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The Lake Restaurant

Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
+94 27 2 222411
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  • Excellent6%
  • Very good49%
  • Average27%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible15%
20 Mar 2017
“Not good”
9 Jun 2016
“Cool, nice lunchbreak between temples, but bit pricey”
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Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The food at this restaurant is great but the manager & his staff did not want us in this place at all. It is a place for rich Sri Lankans they did not like foreigners at all.

1  Thank GG2412
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

Location is great, nice view of the lake. Food is good but a bit pricey. As it's located near the museum and not far from the archaeological site, we used it for a lunchbreak to get out of the heat. When we returned at the...More

1  Thank Hippohanna
Reviewed 10 March 2016

One of the nicest restaurants we found in Sri Lanka. Fantastic lakeside location and a lazy unhurried buffet lunch of some top quality curries. All for 1,000 rupees a head. With a long cold beer, some nice sweets and fruit too. A couple of hours...More

1  Thank McMahonjam
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Buffet, reasonably priced, at lunchtime. Typical local food, tasty without being overly spicy, just the ticket.

Thank PeteLucy434
Reviewed 12 January 2016

I ate a very late lunch/early dinner here as well as a normal lunch here. In terms of the location, as the name would suggest, this restaurant is right by a lake so you get a lovely view while you dine. I was able to...More

Thank TorontoJose
Reviewed 1 December 2015

The Lake house is a hotel as well as a restaurant, and enjoys a great view of the lake. It is also very close to the archaeological museum. Lunch is served buffet style with a lot of dishes, sri lankan and western, spicy and not...More

Thank Globetrotter045
Reviewed 6 November 2015

I am not really hungry after a hard traveling day, just want some small thing to eat. But I could not get it here , only you can have buffet in the restaurant in hotel.. Could not go out because the hotel is in side...More

Thank Bevuong
Reviewed 8 October 2015

If you are travelling with your SO, definitely make your way here. The view is great with a nice variety of food. Less vegetarian options but the view and the ambience makes up for everything.

Thank GauravGo
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

I had ordered the "mushrooms soup" and they brought a cheap instant soup (like tesco or maggi) for 450 lkr!!! Staff don't understand English. Absolutely unacceptable for the expensive restaurant even in Sri Lanka!

1  Thank Sasha K
Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

This is one of the few places directly at the lake and close the old town. We just had drinks here while enjoying a beautiful sunset over the lake. Great service, although it is a bit expensive.

1  Thank RJvanBuuren
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Pothgul Vihara, New Town | The Lake Hotel, Polonnaruwa 51000, Sri Lanka (Formerly Polonnaruwa Rest House)
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  North Central Province  >  Polonnaruwa
  • Phone Number: +94 27 2 222411
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