Malbec - Toluca Lake
Malbec - Toluca Lake

Malbec - Toluca Lake

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.malbeccuisine.com/
  • Phone: (818) 762-4860
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Sunday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Steakhouse, South American
  • Executive Chef: Pablo Alcorta
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Forman
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Malbec - Toluca Lake
Argentina is world famous for its cuisine. From homemade salads, pastas and fish to an abundant selection of our signature grilled meats, Malbec Argentinean Bistro brings you the best authentic cuisine prepared on our genuine Argentinean grill.
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Malbec - Toluca Lake reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)fit for foodies (21)romantic (18)special occasion (18)notable wine list (18)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (8)good for groups (8)hot spot (5)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The place was great and as a first timer the experience was great I recommend this place to friends and family definitely would be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Tolcua Lake Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    I love coming here. The food is great, the service is amazing and overall it is a nice place. I met a group of friends here on Saturday and we all loved our food. I would highly recommend coming here for a nice dinner with a small or large group. They have a patio out front and out back as well which is nice. The wine list is great, lots of great choices for bottles or glasses.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Steak Lover's Steak
    Gourmandiser
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Although I have sampled non-steak selections (which were delicious), I love a good steak. The flank steak with chimichurri is fantastic. When you order medium-rare, it's really medium-rare! The meat is flavorful and the grilled veggies are a delightful complement. On a recent visit, I had made reservations, but we were delayed and I thought we'd need to find an alternative. They were nice enough to seat us. Outdoor seating can be LOUD on a Friday night with hot rods from Bob's down the street, and the women next to us were shouting about medical issues. The indoor dining room is cozy and lively. Our waiter was charming and attentive but not clingy—and did not give the impression that he was auditioning for us. The affogato was divine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We'll be back...
    LivetoeatEattolive
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Our first time here, had a 7 pm reservation and were seated at our table as soon as we walked in the door. The waiter knew his menu and was very helpful with our wine selection. Our food did not sit under a warming lamp it was right off the grill hot. My girlfriend had the Pollo Al Limon Y Hierbas and I had the Entrana Al Chimichurri (Skirt Steak) cooked as ordered. We will return to try more of their menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such good food!
    GwensgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    The food is so good here! my only small thing..music so loud on a Sunday night, and not my fave kind of music.. But..it's so nice and the food is so good! I would highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Brunch Gem
    jon5ctsVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This was a great Brunch find! Had no idea that they served lunch but it's a perfect choice!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Neighborhood spot
    OKexperienceVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went on Saturday nite, once restaurant got full, it became very loud. Hard to have a conversation with people at our table. Nice Menu, Beer and Wine only.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very happy with this find!
    janytory
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had cut out a review of this place at least a couple years ago - and we thought we'd try something NEW for our anniversary! The empanadas were crispy, hot, and tasty, and the dipping sauce they give you for the bread was wonderful. We had the ribeye, chimichura marinated steak, and vegetarian platter among our group, and everyone was really pleased. (at least 10 different items on the vegetarian plate.) We are not big drinkers, but it looked like an extensive wine list was available. Also loved the recommended panqueques with dulce de leche. The atmosphere was dark but not too formal. I'm looking forward to trying it for lunch, and we do want to recommend it to friends and guests.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great!
    TheRealDeal
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I am a frequent lunch patron from one of the studios. Malbec has never let me down. The food is OUTSTANDING and the servers are very attentive. The prices are very good for the quality of product. I love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun for a group
    lonestarali
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went for my birthday. They were very accommodating with our fairly large group which was nice. My only real comment is that the food was good but not great. The empanadas were very good, but my steak was only ok, and my poached pear dessert was not great at all. Too much clove. My friend's affogato was better as was the chocolate mousse. We did get a last-minute reservation for a big group when our plans changed, and they were very nice. We'll go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificant Malbec
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This place amazing . The service we received from server Karen was outstanding. She was delightful, energetic and very helpful. The skirt steak Chimmicurri was amazing and tender , just like we ordered.. We came here to celebrate 2 birthdays and had the best time. You have to come here and try this place. its amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect
    HatGirl
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If you are looking for a nice place with great food that isn't too casual but not too fancy this place is perfect. Pretty ambiance. Great place for a dinner meeting as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Malbec is Magnificent!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The FOOD IS OUTSTANDING! My husband had the grilled skirt steak with chimichurri with roasted veggies.. out of this world,, tender, juicy and grilled to perfection! price was 24.00 approx but well worth it. DELICIOUS! I had the grilled wild salmon.. delicious. it melted in your mouth.. tasty and delicious with the roasted veggies and mashed potato. We will go again. and again and again!!! This is our new found favorite place to dine.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food & service!
    tiramisuVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    I had the delicious and moist salmon. My friend had the huge and wonderful chicken canelones smothered in cheese and sauce which was enough for 2 meals. Bread and tapenade were nice too! Great service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun Find
    MulbytimeVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I wanted to get out of our neighborhood and find something new and fun to try. We went over to Toluca Lake to try Malbec, and were so pleased. It's a quiet, intimate little restaurant with delicious food, nice service, good wines and in case I forgot, delicious food! Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Meat dishes, Appetizer for 2 and dessert Crepe were quite good. Pasta with fish was a complete disappointment. Shellfish was very overdone and would not recommend at all. Service was OK but should have been been more attentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous, as always
    galeforcewindVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love the service, food and wine here. I've never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but a bit loud
    bfrombos
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Really enjoyed the food, I had gazpacho and the filet with peppercorns, both excellent. My daughter ordered the crepe with portobellos and started with the carpaccio, which was also great. The waiter accidentally delivered ravioli, and noticed after, so my daughter got to try both (as well as to take home some leftovers!). She blessed both dishes. Finished up with flan, which was also very nice. We sat outside because inside was so loud. Some trouble with smokers a few steps away on the sidewalk. Definitely would return despite the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh
    Mojo
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Over all it was good, not great. The food was average, we were a party of 6 celebrating a birthday. My wife ordered her Lamb Med, it came out undercooked, which had to be sent back after trying to flag down the server. He hadn't checked on us once the food was served to the table by kitchen runners. Our friend had something called the Napolitana, which she barely ate and commented that Meatloaf would have had more taste. The wine we ordered was good and those in our party that ordered dessert liked it. The Sangria was really good, but not enough for a return visit. Overall, the experience was Meh.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quite good, but quite loud
    PinaBerger
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Malbec is genuinely good. Food is really good, especially if you like Argentinian cuisine, which I do. I just wish it was a bit quieter. To be fair, we were there on a crowded weekend night, so lots of people trying to talk above the din. I guess I just wish that the music was turned down, or off, as it certainly wasn't doing anything but adding to the overall noise level. Still, very good restaurant and I would definitely eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 79 reviews are from the Malbec - Toluca Lake reviews archive.
  • impressed by the menu choice
    LucyVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    we went for the DineLA special prix fix, and the choice was wonderful and the food delicious...Lucy
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great atmosphere!
