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Welcome to The Barn by Starbeans in Ella, Sri Lanka! Our restaurant is a semi-fine dining establishment with high standards for quality and service. We serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7am to 10:30pm, offering a wide variety of local and international cuisine. Our wood-fired pizza oven is a fan favorite, and we also have a reputation for serving the best coffee in town, along with cocktails, wine, and beer.
PRICE RANGE
AU$5 - AU$19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Cafe, Bar, Pizza
FEATURES
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Live Music, Dog Friendly, Family style
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The restaurant was fantastic.Delicious food. Very nice staff. Our waiter Imalka was very kind and delivered great service. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 28 April 2023

Sri Lanka is full of surprises for those who still regard it as a mere appendix of the Indian Subcontinent. Fortunately, and even if as a Portuguese soul and citizen I think I am, our "Taprobana" or "Ceilão", things here are even more astonishing than...one may believe... The small pace and a smile: Galle, Mirissa, Kandy, Udawalawe National Park, Ella... and The Barn by Starbeans. You may ask: "Where the heck is this 'The Barn by Starbeans'?" Well, it is not a mountain, since it lies in a small valley. Nor an Ayurvedic spot. Let alone a wild elephant reserve. In fact, The Barn by Starbeans is a bar & restaurant right in the middle of Ella, a small yet buzzy small town right in the Center-South of Sri Lanka. I would take the risk — and the "stiff competition" around is also worth credit, actually, I guess they are all symbiotic — to say this is a one-stop-shop. Live music, great (Lion) beer, brilliant ambience, good wine list, outstanding interior design, fast Wi-Fi, open kitchen, huge portions, very decent prices, some of the friendliest staff I've ever seen in my life (just ask for Agi, for instance, he will tell you all the small tricks to maximizing your experience)... Not enough, this spot has Vidu as manager as a maestro. Just ask for him. Well, Vidu is not just the manager of The Barn by Starbeans. He also manages to be ubiquitous (or, as Depeche Mode would put it, a "Personal Jesus", way better than a personal trainer). Do you need something? Vidu comes to your table. Do you want to know further about Sri Lanka's History, Geography, and Local/National idiosyncrasies? Vidu comes to your table. Three eyes at least. As a former travel writer, these kinds of rare places impress me and always deserve to be properly credited. Hospitality is the word. However, to be honest, I would extend this feeling to most Sri Lankans, not just Vidu. At the same time, this country is working for me as a mirror effect. Yes, I am sad in my home country (Portugal) this breed of generosity is disappearing fast due to several factors. Greed vs. Generosity. Honesty vs. the Mass market. Chillness vs. Stressing queues... In our national epic poem "Lusíadas", a true masterpiece written by Luís Vaz de Camões in the second half of the the16th century praising the Portuguese seafarer, "discoveries" and ventures in the East of Asia, its initial verse states: "As armas e os barões assinalados/ Que da ocidental praia Lusitana/ Por mares nunca de antes navegados/ Passaram ainda além da Taprobana/ Em perigos e guerras esforçados/ Mais do que prometia a força humana/ E entre gente remota edificaram Novo Reino, que tanto sublimaram." (Google translate, in case you are curious because in Portugal we have to know it by heart since we are 14 years old, yeah, kind of trauma for me). Ah, last but not least, it is by Ella's pharmacy... :-)More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Vidusha Wijewardana, Marketing at The Barn by Starbeans, responded to this reviewResponded 29 April 2023

Dear valued guest, Thank you for taking the time to share your wonderful experience at The Barn by Starbeans. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our live music, great beer, brilliant ambiance, good wine list, outstanding interior design, fast Wi-Fi, open kitchen, and...More

Reviewed yesterday

Great food and great service from Imalka! We had dinner and had everything we needed. Had a lovely time, Thank you Imalka

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a lovely time over there, food was delicious, place was really clean and staff was so friendly, Imalka took very good care of us, we came back the next day for breakfast too, great place!:)

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great spot for breakfast! Imalka - our waiter - was very friendly and helpful. He refilled our water bottles for us as well :)

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great spot for breakfast. Lots of choices on the menu. Strong coffee! Imalka was our waiter. Fantastic service. Will come back!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Staff was not very friendly & couldn't smile at all. except for the runner that was very helpful & friendly. We took garlic bread & spring rolls with chicken. Only 3 pieces of spring rolls was disappointing. As main course we took tuna, which was...great & nicely presented. The pad thai was mediocre. It is a nice place to sit. But there is definitely better places for this pretty high price.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great service, Great food! A place that combines Coffee place and estaurant in a Great way. Our waiter was service minded and positive. Thank you!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Amazing food, great service and warm hospitality. Pradeep was very helpful and gave us and attended to us promptly. Very friendly and warm service. Highly recommended for everyone travelling to Ella!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Great place to have dinner - the friendly waiter ASHOK served us and managed to provide a surprise chocolate cake to celebrate my husband's birthday which was really lovely! Thanks Ashok! Pizza here is fab too!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a cool cafe and atmosphere!! Our waiter, Pradeep, was excellent! Always ready to serve us and make sure we were happy and everything was good. Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very nice place and the personal is very nice, specialy Mister Ashok that was very kind! The food was very good for a breakfast.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We absolutely loved our dinner at The Barn in Ella. The food was delicious, especially the pizza. The best thing about our meal was the incredible service provided by the smiley, energetic and attentive Pradeep who was such a wholesome bloke. He went out of...his way to ensure that we had a great experience. Thank you Pradeep.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Amazing food. Great service. Ashok was our server and he was so kind and attentative. We went there on our first night in Ella and it was the only place serving dinner up to 10:30. We will definitely go again. The prawn curry was one...of of the best dishes I've had.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 5 days ago

cozy spot with great food! Little loud music, but thats okey with so great food:) very nice people working here! absolutely amazing

Date of visit: April 2024
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The Barn by Starbeans is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5