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Ella - Darwin, Darwin, AU-NT

Ella - Darwin

4.6
4.6
607 Reviews
$41 to $100
Sri Lankan
At Ella by Minoli, we nurture curiosity, have no fear in the kitchen, and love pushing the culinary boundary.

We use seasonal local produce, modern cooking techniques, and the deep and rich flavours of Minoli’s Sri Lankan heritage, to bring you flavour packed Sri Lankan food like you’ve never tasted before. Minoli’s insatiable need for travel has enriched her food knowledge and she has no boundaries when it comes to flavour.

Sri Lankan food has Ayuverdic properties and origins, and this perfectly balanced menu will leave you more enriched than when you walked in, guaranteed to keep you wanting more, long after you leave. From your first bite to your last, your tastebuds will come alive, and we welcome you to take this new-age Sri Lankan culinary journey with us.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Sri Lankan
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    0498 369 021
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Minoli De Silva

What 607 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

607 Reviews
  1. NicolaJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, wonderful experience. Will be back!

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  2. KarenW

    NT

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Third visit and will go again. Expensive end of dining experience but worth it for a lovely treat. Highly recommend all aspects of this lovely restraunt.

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  3. Alim

    Brisbane

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Every dish was delicious with the barramundi being the stand-out.

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  4. Joel1111111111111

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. However parking is limited. The restaurant should provide access to the West Lane Car Park after 7pm.

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  5. Sampi141

    NT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Usually a good feed, our first waiter was brilliant, but a few after really dropped the ball. Got the orders partially wrong and few other elements where they didn’t quite land it. The food is nice, but relative to the price it’s too expensive. Fine dining has to hit a point to justify its price and sadly on this instance it didn’t

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  6. SharonK

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The best meal I have had in a while - absolutely delicious! Fantastic service - beautiful food with some lovely surprise elements. Deep flavours - Loved it!

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  7. Frank

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little find in Darwin city. Unique dishes and flavours that were all delicious. Service was excellent with great wine and cocktails. Would definitely recommend a visit

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  8. Sassy

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and outstanding, thank you. Fourth and not our last visit.

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  9. VMil

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best dining experience I’ve had in a long time. Food incredible, cocktails delicious and service by Mel was top notch. Totally recommend!

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  10. DavidK

    NT

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The best tip we got was from an American tourist who said eat at the bar. We arrived staff we too busy to greet us eventually someone came to the front of house. We sat at the bar and the cocktail staff were fabulous. We struggled to get service and another 5 people sat at the bar and got served first. As booked our table was ready at 7.30pm so we took our seats in the outdoor area. This is when we were forgotten and struggled to get consistent service. We asked for the wine list. Then we had to ask for the wine list again from another staff member. The starters were outstanding, but the mains were ordinary. All 3 bases looked the same with the difference being what they added on top. The starters had love but the main were churned out in my opinion.

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  11. Jess

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful restaurant with amazing people to help! The food was 11/10 and the drinks were great!!!

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  12. LarissaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A delicious meal, perfectly presented. Little bit noisy - but probably just because everyone was enjoying their food!

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  13. DarleneL

    Victoria

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made a booking on a recommendation and had high expectations. We were not disappointed. Wow. The food was amazing. Fiona did an amazing job helping us choose from the menu. Price was what i expected. Great night out for us. Will definately return.

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  14. TianaA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice service, good food and decent price. Would recommend diners that loves modernised Sri Lankan cuisine.

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  15. Brendon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was out 2nd time here. The service is awesome, the ambience is perfect, and the food is outstanding. Amazing place!!

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  16. LeilaniG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    While the goat was fine, the chicken curry was sensational, and as usual, the roti and sides were to die for. Beautiful wines and experimental cocktails.

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  17. Lexi

    NT

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food is amazing and the service is great however we were asked to vacate our table before our two hours was up and take dessert to the bar decided so cancel the dessert order and when we left there was no one at our table nor anyone waiting to be seated we arrived early took a drink at the bar and were seated at 6.30 on the dot , happy to pay premium prices for excellent food and service but that left a bit of a bad taste in the mouth .

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  18. RossS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    It is a hidden gem on the Darwin restaurant scene.

