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The Rice Boat

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Willingdon Island | Taj Malabar, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
+91 484 664 3000
Sat 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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269 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Rice Boat is the flagship restaurant of Taj Vivanta Wellington island. Excellent service friendly staff good ambience and tasty fresh food. It is costly but worth it

Thank Rajagopal B
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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357 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoying the experience of sitting in a typical houseboat and enjoying the Kerala cuisine is an experience to dine here. Even though pricey it is worth an experience. The food is authentic and staff very polite and courteous eager to serve you with a smile and recommendations.

Thank Pervin D
Melbourne, Australia
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We celebrated our 8th Anniversary at Rice Boat and had a great time devouring exquisite Kerala seafood and other traditional dishes. This restaurant is inside Vivanta by Taj (legacy Taj Malabar).

Thank Nithin K
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2017

A very popular restaurant, at guests of the hotel we were advised to book and we are so pleased we did. From the moment we entered the restaurant we were made to feel very welcome, we chose the chefs recommendation and we were not disappointed, the food was first class, very good fresh ingredients cooked to perfection. We also tried... More 

Thank Mick M
Scottsdale, Arizona
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

I had called in advance to book the table, which was superb. We may have had an accent problem so couldn't get through. However the wait staff were quite discreet in arranging an impromptu birthday surprise. The food was well crafted and the prawns towards the end were more than delicious! Loved it!

Thank Pranav N
Binghamton, New York
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

Excellent seafood choices. Will bring non-seafood items from other restaurants in the hotel if anyone prefers other items

Thank duskyman
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

This was most disappointing. A snake of rice boats following one another. Weed filled, putrid canals. The weed was so thick it looked like a grass mat.. The journey was from 1pm to 0900 the following day. We were moored facing a boring bank filled with scrub from 5.30pm to 7.30am. The food was average, the crew pleasant (although minimum... More 

1 Thank Joy B
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

I had visited this restaurent two weeks back with family. We had a very nice time, and their sea food delicacies were excellent. Chef Manoj and his team is doing a great job and I should say they deserve a thumbs up!!

Thank rookie920
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28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2016 via mobile

We had visited this restaurant on many occasions during last 20 years. Service is impeccable, options are from the daily catch, methods of preparation suits any taste, a great wine list in place, though I prefer Sula Chenin Blanc with any kind of fish, because it provides a reasonable experience at low cost...if you are alien to Kerala cusine you... More 

Thank Joseph M
New Delhi, India
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17 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

The restaurant is a small and tidy place. You may book a table in advance to avoid the waiting. It has got a decent view and the sofas are fairly comfortable. Though the waiters guide you with the menu but you must try the crab and a lobster. The rates are not very steep, 2500 INR may be ok for... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Validated Parking
Good for
Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Willingdon Island | Taj Malabar, Kochi (Cochin) 682009, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Kerala  >  Kochi (Cochin)
  • Phone Number: +91 484 664 3000

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