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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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Perth, Scotlnad
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Malabar cafe is consistently good. Never had a bad meal there. The food is excellent and so is the service. Knowledgeable and helpful waiting staff to look after you. Great place to sit and watch people go by!

Thank theweelady
Ludhiana, India
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4 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Situation of the restaurant is just in front of the beach but the food is not so good. We ordered both veg and see food dishes, but all were below average.

Thank rksoodldh
Chennai (Madras), India
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place, with friendly staff. We ordered malabar fish with kerala paratha, food was good and fresh. It would be better if the staff can explain to tourist about the special dishes of their restaurant and also post their menu on TRIPADVISOR so tourist like us who make a simple itenary of places to visit and restaurants to try can... More 

1 Thank Ahana R
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent location. You get a lot of choice for local fish. You choose your fish from the display at the entrance and eat either as fried or grilled preparation. Coconut rice is another dish that one must order. Only problem was slow service.

Thank Minal M
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great ambience. Lovely for candle light dinner especially the sizzlers. We ordered seafood sizzler and fish sizzler. Quality of the food was very good and comparatively the price was cheaper than the other cafes in the beach side.

Thank Sumali89
Bengaluru, India
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location and the food that we had there was just so yummy. The place is a must go for all. The sea food they serve just is perfect for us to have a good time

Thank chitrarangas
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64 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I thought that this was consistently the best restaurant on Lighthouse Beach. I tried several restaurants but kept returning to the Malabar. Strong wifi.

1 Thank DaveStirling
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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145 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Kovalam beach is known for restaurants along the beach which serve good food & beer/wine (in coffee mugs though). Good fast food and relaxing place (eat while watching sunset)

Thank ronaksarda
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

the food is good but very expensive overlooks the lighthouse and pleasant. but the most amusing part was " the waiter being rude and denying getting us the food as we ordered the Kerala paratha one at a time. we almost ended up with a fight as the waiter was so dam rude that denied serving us food he explained... More 

Thank mrsDatta
Whitehaven, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Had dinner on 2 evenings whilst staying in Kovalam. The food was delicious, service was swift and efficient and the ambience of the place delightful. Would happily recommend.

2 Thank Paula R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 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, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, View, Local cuisine, Romantic, Cheap Eats
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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New Delhi, India
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?