    post
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The place was dark and nice, perfect for a nice relaxing dinner and wine.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Went there for DineLA week - great discovery: Awesome service with authentic food choices!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Argentinian Food
    majelane
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The wine was great and the dineLA menu was delicious. The service on the other hand, could have been better. The restaurant wasn't packed but we saw our server maybe three times throughout the meal. The other wait staff were great to help pick up the slack but I was definitely more impressed with their Pasadena location. For dinner for two, the time it took for out salads to come out was surprisingly long - like they forgot about us. Looking back on it, I probably should have said something because other than that, the meal itself was divine. Large portions and they even have a back room for groups.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem but service doesn't match
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Restaurant has all the right mix of ingredients to be an "Urbanly" neighborhood gem. HOWEVER, it lacks the key ingredient of personalized, friendly serve staff - service was like a big chain restaurant. Totally caught off guard when our waiter's demeanor is that he was in a HUGE rush - Three times, he answered our question then said, "I'll be back" - So ordering process took about 20 minutes. Because all the dynamics were on point, I told my friends that we would try one more time on a week night when maybe they are less busy and can give me the attention I expect - I just don't want to feel like I am a burden when I am out dining - dinner for two at $150.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious find
    AussieMarls
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We wanted to try a place we'd never been, not far from home. The menu looked wonderful. It was even better than expected. The staff was friendly, the food was wonderful. Their chimichurri sauce is to die for, the creamed spinach was glorious. My wife loves creamed spinach and didn't mind paying extra to have it replace the steamed spinach that came with her entree. I'm not a fan of creamed spinach, but even I loved it. Well worth it. Both our entrees were perfectly cooked per our requests; salmon for me, beef tenderloin for her. Our favorite dessert is creme brulee and this one was beyond perfect. With cinnamon and citrus flavoring it was fresh tasting while knowing it was so rich. Perfect end to a great meal. We'll be going again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service & Excellent Tapas
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The staff is extremely helpful and accomodating. Great at helping decide on food and wine too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Dinedaily
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    An amazing find in Toluca Lake, they always have a well rounded selection of exciting dishes to please everyone. The food is top notch and the service attentive without being intrusive. My only less than perfect review is the wine selection which is too weighted towards high end wine of the same type. Not a Pinot noir to be found by the glass for example and what is available other than by the bottle is both too expensive and generally not worthy of a second glass beyond the price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely delicious!
    TomC
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had a really delightful dinner sitting outside. Service was excellent. The risotto and filet of sole were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food!!!!!!
    Shillet1523
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Just went here for the first time for my 30th birthday. We loved everything. The food, ambience and service were all great! Highly recommend the melted cheese/garlic/tomato appetizer, the skirt steak and the garlic fries.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A good spot for a meeting.
    StreetCritic
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I have had a couple of business meetings at this location. The food and service are both good. I don't know Argentinian food well so I can't speak entirely to how it stacks up against the competition. But the meals are enjoyable and the staff does a great job at hustling and understanding when is an appropriate time to approach the table to take your order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch brthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great service and staff. Met the manager who was very friendly. Bread and chimichuri dip were awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood cafe
    ValleyAlly
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    I've been here a few times and the food is always well prepared, the wine selections tasty and the staff nice. It's nothing surprising but it is a reliable neighborhood place. I highly recommend experimenting with the small plates/appetizers, as there are some real gems you might not otherwise find on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JJ32
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Another great dinner at Malbec, Toluca Lake. You can count on their consistent great food and service. One star short on the service as unfortunately the waiter handling the front desk had given away my 'detailed' requested table outside and the restaurant was only 5% full. We had a dog and it's easier on all if we are in the back on the patio. However, our waitress Jillian was GREAT, very informative about the menu and wine selections and friendly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I love this place. My wife and I have had provoleta, beef carpaccio, apps. both great. the salad with prociutto-wrapped shrimp. great. the salmon and the skirt steak are great. but my favorite is the bacon-wrapped filet mignon. awesome! and the wine specials have been great every time
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • StaceyK
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food here is always excellent. My favorites are the skirt steak and the salmon. Discovered a new favorite dessert this time: the crepes with bananas and berries is amazing. Great atmosphere and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!
    Djr124
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    So delicious from start to finish! Loved the empenadas and the bread pudding rocked! Can't wait to go back again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Hip Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Delicious pasta. Fresh, high quality ingredients in a chic setting. Portions are generous. A great pre-theatre spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noni
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We found Malbec on line when looking for a Mother's Day dining spot. What a great find! They couldn't have been more accommodating. Our corner table on the patio was like having a private room. And the food.....so fantastic that every one of the "foodistas" in our group was raving!! We want to try everything on the menu...so we WILL be back. A million "YUMS"!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Great Service!
    Imnofoodiebut
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The service was great! The food was tasty. A group of coworkers and I went for a lunch and we all ordered the Carne Sandwich from the main menu. It was yummy! We did not feel cheated with the portion sizes and the quality of the food. of The service was great. From the time we walked in until the time we walked out, the server and hostess was very attentive to our table. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.