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The Poolside Bar and Terrace

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Bar, 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great hotel, and the view and comfort of the poolside bar and terrace is nice. For a better view of the sunset, rather go 200m north to the Travelers bar within the same hotel though :)

Thank JorgenBLY
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant staff is very nice and they explained the ful dish they were providing. The buffet has many dishes from fish to beef and included pork.

Thank Lillo
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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

refreshing drinks venue with complimentary fresh sea breeze good service and choice of drinks and snacks

Thank svperera
Melbourne, Australia
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017

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 16 February 2017

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 14 February 2017

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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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 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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45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

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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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

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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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 

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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
Bar, 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
Groups, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?