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The Empire Cafe

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Cafe, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion
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21 Temple St, Kandy 20000, Sri Lanka
+94 81 2 239870
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08:30 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 20:30
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Mlini, Croatia
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

And slow service. Same prices as England. 10% service charge and I gave up waiting for my change. Smoothies were OK

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Thank NemoJames
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great location and we all had great meals here and the service was really good as well. Appeared clean and hygienic to us. bathrooms good.

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Thank 893fleurg
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

-food is good -service is good -price is acceptable Lights n electricity went out when we are having dinner, but we like this special experience to us!

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Thank Choco_mouse
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Dear fellow urban explorers - Please do not waste your valuable time visiting this place. Mediocre and unhygenic food. 03 of my family members had to experience food poisoning. We even discovered a long dead cockroach in the ice cream. Please do avoid this unhealthy establishment at all costs.

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Thank Aroshan2015
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So far one of the worst meals in Sri Lanka. Had the empire curry with 3 veg curry. Basically just spiced with mustard seed. Bland, boring and also served cold. I would avoid this place. Nice interior and good service but food really not great. Don't get what other people are on about.

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Thank Leilani N
London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The most impressive thing about The Empire Cafe was the building. Its old colonial style that has been around since the 1890's makes it a beautiful place to get some food. Location is good, being right next to the lake and cultural centre of kandy. Food was good. Nothing amazing. But a great place to get a bite to eat.

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Thank DianeKeane
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifully designed cafe in an old colonial house. A real rest bite from the hectic centre. The menu is fabulous and I had real difficulty deciding what to have. Service was really lovely and the waitress took lots of pride in the coffees she made and quite rightly too as they were gorgeous.

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Thank Morwenna T
London, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
177 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is themed based on the old colonial style and it attracts a lot of western visitors as it is quite clean and welcoming. However the service is veeeeeeery slow! That said, the mango, coconut and lime ice cream was one of the best I have tasted outside of Italy. Nothing too exciting but worth a stop for the... More 

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Thank Katie D
Bangkok, Thailand
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119 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We chose this place out of 5 different ones around the area due to its varied menu, after eating sri lankan food for a month we were ready to eat something different. We ordered two chicken burgers, a smoothy and fish & chips....we did originally order the English breakfast but declined after telling us we would have to wait over... More 

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Thank GaryOmniverse
Roermond, Limburg, Netherlands
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place but the kitchen is too busy getting the food in on time. The food is nice and the service is very good. Be on time because they close 08.30 pm

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 6
Cuisine
Cafe, European, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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
  • Phone Number: +94 81 2 239870
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?