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Malaga Tapas and Bar
Malaga Tapas and Bar

Malaga Tapas and Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.malagaaustin.com
  • Phone: (512) 236-8020
  • Hours of Operation: Monday- Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Friday: 4:00pm - 12:00am;
    Saturday: 12:00pm - 12:00am;
    Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Alejandro Duran
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Malaga offers catering on-site or off-site for any occasion! We can provide any level of service from a seated dinner with staff and rentals to a family-style delivery, or anything in between. Our Event Planner, Amy Dial, will work with Chef Alejandro Duran to propose the best menu for your event and budget. If needed, we can also coordinate the rental of tables, chairs, glassware, tents or anything else you may need for your event. Give us a call or email today to start planning your party! amy@208events.com
  • Entertainment: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month - Live Flamenco show.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: San Antonio
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking offered for $7 in the evening. Street parking available as well as garage parking.
A word from Malaga Tapas and Bar
Welcome to Malaga. A Spanish European haven located in the popular 2nd Street District of downtown Austin. Malaga Tapas & Bar offers an extraordinary shared dining experience including an extensive wine and champagne selection.

So come join us and let us guide you through a true Spanish culinary adventure.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Malaga continues to serve excellent and well priced wine. The tapas are another matter - I guess you might call them TexTap (like TexMex) since they bear no relation to tapas served in Spain. Also it would be helpful if they served entrees."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A friend and I had reservations set for 8:15 p.m. but didn't make it to the restaurant until 8:30 p.m. We parked with valet for $7 and were told that we would need to pick up the car at 11:00 p.m. The ambience of the bar restaurant is very nice and we chose to sit inside because of the heat and humidity outdoors. One table seemed to celebrating a birthday or just having a party so it was quite noisy that evening. The entire Wine selection is in Spanish with English descriptions, but our waiter was helpful in making suggestions. We had the Tortilla Málaga, Empanadas Salamanca, and the Coca de Pato, all of which were excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely come back here again!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "The music was a little too loud, but still one of my favorite places"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The weather was so nice for 4th of July sitting outside was fantastic"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A good place with a good cuisine, the tapas & pintxos selection is good, and the wine list, superb. Do not miss the manzanilla!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Went before a recent show at Moody Theater. Food was great, service was excellent. I will return again"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The flamenco, music, tapas and wine; great combination! Fun time."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "To start: Friday night - it was a nice warm evening and as expected there was a long wait for outdoor seating. Inside didn't have a long wait at all. Their Sangria options were fantastic and we tried a couple. The food on the other hand was just okay. We ordered 4 small plates for 2 people and it took quite a while to come out. The bacon wrapped scallops and pork were excellent but very small portions. So I would recommend to come thirsty not hungry."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Went for a celebratory dinner with SO and 2 friends and had a great time. Wonderful wine list and delicious food. Ambiance very conducive to lively conversation. We'll absolutely be going back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "The menu was varied and the tapas were tasty. The service was really good. Tables inside by window are great. Get to people watch, but stay cool. There were several large groups here, and they seemed to be well-treated."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "This was the 2nd time in 2 weeks, the food was great and service was great on both times. It was nice that the manager or owner asked how are dining experience was."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Love the tapas concept since my husband usually order several appetizers anyway. Outstanding variety of flavors and we were not disappointed. Would highly recommend the Gambas al Ajillo (sautéed shrimp), the Empanadas, and the Coca de Pato (duck flatbread). Also had the Viuras con Pesto (scallops wrapped in basil and pancetta) but had to unwrap the pancetta from the scallop because it was way too salty and took away from the other flavors. Oh, the Sangrias were tasty too. Can't wait to go again."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Love everything about this restaurant. Great tapas, great atmosphere, great wine and sangria."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "We took a group of about 6 here. We all weren't too hungry so tapas were great. The food was delicious!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Do not leave without ordering the fried goat cheese balls. The lavender honey is to die for and this is easily the best dish on the menu. The service was outstanding and every dish we had was delicious. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great service, wine and amazing food options. The Goat Cheese is always on my list !"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Overall it was a great experience. The one drawback was that it was pretty loud. The restaurant wasn't packed but there were a few large parties. There were times when it was hard to hear my date. I have never had tapas so it was nice to have a server that was knowledgeable about the product The reservation process was easy. I was even able to change the reservation through the app/email"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I've been here several times. It's a great place to hit before a show, and our friends always enjoy it. For some reason, they're always a bit slow on the uptake--10 minutes to take our drink order and another 10 to get them out for a 4 top is too long. Otherwise, very reliable. Might consider a few specials to freshen up the menu, but don't lose the shrimp or lamb recipes. Those two are amazing!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My Husband and I love the ambience, food, wine, and overall service. However, when we first arrived we were not greeted in friendly way. Rather, the hostess stared at us as if we were bothering her for even approaching the hostess stand. It wasn't until I stated we had a reservation at 8:30 that she smiled and realized we planned a head. I thought it was a bit odd that she even did that. But the rest of the experience was great. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "While the food was very good, we all left a bit hungry and still spent $120 for 3 people. Granted we had one pitcher of sangria, but if I'm spending $40 a head, I would expect to leave and not want to grab a snack on the way home. Definitely not for the budget conscious."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "The menu is s bit limited (would have loved a green salad option), but the tapas were lovely. We had olives, calamari, the beet salad, scallops, and papas bravas. The tastes were traditional, the olives outstanding. We sat outside and they had a guitar duo playing out there who were wonderful. Really enjoyed our evening."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "If you like to "snack" your way through dinner, this is the place to be. All small plates, it's a great place to try a variety of dishes. The lamb was my favorite but all of the dishes we tried were tasty. Just keep trying new plates until you're full! Wait staff was happy to offer suggestions. Nice outside seating area and inside area was very well appointed. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "We went to see the Flamenco Show, and got totally impressed! The food seemed too spicy to me (this is not the way they serve it in Spain), but the idea of tiny tapas is outstanding in this world of huge plates :) I will definitely come back. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Food was fine, as was the wine selection. Nothing special. Much of the food seemed like it came from a package. A few of our dishes were great but not overall. The ambience, at a quick glance, was nice but on a closer look it is bland and feels "made in China". Nothing original."
