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The Lake Restaurant

) #24 of 27 Restaurants in Polonnaruwa $$ - $$$ , Vegetarian Friendly
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.

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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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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