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Paradise Road The Gallery Cafe

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$$$
International, Asian, Sri Lankan
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2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
94112582162
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10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Description: PARADISE ROAD GALLERIES -THE GALLERY CAFE OPENED IN 1998 IN A STRUCTURE...
PARADISE ROAD GALLERIES -THE GALLERY CAFE OPENED IN 1998 IN A STRUCTURE WHICH WAS THE FORMER OFFICES OF WORLD RENOWNED SRI LANKAN ARCHITECT, THE LATE GEOFFREY BAWA. BAWA PERSONALLY APPROVED FERNANDO TAKING OVER HIS BELOVED PROPERTY AND CONVERTING IT INTO A RESTAURANT AND ART GALLERY AND RESPECTED SHANTH'S DESIGN SENSE IN THE CONVERSION AND RENOVATION OF THE BUILDING TO COMPLEMENT HIS OWN. BAWA'S ONLY INPUT WAS THE LOCATION OF THE MAIN PAVILION WHERE MOST DINERS ARE SEATED. THE ART GALLERY FEATURES REGULARLY CHANGING EXHIBITIONS BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING LOCAL ARTISTS, FOR SALE. AS THE CAFE IS OPEN FROM 10AM THROUGH TO MIDNIGHT DAILY, VISITORS FREQUENT THE PROPERTY FOR MEALS, SITE SEEING, COFFEE, CAKE, SHOPPING AND THE COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI AVAILABLE FOR USE OF PATRONS. THE GALLERY CAFE'S MENU HAS NOT CHANGED IN YEARS AS REGULARS HAVE THEIR FAVOURITES AND FERNANDO PRIDES HIMSELF ON THE FACT THAT THEY MAY ALWAYS RETURN FOR THAT OPTION. IT IS PARTICULARLY KNOWN FOR ITS COCKTAILS AND DESSERTS AS WELL AS IT'S CONSISTENTLY 'GOOD FOOD.'
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    Very good
  • 95
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  • 39
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Hidden gem

Wonderful courtyard setting with a great atmosphere. Really enjoyed the food and the ambience – a really surprising place.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
cbertie1
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Chester, United Kingdom
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321 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This restaurant is lovely. The ambiance and design touches are wonderful; service efficient enough and food delicious. A variety of eastern and western choices on the menu - we loved everything we had. Some great cocktails too. Yes, this is not the cheapest place in town but certainly wonderful and far exceeds others more highly rated on TA. Make sure... More 

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Thank Mathewv
Chester, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful courtyard setting with a great atmosphere. Really enjoyed the food and the ambience – a really surprising place.

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Thank cbertie1
Kuala Lumpur
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25 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

For a place that has 10% service charge, the service could be better. We arrived but despite the place being 1/5 patronized, no one was ready to take us to a table and we had to wait long before we were given the menu. The place plays lovely music but called one of the waiters to find out the music... More 

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Cochin
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

You do not need any suggestions on what is good at this restaurant. All you do is go through the menu and order from it. Every single dish I have tried is superlative to say the least. Really enjoyed the ambience and the food. Good to take important guests to.

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Thank Suresh M
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Superbly set and well furnished to suit. All the food is very well presented. Great staff. All the food and drinks are decently priced

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Luck of the draw who else is dining and how big their party is and how much attention the kitchen can give to your order. Generally this is a five star restaurant measured by all the usual criteria. Smile at the staff and be nice and they will respond with attention and even apologise if there is a delay or... More 

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Thank wanderer69
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Gallery Cafe' has become our favorite restaurant in Colombo since we moved here two years ago. Food always tasty but the service could be a bit slow on the busy night! This place it a MUST to go when we have visitors from overseas. The variety of menu is great as always something for everyone. We are the pork... More 

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Thank WanpenT
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were there for an evening with drinks and dinner with friends from overseas .. food was delicious and the ambience great .. staff were friendly and efficient .. although a bit pricey ..

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were taken to this restaurant by some friends who were Sri Lankan. It seemed to be mostly patronised by expats. Lovely renovated Geoffrey Bawa building. Food was good and drinks were good. The restaurant is under the stars so if you are looking for air conditioning go elsewhere.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I have been to this lovely eatery during the evening in a family party and at lunchtime months later. Both times I noticed that the customers were predominantly foreigners on holiday or on business and the establishment caters predominantly to them. Prices are high as is the general quality but not quantity of the eats and drinks. The charm is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2, Alfred House Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: 94112582162

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 52
  • Cuisine: International, Asian, Sri Lankan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings

Description

PARADISE ROAD GALLERIES -THE GALLERY CAFE OPENED IN 1998 IN A STRUCTURE WHICH WAS THE FORMER OFFICES OF WORLD RENOWNED SRI LANKAN ARCHITECT, THE LATE GEOFFREY BAWA. BAWA PERSONALLY APPROVED FERNANDO TAKING OVER HIS BELOVED PROPERTY AND CONVERTING IT INTO A RESTAURANT AND ART GALLERY AND RESPECTED SHANTH'S DESIGN SENSE IN THE CONVERSION AND RENOVATION OF THE BUILDING TO COMPLEMENT HIS OWN. BAWA'S ONLY INPUT WAS THE LOCATION OF THE MAIN PAVILION WHERE MOST DINERS ARE SEATED. THE ART GALLERY FEATURES REGULARLY CHANGING EXHIBITIONS BY ESTABLISHED AND EMERGING LOCAL ARTISTS, FOR SALE. AS THE CAFE IS OPEN FROM 10AM THROUGH TO MIDNIGHT DAILY, VISITORS FREQUENT THE PROPERTY FOR MEALS, SITE SEEING, COFFEE, CAKE, SHOPPING AND THE COMPLIMENTARY WI-FI AVAILABLE FOR USE OF PATRONS. THE GALLERY CAFE'S MENU HAS NOT CHANGED IN YEARS AS REGULARS HAVE THEIR FAVOURITES AND FERNANDO PRIDES HIMSELF ON THE FACT THAT THEY MAY ALWAYS RETURN FOR THAT OPTION. IT IS PARTICULARLY KNOWN FOR ITS COCKTAILS AND DESSERTS AS WELL AS IT'S CONSISTENTLY 'GOOD FOOD.'
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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