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Ice Bear Guest House Restaurant

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103/2 Lewis Pl | Ethukala, Negombo, Sri Lanka
+94 31 2 233862
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London, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The location of this restaurant/ Guest House is fantastic. In a secluded walled garden fronting the beach, you can seat at the lovely rustic tables and chairs and while away the hours. I visited the Ice Bear three times, once for an evening drink with friends, once for lunch and finally for a "Captain Table" western style dinner. The place... More 

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We only went here a couple of times for drinks in the garden but it was an intriguing place and we would have been happy to stay there. It is Swiss owned and has good ethics

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Thank Roger B
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

They have quite good meal options at this guesthouse restaurant, including typically Swiss meals (Roesti and Muesli) as well as coconut juice from their trees in the garden. Don't offer any local food options which is a pity as all the chefs in the kitchen are Sri Lankan... Also one issue is that they have shark on the menu, which... More 

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Thank Nicholas M
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33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

Been here for a quick drink. Very nice location on the beach, really polite waiters. But after a quick glimpse at the menu, I saw they serve shark meat. Since it's a western owned place I was shocked. Sharks are endangered spieces , and even if fish consumption should be reduced in total, offering sharks in 2017 is really irresponsible... More 

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Thank Palitoscuba
Calasparra, Spain
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We have stayed here and eaten in the restaurant and both are excellent. The staff are attentive and very helpful. It has been one of our highlights of our tour of Sri Lanka.

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Thank Isabel B
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We started and finished our three week travels round Sri Lanka here. It is a real haven. Comfortable, interesting rooms, all differently furnished and a lovely garden facing the sea. Lots of places to sit and read or chat. The food is delicious and always served beautifully. Try the muesli for breakfast, it's delicious and photogenic. Staff could not be... More 

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Thank Carol M
Cheshire
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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Lovely garden restaurant but it's a pity the food doesn't quite live up to the ambience trying to be created. Limited menu of mediocre food which is over priced. Service is OK but not very welcoming and as we left, we seemed to be escorted off the premises. Did they think we were going to steal a statue?

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Thank Norjay
Fairfax, Virginia
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The food is delicious and the waiters are super friendly. Tons of fresh fruit and plenty of variety. Great filter coffee. Dining is al fresco and the sea breeze is nice. Both European and Sri Lankan choices on the menu.

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Thank tinyplankton
Vancouver
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210 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017

When we lunched here it wasn't busy, apparently only one server and one cook. The server forgot my wife's order, had to be asked when mine arrived alone. You can eat better in many other places for less.

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Thank Emkay0
Norway
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

Nice surroundings. Ok service. overpriced and poor food. it goes chickens and ducks inside the dining area, not so hygenic.

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Thank Stian H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Sri Lankan, European, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 103/2 Lewis Pl | Ethukala, Negombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Negombo
  • Phone Number: +94 31 2 233862

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