Trincomalee Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Trincomalee

January 20, 2018 Ying Subia

Trincomalee (English: /ˌtrɪŋkoʊməˈliː/; Tamil: திருகோணமலை Tirukōṇamalai; Sinhalese: ත්‍රිකුණාමළය Trikuṇāmalaya) also known as Gokanna, is the administrative headquarters of the Trincomalee District and major resort port city of Eastern Province, Sri Lanka. Located on the east coast of the island overlooking the Trincomalee Harbour, 113 miles south of Jaffna and 69 miles north of Batticaloa, Trincomalee has been one of the main centres of Sri Lankan Tamil language speaking culture on the island for over two millennia. With a population of 99,135, the city is built on a peninsula of the same name, which divides its inner and outer harbours. People from Trincomalee are known as Trincomalians and the local authority is Trincomalee Urban Council. Trincomalee city is home to the famous Koneswaram temple alluded to in its historic Tamil name Thirukonamalai and is home to other historical monuments such as the Bhadrakali Amman Temple, Trincomalee, the Trincomalee Hindu Cultural Hall and, opened in 1897, the Trincomalee Hindu College. Trincomalee is also the site of the Trincomalee railway station and an ancient ferry service to Jaffna and the south side of the harbour at Muttur.
Things to do in Trincomalee

1. PALM BEACH RESORT

12 Alles Garden, Nilaveli Road | Alles Garden, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner +94 26 2 221250
Excellent
64%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 149 reviews

PALM BEACH RESORT

Reviewed By peterh125 - Rugeley, United Kingdom

On visiting Trincomalee in early March 2016 we were keen to try this restaurant because of personal and TA recommendations. A security guard at the entrance tells us that the place has now closed :(Yes , we closed our restauraant and informed trip Advisor since one months . I try again .....ITALIAN RESTAURANT IS CLOSED , CLOSED , CLOSED . Ciao

2. New Parrot Restaurant

96A Main Street, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +94 26 5 670510
Excellent
30%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 50 reviews

New Parrot Restaurant

Reviewed By Angel M

The place reminds a fast food restaurant but it is very clean, the food is good and the prices are INCREDIBLE for Sri Lanka. Many local people having lunch!!. The rice is good . Kottu they only have in the evenings. Of course no beer.
It seems they have no toilette or you should go downstairs to other place

3. CAFE- Nilaveli

Nilaveli Beach Rd. | Nilaveli, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Sri Lankan, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$47 +94 71 663 2902
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 96 reviews

CAFE- Nilaveli

Reviewed By sophiewillink

We went to this cafe for lunch having read fantastic reviews on TripAdvisor and we're not disappointed!! Absolutely delicious food and the fish was so fresh. Not too expensive so great value for money. Cannot recommend this place enough - a lot of good places to eat in Nilaveli but this is one of the best!

4. Nature Inn Guest House and Restaurant

Chaya Blue Hotel Road | Trincomalee, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Waitstaff Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast HK$39 - HK$314 +94 77 329 7484
Excellent
81%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Nature Inn Guest House and Restaurant

Reviewed By junem88 - Tipperary, Ireland

The is definitely a different experience to your usual boring hotel buffet! The restaurant is family run. There is also a charity assisting the differently abled which is linked to this restaurant. The seafood was the best we had in Sri Lanka. The chef cooks it all fresh when you arrive and then comes out and introduces himself. Definitely try the grilled crab!

5. Nero Kitchen

190/5 Nilaveli Road | Alles Garden, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$16 - HK$110 +94 76 530 1318
Excellent
44%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 129 reviews

Nero Kitchen

Nero Kitchen serves piping hot, hand stretched woodfired pizza. Savory and sweet Crêpes (including Nutella).

