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Malli's Seafood Restaurant

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Beach Road | Opposite of Hotel The Surf, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
+94 77 851 4894
10:00 - 23:00
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After hearing a number of recommendations for Malli's, we caught a Tuk Tuk there during our stay in Bentota and had a wonderful evening. Fabulous little atmospheric place, and very clean and welcoming. We opted for the shared seafood platter as a treat, and was overwhelmed with gorgeous starters including flat breads and hot garlic butter, then the feast of... More 

1 Thank BazandPeter
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Malli's was a high point during our stay at Bentota. We dined there two night of the three that we were there. It is really quaint being on the train track and and two trains pass by when you having dinner, absolutely delightful! Now on the food and service... It is as delightful. Try to speak to Sushanth he will... More 

1 Thank Arpitabg
Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had nasigoreng and maegorang, delicately spiced with homemade mango chutney and a pappadom. It was just what we needed. The wine is typically expensive at £25 a bottle for Californian chardonnay but was decent enough. A guitarist serenaded us at the table but was not intrusive and a couple of cats hung about for scraps which we didn't mind.... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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186 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The restaurant is at the end of the railway platform, easily visible as you walk to Vivanta by Taj hotel and close to several others in that area. They probably get most of their trade from tourists at the big hotels. It is a very pleasant and fairly smart place to be, well designed in modern bistro fashion. The menu... More 

Thank Peter L
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A train passes by at greeting distance from this restaurant situated on the first floor. The food is clean and so is the design of the space. The staff are extremely entertaining and engaging. Had a fun and funny time here.

2 Thank Munkeith
Turku, Western Finland, Finland
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had 2 dinners here. Food is somewhat "fine dining" -style. Tasty but nothing to justify the higher prices compared to other restaurants in the area. Trains passing by every now and then for "extra experience" :)

Thank Jani S
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to Malli's in the afternoon, the restaurant is beautifully decorated but very hot with just ceiling fans... Maybe it would be cooler during the evening. I had the Red Thai Shrimp curry - it was pleasant, however my husband was disappointed with the beef steak.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited Malli's as it was highly rated on Trip advisor. We booked and sat on the balcony where there wasn't a breath of air and no fan so felt almost faint with the heat. The fish was overcooked and dry and the calamari starter tasted of burnt cooking oil. It was relatively expensive and we found much better restaurants... More 

Thank kittykat909
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Superb dinner on all three occasions we went. A different location as right by the railway line which is quite entertaining. Excellent food & service. Would thoroughly recommend

1 Thank 4suze
New Delhi, India
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very friendly staff .. food quality was really good and tasty .. right on the train lines .. walking distance from Taj and other hotels .. definitely worth a visit ..

1 Thank Bong_Traveller2012

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beach Road | Opposite of Hotel The Surf, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Bentota
  • Phone Number: +94 77 851 4894
The most romantic place to wine and dine in Bentota.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?