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Ministry of Crab

Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 342722
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good26%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab” (1,590 reviews)
“prawns” (386 reviews)
“bread” (266 reviews)
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11:30 AM - 3:30 PM Hours
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Gluten Free Options
Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wine was very expensive 1200 for 100ml as was the food given the location - you have have amazing seafood in Sri Lanka and there is no way this justifies the cost; there’s no way the prawn curry would feed 2-3 people unless they ate...More

Thank Adam W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went for lunch today - average at best. So many better places for same price point - Lagoon, gallery cafe are a few. What was really annoying was we left with our son having a bit of a melt down and must have left...More

Thank SJBR2011
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were so glad we booked before leaving the UK as we saw a lot of people being turned away whilst we were there. Depending on your preference seating is offered indoors and outdoors (underneath the arches overlooking the central courtyard of the Dutch Hospital...More

Thank newnhamites
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great experience. We went there by 5:30 pm so it was ok having no reservation. The cooking time was long but worth waiting for.... expensive alcohol but that’s how it is in general in Sri Lanka I guess....

Thank jianghuitavia
Reviewed 4 days ago

It is a well recognised restaurant, nicely designed. The menu is impressive and prices are also reasonable. They sell some sports related souvenirs as well. But you must block seats in advance, else you may be disappointed to get a polite refusal. However, there are...More

Thank Sudhir K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very expensive for Sri Lanka but it is work a try. Extremely large crabs and prawns and they are very tasty.

Thank Rhinorceros
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A very special place for anyone not from crab country. Prepare to pay a lot for very fresh and well-prepared crab. Or prawns. Don’t bother coming if you want something else. Reservations essential!

Thank Geoff B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The crabs were fresh, the service was splendid but the food was pretty good. Eating in this historical building is a wonderful experience but we did feel that the meal unfortunately did not justify the high price point.

Thank esteriee
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This restaurant was on our must do list for our Sri Lankan holiday. It is very popular so you need to make a booking a few days ahead. We had the Prawn Claypot curry and the Garlic Chilli crab. The prawns were delicious, but the...More

Thank LannyS1
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the dinner we had and happy with the service. Although compare to other places, its a bit on the pricey side. but the setting is beautiful and the food was nice and fresh Need at least a day booking.

Thank BT497
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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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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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