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Permanently Closed - La Malinche

3.5
61 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups

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This restaurant is permanently closed.

La Malinche is a Mexican restaurant serving fresh, sizzling food since 2001. You'll find a variety of appetizers such as the jalapeno rellenos, tostadas de polio, flautas and nachos to choose from. Entrées include bistec ranchero, quesadilla de polio and burrito de carne. Vegetarian options feature taco and Caesar salad. The pan-fried fish, shrimp tacos or scallops in green cilantro salsa are the popular dishes at La Malinche.

La Malinche places a strong emphasis on flavor, health and hygiene and uses organic ingredients in all its meals. Patrons can enjoy fresh salsa, sour cream dip and cheese dip with their meals as well. Established by lovebirds Alex and Antonia, this restaurant provides appetizing Mexican cuisines in a casual cum romantic interior setting.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Daily Hours: 11:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(941) 388-4444
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pilar Fontanot
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Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.5  based on all time ratings
3.6
food
3.6
service
3.4
ambience
2.5
value
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66% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
1.0  Dined on May 27, 2016

Small menu. Very over priced for nothing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
1.0  Dined on May 5, 2016

Disgusting!!!!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Miami)
1.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Food was cold

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vipDEBBIER (Orlando)
3.0  Dined on March 23, 2016

No complimentary chips and salsa??? Also, when I asked about vegetarian options, I was told "we have salad".

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vipeater (Indiana)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2016

The guacamole is to die for. We had a dish that comes in a big bowl - still boiling. It was fantastic. Can't remember what it is called.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Tampa)
2.0  Dined on February 26, 2016

We used to go here regularly, and while on the pricey side, it was good. Something has changed. The menu was downsized, and the quality is much lower than it was.
Sour cream was frozen.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We eat here every year (snow birds) at least twice and always have good food, good service and friendly!

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vipJayne (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on April 10, 2014

Nice for outdoor dining Food is fine, nothing special Staff not well versed on food allergies.

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Tbird (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on March 26, 2014

This visit we ask for outdoor seating but we're told they ran out of propane for patio heaters. Last visit we ask for chips and salsa and we're told they ran out of chips. How does a Mexican restaurant run out of chips? They have "red rice " as an option on their menu, but when requested in place of white rice we were told that was a miss print on the menu, but the menus are not new.

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Ravenburd (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

Highly recommend this great Mexican Restaurant tucked away on a side street of St. Armand Circle. Thanks to Open Table we found it and enjoyed a delicious Mexican meal. The service here was excellent and very helpful too. Our waiter made an extra effort to explain the menu to us and he also was diligent in checking on us throughout our meal. A great dinner spot.

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Papercut (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on March 7, 2014

My wife and I ate at La Malinche recently while staying on Long Boat Key as part of our trip for baseball spring training games. Using OpenTable we easily found that the restaurant had available reservations and booked a table for two. We arrived early and were quickly seated. The waiter was very pleasant and helped us pick out two delightful selections for dinner. We were entertained by the bar staff and everyone who worked there seemed to be smiling and having fun. I'd highly recommend this to anyone interested in an excellent Mexican and an enjoyable time.

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vipdkefaia (New England)
4.0  Dined on February 28, 2014

We enjoyed the early dining hour, quiet with a comfortable pace. Many of the Entre' choices were new to us, but did not disappoint. Staff was attentive and well informed. Will enjoy working our way around the menu in future visits.

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vipfinedining (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 23, 2014

This Mexican restaurant serves very fresh and original flavors. I am particularly fond of the Tacos Light, which are wrapped in lettuce. The guacamole is excellent and the complimentary salsa and bean dip are as well. The wine list is very good, with reasonable prices, and the staff is very friendly and attentive. An all around very enjoyable meal.

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OpenTable Diner (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2014

unusual & different gourmet mexican food ,very generous portions.our waite

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vipLeasideEater (Toronto)
4.0  Dined on January 30, 2014

This resto is an upscale place on St. Armand's Circle with interesting menu selections and very tasty food. The portions are generous, but need to be to justify the prices charged on this menu. People with normal size appetites could probably share any of the main dishes and not leave hungry. The Ingredient quality and preparation are very good and service is friendly and accommodating. My partner had the beef tacos - delicious while I enjoyed the tamales with chicken.

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vipChuck (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on January 18, 2014

Great service, a little pricey for this type of food.

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Hoopster (Tampa)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2013

Younger crowd than most of the other hi-end places on St Armand's Circle. The location is a bit tucked away but that actually makes parking much easier. Friendly, prompt service. Food was quite good and creatively presented. Tortilla chips were pretty ordinary - might want to upgrade those.

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Eater (Atlantic City)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2013

This isn't your typical Mexican restaurant. The sauces and preparation are unique and very tasty. Definitely worth checking out. This restaurant is always on the top of the list of restaurants to go to when we are down in Sarasota.

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dandal (Tampa)
3.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

We have eaten here before and expected another great meal. Our server was a great guy, but the kitchen was very slow. Only 1 other table filled inside when we arrived early Saturday evening and some outdoor tables were empty, so it was not a matter of volume. We remembered great guacamole from our other visits; it was very disappointing and flavorless this time. Fajitas were "soupy" and everything had a lot of onion for filler.
With this restaurant location being at the end of the block, it needs better food and service to entice folks to pass up the other restaurant offerings.

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vipfinedining (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

La Malinche is a Mexican restaurant unlike many others. Yes, they do make a terrific Guacamole (and salsa and bean dip), but their food is light and refined. They stock one of our favorite wines, and do not mark it up too much. The service is excellent and very friendly. It is overall, a great place.

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