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The Cafe on the 5th

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5th Lane, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 573765
06:00 - 23:00
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North Uist, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Recommended by our hostel and was the best place we ate during our stay in Colombo. Despite clearly being very busy, the staff were very friendly and super helpful!

Thank scotco92
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

It's a very nice cozy, calm place to have your dinner with family, friends or business partners. Food was very yummy and worth for the money. Friendly staff.

Thank SKY T
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is a good value restaurant selling local and some western food. They have a dish of the day which might be noodles or say nasi goreng, further curries and rice, lamprey and then various patties and rolls. You eat outside in a covered open air space which is very pleasant although westerners might feel it could be a bit... More 

Thank annaperera1
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

An awful experience Staff not at all courteous or friendly - they seem to be too busy to take orders from a customer For the 15 minutes we were seated, we only received the menu card 😱 Although we got recommendations to visit this cafe - I think there are much better and pleasant restaurants around Colombo The saying "cheap... More 

Thank Shiraz S
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Ordered huge quantities of shorteats for my mother- in-laws 80th b day. Everything i ordered was superb. The guests all commented on how tasty the short eats were. Would recommend highly for a function.

Thank Arunikaf
Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Suggested by the manager of our hotel to grab a quick bite. Descent food, both local and more European cuisine

Thank XZ30
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Place is very spacious and food was OK. service quality is also nothing to complaint. place need to be more clean as there is room for improvement.

Thank arunajithnandana
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We first ordered chicken burger with fries and salad and a spaghetti bolognese but after 2 minutes or so we realized bolognese wouldn't be good for me as I had a bad cough and tomato would only make it worse. so i spoke to one of the restaurant captains (very dark person) and asked him whether I could change it... More 

Thank sandunikagunasekara
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108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

I'm surprised this place doesn't have a higher ranking. Our hotel recommended this place to us and we thought it was great. Local food for a very reasonable price and really tasty. We didn't get our meals at the same time. But one of us has freshly cooked fish, wish was done by a different chef. Would highly recommend this... More 

Thank Tine1980
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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180 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

They have been consistent with the quality and taste of the food. Only down side is the staff who are not all that good . Need to be trained and thought to be very pleasing.

Thank Nirmal G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$6
Cafe, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5th Lane, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: +94 11 2 573765

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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?