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Permanently Closed - Malaga Tapas and Bar

283 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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Malaga Tapas and Bar is a Hispanic restaurant in Austin, Texas. The dining room is a beautiful mix of dark natural materials, muted pops of color, and intimate lighting. Couples looking for romance and friends look for a fun night out can all find something interesting about Malaga Tapas and Bar. On the weekends, traditional Spanish dancers can sometimes be found performing on the small stage to live music.

Small hot and cold plates are the main dishes served at the restaurant. Some of the popular cuisine choices at Malaga include the empanadas, brussel sprouts, meatballs and vierras en caldo (scallops). There are a plethora of options for guests to order from, depending on what they like the most. A wide range of wines are also offered from the bar, including a few house wines and a sangria made in-house.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Tapas / Small Plates, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Monday-Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
Thursday: 4:00pm - 12:00am;
Friday: 2:00pm - 12:00am;
Saturday: 2:00pm - 12:00am;
Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
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Phone number
(512) 236-8020
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Julio-Cesar Florez
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Malaga offers catering on-site or off-site for any occasion! We can provide any level of service from a seated dinner with staff and rentals to a family-style delivery, or anything in between. Our General Manager, Juan Luis Castillo, will work with executive chef Julio-Cesar Florez to propose the best menu for your event and budget. If needed, we can also coordinate the rental of tables, chairs, glassware, tents or anything else you may need for your event. Give us a call or email today to start planning your party!
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Cross street
San Antonio
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Parking details
Valet parking offered for $10 in the evening. Street parking available as well as garage parking.
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Weekly entertainment, check website for live Flamenco schedules.
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (Austin)
1.0  Dined on September 10, 2016

It's f-ing closed! And i had the most ridiculous interaction with YOU, OpenTable, about their closing and the fact that they took my cc card info for my reservation. One word - idiots.

vipOpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

Made a reservation through Open Table, but upon arrival they said it would be about 5 minutes to seat us. While we waited we sat at the bar for a drink. The bartender was extremely friendly. Unfortunately I couldn't say the same for the 2 hostesses (1 male/1 female). I finally had to go back up to the front to ask what was taking so long and they asked for my name again and said it would be another 5 minutes. I went back to the bar and literally a minute later the hostess showed up to seat us. We sat outside which was really nice. Our waitress greeted us and she was very friendly and gave us some good food recommendations. We really loved the potatoes and the scallops were AMAZING. We had the salad, stuffed peppers, beef filet, and tres leches for dessert. They were all very good including the drinks we got. Overall I would say this was a great place to dine.

DavidN (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on September 1, 2016

We really enjoyed Malaga. There were lots of great items on the menu to choose from, all of which were quite enjoyable. We were visiting from out of town and had no preconceived notions of what we to expect. The experience was a big hit.

vipJSmith (Austin)
1.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

Pre-concert dinner still hadn't arrived an hour after ordering; went without.

Row4fun (Austin)
4.0  Dined on August 28, 2016

Overall fun experience. Loved the brussel sprouts, goat cheese balls with lavendar honey & onion marmalade. Spinach empanadas filling was great, outer crust a little tough but good. Also tried scallops, beef & lamb. All were perfectly done & very tasty. Portions on small side; not unexpected for tapas but a bit pricey.

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
3.0  Dined on August 27, 2016

It was pretty good. Not the best tapas restaurant in town, but pretty good and not too expensive given the area.

StormyK (Austin)
4.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

I really enjoyed Malaga! Out of all the dishes that we tried, there was only one true clunker that we had to send back (and I never send food back if it's in any way salvageable): the pork belly dish. Everything else was amazing, though, and the waitress and manager were very helpful and apologetic about it, so overall I had a great experience and would definitely eat here again. I'd even try ordering the dish again, because I have faith that it was just an off evening for whatever reason. It's great fun to order several dishes and have a taste of everything - great for a date!

delish (Austin)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

We've been to Malagas a bunch of times in the last 9 years - even for a first date in Austin but they really were so sweet since it was our anniversary. It was honestly the nicest treatment for a special occasion we've had for any restaurant

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
5.0  Dined on August 13, 2016

Great tapas menu!
We enjoyed the Sangria!
Great atmosphere!

GeraldD (Austin)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Great option for a team meeting / dinner. Takes the pressure off of everyone trying to figure out what to order. We talked with Ray before hand and told him to bring out their favorites with a mix of starters, veggies, meats and to make sure that everyone had enough. Good wine pairings as well.

vipBettereater (San Antonio)
5.0  Dined on July 29, 2016

It is like your in Spain. The atmosphere is very warm and inviting. The smells are so memorable. The wine list is very extensive, featuring so many choices from Spain and other regions. Educated waiters help you plan out an evening to the nines. Don't be afraid to ask for reasonably priced wines if you do not recognize what you are not familiar. A listing of my favorites include a meat and cheese plate. The varieties and tastes will astound. The wrapped dates with bacon and blue cheese and the beef filet selection are delicious. The empanadas with spinach and mushrooms will savor any palate. If by chance you have room for dessert, you have some chocolate items and milk cake. Yummo. Best to make reservations as it can get packed. Enjoy

OpenTable Diner (Austin)
2.0  Dined on June 29, 2016

Where to start, 1st off.....Our waiter forgot about us ....twice!, we saw 2 tables get their food before us(by more than 10 minutes). we overheard other tables get suggestions and recommendations, both our waiter did NOT give us. The food was cold and WAY OVER-COOKED by the time we got it(18 minutes later for 2 plate tapas) the pork tasted like dry rubbed crap, while the potato croquet was the best thing we ordered(embarrassing).. We WILL NOT be coming back and will exchange the vouchers we purchased for this place. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
5.0  Dined on June 25, 2016

Malaga is incredible! A group of 10 of us went for my sister's bachelorette party. Everyone raved about the food and sangria, and people were really appreciative of being able to do split checks (we paid with 8 different credit cards). I look forward to visiting Malaga again in the future!!!

vipMalibuhanson (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

My husband and I wanted something other than BBQ so we decided to try Malaga. We were very pleased we did. We sat outside and right away we were brought ice cold water. I wish I remembered our waiters name. He made fantastic wine and food suggestions. Everything we ate was delicious. The ARROZ NEGRE CON TORTILLA DE CAMARON was especially good.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Second time there. Food excellent. Waiter (Jerry) was phenomenal.