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Ministry of Crab

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Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 342722
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Today
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Lancashire, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The decor stylish and service good. Ordered the garlic crab. Taste was really lovely but wasn't much. I can understand the novelty factor but don't go if you are hungry. The sides are bread, the options here could be improved. Overall, great setting, stylish but expensive for what you get.

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Thank JoJo036
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238 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I have never tasted crab so fresh before or since we ate here. It's in Asia's list of top 50 restaurants for a reason. Of course you must order anything with crab! Friendly and casual atmosphere. Be sure to make an advance reservation. It's always busy.

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Thank The Yum L
Naples, Italy
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Food was ok but extremely overrated and too expensive, especially considering Sri Lanka average prices. (100€ for two- little food-no wine!). Wouldn't come back!

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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58 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Ministry of Crab was recommended as the restaurant to go to by our hotel, The Kingsbury. Situated in The Dutch Hospital development, it certainly lived up to it's billing. Or hotel butler got us a table. But it is popular so make sure you do not just go on spec! It offers superb crab, seafood and fish and some... More 

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London
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Food here was amazing!! Me and my wife attempted to book a table on a Monday afternoon. Unfortunately, there was no availability for that evening. However, we were determined to eat here due to the little time we had in Colombo so went down anyway and tempted our luck! Thankfully the lady at the door was ever so kind and... More 

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Thank Narriso
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Located in the Old Dutch Hospital near the Kingsbury Hotel. Much busier than any of the nearby restaurants and bars. Managed to get in early (18:45) without a reservation - my colleague had tried to dine there on three previous trips without a reservation and without success!!!! Lots to choose from, but crab is king of the menu. I have... More 

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Thank Joe A
chennai
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

the ultimate crab restaurant, with just about every possible crab dish thought of. great fine dining experience, need to book days in advance for a table. best choice to entertain important people and make an impression.

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Thank seshan88
chennai
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57 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The restaurant is lovely situated within the dutch hospital precint. You need to book ahead as its very crowded. Crab is expensive but very good,they also have other food for non-seafood eaters. Service was a bit slow.

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Thank mayaChennai
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is a place where you just jo sit and 'crab on' for couple hours - make sure you have ample time to savor the flavors and then walk back along gall face greens to your hotel! A must visit place for tourists and locals alike.

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Thank Suhas B
Alameda, California
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46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wondful crab. Make a reservation as it fills up. You needn't order a crab per person as we did, or you'll drown in food. The side of mushrooms is delicious. No alcohol is served, so have your cocktail before you go.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 25 - US$ 40
Cuisine
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:30 - 15:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: +94 11 2 342722
Description
Ministry of Crab is nestled inside the oldest building in Colombo, the Old Dutch Hospital. It is a venture between Darshan Munidasa of Nihonbashi Japanese Restaurants in Colombo and Sri Lankan cricketing icons Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The iconic Crabs that plate up in Singapore are available here. And some Crabs are over 2kg! If you want to enjoy the treasures of Sri Lankan waters, we are the only place!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?