Where to Eat in Negombo: The Best Restaurants and Bars

September 7, 2017 Renato Branum

Negombo (Sinhalese: මීගමුව, translit. Mīgamuva, Tamil: நீர்கொழும்பு, translit. Nīrkoḻumpu) is a major city in Sri Lanka, situated on the west coast and at the mouth of the Negombo Lagoon, in Western Province. Negombo is the administrative centre of Negombo Division. Negombo has about 144,551 inhabitants within the city limits. It is approximately 35 km (22 mi) north of Colombo. Negombo is known for its centuries old fishing industry.
Things to do in Negombo

1. Lords Restaurant Complex

80 B Poroutha Road | Beach Road Etthukala, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka (Formerly Lords Restaurant) Takeout, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Indian, Seafood, European, Asian, Thai, Sri Lankan, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$118 +94 77 285 3190
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Lords Restaurant Complex

Find your space .. Discover 6 different restaurant, bar and lounge bar outlets under one roof. A unique and contemporary design with art gallery. Freshly prepared local ingredients cooked with passion and delivered from the heart. We accommodate special diet needs and have a separate Vegan Menu with over 25 different options and also a Gluten Free Menu

Reviewed By Rolirolle2017 - London, United Kingdom

We had our very first Sri Lankan dinner at Lords when arrived.
It seemed that it was THE trendy place to go in Negombo.
The back of the restaurant is much nicer than the area near the street so I regretted we were not offered a table there.The service is very good though.
The cocktails were average and the food was nice. I had prawns served in a coconut sauce and a sort of beetroot chutney which was lovely. The curry itself was nothing special but it was a smooth approach to the local food.
We had so much better for much cheaper during as we traveled around the island. Especially in the guesthouses.

2. Black Coral Restaurant

Jetwing Beach Hotel | Ethukala, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Validated Parking Seafood, International, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Late Night +94 31 2 273500
Excellent
82%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 81 reviews

Black Coral Restaurant

The Black Coral is renowned for its exceptional haute cuisine and fantastic selection of wines. A meal at this sophisticated fine-dining restaurant is an investment that won’t disappoint. It is situated at Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negombo.

Reviewed By davidbulteel - London, United Kingdom

Having been forced to over night in Columbo on our way back from the Maldives to London, my wife and I were put in the Jetwing by Sri Lankan Airline. Feeling pretty depressed about not getting home when expected, we decided to make the best of events and to try out the black Coral restaurant and had a most enjoyable evening. The food and service were exceptional with the calamari cooked to taste with just the right amount of spice. Wine list good and not too pricey. All round, very, very good
Our thanks to the restaurant staff, Nivusala, Chandika and Nivoshau (please forgive the spelling) for turning a depressing stop over into a most enjoyable evening
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3. Sea View Restaurant

319 Lewis Pl, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 31 2 233762
Excellent
54%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 633 reviews

Sea View Restaurant

Reviewed By Dec105 - Dublin, Ireland

We stayed in an adjacent hotel and people we met there recommended this restaurant. Unfortunately it turned out to be very disappointing.
The menu was more Chinese than Sri Lankan, with some European dishes available also. We both chose Chinese dishes that involved beef. The food presented was fairly lacklustre but the beef was inedible - it smelled and tasted disgusting. When we finished we complained to the waiter about the beef. He grinned and ignored us - though I did hear him shouting into the kitchen as he cleared the plates 'beef disgusting!' - as if it was some sort of joke.
Poor!

4. Tastees Banana

39 B Poroutha Road, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks +94 31 2 275866
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 308 reviews

Tastees Banana

Fresh caught seafood straight from the Indian Ocean is on displayed at your very eyes to be cooked just the way you want it, grilled, deviled, poached, fried or any other style that you prefer that would leave you with great satisfaction. Enjoy the romance of live Seafood, a tables set right on the beach facing the ocean, candle lighting, warm ocean breeze and the surf breaking softly just a few feet away with the many catamarans at sea. Watch the flickering illumination of hurricane lamps throw shadows of history on the soft sand under your bare foot. Designed to make your heart softly beat. Shades you from the sun and shelters you from the rain. Perched on the pristine sands of the paradise beach overlooking the Indian Ocean .It’s a quaint yet stylish venue with the signifying natural aesthetic beauty. A setting that is nothing short from your expected dream. The cool night breeze will caress you while waiters at island style attire cosset you.

