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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” (1,687 reviews)
“bread” (292 reviews)
“prawns” (424 reviews)
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Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Gluten Free Options
Old Dutch Hospital, Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed today

The prawns and crabs were extra-ordinarily fabulous, and so delicious. Could not fault the food, service or friendly staff. The atmosphere was devine also. You need to book in advance and get a 2 hour sitting. Even though this wasn't a cheap eat, it was...More

Thank Helen2310
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

After a long tour around Sri Lanka we ate here for our last meal and our expectations were very high on recommendation and reading reviews. Our table was pre booked for 8.30pm and we soon found out that the crab choices dwindle quite quickly. By...More

1  Thank Sara D
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Maybe our expectations were too high, have booked pre holiday. Lovely welcome and both inside/ outside tables available. Large menu, obviously around crab but also prawns and other options. For our group of 4 adults we ordered: 1kg Butter crab (recommended 500g per person tho),...More

Thank debfaw
Reviewed 4 days ago

Tucked away in the corner of the old dutch fort this small and intimate restaurant serves excellent food. Never hav we seen prawns and crab in such enormous sizes. Crabs that overflow even the largest of plates and prawns the size of your forearm! The...More

Thank carrm397
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our first lunch in Srj Lanka - a table for four - made lunch reservations - could not find the telephone number on their website but got it on Tripadvisor - So thank you . All of us had crabs - and Kade bread, and...More

Thank RND1611
Reviewed 4 days ago

This Restaurant is recommended by the local Hotels but it must be booked in advance to get a table and its outdoor location and public toilets makes the price of its limited menu wholly inreasonable. The crab provided is not special and certasinly not worth...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We stumbled onto Ministry of Crab when doing a day tour of Colombo. Interestingly we had noted it was a place to visit the night before so took the opportunity to make an unscheduled lunch stop! No reservation however lucky to get a table, happy...More

Thank Brizvegas1313
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A top 50 Asian restaurant, the service lacked at times while some of the food was too oily. Great quality crab though and an enjoyable night. P.S Dharshan should maybe think about bringing staff from his sister restaurant Kaema Sutra to work here, the wait...More

Thank Rishanth
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

They recommend you get a reservation, and it looked to be full. I got a reservation over email and the restaurant was pretty quick to respond to emails. Loved the chilly garlic crabs, though their crab curry and the prawns curry were the highlights. However...More

Thank vivekomatic
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The food is great here and the crab was tasty even for someone who doesn’t eat it that often! Anura was great and service was impeccable.

Thank neilt28
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Response from Mervyn33 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you most certainly can .. I was alone dinning there.
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Why not?
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Response from Suethamilton | Reviewed this property |
no fans, as the first advice... sit outside
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Restaurant Details

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  • 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 3:30 PM
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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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Sri Lanka’s most sought after dining destination. One of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants since 2015, the restaurant is the brainchild of celebrated chef and restaurateur Dharshan Munidasa, who partnered with Sri Lankan Cricketing Legends Mahela Jayawardane and Kumar Sangakkara. Crabs range from 500g ‘Small’ crabs to 2KG ‘Crabzillas’ and the restaurant employs a daring no-freezer policy, sourcing all its produce from Sri Lanka. Enjoy oysters, clams, fresh water prawns and the famous crabs from Sri Lanka in the historic setting of the 400-year old Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, one of Colombo's most iconic landmarks.
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