Location: 100, Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia
Tel: .94 (0)11 2715221
Hours: 7 pm to 10.30 pm
Cuisine: Seafood 
Price: Moderate

Overall: 3  Food Quality: 4  Service: 2.5  Ambience: 4 

The Seafood Cove, which is conveniently located at the Mount Lavinia Hotel just 3 kilometres south of the City of Colombo, has the unique concept of seafood displayed market style. Dine on the most exquisite food freshly caught, straight from the Indian Ocean on to your plate. The Seafood Cove is a restaurant located on the Beach which has a Seafood Market concept. You are able to choose the seafood of your choice prepared to suit your individual needs on the spot, be it grilled, cooked, sauteed, fried, devilled (spicy), curried or baked.

You choose what you want and request the preparation of your choice. You pay for what you ordered by weight. What is available depends on the catch of the day. A wide variety of seafood is usually available and includes lobster, jumbo shrimps, other shrimps of all sizes, crab, fish of various sizes like sprats (small fish), seer, modha, mullet, snapper etc. The members of staff at the Seafood Market are always there to advise you on the best preparation for the different varieties of seafood. For those who don’t feel like walking up to the Market, the menu features some combo seafood platters ranging in price from USD 15 to USD 50. They have a well stocked bar with quite a selection of wines. The choice of desserts, whilst not wide, is great.

The restaurant is also open during the day (from 8 am to 6 pm), when a limited selection of dishes are available for around USD 10 per dish. In addition to seafood, other dishes are also available at this time. At daytime the restaurant caters mainly to beach goers who can walk in anytime for a bite. There are lunch time specials available during the weekend and holidays. These holiday specials include a main dish and open salad bar for around USD10 per person. It is ideal for families who want to spend the day at the beach.

The best part is the surroundings of the Seafood Cove. It seats 130, with most seats located right on the beach. On most days the sound of the waves lapping on the beach and the sounds of the sea has a real soothing effect on everyone. However, every once in a while the hotel has other functions on the nearby beach which really ruins the atmosphere, usually due to loud music. We are assured that this happens very infrequently.

We found the service a bit lacking in courtesy and attentiveness.  

The hotel has ample parking. However, during weekends, the hotel usually has many functions that could make finding convenient parking a bit tricky.

All in all, the Seafood Cove is a great place to enjoy the sounds of the sea whilst having really good meal.

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