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Malli's Seafood Restaurant

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Beach Road | Opposite of Hotel The Surf, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
+94 77 851 4894
10:00 - 23:00
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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a lovely evening here ,food was brilliant and the setting quirky , hopefully to return one day

1 Thank Lyn C
Twickenham, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The chicken curry was probably the best meal I had in Sri Lanka. Very friendly, small, interesting restaurant next to Bentota railway station - great fun to watch the trains go by while enjoying a drink and super food

1 Thank Sjmcrae
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice atmosphere, staff so helpful and professional. Food amazing and lovely background music. Will definitely visit again.

1 Thank Anthea R
Birkdale, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Whilst staying in Bentota we searched for Malli's restaurant and made a dinner reservation around 19.30 for the evening. At 17.00 a huge thunderstorm erupted putting our reservation at risk as the rains fell, but given the reputation of this restaurant we put on our emergency ponchos and walked through reducing but heavy rain, and it was well worth it.... More 

2 Thank neilbillingsley
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53 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were surprised at the quality of the decor and ambience. Certainly is in an unusual location on Bentota Station feet away from the tracks. We enjoyed our food king prawns and Mahi fish it was well cooked and tasted good. The price is about the same as other quality restaurants and more aimed at the tourist trade a little... More 

Thank redvanmorrison
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It’s a bizarre setting, but that ended up being one of its charms. Malli’s is upstairs from train platform, and when a locomotive screams past is one thing, but when it stops and toots its horn for potential passengers, it’s deafening. But that’s neither here nor there. The food is spectacular (especially the prawn curry which we couldn’t get enough... More 

2 Thank Ross G
Mudanjiang, China
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food and restaurant setting are very nice, good vibes! But a little bit expensive. The restaurant near it : happy garden has a better value for money

Thank Ruolin Y
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The sea food here is too good and fresh . Make sure you make a reservation if you decide to go here for dinner . I would rate it as the best food in bentotta

Thank Dharam R
2 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent food. Service was amazing. We had the jumbo prawns and the tiger prawns and both were excellent. But the highlight of the night was the red curry with shrimps.

1 Thank Carlos G
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a quirky little restaurant very close to Bentota railway station. You have to walk across the tracks which is actually quite charming. A. very good menu with an excellent range of seafood. We had a lovely evening there.

Thank Penny M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Beach Road | Opposite of Hotel The Surf, Bentota 80500, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Bentota
  • Phone Number: +94 77 851 4894
The most romantic place to wine and dine in Bentota.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?