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The Fat Crab

$$ - $$$Seafood,
53 Haig Road | Colombo 04, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 055606
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good42%
  • Average11%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“crab curry” (29 reviews)
“bread” (25 reviews)
“clams” (49 reviews)
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Seafood, Sri Lankan
$$ - $$$
53 Haig Road | Colombo 04, Colombo 00400, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I came with no expectations and left in absolute food-phoria. We ordered the Lankan Murunga Crab Curry. It was so delicious. The bread they served to mop up the curry was warm, fresh, soft on the inside, crusty on the outside. Miss this experience and...More

Thank PeggieMalaysia
Reviewed 1 week ago

My cousin is a regular here and had booked us a table, we where looked after very well we wanted everything on the menu and weren't sure what to order. Kevin helped us out and ordered for us, we had just the perfect amount and...More

1  Thank glittered_jungle
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fat Crab is a favourite of the friend we were staying with. It's located at the waterfront - though there's a busy road and a railway line between you and the sea - and has an upstairs terrace that overlooks the sea (if you sit...More

Thank Barbara L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place on suggestion by our driver and truly this was one of the best meal that we had during our visit, there Crab preparation are simply amazing and so were mixed sea food soup. Over all it was a great experience and...More

Thank 636sunnyc
Reviewed 12 October 2018

possibly the best crab I've ever had, reasonable priced (approx AU$50 for 2) with Sri Lankan curry, bread, beers, dahl and condiments. We went for lunch during a weekday and it wasn't so busy. Has a great view over the road and railway line to...More

Thank TheBeare
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Wonderful fresh live crabs, best we've ever had! Also tried a prawn curry which was delicious and very spicy Sri Lankan style! The staff are great and the place is super clean with great service. We liked it so much we ate there again the...More

Thank FarAway461852
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

We, my friends and I visited the fat crab restaurant in August after some time. The menu options were quite good and the waiter was very helpful in explaining the size of the portions as well as guide us on the perfect combination of menu...More

Thank IshaniSenaweera
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

My partner and I walked the short distance to this restaurant for our first night in Colombo. We we recommend ministry of crab but was too far and the fat crab a fraction of the price! We were not disappointed and had a great meal...More

Thank Charliediaz
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

Me and hubby went for lunch and tried their live crab (Lankan Murunga Leaf Curry Crab and Garlic Butter). It was sooo good 🤤🤤. Couple that with good service, jazz music and open air view of the sea. Seriously I am so happy we found...More

Thank suenasar
Reviewed 9 September 2018 via mobile

Great value for money , the ambiance is pretty cool but not luxurious . I guess you really don’t need fancy decor for a speciality crab Restaurent since there is no decent way to eat crab . They serve crab with roast bread , Dhal...More

Thank 461asankas
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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
Seafood, Sri Lankan
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
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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6:00 PM - 10:30 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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