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1.0 km from Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Upali's with its array of dishes with the best Sri Lankan flavours offers you a truly homely and unique culinary experience. Our signature dishes are mouthwateringly delicious, and the rest of the dishes and desserts on the menu will keep you coming back for more. Our menu is incomparably rich vis-a-vis taste and quality and we pride ourselves on exclusively serving traditional Sri Lankan fare. Located in the heart of Colombo, Upali's affords breathtaking views of tranquil Viharamahadevi Park, the Nelum Pokuna Theatre and the iconic Town Hall. We also serve locally brewed coffee, favourite local snacks and pastries at the Coffee Shop which is located just a few steps away from the restaurant.
USD 5 - USD 15
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Asian, Sri Lankan
Outdoor Seating, Valet Parking, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 10 April 2021 via mobile

A favorite of ours. Lots of veg and vegan options (just as if you are unsure) and great flavours too. Large menu to chose from. Love the pineapple curry. Service usually good. The hike made ginger beer is also great. Their lunch time packs are...great too.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 1 March 2021

Nice Sri Lankan restaurant. Good Food with a super choices. The staff were very good and smiling. We had dinner at their vip room where they had a long table enough for about 10 people. It was quiet room and private. They even had an...attached washroom. We did enjoy the Hendella, Crab Omelet, Hoppers. It was really nice and tasty. We will surely come back and always recommend to anyone.More

Date of visit: February 2021
Desh D, Owner at Upali's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 March 2021

Thank you so much for visiting Upali’s and taking the time to leave a review. Really glad you enjoyed the food & service, and we hope to see you again soon. Best, Team Upali’s.

Reviewed 2 February 2021 via mobile

Delicious tasty food . Near the town hall. Clean place. Reasonable price. Best quality food in colombo

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 1 February 2021

we went yesterdat for dinner around 7.30 pm.First thing they said was kitchen is closing at 9.30 pm.Then so many simple things we asked were not available (soda/lime with mint/lime with soda) . We had no cutlery to eat starters.to wash hands we have to...go to the wash room (no finger bowls).food was also not tasty.portions were so small.we asked some salad (chef salad) it was like only with Gotukola Leaves. I will not visit that place again,More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 24 January 2021 via mobile

Great SL food, Well priced and a Good variety if items to choose from. Visited them several times and it was always a true pleasure. Will be back.

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 11 January 2021 via mobile

Surely one of the best places in town for real Sri Lankan meal. Rice and curry is the best. Also morning breakfast also great. Their hopper breakfast is the best. Restaurant arrangements are good with parking and security.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed 31 October 2020 via mobile

Location 4/5 Center of Colombo, although the it has limited number of parking space, valet makes your life easy Atmosphere 4/5 It doesn't gives a particular vibe,but well maintained and clean Food 5/5 This place is specialized in traditional Sri Lankan food, large spread of...food,any thing, any kind , any time sorta place. Overall one of the best Sri Lankan dishes in the Colombo city. Countless amount of visits, Highly recommend!More

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 15 September 2020

The food hits close to home. very very close to home. Everything you would expect from an authentic Sri Lankan meal and beyond. If you are a Non-Sri Lankan please do your research about the Sri Lankan food before hitting this place otherwise you might...be clueless on what to order. It's all about ordering the dishes that goes well together.. The level Sri Lankan food knowledge could make or break your Upali's experience.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 13 September 2020

The best restaurant I have ever visited in Colombo to taste authentic Srilankan Food. The prices are a little bit high but the portions are full of Srilankan taste. All the items we tasted were filled with Srilankan spices and the taste was great.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 3 August 2020 via mobile

ordered Jaffna crab curry as the centerpiece for lunch yesterday. The curry insipid crab was tough. This as a regular customer was a deep disappointment. As a true believer of brand a major let down.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Upali's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4