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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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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the restaurant we went to on our first day after reviewing trip advisor. Great food and location to watch the world go by. Staff were very friendly and helpful plus service was good and efficient.

Thank Sarah C
New York City, New York
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78 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Located on the main strip on the beach, we enjoyed sitting just off the street and watch the street peddlers go buy and entice us with towels and other local stuff. Food is good enough. We had coconut rice, coconut naan, lime ginger soda. Staff was attentive and they have free wifi. For a place located on such a touristy... More 

Thank Stephanie P
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food is good but staffs are very dis-respective towards Indian tourists. We were having food in the front row and suddenly someone came and put a reservation note in our table where time was mentioned a half and hour later, where there were other foreigners who were only having a beer and were sitting before even we came in. They... More 

Thank Angan S
Saudi Arabia
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One the best and peaceful place to relax and delicious foods been served.. one of my regular spots for leisures and dinner were I suggest all try the it. We're staffs and so polite and friendly throughout the services.

Thank Renjith P
Kovalam, India
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with friends, good value for the money paid regarding seafood we had ! friends who had vegetarian food were not happy at all.

Thank KeralaToursGlobal1
Bengaluru, India
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85 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had vegetarian north indian style food here, which was average. The service was poor. When we told the waiter that the food lacks salt, he asked us to add the salt additionally. The positive point here is the location, on the beach and tea, which is pretty good.

Thank pranavspal
Vancouver, Canada
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90 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beach-side restaurant, among the many, served fresh seafood on display at the entrance. You could pick your fish preference, and it was cooked just right, served with choices of rice and veggies. Great value!

Thank iTravelkeen
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is great. Seafoods are fresh. Food is not that expensive. The view is amazing. One great place to hangout. Yu'll need to taste lobsters here. The only place where yu find live lobster's.

1 Thank Ferg M
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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27 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we had lunch one day. the food was average though very expensive. but you can enjoy the live fish and sea view during evening. good place but not the very good one.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Substandard continental breakfast including overcooked eggs, an already opened butter pack, and weak coffee. Indifferent service.

Thank Neil S

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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, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, View, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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?