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515 W 7th Street 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Mas Malo Details
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Thu: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Fri: 11:00 am - 2:00 am Sat: 9:00 am - 2:00 am Sun: 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mexican, Comfort Food
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Catering is available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Olive & Grand
Exit 7th St/Metro Ctr. Located two blocks east on the north side of 7th. Go Green!
Parking during lunch is available in the surrounding public lots and parking meters. Valet parking is available at dinner on 7th Street after 7:00 PM.
A word from Mas Malo
Mas Malo is located in downtown Los Angeles and serves Mexican cuisine.
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Diners' Choice Winner
Good for Groups
Diners' Choice Winner
Vibrant Bar Scene
A group of six of us decided to
meet here for lunch. Four of us showed up 10 minutes before our 1:00 reservation, but we were seated immediately, which was appreciated as many places wait until the entire party has arrived before seating. As this was a workday, none of us ordered liquor, but the full bar was definitely enticing. Our server was very attentive and delivered chips, salsa, and beverages. Once the entire group was seated, we ordered and our food was delivered fairly quickly. The server continued to be very attentive throughout the meal. She gladly offered to take leftovers away to pack in to-go containers. Our overall check was much less than our group outing a couple of weeks earlier, and definitely a value for the price."
Dined on 3/6/2014
Organized a birthday celebration
at Mas Malo and starting from hostess to the bartender and to our waitress the service was excellent. My girls raved about the food and since we were all Mexican, we were truly surprised to learn how authentic the food really was. I would simply return for the tres leches dessert which was exquisite!"
Dined on 3/7/2014
Food was good. I got the
enchiladas with green sauce. It was pretty darn spicy. It was a little overpriced. And the service was pretty slow. The one thing I didn't like was that you couldn't book a reservation for large groups (more than 6 people)"
Dined on 3/1/2014
Food was great, service was
fantastic, staff needs to be commended."
Dined on 2/15/2014
First off, the lobster enchiladas
were incredible!!!! The side portions were substantial. I was stuffed before finishing my plate. The service was okay. Took a while for our food to be served and our drinks as well, but not a biggie."
Dined on 2/14/2014
Restaurant itself is beautifully
decorated and has an energetic vibe to the place. Cocktails were delicious, food was fine. Unfortunately the staff could use some real help. My party was seated on lounge chairs instead of a proper dining table, yet it was still early in the evening so over half of the tables were still empty. When I asked if we could be seated at a dining table instead, I was told the restaurant was overbooked. I had made my reservation well in advance so I was confused by this but didn't want to make a fuss of it. After an order of drinks, the host finally came to us and said there was some confusion so we could go ahead and take one of the empty tables around us. No apology was issued."
Dined on 2/8/2014
Had a great quick meal of some of
the best tacos ever. Margaritas were great too - but the carnitas taco was simply sensational. Will return !"
Dined on 2/1/2014
This place is cool, cool, cool.
The food is awesome. The service was fantastic. The atmosphere is gorgeous. I loved it 10x more than the Malo on Sunset even, which has become quite a classic LA restaurant. My only complaint is the noise level. Not much they can do, as the restaurant is in a giant open hall, but it's hecka loud in there. Like REALLY, REALLY loud. If you want a fun night out, yes. If you want quiet and cozy, head to the Malo on Sunset."
Dined on 12/31/2013
The food is always excellent,
especially the Kale salad (I ordered mine with chicken), also the drinks are really good! I ordered a white sangria which was amazing- really fruity and sweet! The noise level was a little loud because there was a large party next to us & the room echos - however, it wasnt overall too loud, plus it was a Saturday night so we expected this. We made reservations beforehand because we knew it would be a bit busy, but if you have to wait there's always upstairs @ 7Grand which is worth checking out too!"
Dined on 1/25/2014
This was a return visit for us.
Our daughter celebrated her birthday 2 years ago here and requested a repeat. While very good, we all noticed some differences since our last visit... Plating and menu was more traditional than avant guard. We would like to see a return to the avant garde Mexican cuisine."
Dined on 1/12/2014
WE NEVER ATE HERE. NO VALET
PARKING ON THE NIGHT WE DINED WHICH WAS A BUMMER SO PARKED AROUND THE CORNER FOR $6 AT ONE WILSHIRE. THE SERVICE WAS SO-SO BUT THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. FISH TACOS WERE GREAT AND SO WERE THE 4 COMBO SALSA APPETIZER. VERY FILING. BEAUTIFUL CEILINGS - VERY OLD. IT WASN'T VERY BUSY BUT MAYBE THAT'S BECAUSE IT WAS A SUNDAY. I WOULD GO BACK."
Dined on 12/29/2013
The food was outstanding. The
organic Margarita was to die for. The waitress was nice and friendly. The ambience was hip. I would highly recommend it if you love delicious food!"
