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Valentine's Day 2015 (Hot Dates In Colombo)

Here's a round up of what's happening for Valentines, places to dine at, events to go to, things to buy for that…

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Here's some nice Valentine's Day dates in Colombo. We start with the restaurants, then the the blowouts at the big hotels, and finally the intimate affairs and boutique/small hotels. If you want to just buy your sweet some sweets (cupcakes, cakes, etc), check out this.


Restaurants

With restaurants they don't really need to be doing anything special, it just needs to be a nice restaurant. For general ideas you can get some tips from our Date Night Index. These are some places that are going out of their way for the occasion.

Chesa Swiss

Chesa Swiss is a guaranteed fine dining experience. This Valentine's they're offering a five course menu with wines. If you'd prefer a customised menu, you could do that too just by calling them. Rs 8,000 per person including a glass of wine or juice. 

For reservations and more information call 112 573 433, or check out the menu on their FB page. Chesa is ultimately about lovely food.

Clique

We've only covered it as a lounge, but Clique does really excellent fine dining - including sous vide steaks and other fancy delights. Their Valentines menu is above (click to see it bigger). It's Rs. 7,500 per head and includes a glass of Moet (the good stuff) and a jam jar Belvedere cocktail. Call 765 315 042 or 774 620 492 for reservations.

Paradise Road Gallery Cafe

Another guaranteed good experience (or as close as you get). Gallery Cafe has perhaps the best dining ambience in the city and the food is quite good. This Valentine's Day they have a special set menu which includes a complimentary glass of Prosecco. The event is priced at Rs. 4,500 per person. Call 112 582 162 for reservations. As another option, their Tintagel property is really nice, though you need to bring your own wine.

ORO 1889

ORO 1889 is really tasty Italian pizza place with wonderful family service and a beautiful ambience. Despite being in a mall, it's actually one of the most romantic dining experiences you can get. This Valentine's day they have an Italian spread priced at Rs. 2,750 per person. For reservation and inquiries call 112 575 287.

Gerard Mendis

Gerard Mendis on Horton Place is a beautiful location known for it's chocolates (always good for V-Day). This year they're got a five-course chocolate inspired menu. Click on the image to make it bigger, we can't really do it justice. Rs. 9,000 per couple. Call 714 818 170 for rezzies.

Zen

Zen is a newish and nice Japanese place (always a good date night). They’ve got a Valentine’s Day special menu for Rs. 3,500 per person. For reservations and more information contact 112 686 883.

Café Français By Pourcel

Cafe Francais has tasty bistro-style French cuisine, which is probably the most romantic type of food. It's Rs. 15,000 for the seven-course meal or Rs. 20,000 with paired wines. For reservations and more information call 114 502 602.

Park Street Mews Restaurant

The Park Street Mews Restaurant is romantic and now has excellent food with beautiful plating. Their Valentine's menu features grilled barramundi fish with champagne, slow cooked fresh salmon fillet, prime steak wrapped with smoked black forest ham or herb crusted rack of lamb and desserts of red velvet layer cake with lemon cheese frosting or raspberry meringue tower, to end a romantic meal. It's a la carte (and generally affordable) though you get a glass of sparkling wine for bills over Rs 2,000. For reservations and more information contact 112 300 133.

Streat360

Streat360 is having an all-you-can-eat street food bash on the 14th. It's just Rs 2,500 for singles and Rs 4,000 for couples. There'll also be a Piñata fun. For reservations and more information call 117 360 360.

Bayleaf Restaurant

Go Italian this Valentine's at the Bayleaf with their special menu and special offers on sparkling wine - by the glass or bottle. Their buzzing retro bar downstairs offers a range of cocktails and premium liquor to enjoy with Tapas and Harpo’s Pizzas. For reservations and more information contact Manju or Bernard 112 695 920.

Agra

If you'd like fancy dining Indian style Agra (near Independence Square) is a good bet. They have a three-course meal (see menu here) with wine, chocolate and roses.

