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Buba

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Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
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42/11 Vihara Rd, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 31000, Sri Lanka
2732 190
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Melbourne, Australia
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59 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Buba, an old chilled out beach favourite after many years, but were in for a rude shock when presented with the Bill which totalled to 15% more than the sum of the items. This was not an in-built Tip or Service charge, it was a maths error. When we pointed this out to the waiter, he reluctantly went... More 

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Thank kmcpdavis
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this place a few years ago on my visit to Colombo. Lovely place by the sea, however don't recommend this place if the weather is a bit too breezy. Great drinks (especially their homemade passionfruit juice) and great seafood also. The beach itself was a bit dirty but otherwise it was a fun experience.

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Thank EscalinP
Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We went to this restaurant due to the Lonely Planet’s recommendation and broad reviews on Trip Advisor. Wrong move all round. No trouble in finding the place but the whole experience was very weird and uncomfortable. The setting is really nice but it had a creepy feel about it. We were there on a week day and it was shoulder... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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751 reviews
406 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 761 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We went to the bar intending to have just a cocktail and enjoy the sunset. We were right on the beach at a tiny lantern-lit table. One could move among mangroves toward bigger tables in the back. There was also an area protected under a wooden roof with upstairs and downstairs seating We found the place to be quiet, unpretentious... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

Service is a bit slow but the food wasn't bad. Very relaxing setting and the constant sea breeze in your face is really refreshing.

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Thank Tyrone C
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Things have really changed there; the food was good and the atmosphere even better. Service was slow - to be honest I think we may have been forgotten. There is a lovely sunset view from the shack. Menu is fish based and portions huge - as they seem to be everywhere near Mount Lavinia.

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Thank Malith S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

I ordered coconut juice to drink and the host climbed in a tree to get the coconut.. I enjoyed it! We ordered fried fish (that was not on the menu) and vegatables.. It was very good an delicious. I would go there again. Service and food perfect. And it can be enjoyed under the nice mangrove palms or at the... More 

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Thank Irm Z
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

We attended a friend's special birthday party at Buba’s and it was delightful. Things have really changed there; the food was good and the atmosphere even better. We built sandcastles before dinner and had a firework display after dinner the evening was enhanced by the group of young staff who seemed to be enjoying themselves as well as looking after... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Granted, we visited during a period of blackouts, but we were the only customers there. Service was slow - to be honest I think we may have been forgotten. There is a lovely sunset view from the shack. Menu is fish based and portions huge - as they seem to be everywhere near Mount Lavinia. Take a torch, just in... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016 via mobile

We Googled this and took transport to get to it. The alarm bells should have rung when it was empty We ordered a couple of local dishes and received massive plates of dry inedible rice. As rice is s high risk good and bacillus cearus was not on our agenda we decided to pay up and leave. It took ages... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 42/11 Vihara Rd, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 31000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Western Province  >  Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
  • Phone Number: 2732 190

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?