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We arrived for a 7:30 reservation to a mostly empty restaurant. I requested a window table when making the reservation, but we were seated instead at a terribly (and I mean un-fixable) wobbly table. The hostess was very kind in re-seating us, albeit to another table in the middle of the room, even though there appeared to be plenty of window tables available. I understand that those tables may have been spoken for, and I certainly do not fault the service--the one positive aspect of our dinner. I really enjoy tapas when they are fresh, and not over-wrought, but every dish we ordered at Malaga seemed to be either fried, slathered in cheese, or both. Go to Barleyswine or Blue Dahlia instead. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Celebrating a birthday with our son and his girlfriend was perfect at this cool little neighborhood bistro. Service was attentive but not overbearing, small plates of beautifully prepared tapas delivered to the table in perfect timing. The fried goat cheese with lavender honey and caramelized onions was unforgettable! And the location of this restaurant next door to the intimate Violet Crown Theater allowed us to take in Grand Budapest Hotel after dinner. Four hour complimentary valet parking provided by the theater if you get your ticket validated. Such a fun and memorable evening..."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "What a great place to go after taking in a movie at the vilolet crown. My only complaint is the noise. Sitting inside it was difficult to have a conversation! Otherwise a great experience"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went for our 4th anniversary. Sangria was great, not too sweet. Scallops were amazing. Also, tuna and watermelon was a great bite. These were the standout dishes, but the others we tried were good enough. If you are hungry then it may take several plates to get your fill and they add up quick. Great ambience in the dining room and overall a very solid dining experience. Ill go back for sure but ill try and not be so hungry next time!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great food and great ambiance, loved the Flamenco dancers."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The lamb was great. Tender and well seasoned. The duck on flatbread was a disappointment. Service was good. Get a reservation, it was busy. P"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had to asked to be served!!! When the bill came, they had included 3 children under the age of 2 as "guests" in order to add a 20% gratuity to the bill. They have good food but they are shady with the bills. Be careful!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We used to visit Malaga Tapas regularly, but this was our first return in a year. The space on second street is large and pleasant, and several large groups were comfortably seated. That said, the quality of the food has declined considerably. While some old favorites like the goat cheese and the tortilla were still reliably good, our patatas bravas came out overcooked, blackened in parts, and hard. The meet and cheese plate was skimpy with too little bread for serving. Our waiter was friendly, but would disappear completely for 15 minutes at a time. There are other tapas bars in Austin now, so we see no need to return here in future."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Unique place for tapas. Helpful wait person. Dishes prepared and presented well. A little different but delightful dining experience. We went with just 2 of us. Might be more fun with a group to just taste a wide variety."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Don't miss the scallops, lamb, or duck. We tried 11 dishes between 6 people, and those three were off the charts. Everyone would return just for those! The service brought it down. Our waitress was a bit aloof and slow. One dish came out 10 minutes after the others, and it was cold (meaning she forgot it in the kitchen). Drinks orders were all very slow."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "The lamb was excellent our table ordered 3 servings. Also enjoyed the calamari and seared tuna. Wine was wonderful and the service was excellent. Would definitely recommend!!"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Went as a group of four around 8pm after driving into Austin that evening. Located in the Shopping District, we opted to walk and it was a great little area to do so. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and the wine list, offering up her suggestions on both. We ordered in two sets of four tapas, as not to overwhelm ourselves. We really enjoyed the fried goat cheese and empanadas. The meatballs were nothing special though and we would skip them next time. Service was at a slower pace but not outrageously slow, definitely a place to come to share and try new things over a leisurely meal."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Have taken several dates there, always a good experience. Can get fairly busy. Wine list is extensive. Food is great and Tapas ideal for sharing. Owner always makes a point to check out how things are going. Only complaint this time is wanted to sit outside but they were out of propane for the outdoor heaters so had to sit inside. Sitting outside is great for people watching. You can see a movie next door at Violet Crown which makes for a great date. Highly recommennd"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "One of our favorites spots when in the area...we live in killeen and drove one hour just to eat some good tapas!...it's one of my favorites restaurants and and wine bars, will love to visit more often!!!...keep the good work and great service!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "As on every visit, we find the service at Malaga to be excellent and the food is always very good, with an interesting menu that I find resonates with the tapas I appreciated on a trip to Barcelona not long ago. The atmosphere is really pleasant, and even though it gets loud, the tables near the bar tend to maintain enough quiet to talk. Later in our evening, two spanish guitarists played and they were fantastic. The food on this occasion was not quite as up to par as usual. The scallops which are a staple on our visits were well prepared but a scanty portion for the amount of money we spent on them. The flatbread pizza was burned around the edges and so I was disappointed in that. But it still tasted well enough. Paying more for less."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Off the bat, I was confused as to why I had booked a Valentine's dinner time at 5pm. We arrived on time and the hostess tried to have us sit outside where all the people WITHOUT reservations had to sit. Odd.... I pushed the issue and got a great spot inside next to the window as I has originally requested. Food is great, service was excellent, ambiance was awesome, prices are exactly where they're supposed to be. Their sangria is unbelievably awesome. By the time we were ready to leave, we were satisfied."
    Dined on 2/14/2014