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Malo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://malorestaurant.com/home/
  • Email: info@malorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (323) 664-1011
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs 11:00am-11:00pm
    Friday 11:00am-12:00am
    Saturday 10:00am-12:00am
    Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Contemporary Mexican, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Luna
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We cater off site as well as specialize in large parties, custom menus, and events with private rooms and bar available as well.
  • Special Events & Promotions: We do a variety of special events at our restaurant and also offsite as well. Film screenings, private parties, live entertainment.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 1/2 blk. East of Fountain Ave
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We have our own lot which is free to our guests during Brunch and Lunch, valet service is offered at $4 for dinner service.
A word from Malo
Recently awarded best ‘Chips and Salsa’ in Ciudad magazine and as ‘one of the best places to taste tequila’ in Los Angeles by Sunset magazine. Malo is the Silver Lake home to over 150 different tequilas; all of them 100% blue agave; add our fresh sweet and sour made daily in house for a margarita or hit one of our fresh fruit puree margaritas made in house. Malo is a Los Angeles favorite for not only the margaritas and mojitos in the bar, but also the food.

“This hip but casual restaurant offers a new take on Mexican food by intertwining a gourmet aesthetic with home style favorites served with sturdy margaritas.”

The Ground Beef & Pickle tacos have been written up nationally as one of the best tacos in Los Angeles and the Burnt Habanero & Crema salsa is a local favorite. Fish tacos, Oaxacan shrimp and the Lobster Diablo are our current favorites from the sea and the Carne Asada and Pork Al Pastor rule the land.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "We've enjoyed coming to Malo for a couple of years. It's consistently yummy, the service is consistently adequate, the location is superior, and the ambiance is fun, cool, not fussy. We like to bring out of town friends here, especially those who are not keen on traditional Cal-Mex. Malo's Nouveau Cal-Mex is delicioso! Staff are all nice, but there's always a slight glitch with our service every time, but maybe that's just our experience, but not enough to keep us away. It's almost charming. OH! I must mention cocktails at Malo. Super!!! Especially one with rum and horchata."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Malo and was recommended by a friend when I requested a Mexican restaurant with quality food. The food and drinks were amazing, specifically the shrimp tacos and red sangria. The service however was poor juxtaposed to the quality of food. While our food came out fast, we were hardly checked up on by our waitress, it took forever to find someone to give us more water and when we requested drinks, we were greeted with a questionable attitude by our waitress. Would come again for the food but am trying Mas Malo before coming back to this location."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "What can I say? This place is a gem with a great vibe and tasty food. I recommend their soggy chips, homemade guacamole, and pork belly tacos. If you eat here, you will not regret it!"
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The Malo dining experience remains one of my favorite in all of LA. You have to start with the salsa sampler (and be sure to ask for the table salsa as well). The homemade guacamole is fantastic. And if you're in a group, do a combination of some of their tacos, along with either carnitas al pastor and nopalitos. The canitas in coke is great as well. Trust their nightly specials too. One word of advice: their house specialty cocktails are mostly syrup and sugar. You're at a great tequilla bar so just call your favorite tequilla and ask for a margarita on the rocks with no salt and fresh lime. No need spoiling all that great food with the sugar load that comes with their special cocktails. Service is always excellent."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "You kidding me?!? These tacos were amazing! Full of flavor and spice."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The guacamole to start is delicious followed by the most wonderful pork belly tacos. The rice and beans are like my grandmas: so tasty. Let's not forget The Rooster, my mezcal and bourbon drink. Can't say enough good things about this place!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Very loud and vegetarian options weren't great. Not much for vegans either. Staff was friendly."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I love the food here! Also they've added Vegan options, so it's great for all. I would say I always order the same thing: Guacamole + Burnt habanero cream salsa and Chips + Pozole + one Ground Beef and Pickle Taco. The Spicy Cucumber Margarita hits the spot, and the Organic Margarita is so clean and refreshing. Anytime our friends come into town- this is the place we go."