The Coconut Tree Cardiff

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56 reviews
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Sri Lankan
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  • Spicy
  • Authentic
  • Good Vegetarian Options
Bringing Sri Lankan street food to Cardiff. Experience an explosion of flavours in our vegetables, meats & fish along with sweet and fiery Cocotails... a naturally abundant vegan & vegetarian cuisine.
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d
London
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent spicy street food with creative menu. Fast service and very friendly staff.
Two things they can improve on: (1) proper seats rather than uncomfortable benches;
(2) loud music can be toned down for decent conversations.

GO
Wales
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was nice, although it wasn’t immediately clear how many dishes make up one meal and the waitress didn’t seem to be able to help. Our food came out in a random order, while the menu did warn of this, we had 2 rotis and then had to wait a further 30 mins for the next by which time we had finished our curries so having Roti was a bit pointless

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We arrived early and were seated in a nice area promptly.
Drinks order and food choice was taken quickly and we were very happy with the time taken for it all to arrive.
The food itself was very tasty and the tapas style allowed us to try different things. The cheese cubes were the winner!
Always good to try different things. Not a five star as it could take a while to get a staff member’s attention and a drink order did take a while to appear - however it was exceptionally busy and we can forgive that.

AA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Match day always means it’s going to be busy and loud everywhere in Cardiff so that was a given. Food was outstanding and amazing value for money, cocktails were great and the staff was friendly and attentive. Definitely recommended.

OT
Cheshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food! Limited choice but the ones we selected were amazing.
Service was slow.

CW
Wales
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great for casual dining. It's cooked to order, tapas style, so things will arrive when they arrive. Friendly service and the food is delicious and great value. Staff are more than happy to suggest things off the menu if you're unsure. The wine and beer is also reasonably priced. There were 8 of us, and everyone left happy (and full). Will definitely go again.

OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, and service .

A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious Sri Lankan food. Seating a little uncomfortable.

GS
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food and service. The food is full of flavor, with lots of options to choose from. Lots of options for vegans, so I was extremely happy. Will go as far as to say one of the best meals I have had for a long time.

E
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing atmosphere, service and food. Great night out if you enjoy trying something new. Will definitely be going back.

SL
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great welcome at thr door..excellent waitress who explained the menu clearly ..made a huge effort to make sure we were happy..food was excellent , great prices..would definatly visit again ..well done all at The coconut tree ! Excellent x

RR
Wales
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, nice atmosphere but service wasn’t great - felt like the waiting staff hadn’t got a system and didn’t notice when diners needed anything. We had a lovely night but we would have ordered another round of drinks if anyone had spotted our empty glasses. Hopefully these are just teething problems as the food was great.

HA
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Really good to see a range of gluten free options

P
Bristol
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was very pleasant but it isn't very comfortable seating, the tables are too high and there aren't any backs to the benches. It was unbearably hot and I had to ask them to open the fire door because the windows didn't open and there was no air conditioning or fans.The food was generally good but the sauce with the chicken wings tasted like it was artificial and bought in and not prepared from scratch.

LM
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and fabulous staff. Being vegetarian, I don’t often have a massive choice of food from a menu but in here there was so much choice and it was absolutely stunning. Nicest veggie food I’ve eaten! Would highly recommend. This was my first visit but certainly won’t be my last!

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dinner that I had in all Cardiff.
The only low point is that the tables were to close of each other so not so good for a nice date.

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a divine place to eat. So good we came here twice In our week long stay in Cardiff.

C
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited for the first time on Saturday. We were part of a large group and the service we received was excellent. Great tasting food with great value for money.

LC
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Coconut Tree was great although the entrance into the actual restaurant felt a bit strange - almost like we had stumbled upon the back entrance by accident. I guess that might improve with time as they have only recently opened? The music was quite loud for a Saturday lunch time when you're trying to catch up with friends and chat but it was turned down mid way through our meal so perhaps they realised. There weren't many servers so quite hard to catch the waitress' attention when we wanted to pay our bill. Food was delicious though and deceptively filling. Will try the Bristol location to see how it measures up!

