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La Malinche

4.3
4.3
481 Reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates
Three brothers and a brother-in-law from El Salvador realized their long-held dream of opening a restaurant together in November of last year. Jaime Sorto, his brothers Hugo and Jose Bonilla, and his brother-in-law Jose Zelaya looked for a name that symbolizes their concept of two cultures coming together.
They chose La Malinche, the name given to a historical figure who has been at the center of controversy for centuries. The noble Mexican woman was enslaved and given to Hernán Cortés, a Spanish conquistador. She became his interpreter and confidante. Their son was viewed as the first mestizo, a child of mixed blood.
Many Mexicans consider La Malinche or Doña Marina to have been a traitor, but today, she is also honored as the symbolic mother of the country’s mixed-race people.
At La Malinche, all of the starters, vegetables, meats and seafood are served as Spanish tapas, called botanas in Mexico.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Tex-Mex, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Lunch Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (301) 562-8622

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    yes, you can pick up from our menu or we can customize your menu please call us to get more information at 301 562 8622 or at 202 321 0260

  • Private party facilities

    yes, up to 100 people in normal time

  • Neighborhood

    Silver Spring

  • Cross street

    Georgia Ave

  • Parking details

    Public Parking at Fenton St and Ellsworth Place

  • Public transit

    Metro red line

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 481 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. TJ

    TaraJ

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was good, but the price of the bottomless brunch has gone up. It's still a pretty good deal but was a better deal at the previous price point. Good spot to bring out of towners and Silver Spring guests.
  2. SR

    ScottR

    Orlando

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place in downtown Silver Spring for tasty tapas and drinks. Service was excellent and all the food came out hot and quick. Would definitely recommend to visit if you like Spanish food!
  3. MK

    McKinleyP

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience1
    La Malinche advertises itself as a Tapas Restaurant but don't go their looking for Tapas are you will be sorely disappointed. The Chorizo tasted and felt like potted Vienna sausages, it was potted meat inside a sausage casing. The shrimp were wrapped in bacon and still tasteless. This place was like no other Tapas place I have been to do. Find somewhere else if your looking for a Tapas experience because this place does not have a clue about how to do Tapas.
  4. RK

    RustyK

    Savannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great variety of food. Portions were generous, for tapas style dishes. The bacon wrapped shrimp were our favorite, but we enjoyed everything we tried.
  5. SP

    SueP

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service, great sangria & pineapple martinis. 10/10 would recommend for dinner before or after a show at the Fillmore or AFI Silver
  6. D

    Diana

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We were greeted by a very cheerful and masked staff member and guided to a table. As one of our group had frequented La Malinche, we received some great recommendations. The food and service was excellent and definitely we will go back!
  7. D

    Devel11

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Attentive service, wide variety of food choices, quiet and relaxing. Fascinating chandeliers. Although our first visit, we will be happy to return.
  8. F

    Foodie19

    Washington DC

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    This was our second time visiting for brunch. Overall, we had a good experience. Food was mostly good. Loved the mussels, platanos, and huevos rancheros. The Tortilla chorizo was my least favorite. The eggs were overcooked, and it was overly salty. Couldn't finish them. Dishes came out very quickly, however our completed dishes sat for long periods of time before getting picked up. Also, our server was friendly, but we often had to get her attention to give us refills or to take orders. It's not the prettiest of restaurants. Could use some sprucing up, and it was very dim, even in the daytime, but it's worth checking out for the bottomless brunch.
  9. TM

    TanyaM

    Baltimore

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Food average, smell of marijuana coming from the kitchen, servers attentive and friendly but coming by the table too frequently
  10. DN

    DonnaN

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1
    We reserved an outdoor table but none were available when we arrived on time. Sat indoors in an airless corner. Service was slower than usual. The scallops order usually has 4 scallops but there only 2. We will give it another chance, but it has now one strike against it. 🙁
  11. AG

    AnneGleaves

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem, excellent food courteous service, and pleasant ambience. Perfect if you are taking in a movie at the AFI or enjoying the vibrant downtown Silver Spring scene.
  12. DP

    DaleP

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible service, the waiters are rude and the manager has no control over his establishment. For brunch there should be a cut off at 2PM. There isn’t enough time for someone who has made reservations to eat after 2 pm when brunch is over 3pm.
  13. FK

