Malabar American Cooking

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Malabar American Cooking is a New American bar and grill located in Sacramento, California. The restaurant is family friendly and features contemporary booths and specialty cocktails.

Malabar American Cooking serves lunch and dinner daily and a wide range of appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, certified Angus beef burgers, pizzas, entrées, pastas, vegetarian and vegan dishes and gluten free options for diners to choose from. Entrées featured at Malabar American Cooking include barbequed salmon, Southwestern chicken, certified Angus beef filet mignon, fish and chips, bacon wrapped meatloaf, fresh togarashi seared ahi and jumbo scallops and risotto carbonara. Vegetarian options at the restaurant include rice vermicelli noodle and fire roasted stuffed portabella.

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

It’s too loud. They should have some sound absorbers throughout the restaurant. I can barely hear my guest from across the table. The food was fine. Nothing special. Happy hour drinks were Only at the bar which most places that I’ve been has the specials throughout the restaurant. Service was greAt but That’s my least concern for a restaurant experience. First time there and last. No reason to go back

r
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Several hotels are clustered around a bunch of mostly fast food restaurants that are within walking distance. Malabar is the only one that serves a somewhat upscale and varied menu. Attentive staff and very good food. If we lived in the area we would definitely return.

F
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was ok; but definitely not as good as it used to be. The restaurant seems to cater more to the happy hour crowd.

L
Sacramento
59 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love eating here. Great food & service.

k
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have lived in Natomas for 12 years and this was my first time at Malabar. My mom ordered the salmon and it was prepared perfectly! Our server John was great, very personable and accommodating. I'm glad that I finally decided to have dinner there and I will also be taking advantage of Happy Hour in the very near future!!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Waiter was a crack up. Happy hour is really good

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! Food and drink very good. Would like to have been able to have our larger party back in the more open area to be able to mingle with each other a bit more but it did not take away from an overall very enjoyable evening.

g
Hawaii
116 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a pleasant experience here for dinner. Nice ambiance for this American grill based restaurant. Service was great and the food was very good. Portions we're very generous.

o
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time and it for a BDay celebration! The service and food were excellent!!!!

d
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and the service were good. Our waitress was friendly and made sure we had everything we needed. I had the fish and chips and they were crisp and good. Portion are large but the price is reasonable. Only issue was the noise level. We sat in the back and it was loud. We had to speak loud to be heard.

F
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Terrible service; it was very disappointing. The menu has changed a little; and the quality of the food was not as good as it used to be. Really too bad; at one time it "was" a pretty good neighborhood restaurant.

b
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Good drinks, food not too good.....had the ribeye, not a good piece of meat.

CH
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Admittedly, my needs were rather simple. I came in sat at the bar. I had a martini and a wonderful Barbecued Salmon Salad Nicoise. The service was spot on and I got to watch the Giants game! What could be better?

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family get together. Food was good except for vegan meals. Bread on sandwiches was very soggy. Table behind us was very loud. Filet mignon was excellent as well as rib eye and chicken tenders.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wedding Anniversary.

l
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful Early Fathers Day Lunch.Thank You.
Henry.

N
Memphis
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. W dry thing was amazing!!! Try the poblano burger

RR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Why is it REQUIRED that I write something?
My server/bartender at the bar was excellent, friendly, had great suggestions, and made sure I had some to drink that I would enjoy. The food was ..ok

K
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 4

The Manager and the person who seated us was just fine. Employees not trained well. Food was delivered to our table we did not order, one of the plates was completely wrong, the child’s hamburger was undercooked and had to send it back. All the while our waitress obviously did not have customer service skills or experience. We waited way too long for everything even though it was not crowded. We waited very long for the check and then for processing the bill. It was one of the worst dining experiences I’ve had. The food was also mediocre at best. I will say that the manager, Paul, was helpful in compensation and professional. He was the positive element of the experience. I will never go back.

N
Tampa
436 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat close to Sacramento airport. I always take family here when they come to visit me.

D
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were a party of 12, and unfortunately, they when the food was delivered to our table, they got at least 4 of the orders incorrect. Due to the time, the individuals ate what was delivered, even though they were incorrect.

