Where to Eat in Anuradhapura: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 15, 2017 Natalie Tallman

Anuradhapura (Sinhalese: අනුරාධපුරය; Tamil: அனுராதபுரம்) is a major city in Sri Lanka. It is the capital city of North Central Province, Sri Lanka and the capital of Anuradhapura District. Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization. It was the third capital of the Kingdom of Rajarata, following the kingdoms of Tambapanni and Upatissa Nuwara.
Things to do in Anuradhapura

1. Casserole

279 Main Street, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations Asian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$8 +94 25 2 224443
Excellent
20%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
8%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 221 reviews

Casserole

Reviewed By Christian H

Simple delicious Chinese-Sri Lankan place which services up Chinese basics with a very Sri Lankan twist.
Deservedly popular with locals and travellers alike.
We especially loved their Kang Kung (stir fried water spinach in sweet and sour garlic sauce) which was so delicious we re-ordered it twice. Highly recommended, and good value too!

2. Salgado Hotel & Bakery

Main St, town centre, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Seating, Takeout Sri Lankan, Asian Breakfast, Lunch
Excellent
23%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
9%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 21 reviews

Salgado Hotel & Bakery

Reviewed By Bob F - San Francisco, California

Salgado is a restaurant chain and shares the same menu of hundreds of other "hotels" along the busy streets of every Sri Lankan city. We stopped off at the Main Street shop after touring around for the day. They serve the usual spicy Sri Lankan pastries and curried buns, as well as bread and tea and coffee etc. This facility was well worn with locals and cleanliness was not a priority as far as tables, walls, etc were concerned.
That said, I wouldn't hesitate to eat there again, as the food was fresh and the staff was great and attentive. There are dozens of other choices along Main Street from here to the New Bus Station, and I ate at several of them, many of which were just as good or better than this one.
Just look for a guy chopping Kottu in the front window and try your luck.
Two of us ate at several of these Rotti shop "Hotels" and the price averaged around 225 Rupees with a large bottle of water.

3. Milano Tourist Rest Restaurant

596/40 | Stage 01, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Television Sri Lankan, International, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$71 - HK$785 +94 25 2 222364
Excellent
29%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
26%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 106 reviews

Milano Tourist Rest Restaurant

Reviewed By Gerald H

May be today was not the best day of the cook. My wife had the Milano special seafood soup and was very satisfied. I had grilled sea fish. This was the absolutely wrong decision. The fish was dry and without any taste. But the beer and the juices were very good. Also the service was excellent.

4. Seedevi Family Restaurant

No 562/B/1, Jayanthi Mawatha, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Sri Lankan, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 25 2 225509
Excellent
29%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 187 reviews

Seedevi Family Restaurant

Reviewed By mahesh9910 - Colombo, Sri Lanka

For dinner there isn't much options available here . For lunch there is a buffet Rs.700 pp. mainly local rice and curry , soup and desert.This is a clean place and quite spacious . There is a kids play area too.
Recommend the buffet for lunch and the mixed chopsy rice for dinner.

5. Nelum Kole Bath Kade

Kandy Road, Rambewa, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Seating, Waitstaff Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch
Excellent
57%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

Nelum Kole Bath Kade

Reviewed By Thusitha P - Canterbury, United Kingdom

Foods served in buffet type on a lotus leaf and apparently they really activated the taste buds. Very delicious tank fish is served with some matching Sri Lankan curries with the high tone of spices. Could be more tastier if they can reduce the spices, especially the chillies a bit. The prices are very very reasonable and recommended to enjoy the countryside meal in a different way.

6. Pizza Hut

Main Streer, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Pizza, Fast Food, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
13%
Good
59%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 65 reviews

Pizza Hut

Reviewed By johnboy3bw - Woodend, Australia

We need a break from traditional Sri Lankan food which we've had breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past 2 weeks. So headed to Pizza Hut tonight. It was packed with locks. We both had pan pizza. Really nice. Just like back home. Menu had a few different choices along the spicy chicken line. Restaurant was really clean, service was quick and pizza was delicious.

7. Ceylan Lodge Restaurant

No 4C/2 Harischandra Mawatha | Mihidu Mawatha, Anuradhapura 10100, Sri Lanka Waitstaff, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Chinese, Mediterranean, Sri Lankan, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$31 - HK$71 +94 25 2 235114
Excellent
62%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Ceylan Lodge Restaurant

We have a open restaurant with swimming pool view .ceylan lodge restaurant located at near the city .we have 22 rooms .and very friendly staff .WE Have a buffet it is only 850.00 Rs one person

Reviewed By AshishGuptasfo - San Francisco, California, United States

We came with high expectations given the great reviews and it was a total disappointment. The mushroom fritters contained no mushrooms and were cold and greasy. 45 minutes after us sitting there, and the mint Tea we had ordered wasn’t even served. When I complained...Morewe served mushroom fritters dish in 7 minutes. it was not cold.before we out their next order they went out from the restaurant.

8. Mango Mango

Mango Mango, Jayanthi Mawatha Anuradhapura, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Indian, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 25 2 227501
Excellent
29%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
5%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 486 reviews

Mango Mango

Mango Mango is the first Authentic North & South Indian Restaurant In Anuradhapura. Mango Mango Opened its doors to food lovers on 4th April 2014.

Reviewed By Dinali A - Gampaha, Sri Lanka

If you are a searching for a good restaurant in A'pura, Mango mango is quite the place to be. Though the location of the restaurant is situated little bit away from the town, it was worth visiting there. They serve Indian cuisines mostly, yet the food is fine.

9. Hotel Shalini

41/388 | Harischandra Mawatha, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Waitstaff Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +94 71 807 3335
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Hotel Shalini

Reviewed By Alice R - Lancaster, United Kingdom

Very much a budget hotel with no frills in the rooms. However the staff were fantastic. They were friendly and there was great attention to detail. The food was absolutely brilliant. It was restricted to the traditional Sri Lankan fish or chicken curry, but I could have eaten it every night it was so good. The side dishes added variety and they remembered what my favourite side dish was and served it up the following night with other side dishes which were different from the night before. Look out for the freshly squeezed mango juice at breakfast. It doesn't get any fresher than being picked off the hotel's own mango tree! I loved this place. As a working pensioner it is not quite what I am used to, it would probably suit younger back packers and travellers better, but if you don't mind doing without the finer things for a couple of days I would highly recommend it.

10. The Lakeside

Nuwarawewa | New Town, Anuradhapura 50000, Sri Lanka Reservations European, Asian
Excellent
30%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

The Lakeside

Reviewed By Rachel L - Singapore, Singapore

We were guests at the Lakeside hotel, so for convenience we had the buffet dinner here. For Rs 1500 it was worth paying that little extra (compared to some tourist buffet restaurants) for a much higher standard of food.
We were pleasantly surprised by the spread and quality of the food. There was an international spread and an equally wide Sri Lankan spread. The wait staff were very friendly and polite.
Not sure how much it costs for a non-guest to dine here but if you are staying a night here, we highly recommend you try their buffet dinner. It's much better than what you'll get out there in the other tourist spots in Anuradhapura.

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