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Paradise Road Gallery Cafe

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Best For: Artistic Ambiance, Romantic Evenings, International Cuisine, Fine Dining, Wine Enthusiasts, Private Events.

The Gallery Café

If you’re seeking a delightful culinary experience in the heart of Colombo, look no further than The Gallery Café. This iconic restaurant, housed in a beautifully restored colonial mansion, offers a fusion of Sri Lankan and international cuisine in an elegant and historic setting. Whether you’re a food enthusiast or a culture seeker, The Gallery Café is a must-visit destination during your stay in Sri Lanka.

Location and Hours of Operation

Location: 2 Alfred House Road, Colombo 00300, Sri Lanka

Hours of Operation:

  • Lunch: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Dinner: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Closed on Mondays


The Gallery Café is conveniently located in the heart of Colombo, making it easily accessible from most parts of the city. Whether you’re staying in a nearby hotel or exploring the city, a visit to this restaurant is convenient and well worth the trip.


While The Gallery Café primarily serves as a dining establishment, its charming ambiance and historical significance make it a fantastic location for special occasions, including weddings, receptions, and private events. The restaurant offers event planning services and can accommodate both small and large gatherings.

Best Time to Visit

The Gallery Café is an all-year-round destination. However, to enjoy the best weather and an open-air dining experience, consider visiting during the dry season in Sri Lanka, which typically runs from November to April.


The prices at The Gallery Café are in the mid to high range, reflecting the quality of the cuisine and the unique dining experience it offers. Expect to spend approximately $30-40 per person for a meal, excluding beverages.


The Gallery Café has received rave reviews from both locals and tourists. Patrons often praise its delectable cuisine, attentive service, and the enchanting ambiance created by its colonial-era architecture and lush greenery. Reservations are recommended, especially during peak dining hours.

Things to Do and See

  1. Art Gallery: As the name suggests, The Gallery Café also features an art gallery showcasing works by local and international artists. Take some time to explore the art on display while waiting for your meal or after your dining experience.
  2. Shop for Souvenirs: The restaurant has a charming gift shop where you can find unique souvenirs, including handcrafted items and local art, to take home as mementos of your visit to Sri Lanka.
  3. Garden Dining: The lush garden setting is perfect for a romantic dinner or a relaxing lunch. Enjoy the soothing ambiance surrounded by tropical plants and gentle breezes.

Price List/Menu:

The Gallery Café Menu


Chicken Liver PâtéLKR 1,750
Olive Oil Sautéed Calamari RingsLKR 2,250
Baked Crab (Starter/Main)LKR 2,750 / LKR 6,250
Smoked Salmon TerrineLKR 4,500
Batter Fried WhitebaitLKR 1,750
Spanish Garlic PrawnsLKR 2,250
Onion, Thyme, and Goat Cheese Tart (v)LKR 1,750
Roasted Cauliflower (v)LKR 1,800


Chicken MulligatawnyLKR 1,100
Sri Lankan Fish Head SoupLKR 995
Gazpacho (v)LKR 1,450
Sweet Pumpkin Soup (v)LKR 1,100
Cream of Gotukola (v)LKR 1,100


Caesar Salad (Starter/Main)LKR 2,900 / LKR 3,450
Chargrilled ChickenLKR 2,250
Chargrilled BeefLKR 6,500
Quail Egg SaladLKR 1,750
Mediterranean Salad – ChickenLKR 2,600
Mediterranean Salad – Vegetarian (v)LKR 1,700
Broccoli and Avocado Salad (v)LKR 2,450
Tomato and Mozzarella (v)LKR 2,500
Mixed SaladLKR 1,500

Mains – Meat

Paradise Road Super BurgerLKR 3,600
Malacca Fried RiceLKR 3,500
Spaghetti BologneseLKR 2,500
Spaghetti with Beef and Pork MeatballsLKR 2,750
Mediterranean Sizzling Beef FilletLKR 9,500
Grilled Sirloin SteakLKR 9,500
Grilled Fillet SteakLKR 12,000
Rack of LambLKR 14,500
Grilled Lamb CutletsLKR 14,000
Pan-Fried Calves LiverLKR 3,500
Parmesan-Crusted Pork SchnitzelLKR 2,750
Roast Pork with Mustard SauceLKR 3,750

