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“If you want good food, away from your hotel”
Review of Susantha's

Ranked #45 of 61 Restaurants in Bentota
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Susantha's is also a hotel and listed on TripAdvisor. The person who manages the restaurant does not manage the hotel. It would be useful to list the restaurant separately as it is open to the public and much appreciated by people who stay at other hotels (we stayed at the Taj and much preferred the food at Susantha's).
Dorset, England
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“If you want good food, away from your hotel”
Reviewed March 21, 2010

The food here is very good and good value. The restaurant is open air, with seating also available in the gardens, which are lovely. The staff are very pleasant and there is live music one night per week (Thursdays?). We ate lunch here on a few days and ~3 nights (wish it was more). We happened to be in Bentota for Independance Day celebrations. While our hotel celebrated by declining to serve alcohol on this day, Susantha's put on a special buffet with entertainment and the manager offered to have special drink with us. No, we didn't spend loads of money here. It's hard to do that. The manager is just a nice guy.

The restaurant is managed separately from the hotel. Although it does not have a sea view and is close to the train tracks (alot of places are in Bentota), it is a pleasant, unpretentious place to hang out. The food by far surpasses any other restaurant we went to. Just remember you are in Sri Lanka and don't expect the Hilton.

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Mayfield, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“a nice get away from the all inclusive”
Reviewed March 18, 2010

we ate here 4 times whilst staying at our all inclusive hotel,this gave us a nice trip out and a change of scenery and people,an extensive menu with local dishes,pizza,pasta and seafood and we all found something we liked especially the kids (4-6 )the wine was cheaper than the hotel but still expensive,no bad stomachs for the whole two weeks on holiday this was a first,but if you are looking for gourmet food go to paris on holiday,great tables outside with mainly very polite german and dutch tourists, which if you eat just as it gets dark they put out insect coils under the table,if you try and eat anywhere outside in sri lanka during daylight you can get flies,a great walk over the railway line to bentota beach where you can meet the locals and watch them play cricket,take some sweets for the local kids..a great night away from the hotel whingers and moaners..

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1 Thank baileysnake
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West Coast of Scotland
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Both came away with dodgy stomachs :-(”
Reviewed March 8, 2010

The restaurant came highly recommended (we still can't work out why!) so we thought we would give it a try one night. We were very disappointed unfortunately. We walked the short distance from our hotel and managed to find an outside table. This was our first mistake as there were lots of mossies and biting 'things' which we didn't contemplate, but this isn't necessarily the restuarant's fault. Although perhaps they could have made a little more effort to clean the area first. The resident 'few' cats and a dog loiter for scraps by your table.

We ordered a selection from the expansive menu, (too large to specialise in anything) and were generally not impressed. My wife had a curry which she said tasted like something out of a packet (our hotel buffet was much better). My meal was generally okay, but we both agreed the service was dire. I had a bolognaise. Although the staff were polite the starter and main meal took way too long to be served, and that was a quiet night. We left feeling very underwhelmed, although (not surprisingly) the meal was cheap.

To top it all we were both quite ill overnight, and I am still suffering now! My wife said the buffet curry in our hotel was much better, which says something.

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Thank PhilandFee
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