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Why Not

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
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Pottuvil-Panama Rd, Pottuvil, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
+94 75 073 9452
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Berlin, Germany
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a really good time in arugam bay, a special place is the why not. After re opening its located very close to the beach. We found very good food and cheap prices. We had a lot of fun with the hole crew. In the evening you can take a seat beside the beach and there was a nice... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Very nice staff, we had the seafood platter for 2 with soft drinks (£20 total). It was all cooked in a bizarre tomato sauce - not sure why the crab, calamari and fish were all cooked together! We went based on previous reviews, but left feeling like it was quite expensive for the fare.

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Thank Emily B
Bulli, Australia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Excellent food excellent service excellent price. We had golden calamari and fresh juices. Delicious.

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Thank Mal R
Berlin
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2016

We shared the seafood platter and it was so good. Fresh fish, crab, prawns and calamari in a delicious tomato sauce served with a huge salad and homemade potato chips. Great little spot with a good atmosphere. Would also recommend the soda and lime.

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1 Thank Heatherbart
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

the food and the atmosphere was nice, the service was very friendly. but we expected just a little bit more for this price. we had some little prawns, and there were just maybe 6 or 7 very small ones. the taste and the stuff was excellent. thanks

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Thank lionmu
Jerusalem, Israel
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58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

I heard the good reviews and wanted to give a chance. It was disappointing. I ordered sea food plater and it was filled with red gravy that killed the dish.

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2 Thank shushi_ve_guli
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016 via mobile

Delicious food and awesome atmosphere! So we spent a few evenings there and had prawns. The people are nice over there. But if you need to go to toilet - then you shouldn't be afraid of darkness and tiny rooms...

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Thank Katha R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Very nice restaurant with delicious seafood and home made French fries. The service is fairly quick, especially to sri Lankan standards. I would certainly recommend this place.

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Thank Jacinth J
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Best restaurant we visited in Arugam Bay. Dishes you will remember and want to go back. We tried the crab which was fantastic, prawns and calamari which we highly recommend as well.

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Thank Jan F
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Amazing sea food I haven't eaten for very looong time. Especially, golden calamari are so tasty - nothing to be compared with some chewing gums you sometimes get! We were lucky that it was season for crabs and got really good one. We ate at Ministry of crab in Colombo which is ranked among #50 best asian restaurant and why... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pottuvil-Panama Rd, Pottuvil, Arugam Bay 32500, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Eastern Province  >  Arugam Bay  >  Pottuvil
  • Phone Number: +94 75 073 9452

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?