Stepping down into our sunken courtyard is where the heart and soul of Fortaleza lies. A beautiful blend of classic Dutch architecture meets a soft touch of Sri Lankan timber. a gathering point for many, this is where our restaurant and bar really takes shape. With our head chef Arun is at the helm producing the perfect array and food using only the best local ingredients. Our food can be matched with anyone one of our elaborate cocktails or a glass of wine from our varied wine list.

In the open courtyard, umbrella-shaded tables are surrounded by large pots of fresh basil and other herbs. Banana trees with outsized fruit, palms and a spectacular bougainvillea line the entrance from Church Cross Street.

In the day, the restaurant is a quiet, cool oasis for a relaxed breakfast, lunch or simply an ice-cold drink or snack away from the heat and bustle of the streets. In the evening, it is transformed into a magical place, with spot-lit tropical foliage, fairy-lights, and the spectacular backdrop of the coral wall. A gathering point for many, there is plenty of space to accommodate up to 50 guests seated at private dining or communal tables. With prior notice large dinner groups and private functions can be arranged.

We also pride ourselves on having the best music in the Fort. As one of our guests put it; we have “the coolest tunes on the island”.


We use the very best quality, fresh ingredients sourced from the local area. We buy our fruit, vegetables and salad leaf in the local market, our meats are all locally reared and all our fish and seafood are caught by local fishermen.

Our menu has been designed to bring you that little touch of home while enjoying the vast culture that is Sri Lanka.

We maintain hints of Asian flavours however into a western style menu. our main aim is to ensure that when dining with us whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner that we leave you not only satisfied but also with a pleasant homely reminder.