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Serena Villa Restaurant

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Seafood, International, European, Sri Lankan
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No. 27 Mangala Mawatha Pahurumulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
778831585
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Description: You can sit in the beach sand bar on the bentota river with snaks for a...
You can sit in the beach sand bar on the bentota river with snaks for a few beers to enjoy the beautifull sunsets! What ever you fancy we will accommodate you. Please join us to the truly superb seafood,which we specialise in,and experiencesri lanken and interntional cusine at it s best the delightful setting of our river side restaurant..
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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
New menu

I've been using Serena Villa for a few years now but was a little shocked at the prices on their new menu introduced last week (mid June 2014). Some items are now at UK prices and there are other restaurants who offer better value - UNLESS you ask for a discount. After a chat with the owner I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2014
Ianleatherhead
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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

This restaurant is very nice view of bentota river. And nice food. . but now is closed . ..........................................................? ..

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Bicester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We visited this restaurant earlier in the year and enjoyed it, so deciding to visit again we were dismayed to find it almost demolished, bought up by neighbouring Aida.

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Leatherhead, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've been using Serena Villa for a few years now but was a little shocked at the prices on their new menu introduced last week (mid June 2014). Some items are now at UK prices and there are other restaurants who offer better value - UNLESS you ask for a discount. After a chat with the owner I negotiated a... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I came to Serena Villa a few years ago but this time I visited in the early evening when the restaurant was already quite full and from stepping off the boat I was made very welcome and quite suprised to be remembered by the owner and shown to a table. A young waiter introduced himself in very good English, gave... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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20 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We ate lunch here, the setting is lovely right on the edge of the Bentota river with a small jetty, meaning that you can arrive here by boat or tuk tuk. The main problem was that the young waiter did not speak very much English and ordering our meal was a little difficult. The food was good, I ordered lamb... More 

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Scotland
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22 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

I have eaten here several times over the years. It wouldn't be my first choice of restaurant in Bentota, but is is OK. The menu is much the same as most places here and the good is perfectly acceptable, the service is actually a bit better than a lot of other places.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Perfect windy place, where we used to go for a lunch or dinner very often during my six-month stay in Bentota. Friendly staff, which looked after about us always very well. My favorits here are "Lime chicken with cashew nuts" and "Deviled seafood", but other dishes are very good too.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

If you love seafood and music this place is definitely for you. They got variety of freshly cooked fish and other seafood which goes well with chilled bear especially on a typically hot sunny day of bentota. I been hear a couple of times and It's been wonderful place to hang around with good river view as It's on river.... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

We spent the last few dates of our holiday in Bentota and we really liked to have dinners and spend our evenings at Serena Villa Restaurant. Seafood is great and their curry is delicious! Staff is very friendly, great atmosphere and brilliant location! We will come back ;)

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

Based on tripadvisor reviews decided this was the restaurant to try when venturing out from my lovely hotel. Bad choice! Yes, the setting is pleasant and the young waiter was polite. I chose the seafood bisque to start with, and as a past reviewer has commented, it was most delicious. I'm sure I would have really enjoyed it if I'd... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No. 27 Mangala Mawatha Pahurumulla, Bentota, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Bentota
  • Phone Number: 778831585

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 70
  • Cuisine: Seafood, International, European, Sri Lankan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

You can sit in the beach sand bar on the bentota river with snaks for a few beers to enjoy the beautifull sunsets! What ever you fancy we will accommodate you. Please join us to the truly superb seafood,which we specialise in,and experiencesri lanken and interntional cusine at it s best the delightful setting of our river side restaurant..

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