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  19. KarenW

    NT

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My second visit and won’t be my last. Lovely restraunt serving beautiful food . I had Jaggery Goat curry, Coconut Rice and a Roti. Delicious. The waitress ( a French lady forgot her name sorry) was delightful and so helpful. Their desert menu looked delicious but was too full. They did not have a huge choice of wine by the glass 🙁 but enjoyed a Cab, Sav. Will be telling my friends to visit.

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  20. ZoeW

    Adelaide

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love Ella We love bringing our visitors here , the food and service are outstanding

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  21. NathalieM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Food was quite nice, edpecially the pumpkin, but too much of the same flavours, waitress could have provided more guidance on our order, and perhaps. Suggest somethibg fresh, to balance the me, instead she was constantly basically telling us how good the food was, did not seem to be too interested with what we actually thought of it, whilst roti i understand was cooked the traditional way? It is way overpriced. We had a booking for 8pm, and we really had to wait a little too long to ge attended to. Music was too loud for a restaurant, very difficult to hear each other.

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  22. SamH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ella was the perfect place to have our anniversary dinner! The food was amazing and the service was spot on. Our waitress was super helpful with recommendations of signature dishes which didn't disappoint! All staff were super friendly and the atmosphere was great!

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  23. TristanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food exceptional. Great staff. Highly recommended

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  24. Cheeky

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we fly into Darwin quite often from Sydney and always make it a priority to eat at Ella , Food is amazing and the staff extremely pleasant

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  25. Jetta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely staff (especially Melissa) - the food suggestions were excellent. Loved the area they popped us into and have rebooked this again for Dec

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  26. LILSY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Absolutely Delicious. Incredible flavours, and just the right portions. Service is the best in Darwin. Ellas feels like the kind of 5 star restaurants usually associated with Melbourne. Love it. Keep up the good work Team.

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  27. ChristineC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious meal. Every dish was outstanding and we loved the variety of flavours and sauces

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  28. KimC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and the service was great. Server had a great knowledge of the product and was very helpful with choices

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  29. Buttons

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat in the Green room. The staff were extremely attending. The music was on point. The food was delicious!

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  30. LizS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    The food makes up for other shortcomings. There seemed to be a shortage of servers. 30 minutes after we'd finished eating we had to ask for the plates to be cleared, second drinks and the dessert menu. The music was too loud for conversation, maybe not elsewhere but we had a speaker right behind us. I felt, delicious as it was, the roti were way over priced considering the ingredients. Negatives aside I do love the food. I could eat that crispy roast pumpkin everyday.

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  31. SuzeH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    We thoroughly enjoyed our delicious dinner. We found the service for drinks was very slow. We had to approach the waitress and request drinks. But the food was next level delish.

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  32. BelindaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been many times and the food never disappoints.

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  33. Michelle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    overall3food5service3ambience1
    Gorgeous, amazing food. Expensive but worth it. Service not good outside at all. Stuck in a corner looking at a shabbily hung curtain in an alley. Huge room for improvement regarding service and aesthetics. We couldn't eat all our food, were offered containers but not cool storage so had to leave before we could order dessert or more drinks etc as it was too hot to leave food sitting on table. Great food but nil else.

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  34. AlexP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, great service. We enjoyed sharing several plates between 8 of us.

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  35. MargaretP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exceptional even catered to my fussy palette.

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  36. MichelleH

    NT

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, each dish was full of flavour and beautifully presented. The service was attentive and friendly. Very professional, great experience.

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  37. RobyneJ

    NT

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    The venue is too small, too loud and not comfortable at all with poor air-conditioning. Food was lovely but hard to enjoy due to the venue issues. Conversations at the table were hard to hear at times. Ambience very poor. Would recommend to sit outside.

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  38. markb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely beautiful food loved it! Hoping she writes a cook book! I'll be buying it!

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  39. MelindaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fancy and the best in Darwin. Expensive for what you get but worth every cent. Would go again.

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  40. DebbieD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The whole dining experience was amazing. The waitress was helpful and guided our food choices and the flavours blended so well together. The presentation and taste of the food was a delight. A little expensive but well worth it for a special celebration.

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FAQs

Ella - Darwin is rated 4.6 stars by 607 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Ella - Darwin

12 West Lane, Unit 20, Darwin, AU-NT 0800

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Darwin City
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $41 to $100
  • Cuisines
    Sri Lankan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Minoli De Silva
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Wine
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