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Lighthouse Road, Kovalam, India
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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We use the Mini house restaurant Dolphin on a regular basis, the Mini House is fortunate enough to have one of the best Chefs in the area Shibu who has a professional caring attitude to his cooking. Good views although can be a bit noisy with the waves crashing on the rocks below if the sea is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2014
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Kovalam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We use the Mini house restaurant Dolphin on a regular basis, the Mini House is fortunate enough to have one of the best Chefs in the area Shibu who has a professional caring attitude to his cooking. Good views although can be a bit noisy with the waves crashing on the rocks below if the sea is rough, pleasant surroundings... More 

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london
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

The Mini House has a restaurant The Dolphin over looking the sea built on the cliff / rock face. It has fantastic the views, food and personal service of the owner who is also the chef and the prices are good as well.

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Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

The food and service are not spectacular, but the locating and balcony view over the sea is breathtaking as you watch the waves crash onto the rocky bay below. I strongly recommend the potted cashew nuts as a snack.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I used to stop off here at this little Hotel just for a drink. Their balcony looks out over the Indian Ocean and I would watch the most wonderful sunsets and listen to the waves crashing over the rocks beneath.

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Tavira
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

But we did have coffee and breakfast a few times and it was fine. Nice to sit upstairs and look out over the beach without being pestered by the hawkers.

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Kovalam, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

a must see for visitors. the location is stunning.

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Marbella, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

Stumbled into this place on our 1st night & returned many times. The place is fab for breakfast because of the setting but equally good in the evening. The coconut rice is a meal in itself

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Pune, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2012

I visited the Mini House for Dinner after a nice walk at the Lighthouse beach. The restaurant has an awesome view of the sea which makes it worth visiting the restaurant. Though, the service was equally bad. I entered the restaurant at 9:25 PM and the waiter straighaway told me in a rude language that I need to order within... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2011

Mini house is located in a wonderfully beautiful location, see waves hitting the rocks. But food is terribly bad. I could not forget this restaurant because we had the worst food in our entire kerala trip. Even the service is pathetic, food was served after a long wait and also we found stones in it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

A bit away from the husstle and busstle at the Kovalam beach strip, we found this quiet oasis (near the lighhouse entrance). You sit in peace and quiet at fantastic balconies overlooking the sea and listening to the waves. No less than fantastic. Good food and cold beers. Most recommended

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Address: Lighthouse Road, Kovalam, India
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Kerala  >  Kovalam
Cuisine: Indian

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  • Address: Lighthouse Road, Kovalam, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Kerala  >  Kovalam

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  • Cuisine: Indian

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