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Malbec - Pasadena

4.8
4.8
1557 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Argentinean, Steakhouse, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (626) 683-0550

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Pablo Alcorta

  • Catering

    No matter the size of the event or the occasion, our delicious, authentic Argentine cuisine is sure to be a hit. Perfect for everything from full service for extravagant weddings to simple appetizers to help make that office meeting a little more bearable, Malbec catering ensures that your event will stand out from the rest.

  • Private party facilities

    We have private rooms at all our locations that are perfect for birthday parties, graduations, end of the year celebrations, or anything you have in mind We will work with you to tailor your event and exceed all your expectations.

  • Private party contact

    Kati Pusch: (626) 683-0550

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Cross street

    Green Street and Catalina Street

  • Parking details

    Call for other parking options.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,557 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Overall

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Food

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Service

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Best Value

  • Pasadena / San Gabriel

    Great for fine wines

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  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and customer service will recommend!!!!
  2. Adelite

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Perfect ribeye! Very enjoyable experience.
  3. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    Made a reservation for our anniversary to be seated in the main dining area. On arrival for our reservation we were told there was only seating outside which we did not want considering it was quite cold. Our next option was to be seated in some dining room that was not connected to the restaurant. The room had no ambiance and smelled of cleaner. Last option, was to sit at the bar. We agreed to it. We were sat in a corner wedged between another couple and the water refill. Not a romantic experience. Other tables were open in the main dining room but they didn’t want to seat us there because they said it was going to fill up later with other reservations they had. We decided to leave and they seemed to not care at all. No apology no offer to try and accommodate us. Pretty sad response. Bummed because we have ate here before and had a great meal which is why we choose to return on our anniversary. I don’t believe we would come again or recommend this restaurant. We ended up going to the Arbour nearby and they were very kind making the dining experience nicer knowing that it was our anniversary.
  4. Timbo

    Orange County

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Very large portions. One entree can serve two people as can one salad. Drew is an outstanding wait staff person.
  5. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food and ambiance, we really enjoyed our experience:))
  6. Oscafel

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a really great restaurant--the food was wonderful and service couldn't have been better!! Best place in Pasadena!!!
  7. RigobertoR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a good experience. The attention was great.
  8. stephenw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic tomahawk that was cooked exactly as ordered
  9. foodenthusiast

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    The food, sole, was delicious (love that caper sauce). And appreciate getting 2 sides of my choice. Service, by our waiter, was almost nonexistent. After we got our dinner we never saw him again and had to flag him down for our bill. The guy who filled the the water, tho, was spot on.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience all around! The empanadas, drinks, wait staff all were top notch!
  11. Bobfoodie

    Los Angeles

    47 reviews

    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was spot on perfection! Our amazing waiter's recommendations were one thing better than the next all the way through wine and cocktail service to dessert. Gilberto took care of us! And his support service was right there on top of it all! We will be back! (We accidentally dropped a cell phone in a precarious place but the staff had it retrieved and waiting for us the next morning!)
  12. NeilT

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The steaks, venison, Malbec salad were all first rate. Fantastic servers.
  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good and friendly service. Great food. Will go back again.
  14. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated outside so we can’t speak to the inside noise level . Staff was very attentive and our sever Alejandro provided great recommendations. We will definitely return.
  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Classic Ceviche was way too chewy and the seafood pasta had a weird aftertaste. However, everything else was amazing, especially the octopus, lamb risotto and desserts. Good selection of wines as well. Overall, we would recommend this place
  17. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing! Loved the service too. We had a lot of food for just three of us and it was pricey because of that but all of it was fantastic!
  18. jl123

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The skirt steak was cooked perfect. Miedium rare. Price was reasonable. Will come again.
  19. JaimeS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting from Chicago and book for dinner. The food was great as well as the service. I will recommend this Argentinian restaurant to anyone that enjoys a great steak or seafood plate.
  20. PeterL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu, authentic Argentinean cuisine, helpful staff and great drinks and terrific wine list. This is a gem
  21. LAFoodie

