Mas Malo
Mas Malo

Mas Malo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://masmalorestaurant.com/home/
  • Phone: 2139854332
  • 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: Comfort Food, Mexican
  • 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.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether celebrating with family and friends or entertaining clients, Mas Malo features multiple private spaces available for all your private party needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Megan Connors 8669439789

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Mas Malo reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (24)good for groups (23)neighborhood gem (15)hot spot (11)great for lunch (11)special occasion (8)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (6)romantic (2)kid-friendly (1)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Loved it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The restaurant was very nice and it had an awesome setting. However, I was very disappointed in the salsa. It was like tomato sauce. It had absolutely no spice to it. Being a Mexican restaurant I expected a verity of different salsas. Overall the food was great and the drinks were amazing! 
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican gem down town
    docwalk
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Loud, retro, funky space and furnishings with classic Mexican cuisine. Specialty drinks were good as was starter of fresh guacamole...maybe a little small for the price. The salsa rocked with just the right kick. My 11 year old had the coke carnits and was in heaven. As was my girlfriend with her skirt steak in tamirind sauce. Don't waste your time on shrimp tacos...go to Rubio for those because the other offerings are so tasty and traditional. For desserts the flan was classic (though I missed the sea salt that was advertised), but the Tres Leches was disappointing...even Vons can do better. Overall, my girlfriend from Guadelaja said the food was spot on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    Mercurio3
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    My first time at this place. The service was great! The food was delicious and our server was awesome! I had the Chicken Molé and tried the Queso Fundido with Shrimp and I couldnt stop licking my fingers!! Even though I should have used the fork lol but the tortillas were just too good and that's how u traditionally eat mexican food! The place was easy to find and parking $6 next door. i would come back to this place and order the Shrimp Flautas! I had a taste from my friend's order and wanted more. Good find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place before Baseball game
    Houndstoothchick
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    This is my second time here. I come here early evening both times. The wait staff is terrific, very attentive. My companion ordered the special. When the waiter asked about his satisfaction, he said he probably wouldn't order it again. So the waiter apologized and brought him a taco of his choice. I will come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very accomodating
    slsy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we showed up with a reservation for two and asked if we could add 4 people to it (bringing it up to 6). they were incredibly accommodating and set up our table in minutes. the food was great. our server was not very attentive but that was fine. the spicy cucumber margharita can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    Randy
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We ordered the Baja shrimp tacos and enchiladas with tomatillo sauce upon our server's recomendation and were not disappointed. Definitely try the flight of hot sauces and the chile lime cucumber slices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time here
    Houndstoothchick
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I booked a table before we saw Paul McCartney at Dodger Stadium. It was perfect! Loved the spicey cucumber margeritas! A refreshing change. The four salsas were also fun to eat as an appetizer. I would come back here again. The building used to be a grand jewelry store, in the heart of the jewelry district. It is beautiful. It was an easy drive to park at Union Station and grab the shuttle to the stadium.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mr.dave
    ezeki3l
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    2nd time at Mas Malo. It's a cool restaurant with a great menu and excellent service. Only complaint is the noise/echo due to the design. Not much they can do about it because it's an historical space, but would not deter me from going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mas Malo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    With LA traffic, we were running late for our reservation. We called ahead and the hostess was very understanding and moved our reservation time. When we arrived, we were a bit apprehensive as we approached the restaurant. It looked very sketchy. However we remained optimistic since the reviews were good. After entering, we were amazed at the fantastic decor and ambience inside the restaurant. Mas Malo is truly a hidden gem! The mojitos were great and the shrimp tacos were perfectly delicious. Everything was absolutely wonderful! We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winning1
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food and service outstanding noise level on the high side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No es Mas Malo
    Vilediner
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Y'kno, it's the little things that make the difference. Attentive wait staff. The bus-boys aren't afraid to ask if you need anything or bring out napkins. The water was great too, I kno, water! I never had cucumber water but it tastes great! The big things are important too: The drinks were great = great bartender and the food was awesome! I've had the squash blossom (veggie) soft tacos and the weekly special, shrimp & seafood chile relleno: both were awesome! Been there twice and I plan to go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delicious meal
    slsy
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    salsa sampler: $12, delicious. pico de gallo, tomatillo, mole salsa and burnt habanero. i couldn't stop eating it echo park corn: $5, corn, cotija cheese, mayo, chilli lime salt. amazing. shrimp tacos: your run of the mill deep fried shrimp in a taco, yet still delicious. coke carnitas: best carnitas i have had. very sweet flavor, delicious. and the spicy cucumber margharita was sweet with a little kick of spiciness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mas Malo is Mas Bueno
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The restaurant is very cool---kid friendly at 6pm, and a whole different crowd at 10pm. Food was excellent, and service even better. Spicy cucumber margaritas were excellent. Highly recommend
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun spot for lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was my first visit to Mas Malo. The food choices were very interesting, not your run of the mill Mexican fare, and I loved looking at the recessed wall murals. We had great service and the food was excellent. Looking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 394 reviews are from the Mas Malo reviews archive.
