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Pagoda Tea Room

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105 Chatham St | Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka
7:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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Reigate, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This iconic restaurant and tea room in the Fort has been a well known Colombo institution for decades. It used to be the place of choice for "lunch" in the city. It serves superb simple rice and curry at lunchtime and has a selection of delicious pastries, savoury and sweet, to eat in or take away. The pastries are also... More 

Thank hdias
Adelaide Hills, Australia
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56 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

We dropped in for a light evening meal of their various pastries, and they were really nice and at very good prices. I think we had 7 savouries plus some cold drinks for 780 rupees. The iced coffee was very nice, service was excellent. Definitely somewhere to go for lunch. Get in early as we went around 5pm and most... More 

Thank Stephen B
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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56 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016

In these kind of places you enter for the history and old world charm - in this place, which was very well maintained and clean for a place that old (established 1884 -- WOW !!!!) its a large cafe cum tea room - along with tea you can order a wide variety of inexpensive and tasty snacks along with patties,... More 

Thank PrinceAnuraagMishra
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 via mobile

Place is very clean and tidy. Staff also very friendly. Food also really tasty. Worth for giving price. They have range of rice meals.. Also there sweets are best in town. Especially their cakes. Recommended to go with families, friends or couples..

Thank Tharindu W
London, United Kingdom
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295 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Being in the old Fort area, we felt we had to visit this venerable, even iconic tea room. It certainly was like stepping back in time, its genteel shabbiness evoking the colonial past. It is a basic cafe and tea room, but it certainly has a special atmosphere! We had tea and pastries, the Ceylon tea was nice, the pastries... More 

Thank ullabee
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Very airy restaurant/cafe in an old colonial building. Obviously popular with locals especially businessmen on their lunch or tea break which is always an indication of whether an eating place is good because if the locals eat there then it is! Closes late afternoon. Tuesday Lunch Special is local food wrapped in banana leaf consisting of rice, vegetable, chicken, a... More 

1 Thank Timetravellingcook
Adelaide, Australia
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263 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I had lunch here with our tuk tuk driver Saman. The best in Colombo, call him on 0722833682. The food was good, the service did leave a bit to be desired. If you want to try something different, they have marshmallow pudding. It is pretty sweet.

1 Thank 5035Michael
Newcastle, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Nice little tea room. Food and service were excellent. Obviously we came here because it was a landmark in 80's music culture. Its a shame its not promoted as such, because it still retains much of the charm from that period of time.

2 Thank daveais
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

I visited the Pagoda Tea Room recently when I went to Fort . Appearance of the place looks very pleasant as I can remember 40 years ago. This place took me back in time as I have very fond memories of this place.When I was a child,I remembering coming here to have tea & pastries with my grand mother. I'am... More 

1 Thank Vindy F
Adelaide, Australia
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59 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

For a quiet and affordable pit stop whilst walking the streets of colombo this is the place, I sat outside and watched the people pass by, the food was scrumptous and the lime juice was the best I have had anywhere. Try it out!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:30 pm - 5:30 pm
7:30 pm - 5:30 pm
7:30 pm - 5:30 pm
7:30 pm - 5:30 pm
7:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Chatham St | Fort, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: 0773786147

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?