Reviewed By Chris B - Plymouth, United Kingdom

We had an evening meal here on the beach. The setting was lovely and the restaurant itself is decorated well and looks very clean and modern. However his seemed to be ruined by the cheesy 80s live music and the rodents running around outside. Food was good, especially the seer fish. This restaurant could definitely be one of the best if they made it a little more upmarket (to match their prices!)

5. Petit

100/7 A Palangathuraya | Kochchikade, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night +94 77 628 7682
Excellent
54%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

Petit

Established in the last 4 months as the name implies small

Reviewed By pageygal - Porthcawl, United Kingdom

Ended up going for dinner twice! The food was really good quality and very reasonably priced. They don’t serve alcohol but you can bring your own which is perfect as there is a wine store very close by. Really nice family run restaurant highly recommend a visit!

6. Rohans Place

59a Palangathura | Kochchikade, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Highchairs Available Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Excellent
65%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 168 reviews

Rohans Place

Reviewed By Christian U - Locarno, Switzerland

Sri Lanka traditional cuisine offers some classics and evergreens! Rohan has no biblical menu. Owns a simple environment and his simple way to be friendly, honest and the way Rohan is... One of us! Alway a good choice in a complex world!

7. Prego

No. 02 Poruthota Road, Ettukala, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 31 2 225655
Excellent
51%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 575 reviews

Prego

Reviewed By Irritable - Cheshire, UK

My pizza was good and a pleasant change from curry. My wife’s pasta was good too. Staff are friendly. The location is a bit fumet as close to the road do get an inside seat. A good value restaurant when you fancy a break from Sri Lankan food. Recommended.

8. Sea Joy Restaurant

124 Lewis Place Negombo, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +94 31 2 221659
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 289 reviews

Sea Joy Restaurant

Reviewed By Tulika_sac - Sacramento, California

Little tucked in location off the main road but great outdoor Seating with pleasant ambiance. Prices were reasonable, service was quick, portions were decent size and food tasted great. Overall a pleasant dinner experience.I am really thankful for the review that you made.

9. The Coco Beach

155 Poruthota Road | Palangathure, Negombo 11500, Sri Lanka Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$2,998 - HK$17,022 +94 77 778 1352
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 226 reviews

The Coco Beach

A must visit Sensational Seafood Cuisine serving Restaurant exclusively from Negombo's lagoon and off-shores with Great & Quality Cocktails from the Pub and best home like staff in the Sri Lanka's 'Little Rome' that even serve Italian, Chinese or Thai Cuisine by the Negombo beach-strip. We invite you to relax and enjoy a fine dinning experience losing your stress smiling and laughing or in a calm atmosphere perhaps with a little music.

Reviewed By PhilDevonport - Devonport

We ate here twice during our visit to Sri Lanka- once at the beginning and became it was so good we had to return at the end.
Specialising in sea food, the fish can be prepared in a variety of ways depending on what had been caught fresh that day. Customers can choose before it is cooked.
Right on the beach, reasonable prices and happy, friendly service from Romly the waiter.
Don't be in a rush. Good things come to those who wait.
Just enjoy an extra beverage.

10. Bacco Wine Bar Bistro

No 70 Eththukala, Negombo 22100, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 31 2 272690
Excellent
56%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 308 reviews

Bacco Wine Bar Bistro

Bacco is provide the best homemade Italian pizza in town ,, we are using finest products from Italy, and please enjoy our homemade fresh pasta including ravioli spinaci ,,

Reviewed By cygnetboy69 - Kuwait City, Kuwait

Once again I tantalised my tastebuds and experienced the culinary art of Roy, the owner of this exceptional Italian restaurant in the heart of the main street in Negombo on Brown's Beach.
His ability to produce amazing pasta dishes every time is unbelievable. This restaurant prides its homemade pasta, which if you haven't tried, you MUST.
Bacco has a very romantic garden at the back of the restaurant and the cool breeze off the water is just beautiful.
They have a good selection of imorted wines to suit everyones taste. I always let Roy choose the wine best suited to the dish.
It is very professionally run ,and the staff are very friendly and helpful.
It just keeps getting better and better. Even though the prices are a llittle expensive compared to others, it is worth it.
If you haven't been you should try. I would recommend this restaurant totally. My favourite place in Negombo.
Thanks again everyone for a great dining experience.
See you again soon.

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