Mains – Poultry

Coq au VinLKR 3,500
Lemongrass and Ginger ChickenLKR 2,500
Bacon Cream Cheese Filled Chicken BreastLKR 3,000
Indian Butter ChickenLKR 2,500
Phad Thai (S)LKR 3,500
Nasi Goreng (S)LKR 3,500
Pan-Fried Duck BreastLKR 4,950

Mains – Fish

Beer Battered Fish and ChipsLKR 2,950
Fettuccine with Smoked SalmonLKR 5,750
Fettuccine with Lobster and PrawnLKR 3,750
Seafood RisottoLKR 4,500
Pan-Fried ModhaLKR 3,250
Curried Coconut Crusted ModhaLKR 3,250
Tuna StacksLKR 3,500
Pan-Fried SeerLKR 4,950
Tandoori Marinated/Pan Seared SalmonLKR 6,500
Grilled Garlic Jumbo PrawnsLKR 5,500

Sri Lankan Rice and Curry

Tamarind Beef CurryLKR 2,500
Beef SmoreLKR 2,750
Black Pork CurryLKR 2,750
Prawn CurryLKR 3,250
Mustard Fish CurryLKR 2,500

Mains – Vegetarian

Spaghetti with Black Olives and FetaLKR 1,950
Spinach CrêpesLKR 1,950
Chilli-Salt Crumbed TofuLKR 2,200
Spinach GnocchiLKR 2,250
Champagne RisottoLKR 3,500
Feta and Black Olive RavioliLKR 2,250
Phad Thai (v)LKR 2,250
Nasi Goreng (v)LKR 2,250


Paradise Road Chocolate CakeLKR 1,100
Chocolate NemesisLKR 995
Chocolate MousseLKR 1,750
Mocha PotLKR 1,250
Chocolate Walnut BrownieLKR 1,250
Double Chocolate CheesecakeLKR 1,750
Via ParadisoLKR 1,750
TiramisuLKR 1,950
Lemon Meringue PieLKR 925
Passionfruit Meringue PieLKR 925
Dulce de Leche CheesecakeLKR 1,800
Carrot and Pineapple CakeLKR 925
Pecan PieLKR 1,600
Paradise Road Banana SplitLKR 1,250
Crème BrûléeLKR 995
Jaggery Crème BrûléeLKR 1,250
Strawberry SundaeLKR 1,200
Jaggery SundaeLKR 1,250
Fresh Strawberries and Whipped CreamLKR 1,250
Tropical Fruit PlatterLKR 1,250
Old Fashioned TrifleLKR 1,250
Pineapple Mango SorbetLKR 1,200
Traditional Bread PuddingLKR 1,250

Homemade Ice Cream

Ice CreamPrice
Belgian Chocolate Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Coffee Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Coconut Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Jaggery Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Yoghurt Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Vanilla Bean Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Cinnamon Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Strawberry Red Wine Ice CreamLKR 1,000
Passion Fruit Ice CreamLKR 1,000


Chocolate SauceLKR 350
Chopped CashewnutsLKR 350
Toffee SauceLKR 350
Whipped CreamLKR 350
Almond PralineLKR 350
Bombai Muttai (Palm Sugar Floss)LKR 350


White Wine

Sauvignon Blanc – Wishbone, New ZealandLKR 10,900
Sauvignon Blanc – Nederburg, South AfricaLKR 9,950
Sauvignon Blanc – Valdivieso, ChileLKR 11,700
Semillon Sauvignon Blanc – Sandalford Margaret River, AustraliaLKR 14,500
Riesling – Jacobs Creek, AustraliaLKR 12,000
Pinot Grigio – Ducato IGP, ItalyLKR 10,100
Chardonnay – Valdivieso, ChileLKR 11,000
Grüner Veltliner – Domäne Gobelsburg, AustriaLKR 12,750

White Wine by the Glass

Sauvignon Blanc – Nederburg, South AfricaLKR 2,800
Sauvignon Blanc – Valdivieso, ChileLKR 2,950
Riesling – Jacobs Creek, AustraliaLKR 2,700
Chardonnay – Valdivieso, ChileLKR 3,450


