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Malo
Malo

Malo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://malorestaurant.com/home/
  • 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 WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "In Spanish the word 'Malo' means "bad" and this restaurant is anything but, unless you say that Malo is badass the food and drinks were great, you have to try the Rooster, one of the best mixed drinks I've had in a long time. Love tacos, have the Pork Belly Tinga Soft Tacos... to die for, We will be back."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I came here for my birthday "lunch". I found it on a happy hour app. They have a great happy hour, but we still ended up ordering off their lunch menu. The drinks were great. I ordered one of each except beer. I didn't want to mix alcohol that much lol. ($4 red, white sangria & $5 margs) It was a mellow lunch, not too pricey either."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "I used to love this place but had a horrible experience during cinco de mayo. They stuck our party upstairs, which is dead/boring. They brought the wrong food, forgot to bring one order until everyone else had eaten and had plates cleared. Made it up to us by removing food from the bill that hadn't even been ordered to begin with. Disastrous night for an easy to please crowd of now former regulars. "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "The food here is delicious. The potato tacos are my favorite. Service isn't great when the restaurant is full but the food is worth it! "
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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
  • "A couple of years ago I frequented Malo and went back this week and the menu had changed. Everything looks great but I miss the more simple taco platters. We sat outside and it seemed there was one waiter for about 15 tables. He was great when at our table but just had way too many people to wait on. I felt bad for him. I had the chicken "carnitas" tacos and they were great. My boyfriend had the Mahi Mahi tacos and he said they were insanely salty. The margaritas were good but seemed a little off. I will definitely go back to Malo at some point but may have a hard time getting the boyfriend back."
    Dined on 10/1/2013
  • "I'd been here once before for a party and remembered the food was good, so I met some friends there. The food was amazing as I remembered, and the drinks, though mostly tequlla based, were amazing. Especially the tequila old fashioned. Big recommendation! And the burnt habernaro creme salsa was amazing -- but it's got a KICK! Whoo. Check it out sometime!"
    Dined on 9/13/2013
  • "Being out of towers, when we walked in we instantly thought the place was a club with a restaurant on the main floor. Music was fairly loud, but we said why not. The decor was... Interesting. Very eclectic from animal heads mounted on the wall, to velvet wal paper and candle fixtures on wall.. The food however was good, we both had the carne asada, I found the meat a bit tough, but my friend really enjoyed it."
    Dined on 8/9/2013
  • "I recently had to host a WORK dinner at this venue where we flew in 5 others from the UK, having a total of 10 people. We went because the food is great, but not even that can get me to host anymore dinners there. Everyone from snobby host to the lazy forgetful servers was bad. I will give some, only SOME of the bussers credit for getting me a water after being there for 30 minutes. THE WORST. I worked in food service for 5 years, and it's sad that the restaurant owner cannot prioritize that service has to be just as great as the food. oh well... there are other places to eat!"
    Dined on 7/15/2013
  • "It was very first time at Malo's. The food is amazing, but its not your ordnary mexican food. Drinks I thought where not made strong for the price. I order the pepinos for starters and they so good. I order the pork tacos for dinner and they also where very good. I ordered a side of the Refried Bacon Beans. OMG they are the best beans I ever had. I loved it!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "I'm all about mood lighting for sure.. but when you cannot see the menu let alone your food without a phone light it's time to brighten the room a notch! Food was fairly good. Salsa was bland, but the Chipotle salsa we ordered extra was excellent. My partner was served the wrong dish, but instead of taking the dish away immediately the waitress insisted that we keep it as it was "much better anyway". Yes she gave us the option, but her insistence made it very awkward. Also after we were served our meals we were literally ignored for the remainder of the evening.. would've liked to order many more of the delicious margheritas, but chasing down the servers was an unnecessarily difficult task. Not an entirely satisfying dining experience."
    Dined on 6/7/2013
  • "Consistently great every visit. The Habanero Creme Salsa + chewy chips is a must."
    Dined on 6/4/2013
  • "great food and service. check it out for sure. the guacamole is also great!"
    Dined on 6/2/2013
  • "Food was pretty good and the service was fantastic--at the table next to us. The server spent most of her time chatting up her friend that was sitting at the table next to us and basically ignored our table. I'm not really expecting amazing service from a place like this, but this was bad on a whole new level. We'll likely go back again, because chances are that this person will not be hanging on to this job for very long."
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "Malo has been one of my favorite LA spots for years. The food is always delicious and the drinks always seem to hit the right spot. Malo is never a bad choice."
    Dined on 5/5/2013
  • "The food was decent but the brunch menu is very limited and they would not allow any special orders or substitutions. The place was nearly empty and the wait staff was slow and rude. I left hungry since he only served half our table."
    Dined on 5/4/2013
  • "Hostess staff honored reservation even though they had a long wait. Server was very nice and helpful"
    Dined on 4/20/2013
  • "The place lives up to its name....MALO in spanish means BAD! When you feel like you have to wash your hands after touching the menus? Thats not good at all!"
    Dined on 3/27/2013
  • "We had a fun family time but it was a bit noisy and the food, while adequate did not live up to the expectation I had based on reviews of the restaurant I had read."
    Dined on 3/3/2013
  • "awesome meal as always!!!! great service! coke carnitas were excellent. everyone in our party of 6 loved the food! only ding is that it was a bit chilly outside and no one responded or was able to move a heat lamp over."
    Dined on 3/24/2013
  • "I've been here for happy hour and dinner a few times. I must say that I was sadly disappointed this time. We had early dinner reservations at 7 and arrived five minute early. We were seated right away and then waited 15 minutes before our waitress decided to stop on and by just to let us know she'd be with us in a minute. It was actually another 10 minutes before she made it back. The place was barely full with a handful of tables occupied inside and on the patio."
    Dined on 2/23/2013
  • "I actually went toMas Malo downtown and it was a great experience. Great food, delicious margaritas, and a fabulous decor."
    Dined on 2/26/2013