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Malabar Cafe

3.88 out of 5 stars 3.88 / 5.0, 4 reviews
Address: 514 Front Street, Santa Cruz 95060
Area: Santa Cruz
Phone: (831) 458-3023
Hours: Lunch Mon-Sat: 11:30am - 2pm; Dinner: Fri - Sat 5 pm - 9:30 pm, Sun - Thu 5 pm to 9 pm
Category: Restaurant/Food Vendor (Vegetarian)
Restaurant Type: SriLankan
Average cost: $11-$20  per person after tax and tip$11-$20  per person after tax and tip
Vegan Dessert: No
Accepts credit card: Yes
Parking: Free public parking lot across the street. Metered street parking (daily, from 9 am to 8 pm).

Notes: Now serving dinner only. With seating for about 60 people, this rustic yet elegant ambiance is the perfect setting for their wonderful food. Remember, this is Santa Cruz so don't expect to dine quickly because service and food are a bit slow, but worth the wait if you're patient.
Malabar Cafe
Added by veganhobbit on 2007-02-10, Last update: 2009-10-04, Viewed 11954 times
Last 5 Reviews

Average rating:3.88 out of 5 stars 3.88 / 5.0 Based on 4 reviews. (Add/Edit your own review)

Rating Comments   Reviewer Date
4.5 out of 5 stars Had lunch here. Great decor/ambience. Awesome food, seasoned to perfection. Between my husband and I, we had the spicy potatoes, brocolli and tofu, gado gado, eggplant with soy chunks, columbo something. Everything was excellent. Huge portions for the price ($7.50 for 4 items + white or brown rice) bunnygirl
Reviews: 18
  2009-09-06
3.5 out of 5 stars I've had bad experiences at Malabar since it moved. They were out of my fav dish (Tempeh Goreng) once and they made the peanut sauce 4x as spicy as usual another time. I still love the food (usually). Try the Raw Chocolate drink, but ask for no honey! It's divine. I went on "set menu Sunday" and it was weird, but good. However, the check came blank. We were told to "pay what we think is fair." Vegan Des
Reviews: 1
  2007-04-09
4 out of 5 stars Food is delicious, and very reasonable for the quality. Beautiful decor. Much larger & nicer space than previous location. Try the tempeh gorang -- double yum! Service is a bit slow (as usual), otherwise I'd give them a 5-stars. One of my favorite places to eat in the Bay Area. tammy
Reviews: 114
  2007-04-04
3.5 out of 5 stars I've only had dinner there so far, but did try the sample plate (SriLankan Plate.) New place is very nice. Looks like a total remodel. Big step up from the old locations. I'd give them a 5 for the food, and 2.5 for service. Place is always busy, but they refuse to get enough good staff in to handle everything and the owner always seems in a bad mood or short with the clients. Food sometimes arrives cold due to overloaded staff. If they could figure out service this place would be a solid 5 because of the food. chris
Reviews: 80
  2007-04-04

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