Etc

Places that aren't doing anything special but which are still great dates - Havelock Place Bungalow, Nihonbashi, Ministry Of Crab, Shiraz and Casa Colombo. For more general ideas check out our Date Night Index.


Five Star Hotels

Mount Lavinia Hotel

Mount Lavinia is a classic location, no doubt. The whole place has the history of romance between a British governor and the local Lavinia, and their views and beachside dining options are quite beautiful. This year they're offering a range of reliably tasty favorites (Governor's, Seafood Cove) as well as some more private options, including one available to just one couple.

  • Rs. 3,250 per person

    Clandestine Cuisine

    Dinner at the newly redone Governor's Restaurant and Terrace, from 7 PM to 10:30 PM.
  • Rs. 6,500 per couple

    Seafood Seduction

    A three-course dinner at the Seafood Cove, from 7 PM to 10:30 PM.
  • Rs. 8,500 per couple

    Vintage Love

    Cuddle up to your Valentine in the private love huts and camps at Paradise Beach. From 7 PM to 10:30 PM.
  • Rs. 1,000 for men

    Love & Thereafter

    For an after party, you can visit the Tropical Hut from 10:30 PM onwards. Ladies free.
  • BID (minimum 12k)

    Baywatch Tower

    An interesting option, this is something you have to bid on and only one couple will get it. You need to message the Mount Lavinia Facebook page with a photo of you and your lovely, and your bid amount. The winner gets a four-course set menu, chocolate, a rose, sparkling rose, a personal butler and a Coco Spa voucher for two. If the bid is over 25k you'll get a one night stay at Club Benthota.
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The Kingsbury

The Kingsbury has promotions at its restaurants, and you can spell out a V-Day message in chocolates (they have them in the shapes of all the letters plus hearts, in various flavors). You can call them to prepare a box or simply choose from the selection available at Thé Cake from the 12th to 14th February.

  • Rs. 1,500 (men)

    Sky Lounge

    The Kingsbury rooftop bar has a beautiful view above the ocean and it's usually quite happening. This is more of a drinks and dancing scene. Their V-Day evening starts at 6.30 PM and continues way past midnight. Entrance is priced at Rs. 1500 for the guys and free for ladies (their get a rose also). The fee is inclusive of a glass of wine.

  • Rs. 9,800 for two

    The Ocean Seafood Restaurant

    For a tasty five-course meal plus chocolates, wine (two glasses) and roses, The Ocean is a good spot.

  • Rs. 3,500 per person

    Harbour Court

    If you're in the mood for a buffet, the Harbour Court has an excellent spread - especially the seafood and salad options. Includes a glass of sparkling and a rose for the lady.
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Taj Samudra

  • 12,500 per couple

    Steak & Grill House

    The Steak & Grill offers a five-course dinner (with wine).
  • 2,900 per person

    Pool Side

    A quiet dinner by the poolside at the Taj Samudra sounds rather romantic to us. The special dinner includes a glass of wine and roses for the first 25 couples.
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Cinnamon Lakeside

If you want to have the most balling Valentine's Day in the city, you can bid on it from Lakeside. Only available for two people though. They have other romantic options as well.

  • BID, 75k minimum

    Lakeside Cruise

    This romantic cruise on the Beira is only available for one couple. It includes pick-up by limousine, a treat from the Azmaara Spa, a seven course gourmet dinner served by your very own personal butler, a romantic overnight stay on the Love Boat and a champagne breakfast in the morning. Bidding starts at Rs. 75,000. Call 112491083.
  • Rs. 14,000 per couple

    Waterfront Dining

    Available for 14 couples, this waterfront dining experience features a gourmet 5-course menu and service by a personal butler.
  • Rs. 4,850 per person

    7° North

    7° North, the beautiful lakeside bar, celebrates the day a Valentine's inspired menu with everything from a 'Love Potion' to special drinks that promise to ignite the 'Flames of Love'. It's a happening buzzing location above all. Call 11 2491948.
  • Foot Aqua Lounge