L
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Poor first impressions- obviously hadn't arranged our booking even though we'd booked in advance through the website. This resulted in my partner and I (who arranged first) being taken to a table not set up for a booking, and our friends who arrived a little later being taken to a different one. I saw tables set up for bookings with a name and time on but not for us. And it was obvious that the Front of House didnt know about it and assumed it was just the 2 of us when we were actually a group booking of 5.
Service was helpful and friendly, and the majority of the food we had was wonderful. However, the organisation and arrival really let the experience down so I doubt I'd bother pre-booking again, and I wouldn't advise anyone else to pre-book either after our experience.

VJ
Wales
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time dining at the Coconut Tree. A very authentic menu and experience, the style of menu allows you to sample a variety of dishes. A delicious experience. Have already recommended😁.

RP
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have already reccomended the coconut tree to the hotel staff where we were staying. The place itself is good, lively & bright suiting the location. I have the good fortune to live 5mins away from the flagship coconut tree in Cheltenham. If was visiting any city where they had a restsurant i would not miss eating there.

CP
Wales
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable about the food and it's background.
Food was delicious, something different and well worth experiencing.
Will definitely come again!!!!

LG
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was lovely, staff were friendly but it was very noisy. Tables were also very close together which felt intrusive. Would recommend for larger groups rather than two or three people.

JS
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely, my girlfriend and I had a brilliant dinner. The food was great and the service friendly. The music choice of noughties R'n'B was potentially a bit odd for the restaurant though. Will definitely come back next time I'm in Cardiff.

AH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food we ordered was sooooo tasty and the waitress and chef were super helpful in accommodating my son’s dietary requirements. The bill didn’t break the bank either ... we will definitely be going back for more!

JE
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good, however service got a little slow towards the end and we had to request a dessert menu. Desserts were a little disappointing, however the other food was all delicious! Nice cocktails, many on 2 for £10.

SL
London
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was on point! Variety of dishes with so much flavour! Would definitely revisit.

OT
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and cocktails yummy! Would definitely recommend. Staff really helpful with choosing drinks and food too!

K
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the food and the flavours were amazing , nice to try something different , however the dinning experience was ruined by the uncomfortable table and chairs , the sharp zig zag edge under the table snagged my clothes, my legs could barely fit under the table and the chairs are extremely narrow and very upright , I would’ve liked to stay and sample more of the lovely cocktails but for those reasons the evening was cut short. There was very quiet music playing , I was expecting more of an atmosphere. Our bill was also wrong but quickly resolved , polite and friendly staff. I like the concept but it’s not quite right at the moment

G
London
9 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderfully eclectric menu, supremely fresh seafood, outstanding value, fantastic veggie/vegan choices

M
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a variety to choose from and they all tasted amazing ! And the service was really good too

KH
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an outstanding experience - the food was delicious, and so reasonable, even without the 50% opening weekend offer. The staff could not have been more lovely and welcoming. Will definitely be coming back!

J
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Great food, service was very informative but very slow. Good atmosphere, music very loud though, creates a bit of a shouting fest with friends! Looks like they haven't quite finished the refurb yet. Will be back.

OT
Wales
2 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable experience. Good atmosphere and food came quickly. Would be a good place to go with a group of friends.

AM
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food a bit spicy. Didn’t say on menu it was spicy. Our dessert order was given to next table who ate it! So I would recommend better numbering of tables. Brilliant choice of vegan dishes.Overall a good experience

E
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff, very helpful. Food was tasty but a little spicy for me so I couldn't taste everything that well, I'm sure there are less spicy options I could have gone for though. Great price with the 50% off offer but may be a little expensive when full price. Lovely cocktails. Would return.

K
Wales
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic Service and very knowledgeable staff, lots of food, you will definitely not leave hungry!

0
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Within 2 minutes of sitting down 3 different waiters asked us if we were ready to order. After we said we needed more time nobody came back. We waited for over 20 mins to be served. Food was cold when it arrived. We then didnt get the dessert (after waiting another 40 minutes for it) of course it was put on the bill, but thankfully it was taken off after we let them know

OT
Wales
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was great. Service was really good. Seating was uncomfortable and noise levels unbearable

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