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Gecko Cafe

No 14 Othavadai Cross Street, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
+91 98 40 734229
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Ranked #15 of 49 restaurants in Mahabalipuram
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The airy rooftop-cafe offers homemade South-Indian dishes and Snacks. No matter what you choose, at least one gecko always will be watching, because they are serious about being the cafe's namesakes and they compete with the antiques and the decor for your attention. We have 20 bamboo chairs and if you are lucky you can grab the sofa to hang out with excellent service, refreshing drinks, great food, wonderful views and cool music in a relaxing space.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The airy rooftop-cafe offers homemade South-Indian dishes and Snacks. No matter what you choose, at least one gecko always will be watching, because they are serious about being the cafe's namesakes and they compete with the antiques and the decor for your attention. We have 20 bamboo chairs and if you are lucky you can grab the sofa to hang out with excellent service, refreshing drinks, great food, wonderful views and cool music in a relaxing space.
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English first
Bristol, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The Gecko Cafe has everything you want when thinking about dinner and drinks - a wide range of delicious food catering for vegetarians and meat lovers, cold beer and a range of fresh juices. Everything is decently priced and the location of the restaurant is ideal. As a solo traveler, the thing that clinched it for me was the friendly... More

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Feldkirchen, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The Little Gecko Cafe (not to be confused with the Gecko Cafe further down the lane) is on the first floor and when you go up the stairs you are in a nice quiet place with excellent food. Sathish, the man who runs the place, is an expert cook, who serves delcious food. We had chicken masala on our first... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The Little Gecho Cafe which is around the corner from the main gecko cafe and closer to the Main Street is excellent. We had the tastiest prawn masala any one could ever wish for. I cannot praise this cafe enough, the waiter/cook was delightful, very helpful and as already said our food was great. This cafe, although a branch of... More

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Came here with a friend during a day trip from Chennai. We decided to check out this place following a recommendation in lonely planet, and we are so glad we did! I had the Aloo Gabi, and it was without a doubt one of the best curries I've tasted - so satisfying. My friend had an amazing mushroom masala with... More

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Pune, India
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I am wondering what is up with the recent bad reviews of Gecko. I think I have procrastinated reviewing the place long enough. I found Gecko tucked away in a lane on my third trip to Mamallapuram. We were looking for a nice place to eat, drink and relax a bit after a tiring day. Gecko's lizard caught my eye... More

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Manipal, India
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

We went there for lunch having made a reservation ahead of time due to our large group. We were offered a "special" menu with no prices listed, but they were regular curry dishes that would have cost somewhere between 100-250 rupees anywhere else in India, even the tourist centers. The owner demanded 600 rupees per plate of food in our... More

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geckocafe, Inhaber at Gecko Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time of writing your review about my place. As far as I know you belong to the group of 20 people. I am sorry that the visit ended up in such misunderstanding about the prices and that you have been not happy in my place. Since your group came without pre-ordering meals (no phone call,... More

Manipal, India
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Our group was IMMENSELY cheated. We attempted to make reservations with this restaurant prior to our visit. We had discussed the menu over the phone. When we got there, we were roasted outside for well over an hour waiting for our food in the searingly hot, air conditioner-less, fan-less balcony. Our group noticed that the prices had been dubiously removed... More

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geckocafe, Inhaber at Gecko Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review about my place. I am sorry that the visit of your group had ended up in such an unhappy misunderstanding about the prices. Since your group came without pre-ordering detailed meals - there was only a short announcement of a group of 20 people next day- we did prepare as much as possible up front... More

Manipal, India
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Owner seemed nice enough when we arrived and we had heard good things about the restaurant prior to arriving in Mahabalipuram. However, the service was extremely slow--over an hour for food to arrive--and the prices were outrageous by Indian standards. I was charged Rs. 500 for a simple veg curry with rice. The food was decent, but not worth more... More

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geckocafe, Inhaber at Gecko Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time of writing your review about my place. As far as I know you belong to the group of 20 people who visited in October 2013. I am sorry that the visit ended up in such misunderstanding about the prices and that you have been not happy in my place. Since your group came without... More

Manipal, India
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We went here for lunch. The owner/waiter offered us a variety of "special curries". There was no menu or prices up on the specials board. We asked how much each dish would cost and he replied that the fish curry would be 600 rupees! We had definitely been in India long enough to know that this was absolutely ridiculous. We... More

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geckocafe, Inhaber at Gecko Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review about my place. As far as I know you belong to the group of 20 people who visited in October 2013. I am sorry that the visit ended up in such misunderstanding about the prices and that you have been not happy in my place. Since your group came without pre-ordering meals (a short announcement... More

Geneva, Switzerland
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Go there! This place is very nice. You can drink something or eat for a correct price and everything we tried was very good. They also have wifi if you need it. Most of all, the owners are very friendly and open for a chat if they have time. They want you to enjoy mamallapura as good as possible and... More

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