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About Malabar American Cooking

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.

2960 Del Paso Rd
Sacramento, CA 95834
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American

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

Cross Street:
Interstate 5

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(916) 574-9074

Website:
http://www.malabaramericancooking.com/

Entertainment:
All NFL games during the season.

Parking Details:
Large private lot surrounding our free-standing restaurant.

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Malabar American Cooking Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (175)
Neighborhood Gem (170)
Vibrant Bar Scene (139)
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Great for Lunch (124)
Special Occasion (121)
Fit for Foodies (103)
Hot Spot (90)
Kid-friendly (65)
Romantic (57)
Late-night Find (51)
Great for Brunch (49)
Notable Wine List (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Scenic View (2)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on May 8, 2016

We were seated in the banquet room upstairs for Mother's Day dinner. Besides the temperature being either really cold or too hot, the room was quiet, the food was good and the service was good.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on April 1, 2016

Our group ordered four quite different entrees and all were delicious. The pork chop special was tender and steamed vegetables (which can be disappointing) were flavorful and properly cooked. On a busy night the noise level was very high but otherwise a great place. One suggestion: since there are Mexican dishes offered, salsa should be available. Pico de gallo did not quite fit the bill. This was our second visit and we will be back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2016

I picked up my friend at the airport and she was famished and in need of a cocktail. I remembered Malabar from a previous visit with my son. So we decided to stop in. Food was nice, well cooked. Creative flavors. Bar drinks were okay too.

Certainly not on par with Ella's in downtown, but way better than fast food and Denny's!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 28, 2016

We ate dinner here. Was seated right away with reservations. Bacon wrapped meatloaf was good. the burger and NY steak were also good. couldn't believe the size of the kids pizza. could feed 3 kids. Reasonably priced. the service was great. very friendly waitress and food arrived in a timely manner

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 27, 2016

The food is OK at the Malabar and the service is good. I am joyed going in for a nice quiet meal and have never been disappointed.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 16, 2016

Great food and service. Thank you for an excellent meal.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 10, 2016

Great food and service but noise level was over the top. Too difficult to have s conversation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 9, 2016

This is a good spot. They have a nice atmosphere and a good menu. The bar scene is cracken and the happy hour menu is good too. I like the selection a liquor and wine they have. Comfortable to go on a business lunch or dinner, as well as a date night.

Tags: Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on March 6, 2016

We went there on a Sunday night for the first time. We decided to try it since they have "Kids Eat Free". The decor was nice. The food was mediocre at best, but way overpriced. The biggest surprise was the kids mac and cheese, which was the Kraft kind on a plate. Why should I pay $6-7 for something I can cook at home from a box? We ended up with a lot of leftovers that no one wanted to take home....

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 2, 2016

I had not gone to Makabar for quite a while (over a year since my last visit). I had mentioned to my dining companions that I had a great steak sandwich at Malabar the last time I had dined there. Two of us had the steak sandwich and were disappointed. It was not bad,but just a very plain sandwich. One co-worker had the steak salad. He said it was good. I think the other diner had a Reuben sandwich and found it to be ok. Our server was attentive and kept our water glasses filled.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 27, 2016

Aarde reservations here for Saturday night out with friends. When I got there the waitress made a mistake the will not honor request to fix it, I ordered a steak which was served cold it took forever to get. Bar drinks that we ordered took 20 minutes to get.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 27, 2016

The food was great, however the seating was tight for my party of six across from the bar.

With folk squeezing by with drinks and bar stools it was evident that a drink was bound to spill on one of my guests. Of which it did and the constant bumping against made for unpleasant place to really eat comfortably.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 22, 2016

Had a dinner meeting with 8 coworkers. Food was very good, service was excellent and price was quite reasonable. I visit every time I'm in Sac.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 19, 2016

Always great food. Service is usually pretty good. Shasta was our server and did a good job. It's our favorite restaurant close to the airport.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on February 17, 2016

It was very loud

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Fantastic service and delicious ribeye (highly recommend)! Valentine's Day was made very quaint with this restaurant, but not quite the prestige that I thought that it would be. Perhaps I am biased to the gems in Sacramento, but this is an outstanding and more local alternative. Also, very accommodating to my S.O.'s handicap and gave us the perfect table that he needed. Thank you Malabar!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 14, 2016

The food was pretty tasty, but nothing to brag about. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi Linguine, it was very tasty. However; everything on the menu was a little pricey. The ambience was appealing downstairs, but they seated us upstairs in a small banquet room. Not much ambience for a date.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Went to Malabar on Valentines Day. Server was nice, but slow. Food was ok, but bland. Drinks were expensive and watered down. Overall, mediocre at high prices.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Great food and service, went here to celebrate Valentines, was not disappointed. Will be coming back ...

