Malabar American Cooking
Malabar American Cooking

Malabar American Cooking

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.malabaramericancooking.com/
  • Phone: 9165749074
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Sa 10:00am-2:00pm
    Lunch: M-Th 11:00am-4:00pm;Su 10:00am-2:00pm
    Dinner: M-Sa 4:00pm-10:00pm;Su 2:00pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Private Party Contact: Suzanne 9165749074
  • Entertainment: All NFL games during the season.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Interstate 5
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large private lot surrounding our free-standing restaurant.
A word from Malabar American Cooking
Our Goal is to provide each guest with a unique and satisfying dining experience simply based on what we believe people like to eat. We have created an extraordinary menu that offers choices from all walks of American life. With pride, our chefs use U.S.D.A. Choice and Certified Angus beef, fresh fish, sauces, marinades and dressings made from scratch, fresh hand cut vegetables prepared to order, garden fresh salads and home-made desserts. We know how hard you work for every dollar, so it’s important that you feel the great service and terrific cuisine is worth every penny. By offering over 20 entrees’ under $10 and a family friendly kids menu we want to fit your budget whether you're in for a quick bite with the family or doing a night on the town. We are equally proud of our bar with its unique cocktail menu, wine selections and wide range of draught and bottled beer. Please stop in or try our convenient curbside/take out service.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Malabar American Cooking reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)great for brunch (7)great for lunch (7)good for groups (7)special occasion (6)vibrant bar scene (6)romantic (4)hot spot (3)fit for foodies (2)notable wine list (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Just as I remember! Gr8
    TastyBuds
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I am so happy to have chosen Malabar for our bosses day luncheon. Six staff out of 8 have never been there, and they are returning for another gathering this month. So, I think I did good. :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mgmt Didn't Accommodate Us
    NotEasilyImpressed
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We requested semi-private dining in their upstairs area through OpenTable. No one from Malabar got back to us to verify, so I called the day of our event. I was told that they were not able to accommodate our request and when I asked why they said that they already had a party using the area. When I asked why we weren't informed since I requested it more than a week in advance, I was told that they don't look at the special requests from OpenTable until the day of the event and that it was too late. Poor hosting management. Will not book a special event at this restaurant in the future even though they are minutes from our house. The night was ruined by sitting 12 people at a long, noisy table where no one could even interact.
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  • Great neighborhood restaurant
    jimbo
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Our first visit to Malabar. We'd had a long day, and were quite tired. Instead of a big meal we ordered comfort food. I had a big bowl of excellent clam chowder, loaded with bacon. She had a reuben sandwich. It was great food, and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Appetizers with girlfriends
    PlexerQueen
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    We chose Malabar because of its vicinity to Sleep Train Arena as a group of us were headed there for the Elton John concert. Thank heavens we'd made a reservation with Open Table because there was a very long wait for tables due to both the concert and the SF Giants playoff game. Lettuce wraps were delcious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • good restaurant
    Fattony49
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Been here many times and always a good experience. Brought kids and not a problem.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service
    NateVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The last few times we have been to Malabar the food and service have been very good. Hilary F. was our server and did a good job.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Natoma's Best
    TahoeJoeVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food and service were outstanding. An ecclectic menu but everything we ate was very good, from Salmon, to pizza, to meatloaf, to burgers, all good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Anniversary
    Cederdome77VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My husband and I went to Mslabar to celebrate our 31st anniversary. The service was very good, but the food was very bland. We had the appetizer sampler and all 4 items lacked seasoning. Everything looked great, there just wasn't any flavor. I have been to Malabar several times and did not have this experience. In the past the food was always very good.
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  • No Good
    notmykind
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Wish I could say something good about the food. Both me and my dinner partner were very disappointed in our choices. The tortilla was so hard I could not eat it , the inside was cold and very dry. Bob said his hamberger was nothing special for being that expensive. I will say that the service was wonderful and the mamager took my meal off the bill, Not sure we will ever try it again.
