Unawatuna Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Unawatuna

September 15, 2017 Dorsey Hagwood

Unawatuna is a coastal town in Galle district of Sri Lanka. Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. It is a suburb of Galle, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) southeast to the city center and approximately 108 kilometres (67 mi) south of Colombo. Unawatuna is situated at an elevation of 5 metres (16 ft) above the sea level.
Things to do in Unawatuna

1. Kingfisher

Welle Dewala Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 91 2 250312
Excellent
52%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Kingfisher

Kingfisher is a hotel and restaurant beautifully located on the crescent-shaped beach of Unawatuna in the Southern Coast of Sri Lanka. It’s origins run back to late 90’s. We have a designed lounge bar where you can relax and sip a cocktail and we offer a western and eastern menu at the restaurent. All our products are fresh and from the market everyday. We also have daily and weekly events: Every saturday night, we organise a party with dj's, music in live.

Reviewed By nictas - Sydney, Australia

Good food although very little vegetarian options but I guess what do you expect from a restaurant on the beach. More then made up for by the location. Sitting right on the beach with sand between your toes and the very attentive staff. Only issue is we were there with a big group and wanted to order and pay for our drinks at the bar as some people were drinking cocktails and others only water. We were told it was not possible all drinks had to go on the bill. Made for a confusing end of night when it seem it could have been easy.

2. Hotel Flower Garden

No. 14 Wella Dewalaya Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Sri Lankan, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$71 +94 91 2 225286
Excellent
64%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Hotel Flower Garden

Reviewed By mamamoose - Cambridge, Ontario

This hotel was hard to find, off the main road, but it was well worth looking for. There are nice rooms, good sized, with balconies. There are two pools to choose from. Breakfast is included and consist of your choice of eggs or pancakes, plus a large plate of fresh fruit for each person. The staff was friendly and having dinner there is a must. The food was some of the best we had on a month long trip. We stayed too nights and would gladly return. The only hassel with the place was getting the free parking for our coach, that they promised. As soon as I showed the email they sent me promising me that, it was found at a nearby hotel.

3. Thaproban Restaurant

Yaddehimulla Road | Welle Dewalaya Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 91 4 381722
Excellent
52%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 474 reviews

Thaproban Restaurant

Reviewed By SpaSeeker13 - Melbourne Australia

Helpful staff and great seafood here. We were not house guests but they treated us very well and arranged lounges on the beach, and brought food and tea and drinks to us. We visited twice for lunch. The fish in particular was very tasty and the staff were excellent. It is clean, modern and from what we could see I imagine the rooms would be great also.

4. Jina's Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant

Wella Dewala Road | Gall district, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Indian, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 91 4 380366
Excellent
55%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 729 reviews

Jina's Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant

The restaurant is listed in the latest edition of Lonely Planet and Rough Guide. No website as far as I know.

Reviewed By MaximilianNicolai - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Jina's restaurant is one of the few restaurants in town that actually cater to vegan and vegetarians only.
The location is right next to the main road behind the beach and the interior featyres a large bookshelf.
The staff is incredibly friendly, and the food is very good! I had a vegetarian burrito with guacamole, and I can only recommend it.
Would definitely go again if returning to Unawatuna.

5. Pink Elephant

110 Yaddehimulla Rd, Unawatuna 80000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Drinks +94 76 489 1400
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 478 reviews

Pink Elephant

Reviewed By mzbecks07 - Stanford, California

This place has a nice,energetic vibe but the food quality is not reflective of the almost 5 star rating. The appetizers were the worst (flavorless), the fish curry was ok and the shisha was very weak and the coals were bad.Service is friendly enough.
$:shisha: US$10, entree, appetizer and cocktail will set you back an average of US$12.CASH only

6. Happy Spice

Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 77 111 3572
Excellent
59%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 476 reviews

Happy Spice

Reviewed By Louise O - Kent UK

If you're not in a hurry, this is a great place to eat local, authentic food. We had to wait for about an hour for our food, but it was worth waiting for. I had the 4 type curry and rice and each curry was delicious. The restaurant is pretty basic, but the food makes up for it & the service was very good. It's extremely good value too!
Would definitely go back.

7. Koko's Beach Grill

Yaddehimulla Road, Unawatuna, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Street Parking Mexican, American, British, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$78 +94 77 582 6739
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 880 reviews

Koko's Beach Grill

a small family run restaurant on the beach, offering the best in western cuisine for those who need a bit of familiarity in there diet whilst in Asia. all created by Chef Gary(UK) and his team ensuring 100% satisfaction by using only hand picked local ingredients and preparing all food cooked to order.

