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“Good food great ambience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of California Grill

California Grill
Hotel Galadari, 64, Lotus Road, Colombo, Sri Lanka
2544544
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Ranked #47 of 284 restaurants in Colombo
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Continental, Grill
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food great ambience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Fabulous view of the city of Colombo. Extensive menu with great food choices to suit any budget.
The baked crab just melts in your mouth and the steaks are done to perfection

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Heart of Colombo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Beautiful Breath taking view from the roof top. Romantic location. Reasonable quality food. Best for dinner.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Great food - no atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

This restaurant could be so much better but there is no atmosphere - I visited on a Saturday night and there is a live jazz band (not great...but when there are only three tables occupied I can't blame them for being a little downbeat!).

The food was great and should be tried if you are in a large party (and can therefore create your own atmosphere!). amuse bouche and steak cooked at the table are nice touched which maje for a good experience - the service is very good also. The menu is pretty extensive for seafood and grilled meat also - which you would expect for a 'grill' but this is not necessarily a 'surf and turf joint' - more refined I would say.

Some reviewers comment on the air-con, yes....it is a little cold if you don't like that but I live in Geneva and I'm british so love the cold - I had no problems!

I was a little disappointed with the 'view' - the hotel website lures you into believing that this is a 'rooftop' grill and you could sit romantically outdoors - not the case, the restaurant is just on the top floor and you can look at views of the main road at night and very little else. You can go outside and there is an odd fountain arrangement with the only sign saying 'California Grill' on it...again a little odd.

All in all, great food but lacking in atmosphere - I would go again but there are too many other places to check out and they are reportedly better.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Colombo
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Food is good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

i really like this place. Its a fine dining restaurant which is quite affordable. Their portions are quite big and a two Course meal - Soup and Main would easily do.
A must try is their Lobster soup. That is easily the best Lobster soup i have had and its definitely worth it.
One con is probably the bread. some of it was quite hard!
They have a nice little unplugged jazz band that plays on Friday and Saturday which really builds the mood.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Over looking Indian Ocean Best Grill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

The food is well done. The Guide said the best of foods here in Colombo. Very good selection of wines & the grill was superb. If the weather permits outside seating would be the best in the evening.

Visited November 2012
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