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Santana Beach Restaurant

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Village Centre, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
+91 94442 90832
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New Lambton
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508 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

We stopped here for an(overpriced) beer in the afternoon, thought the menu looked ok and the view over the beach was lovely so came back at night, when it was dark and so not much of a view. The waiter tried to pressure us into the fresh fish/prawns even though we told him several times we just wanted to eat... More 

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Hollywood, Florida
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had the most delicious lunch at Santana for 6 people. We were shown a table of all the fish that was caught that morning. You can see the fishing boats from the open air patio, below. We selected King Fish, Grouper, and several enormous Tiger Shrimp. After a long walk on the beach our thirst was quenched with British... More 

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Thank Fiona S
Singapore, Singapore
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

The only plus point I can think of was the view of the shore temple. We came for dinner and the light bulb above the table was not working. After three tries of messing around, it still was not working. We changed tables. The waiter said the pasta was penne, but what came was soggy macaroni. You have to use... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Stopped in today for lunch and we were greatly surprised. Did not bring a menu, instead had he fresh food brought out to see. Ordered the prawns, lobster and snapper and it was one of the best meals we have had. The food was fantastic and the side of fries were great. beer cold and wait staff were on the... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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369 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016 via mobile

We had a table with a marvellous view along the beach. The fish and prawns looked amazing so we selected a fish. There was a bit of pressure to have some gigantic prawns as well. I am glad we didn't: The fish was perfectly cooled with garlic and herbs and served with chips and a mixed rice. The place is... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Everything was expensive. I pay less for seafood in the US. The fried rice was a size of a sampler plate. 2000 rupees for three people and left hungry.

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Bruges, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 16, 2016

Looking for a place for a good meal we were sent here by a local friend. Upon entering the manager proposed us his catch of the day, part of it was a fantastic 1 kg lobster. The price was all right and it included salad and fries . As a starter and while waiting for the lobster we had a... More 

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Thank Roger M
Chennai (Madras), India
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

A Nice windy little place with a mesmerising view.... on one side you have a high view of the shore temple and the rest of the frame is filled with captivating waves..The prices are completely budget friendly and the seafood with its local taste is a must have... One of the best weekend places to be at

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2016

The fish is presented on table at the entrance to restaurant, the staff are friendly enough. You can choose the fish, but I didn't think the food I chose was what was presented on the plate, didn't look same size or shape anyway. Be careful about pricing. They speak quickly and raise prices every time you ask, and bizarrely a... More 

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Hounslow, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2015 via mobile

Pros: Nice view of the beach Cons: Food. The place is meant to be a fresh seafood restaurant. What you find is a table with fish: no ice and full of flies. I ordered chicken noodles. They only had rice available but I wanted a break from rice. I therefore ordered fried Calamari and fries. They brought me prawns. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Indian
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Village Centre, Mahabalipuram 603104, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Tamil Nadu  >  Mahabalipuram
  • Phone Number: +91 94442 90832

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?