Where to Eat in Nilaveli: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 8, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Nilaveli (Tamil: நிலவெலி), (Sinhalese: නිලාවැලි) is a coastal resort town and suburb of the Trincomalee District, Sri Lanka located 16 km northwest of the city of Trincomalee. A historically popular Tamil village and tourist destination of the district alongside the nearby Uppuveli, the numbers of visitors declined following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and Sri Lankan Civil War, but have risen again since 2010. Pigeon Island National Park, one of the two marine national parks of the region is situated 1 km off the coast of Nilaveli, its many species of vegetation, coral and reef fish contributing to Nilaveli's rich biodiversity.
Things to do in Nilaveli

1. PALM BEACH RESORT

12 Alles Garden, Nilaveli Road | Alles Garden, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner +94 26 2 221250
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

PALM BEACH RESORT

Reviewed By peterh125 - Rugeley, United Kingdom

On visiting Trincomalee in early March 2016 we were keen to try this restaurant because of personal and TA recommendations. A security guard at the entrance tells us that the place has now closed :(Yes , we closed our restauraant and informed trip Advisor since one months . I try again .....ITALIAN RESTAURANT IS CLOSED , CLOSED , CLOSED . Ciao

2. Siva Restaurant

Nilaveli Village, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +94 71 900 6526
Excellent
46%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Siva Restaurant

Reviewed By liliguy - Split-Dalmatia County, Croatia

We went to this place after Reading all these good comments but we were disappointed. We had barbecue chicken and rice and curry with prawns. Chicken was tasty but it was quite expensive (1000 rupees) for that portion. Rice and curry was okay with 4 pieces of prawns. Owners are nice polite people but place is just overrated.

3. CAFE- Nilaveli

Nilaveli Beach Rd. | Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Sri Lankan, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$47 +94 71 663 2902
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

CAFE- Nilaveli

Reviewed By sophiewillink

We went to this cafe for lunch having read fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor and we're not disappointed!! Absolutely delicious food and the fish was so fresh. Not too expensive so great value for money. Cannot recommend this place enough - a lot of good places to eat in Nilaveli but this is one of the best!

4. Nature Inn Guest House and Restaurant

Chaya Blue Hotel Road | Trincomalee, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Waitstaff Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast HK$39 - HK$314 +94 77 329 7484
Excellent
81%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Nature Inn Guest House and Restaurant

Reviewed By junem88 - Tipperary, Ireland

The is definitely a different experience to your usual boring hotel buffet! The restaurant is family run. There is also a charity assisting the differently abled which is linked to this restaurant. The seafood was the best we had in Sri Lanka. The chef cooks it all fresh when you arrive and then comes out and introduces himself. Definitely try the grilled crab!

5. Thirumalai Park

Nilaveli/B424, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 26 2 232085
Excellent
35%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 39 reviews

Thirumalai Park

Reviewed By theepantharsi

Exceeded our expectations….
We spent the first two nights of our Honeymoon at THIRUMALAI PARK Trincomalee here and it was perfect. The setting is so beautiful and you really do feel like you are in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nature with wonderful Pigeon Island.
From the second we arrived to when we left we were completely spoilt. Our room was beautiful, the bed huge and a dream to sleep on! They had decorated our room beautifully for our arrival and then again the next day as well! The room and bathroom were so clean and air conditioning was impressive!! Food was excellent, so much choice for breakfast and dinner and environment is secured and quite harmful to spend the two days. We were also sat next to the garden by ourselves for dinner both evenings which was really lovely.
The staff here are outstanding with kindness who always have a huge smile on their face with helping mind! They really did make us wish we were staying longer. Very special thank you to Mr. Arulchelvam. What an incredibly lovely man, thank you so much for being so nice to us! Your service and friendliness will be remembered.
If you love nature and quiet and are looking to experience real Sri Lankan hospitality then you must stay here!
With regards
MR& MRS. PIRATHEEPAN

6. Nero Kitchen

190/5 Nilaveli Road | Alles Garden, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$110 +94 76 530 1318
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Nero Kitchen

Nero Kitchen serves piping hot, hand stretched woodfired pizza. Savory and sweet Crêpes (including Nutella).

Reviewed By paq22

The pizza was really good, after our first we directly ordered a second one. The pizzaguy was really friendly and a funny dude. One star minus for the restaurant as itself is not cozy or welcoming to sit there and the music was very loud. So maybe better for takeaway

7. Rice 'n' Curry

Sarvodaya Road | Alles Garden, Uppuveli, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 72 284 1333
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 502 reviews

Rice 'n' Curry

We Are True Sri Lankan Food Provider And We Have Been Doing It For Four Years Since 2015. We Serve All The Very Fresh Organic And All Fresh Sea Food Here,as We Dont Keep Our Vegetables Or Wish Types We Could Guarantee The Best Qualty To Our Guest.

Reviewed By Birdman64 - The Hague, The Netherlands

The food was very tasty. We ordered a la carte (buffet wasn't set up yet): jumbo prawn curry. Large portions: 6 truly jumbo prawns for LKR 1500. Beers were 500 LKR. One of the better restaurants we have been to in Sri Lanka; we'd definitely go back. Yes, they do have a strange music selection, a sort of ambient-lounge drone, that faeded into the background when we asked them to turn the volume down. Friendly waiters. The food took a while to make (30 min), but we take that as a good sign: freshly made.

8. Gaga Restaurant

Alles Garden, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$16 - HK$149 +94 71 669 2471
Excellent
62%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Gaga Restaurant

Reviewed By Fiona S - London, United Kingdom

Arrived in Trico late ish on Friday night. As season was coming to a close, the hotel we we're staying in was very quiet so we went up the road to find food and adventure, which we found at Gaga. Great proprietor, who makes everyone welcome and at ease. Been back each day since. I think this will remain so until we travel back to Blighty. Only minor issue was access to the loos, but once you get the hang of it, not a problem!

9. Sana Place

101 Alace Garden, Uppuweli | Trincomalee, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$785 +94 77 700 4047
Excellent
72%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Sana Place

Authentic Seafood cooked in Sri Lankan, Chinese and Western dishes. Cocktail bar with Chill out and Jazz music

Reviewed By darnox0

Reading excellent opinions on TripAdvisor we chose Sana place to eat during our first evening in Trincomalee. Unfortunately we encountered the slowest service ever, even though we were the only clients at that moment (it took the waiter 15 minutes to go to the kitchen and come back with the info that they don't serve the dish we ordered). Then he brought drinks- orange juice was so watery - they must have mixed half water and half juice, terrible, no orange taste. Then the waiter mistook the dish one of us ordered and brought the wrong one. Ok, everyone can misunderstand but it took another 20 mins to get the right meal. Which, by the way, was overcooked and bland! Terrific experience.... Wouldn't recommend to anyone

10. Family Restaurant

Gropalapuyam | Trincomalee, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Seafood, Sri Lankan, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +94 71 305 6489
Excellent
61%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Family Restaurant

Reviewed By Jose L - Barcelona, Spain

We had a seat as soon as we arrived however we waited for 30min to order the food and 1,5h to have it on the table,way too long although we knew it from other advisors. The quality was really good, we had a very tasty and well cocked grilled fish and noodles. Price was quite cheap for the quality. The staff was friendly and nice despite the slowness. Thanks

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