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SANKAREST Garden Restaurant

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Asian, Vegetarian, Sri Lankan
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Nape, Kosgoda 80570, Sri Lanka
+94 77 187 9257
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Superb home-cooking with lovely hosts

This evening was one of the culinary highlights of our week's holiday in Sri Lanka. We were staying in a hotel further down the coast where most of the menu was "mediterranean" and pretty sub-standard so we were desperate for some good Sri Lankan fare - we were not disappointed. Everything was so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2016
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Oxford
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This evening was one of the culinary highlights of our week's holiday in Sri Lanka. We were staying in a hotel further down the coast where most of the menu was "mediterranean" and pretty sub-standard so we were desperate for some good Sri Lankan fare - we were not disappointed. Everything was so fresh and tasty _ Sunita's cooking is... More 

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

What a lovely evening to share with you and your lovely family. Thanks a lot for visiting us and share your experience with others. It was a great pleasure to see that you enjoyed our food so much. All the best! More 

Hamburg, Deutschland
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

Sunita's authentic food caught us by first sight! Her variations of side dishes to the main course made us curious for other dishes. Fresh ingredients and taste explosions in your mouth make you urge for more and even though the portion in front of you is way enough you won't be able to stick to your diet. If you want... More 

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to write a review for us. It is a great pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our dishes so much. All the best and hope to see you once again. More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

We spent two weeks at Sankarest Villa and decided to have dinner at their garden restaurant every evening. Sunita and their staff are excellent cooks. Everything is freshly prepared - we were served 12 different vegetable curries and vegetarian dishes every night (we are vegetarians). The food was very very tasty and delicious and there was always plenty; excellent value... More 

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visits, we are very happy and even a little bit proud that you enjoyed our kitchen so much. We hope to cook soon again for you! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 via mobile

After havin the worst fish ever we read recomendation for our next dinner and this place pleases us as much as it could. I can clearly say this was my second best fish. One portion was enough for two people, it was nicely prepered and full of flavour. The staff is really friendly and they make your staying unforgetable exp.... More 

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your visit with us and we are happy that you enjoyed our meal. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This place is definitely worth visiting. We had our evening wedding dinner with this most hospital family and couldn't believe the incredible spread of food they tirelessly spent cooking throughout the day. They were polite and professional and managed to tolerate our rude guest! Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

To prepare your wedding evening dinner was a great challenge for us and we loved it. Thank you so much for joining and celebrating your great day with us. It was a great pleasure to see all of your family. We wish you all the best for the future and maybe, we will see you once again! More 

Southampton, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

visited sankarest during our visit to a turtle hatchery, based on the reviews here and it did not fail to impress. Very good food, excellent service and if i'm ever in sri lanka again, i'll definitely visit.

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your visit and we really hope to see you again. It will be a great pleasur for us to prepare again delicious genuine Sri Lankan food for you. More 

Oslo, Norway
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We stopped at the Sankarest Garden Restaurant for lunch. The food was all fresh and very delicious. We strongly recommend the fresh water prawns (order the day before). Great family run business.

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit! Never before we have had so many visitors from northern Europe. People who know how fish and seafood have to taste like. It satisfied us to see with great satisfaction that we can satisfy high demands with our local specialties. More 

Derby, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

We were staying at Heritance Ahungalla in December 2014 were we got married. We decided to look elsewhere for our reception meal as the prices at our hotel were very high. We came across Sanka Rest on TripAdvisor and I contacted them via email. They were very polite and answered all my questions that I frequently sent them! Once we... More 

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

The honor and pleasure to have to organize your wedding dinner for you has us highly motivated. Thank you so much for choosing us and the fantastic review! We wish you all the best in your wedded life! More 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you're in the area you've got to eat here! You get to experience true Sri Lankan home cooking at its best. Great service and open to adjusting the menu to suit your tastes. We were staying in the guest house and ate breakfast and dinner here everyday!

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your visit and your excellent recommendation. Hope to see you again! More 

Wellington, New Zealand
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Set in a beautiful tropical garden, this family run restaurant is something special. We were the only guests the night we went.What a way to celebrate a birthday! The Sri Lankan feast just kept coming, dish after magnificent dish. Predominantly seafood, this was a meal to remember. The family were delightful hosts, in a discrete kind of way. The accommodation... More 

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Koni21, Owner at SANKAREST Garden Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your visit and the great review. It makes us proud to hear such praise. We wish you all the best and hope to see you once again! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Nape, Kosgoda 80570, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Kosgoda
  • Phone Number: +94 77 187 9257

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
  • Cuisine: Asian, Vegetarian, Sri Lankan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

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