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No 14 Othavadai Cross Street, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
+91 98 40 734229
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7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations
Late Night

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  • 50
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  • 25
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Brilliant meal

What a wonderful place to eat a meal,overlooking the main tourist street here,we sat and watched the backpackers and locals come and go while eating delicious food. Mine was a simple Gecko Special Dal that was very tasty,my wife had the Prawn Curry also tasty,washed down with a bottle of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
frankandviv
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Dundee
via mobile
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Dundee
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159 reviews 159 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

What a wonderful place to eat a meal,overlooking the main tourist street here,we sat and watched the backpackers and locals come and go while eating delicious food. Mine was a simple Gecko Special Dal that was very tasty,my wife had the Prawn Curry also tasty,washed down with a bottle of Kingfisher,it was a great night made even better by the... More 

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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place does a great job of drawing yo up with its bright colours and first floor restaurant on Mahallapuram's main strip and the promise of beers and good food. If you're after good indian fare, stay away. Tasteless curries for a high price. We also got pushed to buy some fresh seafood even though we said we weren't interested.... More 

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Beijing Region, China
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Anyone who visits Mahabalipuram has to eat at the Gecko Cafe. We were there for three days and after discovering the Gecko Cafe, we never ate anywhere else. Mani, who owns it with his brother, treated us as if we were regular customers, looking after us brilliantly. His brother is the chef - and an excellent one. The cafe is... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

A great restaurant with an upstairs verandah overlooking the street. We had fresh caught tiger prawns cooked in a local style and they were delicious. Very attentive staff , a really enjoyable night.

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Antwerp, Belgium
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

One day the catch of the day was grilled to perfection, being served with tasty rice and vegetables. The next day the meal of fresh prawns, fries and salad turned out to be very much so-so. Therefore average. Having said that: good service and pretty nice location.

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Layer de la Haye, United Kingdom
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262 reviews 262 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
179 helpful votes 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

We arrived to a great table,over looking the road, with plenty of breeze. Drinks (cold beer sadly served in metal cups, which really doesn't work for me, as it spoils the taste of the beer) arrived shortly afterwards and then the big sell on the seafood, which didn't look particularly appetizing and was somewhat tired. Once it was realized that... More 

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Zaandam, The Netherlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

The place looked inviting from the outside so we went there for diner. Unfortunately it turned out to be a big disappointment. The fish I ordered was supposed to be grilled and very spicy but ended up on my plate deepfried, dry and tasteless. My daughter did not like the squid which tasted strangely sweet and my friend was served... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I've been to Gecko before and it never fails to disappoint. The main thing you notice is the superb service, which can be unusual in these touristy places. The owners go out of their way to make sure you're a happy customer. The fish they serve is fresh and really well cooked, and my father-in-law swears by the chicken sizzler... More 

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chennai
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

The waiters over there try to make a fortune from travelers. We asked for the menu first, but he tried to hide them away and told us that he will bring us starters and then main course after that. He kept a plate of raw fish on table and asked us to select from that. I eat fish 7 days... More 

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

You will like this place if you love to have seafood. We had Grilled fish and fried calamari(squid) here. Food is delicious and the service is good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No 14 Othavadai Cross Street, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Tamil Nadu  >  Mahabalipuram
  • Phone Number: +91 98 40 734229

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Indian
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?