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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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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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3.5based 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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1.0Dined on May 27, 2016

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

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2016

Disgusting!!!!!!!!

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1.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Food was cold

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on April 10, 2014

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

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 30, 2014

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

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4.0Dined 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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4.0Dined on January 18, 2014

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on October 26, 2013

We returned and ordered a specialty that we had selected before; the dish was was not as "tasty" as we had previously experienced, unfortunate because we had brought friends and recommended it to them. We also thought that the "Happy Hour" prices for draft domestic beer were a bit excessive .

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4.0Dined on October 24, 2013

The food here is always good. If there was one complaint it would be that their salsa is more like a soup, and not a very spicy one at that. Also the prices seem to just keep going up and up.

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2013

Our family loves this restaurant. The food is very good and always consistent. The service is great too!

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2013

The food is consistent and they seem to be always open, which is nice. I have another standby Mexican restaurant in town; but whenever it is an off hour of day or night we head out to La Malince. Their Sangria is terrific!

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2013

This restaurant serves authentic Mexican food, which is delicious. I had the Tacos Light for dinner, which is chopped chicken with tomatoes and onions etc. served in lettuce shells instead of taco shells. It was juicy, flavorful and my husband kept stealing bites. One of our favorite wines was on the menu at a very good price. It was raining when we left the restaurant,and they lent us an umbrella for the walk home!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2013

Just because it's St. Armand's, doesn't entitle a restaurant to charge high prices for average food. Tables were left with dirty dishes, and generally, the restaurant lacked any charm or atmosphere. The food was mundane, much like you'd find at a chain restaurant; actually,not even as good. $18 for an underwhelming quesadilla, $23 for bland chicken enchiladas, etc. We should have left when the couple finishing up at the table next to ours, told us to run. Uninspired cuisine and an overpriced menu should have clued us in, as to why the restaurant was nearly empty on a busy weekend.

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2.0Dined on April 10, 2013

Generally good Yucatan style Mex food. Service was slow due to being understaffed. Prices are reasonable considering the area. Go ahead and try them!

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3.0Dined on April 10, 2013

The food and drinks were good, but overpriced for what you get.

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2.0Dined on March 22, 2013

very expensive Mexican. really didnt like it. way overpriced for the quality

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1.0Dined on March 21, 2013

Bad experience all the way around, poor service,cold food,over priced, Nothing came with the fahita ie,lettuce, rice, beans only sour cream and guacamole Blah. Waiter tried to sell us an appetizer before letting us know that chips and salsa came with the dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2013

We have eaten at La Malinche several times. The fajitas as the best in the area. We have never been disappointed. The food is so good it is difficult to save room for the flan but we always share some.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2013

Service was very good. The food was decent but none of our dishes quite hit the mark as superior.
The salsa was very thin and mild, although chips were good; just the right thickness to dip without being too thick.
Enchiladas were about what you'd expect anywhere. The dishes in general should be a little more complex (maybe some garlic/cilantro/lime?)
Portions were generous and I might give them another try.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2013

Location was good, food was okay, service was great as was the waiters.

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2013

We have not recieved such wonderful service in quite some time - the La Malinche staff is friendly, helpful and very professional. We saw nothing but smiles from everyone, even as the evening progressed and the restaurant filled. The guacamole was fresh and delicious, as were the Azteca Enchilladas (a house specialty). One member of our party is not a very adventurous eater, and he ordered the tilapia after being assured by our server that it was not spicy. He was very pleased with this dish, which was not spicy, but full of flavor. I am not usually a fan of flan, but a dining companion ordered it for dessert and - YUM! I could have eaten the whole portion and licked the plate! Full of custard flavor with a lovely velvety texture.

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2013

If you enjoy Mexican food, you wont be disappointed...unless you are looking for some of the 'regular' fare you find in other Mexican restaurants. This is authentic Mexican food from various regions. Very delicious and we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2013

Hands down, the best mexican food I have tried so far! And we do love mexican food. Great presentation, complex, intricate flavors, high quality ingredients, very nice, unordinary combinations of these ingredients result in absolutely delicious taste of every menu item we have ordered so far. We have been there a few times already and they never disappointed. Very friendly, professional service. Hope they will do well as stay open for al long time!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2013

The best Mexican authentic food in sarasota!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2013

Top-notch Mexican food. Fresh ingredients, courteous service, great taste!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2013

Great food! A must to visit if you love Mexican food.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2013

Always good food, prices a little high for portion size.

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