Cafe Malaga
Cafe Malaga

Cafe Malaga

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafemalaga.com/
  • Phone: (972) 542-9996
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday: CLOSED
    Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday & Sunday 11am to 9pm
    Friday & Saturday 11am to 11pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Mikel De Luis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater parties from 20 - 300. Private dinner parties, wedding receptions, business lunches, corporate events, business open houses, holiday parties, Rehearsal dinners. We customize everything to our clients wishes. We can deliver food or provide full service with many rental items also available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private dining room that will seat up to 40 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Tommy Adams / Albert Segui 4697349662
  • Entertainment: LIVE MUSIC ON THE WEEKENDS!!!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Davis
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a private lot immediately to the South of the restaurant and a large public lot immediately to the East of the restaurant.
A word from Cafe Malaga
Welcome to Café Málaga

Spanish Tapas Restaurant• McKinney, Texas

Nestled just off the beautiful Historic Downtown Square, Café Málaga offers a refreshing take on Mediterranean cuisine and Spanish Tapas in a restored 130 year-old-house with beautiful gardens and patios. While the atmosphere may be relaxed the quality of service is never compromised. Our staff will be delighted to assist you if you’re not familiar with the tapas-style of dining. We also serve gourmet coffees and authentic Spanish desserts. Our full bar features a wide selection of wines mainly from Spain, Argentina and Chile.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Cafe Malaga reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (62)neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (39)good for groups (34)romantic (29)special occasion (27)scenic view (13)notable wine list (11)hot spot (10)kid-friendly (9)great for lunch (7)late-night find (6)great for brunch (5)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Good for lots of tapas to sample cultural food
    Paul
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Big tapas menu to sample multiple Spanish foods that are very good. Speakers are a little loud. Old historical building. Big patio, but we were unable to sit outside due to weather.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great tapas restaurant
    AMILL
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    This is a nice little gem located in downtown McKinney. Great tapas food, along with an extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Our server was great. The croquettes were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    Etherware
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Having not been to a good Spanish tapas restaurant in several years, I happened about this place when searching Open Table for restaurants near Allen and then saw it had a good Yelp rating. Well, it certainly did not disappoint. I was originally going to go with just my wife but 4 friends joined us at the last minute and fortunate for us that they did. This allowed us to order almost every dish on the tapas menu, almost all of which were excellent. In particular, their bacon wrapped dates and cheese fondue were truly wonderful, as were the mussels, mushrooms, and beef skewers. All the dishes were very authentic Spanish tapas and their outdoor patio dining was very pleasant and service was incredibly fast. We are looking for to going again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My new favorite restaurant...
    Businesslunch
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Unbelievable experience... The food was awesome (lamb lollipops were to die for), service excellent (Lauren was awesome) and very reasonably priced (4 people TWO bottles of wine, bill $180). HIGHLY RECOMMEND for a wonderful evening...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good paella
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Yum! Great spanish food. Good location. Good service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    TaTee
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Service was exceptional!!! Empanadas were scrumptious. No complaints from our table!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesomepatio42
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I met another couple for dinner with "patio" dining in mind. Awesome patio, awesome view and everyone loved the food. We will definitely be returning. It was our second time there and the couple we went with, that was their first time. I know they will be returning also because a couple of days later she asked me again what the name of the restaurant was. Our waiter was not very good. The only time we saw him was when he brought the food and drinks. We knew that his appearance to the table was limited, so we made sure to have a list of what we needed when he returned otherwise we would have to wait for some time to get what we were needing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fuzzy
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    When the weather is nice, make a reservation ahead of time. Great ambiance & location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • goodtimes
    goodtimes
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We always bring friends or family. Love to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful fall weather. The music was great on Saturday night. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Mckinney, TX.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoy cafe malaga
    out4fun
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    cafe malaga is a great restaurant with an outstanding tapas selection. service was great and server helpful with menu and wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was amazing and the level of professionalism from the wait staff was top notch! I noticed each server seemed genuinely interested to know if it was our first visit and talked us through the dishes and provided great recommendations. The food was delicious! If you are looking for live music with beautiful scenery and great back patio, this is the place to go. I was so pleased with the food and experience and would highly recommend this location to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience once again!
    Donna
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We don't make it to Cafe Malaga often since it's quite a drive from north Dallas, but have enjoyed it in the past. Once again, our service was excellent, food was good, and it was a beautiful night to have a leisurely dinner outside while listening to the band! Portions are small (tapas size), but prices are good for what you get. For four of us, we ordered four of the large size tapas one at a time, to spread the evening out so we could enjoy the wine and music. We never felt pressured to order more quickly, but never had trouble getting our server's attention when we were ready for the next order. I would highly recommend Cafe Malaga if you like this type of dining experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Outdoor opportunity
    Fun2Share
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Small house, Huge backyard with big trees and live music on the weekend. Food is good, wine list is limited but it was a great time with friends. Can easily accommodate a large group outside.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food ... Bad Service
    McKinneyDiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wow, the food was as expected and more. The service and staffing was mind-blowingly bad. Actually had to go into the kitchen to find ANYONE when we arrived for our 6:00 reservations. I would go back for the food, but with much lower expectations. Most off putting was the total lack of knowledge that it was a birthday dinner party. Didn't know where the flowers were that I had delivered earlier for the table, and didn't offer a comp. desert as assured by an email from the owner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent for date night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This was our (my wife and I) first time eating at Cafe Malaga and, in short, our expectations were exceeded. Tapas were incredible, waiter was knowledgeable about both the food and the wine, and service was good. Will definitely visit again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great evening with friends!
    Fun2Share
