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Malabar Cafe

514 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4506
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English first
Urbana, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Really good food especially if you are looking for something out of the ordinary chain or typical cuisine. All vegetarian, SriLankan fare is not necessarily spicy unless you want it that way. Mango Coconut shake ... May go get another while in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

We were looking for something healthy and there seem to be a lot of places in Santa Cruz, but we were intrigued by an ad on the Internet saying Steak Diane and Ravioli. When we arrived, we realized it was entirely vegetarian. Not dismayed, we shared a pear/arugula salad that was built for two. My spouse got a dosa and... More

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Munich, Germany
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73 reviews 73 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We went to Malabar for a quick bite to eat. It had to be Indian that night since I was craving the taste for a while. All of the food is vegetarian and it doesn't serve alcohol. A pleasant change to the regular beer and burger nights ;) Try it out, you'll be pleasantly surprised. I had the coconut roti... More

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Tampa, FL
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40 reviews 40 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

I had never had Sri Lankan food before and found it to be an interesting blend of Indian and Asian. This was heavenly! I went with two friends so my taste buds were tempted with green beans with hoisin sauce, pumpkin with black curry powder and pesto ravioli. Flavors were potent yet not overpowering. One of my friends is a... More

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I knew someplace like Santa Cruz HAD to have good veggie food and Cafe Gratitude was no it. So gad we found Malabar. Good food, well spiced urn soonand reasonably priced. Pleasant service and plating of food was nice to see.We where late to a concert and had to take our last course "to go". The noodles were fun to... More

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Top Contributor
162 reviews 162 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We let my daughter and her roommate pick the restaurant. Frankly, I had no idea what Sri Lankan food was. My daughter said it was similar to Thai. She was wrong, it's nothing like Thai, closer to Indian food, but really it's own category. When we walked in, sat down, and looked at the menu, it was clear, this was... More

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Fremont, California, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Surprised to see a Srilankan place in Santa Cruz - but it was great. Dishes were all good - i highly recommend the Kotha Roti. And wash it down with a yummy Moroccan Lassi. Decor was nice and service was excellent (maybe it was the owner who waited on us). Food presentation was great too!

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Santa Barbara, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Do not be fooled by the seemingly aloof service: this place has some of the best Sri Lankan food we've had in the Western World. Their dishes are extremely flavorful and all made fresh with the best ingredients. Their drinks are very exotic and just absolutely amazing. We've tried many and found all to be a treat to the senses.... More

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Portland, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Found this place on HappyCow as we were looking for vegan food. Nothing on the menu says vegan vs veggie and staff wasn't very helpful answering questions. Food was amazing and so full of flavor - I'm sure we had some ghee or butter. Simple decor - and simple can be good if it were clean - but there was... More

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Grass Valley, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This Veggie Indian restaurant is not high on joyful service, but what a taste treat. Usually, I find Indian restaurant food too heavy. but not here.

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