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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” (1,656 reviews)
“bread” (284 reviews)
“prawns” (419 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Gluten Free Options
Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed today via mobile

We visited the restaurant after reading reviews before our trip. Great restaurant and service, the avocado crab starter was fabulous! Definitely worth a visit if you love seafood.

Thank KarenHenton
Reviewed yesterday

After all the hype around this restaurant I felt very disappointed. If you have never eaten crab before then I understand that it is a great experience. I felt, however, the prices are very high for what you get and overall the meals we had...More

Thank Guest G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This casually formal restaurant lives up to it's hype and reputation. The crab and prawns in this place are the best in the world! The quality of sea food and the taste of the recipes are just perfect. It was the highlight of my short...More

Thank zazen_mumbai
Reviewed yesterday

Came here because of it's listing in Asia's top 50 restaurants and wasn't disappointed. We came for lunch and had the garlic pepper crab (large one for two people) with the bread and it was incredibly tasty and succulent. The service was fine. Sadly they...More

Thank Brenwan
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been planing to visit this place since long time finillaly had the opportunity. In September. Visited the place with my family we had reserved a table. You can reserve a table by E mailing them or calling the they respond quick. The food...More

Thank FelixS1565
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful atmosphere and setting. Attentive staff. The clay pot prawn curry was incredible!!!! Best curry we have ever had! And good value at 3700 rupee for 2. The crab dishes looked really fid but we're a bit out of our price range however there was...More

Thank bellini11
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you want to eat here book and book in advance if you can. We got an early table courtesy of a very helpful concierge at our hotel but from his expression we were lucky. When we turned up there were plenty of people being...More

Thank Lcm_11_11
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Myself and hubby dearest had visited this place..... Not once but twice during our stay in Colombo! Unfortunately couldn't get a table on either of the occassions. The restaurant is usually completely booked and walk-ins have a very low probability of getting seated. So if...More

Thank gunjan m
Reviewed 3 days ago

Authentic Crab experience together with Sri Lankan bread and coconut sambol. Different tastes of Crab from mild to hot as per your choice. Highly recommend to have cooled coconut water after hot crab dish. Comparatively charges are at high end while serving you the authentic...More

Thank Shashi574
Reviewed 3 days ago

Service and attention to detail was excellent . It was busy as they have several sittings per night . Food was good but on the pricey side . It has a nice ambience about it located in the old Dutch hospital . It specialises in...More

Thank BenKris
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14 August 2018|
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Response from MervynL21 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you most certainly can .. I was alone dinning there.
14 August 2018|
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Response from elisabelgel | Reviewed this property |
Why not?
5 April 2018|
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Response from Suethamilton | Reviewed this property |
no fans, as the first advice... sit outside
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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
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
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
  • E-mail
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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