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The Empire Cafe

21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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Overview
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good36%
  • Average16%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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Open Now
08:30 - 20:30All hours
CUISINES
American, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This cafe is in an ideal location, right opposite the temple of the tooth. There were lots of western options to choose from which was what we were looking for. The menu is also very extensive with a range of different dishes from around the...More

Thank X9336EBjessicab
Reviewed 1 week ago

Based on the slightly higher prices you would expect a decent service, but we got one of the poorest I ever got in a restaurant. While my girlfriend was still finishing her main course, the waiter asked me whether I wanted dessert. When I said...More

1  Thank Kristof_IB
ManorHouseConcepts, Owner at The Empire Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your review.There is no excuse for frustrating service of this kind.We have investigated and you were served by a very new waiter who clearly was too quick to ask if you wanted dessert,showing a complete lack of experience.With regard to returning your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great breakfast choice for us because I wanted a western breakfast and my partner wanted to eat Sri Lankan. The breakfast menu is somewhat limited but the meals we ordered were delicious. My partner very much enjoyed his fish curry, and my...More

Thank G7904TBkatel
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch and dinner in this lovely cafe just opposite our hotel. Lunchtime curry and rice was very tasty and then we had a veggie wrap for dinner. They also sell vintage Sri Lankan posters which you can browse without anyone nagging you to...More

Thank Aisling F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We treated ourselves to breakfast at Empire twice. The waitresses were the kindest and so helpful! We ate the home made porridge which was amazing and the empire sandwich which was a treat. Great fresh juices! The rest of the menu looked excellent too. Would...More

Thank Kerri v
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here twice whilst in Kandy loving their fresh menu. Great location near the temple of tooth. Loved sitting and watching the passing parade of people going to the temple. Staff were very friendly and polite helping with food choices. Nicely restored building and...More

Thank Elizabeth J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great breakfast here.. It's a little more expensive than most other food offerings around Kandy but worth it in my opinion. We had the Ceylon toastie which was great. Most of the food on offer was western based. Service good. Decor recently...More

Thank Olivia M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

T. Sathish, my server, was funny, attentive and welcoming. The food was moderately priced, but extremely excellent. I am so happy I found it so easily after visiting the Buddhist tooth temple. Would go again.

Thank Tessa T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very cute and quaint restaurant next to the tooth temple. The food was absolutely delicious and fresh. I ordered the veg burger and my friend ordered the empire salad and we both loved them. The staff was very nice and we were greeted with big...More

Thank SLR1120
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I live in kandy since 2 years and tried to give this place a second chance but its just incredible how rude the waiters are. When you ask a simple information about the food the waiter starts an argument and i really felt like a...More

Thank Ella K
ManorHouseConcepts, Owner at The Empire Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

We sincerely apologise that you were made to feel this way.It sounds very incorrect,and importantly does not reflect the ethos and attitude of our cafe - we enjoy the patronage of women daily,including those who live in Kandy and come on a regular basis,so we...More

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Nearby Attractions
Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
8,009 reviews
.24 km away
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.48 km away
Kandy Lake
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.23 km away
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.35 km away
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$6
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:30 - 20:30
Monday
08:30 - 20:30
Tuesday
08:30 - 20:30
Wednesday
08:30 - 20:30
Thursday
08:30 - 20:30
Friday
08:30 - 20:30
Saturday
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
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Description
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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