Malaga Tapas and Bar
Malaga Tapas and Bar

Malaga Tapas and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.malagaaustin.com/
  • Phone: 5122368020
  • 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: Spanish, Tapas / Small Plates
  • 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
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Malaga Tapas and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
53 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (23)romantic (20)great for outdoor dining (18)good for groups (17)notable wine list (16)late-night find (15)special occasion (12)neighborhood gem (9)hot spot (9)scenic view (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Didn't fill my expectations
    Hopstopper
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I visited Malaga one saturday night and it was 11pm the place had like 3 tables with people, the food was not very fullfilling, I ordered the tortilla española, which was ok but very small and lacked flavor,and i also had some fideo with shrimp and the fideo was not cooked well and the shrimp was tiny.. The music was not even spanish.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    AnaE
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Although this was not my first time here, in always so pleased with the food and service. Our waiter, Juan, was charming, engaging and knowledgeable about the menu. The pomegranate sangria was amazing! The scallops were very good and the pork loin rolls were out of this world.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of fun
    DavidLT
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Great place to make plans before a downtown event. We went before Erasure concert and it was the perfect setup!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Excellent service. Good food. Beautiful night to dine outside.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wont be back
    foodie75
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I used to love Malaga - It was my go to restaurant. Since changing owners or chefs its been all down hill. I went on a Saturday night with 2 others and the restaurant was dead... which should have been a clue since it was always busy before. If you are hungry go somewhere else... the portions are tiny and no longer include sauce on the side or bread/pita on the side. The wine list is non existent unless you want a $15 glass of sub-par wine. We ordered about 7 different tapas (5 of which were meat or seafood) to share (which in the past was more than enough) and left the restaurant hungry and with an unusually high bill for what we got. All in all skip it. It isn't worth the time or money.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrific Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Some of the most original and innovative tapas we have ever seen. Everything we had was imaginative and delicious. The star of the show, however was Anastasia, our waitperson. She was personable, informative and very well-informed as to the food and wine. I don't know what you pay her, but it can't be enough.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not the same Malaga
    Kimberley
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    My husband and I have been enjoying Malaga for years. Since moving further out of town, we don't make it there as much as we used to or would like. This last Saturday we headed downtown for a concert and of course made reservations at Malaga. The menu has changed significantly, which was not an issue until we received our food. The portions are at best half of what they were before. For example, the scallop plate was two small scallops that had been cut in half. The Loma al la Plancha has been replaced with a Carne Asada, which again was a much smaller portion and had much less flavor than before. We left hungry (after $200 of food and drinks for 4) and disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good tapas
    AmyO
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great selection of menu items. Service was pretty slow on the night we went, even though the restaurant was not jam packed (it was a late dinner). We had to continue to ask our server as well as other servers for an item that we ordered but did not receive (even though we had received all of our other tapas). It was a little frustrating. And, our server only came to check on us once after our initial order. All the food was great, however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Loved this place, and would definitely try again. Server was fun and helpful, and management checked in to make sure all was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I only go to see flamenco shows
    Flammka
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Flamenco is the only thing that brings me there. This is a place that will let you leave hungry... their plates are so tiny and definitely not worth the price.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty Tapas
    Joleen
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Haven't been to Malaga in years. Bartender was a bit busy - took a bit to get a drink order at the bar. We enjoyed the crab stuffed piquillo peppers, the seared tuna & watermelon (yum), meatballs & empanadas. All were tasty. They were out of the "chicken fritters" already at 7:30pm. We had heard they were excellent, but I guess another time. Not insanely crowded on a very rainy Friday night - so that was a treat as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New chef is bringing it!
    angelanotworkin
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Came back to Malaga after many months, wow, what a change! The food was delicious, the new chef is what this place needed! We had a group of 10 and had an amazing time, our server Michelle was great! Looking forward to trying out the new dishes, heard that the chef is rolling one out every week. Welcome back, Malaga!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service, stole $
    Badservice
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was abysmal- we waited over half an hour for some of our drinks, they brought out doubles of some of the plates we ordered, even though we only ordered one.We also waited for 30-45 minutes after we finished eating and no one approached us to ask if we wanted more drinks, dessert, or the bill. someone had to get up from our table to find waitstaff to print our bill since we had a group of 6 they added tip on the bill at 20%, which is NOT what I would have tip. When I looked on my credit card the next day, they had added $4 on my friend's card, and $5 on mine, even though I did not add any additional tip. HORRIBLE experience
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delectable!
