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The Empire Cafe

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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 8:30 pm
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Zuid Holland
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82 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I guess we were expecting something different. This restaurant had been recommended on websites and in reviews and was the only restaurant we asked our driver to take us to (all other restaurants we asked him to recommend somewhere) and it was probably the most disappointing. The food was good although the menu was very modern/western and our daughters food... More 

Thank crazygecko
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63 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Ended up in this place due to a reservation made by my son who wanted us to have decent food. So.... How did it go? Dinner was good, but nothing extraordinary even if the place is highly recognized in tripadvisor... Maybe it's because kandy area is not that great for dining.... Bonus: book in advsnce as there are only a... More 

Thank Peer E
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although the the potential was certainly there, and some of the dishes were really tasty the portion sizes were rather on the small side particulary for the price. Our 2 hungry teenages were not too thrilled! The special Empire Cafe Salad was really disappointing and lacking in flavour. It's a pity as the attractive design of the place had given... More 

Thank Travelaloulou
Arkholme, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here every night when we were staying in Kandy and it was lovely. The food was delicious, the service was great and it was very busy one night! I would reccomend the woodapple juice if you like tropical fruit! Great place and lovely food.

Thank Lunesdale M
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Tasty food, especially the salads; we went twice and my wife re-ordered the Asian Nicoise on our second visit because she liked it so much first time round. The cakes are also yummy and taste home-made. The service is OK but this is not a place to go if you are in a rush. Nice vibe.

Hexham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Friendly welcome, delicious food although slightly pricey. A.European twist on Sri Lankan food. Venue an old colonial hotel.

Thank Tobyn H
Prague, Czech Republic
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This pink beauty is nice and clean. We have felt welcomed and we enjoyed our food. Their wraps are soooo goood!! But prices are quite high...but you know - it is in the centre of Kandy by the lake so ... we didn't regret that. Coffee isn't that good.

Thank Aneta K
St. Albans, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lots of different rooms and verandas selling international fare. Great atmosphere and decor and its very popular (always a good sign). We enjoyed a lovely meal here for lunch which was great value.

Thank Jackie541
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A well located restaurant/cafe right in the city centre of Kandy, right by the lake & temple. Varied (although not too deep) menu & although a slight on the dearer side (in relation to Sri Lankan cuisine cost), the food is tasty & filling. Staff were lovely, but the highlight is the building itself - an old colonial government building... More 

Thank Jakey_Boy88
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely staff, solid attempt at western food, great juices and good wifi! Loved the refreshing lime soda- not too sugary and just what was needed.

Thank Stewarke

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Cafe, European, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Sri Lankan, Fusion
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
8:30 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy
  • Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870
Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks.

Free WIFI and TV.

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