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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” (23 reviews)
“bread” (17 reviews)
“clams” (47 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
53 Haig Road | Colombo 04, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered crab in 2 different ways and some jumbo prawns, our crab was served with bread and pol sambol and it was delicious! The serving size is large and you get a LOT to eat, food was amazing and bursting with flavour with the...More

Thank travelbuff885
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the restaurant with my friends. Ordered crab in 4 different styles. The crab is served with Bread and Pol Sambol. This is by far the best crab I have eaten in Sri Lanka. This place is a must visit for any crab lover. I...More

Thank youwowme
Reviewed 1 week ago

Mud crabs were delicious but house selection platters were a real bummer. Crabs (bechameled?) were like frozen and fried squids like gum, Two crabs set us back 8k rupees, a bit over priced in my book

Thank lovemanger
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for tasty seafood then look no further than The Fat Crab. I wanted my husband to try the local seafood and a friend recommended this place. So on a stormy day in November we decided to go in search of the...More

Thank gembagirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There's been a few negative reviews about this place but i just left there half an hour ago and i ordered the Mud Crab. It's a bit like going a few rounds with Mohammed Ali but well worth the battle.I won! Of course. Haven't eaten...More

Thank stutravel
Reviewed 7 December 2017

My honest mind is just like the above title I put. We would always love to enjoy this place without hyper occupancy with noise even when walk-in visiting. Nevertheless I put this positive review because people should have more options for lunch and dinner as...More

Thank Meijiro
Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

Fat crab offers the best crab and seafood in Colombo. You can try their srilankan mudd crab in murunga curry style it's one of the best! Freshness of the seafood is high. Fresh quality seafood every day, We loved their mouth watering lobster and rice...More

Thank Nissaka C
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Do we review a restaurant on a signature dish or on the overall experience? i have opted for the former. Beware in lanka...there are some restuarants which serve amazingly delicious food, however, if one orders wrong item, the overall experience may be very disapointing...particularly so...More

Thank santuTravelBuff
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food, especially the Singapore style chilli crab with fried rice. It’s spicy and brings back life to the senses. Special mention of Sanjeewa, my go to man to be served as he will never disappoint you. Keep it up Fat crab.

Thank FiyazIsmath
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Questions & Answers
31 December 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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
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