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The Gallery Cafe

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International, Asian, Sri Lankan
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2 Alfred House Road | Paradise Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
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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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Great place to be. The ambience is incredible, the food is good too even though the service can be rather slow. But the staff are frienly and nice. A must atleast once if you are visiting Colombo.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great place to be. The ambience is incredible, the food is good too even though the service can be rather slow. But the staff are frienly and nice. A must atleast once if you are visiting Colombo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Although it was a little wet when we arrived it didn't make the slightest difference. The atmosphere of this restaurant is very contemporary and we were pleasantly surprised by that ! The whole evening was excellent and this is a definite must go to restaurant if you are in Colombo. There is even a small gift shop attached for those... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great Ambience, Yummy food, the best Tiramisu Dessert, excellent service. The staff are trained. They are attentive. Food takes a while as it is freshly cooked. Worth the money spent. Open 365 days 10 am to 10:30 pm (last order. Beautiful architecture and Selection of paintings and sculpture. Thank you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We managed reserve a table in this very popular place, food was spot on with attentive service, my wife left her reading glasses which were very kindly returned to our hotel.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

One of the best romantic cafe i visited in my Colombo trip.The interior was awesome and low lighting effect growing your romanticism.Pottery & Sculpture display was beautiful . The table arrangement , Crockery use in hotel is very different & stylish. Food specially Sri lankan was very testy. Must visit!

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Serpong, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant located in Alfred place, Colombo 3 is a little hard to find but once you get there the food and the service is exceptional. The plates have the Sri Lankan alphabet on the border. The black curry pork was very tasty and the presentation was beautifully done. The pad Thai meal was the best my wife has had... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

If you are Non-Asian, this will be heaven for you. But if you are Asian, prepare to experience the difference in being treated based on nationality. Came here by chance while we were looking for a place to have a light dinner, close to our hotel. And though we have read great things about this place - great ambience, exceptional... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very fancy restaurant with high prices. Service could be quicker. Food very tasty. It is the best place in Colombo for fancy food but whether it is the best place in Colombo to eat if you only have a few nights I couldn't say.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

The food is great, but during my last visit with family we observed several European guests smoking, and my father took out a cigarette to light, and the waiters ran in and said "you cant smoke here!", to which we straightforwardly asked him how come he allows foreigners to smoke but not locals and the waiter/manager just walked off and... More 

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Matara, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I first went to the Gallery Café over 20 years ago and kept coming back often.. Was delighted to find on my latest visit about a month ago that despite massive new competition with new restaurants all over Colombo t has held its own magnificently. It has not only maintained its excellent standards- if anything its got better! First of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 Alfred House Road | Paradise Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic

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.'

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