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Ministry of Crab

Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 342722
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab” (1,480 reviews)
“prawns” (348 reviews)
“bread” (244 reviews)
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5:00 PM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Gluten Free Options
Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My partner and I came here after having a number of Sri Lankan friends back home in Australia recommend that we book in for dinner if we had the chance. Whilst at the upper end of price for Sri Lanka, the crab was absolutely amazing...More

Thank Shane B
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you like crab this is the place to be. It’s situated in a old hospital. The terrace is at a romantic courtyard. The food was really good but a bit expensive compared to other restaurants. Make sure you make a reservation ahead.

Thank brams924
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Ministry of crab offers a wonderful meal. The crab was delicious and sweet. We had the XL between two of us which was plenty . The garlic and chili sauce was delicious. The bread was abit stale but that seems to be the case with...More

Thank Maayan G
Reviewed 2 days ago

We last visited Ministry of Crab a little over 5 years ago, when it was still less than a year old. At that time we had found the food to be good and the service efficient and friendly. On our present trip it was really...More

Thank zalishariff
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This gem of a restaurant tucked away in the old Dutch hospital is a crab lovers delight. It is a bit touristy in ambience but the food speaks for itself. The menu has the rules of crab set out and the front lists the sizes...More

Thank Kelly C
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

caution. some crabs are frozen. immediately after dinner I felt pangs in my stomach and ... everything else. very very expensive. the value for money is absolutely unfair. rice attacked. bad experience. probably lives on his historical hunger .. disappointment!

Thank Giulio M
Reviewed 3 days ago

The crab itself was tasty, yet the preparation (chilli crab) was not above average. Though we had a pleasant lunch and the staff was friendly, we thought it was overpriced (with all sides charged additionally) and too much of a concept.

Thank ts2018697
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We booked in for a group dinner one week in advance. We had the clams, mushrooms, large prawns & vegetables for an entree. For our mains we had two one kilo female crabs, one in pepper sauce & one in garlic & chilli sauce served...More

Reviewed 3 days ago

Great place for having a lunch or dinner. It's expensive compared to other restaurants in the area, but it is worth it :)

Thank marthesum
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It’s not every country that has access to the gargantuan crabs that Sri Lanka does, nor every restaurant that can offer them prepared and served so exquisitely. It will most probably be the most expensive meal that you get in Sri Lanka, but it’s also...More

Thank Patrick G
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Questions & Answers
30 October 2017|
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Response from muellerassociates | Reviewed this property |
I’m not an expert... but it’s frech crab from daily catch and should be halal!
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Ranil P
17 July 2017|
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Response from Dharshan M | Property representative |
Yes it is
13 March 2017|
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Response from Shalini C | Property representative |
Casual to Smart Casual. There's no strict dress code.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$35 - US$200
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: +94 11 2 342722
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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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