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Top 5 Private Dining Restaurants in Colombo – Enjoy a laid-back atmosphere with your meal

If you are looking for something other than the tangy Sri Lankan dishes, the many private dining restaurants can help you out. Add a hushed ambience, and you have it all.


The Gallery Café

Present in Colombo 03, The Gallery Café oozes a rustic vibe that is unrivalled in Colombo. They have a reputation for great food, an extensive menu and an even longer cocktail selection. The location was once the office of world renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa and decades later, the original design is still intact. With its eye catching yet minimalistic design, the architecture is by itself a good enough reason to visit The Gallery Café.



Shaze is present in the Thimbirigasyaya area of Colombo. While the cafe does not serve alcohol, it makes it up with a fine, hushed atmosphere. With leather sofas, inner dining areas as well as an outdoor space, the café is much large than it appears. Ideal for a private meal with family or loved ones, Shaze is highly regarded for their range of coffees and juices. The cafe also doubles as a lounge and offers mainly Western dishes that are balanced in terms of taste.


Rare at Residence

Little known by even the locals, Rare at Residence offers one of the best atmospheres for fine private dining. Their menu consists of the splendid international meals with a modern day twist. The restaurant makes use of the finest native ingredients and spices to deliver a distinctive taste that sets them apart from other restaurants of its calibre. Rare at Residence offers two semi-private dining areas. One has seating for twenty people while the other has seating for a maximum of six.



Are you in the mood for Sri Lankan cuisine but in a fine dining setting? If that is the case, look no further than Upali's. You can expect a range of traditional dishes such as rottis and hoppers which go great with a cup of ginger plain tea, also available at Upali's. While these dishes are available at most restaurants in Mount Lavinia and the rest of Colombo, what makes Upali's special is its wonderfully chic family friendly atmosphere. Located at Colombo 7, it is easy to access from any part of the city and is a short distance from hotels such as - Berjaya Hotel Colombo.



One of the prettiest restaurants on this list, Tintagel is set in an old colonial mansion that is seeped in dark history; the front steps once served as the backdrop for an assassination. Fast forward the decades and it is now one of the finest and most private restaurants you can find in the city. With a minimalistic design, Tintagel is an excellent spot for a break from Colombo's bustle and air pollution. Never too crowded, they are famed for their delicious dishes while the exhaustive cocktail menu has received rave reviews. Tintagel is situated in Rosmead Place in Colombo 7, which being in the heart of the city, is pretty easy to access.

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