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Malabar Indian Cuisine

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3456 Lauderdale Dr, Richmond, VA 23233-7529
+1 804-364-7077
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Ashland, Virginia
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Eating here is like eating at someone's home. Delicious homemade cooking with friendly service! They spice their own chai tea and it's wonderful on a cold night!

Thank mrsnblanc
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

Nice buffet choices for lunch. Not greasy or heavy like typical Indian restaurants in the U.S. Flavorful. Some items were a bit salty, and desserts are too sweet. Better than expected service.

Thank Jayakrishna A
Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Malabar is one of the oldest Indian food restaurant in Richmond. It's better than a small joint restaurant set aside behind lauderdale drive near short pump. The South Indian (Dosa's) food is I believe the best so far in Richmond and same goes for some North Indian dishes as well. Their Paneer Tikka Masala, Ennai Kathrikai is superbly delicious. I... More 

Thank imashjr
Farmville, United States
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83 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2016

My family went here for lunch on a Saturday. When we walked in, there were no other customers, which worried us, but many more people came later. There was the smell of Indian food when we walked in. We had the buffet. Nothing was too spicy, but there was still a variety of tastes. The bread is not on the... More 

1 Thank Scott M
Richmond, VA
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2016

Malabar has lots of local competition and can get overlooked, but each time I come here, I find the service & food excellent. They are better able to accommodate the different preferences that my husband & I have for spiciness - my husband likes spicy while I prefer mild. This is one of the very few Indian restaurants I have... More 

Thank virginiawanderer
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 1, 2016

If you like spicy this is the place for you. If you don't like spicy, also the place for you. if you're unfamiliar with Indian cuisine- ask. They have something on the buffet for you. and the Naan - fresh, delicious and buttery... writing this is making me hungry...

1 Thank Dave B
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

Had dinner there last night for wife's birthday. Great as usual. I get the lamb vendaloo, excellent. Never busy, and don't understand why. Every time we go we enjoy it tremendously.

Thank TBoningit
Richmond, Virginia
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167 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2015

A richmond institution for past several years. I must admit that we takeout from here all the time. I thought it was time to finally give them a review. We always order too much and I'm constatanly reminded how well everything is prepared. You can taylor the spiciness to your personal taste and I have yet to have them miss... More 

Thank TStan91
Sandston, VA
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102 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2015

Went to the Malabar for lunch buffet. Excellent selection of choices today. Vegetable noodles was my favorite. Also a very tasty salad.

Thank Riccirhino
Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant has the best Indian food I've ever had outside of London and New York!Make sure to get one of the Chat appetizers and ask for their coconut curry too. Fabulous family run and superb food. Worth the detour from 64 just a mile from the short pump mall.

Thank Monica Q

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Indian, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
3:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3456 Lauderdale Dr, Richmond, VA 23233-7529
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Richmond
  • Phone Number: +1 804-364-7077

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?