About Us


Upali’s with its array of dishes with the best of Sri Lankan flavours offers you a truly local and unique culinary experience. Our well-seasoned signature dishes which are par excellence, other local dishes and desserts will keep you singularly satisfied. We create that sense of fulfillment in you with every meal you indulge in at Upali’s and our menus are incomparably rich vis-à-vis taste and quality. Located in the heart of Colombo, Upali’s affords breathtaking views of tranquil Viharamaha Devi Park, the majestic Nelum Pokuna Theatre and the iconic Town Hall. In addition to the restaurant, we serve locally brewed coffee, snacks and pastries at the coffee shop. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Colombo life, Upali’s offers you perfect escape from the daily routine and satisfy your taste buds.

The elegantly furnished interior decorated with alluring paintings adds a touch of artistic sophistication to the place. As you sit down for a hearty meal you can revel in the elegance and charm we have created for you.

We have especially designed space to host events ranging from birthday parties to important company meetings. Free WIFI access and other amenities are at your disposal to ensure you encounter no hassle whatsoever. The temptingly delicious meals at Upali’s will redefine your food indulgence.

Upali Dharmadasa

Mr. Dharmadasa is a high profile industrialist who has made his mark among Sri Lanka’s top business community and possesses decades of experience and expertise in business management.

Upali currently holds the positions of Managing Director of Nawaloka Group of Companies which consists of Nawaloka Piling Ltd., Nawaloka Timber Stores Ltd., Nawaloka Polysacks Ltd., Nawaloka Industries Ltd., New Nawaloka Trading Co. Ltd. and Nawaloka Developments Ltd.

Upali has immensely contributed to Sri Lanka’s cricketing arena during his tenure as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL), and as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket. Veteran businessman Upali also assumed office as the Chairman of Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation Ltd. (SLIC).

A man of many interests, Upali is also a talented chef. He takes great pleasure in cooking for his family and friends when time permits. After years of hearing his friends tell him to open up his own place, he finally worked towards the launch of Upali’s by Nawaloka. It is a labour of love for Upali as he dedicates the restaurant to his loving parents, the late Deshamanya H. K. Dharmadasa and his wife.

The restaurant is located where Upali and his five siblings grew up, where lots of memories have been made. His intention was to create a little hub, which is a home away from home, where families could come and enjoy themselves and create new memories. He often drops by the restaurant to see how his patrons are enjoying their food, and frequently visits the kitchen to update recipes and oversee the preparation of the meals.


At Upali’s, we want to share the beauty of authentic Sri Lankan recipes with the world.


To bring family and friends together to enjoy simply Sri Lankan cuisine.

Our Staff

Chamara Kothalawala

R.A.W.U. Kumara

Michel Harmer

Restaurant Amenities

Free Wifi

Free wifi in and around the property for happy and uninterrupted sharing

Smoking Zone

The restaurant consists of a separate smoking area for free and safe smoking


Parking space available for hotel guests for more convenience along with satisfaction and security

2021 Travellers’ Choice Award Winner

To have earned a travellers' choice award presented by Trip Advisor is an honour to the team of Upali’s Restaurant. We are pleased to announce you that we are in the top 10% of restaurants worldwide and have been recognised and appreciated for our efforts throughout this tough period of time.

Dear 50 Best Discovery venues, Class of 2021!

Upalis is now part of the 50 Best Discovery venues, one of the finest collections of expert-approved drinking and dining destinations on the planet. We are excited and humbled to announce that we are now one of the 2,000 unique venues across the world that are a part of this elite collection of restaurants and bars.

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