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Crab cakes Benedict was outstanding - Valentine chocolate brownie was over the top!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Had an excellent visit here. The staff was great. Diana was a great waitress and was very social. Food was excellent. I had this risotto with mussels. Good beer selection, too! Definitely worth the visit, especially if you're seeing a Kings game or flying out nearby the next morning.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 8, 2016

The waiter provided excellent service.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 5, 2016

The service was fantastic. This is not my first time there and I have had exceptional service the last 2 times there. The pomegranate lemon martinis are the best... Costly though... Everyones food was great. NO complants

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2016

This is our 3rd time here and I wasn't too happy with the noise level. Maybe because it was a Friday night. The food was good not great and the service was ok. Probably won't go back on a Friday night again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 5, 2016

Fast service with reservations. Food was great kinda pricey. Very busy and on the louder side

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2016

I don't live far and I'm not sure why don't go here more often. Great service, good food- and they even have an extensive gluten free menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 24, 2016

I wanted to enjoy this place but my brunch left a lot to desire because of poor servise. The server came to the table with I would rather be somewhere else look. We asked for water and ordered drinks. Some time later our drinks arrived but no water. This server seemed to dissappear for long periods. We finally flagged down the hostess to bring us water.

As for the food,I was impressed. My wife asked for eggs to be sunny side up. Again our server was clueless she said eggs needed to be over easy, when I questioned this she said the the order machine does not have a sunny side button,WHAT?
When the food came is was prepared perfectly and was very tasty.

I would give this place another try,but if this server showed up again I would wave the white flag an asked to speak to the manager.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 23, 2016

Short and not so sweet... Food was terrible. Really loud. Halfway through our meal they dimmed the lights so low our server asked if it seemed weird to be so dark. It was. Won't be back.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 21, 2016

Perfect for a drinks before a game/concert, calamari is amazing and the sauce is wonderful, pomegranate martini was yummy, great bar scene, if you are planning on eating dinner I would highly recommend making reservations gets busy. Party of four one got the crab cakes sliders, meatloaf wrapped in bacon, cheese burger sliders, and jambalaya, we all loved out food and would all go again! Hope you enjoy👍

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on January 18, 2016

The BBQ salmon was fantastic and bursting with wonderful flavor! What made it even tastier was the Chile polenta cake that accompanied it. The serving size would easily feed two people if you are so inclined. We stopped by for a quick lunch on our way to the airport - it was fast, convenient, and the services team was extremely friendly and professional.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 9, 2016

food was alright kind of bland. service was good we had a party of eight seven orders came about the same time. eighth order was misplaced or taken by another server. arrived 15 minutes later. not a happy wait for last entrée.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 9, 2016

Had dinner with a small group before Kings game. Did a good job getting us in and out quickly.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 9, 2016

I was with a group for dinner before a Kings game - the place was packed which contributed to the slow delivery of our food as the kitchen must have been backed up. The wait staff was attentive and did their best but it took a long time for us to get our meals - so much so that despite having 5PM reservations, we missed the start of the game at 7PM. I'd go again, but if going before a game, be prepared to have an even earlier dinner to get to the game on time.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 31, 2015

My adult son and I were fortunate enough to stay near the airport before he flew out. Malabar was our choice for New Year's Dinner. We had a great time. The mixed appetizer was AMAZING! Then we had lobster tails with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus. Our server was very attentive as was all the supporting staff. Overall, we were very pleased with our choice to eat there on such a special occasion. We decided to plan future trips to the airport with enough extra time to include more dining at Malabar. We already know the menu items we want to try! Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Nobody had been to Malabar before so we really didn't know what all we were heading for. We thought it was a beer & wine place and were pleasantly surprised to find a full bar and unique specialty drinks. Food was great; we ordered the appetizer sampler from their specials menu and that could have been a meal for two by itself. My ahi triple plate was superb, and Mom's ribeye was close behind. This was a Christmas Eve outing and we saw that the seats were about half full. Service was OK but not overwhelmingly good. Servers appeared to be a little bit harassed. Overall we found Malabar to have a lot more to offer than the burger & beer place we expected and we will be sure to visit again our next opportunity.

Tags: Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 16, 2015

Great steaks and the clam chowder is to die for as well!!! The drinks and service are top notch also!!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2015

Malabsorption is always good. Great food selection and everything I've had there was excellent. Love the meatloaf and the scallops. Delicious mascarpalone dessert.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 20, 2015

Plenty of food choices as well as reasonably priced wine. Enthusiastic service, even when busy during a Sacramento Kings game.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 20, 2015

We had dinner here prior to attending the Women of Faith event at Sleep Train. There was something for everyone on the menu and the service was EXCELLENT!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 16, 2015

Flew in for business & needed a good dinner spot..this fit the bill. Service was prompt and helpful. I'd go back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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