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Tango & Malbec
Tango & Malbec

Tango & Malbec Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.tangomalbec.com/
  • Phone: (713) 629-8646
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Daily: 3:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: South American, Argentinean
  • Executive Chef: Valentin Garcia
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer private rooms up to 250 people. BBQ on site (South American style wood burning grill). Full buffet service. All service personnel.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Montevideo Room serves up to 30 people and is perfect for company presentations. Screen, projector and independent sound available.

    The Bs As Room serves up to 60 people for rehearsal dinners, company events and presentations . Screen, projector and independent sound available.
  • Private Party Contact: Gina Percovich (713) 629-8646
  • Entertainment: Live Music and show featuring Tango music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Alabama
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Surveillance cameras, security, complimentary valet and free parking.
A word from Tango & Malbec
With its rustic and yet modern decor that is infused with the power and passion of Tango, diners can experience the flavors and warmth of Rio de la Plata - a unique cultural area shared by Uruguay and Argentina. The dining room faces the open uniquely Rio de la Plata-style kitchen with its Pecan and Mesquite wood-fire-grill. With its famous wood-fire grilled meats and fresh vegetables accompanied by the best of Malbec wines, Tango & Malbec is a great dining and entertainment experience.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Went with a group of 7 for dinner. It was our first trip and a few of our guests who have been to Argentina several times were hoping for a great South American meal. Overall, the experience was ho-hum. The atmosphere was OK - a bit bright (though the staff dimmed the lights at our request). Enjoyed the couple tangoing around the restaurant - added to the atmosphere. Service was mediocre. The empanadas were amazing. Entrees were fair - steak portion seemed underweight (8oz filet looked like a 4 oz filet) and the scallops were the size of quarters. 4 leches was to die for. The restaurant was out of the Malbec we ordered - and suggested a blend substitute. Overall, I'd give this restaurant a "fair" and will probably not go back."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Very friendly staff, great service over all. The food was a little disappointing but it could have been because I ordered from the resturant week menu. I do not recommend the ceviche or grouper. The surf and turf was good but the portion was a little small. The quatro leches was amazing."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Celebrated my birthday during Houston Restaurant week and enjoyed the 3 course meal. The filet mignon was tiny, but with the other courses, I was satisfied and full. A male may want to order their other meat selections from the menu. Great atmosphere, live entertainment, and friendly service!"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We went for Houston Restaurant week and were disappointed by the very small portions of entree and dessert. The scallops topping the tiny filet were the size of cocktail onions. The waiter ignored us to the point we did not order the second bottle of wine we had considered. The profiterole was hard and stale; the replacement dessert was also hard and stale. The waiter brought the check without offering us an opportunity to order coffee, then we were ignored (no water refill) til we paid. We won't be back. There are many better Argentinian restaurants."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Went for HRW and was happy that we chose this Restuarant. The service was great and fast. The spinach empanada was amazing! There was a slight mix up in what a chicken fried steak was but our server and the manager were able to bring us out an actually chicken fried steak in minutes and the Flan de coco was simply amazing. Overall we had a wonderful experience and will be coming back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Decided to check out the lunch for HRW on Sunday...turns out they only have the brunch available. Started with the sausage...there was literally one small sausage, which tasted very average, surrounded by different kinds of potatoes. Main course was the salmon with poached eggs. Salmon was unevenly cooked with some parts tasting more fishy than others, the eggs were alright, but pancake like thing it sat on was very bland, no real flavor to it. Asked for some hot sauce to add flavor to the food and was handed habaneo sauce...which was ridicoulously spicy! Couldnt use more than a small drop! The best part of the meal was the side salad that came with dish. Overall, not impressed with my first visit."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We love coming here for special occasions, it's upscale and worth it!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our previous dinners were outstanding; this visit was not quite as satisfying. Tiny, tiny meat serving. Service was as usual very attentive. Wine was good."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Excellent food and service. The waiter very nice ."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We tried this place during restaurant weeks and were pleasantly surprised. We went in on a Saturday night and the tables filled up quickly so I would recommend a reservation. We both had a filet with a scollop from the prefix menu. The steak was wonderful, tender, and perfectly cooked. The scallop (it only came with one) was perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. The dessert, 4 leches, was better than any tres leches I've had. The server was very attentive in the beginning, before it got busy, but then we had to flag him down for our check. He suggested a very nice bottle of wine that we really enjoyed. Overall, this was a fine dining experience. We will go back again."