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The Poolside Bar and Terrace

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, European, Sri Lankan, International, Asian
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2 Galle Road | Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 541010
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Singapore, Singapore
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229 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We came here for lunch and loved it. The ambiance of the Galle Face hotel and ocean breeze made it an amazing experience. Most noteworthy was the effort the staff went to to make us feel comfortable, especially given my wife was feeling ill.

Thank Evan L
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

I went with my son for the dinner. We have been here several occasions before the refurbishment. Of course the views and the architecture is always at it's best at the Galle Face Hotel. I would say the Dinner buffet was alright but It was not the same. What we had before the Refurbishment for Dinner Buffet is missing. It's... More 

Thank Harshana M
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016 via mobile

My family and I went there for some afternoon snacks. My son liked the burger. One of the hostess was offering us their afternoon sweets but she does not know English. This is a popular hotel thus I wss expecting ease communication.

Thank kvreyes
Newcastle, Australia
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77 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

We stopped in at the Hotel for a drink after sunset on the terrace. We were warmly welcomed by the staff and enjoyed a few drinks relaxing with the cool breeze at the seaside There was an Amercian Independence Day function on at the same time so we got to enjoy the music along with a very enjoyable fireworks display... More 

Thank Likeatiger
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

A wonderful sunset-hour place... drinks are great, food choices limited but good --and the staff sometimes can help bring food from other parts of the hotel... The staff are congenial and accommodating. All of that and the sound of the surf! Great place to relax...

Thank Susana1953
Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

The Galle Face Hotel is the iconic 'Grande Damme' of Colombo with an expansive alfresco terrace, from which to sip a cocktail or have afternoon tea and enjoy the magnificent Indian Ocean

Thank jillg753
Greater London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Little piece of colonial magic. Sat on the covered terrace , after admiring the photos of the famous faces who have visited. A drumming group and a then a Scottish Piper held our attention. It was so good we had 2 cocktails each- bargain at 1100 rupees each Love the fact that the hotel seems to have no need for... More 

Thank fiona4001
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

I have already written a review about the Galle Face hotel , Colombo , rating it as one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in . the one unbeatable thing about this hotel is its ambience .while preserving the old colonial structure and legacy , Galle face is alongside contemporary in every way . the evening tea at... More 

Thank bhavni_merchant
Berlin, Germany
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28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Wonderful place, colonial charme, palmtrees, sea view - the perfect tropical idyll. You can forget busy Colombo and its traffic and have a sundowner while the flag is overhauled, accompanied by bagpipe music.

Thank mgranda
Geelong, Australia
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489 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

We visited here for afternoon drinks two days in a row, it was simply lovely looking over the water watching the sunset and enjoying a cool beer. The staff were so attentive and nice, despite us looking like we'd been put through the wringer on such a hot day! The breeze off the ocean soon cooled us down. Slightly pricey,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Bar, European, Sri Lankan, International, Asian
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Galle Road | Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: +94 11 2 541010

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