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The Poolside Bar and Terrace

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
International, Asian, Sri Lankan
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2 Galle Road | Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 541010
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Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing views at the pool bar along with great service. They have good cocktail deals and the staff are quite knowledgeable on their drinks. The pool bar has an amazing view of the ocean along side the pool (which is for guests only). The bar also provides really tasty chips with your beverage.

Thank raysexperience
Tring, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

nice food but unfortunately we couldn't buy a bottle of wine just by the glass, never did find out why?

Thank JULIE h
North Sydney, Australia
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast and dinner, both had a wide range of totally delicious food. Don't forget to look at their library !!

Thank Corinne T
New York City, New York
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food at this place is sub par compared to the rest of the hotel complex. The pool is lovely, but the service is almost non existent.

Thank BenjaminNYC
Bedford, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came as a four on 27th December for an Xmas celebration in pouring rain. We had a lovely meal which everyone enjoyed. We had one vegetarian and one gluten free and we all had plenty of choice. The chefs guided us to the options without wheat and excessive chilli. We can thoroughly recommend here.The family enjoyed the ambience of... More 

Thank CLPRtravel
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you go around 4pm you can have a great buffet of desserts, cakes, etc. for tea. Once you can't eat anymore, order some cocktails and wait for the sunset with amazing views. The location is prime, the service can be hit and miss. I have been going there for a while and oftentimes my order was forgotten or it... More 

Thank allesaufachtung
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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1,509 reviews
876 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 535 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

The poolside bar and terrace at the Galle Face Hotel is a superb location for drinks and snacks overlooking the Indian Ocean. It is worth visiting at any time of day. In daylight hours one can enjoy watching the sea with ships slowly moving by. the sunsets are tremendous and a night it is a great atmosphere sitting there listening... More 

Thank profjoypc
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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789 reviews
429 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Caught up with a former classmate this afternoon for cocktails and a snack. Gorgeous weather while watching the Indian Ocean and shooting the breeze. The Galle Face Hotel is one of Colombo's best known Landmarks and the Travellers Bar is filled with portraits of celebrities who have stayed here since the Hotel opened. An excellent range of beverages including cocktails... More 

Thank AshleyAzavedo
Doha, Qatar
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636 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 337 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I had been warned by an Australian couple staying at the Galle Face Hotel not to eat there and their recommendation was the Cinnamon Grand Hotel. I have actually recently eaten in the Cinnamon Grand's restaurant Echo and it was excellent! I should have listened. I made a reservation and was looking forward to what I thought would be a... More 

Thank DohaInternational
Singapore, Singapore
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270 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We came here for lunch and loved it. The ambiance of the Galle Face hotel and ocean breeze made it an amazing experience. Most noteworthy was the effort the staff went to to make us feel comfortable, especially given my wife was feeling ill.

Thank Evan L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
International, Asian, Sri Lankan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Reservations, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Galle Road | Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: +94 11 2 541010

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