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Lunch menu was good except the mahi-mahi was a bit undercooked. Everything else was delicious and our waitstaff was friendly and attentive. We requested more bread sticks with our lobster bisque but the bus boy never brought any back. Mojito was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Our third trip to the restaurant.....the food is okay, BUT.....they didn't have the Malbec wine that we wanted listed in the wine menu. The waiter recommended another wine that's a few dollars more....if you don't have what we ask for, give me something at the same price! What's $2 ? What was really disappointing was my wife ordered a 'Restaurant Menu' item, 'Surf and Turf'. I have to say.....it was the smallest piece of meat that I have ever seen.....it was smaller than a McDonald's 'Quarter Pounder', and I am not exaggerating!....smaller than a deck of cards! Come on! Argentines are big beef eaters. BTW......surprisingly my ceviche appetizer was good for an Argentinian restaurant."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I understand that lunch time can be very hectic for restaurants, particularly lunches during HRW. But at various times the staff seemed overwhelmed and unsure of what needed to be done. We actually had to flag a waiter down to find out why we had been waiting 30-odd minutes for our entree after the appetizer had been cleared. There was not an apology, but a snide comment, 'do you NEED anything else?'"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "the food was great. I came with coworkers for Houston Restaurant Week, and the sampling was delicious. I had the chicken dish, empanadas, and flan for dessert. The flan was one of the best I've had, what made it different was the toasted shaved coconut on top with extra caramel on the side. The chicken milanesa was not was I expected since someone told me traditionally it is with a fried cracker crust, not to say it wasn't good, because the fried chicken breasts were delish, just not the crust I expected. It was plentiful, I got two pieces of chicken and could only finish one. I would come again to try other dishes."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Good food at the bar but not good service. Even though my date and sat at the bar (not very busy) we were ignored at times including not given menus early on, lack of service and then we sat with empty dishes in front of us at the end."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "I went to the restaurant for Houston restaurant week and the food was excellent and the service was good. Great place for a special ocassion. The noise level was a little high for me but overall the experience was great."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Big disappointment after prior success. My "very rare Uruguayan filet" was butterflied and medium-medium rare. My wife's "butterflied and well done" was butterflied and medium. They purported to change them and brought back the same ones but now cold. A bait and switch on complementary dessert was expensive. We were offered a complementary birthday dessert and handed dessert menus. Then a complementary dessert was served and later the ones we ordered. The Malbec wine was good. We will not return and will stop recommending it as the best steak house in Houston."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "My cousin and I decided to visit Tango and Malbec to kick off Houston Restaurant Weeks, but once we got there we opted for the main menu because of the many items we just had to try. We started with Las Tiernas (crispy veal sweetbreads), Ceviche and Sochori (Argentinian sausage). We were full (and tipsy) before our HUGE entrees came out. The sweetbreads were so delish. T&M's variation of ceviche was super fresh and unlike the chopped versions, provided bigger pieces of fish, with just the right acidity. The sochori was nice and tender. It definitely surprised me. We then had Ostrich Milanesa Patagonica. I never had ostrich before, but I will again! And the Camabalache was enough for two days. The 4 Leches was a perfect ending."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Yummy yum yum to my tummy tum tum. Decided to go last min with my wife on a Sunday. The menu was interesting and delicious. We had a both and the vibe was quite intimate. We took our time and never felt rushed. We finished with desert and a digestive. Perfect."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Came for HRW. Ceviche app was great, but other 2 courses did not impress. The surf and turf's filet mignon was bland. Scallop was of a tiny portion. The grouper had a funny smell, and when I inquired the waiter about it, he merely said it was from Canada. Desserts were mediocre."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I found my grouper entree to be undercooked and the mussels on top tasted funny. Dessert was the 4 Leches cake but I think they put 7 minute frosting on top, didn't mix it long enough, the sugar was still grainy. Wine was excellent so if went back, would be to just drink at the bar."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Food good but beef salty and grouper must not have been more than an ounce of fish, an extreme disappointment as far as quantity. The rest of the meal was very good but if this was a showing of their food I would most likely not go back. Maybe if they are charging their regular rates and not Houston Restaurant Weeks specials they are more generous for a much higher price but that still does not take care of the over salting of the beef."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The atmosphere was great, very romantic, nice music and wine selection, but the steak was chewy..."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Very romantic booth tables where you can sit side by side with a view of the fire grill. The food is delicious, first timers i would recommend the como en el cincuenta as a good sampler of a variety of their meats. Wine is a must, i recommend the diseno malbec for a relatively inexpensive bottle. The food is certainly a little overpriced but you pay for the amazing atmosphere and the wait staff are amazing people who are personable and respectful."