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Malabar Cafe

) #89 of 295 Restaurants in Santa Cruz ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ Indian, , Vegetarian Friendly
514 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
+1 831-458-3023
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“dosa” (3 reviews)
“mango” (3 reviews)
“crepes” (2 reviews)
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Indian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
514 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Reviews (75)
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1 - 10 of 75 reviews

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 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 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

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
Reviewed 14 April 2016

They serve fresh vegan food (some vegetarian, but many vegan options). Their crepes are amazing and their "milk" shake made out of pistachios is SO good.

Thank KikiBailey
Reviewed 30 December 2015

When we entered the restaurant we saw only a young man serving, while an older one was talking to some people (probably taking care of their bill). My first impression wasn't good and I was right. Although several tables were available we've waited ~5 minutes...More

1  Thank Juliette P
Reviewed 22 November 2015

Came here with friends and I have to say that it was the most weird experience of my life. I thought it was indian but no it was far from being indian. Most of the things on the menu were unrecognizable and had a minimal...More

Thank Siddhi P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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 Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-458-3023
  • E-mail
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