La Malinche

4.6
431 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 431 people are saying
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Drew
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always fresh and exceptionally well prepared. Two in our party of 3 had never eaten there before and they raved about how good every dish was. Consistently perfect — fish and beef tacos, lamb chops, ceviche, asparagus wrapped in jam on, and the cicha la malinche!

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MDProf
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fun atmosphere, good food, and service was friendly and reasonably timely given how busy they were. Chorizo omelet was outstanding, other entrees were good, though we didn’t detect any sweet potato taste/color in the sweet potato pancakes.

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Young
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Empanadas, shrimp & tilapia ceviche, and the scallops with corn salsa were among our favorites. Tried two of the several sangrias, both delicious as well.

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Laurie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this place. The food is fantastic, the waiters accommodating, and the music pleasantly alternates between festive and relaxing. I had the Gambas a la Cazuela (Sautéed jumbo shrimp white wine and garlic and chili flake served with toasted bread) and it was fabulous. And so convenient if you are catching a film across the street at the AFI Silver Theatre.

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Zeee
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Very good bottomless in SS. Can be a little slow when crowded but the food is always fresh. Price and value are unbeatable!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice variety of Spanish inspired Tapas; seafood, meat, vegetables, and deserts.

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IRAF
Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food is really good, and so is the service. The only issue we had is that we were eating outside and it was too noisy, but it is not their fault. I strongly recommend this restaurant.

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Inatay
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good food. Good prices. We ate at an outside table and had to go in a couple times to find the waiter. Other than that, a pleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Third time there and I cannot say one bad thing about this place! They NEVER disappoint!!

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JohnS
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Tapas

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, quaint environment. Tapas is top notch! And the jalapeño margarita definitely hit the spot. Will absolutely return. One of Silver Spring’s gems!

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vipdigby723
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been here a bunch of times, food was great as always & I loved the outdoor dining area they were able to have.

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NicoleQ
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a well kept treasure in Silver Spring. It has an intimate and casual atmosphere featuring delicious food and professional , friendly service. I had another great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and affordable food and drinks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch! The food and drinks tasted good and were a good value. I will definitely come back soon. The service was great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Seated and served very quickly. Our first tapas dish came out 27 minutes after placing order. Server did not come to check on us during our dining time and didn’t refill our water at any time during our dining. All the tapas dishes ordered tasted okay and the mango and hibiscus margaritas were good. Overall, each tapas dish took more than 15 minutes to come out and tasted just okay after ordering and service from waiter was subpar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, everything was really tasty. Great atmosphere and good service.

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MaureenC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is delicious and service very good.

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vipTurk52
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food. Can’t wait to return

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Alexandria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, vibes & service. You get plenty of bang for your buck. I’ll be back.

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RachelG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner on Tuesday nite 4/27. We started with Catalana appetizer then my husband had Pollo Acapulco and I had Steak Fajitas. Our meals were hot- mine was sizzling. I had sangria and my husband had a 🍹margarita. The portions were big and we required doggy bags. We were too full to try desserts. I highly recommend this restaurant. Ambiance was nice.

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vipDishOnSushiko
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to be back in person at one of our favorite neighborhood haunts!

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always reliable. Excellent tapas in Silver Spring.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the unlimited brunch! Great food and drinks

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vipLuke
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great drinks! Friendly service. I would love to return for brunch at La Malinche!

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Alicia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant in Silver Spring! I've eaten outside here several times during the pandemic and ordered delivery several times too. Highly recommended.

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vipPamelasamaria
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was delicious! The best guacamole we’ve had in. DMV! Chicken, shrimp, and chicken Fajita was fresh and grilled to perfection. Shrimp tacos were delicious. Gambas a la Cazuela was exquisite! We loved the sangrias too. Service was friendly, helpful, and timely. This was our first time, and servers were extremely helpful with recommendations. Excellent meal for reasonable prices. We will be back!

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vipRichardM
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience. Food is consistently good.

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CharlesB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the fajitas and my wife had the octopus and the lamb. All were excellent.

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fliadiamanti
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The portions were pretty generous for tapas and we were vary happy with the food and the service.

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DaveJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Brunch, friends family fun environment

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Elideth
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Definitely I'll recommend this place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed everything at brunch. We did bottomless and it was definitely worth it. The bacon wrapped dates, empanadas and pancakes were amazing!!

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vipClaudiaP
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Salmon done to perfection and seasoned really well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Place use to be 11-3pm but now there's a 2 hour time limit. Kind of caught me off guard

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Frankitt
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service at brunch. We reserved an outdoor table a month in advance, only to have truly dreadful weather on the day of our visit. They had been kind enough to save us a table inside so we could choose when we arrived. We all ordered the bottomless brunch and every item we chose was delicious. This brunch includes drinks, and they were not stingy with them at all. Drinks came fast, and were not watered down at all, as they often are in the "bottomless" situation. We tried all of their sangria flavors, the Cava was our favorite. Everything was prepared perfectly and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Will definitely return.

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like2eat
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate at one of the outdoor tables. The food was good. The service was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and sangria are always delicious....kind waitstaff.....all around great experience.

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vipStephanieL
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The brunch is an excellent experience. A number of native dishes to choose from along with bottomless mimosas, sangrias and bloody Mary’s. Outdoor seating is close to Colesville Road sidewall but tucked away enough to not be a distraction. The food is delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

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Drmidwife
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Paella is worth the wait, not crunchy on the bottom, but very tasty and nice assortment of meat and seafood. Small place, but adequate seating and covered outdoor dining. Servers wear masks. Full bar. Enjoy!

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 4.6 stars by 431 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.