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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: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 55
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  • 28
    Very good
  • 17
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  • 6
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice place

Good value, good food, nice open cafe area with some tables, some booths to sit on floor. Open sides. Good service. Menu with lots of western options.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Kendra-Louise M
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Definitely aimed at tourists, but that's not always a bad thing. If you want any sort of kick, don't ask for "medium spicy" - it was a little bland. However, I am in love with this place. I asked for a diet coke, and he said he didn't have any, but would go find some. 20 minutes later he returned,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

The Gecko was across the road from our hotel and we ate there twice for dinner and once for a breakfast which morphed into lunch because we stayed so long. The place was sadly almost empty, due not to being poor but to the town suffering from lack of tourists at that time of year. We always sat near the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Had a wonderful butterfish hand selected and fresh caught for one dinner and we had to return on our last night for dinner again. The proprietor is awesome and his brother is a highly accomplished chef in all areas. Eat here then go across the street to the restaurant that is busy... only because it was shown in a popular... More 

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Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

Good value, good food, nice open cafe area with some tables, some booths to sit on floor. Open sides. Good service. Menu with lots of western options.

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Campanillas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 168 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

The café provides a clean and pleasant ambiance, with friendly and informative service. The "thucco", a south Indian speciality, is interesting if not exactly a gastronomic experiance.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

If you want grilled fish, this place is excellent. They'll bring you the fish, and you choose the one you want. They might try to overprice it - but you can negotiate the price. I had probably the best grilled fish I had in either Kerala or Tamil Nadu. I can't remember what I had to accompany it, but remember... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Rampant across all of India that we visited, wait staff do not understand at all, what Westerners consider to be prompt or attentive service. Gecko was no exception, so I was happy that the food was prepared well and was very good. Both our dishes were made to order, spicy hot the way I like it. I was very happy... More 

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Macroom, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I have to acknowledge that although some people speak badly of it, many of your reviewers seem really to enjoy this restaurant. Maybe my partner and I were unlucky on the evening we visited, but I am afraid we found the Gecko restaurant quite shockingly poor. The main street in Mahabalipuram is of course given over to tourism and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

There are plenty of places to eat in the locality, but not all of them are that great; Gecko is. Well prepared, fresh and delicious food. We ate here twice and would highly recommend it. The owner was a lovely man who took the time to chat to his customers; he seemed keen to ensure you had a good dining... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Went to Mahabs over Valentine weekend and what can I say.... it was amazing to meet a chef with so much passion for creating wholesome and tasty food. I loved the catch of the day. Spicy red snapper broiled, mixed seafood pasta, tandoori grilled fish. I loved it. Reminds me of my favorite food shack in Puerto Rico. We will... More 

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Additional Information about Gecko Cafe

Address: No 14 Othavadai Cross Street, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
Phone Number: +91 98 40 734229
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Tamil Nadu  >  Mahabalipuram
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
Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
Cuisine: Indian

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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?