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Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
272222411
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Simple Buffet

Buffet, reasonably priced, at lunchtime. Typical local food, tasty without being overly spicy, just the ticket.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
PeteLucy434
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Buffet, reasonably priced, at lunchtime. Typical local food, tasty without being overly spicy, just the ticket.

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ate a very late lunch/early dinner here as well as a normal lunch here. In terms of the location, as the name would suggest, this restaurant is right by a lake so you get a lovely view while you dine. I was able to catch a lovely sunset during my first meal there. In terms of the atmosphere, the... More 

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Thank TorontoJose
Haacht, Belgium
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284 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The Lake house is a hotel as well as a restaurant, and enjoys a great view of the lake. It is also very close to the archaeological museum. Lunch is served buffet style with a lot of dishes, sri lankan and western, spicy and not spicy. There is also a dessertbuffet included. I found the buffet very good value for... More 

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

I am not really hungry after a hard traveling day, just want some small thing to eat. But I could not get it here , only you can have buffet in the restaurant in hotel.. Could not go out because the hotel is in side long way to lake..u have no choice here..so U have to get buffet, but food... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

If you are travelling with your SO, definitely make your way here. The view is great with a nice variety of food. Less vegetarian options but the view and the ambience makes up for everything.

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Thank GauravGo
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I had ordered the "mushrooms soup" and they brought a cheap instant soup (like tesco or maggi) for 450 lkr!!! Staff don't understand English. Absolutely unacceptable for the expensive restaurant even in Sri Lanka!

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Thank Sasha K
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the few places directly at the lake and close the old town. We just had drinks here while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the lake. Great service, although it is a bit expensive.

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Munich, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The food is OK, but it's not amazing. You pay for the air condition, the nice views and dress up waiters

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Melun, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

The food is fresh and you want to try everything ! We had dinner here the two nights and the main dishes and desserts were different, which was a good thing.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

The restaurant had lovely views but the food was a bit mundane. There was a simple salad bar and mixed Asian food. There was fresh fruit for dessert.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  North Central Province  >  Polonnaruwa
  • Phone Number: 272222411

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Asian

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