Malbec - Pasadena

4.7
1135 Reviews
$30 and under
Argentinean
Please note, our outdoor seating is first come first serve. If you have a reservation through OpenTable, you will be seated, however please allow a few extra minutes to ensure that we can properly sanitize your table.

Argentina is world famous for its cuisine. From homemade salads, pastas and fish to an abundant selection of our signature grilled meats, Malbec Argentinean Bistro brings you the best authentic cuisine prepared on our genuine Argentinean grill.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1135 people are saying
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Foodie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant run by two brothers the food was fantastic wine was amazing and the hospitality over the top.

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SuzyMM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great meal at Malbec and the wait staff was excellent. Great experience - we will be back again and again!

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vipPaula
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious.

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YMLuther
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had not eaten at Malbec for several years. We reserved for 5:45 in the hopes that the main room would available, but only one table set for two which was reserved. So we're in the adjacent room which was fine but it felt like you were relegated to the secondary section.

But all was well after seating. The entree selections were inviting, and the food was flavorful, well-prepared and in ample serving size. The server's enthusiasm was appreciated but we felt a bit rushed as we finished up. The wine recommendations were perfect.

We're glad we came back.

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vipPeteL
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience1

I ordered the Ribeye and my had the Skirt steak and a side of Bone marrow. None of the meat had any taste. Bone marrow had no flavor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant in Pasadena owned and operated by two brothers. The food is always great and service amazing!

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Dotty
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The restaurant, while lovely, is VERY noisy! There is no noise baffling at all and at 6 PM on a Wednesday it was too loud to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was really good. I had the seafood pasta and he had the rib eye with Brussels sprouts. It gets a little crowded on a Friday night. But overall ambiance is nice.

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SandraB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Experience was great as always. Prices keep Creeping up every time we go but everything seems to be going up.

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JohnW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Diverse menu, knowledgeable wait staff. Would definately return

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STEVENY
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is good. Service is a little slow but acceptable. It is hard to find parking. Overall, we had a good dinner.

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MNOPQ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice neighborhood spot. Extensive, inclusive menu, and the food was prepared nicely. Good service, and check out the list of Malbecs available.

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DomnitaD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious at this restaurant. I love it, and the waiters are polite and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great date night with my wife here. Nice ambiance and great meats charred perfectly to my liking! I’ll come back for sure

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Everything was good except for the meat. They need to work on that.

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SuzanneO
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The Carpaccio was divine. Best skirt steak ever! Terrific wine list. Impeccable service.

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LindaC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time eating at Malbec and enjoyed a wonderful evening, excellent food and very attentive service. Will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had seen Malbec on Open Table before and thought we’d give it a try. The food was excellent and the service was efficient. Great experience and we will definitely be back for future dinners.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delight. Serving staff is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant

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MimiV
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Highly recommend the arugula salad, sweetbreads and skirt steak.

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JasonC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently, one of my favorite places in Pasadena.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I love going to Malbec. We always ask for the same waiter Dennis because he is phenomenal. The food and service are consistently great!

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MishkaM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was great until a party of very loud people were seated next to us and made the rest of the evening impossible for us. They should have been moved farther away so that those already there could have a nice evening,

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AlejandroS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Unfortunately service not to standards still tip 15%
Waiter name Ruben F very inpatient rushing the order walked away when we still
Ordering side dishes bad Birthday on top of the horrible service we had the courtesy
To tip him definitely not coming back.

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Terryluvs2dine
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday Dinner

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IbrahimS
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommended for an evening dinner

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heidy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday night jazz is the best

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, excellent service. We’ll be back

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MarbellaCapital
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was great. I was a little disappointed in the service. Here’s why: booked table for 4 for a birthday dinner. Last minute changed to 3. Told the hostess who said since we had only 3 she could not give us the table we reserved (a booth) which she said was for 4 people. Fair enough. Totally understand. Where I became disappointed was when she sat THREE people at that booth just moments later (they happen to be white, and we are Asian, but let’s set aside the race card for now and give them the benefit of the doubt). We were already into our meal, and I did not complain, nor did I want to ruin the atmosphere of the birthday dinner we were having. End of the meal… no apologies, no acknowledgment even of our birthday celebration (a little “hey sorry about that, but hope you had a good birthday celebration anyway, here’s a free chocolate, whatever” would have gone a long way). Well the food was great and my company was great. so we had a great time regardless of the irksome hostess move. But as for the service at the restaurant, you guys failed to cease on an opportunity to create a loyal customer.

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vipStevo
Los Angeles
161 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a nice quiet location on Green Street with a lively atmosphere and great service. The food is done to perfection and I was full after eating only half my meal!

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FoodLover
London
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malbec is a great place to go for any occasion. The staff is very nice and friendly, food is delicious, and everything was clean.

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MarthaI
San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Shocked that the food was this bad.
We choose to go with the dine LA menu. Food tasted old. Broccoli was bitter, meat was cold in the center. the fish was over cooked. Then empanadas were also cold in center.
Understand they are short staffed , hope they go back to the quality of food they always have had. :(

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Chloejlolovefood
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The service is excellent

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FranciscoB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pricy but worth every penny!
The octopus appetizer was excellent!
The beef melts in your mouth, also delicious. Any piece of beef you order will be delightful.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is incredible and the food amazing as always

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Dcbritboy
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Close to impeccable service and downright delicious food. Our third or fourth time to Malbec and it’s truly never disappointed, no matter what we’ve had be it appetizers to pasta to grilled meats.

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NoBirthdayCandles
New England
12 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The rack of lamb was just perfectly done. The shrimp with the white fish entree was incredible. Dessert was good as well.

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SharonS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

A nice downtown eatery with excellent food- we did Dine LA , loved each dish and had plenty to eat. Only problem was the noise level. You must raise your voice just to talk across a small table for two. People with bigger parties were almost shouting to each other. I would recommend, but this is not the place for a nice quiet or intimate dinner. I recommend with a warning.

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FranR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It took a while to be seated - nearly 20 minutes, even with a confirmed reservation. Once seated, our server was very attentive and the food was great. While we frequent Malbec - the DineLA menu is always a great opportunity to try new things, all were fantastic. The sausage polenta appetizer was particularly amazing. We hope it's added to the permanent menu. Lovely evening overall.

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Malbec - Pasadena is rated 4.7 stars by 1135 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.