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  • brunch was excellent
    Jason
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Our food was excellent, and the service was quite good. Rule of thumb - if the breakfast potatoes are really good, usually the rest of the meal is, too! One negative, the host was rarely at his station; we waited a while to be seated and one family waited so long for him that they seated themselves. Nevertheless, a good brunch and we would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Won't be back
    RealisticReview
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I live close by and wanted to try this restaurant, but always knew it was a little overly priced. Surprisingly, they must want to spark new people to come in, so they generated a Groupon. $18 for $30 worth of food. My husband and I have date night once a week, where we get dressed up and go out. I felt a little offended a few times here. First, the hostess (who was wearing leggings and a long striped tee) seated us at a table, and said "you guys look great tonight, where are you going?" .... "Here". Was there something that was wrong with wearing a dress and wedges and curling my hair to come to what I thought was a little nicer establishment? My nachos, great. Drinks, took forever. Waitress, rude.Guy who worked there, drunk; Obvious drunk.
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  • Noisy and Cold with Good Food
    MauriceVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We visited 830PM on a Wed evening. The restaurant was kept way too cold, even switched tables to get out of the draft but not much help. Conversation is not possible without raising your voice. It looks like it would be an intimate place for a date night but not so much. Burgers and steak sandwich were very good. Service needs help.
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  • Great food!
    CoachKire
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I was surprised how nice the place was. Great atmosphere, and awesome food! The service staff kept their distance, but were very attentive! Highly suggest!
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good service, so so food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Wait staff was friendly and attentive. Food was just ok. I went there for 2 things, crab cakes and the creme brûlée. The crab cakes were pretty good although small for the price but the creme brûlée was maybe the worst I've ever had. Not sure if u like flan but I don't and this was basically flan with a caramel glaze on top..... The custard was super soft and slimy. Also got the fish and chips, portion was Hugh to my surprise but the fish was chewy and tough bit through. Overall, I wasn't impressed with my food selections.
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  • Have never had a bad meal
    MclovinVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Malabar is consistently good. Have only ever gone for lunch. Always order the Tortilla Soup. Had the Crab Sliders and the coleslaw added a nice touch
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awful Service
    NancyKV
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    It's not very often that I feel compelled to write a negative review of a restaurant, but Malabar leaves me no other choice. We arrived for our reservation for 10 ppl approx 1/2 hour before the end of happy hour. Our server informed us that happy hour was only honored in the bar area and by going to the bar to order our drinks, we were "taking money away from her." Watching her body language when she spoke to the manager, she was clearly not in the mindset to service our table. When the Mgr came to talk to us, he was not much better. He did nothing to make us feel better about the treatment by his staff. He changed our server, after we requested it. Extremely disappointing. We ended up leaving to have dinner elsewhere. Never again.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the Malabar American Cooking reviews archive.
  • Malabar - Ok, sure
    garland
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The mixed drink menu is nice and good, but their food falls short. The fries were cold and unevenly salted (some salty, some not). The crab sliders were kind of gross, you get 1 tbsp of crab cake on a huge bun with tons of very sweet coleslaw. We just ate the tiny cake and discarded the rest. My friends said their food was 5 out of 10. Their fresh-squeezed lemonade is more like lemon juice, and the Arnold Palmer I ordered was bitter and sour because of it. I ordered pineapple juice instead, which was good. Our waiter kept forgetting our order, but was nice at least. This is my second visit, and my food experience was about the same: "meh." Everyone liked the atmosphere. The bar menu is good, but I won't return just for the food.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegan menu
    OTfanVIP
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I appreciated that the chef asked if I wanted extra vegetables in my vegan salad. Yes! My husband's salmon and polenta were excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a Bad Meal...
    Luvs2eat
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My birthday filet mignon was perfection, as were the Calamari appetizer! The start of a wonderful evening...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service are good!
    NateVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Great place to stop on the way home from the airport. Joseph L. was our server and did a great job.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • shasta
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Came up for a graduation dinner. 8 of us. Great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very impressive!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This was our first visit, and not the last. Our server, Shelly, was professional, friendly and fast. We liked our table, which was tucked away from the center of the restaurant. However with dishes and silverware real close, and servers passing constantly, it was a little noisy. We liked the extensive menue. Our food was delicious, and beautifully presented.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Had a great Mother's Day brunch! Seating was quick, food was excellent, waitress was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    Disappointing
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Went to Malabar for Mother's Day brunch. Restaurant was not crowded. No special menu for brunch. We ordered off of the menu. It took a long time for the food to arrive, and when it did, it was cold. My Mom, my wife and I all had to send our food back. Then, another long wait. During this whole time there was no refill on my coffee. Finally had to ask for it. Also, our toast was delivered while we were waiting for a warm-up on our food. Even after the food was re-delivered...it was not hot. Barely warm would be a better description. There was nothing special about the breakfast, the portions were on the small side and the service was mediocre. Needless to say, I won't be returning to this restaurant anytime soon, if ever
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  • Great Eats Close to Sac Airport
    LadyM
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Seems like we're always looking for a dinner/meeting place close to Sacramento Airport that's a step above a Chili's or Red Robin. Malabar works out great! The food was excellent, the wine list included a strong selection of mid-range ($40) wines and the service was good. Plus there's a great kids' menu! The only downside was the noise level. Our conversation consisted of yelling across the table.
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    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice comfortable atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Nice comfortable atmosphere for our early dinner(5:30). Noise level was very low - perfect to chat. Service was good too. Our waitress checked on us a few times and was very nice when we decided to order dessert after she had already brought out check. We had the pulled pork sandwich and the steak sandwich. Both were good. Dessert was the cobbler - peach with vanilla ice cream. Also delicious.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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  • great business lunch spot
    5kaday
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    If you're looking for a spot for a great business lunch or lunch with friends this is the spot in North Natomas. Upscale feel, reasonable prices, great food, great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    A group of us had a wonderful evening out. Excellent food. The server was available, but not overbearing. Never felt rushed. Malabar is one of my favorite eateries to host people for business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls' Night Out
    Nancy696
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great spot to meet when coming from different areas near Sacramento. Comfortable booths. Not too loud. Friendly staff. Good food, average prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Greatly enjoyed the food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Greatly enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. I held a meeting there with customers, and all parties had a great time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Girls lunch out
    Dayout
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    Early lunch today. Pulled Pork sandwich and peanut coleslaw was enjoyed by half of the party. Grilled prawn caesar was good although skimpy for some reason on the prawns this time. Reuben was perfect. Service was excellent as water was refilled as asked for. Pretty quiet as it was an early lunch, but table for 5 was awkward sizing with not really comfortable spacing for the group. Will come again.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall, very good
    NateVIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    Perfect place to have a meal before an event at the Sleep Train Arena. The food was very good again. Portions are large. The fish special was very good. Chris S. was our server and did a very good job.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Spot
    skinnyfoodluvr
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great spot, lovely atmosphere, prompt service. Great drinks reasonable prices, will be eating there regularly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
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  • Good Food
    HBShylee
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was good, it is loud overall in the restaurant. The service was very poor. Complain to management they paid for our appetizer. Calamari was very chewy. They stated that it usually isn't that packed, so it may not be as loud on other occasions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went there for Valentine's Day and was very pleased with the staff and their professionalism with the massive volume of customers they had at the time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Find
    Susan
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Went here for Valentine's Day dinner, before a concert. Had a nice time. Margarita was all right, though from a mix, I believe. My Thai chicken salad was tasty. My friend's steak sandwich was a bit underdone, but she still enjoyed it. Servers were attentive but not too attentive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    ctct955
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    The food and service were great. Just a little noisy if you are planning a hot date. We were with the kids do that didn't matter
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening
    PoodleMom
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    The food and service were excellent. We've come here several times and it it's always an enjoyable experience with a high level of service and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We ate there twice. Great
    Brunswick
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We ate there twice. Great food, seared ahi was fabulous. Highly recommen
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Solid performance
    Clyde5519
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    I have eaten lunch at Malabar a number of times and always enjoyed it; this was the first time I had dinner. Arrived at 6:15 on a Friday, had made a reservation and was seated almost immediately. Staff was pleasant, booth comfortable. However it was very noisy, although probably not surprising given the time and day of the week. Food and service were considerably better than average. Our meals arrived almost too quickly. We lingered after eating and the crowd thinned out and the noise level dropped to acceptable levels. The food isn't cheap, but good quality and generous portions; overall a decent value. I will be going back and will continue to recommend Malabar to my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.