Malbec - Pasadena

4.7
1145 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 1145 people are saying
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vipNolaboy535
New Orleans
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

My lower review is based upon the fact that they sat us outside after I saw open tables inside and asked to be moved. They said those were not available, but we’re not seated while we were there. That was a big disappointment, as it was cold outside, even under the heaters. Also- service just wasn’t that good outside

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and live music on select nights. Everything I've eaten here has been delicious! Service was a bit slow and food took awhile to come out but it was worth the wait!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Lomo steak, and it was incredible. Done perfectly! The Brussel sprouts are delicious as well, the country potatoes were a bit overdone but still delicious.

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vipKathleenD
St. Louis
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this place! The only improvement would be a full bar. Beer and wine only. Food was soooo flavorful and cooked to perfection. We loved everything we ordered. Service was outstanding and the ambiance was cozy and romantic. I highly recommend it!!!!

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JohnI
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a very busy evening at Malbec, including someone's 30th birthday party, so we were seated right next to the front door, and we were buffeted by near-constant foot traffic by our table, and occasional bursts of cold air when the front door was opened. Aside from that, the service was attentive and food was delicious, as always. This is probably our favorite fine restaurant in Pasadena, and we've dined here at least a dozen times!

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KimD
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service ! And the food was Delicious! We shared their homemade ravioli and two different types of steaks. Outstanding - will definitely be back!

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vipKeri
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dennis and Edwin make you feel like welcomed family. The service is so personal and the food is ridiculously delicious

Truly one of my top 3 favorites. Completely worth the drive from Sherman Oaks to Pasadena

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peterm
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chris our server was the best. The food ambiance everything about this place is so great. You must go

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vipMamaWillie
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the perfect place for a lunch date!
Can’t get enough of this Argentine beauty!

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Foodie
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
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 on November 21, 2021
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 on November 21, 2021
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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BETTYM67
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I think their menu needs more vegetable especially potatoes need to be in the menu my dad was from Buenos Aires Argentina and there was always French fries with steak or mash potatoes not sweet potato there meat is very good quality but their lamb chops are not done like in Argentina they put Demi glaze sauce not done in Argentina also there Prices are pretty high for what there side portions are very small there calamari are very good ! I don’t think I’ll be back I was very disappointed with there food ! I like the gaucho grill in West Covina and el morfi
In Glendale great food and prices are reasonable not over priced and not al a-cart sorry but I speak the truth !

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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
4 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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Malbec - Pasadena is rated 4.7 stars by 1145 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.