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "We had invited our friends for a dinner and turned out to be a great experience. We enjoyed everything from starters to main course and dessert plus the wine of course. Good recommendations by our waiter who did an excellent service despite having to attend to more than 4 other tables."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Went for a late Saturday lunch. Very quiet at the time. Great service. Terrific menu. Ceviche well made, smoked crab fingers amazingly good. Caiparinha only fair to ok. Will go back."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Great spot for a business lunch meeting. Great food and service. Only problem is the lack of parking!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have eaten here a half dozen times and have never been disappointed by the cuisine. I had the seafood tartare for a starter and the trout limay for my entree. Both were divine. The service staff, however, were not attentive. It took 20 minutes to get a menu. The AC was blasting. We asked them to raise the temp a little -- to no avail. My husband, who prefers it cold, was even uncomfortable with the frigid temp. And a pet peeve is when the staff remove one or two plates before all diners are finished with their meal, which makes the slower eaters feel like they must hurry. Perhaps it was an off night, but if the poor service happens again, the restaurant will be off our list."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is a GREAT restaurant with some very unique dishes. Went out on a limb and tried the veal lengua appetizer and it was delicious. My fiancée ordered the stuffed breaded chicken (Suprema Rustica) and it was amazing- we both loved it. My lamb shanks were also delicious."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Loved the food and the Service! Good music - not too loud. On Saturday nights they actually have a couple that Tango's around the restaurant. The food was so good! It's a bit pricey, but so worth it. Will defiantely go back."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "The noise level for us was too loud to hear one another across the round table. The wait staff was great. Each one of us asked for medium doneness for our meats. My lamb chops were medium rare; one steak was medium well and one was medium rare. We did not send any back, though. The taste was good and we were hungry. The diners were mostly business people. I probably would recommend T & M for a business meal but would be hesitant to recommend to friends for a quiet place to eat and talk."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "Robert was very attentive to our needs, and offered us great recommendations on our main entrees. We got there just before the rush at 8:00pm on a Saturday, but even during the rush he checked in from time to time. We'll definitely go back and request him if he was working. His knowledge of the menu, and overall personality added to our dining experience at Tango & Malbec."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Great atmosphere.. This was my second time here and enjoyed both times I have visited.. Good friendly service, can't remember our waiter's name this time, but was very helpful.. Good entertainment during our dining experience.. Will highly recommend Tango & Malbec to friends and associates..."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Excellent food , super service, AWSOME wine cellar. Would have been much more if there was TANGO music playing. Unfortunately during the almost two hours we were there.... the music was the same as at a Sushi bar."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Brought there French visitors (can be picky). They loved the food, the service - e.g. after a comment on a glass of wine, it was immediately changed for a perfect one, the atmosphere, music and set-up. A good place, will return - again."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Loved the atmosphere. The service was excellent. We had the Parrilla Como en el 50 and it was great."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I brought my wife here to celebrate her birthday and all I can say is the experience was phenomenal!!! The food, the wine, the service and the environment are all something everybody would definitely enjoy!! Not to mention, I placed a reservation over the website and I included some special requests to make my wife's dinner that much more memorable. The request was met and they went above and beyond to make our dinner night one to remember. As far as the menu, you can not go wrong with any of the Malbec wines and if you like steak, you will really enjoy the Filet Mignon for two!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "As usual, outstanding food and service. Appetizers are killer and the salt encrusted fish entre is unlike anything we have ever had. Truly outstanding! And the wine list is exceptionally well priced. Bottle of Stag's Leap priced at what we pay at Specs!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Loved this restaurant. They were very attentive, the music was fun but not blaring, the food was fantastic. I will definitely go back!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "In past visits, the atmosphere has been pleasant and welcoming, the service polite and attentive, the food spot on across the menu... until this experience. I was alone and sat at the bar. Mistake. The bartender wanted nothing to do with me and was not pleasant or helpful the entire meal. She seemed to be put upon each time I asked for anything. My server appeared inexperienced, confused and literally lurked behind me pacing, waiting for me to finish each course. The Good: The cerviche continues to be one of the finest items on the menu, and my butterflyed, grass-fed beef steak was perfect. The Not So Good:The coconut flan, beautifully presented, under-cooked, runny and tasteless. All in all, made for a disappointing experience..."
    Dined on 6/10/2014