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The Lake Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Asian, Sri Lankan
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Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

Location is great, nice view of the lake. Food is good but a bit pricey. As it's located near the museum and not far from the archaeological site, we used it for a lunchbreak to get out of the heat. When we returned at the site at 14.00 almost all visitors had left.

1 Thank Hippohanna
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2016

One of the nicest restaurants we found in Sri Lanka. Fantastic lakeside location and a lazy unhurried buffet lunch of some top quality curries. All for 1,000 rupees a head. With a long cold beer, some nice sweets and fruit too. A couple of hours well spent.

1 Thank McMahonjam
Uxbridge, United Kingdom
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475 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2016

Buffet, reasonably priced, at lunchtime. Typical local food, tasty without being overly spicy, just the ticket.

Thank PeteLucy434
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2016

I ate a very late lunch/early dinner here as well as a normal lunch here. In terms of the location, as the name would suggest, this restaurant is right by a lake so you get a lovely view while you dine. I was able to catch a lovely sunset during my first meal there. In terms of the atmosphere, the... More 

Thank TorontoJose
Haacht, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2015

The Lake house is a hotel as well as a restaurant, and enjoys a great view of the lake. It is also very close to the archaeological museum. Lunch is served buffet style with a lot of dishes, sri lankan and western, spicy and not spicy. There is also a dessertbuffet included. I found the buffet very good value for... More 

Thank Globetrotter045
Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2015

I am not really hungry after a hard traveling day, just want some small thing to eat. But I could not get it here , only you can have buffet in the restaurant in hotel.. Could not go out because the hotel is in side long way to lake..u have no choice here..so U have to get buffet, but food... More 

Thank Bevuong
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2015

If you are travelling with your SO, definitely make your way here. The view is great with a nice variety of food. Less vegetarian options but the view and the ambience makes up for everything.

Thank GauravGo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I had ordered the "mushrooms soup" and they brought a cheap instant soup (like tesco or maggi) for 450 lkr!!! Staff don't understand English. Absolutely unacceptable for the expensive restaurant even in Sri Lanka!

1 Thank Sasha K
Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the few places directly at the lake and close the old town. We just had drinks here while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the lake. Great service, although it is a bit expensive.

Thank RJvanBuuren
Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 18, 2015

The food is OK, but it's not amazing. You pay for the air condition, the nice views and dress up waiters

Thank laforn

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Sri Lankan
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  North Central Province  >  Polonnaruwa
  • Phone Number: 272222411

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?