Dined on 12/21/2013
The freshly made guacamole with
pomegranate seeds and chips was awesome! There were four of us. One co worker had hard shelled gr. beef tacos with pickles. Another had pumpkin enchiladas in mole sauce. Another had fish and chips with hanaera sauce. Lastly I had fish tacos. Everything was different but delicious."
Dined on 12/18/2013
Indifferent and unattentive
service (we waited 15 minutes for a waiter to appear on a Thurs nite at 6:30), but that was nothing compared to a noise level that was excruciating. We had to yell at each other across our small table to be heard and left after our first round of drinks. If you venture in, don't forget ear plugs. The food was good, but there are plenty of other restaurants that offer good food with attentive service and great ambiance."
Dined on 12/17/2013
Very charming restaurant. Great
music. Great food. Staff is super nice. I like the downtown location better than their other restaurant."
Dined on 12/1/2013
The service from the waiter was
poor, he was inattentive. He did not give us our options as far as what comes with each plate(what types of beans?) it was the first time at this restaurant for all of us, and there were 8 of us the table. The best service we got was from the busser . very kind and helpful and he packed all of our left overs for us to go. I tipped the busser and not the waiter. I feel the waiter didn't care, because he was already taking out his gratuity from the check at the end. The food was amazing. It took the food took long to come out but it was worth the wait. 2 plates came out with the wrong beans after we told the waiter what beans we wanted specifically."
Dined on 11/30/2013
I heard all the buzz about Mas
Malo and was dying to check it out. I was not impressed by the service and food. The service was cold-the waiter had a hipster/too cool for you attitude . The restaurant was half empty and still our table was only checked on once after our food arrived and that was to bring us the check. The food was disappointing. There was no flare. It was ultra basic-something I can find at El Torito. I was not impressed by the experience and will not go back."
Dined on 11/26/2013
This is the second year in a row
we've done a team dinner at Mas Malo after a conference, and we love it. Service was great, drinks were fabulous, and everyone was happy with their meal. We'll be back next year."
Dined on 11/21/2013
Great food and service, but I took
my parents and it was so loud/dark that they had trouble hearing me and reading the menus! Still great food"
Dined on 11/8/2013
This was my husband and my third
time at Mas Malo, but our foodie-daughter's first. We'd been raving for months about the food and she was eager to try it. We were not disappointed! The guacamole, garnished with pomegratate arils (a new touch?) was wonderful, as were the freshly cooked, warm tortilla chips. My Carnitas Chile Relleno was exceptional! The Pasilla chile (?) lent the dish its considerable heat, and the flavor of the red sauce on top complimented it perfectly. My husband had his standard Chicken Mole, which is anything but standard! Portions were huge, and we actually brought some home which we enjoyed for brunch yesterday! Our daughter had the fish tacos which she said were excellent. Service could've been better. Delicioso!"
Dined on 11/8/2013
I'll always love the chewy chips
and creamy habanero dip, but this last visit was a disappointment. Service was just short of embarrassing - in a nearly empty restaurant, there were huge gaps of time we were never checked on (after being seated, after asking for just 1 minute to decide on our order, after the food delivered, and after we finished eating). A past server myself, I always give the benefit of the doubt.. but when you disappear for 10-15 minutes, come back smelling like cigarettes, and then don't know what certain items on the menu are, it's a bummer."
Dined on 11/5/2013
After we checked in, the hostess
wandered through the restaurant, straightened the flowers on several tables, then wandered back to instruct the other hostess on something that could have waited. Then we were seated. A dozen tables were open, so the delay was completely unnecessary. We ordered chips and cucumber slices. I had to flag down a bus boy to get plates which should have come prior to the order delivery."
Dined on 11/5/2013
Last night was the first time we
went to Mas Malo and it lived-up to its reputation. The Guacamole with Pomegranate Seeds was great and was served with fresh, hot chips. The Chicken Carnitas Tacos were amazing. Great service. We'll be back really soon!"
Dined on 11/2/2013
The kale salad, pickle tacos are
unusual and fab. The more customary dishes are great"
Dined on 10/27/2013
I met friends for lunch at Mas
Malo. The restaurant was not very busy so as a result it was quiet. Nice drink selection And good variety menu. Loved the Sangria! The water had a cucumber flavor which was unusual but nice. The chips and Salsa were so good we couldn't stop! The main courses were good and the prices were reasonable."
Dined on 10/22/2013
food was good but not great.
Trendy: no carpet no tablecloths, hard surfaces = loud."
Dined on 9/26/2013
I'll start with this...excellent
food. Service, on the other hand, is lacking. The staff is nice, but they are extremely slow. Our drink order took a long time. Chips and salsa didn't make it to our table until our appetizer, which in itself was a long wait. Then, the food came out too quickly while we were working on our appetizer. Even closing the tab took a while. Luckily, we weren't pressed for time, but the long delays were very noticeable. They told us they were down a person in the kitchen. Understandable, but it's usually the most common excuse for poor service. Overcoming those kind of things is what distinguishes a great restaurant from the rest."