  • Mas Bueno!
    dquon888
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I took my co-worker to celebrate her birthday. I had gone here once before to celebrate a couple of birthdays and it was good, but at that time, a bit noisy and crowded. It was the perfect place to go this time around. It wasn't crowded, the service was good and the food was awesome. I had the Al Pastor soft tacos with avocado, pickled onions and cilantro with a salad. The serving for the salad was large and so delicious. My co-worker had the fish tacos and she said it was also delicious. There was no batter on the fish and perfectly cooked. When I booked the reservation I indicated that this was a birthday celebration and my co-worker had a complimentary tres leches which was the bomb!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yumm!
    biscuittVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    so good! i had the ground beef w/ pickle taco and the chicken carnitas taco. they were both great! also had the chewy chips. grossly good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    Inkedbiker
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Had a great birthday dinner experience! The food and margaritas Medicina were delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great downtown spot
    JanC
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    When I have to meet someone downtown for dinner Mas Malo is great spot. It's usually always busy so the vibe is good, the food is dependable and the fresh margaritas are a treat -- no sweet-n-sour mix served at Mas Malo! The prices are reasonable/affordable. Start with the chunky guacamole (topped with pomegranate seeds) and a traditional margarita....I love the coke carnitas as my main dish.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with Friends
    DTLAresident
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Once again Mas Malo delivers with awesome spicy margaritas and great food. Salsa flight is a must.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • muy malo
    Veritou
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    This place is too loud! Hard to hold a conversation...food is ok...drinks are great!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Food
    Dissapointing
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We took our Mom to this restaurant for Monther's Day. The waiter took our order 1 hour AFTER we had been seated! the food, specially the rice looked like it was 3 days old. I ordered a Sangria and it was below par, it hald brown chunks of apple and bitter. I am very dissapointed in the food and service of this place. I will never go back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Foxy
    Roxy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great food and drinks! The main level is very noisy. Hard to talk to even your own table. Suggest asking for lower level seating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ill be backkkk
    ELcOMELON
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    GOT THE RANCHERA OH SOOO DELICIOUS!! :) GREAT SERVICE GOOD FOOD ...I WILL COME BACK AND TRY THOSE COKE AND CARNITA TACOS! LOVED IT AND SO DID MY GIRLFRIEND ...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crazy hipster scene
    greengoddess
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    This grand old space feels cold and cavernous and the noise level is almost deafening. The interior does not match the images on the website which make it appear warm and inviting. Our server was nice but seemed somewhat scattered, probably by the noise and surroundings, and forgot one of the items we ordered. The margaritas were fair, the food, decent, (we ordered fish tacos). The parade of young and not so young hipster wannabes provided some entertainment as they walked by our table, to and from the bar. Not our scene.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Had higher hopes.
    PhillyRichVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Mad Malo is located in a beautiful Art Deco space but unfortunately the food doesn't match the ambience. The happy hour prices were great so I guess I could justify going back for a can of beer, sangria or some soggy cold nachos but I can't recommend any of the entrees.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    foodsnob
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food here is phenomenal! I come here as often as possible and can never get enough of the great items. Beef and pickle tacos, pork belly tacos, potato tacos, and chili relleno are among my favorites.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food! Great place for groups!
    DiDiVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Hi! We just visited Mas Malo and had a great time with our little group. Great food, great drinks and great ambience.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not worth the trip
    ELKJVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not as good as it sounds
    Rick
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mas Malo Meh!
    KitKat
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Pleased
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was terrible even
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Service was terrible even tho the restaurant was empty
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu was awesome... Hard to
    Patty616
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    Menu was awesome... Hard to choose. Food was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mexican Coke
    Jake
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • spicy1001
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The Good - Food was delicious and cocktails were amazing. LOVE the fact that is in Downtown LA!!! The Bad - Way too loud, making it very hard to have a good conversation. The service was OKAY, they sat us closed to the restrooms and for a while we felt they forgot about us.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance
    Allsmiles
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch Time Group
    DTEater
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good. I got the enchiladas
    Stephanie
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gracious Staff
    Lofty
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was great, service was fantastic, staff needs to be commended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines Success
    Bobby323
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.