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Santana Beach Restaurant

Asian, Mexican, Chinese, Seafood
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Village Centre, Mahabalipuram, India
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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Nice, nothing too special though

About 10 of us went here for dinner, the service was nice. The food was also fine. A fight broke out in between dinner and the staff made sure they took care of immediately which was nice.

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 6, 2015
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The fish is presented on table at the entrance to restaurant, the staff are friendly enough. You can choose the fish, but I didn't think the food I chose was what was presented on the plate, didn't look same size or shape anyway. Be careful about pricing. They speak quickly and raise prices every time you ask, and bizarrely a... More 

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Hounslow, United Kingdom
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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Pros: Nice view of the beach Cons: Food. The place is meant to be a fresh seafood restaurant. What you find is a table with fish: no ice and full of flies. I ordered chicken noodles. They only had rice available but I wanted a break from rice. I therefore ordered fried Calamari and fries. They brought me prawns. I... More 

1 Thank teaorcoffee
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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68 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

About 10 of us went here for dinner, the service was nice. The food was also fine. A fight broke out in between dinner and the staff made sure they took care of immediately which was nice.

Thank tanyal2448
Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you want to pay 3 times the price that you will have in all other touristic restaurants all around, so just go there... They putted us in the basement, with plastic chairs and dirty table. When I asked to go upstairs, they said that it was full (i went there few minutes after questionning, and saw that their was... More 

4 Thank macdohl007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

My wife and myself had lunch last week at Santana Rooftop Restaurant at Mahabalipuram. The restaurant commands a fantastic view of the shore temple. We lunched at the top floor of the restaurant with a lovely breeze in attendance. It was more a glorified beach shack serving very tasty food and located with a great view . As we entered... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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76 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We went to Santana for lunch while at Mahaballipuram in Feb 2013. Our driver took us to there when we asked him where we could get the best local flavours. Initially we were skeptical since we were the only ones there. It's a rooftop restaurant with a fantastic view of the shore temple. the fresh catch of the day was... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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13 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We ended up here for dinner as we stayed right below. All the curries tasted the same, prawn or squid.Worst of all it was all overly tangy (too much tamarind). when we asked for fresh sea food he quoted 2000rs for a lobster and several hundreds for the prawn. It was more expensive than rates for same raw stuff at... More 

Thank ShankeyTBTS
Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I regularly eat at Santana rooftop as it has one of the best views of the Shore Temple and the locals and foreigners enjoying the ocean. The food is moderately priced and it has had a major overhaul in the last year. I always ask for the specials and the freshest seafood. My favourite dishes is Masala fried prawns, the... More 

Thank Dave H
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11 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Location is great, first floor, open and on the beach overlooking the towns fishing fleet. The restaurant was more a cafe style in furnishings and could have done with a good sweeping out. We had large tiger prawns grilled (selected from fish display), vegetable rice and french fries washed down by Kingfisher beer. the food was good but the prawns... More 

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Aalsmeer, The Netherlands
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229 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012 via mobile

We had two super fresh lobsters, which i hand pick from their tank. They tasted great. They were served with fried vegetable rice. We also had fried squid and chips. The squid was also fresh. As desert we had pancakes, they were not good but also not bad.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Village Centre, Mahabalipuram, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Tamil Nadu  >  Mahabalipuram
  • Phone Number: 9444290832

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  • Cuisine: Asian, Mexican, Chinese, Seafood

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