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Fortaleza

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Coffee Shop, Seafood, International, Contemporary
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No 9 Church Cross Street | Fort Galle, Galle, Sri Lanka
+94 91 2 233415
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Fortaleza is a courtyard Restaurant with a Bar. We serve Breakfast...
Fortaleza is a courtyard Restaurant with a Bar. We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Our menu is Western with an Asian influence. We have a specials board which changes almost every day.
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    Excellent
  • 79
    Very good
  • 24
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  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An enjoyable meal

We stopped by for dinner and the restaurant was charming with a Tuscan cafe feel. The prawn curry was a spicy Thai number and delicious. The DIY wraps were also quite enjoyable. The portions were generous and we couldn't manage dessert so we returned the next day to try the podi lime tarts, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 13, 2015
CMBTraveller_85
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Colombo
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Baltimore
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Very much enjoyed lunch at the Fortaleza Restaurant. Each of the items selected including the prawn salad and chicken sandwich were well presented and tasty. Service was attentive and the ambiance was quite pleasant. Well done.

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you very much ! Your kind comments are greatly appreciated. Warm regards Ethan More 

London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Myself and a friend went last night for a light bite!! but that went out the window when we saw the Menu! all very appetising and great with a great spin on few classical dishes. We both opted for a starter of Tomato Soup and Chicken Pate - Great portion sizes. For the main we both opted for Chicken wraps,... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Really pleased to hear you enjoyed the food so much, thank you for the great feedback ! Warm regards Ethan More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Nice place in Fort where we had a drink. When the bill arrived there was a 21% service charge, which seemed excessive. A shame, otherwise good.

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

I am pleased to hear you enjoyed the food and drinks, however it is a shame the tax and service charge has shadowed your view. To explain, a ten percent service charge is added to the bill like most places, however an additional 12% known as VAT must also be charged due to government law. In Sri Lanka; once a... More 

Brighton
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264 reviews 264 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

This is a beautiful old spice warehouse which has been beautifully converted. Don't let the menu put you off - the specials are incredible. I ordered sole in coconut gravy and received fabulously cooked fish in a beautifully spiced creamy curry sauce. It was incredible. My husbands was lovely too! There was a power cut across the town last night... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for this great review. I shall pass the compliments along to Chef Arun, unfortunately we are haunted with the odd power cut now and again but its great to hear you still had such a lovely evening here. Thanks again Ethan More 

Colombo
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We stopped by for dinner and the restaurant was charming with a Tuscan cafe feel. The prawn curry was a spicy Thai number and delicious. The DIY wraps were also quite enjoyable. The portions were generous and we couldn't manage dessert so we returned the next day to try the podi lime tarts, the taste didn't disappoint but the portion... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are overjoyed to hear you had to return again, this is always a good sign. We shall take your opinion regarding the lime tarts into consideration and we hope to see you back again soon. Warm regards Ethan More 

Portland, OR
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146 reviews 146 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I only came here to drink refreshing tea and juice in the mid day sun, but it was such a pleasant place to hang out! I would love to come back and hang out on the comfy couches and spend more time. the staff were relaxed and very helpful. bathroom spotless!

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review, really glad you stumbled across us. We hope to see you return. Warm regards Ethan More 

Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Ok getting straight to it: Pros: 1. Good food 2. Romantic Ambiance 3. Courteous staff (As against what some people have felt) Cons: 1. Very limited Menu.. (Especially if you are vegetarian) 2. Quite overpriced. Overall: I'd say try it if you have the time and money. you need to be more open to some different cuisines, else you will... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on your experience here with us. Great to hear you enjoyed the food and were able to appreciate the ambience. We do currently offer a simple menu, however the specials board always adds some flare. We will be renovating the kitchen next month giving us more space and equipment to try new things. Currently we... More 

Sydney, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We spent 3 days in Galle and were looking for a memorable restaurant. Fortaleza had come recommended to us and we loved it. A hidden gem. You really have to go inside to appreciate the lovely courtyard and the quirky 4 guest rooms - like many of the old Dutch buildings the interior is often grander than the outside. Food... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write this great review. We look forward to welcoming you back again on your next trip. Warm regards Ethan More 

Oslo, Norway
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Just had the best dinner of our eight day stay at Fortaleza. The thai fishcakes with green mango salad were so yummy! They prices are a bit in the upper side, but if you come here you'll at least get something which will stay on your mind for a long time. Service was generally good. Enjoy!

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. Glad you enjoyed it, i shall pass your compliments along to the Chef. Warm regards Ethan More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We only had an evening in Galle and were a bit daunted by the number of restaurants in the Fort area so felt very lucky that we plumped for this one. Elegant setting in an old merchant's warehouse - redolent of the Fort's history - and lovely food served by very charming staff (watched over by a very sweet cat).... More 

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Ethan S, Manager at Fortaleza, responded to this review

Thank you very much for the brilliant review. We hope to welcome you back again soon ! Warm regards Ethan More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No 9 Church Cross Street | Fort Galle, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Galle
  • Phone Number: +94 91 2 233415

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
  • Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Seafood, International, Contemporary

Description

Fortaleza is a courtyard Restaurant with a Bar. We serve Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Our menu is Western with an Asian influence. We have a specials board which changes almost every day.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?