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No.37 Yatinuwara Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
94812220002
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Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Renewed restaurant in year 2016 offering the best of traditional and hearty...
Renewed restaurant in year 2016 offering the best of traditional and hearty cuisines of Sri Lankan, Thai, Chinese, Asian by the professional staff. Paiva's Restaurant is located heart of the Kandy City, operate by Kandy City Hotel which is give you the access to all the places in Kandy city within 05 minutes.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
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This was one of the Oldest surviving Restaurants in Kandy. It was owned by the Paiva family and moved to various members through about 3 generations, ( started off as Paivas Tea Room) It was more renowned for their good pastries. Alas the restaurant is no more, on my last visit to Kandy I missed... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 26, 2012
Mahinda W
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Colombo
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Pune, India
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88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Good Indian food - chapatis, roti & north indian dishes at very reasonable price. Restaurant is in the main city of Kandy. North indian dishes are tasty in this restaurant. Indians who wish to taste Indian food, I recommend first Devon Restaurant in Kandy & then Paiva's restaurant.

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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

I remember walking to Paivais with my mother after church every Sunday to by their delicious Sunday special biryani. This was around 10-15 years back but I can still recall the excitement I had over their food.

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London, United Kingdom
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26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Paiva's have been a name in catering in Sri Lanka for over 50 years. They have a restaurant in Kandy, serving typical Sri Lnkan food. The place is for locals and can be hot and typical. However the food is excellent and is ideal to take away. Light snakcs for lunch or for simply sitting by the lake is ideal.... More 

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Colombo
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41 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

This was one of the Oldest surviving Restaurants in Kandy. It was owned by the Paiva family and moved to various members through about 3 generations, ( started off as Paivas Tea Room) It was more renowned for their good pastries. Alas the restaurant is no more, on my last visit to Kandy I missed this landmark.

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3 Thank Mahinda W
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Visited on a Sunday and we were the only people in there! Ordered two curries and although mine was fine my girlfriends Paneer curry had no paneer and potato instead! Curries were ok, reasonable but with no atmosphere I would suggest there's better places to visit.

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Thank TucksBath
Montreal, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

Was there recently and even though the place is ordinary as many others in this country;the grub is good and reasonably priced.In general in Sri Lanka food will never be a great chip in your walllet.

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Kendal, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

we had a great Kuthu Rotti here but it isn't on the menu (!!!) we asked the waiter what Sri Lankan food they do as the menu is just Chinese and European. Very tasty and very well priced.

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Thank David A
London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2012

I had a Paiva's special. It was the stinking dinner I ever had in my life. Service is also very poor. Don't ever go...

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Thank Ashi E
London, United Kingdom
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183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

After a good review in the guide book we went here, what a mistake the indian food was just awful, nothing like authentic, just terrible. I cannot recommend this place for dinner.

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Thank Pinheadplanet
Hemiksem
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

if you don't mind being stared at a bit this is a nice place to eat in the city center. Locals clearly are not used to seeing too many tourists here and tend to stare at you a bit but the staff do everything to make you enjoy your visit. As this is clearly not purely a tourist spot food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.37 Yatinuwara Street, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
  • Phone Number: 94812220002

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 15
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese, Thai

Description

Renewed restaurant in year 2016 offering the best of traditional and hearty cuisines of Sri Lankan, Thai, Chinese, Asian by the professional staff. Paiva's Restaurant is located heart of the Kandy City, operate by Kandy City Hotel which is give you the access to all the places in Kandy city within 05 minutes.

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