    FionaK

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food4service1ambience4
    Had to leave because my friends did not want bottomless.
  14. BS

    BarbaraS

    Atlantic City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Have never had anything here we didn't like. Sangria, appetizers, seafood, vegetables, poultry, deserts!
  15. CF

    CaraF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! The staff was great too! The food was great and value very good.
  16. JE

    JEllis

    Chicago

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Restaurant was very dark. Server was pushing the $35 brunch when we really wanted something lite. After a bit of questioning, she finally brought us the regular menu. We enjoyed each tapas. The restaurant is no frills, but the food is good.
  17. CM

    CrystalM

    Madrid

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service, space, and food!
  18. S

    Seating

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Food was good, but brunch time on Sunday was very crowded so hard to get the attention of over-worked wait staff.
  19. J

    Joeg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drink. Went for brunch and did takeout once
  20. S

    wendyS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great all around spot.
  21. JM

    JustinM

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience3
    Really very good variety of dishes all expertly prepared.
  22. HF

    HaroldF

    Pittsburgh

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice place!! Great food and service
  23. MB

    MattB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A gem of Silver Spring in every way.
  24. DD

    DianaD

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a wonderful visit here. My daughter and I love tapas and they had a great variety. Plenty of food and good quality. The service was good too.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Disappointed in the FishTacos which used to be superb. Overall food was good.
  26. JN

    JasmineN

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The owner, Lucas, is very personable, he even took a picture with us and gave us his business card to make us feel right at home. The food was amazing! This is probably my 6th time here and I’m always pleased with the experience. I bring every one I can to this place just for the quality of the experience and everyone I’ve brought loves La Malinche just as much. HIGHLY recommend. I had the plantains, then the grilled pork chop (the scallops are also really good), and then Tres Leches for dessert.
  27. RE

    RebeccaE

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and service was outstanding. Moderate crowd for a Thursday evening at 7:30 pm. Sangria, bacon wrapped dates and empanadas were top-notch.
  28. C

    Catbird

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every tapa was yummy and the staff were prompt and cordial. We'll be back.
  29. A

    Ashley

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have not been to La Malinche for brunch since before the pandemic so it was a pleasure to finally make it back with some friends. The food continues to be excellent and I feel like you could never go wrong with any of the sangria offerings. Add in the attentive staff and La Malinche continues to be one of my favorite offerings in downtown Silver Spring.
  30. M

    Mark

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food with very friendly service. Will visit again.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food an excellent service. We will go back again and again.
  32. PR

    PaigeR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service! Meals were prepared quickly and exceeded expectations.
  33. JR

    JacquelineR

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! What an amazing menu! Everything that came out of that kitchen was perfection ❤️ Service was awesome too. We will definitely put this on a regular rotation.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Great place to have some tapas and drinks before a show at Fillmore down the street. Service is great. Patatas Bravas are excellent as were the boquerones. Paella is ok but great value. It’s not the best tapas place in DC area but good.
  35. AA

    AmyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    A sweet spot right in the middle of things on Colesville Road. Went early before a theatre evening at the Black Box across the street. Got very busy as we finished to get to the show. Tasty tapas and friendly energy.
  36. MB

    MattB

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal out in Silver Spring in a very long time. Will go back soon.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We stumbled upon this gem when looking for a place to eat in Silver Spring. The food was excellent, particularly the garlicky mushrooms, the chorizo, the garlic shrimp, and the tacos. We will be back!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  39. PT

    PearlineT

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Not very many food options for bottomless brunch and sangria tasted watered down. Servers were nice.
  40. BT

    BarbaraT

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, beautiful decor, a huge variety that's sure to please every palate.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Malinche does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Malinche also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 562-8622.

La Malinche is rated 4.3 stars by 481 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for La Malinche

8622 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, MD 20910

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Georgia Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Silver Spring

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–8:30 pm Lunch Fri 11:30 am–8:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–7:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tapas / Small Plates, Tex-Mex, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Parking at Fenton St and Ellsworth Place

  • Public transit

    Metro red line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (301) 562-8622

  • Catering

    yes, you can pick up from our menu or we can customize your menu please call us to get more information at 301 562 8622 or at 202 321 0260

  • Private party facilities

    yes, up to 100 people in normal time

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