Taittinger Brut Reserve – FranceLKR 28,950
Taittinger Prestige Rosé – FranceLKR 32,750
Veuve Clicquot – FranceLKR 46,950

Sparkling Wine

Prosecco Brut – Cave Dec Rois, ItalyLKR 15,600

Rosé Wine

Calvet Rosé d’Anjou – FranceLKR 14,700

Rosé Wine by the Glass

Calvet Rosé d’Anjou – FranceLKR 3,800

Red Wine

Pinot Noir – Dark Horse, CalifornianLKR 11,500
Merlot – Valdivieso, ChileLKR 10,500
Shiraz – Sandalford Margaret River, AustraliaLKR 14,500
Cabernet Sauvignon – Valdivieso, ChileLKR 10,500
Chianti DOCG – Ducato, ItalyLKR 11,500
Kadette – Kanonkop, South AfricaLKR 12,450

FAQ and Tips

Is a reservation required?

While it’s not always necessary, making a reservation is recommended, especially if you plan to dine during peak hours or with a larger group.

Is there a dress code?

The dress code at The Gallery Café is smart-casual. It’s advisable to avoid wearing beachwear or overly casual attire.

Dietary Restrictions?

The restaurant can accommodate various dietary restrictions, including vegetarian and vegan preferences. Be sure to inform the staff of any special dietary requirements when making your reservation.

Local Currency?

The Gallery Café accepts major credit cards and local currency (Sri Lankan Rupees).

Wi-Fi Availability?

Complimentary Wi-Fi is available for guests, allowing you to stay connected while enjoying your meal or exploring the art gallery.

Plan your visit to The Gallery Café for an unforgettable dining experience that combines history, culture, and exceptional cuisine. From its charming location to its diverse menu, this restaurant is a true gem in the heart of Colombo. Don’t miss the opportunity to savor the flavors and ambiance of this iconic establishment during your visit to Sri Lanka.




Google Reviews

2,167 reviews
  • Ramidu Ranashanka
    Ramidu Ranashanka
    a month ago

    I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the overall vibe of the place. Everything was perfectly in order and the staff were well-educated and incredibly friendly. My only critique would be that the spaghetti bolognese didn't quite meet my expectations. Nonetheless, the restaurant is exceptionally well-maintained.

  • Mohammed Khanani
    Mohammed Khanani
    2 months ago

    Good food. Amazing service and great atmosphere. I had some cream soup of some unique vegetable it was good. The prawn curry was very good. The double chocolate cheesecake was also good. The mocha pot was decent.

  • Ervīns Elliņš
    Ervīns Elliņš
    4 months ago

    A pleasant place to enjoy a quiet dinner in a good atmosphere. The children's menu is without spicy food. Delicious cocktails and cool beer not available in standard eateries. In the evening, with the onset of darkness, torches and living fire chandeliers are lit, which add a romantic and exotic note to the place.

  • Bairavi Rajah
    Bairavi Rajah
    4 months ago

    Food is awesome. And they have a good mix of all varieties of foods. Service is amazing. The staff there treat us like their own people. Atmosphere also is awesome. But unfortunately we've been here for a dinner, and so couldn't enjoy the environment very much in blurry candle light. Best place to have a cheat but a healthy meal during a daytime.

  • Sajani Abayarathna
    Sajani Abayarathna
    a month ago

    I've been a regular visitor to the Gallery Cafe, but my recent experience was incredibly disappointing. I had made a reservation to host guests for afternoon high tea, but the service was beyond horrible. Firstly, there was a mix-up with the menus, and we had to repeatedly request the high tea option. Even when we ordered, the server struggled to understand our preferences, despite using both Sinhalese and English. The beverage order was completely wrong after waiting for more than 30minutes. After a long wait of over an hour, we received our food little by little, and even then, it was a challenge to identify the dishes. It was important to identify the food as half of the people were vegetarians and a fact that we have informed them in advance. While the food and beverages were delicious, the level of service quality was unexpected at Paradise Road. The experience was uncomfortable, and we didn't feel welcomed due to the mishandling of our order. I hope steps are taken to rectify this situation.

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