Reviewed By paq22

The pizza was really good, after our first we directly ordered a second one. The pizzaguy was really friendly and a funny dude. One star minus for the restaurant as itself is not cozy or welcoming to sit there and the music was very loud. So maybe better for takeaway

6. Rice 'n' Curry

Sarvodaya Road | Alles Garden, Uppuveli, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +94 72 284 1333
Excellent
79%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 502 reviews

Rice 'n' Curry

We Are True Sri Lankan Food Provider And We Have Been Doing It For Four Years Since 2015. We Serve All The Very Fresh Organic And All Fresh Sea Food Here,as We Dont Keep Our Vegetables Or Wish Types We Could Guarantee The Best Qualty To Our Guest.

Reviewed By Birdman64 - The Hague, The Netherlands

The food was very tasty. We ordered a la carte (buffet wasn't set up yet): jumbo prawn curry. Large portions: 6 truly jumbo prawns for LKR 1500. Beers were 500 LKR. One of the better restaurants we have been to in Sri Lanka; we'd definitely go back. Yes, they do have a strange music selection, a sort of ambient-lounge drone, that faeded into the background when we asked them to turn the volume down. Friendly waiters. The food took a while to make (30 min), but we take that as a good sign: freshly made.

7. Gaga Restaurant

Alles Garden, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch HK$16 - HK$149 +94 71 669 2471
Excellent
62%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Gaga Restaurant

Reviewed By Fiona S - London, United Kingdom

Arrived in Trico late ish on Friday night. As season was coming to a close, the hotel we we're staying in was very quiet so we went up the road to find food and adventure, which we found at Gaga. Great proprietor, who makes everyone welcome and at ease. Been back each day since. I think this will remain so until we travel back to Blighty. Only minor issue was access to the loos, but once you get the hang of it, not a problem!

8. Sana Place

101 Alace Garden, Uppuweli | Trincomalee, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Delivery, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$785 +94 77 700 4047
Excellent
72%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

Sana Place

Authentic Seafood cooked in Sri Lankan, Chinese and Western dishes. Cocktail bar with Chill out and Jazz music

Reviewed By darnox0

Reading excellent opinions on TripAdvisor we chose Sana place to eat during our first evening in Trincomalee. Unfortunately we encountered the slowest service ever, even though we were the only clients at that moment (it took the waiter 15 minutes to go to the kitchen and come back with the info that they don't serve the dish we ordered). Then he brought drinks- orange juice was so watery - they must have mixed half water and half juice, terrible, no orange taste. Then the waiter mistook the dish one of us ordered and brought the wrong one. Ok, everyone can misunderstand but it took another 20 mins to get the right meal. Which, by the way, was overcooked and bland! Terrific experience.... Wouldn't recommend to anyone

9. Jeffry's Restaurant

Nilaveli Road, Uppuveli, Trincomalee | Sarvodaya road, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$157 +94 76 777 8550
Excellent
63%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 114 reviews

Jeffry's Restaurant

Fine dining restaurant specialist in Western and Malay style seafood preparation. Hospitality experienced owner will dish out amazing food quickly.

Reviewed By Rumesh F - Traralgon, Victoria, Australia

Jefferey, Thaaru and the team are so hospitable. They'll come out talk to you and make sure you meal is to your liking. They're friendly, polite and very hospitable. They're foods super nice. Rice curry is the best coz it tastes clean, fresh and spices well balanced not to over power.
And we loved their music. If you're in the area give them a try. They're easy to find by the main road in a cool open air restaurant with awsome chilled out music playing all day

10. Trinco Lanka Restaurant

21 Alles Garden, Trincomalee 31000, Sri Lanka Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Seafood, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$16 - HK$118 +94 77 222 2033
Excellent
79%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 253 reviews

Trinco Lanka Restaurant

We Have Sea Food, Srilankan Meals, Indian Meals, Western Meals

Reviewed By RollingWithTheStones

We came here for dinner, and both had vegetarian curry and it was really good. Great flavours, portion size and good value. The staff were also excellent and gave good service.

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