    This new spot attached to 7 Degrees lets you dip your feet in the water and chill. Chef Blas will do a special menu for four lucky couples looking for a serene evening. Call 11 2491948.
  • Rs. 4,200 per person

    The Dining Room

    The Dining Room will serve a special Valentine’s buffet at Rs. 4200 per person. On offer is a spread of starters, soups, salads, mains and desserts. There's something for everyone. For reservations and more information call 112 491 930. 
  • Rs. 2,300 per person

    The Lounge

    A special Valentine’s High Tea for Two, from 3 PM to 5 PM at the Lounge. Priced at Rs. 2300, this tea-time experience is interesting for those who enjoy a cuppa with all the frills. For reservations and more information call The Lounge on 112 491 956.
  • Goodies

    Apart from all these celebrations at the Cinnamon Lakeside, there are a yummy cakes, chocolates and other sweets at Goodies. The special Valentine's day treats will be available from the 12th to 14th of February. Custom made Valentine’s cakes, flowers and champagne are available to order if you want a more personalised Valentine’s Day goodies basket. Call 2491804 between 7.30 AM and 9 PM.
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Hilton Colombo

The Hilton Colombo is another classic destination. It's the least updated of the hotels but still has its charm.
  • Rs. 8,000 per couple

    Poolside

    The Hilton is throwing a party, the Valentine's Day Party Splash by the poolside. Along with sparkling vintage and a dinner buffet, there will be live entertainment and DJs for dancing. Priced at Rs. 8000 nett for two, the fee is inclusive of two glasses of sparkling. The party runs from 7 PM to midnight.
  • Rs. 2-3,400

    Spices

    Spices has a special Valentines Day lunch, high tea and dinner. The lunch Buffet is from 12 PM to 2.30 PM and is priced at Rs. 2900. The dinner buffet is from 7 PM to 11.30 PM and is priced at Rs. 3400. There's also a special High Tea with an array of British and Sri Lankan savories and sweets, accompanied by your choice of Dilmah teas. High Tea is from 3:30 PM to 6 PM on Valentine's Day and it's Rs 2,000 per person.
  • Fine Things

    Fine Things has a selection of treats to say I love you. These include Valentine cakes, chocolates, special gifts and other goodies. Drop in at Fine Things at the Hilton Colombo any time between 8 AM to 10 PM.
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Boutique/Smaller Hotels

Pavilion Inn Colombo

The Pavilion Inn is TM Dilshan's new boutique hotel and it's completely new and pretty nice. They're offering a Valentine's Buffet Dinner with limited tables by the poolside for Rs. 3500 per person. If you want to stay over, Lose Your Heart is a special romantic package (Rs. 15000 for BB) that includes wine and chocolate covered strawberries in your luxury hotel room with a 15 percent discounted that can be used at their Cricketers Arms Restaurant. A nice vacation within the city.

The Colombo Courtyard

Colombo Courtyard is a central and tasteful city hotel. As a bonus, their Italian Valentine's Day menu is available all week, from the 9th to the 15th. What's on offer is a five-course dinner for Rs. 3,500 per person.

OZO

OZO is quite new and has a lovely view. They have two options for the day.

  • Rs. 3,000 per person

    Cupid Dinner Buffet

    At EAT, you can enjoy a buffet and live entertainment. There's a rose for the lady, glass of bubbly on arrival and a romantic card.
  • Rs. 1,230/6,000 per person

    Dinner Dance At ON14

    ON14 has an amazing view over the city. For Rs. 1,230 you can enjoy the view and cocktails, for Rs. 6,000 you get a four-course tapas meal, a rose, a gift pack and a card. There's DJ music and a dance floor. The dress code is red and black.
  • 15% Off

    Dream Ocean Rooms

    If you want to stay over, their rooms are 15% off on the 14th, 25% off if you book two nights. Use the promo code VALENTINE15.
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