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Malabar Cafe

Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam 695527, India
+91 98952 07917
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible4%
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“seafood” (53 reviews)
“fresh fish” (15 reviews)
“gobi” (6 reviews)
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Indian, Seafood, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Lighthouse Beach, Kovalam 695527, India
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

really great food and great staff in there!so I and my daughter love here. also you can see the beach of here!good view!!

Thank masaemaya
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff is very polite and attentive. Food was ok with too much oil. They display plenty of seafood in the evenings like most other restaurants in the area.

Thank worldiscoverer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are many restaurants and bars along the boulevard. And they all pretty much offer the same food with some variations of course. This restaurant had already some good reviews so we decided to come here. Dinner was tasty enough but this was not our...More

Thank Hiranya B
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Best fish wrapped in banana lead I had whilst in Kerala, really well marinated with amazing flavour. Drink options and service really good, only downside was that it lacked atmosphere for an early evening, very quiet, some simple music could help.

Thank uk_travel_girl
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Well to start with the food that we ordered was tiger prawns grilled in both tandoori style and butter garlic, beat steak and a chicken mushroom pasta Well the butter garlic prawns were decent enough but the rest were quite a bummer Still on the...More

Thank Nehas H
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Had a nice lunch with crabs, prawns and fish. Good taste and friendly hospitality. Neat an clean. It's a Halaal restaurant.

Thank ThuckalayDost
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

There are many options on Lighthouse Beach with many of the same food selections. Both fish dishes ordered were ok but had better while in Kovalam.

Thank JJ J
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We were served with great disdain. We asked for tea, and after 15minutes the waiter told us they don't serve tea at that time. It felt like they didn't want to serve us since our order wasn't 'big' enough. The next day we came for...More

Thank Shoubhik B
Reviewed 4 April 2017

Serving a good range of Indian and other foods and providing a pleasant service, we ended up eating here every night and never had an unsatisfactory meal, even though we ate different meals each time.

Thank rosalan
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

I ordered fish molee, a Kerala speciality, with a parotha, another Kerala specialty. The curry was a bit more expensive than in other places so I was expecting something special. The food came very quickly, presumably because the sauce was pre-prepared. The curry was tasteless...More

Thank Steph M
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Is there any open beach bar in kovalam? just like Goa..
22 October 2015|
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Response from KovalamPete | Reviewed this property |
There are no open beach bars on the public beaches in Kovalam. If you can afford the very expensive hotels then you may find one to accommodate you.
worst service ever. extra charge (90) for a bit butter for a bit of honey. ordered coffee with milk, got black coffee and milk extra. no help to connect to the internet. really unfriendly server.
26 September 2015|
Response from Isaac R |
Why have you put your review in the question section?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$8
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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  >  Thiruvananthapuram District  >  Kovalam
  • Phone Number: +91 98952 07917
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