We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Lighthouse Road, Kovalam, India
Website
Improve this listing
Add hours for Mini House and help diners know when to go.
+ Add hours
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 16 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 9
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Now Marigold mini house

This restaurant lies beneath the Marigold Mini House hotel. With a wonderful view of the ocean. The new name comes because it's under new management. The restaurant has a very good cook, in addition to its excellent location. Be advised that some other southern Indian dishes are available, which... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Russ C
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

16 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant lies beneath the Marigold Mini House hotel. With a wonderful view of the ocean. The new name comes because it's under new management. The restaurant has a very good cook, in addition to its excellent location. Be advised that some other southern Indian dishes are available, which do not appear on the menu. I ate here for almost... More 

Helpful?
Thank Russ C
Kovalam
Level Contributor
28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
Thank IMK24
london
Level Contributor
15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
2 Thank pynn
Rickmansworth, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
195 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 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.

Helpful?
2 Thank Tim J
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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.

Helpful?
2 Thank 118John
Tavira
Level Contributor
96 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
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.

Helpful?
Thank LambchopTavira
Kovalam, India
Level Contributor
19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2012

a must see for visitors. the location is stunning.

Helpful?
1 Thank muringa v
Marbella, Spain
Level Contributor
12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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

Helpful?
Thank persephone2
Pune, India
Level Contributor
33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 

Helpful?
2 Thank gaurav2645
Leeds, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 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.

Helpful?
Thank NawneetK

Travelers who viewed Mini House also viewed

 
Kovalam, Kerala
Kovalam, Kerala
 

Been to Mini House? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Indian

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Mini House staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?