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Malabar Cafe

514 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-458-3023
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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“dosa” (3 reviews)
“mango” (3 reviews)
“salad” (3 reviews)
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Indian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
514 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Reviewed 5 days ago 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 31 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

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 11 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 16 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 13 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
Reviewed 10 June 2016

Peaceful, quiet ambience. Delightful, enjoyable, adventurous vegetarian food. Order a Lassi (banana, strawberry or mango), they are very tasty. Also the other drinks, Persian Nights comes in a smaller glass. It's Indian inspired food, but not an Indian restaurant per se. We were two people...More

Thank Ursula K
Reviewed 4 June 2016

When this restaurant first opened, it was easy to get a table. We even managed to walk in for dinner that first NYE they were open. Nowadays, you better make a reservation! It's so good. Flavour profiles are well balanced. And the garden seating is...More

1  Thank Orostudio
Reviewed 20 May 2016 via mobile

Creative and exquisitely prepared food in a mellow environment. The owners bring deep care and skill to their preparations with mouth altering flavors. Enjoyed each dish and we shared between four people. This restaurant is a gift.

1  Thank arniefr
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 514 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-458-3023
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