    DateSpot
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The owner always speaks to us when we come here and it's fantastic. Makes us feel welcomed. Our waiter was so knowledgeable about the menu and have great recommendations. Our food and drinks were swiftly brought to us and the ambiance was perfect for my date with my husband. I will always return to experience Malaga!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great first visit!
    AustinVeggie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We just happened to be there on the first Wednesday of the month… Tango Night!! We had tickets for a show at ACL, so couldn't hang out. They have a few vegetarian things that can have the dairy removed. Everyone was super friendly and very welcoming. Will definitely be back!!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Love this place. The tapas and empanadas are phenomenal. I've been to this place 3 times and they are very consistent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic experience
    atxmartini
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Made a last minute reservation for a Saturday night and had no trouble being accommodated. The server was very knowledgeable; she asked several questions to get a good idea of what we were looking for, and based recommendations on what we told her. The food was amazing and the drinks were great too. For me, this is more of a great place for girl's night rather than date night, but that's just because I have the feeling my husband wouldn't think it was enough food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great ambience food needs work
    Lovetogrub
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The location and service were excellent but the food needs improvement. The steak had no flavor and was over cooked. The meatballs tasted too sweet nothing like Spanish meatballs. I would recommend putting the aioli sauce on the side for the shrimp plate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Understaffed?
    rfamily
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were at Malaga for a light meal prior to a show at Moody/ACL. We were seated immediately despite being 20 minutes early for our reservation. Service started out fantastic but as the crowd thickened our service thinned. The inital serving was succulent, scallops were perfectly done empandas had a nice blend of spices and the generous portion of lamb was tender. The fried goat cheese balls made a late appearance after asking the waitstaff no less than 4 times when they would be served. We added a plate of calamari which was plain and it arrived before the goat cheese. The sangrias served were special, a nice change from margaritas. Upon settling our bill our waiter apologized stating they had 2 no shows for work. I will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good
    RegularDiner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    After my wife and I were seated, we waited 20 minutes for the waitstaff. When the guy finally comes, he says, "Oh, let me go get some waters." Another five minutes passed and we left. I'm sure it was just this one waiter not being attentive to his section, but we'll never return to Malaga Tapas and Bar.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Austin Gem
    SweetT
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Spent a really incredible night at Malaga for Tapas and Flamenco. The ambiance is unbeatable with beautiful exposed brick walls and art galore. There is a joyous, energetic vibe among the crowd. The food was incredible and the wine list was one of the best I've seen in Austin. This is a wonderful place for a special meal or late snack.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flaminco night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    What fabulous tapas. The lamb was cooked to perfection. The entertainment was good. Three ladies danced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good
    Zeke1963
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were looking for a good place late on Saturday without a reservation and we were able to get into Malaga. The food was really good. Additionally, all of the menu options looked interesting, so would happily go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great tapas
    earlybird
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Right downstairs from the Violet Crown so good place to go while you have that free parking. Has good tapas, good drinks, and pleasant ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Malinda
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Don't miss the Sangria at happy hour. Food was outstanding. Great tapas menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food. Good atmosphere.
    Zoidberg
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I'm not a huge tapas fan in general; this was only my second time at a tapas restaurant. I went with a group of 6, and I think that's the way to go. I'm sure it works beautifully as just a couple, but getting 12 different plates as a group was pretty sweet. There was also a painting group thing going on. I thought it was going to be annoying, but it kind of adds to the atmosphere really.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TexTap now in Austin
    Frank
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Late Evening Dinner
    IMSherlock
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The music was a little too loud, but still one of my favorite places
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere
    PEFX
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    The weather was so nice for 4th of July sitting outside was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spanish flavor
    Agus
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    A good place with a good cuisine, the tapas & pintxos selection is good, and the wine list, superb. Do not miss the manzanilla!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 124 reviews are from the Malaga Tapas and Bar reviews archive.
  • Great pre-show dining
    AustinsteVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Went before a recent show at Moody Theater. Food was great, service was excellent. I will return again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I love Spanish guitar music
    McGirl
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The flamenco, music, tapas and wine; great combination! Fun time.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great ambience, romantic... special.. Perfect for hanging out with friends or have a wonderful and memorable time with someone special! Amazing wine list, gourmet tapas... Make a reservation! One of the best places at downtown Austin.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Drinks great! Tapas okay.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    JBelle
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun and Relaxing
    ExploringDiner
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Cdogg98VIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bebacksoon
    bebacksoon
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Me encanta!
    judyw
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Love everything about this restaurant. Great tapas, great atmosphere, great wine and sangria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.