Malbec - Pasadena

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Argentinean
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.
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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great & the food was really good.

K
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow how do I start. I wish I live closer to this place the food was unbelievably superb, service was great, I will certainly come back every dish that was served in my party was delicious.

AA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Caught up with my brother. I've been wanting to try this place for a while and it did not disappoint. Especially since all I wanted was alcohol and red meat. Service really on par, very pleasant and friendly. Great wine - exactly what I wanted. The ojo de bife they split for us (large portion, I thought) with no fuss whatsoever. Excellent spinach and cannelini bean salad. Perfect dinner in a beautiful setting. Parking easy - streetside. Definitely a great date place. Bringing hubby next time!

L
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is fantastic. The food is great! The pasta you can tell is homemade and as an Argentinian family we appreciated the authenticate recipes. I wish it was closer to my home, but I will definitely visit again!

CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. One of my fave places in Pasadena!

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Brought wrong food. Took 25 minutes to get it replaced. Food mediocre.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal- loved my glass of the Reserve Malbec Featured wine!

JB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Would’ve rated higher but after being seated no one came to our table (not to say hello, ask if we wanted water, etc) until after our other guests arrived 10 min later.

RV
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I finally got to dine here after many years of drive-bys! I was not disappointed! The food was fantastic. You cannot miss the Argentinian flavors! My Chimichurri Steak was cooked to perfection! My friend had the fresh-made spinach ravioli and it was superb! The wine was great as well.

I will return here many times just to try their daily fresh menu. And oh, by the way, we loved our server Leland. He was a refreshing old soul who made our evening very enjoyable!

OT
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This is the 3rd time I've dine here and unfortunately this time it really went downhill for me. First of all I thought by mentioning that I am celebrating a birthday when I reserved on OpenTable, that they will say something to the person whose bday I am celebrating but nope nothing...which is okay - I am not greedy or anything but it would have been nice for them to acknowledge it. Secondly, my lamb rack was very disappointing, very chewy and half was inedible so that was a waste of $34! Third, service for our table was so-so... Thought it was just a moody waiter however he seem more optimistic serving the couple next to us. Which made us felt unwelcome and disappointed. I definitely didn't have a great dinner celebrating my husband's bday here. At least my husband's steak was good.

F
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best for food, value, service. Does not get more personal than this!

JO
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you want some really exquisite steak with the South American flavor you have to visit Malbec. Valerie was an excellent server and all of the food was so fresh and unique in taste. Great for a late night visit and the energy here is electric. Try the beers and you an dine here all night with friends and family!!

RK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was exceptional. There was an issue with the waiter bringing a wrong side dish but he corrected it and comp'd my beer. I have already recommended the Restaurant to several friends and will definitely be back in the future.

TW
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I like this place. The food is good and the staff are very attentive.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Everything was really good. Unfortunately our waiter was really slow and not that attentive.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Malbec never disappoints! They have the best chimmichuri, hands down! They always provide great customer service and wonderful food. We can't wait to return!

M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We did not realize there was valet parking out front, but the restaurant is on a nice quiet street and we found street parking.
I made a reservation on Open Table for 530 pm and arrived a few minutes late. Our table was fine and I really enjoyed our waiter who just the right amount of helpful and suggestive for our meal. The menu is Malbec themed and everything looked delicious. We enjoyed the ribeye steak with mashed potatoes and vegetables. The wine was even better! Not too pricey here. I would come back when in Pasadena.

LD
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

I didn’t like the waiter. Not friendly at all. And his hair didn’t look clean and brushed. They should be careful with the service.

BC
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food. Look forward to returning

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing servers. Will be back for sure again and again.

AR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

waiter was fantastic! Suggested menu items, knowledgeable in wine, and very tentative. Steak was excellent, so was Paella & tenderloin.

YT
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been coming here for many years, and have always left satisfied. The service is phenomenal and the food is great! It’s one of a few restaurants, that cooks my steak as I ask to be cooked; be medium rare, or whatever my guests ask for.
Wine selection is plentiful and could satisfy anyone. It’s always a nice experience dining here at Malbec.

JC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We this have been at this restaurant quite a few times for special occasions, and have never been disappointed.

WH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food! The service was excellent. Ruben was on top of everything. Made a fabulous wine recommendation. Worth EVERY cent.

d
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, unique and interesting menu, cozy atmosphere, attentive service.

P
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was exceptional. My rib-eye was charred perfectly, just the way I like it. I'm do glad I decided to try a new (new to me) restaurant.

A
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Only issue was that we were in additional room which was very noisy, not so attractive and dark. We felt like We are in the train station.. I think, there is room for improvement, to control level of noise and make the room more attractive and cozy for visitors.

a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Empanada appetizer was excellent with n uh nervous choices. DineLA dinner food was delicious. Dessert delightful and Malbec wine my favorite.

f
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

While the food is wonderful and service quite good, the noise level is just too much for me. I even chose a seat around the corner from the bathroom to avoid the noisier section. Were I to come back I would need to do so in fair weather so I could sit outside.

LB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food. Service was great. Plan on going back in the next two weeks

P
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good food and excellent service.

B
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was a birthday dinner celebration for a dear friend; there were four in our group. We told the server that we were celebrating a birthday when we were seated. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening. The food was delicious - we ordered empanadas and cebiche classico for appetizers, ojo de bife, choclos asados, napolitana lomo, and two brochette specials. Our server, Eric, was personable and helpful with food and drink suggestions. We will definitely return.

LJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic vegetarian option as well as the expected meat

F
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place. Good food, friendly people, accommodating. No wonder it has been on Green Street for many years and continued to be so successful

LP
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated promptly. Servers were attentive to our needs, including dietary restrictions. As always, food was tasty, well-prepared, and served appropriately hot. Wine selection is somewhat limited, and (appropriately) ranges toward Argentinian wines.

We were dining with friends from East Coast whom we hadn't seen in many years. Dinner was enjoyable, but noise level was high enough that conversation was possible but difficult.

p
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is phenomenal. I highly recommend the cebiche classico, as well as the mussels in lemon butter sauce. Our server kindly refilled our bread basket, so we were able to make the most out of that lovely, lovely seafood broth. Another hit was the fillet sole, as well as the steak with chimichurri sauce.

If the restaurant were to improve anything, it's that servers seemed really eager to take our plates even if we were still working on the little bits of food that we still had on them. I had to ask a server not to take away my salad because it still had some food on it, and I don't like wasting food unnecessarily. I don't know what the rush was for given that there were only two tables of guests and no need for more plates.

The experience at Malbec was still wonderful. Our food was delicious and served at the perfect temperature. We were treated like family.

Y
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We got there at noon before the Pasadena Showcase House. We were the first ones there but by the time we left the restaurant was crowded. This was my second time there. Last time was for dinner and the meat from the grill was great. This was lunch and I order the steak Milanese sandwich. It was a thin thin slice of beef fried with a bread coating. It was terrible. I would go back but would order from the grill

L
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food great service. One of the best steaks/meals I’ve had. Definitely will go back next time I’m in Pasadena!

G
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here for Friday lunch. It was my second visit. Service was excellent all throughout our lunch. Food was delicious, ambience was nice; unfortunately, street parking was only 1 hour so we ended up parking in a paid private lot across the street coz we knew lunch was going to be over an hour. Overall, we enjoyed our visit and will go there again.

J
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mother was here for mother's day and she had a great time. There is nothing better to be said than that my mother had a great time and enjoyed the food.

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