Malbec - Pasadena

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$30 and under
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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
1 review
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

T
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a family dinner at the restaurant and all enjoyed the evening.
The two steaks we order were favourful.
The ceviche was yummy.
We would return.

JK
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Steak was not as good as expected. Had better steaks at lower priced restaurants. Even the rib eye was without exceptional flavor. Side of potatoes was without flavor or texture. Wine choices were great.

KH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Our first time there and the food was great, would definitely go back. We live out of the area but will make a point of adding Malbec's to our lists of favorites in Pasadena.

OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice. The food is delicious and they brought a sundae for my birthday at the end!

RS
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate my birthday. Everything was terrific. We started with grilled octopus and yellowtail ceviche. For the main we had sea bass, ribeye, and a small platter of sausages. For dessert dulce de leche crepes and ice cream. The service was top notch, the food was delicious, we are hooked! We can't wait to come back!

RS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Merry Christmas

CT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and an experienced waiter. Only setback was the automatic 20% service charge for a party of 6! I would’ve tipped that (plus more), but I’m surprised they applied an automatic tip on a small group.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food are good and the ambience is perfect

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! Wow! Wow! My second time at Malbec! Such a great amazing place for a special occasion like our beloved Fides! How can we go anywhere else!

Lovely atmosphere! Excellent service! THANK YOU MUCH Ruben! You are so amazing! Thank you for taking special care of us!

Everything was excellent! We had an amazing time! The birthday girl enjoyed every bit of it! (And of course, the other handsome server, Eunice)

RE
Orange County
51 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

After many very enjoyable meals at Malbec, this experience was disappointing. The noise level has never been so high and visiting with friends across the table was difficult. A server taking orders at a table next to ours was shouting so loud, to be heard by those patrons, that we simply quit talking until their orders were complete. Our server was very accommodating of the time we took visiting and reviewing menus. 5 of our meals were served together and we waited for seemingly 10 minutes for the last meal, and spaghetti should not have been a preparation issue. My sole was just warm & tough and one friend found the meal luke warm and dry. I was surprised to see a 20% gratuity imposed on a party of 6, and wonder if management is aware of the degradation in dining experience. I will not invite friends to Malbec until I have been back alone to determine if the experience has improved.

UC
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Pasadena find. Argentinian theme, but all of Argentina (e.g. includes pasta from the Italian influence and paella from the Spanish) and not just the all-meat pampas (tho there is plenty of beef on the menu). Large menu and rotating specials, all tasty and nice (but not overdone) presentation. Good wine list with broad Southern Cone representations (you don't often see Uruguayan wines on a menu!). Attentive service on a busy Saturday night. Be careful in reservations that you verify the location (inside, outside, bar) ... we overheard an unhappy patron who didn't realize his reservation was at the bar and there were no open tables.

SM
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hadn’t been here for years and I really enjoyed it. The food was great and so was the service.

G
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated finding our beloved lost dog and we wanted a special dinner. We had a delicious and enjoyable meal. Everything was cooked perfectly. Ribeye and Ravioli with sides- sautéed spinach and mixed mushrooms in garlic.
We will definitely be back.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High school reunion

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff was great!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Experience overall was good. Will return in the future.

AS
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My hubby had the skirt steak. I had salmon. We split a green salad and a bottle of Malbec wine. The wine was wonderful and fruit forward. My salmon was juicy with a slight crunch (love it that way). My hubby enjoyed his steak. Just a pleasant dinner out

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place

DS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, attentive wait staff, food delicious as was the wine.

JA
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was amazing!!! This restaurant never disappoints.

ZP
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was our second visit and we were not disappointed in the food. We enjoyed the Brussels sprouts and the Wagyu beef special that was AMAZING! We started our meal with the empanadas - spicy beef and the queso cheese....oh my!

If you dine before 7 pm expect your server to change part way through your meal...this was the hick-up for our experience. Once we were transferred, we never saw a server again until we found one of owners. Certainly they treated us well once the issue was known, but I shouldn't have needed to say anything!

A lovely spot - an amazing meal - an evening to remember!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and service.

LS
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, fresh and flavorful. Many choices on the menu and they are respectful of modifications.

t
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great place to come for special celebration

G
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect experience! The service was off the charts amazing!

CM
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

This was my second visit to Malbec for lunch. The empanadas were very good and the salmon entree salad was tasty. I was a bit disappointed with the service because the restaurant was not that busy. Our water glasses were not refilled & our iced tea didn’t get refilled until we were ready to leave. Finally there were tiny gnats flying around our table & food which was quite annoying. I mentioned the bugs to the waiter but he didn’t do anything.

WO
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice place, food was great, nice portion steak. server was very attentive.

S
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining here for 10 years and it is remarkably consistently terrific. Great staff and owners. Fantastic

MW
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been enjoying this remarkable restaurant for years. It is great both for business and social lunches/dinners. The menu explores the wide range of cuisine from Argentina and the wine list presents signature wines not easily found elsewhere. The staff is accommodating, friendly, and professional. Looking forward to the next time!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great & the food was really good.

K
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. One of my fave places in Pasadena!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

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

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!