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“excellent service, consistently great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafe del Mar

Cafe del Mar
Ranked #13 of 87 Restaurants in Varkala
Cuisines: Indian, Cafe, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“excellent service, consistently great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

myself and two friends (three girls) visited on our second night in varkala. the manager, bobbi george, has a certain, welcoming charm and the food was awesome. the veggie samosas were incredible. we returned there every night during our week long stay. it was always busy, unlike a lot of the other places along the beach cliff.

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Bengaluru, India
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Good Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

Restaurant is on the cliff, good choice of international and local cuisine and cocktails. Take off the rest of the clothing, just enough for comfort.. enjoy the sea breeze on the cliff, while you take your gastronomical tour. Great international crowd, good place to meet people.

Visited February 2014
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South Florida, Florida
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152 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Worst service... great menu .. but only few items available”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

No spinach available which meant the spinach salads and other items on the menu that contain spinach were not available .. omelets available only before 12 noon.. service terrible.. overpriced
The fish in the curry was old and not properly reheated.. my eggplant Parmesan was oily and served barely lukewarm... the wait person after being told about this just walked away ...
free wifi was out of order and not working..
After reading other reviews about this restaurant, I believe this place is " hit or miss "...
I will not be returning here.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Montclair, New Jersey
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88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Touristy, but best service & close to Western food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2014

While living in Varkala, I preferred to go to the local restaurants off the beaten path where I could get a thali for Rs 75 - but when I needed to go to the Cliff for WiFi I always chose Cafe del Mar. They have the fastest and most attentive service, and their attempts at western food are the closest to the real thing. They are one of the pricier ones (in India, not in general of course), but really as long as my lunch costs me less than $7 I'm pretty content. They owner also got to know me as I was there quite often, and would sometimes give me free juices. He also always had a newspaper for me to read, and even when they are packed they never try to rush you out even if you just have something small to eat.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Coldest beer in town!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

The food here is really good, especially the tandoori dishes. Service was prompt and there's free wi-fi. The best point for us was that the beer is served exceptionally cold and in stone mugs that keep it cold through the heat of the day. Also nice to be able to sit indoors or outside, where there are shaded seats and seats in full sunlight.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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