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Dewala Road, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations
Description: New restaurant on the beach. Chef specializes in fresh catch seafood and...
New restaurant on the beach. Chef specializes in fresh catch seafood and authentic classic Italian fare. Exceptionally good quality and value for money (e.g. 600 LKR for bowl of pasta).
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Small but friendly and great food

Small restaurant tucked away at the western end of the beach at Unawatuna - the quieter, less touristy end near the temple and frequented more by locals. Good beach loungers and umbrellas which were free if you had a meal - which we did and were very happy to do so. Excellent service with a smile... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 7, 2013
Fiona R
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Devon, UK
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Seoul, South Korea
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Went to this place on the recommendation of TA reviews, and was totally let down. I think the regular chef must have quit or been out this day , because the seafood platter we ordered was bad. Everything was overcooked, especially the fish, which was like chewing on an eraser. The meal plus two beers cost us 3300 rupees, I... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

We chose Il Rustico following fellow Trip Advisor's reviews but frankly we were disappointed in the quality of the food. We were the only guests for dinner on Sunday night - perhaps the regular chef was taking the night off. The poor food did however not reflect on the good service.

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Devon, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Small restaurant tucked away at the western end of the beach at Unawatuna - the quieter, less touristy end near the temple and frequented more by locals. Good beach loungers and umbrellas which were free if you had a meal - which we did and were very happy to do so. Excellent service with a smile, fabulous freshly grilled calamari,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

We stayed in Unawatuna for 10 days in January and stumbled accross this place which is located right at the end of the beach (north end). What a find! The setting is just fantastic, very peacefull away from the more commercialised south end of the beach. The food is second to none and the owner & chef (Dinesh) is a... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

We started with mango lassis and saw the menu wasn't pricey so decided to order. Curry veg rice and fried veg rice, simple dishes but passes were delicious and food was great, a good breeze maybe helped as otherwise there may be mozis but it was a great find for us.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

We've had the dinner with my friends at the beach in Il Rustico and it was really excellent. I had my favorite spaghetti Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino and it was really delicious.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2012 via mobile

When we was in Unawatuna - we take breakfast, lunch and dinner only in Il Rustico. Very good food and chief.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2012

Very good food, nice service. The Sri Lanka food i very good, but try the italian food because it in the top. I'll hope to come back again.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

If you like to eat out on the beach I would highly recommend you try this restaurant, it';s a little tucked away at the far end of the beach near the temple and the fishing boats, but once you find it you wont be disappointed and will return again and again, The owner (Dinesh Kumara) is also the chef who... More 

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

If you want authentic Sri Lankan food, cooked by a genuine chef, whilst sat under a palm tree listening to the lap of the ocean, this is the place to be. The quality of the food is second to none, and the value cannot be beaten, and considering every meal was freshly cooked we were never disappointed. As a true... More 

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Address: Dewala Road, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Galle  >  Unawatuna
Cuisine: Italian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Dewala Road, Unawatuna, Galle, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Galle  >  Unawatuna

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Description

New restaurant on the beach. Chef specializes in fresh catch seafood and authentic classic Italian fare. Exceptionally good quality and value for money (e.g. 600 LKR for bowl of pasta).

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