Cafe Malaga

4.2
571 Reviews
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates

About

Caf� Malaga is a Spanish-inspired tapas bar in McKinney, Texas. It serves a range of small and large plates that are perfect for sharing with groups. The kitchen at Caf� Malaga strives to use fresh ingredients and locally sourced products whenever possible to highlight the flavors and spices in the dishes. There is also a range of wines by the glass to complement the meal.

Caf� Malaga menu items include small dishes like marinated olives or hummus with a touch of olive oil and larger starters like patatas bravas, seafood croquettes and deep fried camembert cheese. Other dishes include saut�ed spinach and mushrooms.

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4.2based on all time ratings
4.3
food
3.9
service
4.2
ambience
4.1
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LucyO
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Great out door patio. Very disappointed that they didn't have any Spanish wines the there wine list. They did have a nice selection. But I was looking forward to a good hearty Spanish Red. I am looking forward to going back.

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MalachiC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Anniversary early 5:00 pm dinner reservations for two. The place is in disrepair from our last visit. The entry door collapsed and flopping at the bottom with the glass panes stained and dirty, creates a very poor first impression.
There were no other guest at that time, and we were seated in a two seat table by the windows. My wife asked for a larger table, the brunette hostess, showed mild irritation, "uum, okay?". Later that hostess appeared to be the senior staff present. Our waitress was excellent, both attentive and pleasant.
The menu has some changes, portions seemed larger, tapas were mostly good, inconsistent warmth, waiting maybe. There were at least 3 instances of going down the menus with the waitress, needs to make another choice because items were not in stock. The waitress did not seem flustered with not being able to deliver; that can't be a good sign. The desert menu was also reduced with what seemed premade items.

Its a significant downgrade in appearance, service, quality of food, and overall experience.

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AnnP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2016
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were seated right away but then had to sit and wait and wait and wait....then we ordered and they were out of 2 of 5 things we ordered. Then we waited again....and waited....then they came and asked us what we ordered. The food is truly delicious, but bring someone you can talk to for hours.

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callie
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2016
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Restaurant accommodated 10 people but the one server was extremely slow. There was no one else in the dining room two couples outside small plate menu was interesting and the foodwas very good. Small plates came for one or two but even the second for one were enough for several people to have a nice taste we heard it was going out of business. Sorry to lose a tapa restaurant, but there might not have been an audience for unusual food, or people may not have endured the slow service I would go back

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vipFoodluv51
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was a little slow and there were no scallops that evening. Also bacon wrapped dates were a little over done as the shrimp. Been there before and it has been better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Sitting outside is nice but the owners could spend a little money cleaning up the yard area and reducing the flies. Bathrooms are dirty too.

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TXAggie93
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great! It reminds me of our trips to Spain.

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brians
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2016
Overall3food2service4ambience5

This is usually a great restaurant but this was really an off night. Something was wrong, I think the chef did not turn up

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BrennaW
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2016
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It would have been perfect had we not been sat outdoors. It's unfortunate that the waiter didn't tell us there would be a mob of mosquitos due to the stagnant water sitting in the unused fountain. My friend and I would have enjoyed ourselves much more were we not being eaten alive

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as always. Great place to go with friends or family

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Peter
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We (6) ate indoors as it was still hot at 6:30. The food was good beginning with a few tapas and ending with a single desert to share. Service was attentive without being annoying. A pleasant experience.

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ErinB
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to go on a nice weekend evening. Don't ask for Jose, he's ours...;0) In all seriousness, he is awesome!

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RuthieP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2016
Overall3food5service5ambience2

The outside property could be cleaned up and areas could be painted, plants in pots...instead of weeds. The patio cover needs cleaning!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Overall area needs HELP!

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DonnaG
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place ... Ask for waitor Jose... 'HE ROCKS. ' We loved it !!!!

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vipLoLa007
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Malaga is one of our favorite go to places for a great dinner and racion of tapas! Took some new friends over the weekend and they loved it! We'll be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mussels, gambas, everything. It's our favorite date night place in Mckinney

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2016
Overall3food5service3ambience2

•Table for 5 was not ready by reservation time. Tried to squeeze us into a table for 4 and then reluctantly accommodated us.
•Food took a while.
•didn't have several items available on the menu. Or iced tea.
•too slow in replenishing water.
Was hoping for a better experience after we were turned away one evening for not having reservations although The website clearly states NOTHING about reservations were required. It you're not willing to accommodate walk-ins, then put reservations REQUIRED on the website.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2016
Overall4food4service2ambience5

We sat outside and the waiter did not come by for 10 minutes upon arrival and it took about 25 minutes to get a drink.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
39 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2016
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Waited 10 min to be suited and another 10 min to be greeted. Waiter came over with water and said he would be back in a few minutes. I explained that we were ready to order and he told me he would be back, he had to greet other tables. I asked to speak to mgr and was told he was not there...he had just left. So we followed his lead and left.

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viptxquad
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been here several time. We love the selection and quality. On a nice night the outdoor seating is fantastic.