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server obliged with the best suggestions for wine, beef (rib eye) and pasta. ( seafood gnocchi). He made a fine meal even more fun. It was the most flavorful and tender rib eye we've ever had.
  22. tmw0111

    Los Angeles

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible meal and great service throughout. The ravioli was the star dish while the risotto and other dishes were also awesome. Definitely will be back as the menu is huge and I want to try more of it. You can’t go wrong here. Also, they did a great job on keeping the interior pretty quiet so we would chat with each other without yelling across the table.
  23. LibbyG

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful service from Edwin, great wine program and the food is delicious, highly recommend
  24. Diner1

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food & service were excellent and my companions left quite happy!
  25. Allison

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went here to celebrate an anniversary. Large portions for dineLA menu
  26. PeterL

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding meal , friendly and helpful service. Great owners of this business with authentic Argentinean food. Consistently great for 15 years
  27. GreatAdventures

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and service are excellent. First time at the Pasadena location - during Dine LA week. The Dine LA menu was excellent, several choices that made it difficult to decide on just one for each course. It is VERY loud in the restaurant.
  28. MIch

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food great service as always amazing value
  29. Laurathelan

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and huge portions! We’ll be back soon.
  30. SusanW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent food, wine, and service. The restaurant has been remodeled to include a full bar; there were several people eating at the bar which added a nice, lively ambience. So many choices on the menu both for wine and food. Our server was fantastic. Nice to have such a good place to count on.
  31. AnthonyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant, my wife and I eat there whenever we are in Pasadena.
  32. KATHY

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Consistently a reliable dining spot. Congenial waiting staff and carefully prepared food selections.
  33. MariaS

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had different cuts of beef family style, wow they were all great, and loved the fact we could try them all.
  34. Finicky

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Dinner before a show. Server was attentive and knowledgeable and delivery of food kept us on schedule without issue. Skirt steak, mushrooms and misto fritto where all very good as were the various sauces. They have a very large menu and I look forward to trying new dishes the next time I'm in Pasadena.
  35. D910

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I have been coming to mañbec about once or twice a year since they opened. The menu is more varied than it used to be. We had excelent trio de cebiches (peruvian, not argentinian), excelent cordero, very good canneloni, good empanadas and ok pasta w salmon
  36. DrS1958

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. We split the arroz with seafood. Great and a single serving enough for 2 people Melted cheese tomatoes and bread appetizer fantastic
  37. KevinK

    Las Vegas

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Superb. Really superb. We are in town for a screening in LA but stayed in Pasadena as it had been a while. Found Malbec on OT and gave it a try. Terrific food. We will drive the 4 hours to return to explore more of the menu. Yes, it was that good.
  38. Desmond

    Jacksonville

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable all around. Excellent food and presentation. Welcoming atmosphere. Would certainly return!
  39. Sunshine

    Los Angeles

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entree portions are huge, no need to order more than one sides. Food was fabulous, and ambiance was nice, noise in the background was not too pound where you couldn’t hear the other people at the table’s conversation. We’ll be back.
  40. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Beautiful. Our waiter was slightly abrasive but all in all, wonderful experience.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Malbec - Pasadena using the Order Online button. Malbec - Pasadena also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 683-0550.

Malbec - Pasadena is rated 4.8 stars by 1557 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today
Google Map for Malbec - Pasadena

1001 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA 91106

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Green Street and Catalina Street

  • Neighborhood

    Pasadena

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Argentinean, Steakhouse, Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Call for other parking options.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Pablo Alcorta

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (626) 683-0550

  • Catering

    No matter the size of the event or the occasion, our delicious, authentic Argentine cuisine is sure to be a hit. Perfect for everything from full service for extravagant weddings to simple appetizers to help make that office meeting a little more bearable, Malbec catering ensures that your event will stand out from the rest.

  • Private party facilities

    We have private rooms at all our locations that are perfect for birthday parties, graduations, end of the year celebrations, or anything you have in mind We will work with you to tailor your event and exceed all your expectations.

  • Private party contact

    Kati Pusch: (626) 683-0550

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