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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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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good45%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab curry” (26 reviews)
“bread” (19 reviews)
“clams” (49 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
53 Haig Road | Colombo 04, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
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1 - 10 of 169 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago 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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner at The Fat Crab and the food was amazing! By far the best crab curry we have had in any Sri Lankan restaurant. The Sri Lankan Crab Curry and Singaporean Chilli Crab were incredible as were the grilled king prawns - so...More

Thank Thushara G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice ambience this place got with a view and open area but with limited seatings. We had the panko crumbed tiger prawns which was delicious. And their chilli prawn pasta was nice too though the portion was large. Copper pot briyani with masala...More

Thank Narma17
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good restrant nice food but there is no more places to sit ... avrege price ... i advice to visit it evry time

1  Thank kwait1098
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here last week after reading good reviews and had the Chef's Choice. All in all, after 15 fantastic nights in Sri Lanka and many great meals, this was the only duffer. Overcooked, overpriced and indifferent service. There are so many fabulous restaurants in...More

Thank Michael L
Reviewed 29 January 2018

Awesome atmosphere and great food. Had the specialty Murunga Leaves Crab Curry with bread. Got to see the live crab and choose the one we wanted from a nice selection of crabs of various sizes. The wait staff were courteous, friendly and knowledgeable about the...More

Thank Mamiruddeen
Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

I tried the Jaffna style crab curry with bread, no more words to be needed, awesome. Enjoyed a lot, fought more than a hour to finish it off. Really a good place to enjoy the Crabs

Thank Gohulan
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

The restaurant was located walking distance from our hotel so we went without reservations. The space is nearby the water, but we hear traffic cars and trains pass by. The waiter did not really understand English, he was not really useful, the manager had to...More

Thank AnneMarie514
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Had seen it as a seafood resto that is close to where i was staying and decided to go there. The food was very tasty though i think the portion was small. The problem with this place is their service. The waiters can hardly understand...More

1  Thank Audrey P
Reviewed 13 January 2018

We shared a crab frittata as a starter, which was just perfect. The crab we had as mains were equally great. Especially the devilled crab (Negombo style) had a yummy taste. A much better choice than the overpriced crab joints in town. We certainly had...More

Thank ts2018697
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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
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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