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "What a horrible experience. We were never even served after sitting at our table for 35 minutes. Not even a drink. We finally left. I stopped at the hostess station to let her know we were leaving after having not been served. She then asked us to WAIT for a manager. At this point it was nearing 9 pm and if we wanted to salvage what was left of valentines day, we had to hurry to find another restaurant. I just couldn't believe the hostess asking us to wait!!! Will not return even though I used to visit regularly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We dined at Malo on Valentine's Day. We had a reservation for 7:45 but showed up a little early. They were able to seat us right away. My husband went to the bathroom and the server came over and asked me what we wanted to drink. I had just sat down (like my coat was still on) so I asked for a few minutes to look over the menu. Immediately when my husband came back from the bathroom, the server returned and asked again- in a sort of pushy way. Almost like we were bothering her that we were taking so long to decide (we had only been there 2 mins!). She wasn't helpful in suggesting anything to drink. The entire dining experience was like this. She was rushing us through the experience. Not the experience you want when dining out."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Loved the little pomegranates in this guacamole. We ordered pumpkin enchiladas and chicken carnitas tacos. Both were fantastic. The indoor portion does lack atmosphere and it got very noisy. And it's on the pricey side. Don't skip dessert, the flan is to die for. We will be back."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "I was in town for the weekend from the East Coast and needed a pleasant spot to meet an unknown number of peeps....the staff was super accomodating, flexible and really patient---which was necessary as the generosity of the bartender and the deliciousness of the drinks got us all a bit tipsy and indecisive. GREAT place!"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I coordinated a bachelorette party at this restaurant, which was...complicated business, so I appreciated the owner's willingness to accommodate an uncertain number of people (within a range) in the upstairs space. This space was perfect for our event; the atmosphere, the service, and the food & drinks were great. Everyone had a great time."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "I'd dined at Malo twice before and enjoyed the food, but this time was not impressed. Everything was overly salted, the mixed drinks were made with pre-mixed sweet bases, the Mexican rice tasted like it was right out of a box, it was too dark to see the menus or what we were eating and we had trouble hearing each other speak. We were there on a weekend but on the early side so it wasn't very crowded yet. The service was friendly but just average in attentiveness. The only thing positive I can think to say is that the chips were warm. We won't be back."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We enjoyed Malo's menu, and the waitress was very helpful. Everything she recommended was excellent. We were very pleased to have a big table outside but because of the lighting, we were away from any light at all. It was literally impossible to see the menu or the food. This is easily solved and Malo would be a much better dining experience if they took care of it."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Went there before a show. We just happened to get there during happy hour which was a very pleasant surprise. My party ordered off both the happy hour menu and the regular menu. The beef taquitos on the HH menu were excellent. The bean and cheese sliders off the HH menu were exactly that...mini bean and cheese burritos. Nothing groundbreaking but total comfort food which was nice. The pork belly tacos off the regular menu were good but something in one of them was en fuego so it was hard to finish. I love spicy but this one taco was nuts. Also, we ordered the white and red sangrias off the HH menu which were good. All in all, I would definitely go back for both happy hour and the regular menu."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Talk about resting on your reputation. While the food at Malo is perfectly good, it's not exceptional. It also doesn't make up for the deafening noise, the so-dark-it's-just-gloomy, garage like atmosphere, or the ceaseless "upselling" of $13 margaritas. Malo has competition; it should try to improve."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I've never in my life given a negative review to a restaurant but this one deserves it. On a night when only about 50% of the tables were taken, we waited about 5 minutes for the hostess to acknowledge our presence, and then at least 10 minutes at the table for the waitress to come over. They got the drink order wrong, and then the food order as well. At one point a manager walked by and asked if everything was OK - when we explained that we were waiting for an entree that came out wrong, he said he'd check - but no apology or offer to bring something in the meantime. If you have plenty of time to waste, visit this restaurant!"
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "I heard good things about this place. The salsa is more like mole, okay but not what I was expecting. We ordered the mashed potato tacos and the beef and pickle tacos both were pretty bland. I wanted to like this place, but I can't."
    Dined on 10/25/2013