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The Waterside Bentota

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Yathramulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
94 34 2270080
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, views and ambience

Went at end of april/off season, they kept the restaurant open just for two of us. Good food in tranquil location. It was fun dining out, hearing the nearby river with occasional fire flies dancing across the lawn/river edge. If you are not staying here, it is a tucked away so if coming for dinner... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

Went at end of april/off season, they kept the restaurant open just for two of us. Good food in tranquil location. It was fun dining out, hearing the nearby river with occasional fire flies dancing across the lawn/river edge. If you are not staying here, it is a tucked away so if coming for dinner would be worth arranging return... More 

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dorset
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Ate here throughout our holiday. Good service and quality food. If you like your food spicy, would recommend the Devilled Chicken! The Rice and Curry had lots of unusual side dishes which were really tasty.

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england
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

My boyfriend and I recently started our trip around Sri Lanka in Bentota. We wanted to enjoy a special seafood meal with a good view and came across Waterside on Tripadvisor. I emailed to book and received a really prompt reply from Susan, who was very helpful. When we arrived, Indika and other excellent members of staff had set us... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We had been looking for a good restaurant which was situated on the river and following a recommendation from our hotel, (Avani) they advised The Waterside hotel and restaurant. What a delight! The surroundings were beautiful as was the food, we had the tempura prawns and the crepes followed by the Sri Lankan rice and curry.....a veritable feast! The service... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Didn't stay here, but visited for lunch. The Sri-Lankan food is quite good and the restaurant ambience is nice.

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Rockhampton, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The fish was the freshest fish and perfectly cooked. They bought the whole, uncooked fish to our room to check that it met with our approval. Wonderfully delicious.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We were staying in the village of Bodhimaluwa, Cycling along the quiet roads when we came across the signpost for the Waterside and decided to have a look. We were so happy we did, a stunning little hotel and restaurant. The staff are fantastic and made us feel very special. The food was second to none, One of the best... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

Wanted a proper Sri Lankan curry and this is the place to go! Amazing views and sunset was equal to an African sunset! Seafood is fresh and the service great. Very friendly with a nice selection of meals. Our tuk-tuk driver (Lucky) from Avani Hotel suggested it and he was 100% on the money. We had a prawn spring roll... More 

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Ubud, Indonesia
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

The three of us were travelling, off season, and staying in a wonderful place in Bentota. "Let's look for somewhere different for dinner," we said. So, after much google research, we decided to go to The Waterside. A tuk-tuk ride was organised, and suddenly, we were there. The staff were not flustered at all, and, after a short period of... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Lovely location. Great for a sunset and early dinner. We did a boat trip around the lagoon (not a lot to see at 4pm to be honest but quite fun), and asked to be dropped off at The Waterside instead of back at the pier. Friendly staff and chef. We chowed through all the rice and curry (great value) and... More 

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  • Address: Yathramulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Bentota
  • Phone Number: 94 34 2270080

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