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Mas Malo
Mas Malo

Mas Malo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://masmalorestaurant.com/home/
  • Email: info@malorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (213) 985-4332
  • 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
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Comfort Food
  • 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 Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available. Please contact info@malorestaurant.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Olive & Grand
  • Public Transit: Exit 7th St/Metro Ctr. Located two blocks east on the north side of 7th. Go Green!
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Made the trek downtown after hearing about the epic food at Mas Malo, and what a disappointment! Food was mediocre, service was some of the worst we've experienced, and the volume level inside the restaurant was insane. Would not recommend."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The quality of the food was poor with very little taste or flavor. It's also really time for Mas Malo to catch up to the transformation of downtown and invest in some renovations, just a really stale feeling."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Restaurant is an old building in Downtown LA with deco design, frescos on the wall and beautiful old crown molding and wood throughout. The food was better than average. The drinks were tasty and interesting but on the pricey side. The service was just OK. Our waiter barely checked-in on us. We had to ask several times for our drink order. The bus boy brought only one glass of tepid water to our table and forgot to bring another. We ate and boogied out. Not a place I wanted to hang and people watch or have a conversation. The restaurant is REALLY noisy. They played loud piped in music that made talking/hearing difficult. Probably wont be going here again. But hey there's so many other cool places to try."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was my first time at Mas Malo. It is housed in what was once a jewelry store and the space is beautiful. We started with an order of guacamole which was excellent. Just enough heat to make it interesting. Our entrees, Coke Carnitas and Blasted Half Chicken were served with either a salad or rice and beans. We opted for the rice and bean, and I was pleased that the beans were not refired. The carnitas were tender and tasty and the sauce on the chicken was yummy. The margaritas were pretty taste too. We did nave an early reservation (prior to a show at the Ace Theater) and the restaurant was filling up when we left. Like many downtown places the beautiful high ceilings make for very noisy spaces."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Mexican Coke and great Margaritas and terrific food! We were staying at the Biltmore and it was an easy walk. Loved it! (Great service too)"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Service was terrible even tho the restaurant was empty"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Menu was awesome... Hard to choose. Food was fantastic!"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "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
  • "Mas Malo was an excellent Mexican food experience. The cuisine was creative and delicious. My favorites were the kale salad sprinkled with mixed nuts in every bite and the tempeh minudo. The cheese mole enchiladas and even the cheesy beans & rice were amazing. If all the talk is about the food, you know this is a place to eat!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "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 11/1/2013
  • "The kale salad, pickle tacos are unusual and fab. The more customary dishes are great"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "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 9/25/2013
  • "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 10/12/2013