Dined on 10/13/2013
One member of our party works
downtown and has been at Mas Malo for lunch and highly recommended the restaurant for dinner, before the theatre. The noise level was too loud for any meaningful discussion. The restaurant has a higher level of noise due to the hard surfaces and high ceilings, but to add very loud hard rock music to the mix made for a disappointing restaurant experience. Our companion who works downtown remarked that at lunch they didn't play the loud music. Why do restaurants that cater to a younger clientele believe they must turn up the volume on the music. Don't younger people in their 20's and 30's want to hear each other talk?? The food and service were excellent."
Dined on 9/29/2013
I'm sorry to say we were very
disappointed. The noise level was to where we could not hear each other as well as it was difficult giving our order to our waiter. The mole looked delicious but the heat from the spice just like the red sauce of the enchiladas made it to where you could not taste the flavor. I make enchiladas and mole myself so I am pickier then many. The salsa at first all you taste is tomato and then the heat hits you so forget about what ever other flavor that might have been there. I myself ordered the asada burrito. Sadly it was dry, tasteless and over all boring. They forgot to put the onions. Our waiter did bring me some green salsa which was wonderful. it was the only thing I had besides the corn that had flavor."
Dined on 9/22/2013
Mas Malo is energetic and fun. The
menu is interesting LA Mexican food. It's a bit loud on the main level but the basement if open is quieter. Service is polite but as it can be a busy spot don't go for a quick meal. Give it a try & enjoy."
Dined on 9/22/2013
The food was very good. Nice sized
portions. There was about 5 of us it was a little difficult to hear everyone at the the table but not so bad that I would not go back"
Dined on 9/19/2013
Great waiter, great food, great
space. The music was pretty bad and way too loud even though it was a slow holiday night."
Dined on 9/3/2013
This is a great place in DTLA.
Food and service are always great and the place has a cool vibe."
Dined on 7/14/2013
Waiter had an attitude and the
restaurant wasn't even busy. He is lucky there was 7 people and the 18% tip was added to the check."
Dined on 9/2/2013
While I dig the vibe, pedestrian
furniture and pleasant color palette of this bar/restaurant, I have to confess I only come here for the cocktails and the awesome Tequila collection. The downstairs lounge is a downtown gem of agave greatness. The food would be great if they actually paid attention to how it is cooked. How can you screw up shrimp? Overcooking it until it's tough and rubbery bro! But those cocktails? Excellent Maggies (La Organica and that spicy cucumber elixir are my current favs, and then there's that cornucopia of Tequila brands to work through and sample. I would start with a flight of "Ocho" Tequila or "Arete Suave" For the food, I would stick with tacos al pastor or pickle tacos! Salud:)"
Dined on 8/28/2013
Cool room, nice tequila selection,
but the service was pretty poor, and the food was just average. It's a bit more vibrant on Fridays and Saturdays, but there are better places to go downtown, at least for dinner on a Sunday night."
Dined on 8/12/2013
We seriously thought we were being
pranked. The service was a joke. The bartender literally avoided eye contact with us for 30 minutes before talking to us and it wasn't even crowded. He also had a huge attitude like we were inconveniencing him by wanting to order drinks. Then, in an almost empty restaurant on a Friday night, they tried to seat is at the table right next to the entrance. Once we got situated our server was actually very nice. The food is good but not good enough to make up for the bar and the host staff. Never going back."
Dined on 8/10/2013
Half the food was great and half
not so great: squash blossom tacos were a mix of overcooked veggies and cheese, but chicken tacos were good and they have a good salsa. Drinks are also good though they put too much ice in them. Restaurant is in a lovely space: a former bank with high ceilings and lots of cool touches. Hard to park around there though so I wonder how much traffic they can get to a place that's charging more money than the norm for Mexican food. I would give it another try and hope to order better. Used to go to the Silverkale Malo and like this one better. We ate at 2:30 and the bartenders were ignoring the bar since they thought business was light but our waiter was on the lookout for us and got them to get back to it"
Dined on 8/8/2013
Maybe we were expecting too much
from this "Award Winning" restaurant. But did they really think I wouldn't notice that without any explanation they served butternut squash covered with a heavy butter/sugar mixture of some type instead of the grilled zucchini that was on the menu!? Would have sent it back but it took over 30 minutes for the food to even appear after we placed our order. This at time when the restaurant was 75% EMPTY at lunch. I would have given rating of "Poor" on everyting thing but the Chili Bamba my friend ordered was "OK"."
Dined on 8/1/2013
Overall the food and layout of the
restaurant is great, however I was very annoyed by the waiters continuously asking if I was done with my food every time the passed by. It felt like they were in a hurry to get me to leave. I was not finished with my food however I gave up the third time they asked me in a 10 minute span. Happened 3 times already. So annoying."
Dined on 7/14/2013
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