Malbec - Pasadena

4.7
1076 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.

Support Malbec - Pasadena during COVID-19

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 1076 people are saying
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MelvinG
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place ,I love the food 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕😊😊

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LeighW
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always great waiters and service at Malbec! Food was delicious as well, try the carpaccio!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service. Nice music in the background

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience and definitely not our last. Try the Spicy Beef Empenadas. Kid's had beef (Skirt steak and Rib Eye) the dipping sauces were a great accompaniment. We had the Mariscos con Arroz and wish we ordered an extra to take home.
Don't forget to try the Crepes!

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LindaR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and lovely atmosphere. Quiet and away from crowded areas. Lovely location on Green Street.

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SergioS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very polite and attentive and food was outstanding, we really enjoyed our first visit and looking forward on coming back soon.

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SamK
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The server was good. The food was good. It was my second visit, and I enjoyed my meal. One thing that prevented me from giving a 5-star rating for atmosphere were the perpetual flies/fruit flies that came by the table. There should never be flies at a place of fine dining. That said, I'd still come back.

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vippomeranianlovah
Los Angeles
52 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant observes strict COVID-19 protocols, which is why my party and I felt so safe during our lunch there. Everything is clean, tables are spaced far away from each other, and everyone is masked up. Hand sanitizer is available right by the entrance and at least two other stations.

As for the food, we absolutely loved everything we ordered. From the frito mixto to the various steaks to the paella - it was all superb and worth every penny. We all kept having to take bites from each other's plates because everyone's food looked so delectable. The desserts were wonderful too. Their affogato, oh my gosh - the espresso shot mixed with their vanilla ice cream - *chef's kiss.* You have to come to this lovely little restaurant and experience it yourself. Every time I come here, I am always delighted and impressed with all that they offer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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viplineats
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Great server
Helpful

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DanielG
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Natalie took great care of us.

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KenM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service. Would most definitely be back.

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ErinM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Strongly recommend the skirt steak. Service and food were great!

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DirkDiner
Cincinnati
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience. Dined outside, live music, great food and awesome service by Rita

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vipWILLIAMG
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent beef dishes and vegetables
Good argentine wine

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ArleneA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malbec! Never disappointed when we come here. Food is fantastic, service is fantastic. Our go to for a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

OJO! Si sos Argentino no vayas con ninguna expectativa. Pedimos de entrada una provoleta, que dejó mucho que desear, lejos de parecerse a la clásica provoleta de queso provolone que se consume en cualquier parrilla argentina. Opuestamente a eso, era un un queso indefinible sin sabor, que se transformaba en una goma de mascar (el morron y sus condimentos lograban que no sea algo realmente incomible).
Platos principales: Entraña que lejos estuvo de hacerle honor a lo exiquisito de una entraña argentina, claramente no utilizan cortes de importación de Argentina, sin ninguna guarnición, transformándolo en un plato excesivamente caro (lamentablemente utilizan entraña de origen americano, que si bien no es fea, contiene el sabor pastoso que la aleja mucho de la entraña de origen Argentino)
Fecctucchines con Salmón: con sólo probar la salsa y darse cuenta que era de una lata de conservas no perdimos tiempo en analizar mucho más.
Llegó el momento del postre, pero con la horrible experiencia de los platos anteriores no quisimos arriesgarnos a decepcionarnos con otro plato más.
Conclusión: si nunca comiste en una parrilla Argentina podes hacer el intento en este restaurante.
Una pena, porque los verdaderos sabores de La comida Argentina no están representados.

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FranckB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Since they opened a patio (which is tables on parking lot in the back), their focused seems over there. So when you are in the main room, you may have to wait a bit too much.
One negative mention on the service : the waiter didn't ask for the wine (and even drinks) at our order. We started the appetizers with nothing to drink!

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MikeM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful ambience. Excellent service!

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EtnaC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food and service it was the parking lot for Covid but we had a great time a little bit on the expensive side but perfect for special occasions.

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AthanisonM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very friendly staff and the food was exceptional.

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Gracie18
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was great! The place was packed but then it was a Saturday night. We had a reservation, so we only waited about 10 minutes for them to set up our table. Good service, delicious food, a little too noisy since it was crowded, but overall, highly recommend!

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MikeM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience1

We eat outside on the sidewalk because of covid-19. It was very dark, no lighting and sound from the street very loud.

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vipjl123
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding services. Skirt steak was really good and must try the pancakes dessert.

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Grace
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about last evening's dinner.... delicious food, great ambience, excellent service from FOH and BOH. Thank you!!

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vipHenryC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved the live band in the back patio. Delicious food.

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vipNannetteP
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always are great experience here. Food is fabulous and so is their Melbecs! You can't go wrong with any item on the menu.

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vipKSan
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been back for awhile but exceeded my expectations. Will come back soon.

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Jane
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Malbec has an interesting menu and generous portions. The shrimp and calamari appetizer was crisp and juicy - excellent. There is something for everyone on the menu. Service is very good and staff is welcoming.
Street parking is available near the restaurant on Green St.

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Venicio
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Serivce was horrible. Our server couldn't wait to get our order. He was rushing through the conversation. The restaurant only had 6 other tables that were occupied at that time. As I was undecided between a couple of dishes, I asked for a few minutes. As I was wondering what happened to him, someone else appeared and to drop off some food. As he dropped off my food, I mentioned I had wanted to order the other dish but out server never came back to confirm our order. He never said said anything. He just dropped off the food and walked away. I guess our server decided for me. Never saw him again until he stopped by to drop off the check. Didn't even ask how the food was, just that he was going to drop off the check. Within a couple of minutes, he came back to pick it up. The service was indifferent and impersonal. I eat out several times a week and my family and friends frequent their location on Eagle Rock. I can't remember a time in the last few years when I've had this bad of a service. I would definitely not recommend this restaurant to anyone I know nor would I come back here

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vipVincentP
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always have a great experience with food and service. Nice wines available but not extensive. Went at an off time (2:30) which was perfect for a quiet relaxing lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food and great service! Will def be going back!

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MarcelaS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outdoors and had a very nice time. Service was good, street was a bit loud.

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zorro
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need to keep Malbec in mind for future dining experiences! Out of town visitors loved the food. Service was excellent, especially given the covid situation.

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SaraQ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding. I had the skirt steak with spinach & veggies. The steak was cooked perfectly and the veggies were absolute heaven. Service and ambience were ideal.

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vipLOKla
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food service and outdoor dining ambiance are fantastic! Truly a neighborhood gem! Empanadas, tuna tartar, steak and delicate sole are incredibly delicious! The chocolate mousse was outstanding! We’ll be back often!

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing menu. Great service. Great parking. Lot across the street

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JWong
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor back patio area for an alternative to the indoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had our Date Night celebration for our anniversary and tried the Provoleta, carpaccio de lomo, espinaca salteada, tabla mixta (ojo de bife, and lomo a la parilla) with chorizo. Everything was delicious! I was full and stopped eating so that I could make room for the affogato. This affogato is my favorite - I’ve tried it elsewhere and it just doesn’t hit it right like Malbec does.

I always love coming here for date night, because I know I won’t be disappointed with the experience.

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elizabeth
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the appetizers sounded amazing I chose to go straight to the main course. Steak is their specialty so I had to choose one. The ribeye was cooked to order and tender. Oh so flavorful with a side of creamed spinach and grilled vegetables. Not only did the meal taste good but it was very attractively presented. I did enjoy the Argentinian beer and was very pleased with the sorbet. Service was friendly. A great place for dinner.

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Malbec - Pasadena is rated 4.7 stars by 1076 OpenTable diners.

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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.