Valentine’s Day In Colombo: Top 5 Restaurants (Posh).

It’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day. And we’ve recently been asked the essential and potentially fatal question: where do I take my girlfriend out for dinner?

If you’re happy to go with the safe hit of good wine and delicious food, Colombo’s your friend. And so are we – below we’ve made a list of the top five places to spend an elegant, expensive and delectable Valentine’s with your partner.

Let’s love.

Chesa Swiss

Chesa Swiss is expensive. There’s no getting around it. But it’s also really, really good. Undoubtedly one of Colombo’s best restaurants, a Valentine’s spent here is unlikely to get you in trouble. Quite the opposite. With an excellent selection of wine, impeccable service and some of the city’s best steaks, this is pretty much the definition of being wined and dined. While venue wise it’s nothing overly exciting – a simple house with minimal fuss and decor – the garden is rather lovely at night.

It’ll get booked up fast though, so if you plan on going, reserve early. As in, now.

Read our full review here.

The Gallery Cafe

The Gallery Cafe is the obvious choice for a romantic rendezvous, and with good reason. Housed beneath Bawa’s office, the Cafe’s lush garden offers one of the city’s best options for alfresco dining. With soft, ambient lighting, a great selection of cocktails – try the frozen margaritas – and desserts, this is another option that’s unlikely to disappoint. While food wise there’ve been complaints regarding the cafe’s never-changing menu, you’ll still be guaranteed a good meal – even if you’ve tasted it all before.

For top-notch ambience and candlelit loveliness, go Gallery.

Read our full review here.

The Havelock Place Bungalow

The Havelock Place Bungalow is another good option for outdoor dining – and perhaps a less obvious choice than either Chesa or Gallery Cafe. Similar to but smaller than the outdoor dining spaces of Barefoot or Gallery, the HPB’s small garden with cobbled floors and close, heavy trees create a tropical kind of cosiness. While we’re not quite sure the food lives up to its chalky blackboard promises, it’s still good. And the home made ice cream is excellent, coming in a fun variety of flavours – honeycomb, arrack, fig and honey and so on.

Read our full review here.

Casa Colombo

For something a little less mainstream, the delightfully quirky Casa Colombo is great. This beautiful and eclectic wonderland of a boutique hotel serves good food and drink at decent prices. And you have a range of dining options – you can sit outside in the prettily lit, white chaired garden; inside the large glass cube that is ZAZA bar, or at the main restaurant. Casa is especially beautiful at night, when the pink pool is lit up and you can sit on the luminous chairs at its bar. This is one of Colombo’s trendiest places; well-worth a lingering visit.

Read our full review here.

Nihonbashi (Honten)

The Nihonbashi Honten is a beautiful restaurant serving truly excellent Japanese cuisine. If you’re not a fan of being surrounded by cooing couples, a room at the Honten offers a lovely place for a more private, intimate meal. These pristine, zen-like rooms usually adjoin little rock gardens and contain Japanese style seating – low tables and cushions. Ensconced in these white-walled nooks, you have all the privacy and time to work your way through pots of sake and light platters of sushi. And the best thing about Nihonbashi? You don’t feel bloated and ungainly afterwards.

Read our full review here.

While we’ve listed our top five upscale restaurants, this isn’t an exhaustive list. For more, see: Royal Thai, Tintagel, Lemon, London Grill, 1864, Spoons, Ministry of Crab, California Grill and The Galle Face Hotel Verandah.

And if you’re looking for gift ideas, go here.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp




Ifthar 2023 – Reinvented by Street Burger

By Shamrina Carim During this holy month of Ramadan, once again Street Burger has not

Highlights Kamu

Arabia’s Oasis of Flavours – Cinnamon Red

Cinnamon Red Colombo’s top tier fine dining Flavored restaurant has introduced an incredible range of

Highlights Kamu

The weekend Lunch Buffet at Movenpick

Movenpick boasts of its location in the heart of Colombo, its 219 spacious, luxury hotel

Highlights Kamu

High tea with a stunner view at Cinnamon Red

Shamrina Carim An eclectic delicious high tea platter awaits you all 7 days from 3


A warm breakfast at Hilton Colombo

Graze Kitchen being called out one of the finest and elite restaurants in Colombo, makes

Highlights Kamu

Cinnamon Red introduces a Vegetarian/Vegan Buffet

Cinnamon Red, one of the most popular hotels in Colombo introduces a fully Vegetarian/Vegan Buffet.

Highlights Kamu


5 Spots to experience an Iftar Buffet – 2023

The holy month of Ramadan is approaching in a few days. It’s that festive time

Highlights Trending

Ramada Colombo Celebrates 49 Remarkable Years of Exclusive World-Class Hospitality

The iconic star-class luxury hotel, Ramada Colombo, is owned by the American multinational-World’s largest hotel


Let Her Shine on 8th March at Ramada Colombo.

Celebrate Women’s Day with entertaining evenings, pampered stays, special giveaways, and great dining offers. Show


Quickee- not just another Online Store

Whether you are a busy, working parent or an individual who balances many things during

Highlights Trending

Savour a Plant-Based Feast Every Full Moon at Cinnamon Red Colombo

Colombo, Monday 27th February 2023: Many are the benefits of adopting a plant-based diet. Historically


5 Things You Didn’t Know About Fcode Labs

Sri Lanka’s technology industry has witnessed significant growth in recent years, positioning the country as

Highlights Trending

Yamu Guide.

6 Trusted Pet Food Brands you should know

For awhile, Petmart has established itself as the premier pet shop in Sri Lanka. It

Highlights Yamu Guide

6 Pet Essentials from Pet Mart

Coming home to a devoted friend is the best feeling in the world. A pet's

Highlights Yamu Guide

9 Places to eat Rice & Curry

By RR Yes, pizzas and burgers are amazing but truly nothing can beat a good

Highlights Yamu Guide

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Quickee this year!

It's easy to get caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of life, where

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Places to Hike in 2023

Have you ever thought of arranging a travel bucket list to climb a mountain this

Highlights Yamu Guide

Yamu’s Top Restaurant Picks for 2023

New Year, New Reviews? Say “hell yeah”! We have sorted out a few restaurants that

Highlights Yamu Guide