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    It was our first time at Café Malaga. We had a beautiful evening to eat in their expansive back yard. Our server was prompt and the Tapas was definitely the way to go. Sampled many things and we really enjoyed sharing and comparing the variety of things brought out. Roasted Peppers w/sausage and cheese; and Lamb lollipops topped my list. To drink...started with the Sangria that was thankfully not of the sweet syrupy variety then moved on to a pretty good bottle of tempranillo. Overall A rated evening!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ASurprisingly delightful find
    SunriseVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We were in McKinney for my son's soccer game and thanks to open table we found this great place. The food was good especially the beef kabobs, and the bread with tomato prosciutto. They had a very pleasant outdoor terrace and patio.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • buy wine by the glass
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    great food, great music, great place. we went with 2 other couples and had a great time, the food was awesome and it's so cool to be be able to try so many things
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Charm
    Hotpick
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This is the best outdoor restaurant I have found in McKinney.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not like it used to be....
    yumy
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This place is losing it and used to be a lot better... Sure the patio is amazing, the band was playing loud Rock !? What a mood breaker. Service was rushed and without refinement, portions were very uneven in both taste and sizes that tend to be smaller than expected, therefore overpriced for what you get. Get ready to leave hungry. I will not go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious as always
    baar10der
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Dined at Cafe Malaga for my girlfriend's birthday last week. Spectacular for as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    Clay
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Food was great and quick. Waiter was friendly. The online reservation system is the way to go. Expensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great option for music and food
    Luvmusicandfood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    If you are looking for a place with great music, nice environment and delicious tapas, this is the place to go! The outdoor dining is perfect for large groups or a romantic date! The food is delicious and some portions are big enough to share with 3 or more friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Dinner
    Golfergreg
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food and wine selection was fantastic, but what really made the experience was our server Jessica. Very knowledgable about the food and the wine, she made our evening
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food!
    rhbrewery
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Love this place as I have been here now four times and have yet to be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing
    GreatFind
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I love tapas so I was delighted to find this place. I love that this restaurant is located in a house that dates back 100 plus years. It even has a bomb shelter out in the back yard from the fifties. While it was too hot to eat on the patio, I can see that it will be nice to eat out there when it's cooler. The interior was done very nicely and the food was unbelievalble. We will be returning here soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pablo was fantatic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I've eaten at Cafe Malaga a few times and while the food has always been good, the service has been lacking until this time! Pablo was great!!!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Lanie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We shared quite a few of the tapas selections among four of us and enjoyed each and every one. Of special note were the bacon wrapped dates that had just the right amount of sweet and salty. There is live music outside, but we chose to stay indoors so that we could have a conversation. It was a beautiful night though, and the outdoors is wonderful for those who would like to relax and listen.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I was with about 10 others and we had a great time! Food, service, music, atphmosphere, all could not have been better!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food vs service
    Teamcdonald
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We've been here several times. The food is fabulous. Get the Paella--it serves 6-8 easily. We haven't found a bad tapas yet. Be aware that service can be slow so be sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the backyard outdoor dining. It's got its pluses. This is definitely not a rush through kind of place.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just the right
    Course2course
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Tapa gives the opportunity to indulge the taste buds and immerse the senses with portions that satisfy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Told it would be an hour wait without a reservation. I got out my phone and made a reservation for 2. The reservation time was only 20 minutes away. Returned to hostess to let her know, and we were told they refuse to serve anyone who shows up without a reservation and then makes a reservation online to reduce their wait time. We had to leave even though there were available seats and we had a confirmed reservation.
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  • Cafe Malaga review
    JeffandreaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    First time dining at Cafe Malaga - found them on open table. Good food, great atmosphere, live band on the weekend, at least. Outdoor dining, lots of pretty lights. Tapas were enough for a whole meal - not great on the vegetarian options...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent every time!
    mckinney4me
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've dined at Cafe Malaga several times, we even had my brother in laws wedding reception there many years ago (that was at their old location on the square), and it is always a memorable fantastic experience. The food and service are outstanding, and the ambiance simply can't be beat. There's no other place like it, it's beautiful.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food spoiled by bad service
    CBRA
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Been to Café Malaga before. The food is very good. This time - horrendous service I booked a table in advance to be sure to get to sit outside. We got two round tables which was a but awkward. The party was 2 kids and 4 adults and we ordered food for everyone at the same time. The food for the adults started coming. The kids food was taking very long time so I asked our waiter. He said that the grilled chicken they ordered just could take time . After 40 minutes I managed to catch another waiter and asked for the food. He checked and said there was no order for the kids chicken. So our waiter had lied to us with a straight face. The manager compensated us a little with free kids food and wine. But I doubt I will be back there again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Awesome, as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Perfect evening out. Must haves include lamb chop lollipops, beef kabobs, and sangria. Great atmosphere. Love the back patio area-it feels like you are at a private party!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dbarr3
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Went with family for a celebration birthday dinner and it was delicious. We had a great time! David our waiter was extremely nice, efficient, courteous and knowledgeable. We ordered their Paella and David explained that it would take a while to make and suggested appetizers, which were delicious. My son didn't like the Paella, so he kindly offered to bring him something different. The atmosphere is very nice, we've been there for lunch and dinner now several times. I highly recommend Cafe Malaga, you simply can't go wrong with anything on their menu. Thank you for a great evening experience. Cafe Malaga keep up your great service. d
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cafe Malaga
    GoodForYou
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice clean place with good food. Mixed the tapa Mushrooms with the Cheese Fondu, OMG that was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, poor service
    OmnicolorVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    While the food was good, our waiter made us feel like we were imposing on him to get drinks or order more food. And I was not impressed when I asked about the beer list and he rolled his eyes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate