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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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Best Places to Eat in Negombo

The coastal locale of Negombo, one of the major cities of Sri Lanka, has become a booming tourist destination, and has a wide range of exotic eateries for you to choose from.


Dolce Vita

A cosy and inviting locale that offers indulgent and comforting fare. It is a beach-side establishment as well so expect some good views to set the mood and put your mind at ease. Most of the food offered here are western, encompassing items such as sandwiches, pizza, burgers, crepes and pastries. Their coffee has been cited by many as being the best that Negombo has to offer. Dolce Vita has a loyal group of customers who appreciate their generous portions, calculated flavours and home-made ice-cream.


Lords Restaurant Complex

This is highly regarded by many as one of the best restaurants in Negombo. Firstly, it is not just a restaurant but a massive complex that contains multiple settings, as well as galleries depicting all kinds of interesting design and artwork. Despite its size the complex does not offer accommodation, but there are many places close-by such as Hotel J Negombo. Many people choose to visit this establishment for the incredible ambiance alone. The food is also highly renowned for its imaginative and delectable incorporations of local and international flavours, and delivering them plated to visual perfection. The restaurant has an overall cricket theme without being tacky and trying too hard to name all their dishes to feature a cricket element.


Tusker Restaurant

Much like Lords, this is one of the top most renowned places to wine and dine at a decent price in Negombo. Tusker is a great place to experience the magic of seafood, since they are known to have the freshest of ingredients and a high degree of skill when it comes to creating delectable and flavourful dishes. The seafood platter and the tuna steak are among some of the most recommended items on the menu. The restaurant has a reputation for serving generous portions with incredible value. The ambiance of Tusker is warm and inviting with modern architecture and vibrant lighting. The list of wines available at the restaurant also received a lot of praise.



As far as the island's restaurants are concerned, Coco's is a cult favourite. This establishment doubles as both a bakery and a restaurant while having a mini ice-cream section too. The bakery side of Coco's offers all the snacks and indulgences you can think of from mini-pies to fresh buns, pastries and a selection of cakes. The restaurant is particularly popular during lunch times where crowds flock to satisfy their cravings for the signature fried rice selections as well as the local rice and curries. They are also known to serve some of the best kotthu, Sri Lanka's legendary fast food, in the Negombo district.


Bijou Swiss Restaurant

If you enjoy Swiss fare, then this is one of the most genuine establishments on the island. Ever since its inception it has been a paradise for foreigners seeking some homely comfort. The restaurant serves a variety of Swiss and German dishes ranging from fondues to schnitzels. Since the restaurant is located in Negombo, you are guaranteed to find a wide selection of seafood dishes as well.

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