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Malabar Cafe

€€ - €€€Indian, , Vegetarian Friendly
514 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4506
+1 831-458-3023
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“kofta” (5 reviews)
“dosa” (5 reviews)
“eggplant” (6 reviews)
17:00 - 21:00 Hours
Indian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
514 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4506
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

My first time here with friends acquainted me with near meat dishes which I would swear had meat, but didn't. Order smaller to larger plate sized depending on the number of selections per plate.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 5 March 2018

I've been eating there several times and plan very soon to visit again. The simple decor and quiet atmosphere ~ unless it's a Saturday evening ~ is intriguing to me. Yes, I like Indian food and this cuisine has a lot of these elements, however...More

Thank ahutif
Reviewed 18 December 2017

This restaurant is ideal in that is is one of the few restaurants I know that offers strictly vegetarian and vegan food that is well prepared and very different from typical menu selections at other restaurants. The entrees my party and I tried were flavorful,...More

Thank HealthyEating29
Reviewed 20 October 2017 via mobile

Three of us ordered 5 items - Catalon Croquettes, Goni Manchurian, the Banana Blossom Salad, Kofta Colombo, and the Eggplant Dosa - as well as several beverages. Each and every dish was delicious - prepared exquisitely with an array of spices polyvalently subtle, elusive, and...More

Thank Soi C P
Reviewed 30 July 2017

I've eaten in restaurants all around the world, and to me, the food at Malabar is as inventive, clean, and flavorful as I have had anywhere. Go with a large group and order lots of dishes so you get a chance to try them all....More

1  Thank J0sh2016
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The food is OK, not that good, but inexpensive. The waiter and waitress were almost rude. We didn't enjoy the atmosphere.

3  Thank shigekoo2017
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I've been dining at The Malabar for a few decades. Though I'm not a vegetarian I think this is one of the best dining experiences in Santa Cruz County. It's best to go early or when its not too crowded. Love the salad rolls and...More

Thank gourdman585
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Were pleasantly surprised by Malabar: the menu was intriuging and the dishes that we ordeded where superb. Friendly staff as well. Highly recommend a visit!

Thank sea_mountain2014
Reviewed 12 July 2016

We took our daughter to dinner here on June 29, 2016 and had a great meal! Not only was it tasty, it was also beautiful to behold.

Thank Julia B
Reviewed 18 June 2016

With a Sri Lankan man who cooks and runs the business, I would have expected more, but a single glance at the menu both disappointed and greatly amused me. There was barely any item recognisable as authentic Indian vegetarian food, except maybe the dosa. Even...More

1  Thank daphneong
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4506
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-458-3023
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