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Christina
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2016
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great casual restaurant. Band was a little loud, so not good if you want a quiet dinner. Service was o.k. but somewhat slow- not a problem if you want a leisurely night. Food was fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall5food5service1ambience3

Surprise Birthday party for my wife and 10 adults. Food was marginal and brought out very sporadically. Margaritas were sent back.. Wait staff disappear.. 2nd time this has happen at this restaurant.. Wait staff very inattentive.. Will have 2nd thoughts as to whether or not to return.

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vipAnneB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Darling atmosphere, food was exceptional!

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McKinneyGuy
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Was very disappointed on the level of service. After 15 minutes, we had to flag down the server to let her know that no one had come by to take our drink orders, bring water, etc. Food was slow to come out, salad had the wrong dressing on it and kabobs were below their usual standard. To top off the evening, there was a group of children throwing rocks and sticks close to the patio where we were sitting. We notified the server and she shrugged her shoulders as to say"what do you want me to do about it?"
We have been fans of this restaurant ever since we moved to McKinney, but this trip was not a good experience. Would still recommend you try it based on the fact this was the first time we left disappointed. Maybe it was just a bad night.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Patio was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2016
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Cafe Malaga is a beautiful place to entertain, laugh with family and friends and enjoy delicious food! There is wonderful live music, dining outside is must and the food is great. After we ordered our dinner, we did not receive our food for 55 minutes. When it finally did arrive, it was hot and very good.

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shoeman
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took wife there and she loved the food and the ambiance. Great choice and will go back for regular dining often

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service wasn't good at all, food is over priced for the taste. The outdoor area is nice though (great for kids as well).

MK
McKinney13
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We love Cafe Malaga and frequent the patio with our friends. On Saturday, April 23, we received poor service and sub par food. The beef kebabs were charred beyond recognition and the chicken piri piri had the most unappetizing texture. As a group, we chalked it up to the kitchen being a little overwhelmed. But, is that really an excuse? It's a Saturday in spring with nice patio weather and there were open tables available.

I write this fully prepared to state that we will be back to Cafe Malaga well within the season. However, we'll cross our fingers for an experience more like our visit prior to this most recent one.

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JeffQ
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We've gone to Cafe Malaga several times, and had great experiences, so we decided to visit to celebrate our 25th anniversary. But this time it was pretty average. Food was just average. Our waiter was busy training someone so was distracted. He allowed us to make an order mistake - we ordered a cheese plate, and accidentally ordered two of the same cheese. My mistake, but an attentive server would have confirmed that's what I wanted rather than plopping two servings of the same cheese in front of me. The most annoying aspect was the band. A rock band just is not the ambience for a romantic evening eating tapas on the patio. We finished quickly, and enjoyed dessert elsewhere. Sad - we enjoyed our previous visits.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Live music, shared plates, great wine. The staff were friendly.

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vipGiaFoodie
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall5food5service3ambience5

When the weather is good this place is like going on vacation. We love the huge patio and yard and the band was great. This place is really fun for large parties. However, you have to go in with the attitude that this will be very leisurely dinner and not expect quick service. We are never in a hurry here because we love the atmosphere and the tapas are good. Beware, they can add up quickly. Our favorites are Piri Piri and Lamb Chops.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Was really looking forward to trying this restaurant. I had made reservations, when we got there someone without a reservation had apparently just picked our name off the list and had just been seated. No prob, they still had a table. This restaurant has tapas or small plates. It was our first time, so it would have been nice for the server to ask if we had been there before. When we asked to substitute something, the servers response was "nope". Nope?? What's with that. We almost left, but wanted to give it a real try. It's so beautiful, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. We ordered a few things and shared. The music on Friday night was fun. The wait staff was wonderful. I don't know which was better--the lovely patio or the yummy margarita.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the area. The perfect mix of menu. If you like good beef, try the Solomillo. You cannot get a better deal for the cut of meat and flavor. Its meat and potatoes the way they were meant to be made. The menu goes on and on. Give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

This is the time of year for live music. We had the pleasure of witnessing a true prodigy guitarist. Unbelievable talent.

Once again, it was an overall outstanding experience. We will continue to return to this diamond mine.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy eats & excellent environment. Fantastic service. Our waitress was attentive even with it being extremely busy.

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AlanW
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2016
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Service is fair at best. This was our second time to come to Café Malaga so we new what to expect as far as the service was concerned (though friendly). The band was excellent and the atmosphere was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall3food2service2ambience4

The food was not what we have had before. The bacon wrapped dates were overcooked and chewy. Pan Con Tomate was flavorless and the bread was hard. The Solomillo meat was well done and dry. The mussels in marina were very good. Our waitress was very busy with a large party that came in right after us, so our service was very slow. It was a busy weekend in McKinney, so hopefully, this was just a bad night.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant but really missed the notes section to the restaurant. Wanted to sit outside and under cover with rain coming. Voicemail for restaurant did not work. Had to stop in person. All worked out but really need note section back. Love this restaurant!

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WouldHighlyRecommend
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fun, tapas requires interaction which simply makes it FUN. FOOD IS AWESOME, especially the Lamb Lollipop.

FAQs

Cafe Malaga offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (972) 542-9996.

Cafe Malaga is rated 4.2 stars by 571 OpenTable diners.