We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“great spot for a sunset beer or snack” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Lake Restaurant

The Lake Restaurant
Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
272222411
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #13 of 19 Restaurants in Polonnaruwa
Restaurant details
Brighton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“great spot for a sunset beer or snack”
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 think it's the only place actually built ON the lake. watch out for the cheeky monkeys above you, especially if you have food.

Food: we only had fried rice. not too expensive (sri lanka is getting more and more expensive for backpackers) and about average.

Beers: ubiquitous Lion lager sold at about Rs300 per 660ml bottle. On one day we saw elephants on a distant lake shore using binoculars whilst sitting on the terrace. Ask to sit at the end, walk through the restaurant area to reach the beautiful outside terrace and drink/eat under the frangipani trees.

You may be approached from the lake to take a ride on the only boat doing lake trips - a catamaran affair, and very stable. We took up their offer as it was my birthday - and it turned out to be the boat guy's birthday too. the ride cost about 2,000 i think. pricey but it was really hard work for the 2 rowers and we saw the most amazing sunset from the middle of the lake. it was like being engulfed by it!

  • Visited January 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

16 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    2
    7
    6
    0
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Lovely location, buffet food is reasonably nice, service poor.”
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 around Polonnaruwa.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
“Superb location, needs refurbishment to move with the times”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2011

Wonderful location for visiting Polonnaruwa ruins, unmatched in fact. However food is average and rooms need work.

Visited January 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
The Netherlands
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Adequate for lunch”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

The Polonnaruwa Resthouse is located on a promontory in the lake. It clearly dates from colonial times, and was not refurbished since. It is the place to be for lunch when visiting the magnificent sights at Polonnaruwa. Lunch itself is a middle of the road buffet style thing, nothing special. But again: being next to the museum the location is perfect.

Visited October 2011
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Lake Restaurant also viewed

Polonnaruwa, North Central Province
Polonnaruwa, North Central Province
 
Polonnaruwa, North Central Province
Polonnaruwa, North Central Province
 

Been to The Lake Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Lake Restaurant, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.