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“Pitch perfect on the river”

The Waterside Bentota
Ranked #26 of 64 Restaurants in Bentota
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed July 23, 2013

The three of us were travelling, off season, and staying in a wonderful place in Bentota. "Let's look for somewhere different for dinner," we said. So, after much google research, we decided to go to The Waterside. A tuk-tuk ride was organised, and suddenly, we were there. The staff were not flustered at all, and, after a short period of time, a wonderful Sri Lankan meal was set before us. Quite extraordinary, considering it was "off season." We spoke to the excellent staff, who advised that we could go on a boat trip on the morrow (I had done this the previous year with my excellent friend, and really wanted my wife to experience the same.) It was organised. The next day, even though the lovely guide hosting the boat trip was on a day off, we had a boat and guide - just for the hour or so we had asked. Fantastic. Then back to The Waterside for lunch - one of the best club sandwiches we had in our month in Sri Lanka...and had the whole place to ourselves. The staff ensured we enjoyed the amenities. Fresh towels were laid out by the pool (and yes, we indulged) and the table was set for our return. Again, I would like to express we visited "off season," and yet the chef, kitchen and dining room staff worked so hard to ensure we had a pleasurable time. A bonus was the fact of knowing The Waterside was set up after the tsunami, by a lady the staff members speak of so lovingly. Go here - it is wonderful, and the service is excellent. Cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Reviewed February 27, 2013

Lovely location. Great for a sunset and early dinner. We did a boat trip around the lagoon (not a lot to see at 4pm to be honest but quite fun), and asked to be dropped off at The Waterside instead of back at the pier.

Friendly staff and chef. We chowed through all the rice and curry (great value) and they brought more. And then more.

My daughter & I had a dip in their pool and chilled while the sun set and the fruit bats started swirling around the mangroves. we'd consider staying here if we returmned to Bentota.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

Awesome srilankan cuisine with very friendly staff , who take efforts to suggest you the best according to your taste. Located overlooking a small lake.

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3  Thank nirajmantri
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

I have dined at Waterside Bentota many times and have never been disapointed. The menu is just right , with a choice of both Sri Lankan and Western dishes and the most mouth watering seafood.
The food is well cooked and beautifully presented and extremely tasty.
The service is excellent , the ambience is just right and the view from the restaurant whether by day or night is breathtaking. Waterside is a must to eat in when in the Bentota/Aluthgama/Beruwela/Induruwa areas

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2  Thank Grummy
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

shame the all inclusive Club Bendover was so bad that we had to dine out - but such a lovely place xx thanks Mum

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