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Brilliant. This is has all the taste of a true Italian ristorante far from home. This was our last meal in Sri Lanka and we were just starting to tire of rice and curry. Food is simply wonderful… and good Italian wine is very reasonably...priced too. Staff are attentive, discreet and professional in the true Italian way and the owners are engaged and involved too. Love it!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

After 2 weeks of experiencing all kinds of wonderful Sri Lankan food at excellent prices around the country, on our penultimate day we treated ourselves to lunch at Aqua Forte. It was a good move! 2 delectable courses later (Carpaccio di funghi / Tomato jelly...caprese to start; Risotto di mare / Ravioli di magro) plus an excellent bottle of Italian Gewürztraminer down, all in a classy and cool setting as respite form the heat, we were ready to brave Galle again in the afternoon.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 25 February 2024

Excellent and original Italian food & wines in an elegant setting with lovely service … but at eye-watering prices: the menu is priced in US dollars! The prices are in fact no higher than you would pay for this quality in London or New York:...but they come as rather a shock in Sri Lanka. The restaurant is part of a small chain which includes a bakery and pizzeria in Galle and some outlets elsewhere in the country.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 22 February 2024 via mobile

The decor and table arrangements were high quality and there were plenty of staff on hand to cope with the busy custom. The quality of the food was amazing and although not huge amounts the flavours made up for this in a big way. A...bit more expensive compared to other local restaurants but this was a special event and well worth the extra we paid. Would definately visit again.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 January 2024

What a fabulous restaurant. Lovely decor, great service and world class food. We felt a bit guilty about going to an Italian restaurant in SriLanka - but so glad we did. Such a beautifully designed room was a delight to sit in - variations of...white and cream. And the food to as good as anywhere - London, New York, Rome! Just delicious. And a charming team running it. Highly recommend treating yourself to such a great meal.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023

This is a delightful restaurant. The Italian food is as good as anywhere in the world and authentic. The place is simple and elegant. The service friendly and helpful. The prices are a bit higher than other restaurants in the Fort but this is reflected...in everything about the experience. Most especially in the very high calibre and presentation of the food.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 1 November 2023

Aqua Forte is located inside Galle Fort complex. It is a fine dining Italian place carefully curated interiors. However the food left us wanting for more.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 October 2023

Aqua Forte’s menu is handcrafted and authentic Italian. We went for the 7-course tasting menu, which was unreal. Portion sizes were generous, and the flavor was delicious and complex. Service was friendly and attentive. The setting is romantic and sophisticated, yet relaxed.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 11 September 2023 via mobile

Amazing food, service and ambience! Tiramisu is out of this world, the best we ever had!! Owner was with us all the time to ensure we had the best experience. Definitely a must try!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 September 2023 via mobile

We visited AQUA Forte for dinner to celebrate a birthday, and it really was a special experience. The staff were discrete and attentive, and the setting relaxed and classy. The highlight however was the food! By Sri Lankan standards it is not cheap (mid/high European...prices), but well worth it for the quality and complexity of the dishes. Our favourites were the Caprese starter, the beef strip loin, the passion fruit panna cotta and the tiramisu, but every course was lovely. Overall an enjoyable meal to remember for a long time.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 21 August 2023 via mobile

As Italy lovers, we would like to share our love of Italian food to our Sri Lanka travel guides and to let them taste something different than rice and curry. Well they loved it. And we did to actually. Excellent Italian restaurant with everything you...would expect. The pastas were just perfect!One little remark: the limoncello could be better :)More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant from a friend who loved it here. In the context of the average restaurant’s in Sri Lanka it is a cut above. The setting is lovely. I loved the vibe, the linen tablecloths. It was clean. I liked that all...the dishes had wine pairings. I thought considering the ingredients and alcohol choices the price was fair. The staff were very attentive, polite and happy to amend things or get us separate pasta dishes for the kids if we so wished. A few things I would like to recommend to elevate the experience and make people want to come back. Don’t just serve oil with bread. Maybe leave a little oil/balsamic on the table. Make sure the bread is fresh baked and not almost stale. Fat on lamb needs to be rendered down. The meat was cooked well but the fat all around was inedible. The chicken dish was well cooked, and tender but was so oily it overpowered the taste of everything else. I felt like a few of the dishes weren’t ‘complete’ dishes. The steak for example, with no carb option. Albeit we added roast potatoes. The passion fruit panna cotta for desert had brilliant flavors. But both the meringue and panna cotta were over done. I really enjoyed my carpaccio for starter, and my husband enjoyed his escalopes. Overall good. But the execution of the dishes needs fine tuned.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 8 August 2023 via mobile

Food was ok at best not what I would consider fine dinning. Bread came out stale and was only served with olive oil. I asked for salt and balsamic but it was never brought to the table. I ordered the zucchini carpaccio and the home...made ravioli both ok but definitely missing the wow factor. The drinks are good. The service was slow and hardly inviting. I was also brought out a glass of water at the towards the end probably because it the waiter forgot to bring it at the beginning. Overall OK food and services.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 25 July 2023 via mobile

The food was good and good service, excellent surroundings. Good atmosphere and also for couples an enjoyable place near the fountain.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 24 July 2023 via mobile

It was very fine to experience a diner with great waiters who filled up the gkass when needed. The flow of the kitchen is perfect and so is the taste if their food! If you want a real diner in the French or Italian way...this is the place for youMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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AQUA Forte is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5