KP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The menu is decreased significantly for special occasions which we did not know. So for anyone who doesn’t eat fish or beef, there was nothing for you to eat. Even the desert which was advertised as their special for the weekend was not available. This is the second time we have gone on a “special occasion” (the last one being Super Bowl sunday when it wasn’t even open). Definitely not going again on a special occasion. We have gone many other times and enjoyed it.

LC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt and professional service. Excellent food!
Great job to all.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent brunch! Wide variety of food including breakfast and lunch items. Would definitely go again.

E
Sacramento
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely dining room, but the shades do not filter the sun adequately and those facing west in several seats are affected. Next time we’ll ask for specific seats to avoid this.
The food and service is consistently good.

RB
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

My wife and I went here to celebrate or anniversary. We have dined here often, and it is usually a good experience. This time was an exception however. The host was friendly and wished us a Happy Anniversary. (I noted it was a special occasion when I made the reservation). We were seated at a table with a bad location, next to the kitchen and where the employees conduct business. Our server never acknowledged our anniversary, and was overly businesslike. My food was excellent, as it usually is here, but my wifes steak was more rare to med. rare than the medium that she ordered. We will return, because of our prior good experiences, but hope this does not become the norm.

DW
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My experience was a great one. Our server Lenard was so good. He was very attentive to our needs and very welcoming to your restaurant. I will definitely be coming back. Our food was outstanding I would recommend the steak 🥩.

Thank you ,Deanna Williams

OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation for 7:45 and waited ten minutes after our reservation and then were told they had staffing and “computer issues” and couldn’t seat us for at least 30 more. Within two minutes of telling us this, a party of four came in and were almost immediately seated!

This also happened to us the previous night and thought it was a fluke, but it seems there may be an underlying issue...... I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone

SM
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and good service. Nice spot for a work lunch.

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had over ten people and they totally accommodated us. Great server and incredibly polite. She really went out of her way for us. Wonderful experience and the food was excellent too.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, ambience and exemplary service!

JS
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Malabar American Cooking for drinks and appetizers. We loved the Portabella Mushroom and Seared Ahi. The crab cakes rocked! An overall great experience!

DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 3

The ribeye steak was not of restaurant quality. It was grisly and tough to eat. For the price, very subpar and disappointing.

RD
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good quality, nicely presented, and very tasty. The service was excellent.

s
Sacramento
13 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Grabbed a late lunch around 2:30 p.m. Not very busy, so no wait to get table, service was great and drinks were quickly refilled. Food was tasty and hot. Always a great meal at Malabar!!!

l
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Service and Food. Sunday Brunch had fewer diners than expected which suited us just fine.
Huge pancakes and friend potatoes were excellent. Other than the hollandaise for the eggs
benedict needing a bit more lemon everything was fine.

d
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Meet up with my college buddy here every year, never disappoints. Stay please!

T
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Pretty average but the only place to eat so we were glad it was there. It took a long time for our waiter to appear when we were seated and it was not crowded. While it serves the purpose if you are staying near the airport I wouldn't go out of my way to dine here.

TA
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our annual office trip from Chico to a Kings game is always started off with dinner at Malaber, we have never been disappointed with any aspect of Malabar! The food is always yummy, the servers are always friendly and offer amazing suggestions, and the drinks..........well, one is never enough, so we always have more!
Team API will see you again next year Malabar!

KG
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We rarely eat out due to food intolerances, including gluten. It was a pleasant surprise to find a busy place like Malabar that has a gluten free menu and follows up by taking precautions. Our meals were delivered on specially colored plates with GF flags prominently displayed, along with our non GF family member's meals. It may not sound like much, but this is always a good sign and showed they took our gluten issues seriously. Even better, there were no telltale symptoms of gluten ingestion over the next day. Ordering GF doesn't always mean you won't get struck by cross contamination, as we have learned. Hence the normal reluctance to eat out at new places. We ordered kind of across the board, with tacos, marinated ahi, salads and the like. It was all very good. We would go again. Thank you and well done, Malabar!

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