From fancy dining spots to petti kadeys, Negombo's streets are made of restaurants, serving up various cuisines - Sri Lankan, Italian, Western, Chinese and whatnot. If you ever find yourself in Negombo, here is a bunch of good places that you can drop by and have a nice meal.
Lords in Negombo has been named Trip Advisor's top spot in Negombo for years now and we totally understand why. While their food is a bit steep in terms of pricing, they offer a pretty solid dining experience through their attentive staff, delicious food, and quirky ambience. We also suggest checking out the fish therapy available at their venue.
Found inside Heritance Negombo, Mad Dog's Bodega blew us away with their mains. Again, like Lords, they're not the cheapest option out there but you definitely get your money's worth. We strongly suggest getting the Pork Spareribs if you find yourself here.
While we weren't necessarily blown away by their dessert option, we were made extremely happy by our mains. The Bacco Pizza was baked and seasoned to perfection and the Spaghetti Carbonara was definitely worth the moolah we paid for.
Bijou is one of the oldest names in the restaurant book in Negombo. Their menu succeeds in reflecting both the Europeanness of the owner's heritage and the locality of Negombo.
Freshly made delicious food, good portions that fill you up, and easy on the wallet - Papou's Restaurant does it right. We particularly loved the spicy plate of HBC they make, and the grilled prawns dish.
Last time we checked, Tusker Restaurant was closed for renovations - but hopefully, they are open now. It's quite popular among both local and tourist crowds, mainly because of the generous portions of seafood dishes they offer, alongside some boozy cocktails.
Pancake House is a charming, little restaurant down Lewis Place, Negombo, that does some yummy and filling Lankan style pancakes combined with reasonable price tags. Cheese, chicken, mixed seafood, mixed meat pancakes - they have them all.
Blue Lagoon is Jetwing Lagoon's restaurant on the porch. You can indulge in their excellent Rosemary Pork Cutlets, while catching up some stunning views of the Negombo lagoon.
Fresh, well-presented and not overly pricey, the Sushi Bar (Samurai) is one of the very few restaurants in Negombo that's specialized in Japanese cuisine. Drop by if you're craving for some delicious California rolls, or a plate of Salmon Sashimi.
If you want a quick bite or a dessert in the evening for ridiculously low prices along the very touristy Poruthota Road (aka 'Hotel Road' sometimes), drop by Cafe J.
Dolce Vita is a very homely and affordable place to hang out with friends, good Italian food and a great view of the Negombo Beach. From Neapolitan-style pizzas to homemade ice cream, everything here is well-executed, delicious and well worth the price.
The Grand is a coffee shop with a nondescript exterior, but don't let that put you off. They whip up some great stuff, especially coffee, alongside good cheesecake.
Sherry Land doesn't look like the hippest spot on the Negombo strip, but it has a great cocktail selection. If booze is not your thang, go ahead with their Banana Fritters that comes with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce drizzled all over it.
The Vu is one of the few spots in Negombo to enjoy a legit rooftop dining experience with great service to boot. They offer a pretty extensive menu with a good mix of both western and Asian cuisine as well as some interesting local fusion dishes like the pork kalu pol.
These are some of the best places that we've encountered during our trips to Negombo. Try them out whenever you are there, and let us know how it went.
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