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The Fat Crab

$$ - $$$Seafood, Asian,
53 Haig Road | Colombo 04, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 055606
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  • Excellent35%
  • Very good44%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab curry” (28 reviews)
“bread” (20 reviews)
“clams” (47 reviews)
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Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
53 Haig Road | Colombo 04, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Forget the ministry of crab, this is a true gem that's only known to the locals and shared by a few. A quaint place with the gentle sea breeze, chilled beer, a monster of a crab and friendly host. Its got all the right ingredients...More

Thank Vipul S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Decided to try this venue after reading some positive reviews on TripAdvisor. Our driver made a booking so we had a confirmed table. It was fairly busy for a Monday night but would have got a table if we walked in. Manager said crab offered...More

Thank AngelSee
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are several crab restaurants opened up fairly recently in Colombo and we chose this one on a personal recommedation . It proved to be a rather grubby shack style place and we four were one of only two tables occupied . We chose their...More

Thank Mark Benjamin L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fat Crab is a lovely venue for a relaxed meal. Although crabs is a speciality there are many other dishes to tempt a visitor. The crabs are fresh and cooked well to bring out their best. The main meals canbe washed down with a...More

Thank Manique M
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Try this place for better crab deals. It was delicious and just what we needed - a messy crab experience for affordable prices

Thank AniushaB
Reviewed 5 April 2018

The fat Crab had brilliant food and very friendly staff. We got to choose our own crab and they cooked it in any way you wanted - curry, butter or pepper. I opted for curry and it was super tasty. Every crab comes with Dahl,...More

Thank Claire B
Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is my 3rd visit and my appetite for great Crab never ceases .I had the Pepper Crab, Veg' Fried rice and Kankung and also the Crab curry with the lentils, Pol sambol ,kade Paan and baked crab. Consistency of the food and the friendly,...More

Reviewed 2 April 2018

The place is small but rustic with sunset sea view but poor lighting. After checking, only 5 took the chance to order the 900gm Large Crab (S$85 net each ) but were disappointed with the quality of the crabs. The crab meat was little/soft and...More

Thank chew217
Reviewed 30 March 2018

You want Crab, you gotta visit the Fat Crab. These guys have a simple menu with limited options (can't expect a a lot when it comes to crab anyways) and they serve that dish right! Be prepared to spend a few hours here, to get...More

Thank Shakadeliqs
Reviewed 22 March 2018 via mobile

Great service n wonderful food . Price was reasonable compared to some of the well known ones . Go during the weekday lunch where it’s not crowded n enjoy the sea view while trains passes by .

Thank Cecelia L
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Questions & Answers
31 December 2017|
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Response from zahran z | Property representative |
Yes they do and you can bring your own as well. You have to pay corkage.
28 October 2016|
Response from FiyazIsmath | Reviewed this property |
Not sure of what you r referring i.e blue swimming flower crabs but the srilankan lagoon crabs are the same as the mud crabs. Check out the "ministry of crab" in colombo too
28 October 2016|
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Response from howard0928 | Reviewed this property |
They have two crabs in SL mud and sea I believe
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
3:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Haig Road | Colombo 04, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Colombo
  • Phone Number: +94 11 2 055606
  • E-mail
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