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Malabar Cafe

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Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam 695527, India
+91 98952 07917
09:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 22:00
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Roskilde, Denmark
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

If you stick to their sea food this is a good place to go. They do have an excessive menu from all over the planet. Don't. Just stick to their sea food.

Thank Sascha Silver F
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The success of a restaurant can be identified by the number of people in it -on the occasions we were in it apart from the mornings it was almost full as it has a great reputation.

Thank Geejgarth
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Just like to say that the whole situation at your hotel was beautiful and people went out of the way to help us nothing was too much of a trouble and the management of the hotel was excellent if you can bottle such a formula it would be called TAJsuccess I have stayed in many TAJ properties and it was... More 

Thank Mrtraveller2k17
National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was looking up for places to eat around Kovalam area and I had my lonely planet handy. I ordered prawns curry and rice. The food was not upto the mark. The service was extremely poor. Time for @lonelyplanet to update their travel itinerary. Food: 5/10 Service: 4/10 Location: 7/10

Thank rachitarora90
Oslo, Norway
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Who just love the 28 degrees wonderful water, the sandquality and the cleanliness on all 3 beaches here in Kovalam - where I have been 10 times the last 15 years. The safety part is also taken well care of. The guards keep their good controll by fierce whisteling - and all people react and respect their direction.

Thank Bente T
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was decent except the hamburger french fries portion. Our waiter was not service minded at all. And they add 90rps service charge

Thank Mats F
Kuala Lumpur
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very fresh seafood..good recommendation from the staff..we had dinner here 3 nights in a row and wont mind coming back again. Price is reasonable. Place is always packed for dinner..good view of the beach and surfers..love the tandoori grilled fish and the curry crabs and prawn.

Thank Jessieyong
London, United Kingdom
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436 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Constantly busy, this is one of the most popular restaurant on the Lighthouse beach promenade. It is in an ideal location halfway along the seafront. It is fairly large, and the atmosphere is relaxed and easy going. The menu is the usual multi cuisine, Indian, Chinese, European, lots of seafood. I had a Malabar fish curry on one occasion which... More 

Thank ullabee
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you have enjoy the moment in front of beach while eating then Malabar cafe is the perfect one. Foods are tasty and hygienic..

Thank Charania
Isle of Man, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a good place to eat but it can get very busy and then the service is slow, but it is worth a visit.

Thank Siobhan M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$7
Indian, Seafood, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam 695527, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Kerala  >  Kovalam
  • Phone Number: +91 98952 07917

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?