Reviewed By sookeico1 - Etchingham, United Kingdom

Koko's is restaurant/bar on the beach which appears to be run by an ex-Geordie with friendly local staff. It concentrates mainly on Fish and Chips, burgers and other meals with chips, but it also serves kebabs and Mexican food. We had chicken and beef kebabs on pitta bread with yogurt and salad which were delicious. The Caipirinha cocktails to follow were a bit disappointing though.

8. Black & White Restaurant

Parangiya Waththe 275, Pillagoda, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, European, Grill, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch HK$24 - HK$275 +94 77 137 9960
Excellent
62%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 706 reviews

Black & White Restaurant

Welcome to Black & White restaurant. <br>The best culinary experience of Unawatuna beach. Famous for outstanding food and great ambiance in a charming restaurant. Perfect dining experience on the beach with a usual casual flair. <br> We are proud to serve only the freshest food. Our seafood always a fresh catch of the day, fruits and vegetables come from local markets, we prepare our food to reflect the freshness and original taste with special attention to each and every dish.<br>Our menu offers a selection of fresh seafood, international cuisine, and Sri Lankan traditional rice and curry which are all prepared & cooked to very high standard by our chefs.<br>Our kitchen is open 7.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. and our bar is open until our last customer leaves. <br>We are closed during the full moon.

Reviewed By Lennart S

We rented to sunbeds for the day. The beds are ok but Morning exceptional in comparisson to the other places at the beach. However their food and drinks were all good; the juices, the iced coffee, the fruit platter and later at the night our diner! We would definitely spent our day here again!

9. Sun n Sea Wood Fire Bistro

324 Matara rd, Unawatuna 80600, Sri Lanka (Formerly Sun n Sea Wood Fire Restaurant & coffee) Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Bar, Pizza, Seafood, European, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$31 - HK$157 +94 91 2 283200
Excellent
58%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 221 reviews

Sun n Sea Wood Fire Bistro

Main Menu: Served All Day Every DayWood fire Pizza: Monday-Friday After 6pm Saturday Sunday After 1pm Located at the end of Unawatuna beach (opposite end to the temple) a short Tuk Tuk ride from the main beach roadThe Bistro at the Sun n Sea:Locally Sourced ingredients from within 140kmInternaional techniques, Local ChefsCinnamon and Coconut wood Fired Pizza made fresh to order.Daily Hand produced Dough, bread, Sauces, butter and PestoMarket Fresh Yellowfin TunaSustainable Sourcing: Free range eggs and Chicken, No Lobster, No Coral Fish,Challenging and changing menu with original dishes and well respected Rice n CurryGreat Service from Loyal, positive, Knowledgeable Staff Our only aim is to provide the best meal you will have whilst in Sri Lanka. We have a beautiful setting with a fantastic Upstairs Chill out lounge, an open kitchen looking out over the Indian Ocean and Una’s memorable sunsets.

Reviewed By Ludivine0806 - Toulouse, France

After 14 days in Sri Lanka, we wanted to change from the traditionnal rice&curry so we ordered 2 pizza's! They were delicious! And the view on the beach is also very pleasant.
It's a bit more expensive then what we were used to, but the food was worth the price (around 1600rps/ pizza).

10. Sunil Garden Guesthouse

Beach road, Unawatuna 159, Sri Lanka (Formerly Sunil Garden Coffee and More) Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +94 91 2 226654
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Sunil Garden Guesthouse

Reviewed By Hayley D - London, United Kingdom

This place was just lovely.
We spent 5 nights here.
Pros:
Hot and cold shower.
Very comfortable bed, surrounded by well fitted mosquito net (none got in!!!)
Huge patio with 2 chairs and a built in lounge chair.
Best wifi we experienced in Sri Lanka.
Restaurant on site. We had banana chocolate pancakes here and a key lime pie, all very good. Modern coffee machine also in situ.
Plug adaptor provided (Sri Lanka uses a somewhat rare plug).
Mosquito plugs provided.
Friendly staff.
Transport service available.
3500 a night (non AC room).
Clean bathroom area.
Safe in the room.
What could be improved:
Our room was not tidied for the 5 nights we were here. The sink could have done with a clean, bins emptying and a fresh bed sheet would have been nice.
There are lots of mosquitos in around the patio area / room (still this is natural and cannot be helped).
We had a fan room and nothing really dried - towels etc remained damp and only got changed once.
1 plug socket behind the bed which was hard to get to due to the fitted mozzie net.
A twin bed option would have been preferred for us rather than a double.
I would highly recommend staying here. We were going to stay for 3 nights but stayed for 5. Very comfortable / easy with welcoming staff.

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