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Traveling to Arugam Bay? Don’t forget to prepare your taste buds.
Not only can you eat by the sea—grab a fresh coconut while you’re there!—but all the food offerings are sure to make your stomach growl with hunger. From budget meals to luxurious fare on the beach, you’ll find something to satisfy your hungry palate.
When you’re done playing on the beach, come grab some grub at any of the following, trusted restaurants.
1. Kottukal Beach House by Jetwing ($$$$)
Kottukal Beach Road, Pottuvil | +94 775348807 | www.jetwinghotels.com/kottukalbeachhouse/dining
Dining at this beach restaurant will be an unforgettable experience for anyone. Be it traditional Sri Lankan food, or a Western favourite, they have it all. Dine under the stars in utmost luxury while you eat mouthwatering meals cooked by experienced chefs.
2. The Spice Trail ($$$)
Main Road | 69th Milepost, Arugam Bay
Craving some Japanese or Thai food? The Spice Trail is where you must stop. Their blend of exotic spices and Asian flavours is much raved about and loved by tourists of all types. A welcoming ambiance and succulent dishes make it a must visit for foodies.
3. Hello Burger ($$)
Hello Burger prides itself on serving the best burgers in town, and with all the people raving about it, they have all their rights to do so. Attracting a young, vibrant crowd with its quirky name and burger joint status, this is a great hangout spot with a chilled ambiance and amazing food and service within Arugam Bay.
4. Bambini’s Café ($)
188, Sinna Ulla Pottuvil, Arugam Bay
A family friendly affair, this place is a must visit if you want an authentic rice and curry meal by the beach. A true Arugam Bay experience with no frills, this place offers the most delicious meals at a very low cost.
5. Mr. Fisherman ($$)
Panama Road On the beach, Arugam Bay
Serving fish and chips with a Sri Lankan twist, this is a famed hangout for anyone who ventures into Arugam Bay. After a hot day out gallivanting, if Mr Fisherman finds you and invites you for a deliciously cooked lobster meal, don’t miss it! It might seem strange in the beginning, but when yummy food finds you, it is always a moment to say yes.
6. Tandoori Hut ($$$)
Mafaza Mosque Road, Arugam Bay
Enjoy rich, authentic Sri Lankan and Indian food with Tandoori fish and prawns while you watch the world walk by. Known for their curries around town, this restaurant parts with great food, and rare seafood. The eatery itself is a cozy dining experience with friendly staff and delicious cooking.
7. Sub Bay ($)
Siam View Hotel Building, Pottuvil, Arugam Bay
A few minutes away from Arugam Bay, this place still made it to the list because it is worth the detour. If you are craving subs, this is the place to eat at. Cleverly named Sub Bay, this is a joint frequented often by the foodies who need a break from local food. Their crispy chicken is much raved about and is a must have if you go there.
8. Breakpoint ($$)
80, Main Street, Arugam Bay
Breakpoint is a unique food experience with a specialty in Israeli food. Dive into the exotic tastes of food at Breakpoint while you view the scenic beauty that Arugam Bay offers. A truly wonderful culinary experience that is not to be missed!
9. Zephyr Restaurant and Bar ($$$)
Siam View Hotel, Arugam Bay
Enjoy lip-smacking food and get tipsy alongside the scenic beauty of beach—what better place? Best known for the cold drinks and warm service, this is a must visit. Great service, chilled vibes and good food, what more could you ask for during a vacation?
10. Hideaway Resort Restaurant ($$$)
Ulle, Arugam Bay
Romantic and relaxed is what best describes this eatery. Serving seafood as their soul food, they also cater to the vegetarian friendly travellers. Keeping up with its name, Hideaway is just that, a place that is hidden among the beaches of Arugam Bay. It offers you a calm and peaceful atmosphere to hog delicious food in.
11. Shell Resort Restaurant ($$$)
Holiday Inn Road, Arugam Bay | +94632248699 | www.shellresortarugambay.com/restaurant
A popular place among locals and travellers alike, this fine dining restaurant is a true gastronomical journey. The open air seating and laid back ambiance does much to enhance the taste of already perfect dishes. Their seafood dishes are a must have and if you ever stumble into the Shell, do try it.
Arugam Bay offers more than just breathtaking scenery, seascapes, and of course water sports, but delicious food as well! Whether you’re in the market for eating a high-end dinner under the stars, or just want to grab something quick and cheap before playing on the beach, there’s a little bit of everything available for you. Soak up the delicious Sri Lankan food while you relax under the sun!