Malabar American Cooking

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$30 and under
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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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GT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Malabar for my friends birthday. Malabar is or favorite restaurant for the both of us. We had the BBQ Salmon and it was very very good. The dinner was wonderful and we had a good time laughing and talking and enjoying our meal. We will definitely be back

L
Sacramento
61 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had difficult orders, special requests, our server was awesome. Just took care of us with kindness & professionalism. Great evening

P
Sacramento
62 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a good experience and they even gave us a free desert (it was anniversary of day we got engaged). The waitress was on top of things and the manager stopped by to say hello. We didn't know they serve Brunch Only, and before going, I had looked at the menu and decided what I wanted to order (but it wasn't available) but the waitress made suggestions and it all worked out.

HD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our only complaint is at that dogs were allowed into the restaurant, the hostess said that it was a service dog, but who carries their service dog in a pretty blanket. I know the service dog laws and there are only two types of animals allowed in a place where food is.

OS
Sacramento
22 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Enjoyed a Birthday lunch with my kids and grandchildren. We all enjoyed our lunches and as they were not too busy, we were able to linger a bit and catch up on school life with the boys and life in general. Always my go to place for a great meal.

NM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was subpar at best. Reminded me of old fashioned casino "coffee shop" food.

T
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I found Malabar through Google when looking for local restaurants that serve brunch. As a new Sacramento resident, I was happy to find Malabar that is located within a few miles of where I live!

Malabar is a great little gem that doesn't look like much from the outside but on the inside, looks warm and cozy with dark walls and dark furniture. I remember there being a bar and a partially open kitchen. There are also a lot of televisions located throughout the restaurants. The 49er game happened to be on when we were there.

Overall, the service was great. I've read many reviews that described Malarbar having slow service. This was not the case when we visited. Our server was attentive, answered our questions, and let my partner and I spend time with our out of town family before taking them to the airport. The food is traditional American comfort food. The food was good and it was definitely filling! What I loved was the mimosas! I had the brunch champagne with my meal and for $10 for 5 glasses, how can you go wrong!!?

My partner and I will be back to try out the weekend happy hour!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The server Danielle was lovely and attentive. We got our food quickly after ordering. The unfortunate thing was my husband's pancakes were burnt on the bottoms and the eggs was not quite scrambled with a slight runniness. But overall we enjoyed the experience as the food was good; it could have been great though. Hopefully we can try new dish that's more appealing entirely next time

D
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ive had dinner, lunch and breakfast at Malabar. Food is consistently good. Chef is always willing to accommodate any dietary request ( my experience). Love the cozy atmosphere.

OT
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go to place for Brunch, lunch or dinner!

OS
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The filet with prawns was great. Best steak that I have had in some time. Misty, the server was fantastic! Very attentive and took great care of us. We will be back again.

AW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Other than the noise - rather room noise -we were checked on by 3 people at least 6 times while we ate there A little too much - We were only there under an hour too many checks as to how the meal was.

OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service very slowly

DM
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was cold and sent it back. Service was slow

PT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Malabar has consistently great food. It's a little noisy at times around 5PM, as there is a large bar area.

DB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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
62 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love eating here. Great food & service.

k
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Waiter was a crack up. Happy hour is really good

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
119 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

d
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall3food3service2ambience3

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
Overall3food1service4ambience3

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

CH
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Wedding Anniversary.

l
Sacramento
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

N
Memphis
20 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

RR
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

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
Overall1food2service1ambience4

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
439 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall3food2service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
Sacramento
26 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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.