Colombo - Post Report Question and Answers

What typical restaurants, food delivery services, and/or takeout options are popular among expatriates?

There are a small number of high quality restaurants, cafes and bars. You will probably find four or five places that you like and rotate between them. Uber Eats is a convenient way to order food and groceries. - Mar 2021

UberEats and PickMe are the main food service apps, but there are others. You can get most anything delivered, including Dominoes, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, McDonald's, Burger King. Restaurant options include Sri Lankan (of course), Indian, Sushi (pretty good here), Chinese (also pretty good). - Sep 2020

Uber Eats is a popular delivery service. There are lots of fast food options (e.g., KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, McDonald's, Subway). Local food is very inexpensive. High end international restaurants tend to be in the better hotels (e.g., Cinnamon, Shangri-La, Galle Face Hotel, Kingsbury, etc.) and the prices are comparable to the USA. - Apr 2020

Everything delivers here. The grocery store, the bakery, Indian, Thai, Chinese, pizza, McDonalds, Domino's, you name it and they deliver. - Sep 2017

There have been lots of restaurants coming up, post 2009 - Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, etc. Plus there are some great coffee shops and cafes too. There is a great site for review on everything in Sri Lanka, Take out is available almost anywhere and make sure you keep your eye on new openings of events, venues and restaurants! - Mar 2017

McDonald's, KFC, Pizza Hut, Domino Pizza (cheaper than the U.S). - Sep 2013

Many. Ignore the fast food ones. They are terrible. EVERYTHING has chilli in it. Many good restaurants are listed in the guides. All gay-friendly. - Sep 2012

There are two McDonald's, one KFC, and two Pizza Huts in Colombo. Fast food in Sri Lanka is curry and rice which is available everywhere. Food quality is a big issue. The larger hotels all have restaurants, cost is reasonable in comparison to U.S. costs, although outrageously expensive in comparison to the local economy. - Dec 2011

McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC and Domino's are the most prominent chains (around 3-4 USD for a burger meal, 4-5 USD for a small pizza). But there are lovely more upscale restaurants available, making the fast food chains only a rare best option. Delivery service available through Indian, Sri Lankan, Swiss, Steak, and mixed Western are all readily available and of good quality. Mexican food hard to get. - Feb 2010

Rice and curry. Get used to it. I never ate at McDonalds but rather went to smaller restaurants. The name restaurants at hotels are just as expensive as Europe or the U.S. - Sep 2008

There are several fast food places including McDonald's. - Feb 2008

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