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Ella - Darwin, Darwin, AU-NT

Ella - Darwin

4.7
4.7
676 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

7:00 pm


Booked 13 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 676 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

676 Reviews
  1. DebraD

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The most amazing food. Don’t leave Darwin without a visit

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  2. GopiC

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great menu which is not the usual stuff which you find everywhere!

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  3. Kkhill

    Tasmania

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    By far the best restaurant in Darwin. Food, staff and service was excellent. If I had to to say a negative maybe the two person seating was to close together. Over hearing conversations isn’t nice and it stops us from talking about adult things. My husband and I don’t get out much so conversation is important. Just don’t want to share it with the people next door to us. We will be back regularly. Sorry I waited so long to find this wonderful secret .

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  4. RanaeG

    NT

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful birthday dinner with my family. Great service, excellent food and drink!

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  5. JacquelineG

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly and professional service, the food was amazing. We couldn’t believe you could get food this great in Darwin and we are locals! And the lovely birthday surprise with desert was fabulous. Thank you so much, my friends and I had a wonderful night.

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  6. DanielS

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, thoroughly enjoyed the flavours and cocktail. Creative drink, it had curry leave extract drops which made the martini very unique. I would highly recommend this restaurant, one if the best in Darwin that is for sure. In fact, it would sit well in Melbourne!

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  7. Local

    NT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Exceptional food, very fresh, great service. Tables were very close together, and the noise level was high. Each time the bartender mixed a cocktail we had to stop talking as we couldn't hear. Good venue for a group, not so good for a romantic night out.

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  8. Lynda

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, highly recommend the lamb ribs.

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  9. GaryB

    NT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The menu was impossible to read which isn’t helped by the lack of lighting. The energetic sound ( your description) can and did become invasive

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  10. SimonB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, food was delicious and the service was impeccable

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  11. RayM

    Brisbane

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at Ella. We had heard so much about this lovely place. Absolutely lived up to its well deserved reputation. Wonderful meal for the four us. Highly recommended.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal at Ella’s Thank-you from your Canadian friends!!!

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  13. PaulL

    NT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly innovative Sri Lanki themed food with a creative twist using local ingredients. One of the top food experiences in Darwin. highly recommended. This was my second visit and I'll make a point of going again when ever I'm visiting Darwin.

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  14. DawnG

    Melbourne

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great birthday dinner, fabulous food, very tasty not too spicy. Will definitely be back! Thank you.

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  15. MicahB

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious flavours. We had a great night dining at Ella. Highly recommend.

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  16. Michael

    NT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Seated at outside table next to mall entry gate - I suggest some bamboo screens in the planter boxes to shield the not so pretty entrance to the mall. Facing the building with artwork on it is fine - just the side needs screens. As it was my partner's birthday, although greeted with a happy birthday on arrival, a nice touch would have been a simple something.. perhaps a small tart with a candle and happy birthday wishes/song - the unexpected adds to the whole experience as a wow factor. Loved the food, wine although pricey was excellent. Great experience and will be back when next in Darwin.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Arriving all Ella we were greeted by lovely staff who were more than accommodating. We ordered a number of dishes to feed 5 people and could not fault a single dish. The food arrived in a timely manner, everybody left satisfied and for a per person price that was extremely reasonable. The cocktails were delicious as well as a range of other drinks to offer.

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  18. RobertoP

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service from entry to exit. Lamb was cooked to perfection. The pork was delicious as well though maybe a little too much salt.

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  19. TraceyO

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic dining experience. From the moment we walked in, we were greeted warmly and presented with such delicious food and drinks that we can't wait to go back.

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  20. SaraD

    NT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing. We were stunned when we got our entree cauliflower. It was the most delicious plate of food I've ever eaten. We were actually confused on what to order because everything on the menu sounded so tempting.

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  21. AMli

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food! Cocktails also delicious. Service was great

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  22. Darwinite

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Delicious. Perhaps a guide to how hot some dishes are as well as gluten free etc would help people who are not so good with chilli. Otherwise everything else was excellent

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  23. Sidney

    Gold Coast

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service, stylish decor, lovely food. Very happy with the experience at Ella.

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  24. KarenW

    NT

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really lovely restraunt that I keep going back to as my treat. Last night chose Barrumundi in cashew/ turmeric cream etc with roti . Delicious but spoilt slightly by being only slightly warm when got to table. Hot plates may improve this. The beans and asparagus were raw rather than al dente . The Wattalappan spiced custard desert was Devine. Lovely wine choices but not cheap and many only by bottle. I will go again. Very busy and consequently noisy last night. Noise calming methods might be useful .

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  25. Mick

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great. Go in a large group, so you can try a heap of things.

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  26. DavidM

    NT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Every dish was uniquely delicious. Whilst the wine list looked extensive they drinking at a restaurant is an expensive exercise. If there is an option to bring our own next time I would.

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  27. TanyaE

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the second time my partner and I have been to Ella by Minoli.... and WOW!!! it was just as divine as the first time. We took a friend who had never been before and he was as equally as impressed! The Lamb Ribs & Cured Kangaroo are a must try! Cocktails were amazing (although sad the watermelon margarita wasn't available - this should be on the list permanently!). The lovely lady that served us - again, amazing. Her customer service and attention was great - this is the second time we have had the pleasure of having her look after us! Thank you to all the team at Ella, from the moment we walked through the door to the time we walked back out, we had a wonderful experience. Ella by Minoli is now my favourite Darwin Restuarant and I am counting down the days until I can go back!!!!

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  28. Nippy

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Exquisite tastes, good sized portions, efficient polite service - only slight downside is that the wine list is a little pricey.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cerviche is a MUST as is the Roti. Flavours and textures are so so good. Staff very friendly and attentive. Air con essential during the Wet season— we suggest asking for table well away from the front door as cool air going out as staff and customers come & go.

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  30. KayP

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Friedly wrlcome, food was very tasty, nicely presented. Good selection of wines by the bottle, if a tad pricey

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service, will definitely be back in the future.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, cocktails super tasty and service 10/10

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  33. VanessaF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant consistently serves delicious Sri Lankan inspired food. No matter what we order the food never disappoints. Stand outs include the pumpkin, green beans and the crumbed peppers. The great service provided helps me conclude that Ella's is one of the best restaurants in Darwin

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  34. KimS

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food especially the kiwifruit curry and kangaroo

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  35. GK007

    Brisbane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pay a little more, but that matches the quality which is great ! Very tasty, I'm going back for sure. Service was very good, didn't need to get anyone's attention as they were right onto it. I can see the attention to detail in trying to make it an upper end experience, so well done.

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  36. EllaM

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time to Ella’s by Minoli. We sat outside which was great. Good was fantastic and great to share with each other. This is now my favourite restaurant in Farwin!

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  37. RanaeG

    NT

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, amazing food, definite looking forward to return visit.

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  38. MerryC

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always the food was excellent.. and our waitress Kaylyn was excellent.. we also had the special dessert - vattalappum which was exceptionally excellent.... A very successful Birthday event..

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  39. BradH

    NT

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just fantastic. Amazing food, spectacular service. If placed in Sydney or Melbourne, Ella’s would still stand out.

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  40. StaceyF

    NT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and first class service, will absolutely be returning.

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Ella - Darwin is rated 4.7 stars by 676 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Ella - Darwin

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    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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