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The Lake Restaurant

Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
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Ranked #11 of 14 restaurants in Polonnaruwa
Most recent review
- Mar 10, 2014
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English first
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This place is now called "The Lake". It's about 5-10min drive from the polonnaruwa museum on the lake side. Good value for money if you take the buffet. Great view of the lake, pool and wildlife.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I wouldn't expect it to be open before 2015 at the earliest. We drove here after visiting Polonnaruwa because it got good reviews in the guide books. However, it was quickly apparent that the place is just a building site - with not much sign of activity while we were there.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

This has been renamed " The Lake - Polonnaruwa " after recent refurbishment. Really a cosy little hotel with all the basic amenities at its possible best, of course with nothing to fuss about. Clean rooms with a pool & sufficiently stoked Bar and scrumptious food, this place is ideal as a hub for safaris & adventures.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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224 reviews 224 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Situated by the Parakrama Samudraya with fantastic views of the lake. Very average and food is very Sri Lankan and normal. Popular among the sri lankan community for functions and a good place for to put up for an overnight. Needs a lot of improvement.

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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Good quality food, but enormous servings. Basic, budget-style restaurant attached to what I can only describe as a motel. Good service, with a huge menu.

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Colombo
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

We have visited this place and we enjoyed our self, its the old and traditional culture is displayed

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

Good location. Not very well maintained. Slow service. Best rooms overlook the lake.

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Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

Nicely situated. Would have loved some air conditioning given the oven-like temperatures outside :). Service was slow.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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47 reviews 47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

Didn't stay here as it was out of our budget zone but had food and drank beer on the terrace. If you're lucky enough to have good weather (we went in rain and sunshine in two visits) you will see some amazing sunsets over the lake as this place has probably the best view on the lake. In fact i... More

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Sydney, Australia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

The location on the lake is really gorgeous and peaceful. The food is ok. The service was poor - four tables were not cleared while we were there and they took forever to replace plates and food when they ran out at the buffet. Despite this, I would recommend this place as it makes a really nice break from looking... More

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