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Restaurant Diya Sisila

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Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
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Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
0777 402138
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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45 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

What a beautiful place to enjoy a simple meal. Only a handful of tables dotted near the water, and one table on a boat floating just beside. The gardens are pretty and nicely manicured and it really felt like a magical place to dine. There were only 5 tables, so felt very relaxed. We skipped starters and went for sri... More 

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Al Qurayyah, Bahrain
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39 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was recommended to us and we would pass on our recommendation to anyone in complete confidence. A short tuk-tuk ride from the centre of Bentota, this restaurant is situated on the edge of a beautiful lake. There are just 5 tables, set in the gardens and one table set on a lake boat. Try to book for an... More 

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Gharghur, Malta
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248 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant was a great find. It is a little off the beaten track but well worth the effort. The setting could not be better alongside the lake and the lobster and prawns were the best I've had in Sri Lanka. The staff are all polite and the owner Nandana extremely accommodating. The chilli prawns and lobster were exquisite and... More 

Thank OscarWilde1
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87 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Chose to eat at this restaurant due to the positive reviews on TA and were especially looking forward to the lobster. Unfortunately, when we arrived we were quickly told that lobster was not available that evening - very disappointed. Still, from the somewhat limited menu, we had the prawns and cuttlefish, and kids had white fish. Food was well presented,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem in Bentota on the lake that our tuk tuk driver took us to for dinner. We were seated on a floating "table" and although the menu isn't large, it had more than enough to choose from. The red wine was cheap and good, the prawns were shelled and absolutely delicious. We were given a complimentary... More 

Thank 5282barb
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We visited after seeing such good reviews on TA. We came for dinner one evening and were delighted - had a table right on the lagoon - and were served by wonderful warm hosts. The menu is very small but the dishes were fresh and fragrant - and very good value for money. We got talking with the chef and... More 

Thank Ellsterism
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71 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

Setting - Slightly out of town though not much with tuk tuk. Right on the lake with some tables over the lake Premises - Very simple but every effort to make intimate and romantic Food - Extremely tiny menu so not suitable for fussy eaters. The key thing is it was all fantastic food to the extent we revisited. Beautifully... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

This is the 2nd time we have visited Diya Sisila. It is important to book in advance and if you want a bottle of wine/alcohol take your own. There is only one licensed 'off license' in Bentotta so we bought ours during the day (it's on the road to Galle). Jump in a Tuk Tuk and you will be met... More 

Thank 10claret44
Scottish Borders
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44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

It is six years since I last reviewed this place and can confirm it still deserves its No 1 ranking. This is not fine dining or for over eating, what this place does is offer the freshest, highest quality food cooked very simply by the friendliest and most genuine Sri Lankan I have had the pleasure of meeting. Please if... More 

Thank forestry
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Visited here and had prawns and lobster which were the best we have had ever. So much so that we returned a few nights later to dine here again. The menu is small but the standard of the food is absolutely superb and I would very much recommend a visit. The owner and his wife are very nice people who... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Scenic view, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Bentota, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Bentota
  • Phone Number: 0777 402138
we give catamaran service in dedduwa lake and lagoon.we prepare village trips and bicycle riding. organize business and parties.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?