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Malabar Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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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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San Francisco, California
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118 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant is similR in price and menu to most of the other places facing the beach in Kovalam. I had dinner and most of the fish could be grilled any way I wanted it.$5.00 to 6.00 and up.

Thank tyagi
Bengaluru, India
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good restaurant with homely kerala style preparation... I bought Red Crab 500grms for Rs.500/- (two medium sized) and they made a Nandu (Crab) masala home style.. Hot rotis with the crab was excellent.. Always ask for the dish in Nadan stle (Kerala Home Style)

Thank Baaju
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

They have the day's catch on ice right by the entrance. I picked a des fish and it wasgrilled with lemon and butter.

Thank Richard M
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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16 restaurant reviews
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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

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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
Local cuisine, Groups, View, Kids, Child-friendly, 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?