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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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 62
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  • 38
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 8
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  • 15
    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

Nice place to eat, middle budget, 200-400 rps for the Plate. We didnt try the fish but noodles were ok. Friendly staff, lot of mosquitos at night Time !

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
cecedg
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We just ate at Gecko on the famous travelers street in Mahabalipurim. What a wonderful meal of Tandoori fish, grilled calamari and vegetables. Lalita said it was the best meal she has had in India. The atmosphere is super chill and they have great music. It is run by 2 brothers and who infuse their food with alive vibration so... More 

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1 Thank delavida
London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The vegetable thokku is the best curry I have ever eaten. Set in a lovely people watching spot on the main drag of fisherman's colony, and with the friendliest waiter we've had in years, this should be the first place you eat in Mahabalipuram.

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1 Thank Nick_Bannister
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome seafood fresh and shown to you before it's cooked. Staff are very friendly and at your call. The beer is cold and the menu is diverse. I can only comment on the prawns and fish that was amazing. Other veg and non veg items were available. The outdoor seating area allows for a good view of the quirky street.... More 

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1 Thank Rosh4n
Doncaster, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed in Mahabalipuram (now called Mamallapuram) for five nights and ate here several times (3 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 2 evening meals) and on every occasion I was served freshly cooked great tasting food. The two owners are brothers and are very welcoming and friendly, plus they seem to have a great passion for food and cooking. The seating area... More 

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1 Thank Stephen B
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38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to eat, middle budget, 200-400 rps for the Plate. We didnt try the fish but noodles were ok. Friendly staff, lot of mosquitos at night Time !

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1 Thank cecedg
Holland
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60 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch with 3 people and all enjoyed it very much. All freshly made. A lot of choice on the menu. European and Indian. Very nice waiter. I will come back here for sure. Recommended!

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Thank KristineS-vdK
Southampton, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

Don't let the exterior or the fact you can't see into the restaurant from the street put you off..it is worth the visit up the stairs. The staff are lovely, helpful and well accustomed to catering for dietary needs. The food is good value for money too, I ate here regularly for lunch and dinner whilst staying in town. I... More 

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Thank wpfs
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Food wasn't very good... Little bit expensive in relation to portion of the dish and not that tasty. The bill was more than 500 rupees for two really average dishes... Staff wasn't so attentive and wifi didn't work :/

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Thank Haggsi
scotland
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited this place during our tour of India. It is run by Mani and Baskar, two brothers who are passionate about what they do. We love learning about the countries we visit and Mani, who works front of house, was happy to chat with us and share his thoughts on his beloved Tamil Nadu. He was... More 

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1 Thank irishdeelish
Chennai (Madras), India
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

DO NOT go to this place the seat covers are dirty we ordered for chilli paneer one portion but were given two they even forgot to give water to drink for garlic naan they took ages to bring it we were literally bored by this place

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Restaurant Details

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: Seafood, Indian, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?