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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good35%
  • Average15%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed today via mobile

Excellent mix of Lankan and Asian food. Our waitres Sabeetha was very efficient and lots of fun. Ask her about her tuk tuk driver boyfriend!!!

Thank geoffrmorgan
Reviewed today via mobile

The Restaurant is very central and clean. The menu was very good. Sabitha and the another staff were very friendly.

Thank Natalie E
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is in a prime location opposite the exit of the Tooth Temple so we stopped for a bite. We shared a typical Sri Lankan curry where we were given 5 different little pots of curry/chutney/sambal and were told to mix it together with...More

Thank brammers_12
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Curry, juices and sundae were great. Great service by Senaka. Can only recommend the empire after a temple visit to recharge.

Thank Alexandra M
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had a nice lunch here after visiting the Tooth Temple. The food was tasty and the banana sundae with butterscotch is excellent. The service from Senaca was fast and attentive. Would come again.

Thank Pedro B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Best service we had in Sri Lanka! Great food too, nice alternative to rice and curry. The swordfish fillet with the sweet potato mash was amazing!

Thank Yoshiko D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent our last evening here and ordered the traditional Sri Lankan curries which was so reasonably priced and tasty. The Brownie sundae was also delicious!

Thank buttercup623
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely meal, with friendly and attentive service from Senaka! Would definitely recommend. Pleasant interior too.

Thank benmtobin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great find. Great choice of good on the menu, interesting interior, and most importantly we had amazing service from Senaka. Would definitely recommend going here on your trip to Kandy!

Thank ldavies-jones
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Especially by sabeetha, who is the most friendly waitress! We had the mezze platter - a unique Sri Lankan twist on an old favourite. Highly recommend.

Thank Beth T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
08:30 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Central Province  >  Kandy District  >  Kandy
  • Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870
Very conveniently located in centre of Kandy right next to Temple of the Tooth. This restaurant in Kandy is ideal place to relax in an iconic building overlooking a UNESCO heritage site. Open all day and serving quality coffee and teas, smoothies, juices, breakfast, salads, Sri Lankan curry, soups, delicious sandwiches, pasta, cakes and snacks. Free WIFI and TV.
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