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Malbec - Toluca Lake
Malbec - Toluca Lake

Malbec - Toluca Lake Details

  • 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
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "We had a really delightful dinner sitting outside. Service was excellent. The risotto and filet of sole were outstanding."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Great service and staff. Met the manager who was very friendly. Bread and chimichuri dip were awesome. "
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "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 "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "So delicious from start to finish! Loved the empenadas and the bread pudding rocked! Can't wait to go back again! "
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "Delicious pasta. Fresh, high quality ingredients in a chic setting. Portions are generous. A great pre-theatre spot."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "The food is very good and the service is generally first rate! The bacon wrapped filet is ridiculously good! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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"!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "From Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, Melbac is one of my top choices for fine dinning. From the subdued atmosphere and excellent wine list, from the wonderful selection of cuisine and from the excellent staff, all the staff, Melbac is a five star restaurant in my book….. I always can count on a fine experience at Melbac. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "There were lots of interesting choices on the menu and there were several specials. I wanted to try almost every dish. The entrees were delicious and the corkage fee is a modest $20.00. The desserts were really special--do not miss the apple crepes and the chocolate mousse!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Average restaurant, nothing special. And it is way way too dark there, please fix the light ;) I know it makes that romantic atmosphere and everything, but it was even hard to find my husband and I did not drink lol"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "This small but vital restaurant, tucked into a burgeoning restaurant district in Toluca Lake is well worth the visit. Food and service are excellent - ambience is lovely, but can be loud and bustly when the place is full. Some of the appetizer/salad portions are easily shared and everything is fresh and tasty. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "One of the best steaks I've had in Los Angeles besides Mastro's Steakhouse. So good"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Great dinner spot. Like the varied daily specials. Staff always tries to accommodate special requests and are very friendly. Food is excellent."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "I have hear good things about Malbec Argentinean Bistro and decided to get it a try. I made reservations on a Tuesday evening at 7:30PM. Walking in the atmosphere is cozy and dark. When the host arrived he was very pleasant. The service was going well until we were serviced our main course. Then gone until it was time for desert. The busboy did keep our filling my glasses with water with I do like. We each had a meat dish and I must say that the the food was average at best in my option. Best part of the meal was the appetizer we had beef and chicken empanadas. We favored the beef. For desert we had the Sorbet which started out good but after the first bite we noticed that is was mostly freezer burned ;-( Not sure I will give it another go."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Great Menu Selection & our dinner was delicious + nicely presented. Would have liked some local CA wines to choose from, but left selection to our waiter & his choice was a good one. Noise level & loud family at nearby table made our conversation a little difficult at times. Guess I can't blame restaurant for that, but noise bounced off walls & wooden floor. Waiter seldom returned to check on how we were doing - did we need anything, lhad to resort to grabbing busboy on four occasions. Bill was wrong & waiter was almost argumentive when brought to his attention. In spite of this, I will return. PS Appreciated being able to order just a scoop of ice cream w/chocolate syrup vs ordering larger desert or being forced to 'share'."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The food here is always reliably good. Wonderful steak, perfectly cooked. The chimichurri sauce is wonderful. I wish they'd bottle it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was fun trying some place new! Service was good and food tasty, but it doesn't call me back. Argentinian wines"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We sought out Malbec while on vacation in LA because one of our favorite local chefs here in topeka had reviewed it on his website. We particularly liked the antipasto for two. We ate early to beat the crowd and there were very few other diners....so it was quiet. Service was very good."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Consistantly great food and wonderful friendly service."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "The food here is great! I have been here on many occasions for social lunches and dinners and never noticed the noise. This time was a business lunch and it was challenging to conduct business over the noise."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Amazing food, terrific service, quaint ambiance. Only problem is noise level which is fairly high."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "A wonderful meal which was served in a timley fashion. Generous portions and a nice, romantic ambience. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The selection of Argentinian Malbecs is outstanding. The tenderloin and flat iron steaks were done to perfection. I've been here 3 times in the last month for business, cant wait to go again."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "Malbec is one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants - for its friendly service, consistently good food, good wine and comfortable ambience - BUT if you want to have a quiet conversation this is not the place - it gets very loud and its difficult to talk, especially at lunch time."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "On the smaller side with ambient lighting, knowledgeable sommelier, delicious food and service!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Very nice place! Friendly courteous service! Easy Parking Very good food ! Sweet breads charred! Salad needed some zing ! Lamb chops idea dish superb! Dessert fabulous!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I went there on a date. My dish was delicious but my date's was only average. Considering then price, we both expected better. The people there were all very friendly but it took a long time for our food to be served. Since it was a mid week dinner we didn't think it would take that long because the place was only 1/3rd full. I can't imagine how long it would take to be served on a busy night. Overall it is a nice place but for the money, there are better choices."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "We loved it! The best food I have had in a while. We went to Morton's te same week and payed double and there's no comparison. Malbec has the best steaks and the sides are delicious. We need to go back to try the whole menu!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Went here for the Valentine's Day holiday and they couldn't be more ill prepared. We sit down and get greeted, don't see our server for another 10 minutes. We're then told the wait for food is 50 minutes. That's a bit much and a sign of a poorly run kitchen. We finally after about an hour recieve our food. I ordered a medium rare steak, my girlfriend medium. They came out and were warm at best and appeared to have been sitting there for the entire 50 minutes. My girlfriends steak was overcooked. We asked for a refire and they said it would take another 50 minutes, unacceptable and unnecessary trouble for a special night. Absolutely not, we complained and thankfully they were able to bring out our new steaks in a respectable amount of time."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a nice dinner at Malbec in Toluca Lake. Soup was served warm, not hot. Skirt steak, always a little tough, was okay and could have been hotter. My wife's salmon was exceptional. The Mil hojas for dessert was very good as well. What really made the experience better was our waitress. She was attentive, helpful and very pleasant. It felt a little crowded when we were there, and we were early. I would have preferred sitting is the dining room area where it seemed like there was more room rather than the bar area up against the wall. Overall, it was good but seemed a bit pricey."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "For a first-time visit to Malbec, we were pleasantly surprised. This being an Argentine-flavored menu, there were lots of meat-centered dishes. But for those who favor seafood and vegetables, there were lots of delicious choices. Great wine selection, great service, nice ambience. Not too dark, not too noisy for a Friday night. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Pros: 1) This place has a great "dark" ambient feel when you walk in 2) The esthetics are nice. 3) The wine list has a lot more than just Malbecs. 4) The food menu offers a good variety as well. Food was pretty good. Con's: 1) The acoustics are terrible in this place. If you go on a busy night, it will be very loud. 2) The tables are small and very close to each other. Twice, while eating our dinner we had to stop and move our table to let other people access their table. 3) The service was not bad, but could use a little more interaction and personality. It felt more like they were just taking orders and not really engaging with us. 4) Too many tables. Seems like they are squeezing as much out of the space as possible."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I LOVE Malbec, Toluca Lake. We are always impressed with the quality of the ood and service. The Churrasco with a glass of the Lagarde malbec is heaven!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "If I am paying over $50 per person for a meal I expect great service. We arrived at 8:30pm on a Friday night (Valentine's Day). The empanadas (which were OK, not great) came out quickly. We also ordered entrana and a seafood pasta dish. The pasta was good and the steak was delicious. However, we waited over an hour to receive the food with very little communication from our server. To her credit, once I complained about the long wait and her lack of communication, I did hear her warning other customers about the long delay. The flan with dulce de leche was very good...Oddly, they didn't ask us if we wanted a coffee with our dessert. I think we will be sticking with Lalas in the future."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "First off, the food is wonderful. Unfortunately I decided to take my girlfriend on Valentine's and we weren't even seated for our 10PM reservation until 10:45 and weren't given the chance to order food until 11:15. And that was after complaining to the manager. It's too bad too because the menu is beautifully prepared and they have a wonderful wine list mostly of Argentinian wines to compliment the menu."
    Dined on 2/14/2014