francisco, California

This is definitely one of the best restaurants I have dined in Ella. Food quality is great, presentation is beautiful, and the prices are comparable to the other restaurants in the area. The staffs are also very friendly and accommodating.Thumbs up to Rumesh for making...MoreHi Sir, Thank you very much for your precious comments. Sir we appreciate your positive comments very much. we will keep developing our services and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Thank you sir Flower Garden Restaurant Ella Kosala Dissanayake

6. AK Ristoro

37 Grand View Passara Rd, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 57 2 050676
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 959 reviews

AK Ristoro

Reviewed By the0ldduke - Gloucestershire

Decided to take a break from Sri Lankan food during our 2 week holiday and saw this restaurant included an Italian menu. A (small) queue waiting for a table suggested it was popular and we were not disappointed, the food and atmosphere were very good. We chose a pasta dish, it was very tasty and well cooked, certainly equivalent to good Italian restaurants that I've visited in UK and across Europe but considerably less expensive. We were so impressed that we returned the following evening. The restaurant also offers Japanese and Sri Lankan dishes. The restaurant is a little difficult to find as it is off the main street but is well worth the effort.

7. Eeescart Tea Centre

Nuwaraeliya Road | Diganatenne, Bandarawela 90100, Sri Lanka +94 77 184 4884
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Eeescart Tea Centre

Reviewed By MT100916

Wir hatten hier einen kurzen Stop für eine Tasse Tee auf unserem Weg nach Ella. Die Beratung war super und wir konnten sogar verschiedene Tee Sorten probieren. Sehr nette Leute. Mit kleiner Teeplantage direkt am Shop. Perfekt für eine sehr gute Tasse Tee. Wir können es absolut empfehlen

8. Lanka Restaurant

Pasara Road Sapumaltenna, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol Sri Lankan, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$118 +94 77 695 7495
Excellent
82%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Lanka Restaurant

We Provide Cooking Classes Daily At 4:30pm

Reviewed By Faithalicious_x - London, United Kingdom

This class costs 2000 rupees (£10) and was a good introduction to cooking some of the meals that we had eaten already during our time in Sri Lanka.
The class started at 5 and we cooked until about half 7 before sitting down to eat our meal. All the options we made were vegetarian (though we were told what other veg or meat we could use at home instead). We were shown how to make momordica Curry, breadfruit curry, dahl, artichoke curry, coconut roti and an aubergine dish.
It was fun and informative but I was hoping we would make our own dishes individually. Instead we chopped the vegetables while the guide cooked the dishes himself, he would explain what he was doing and we would make notes for ourselves. We weren't given a recipe book.
The place can be reached by tuk tuk (he can call one for you on the way back) or can be reached on foot if you are staying in Ella town.

9. Kent Restaurant

107/23 Welimada Road | Uva Province, Bandarawela 90100, Sri Lanka Chinese, Indian, Asian, Sri Lankan HK$47 - HK$78 +(94)2230306
Excellent
34%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
33%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 3 reviews

Kent Restaurant

Reviewed By smgsamasundara131 - Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

If you have lot of friends this is the place to come with them.stsff is not bad.you can rest here when you plan to go Monaragala ,Rawana ella or some where via Walimada Road

10. The Different corner

Wellawaya Road | Ella Srianka, Ella 90090, Sri Lanka Seating, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 +94 77 765 4350
Excellent
72%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

The Different corner

Reviewed By aimsjm

Food is tasty and reasonably priced but the service is slow and crap. We were ‘temporarily’ sat on a tiny stool in the corner while we waited for a table to become free but the table went to someone who’d just walked in off the street! Our food took an hour to arrive, even the popadoms that when asked if we wanted with our drinks we said yes!
Come an hour before you want to eat...

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