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About Malbec - Pasadena

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.

1001 E. Green Street
Pasadena, CA 91106
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Argentinean

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday:
Lunch: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Dinner: 4:00pm - 10:00pm


Friday- Saturday:
Lunch: 11:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner : 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(626) 683-0550

Website:
http://malbeccuisine.com/

Executive Chef:
Pablo Alcorta

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, graduations parties

Malbec - Pasadena Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (30)
Good for a Date (28)
Authentic (27)
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Neighborhood Gem (25)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for Birthdays (20)
Creative Cuisine (19)
Good for Groups (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Casual (14)
Business Meals (14)
Fun (14)
Cozy (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Romantic (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Great for Lunch (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Tapas (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Happy Hour (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Live Sports (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Great quality food for a DineLA menu. Our server was nice. Being a weekday lunch time, it was quiet and service was quick. The flavor of the food was fantastic. Beef, pork were both cooked perfectly. Dessert was small for $5., but nice flavor w/ different textures. Overall, I recommend and will surely go back to try other menu items

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Never disappoints; good food, great service! One of my favorite spots in Pasadena!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

There were a group of six at our dinner and the service was perfect. Several of us made changes to the dish we selected and all was done right. The food is excellent, freshly prepared with many options. Will return many times!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Unfortunately, we found the service to be just adequate. I thought the food would makeup for our lukewarm reception since my husband and I had been very satisfied with our meals in the past. I was wrong. My Dine LA tasting menu was just ...ok. I had the burrata and Prosciutto appetizer, and I had to season it myself. I had the fish entree, with very soggy skin. Yuk. The ice cream was, again, just ok. The only reason I gave the food three stars is that my husband said the ravioli (not on the fixed menu)were good, freshly made. If you are going to be a Dine LA restaurant, you better have your dishes down , not just ok.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Wait staff is excellent and friendly. They are very attentive.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic food. VERY NOISY. Not good for an intimate conversation over dinner. Service was great, though. Efficient and thoughtful. If your group is drinking and loud, it's a great place! If you are on a date and want to have an audible conversation, or have a quiet conversation with a friend, maybe not so much.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Slow service but taste terrific

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Once again the food at Malbec was delicious. This time the service really fell apart. Half an hour to get bread, an hour after ordering--this is no exaggeration--before we got our starter course. I think the wait staff was overwhelmed by the Dine LA crowd. Water refill? Finally got it on the third request. Not their finest moment.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The ambiance was great. I ordered the lamb and the creamed corn. The mashed potatoes that came with the lamb were way too creamy and so was the creamed corn. I think the creamed corn was mixed with bell peppers or some red food that made it taste a bit weird for my taste. The lamb was good, but definitely under seasoned. For what we paid I would’ve expected more out of it. The wine selection was great, however.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My fave steakhouse now in Pasadena. Has great food and good wine list to pair it with. Ask for Leland as your server.

Tags: Quick Bite, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Malbec Argentinian Cuisine is a wonderful dining experience. The food was excellent. The appetizer was Provoleta. The cheese was smooth and the pequillo pepper sweet and perfectly prepared. The sole was well prepared and the spinach side dish tasted great. The wine list offers many options red, white and sparkling. And the dessert list very tasty. This is a must try dining experience.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Authentic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Only thing is we still had to wait 15-20 minutes even with a reservation. Other than that food was great.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Malbec is always a great dining experience. The service is excellent, always friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is lively, but not too loud and the food is great. It would be nice to have a full bar (it's just beer and wine), but the food is reliable and delicious!

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

This was not my first time here as I’ve been often. The food was great as it always is. Our waiter didn’t seem to want to work that day and therefore service was mediocre at best. The busboy was amazing and acted like more of a waiter.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Excellent food and service! Our waiter, Jounes, was very pleasant and helped to make the evening top notch! Will definitely return if we’re ever in Pasadena again!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Quaint restaurant with a great wine selection. I did not enjoy my meal which was the pasta with shrimp and scallops. No flavor or seasoning at all very bland. My boyfriend loved his steak and salad. Our waiter was not very attentive but overall nice experience

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, People Watching
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

They accommodated our expanded reservation with minimal wait. Food was very delicious.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food and service, we sat outside and was comfortable, little tight but cozy. Quality of food vs price was great, we had two great steaks and awesome bottle of wine. Waitstaff made the our experience a great one.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We both had lamb and it was a little chewy. Salad was excellent as well as the deserts. Service was very attentive. I would visit again but not order the lamb.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great place for your steak fix! Service always excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great restaurant, steady quality, excellent meats, very friendly staff. Thoroughly enjoyable

Tags: Healthy, Notable Wine List, Authentic
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

All six of us enjoyed our meal. You know you've had good food when you want to eat the same meal over again.

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Excellent service. Good ambiance and scrumptious meat dishes. Carpaccio and skirt steak were both superbly prepared. The rack of lamb needs a bit more seasoning. Good wine list too. Will definitely be back.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Celebrated a wedding anniversary and birthday with friends and family. Seated promptly with great service although the reatauarant was full. Enough noise that a 5 month old baby did not stick out but darkly lit enough for those on a date night. Just got back from Argentina so food and wine were spot on. Had a great night!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I think our experience, on Christmas, was not typical of Malbec. We started the meal with complimentary bread and their delicious pesto. The salad was quite late arriving which caused a very nice quality New York Strip to be cooked too long. The waitress could not have been more gracious and she insisted on taking the steak off our bill. The creamed spinach side order was wonderful. I am confident this meal would have excelled on any normal evening and they did all in their power to compensate for overdoing the steak.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

A lovely meal with some top notch meat and ceviche.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Geat food with excellent service in a quaint atmosphere. We accidentally ended up at this restaurant as it was one of the only ones open on Christmas Day. We will be back!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was our second time having Christmas Day lunch/dinner in this restaurant and we definitely intend to continue the tradition. We just love the place for the atmosphere and super friendly service as well as some unusual foods. Excellent wine selection as well. I like to be introduced and taste wines from other parts of the world. They also have my very favorite dessert on the menu which is "Affogato" and not that many restaurants here have that. Voila!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I went to malbec for the eve of christmas and me and my familiy had an excellent moment with excellent food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We were here for the first time on Christmas Eve. There is an outdoor covered patio that is way quieter than inside, but the light is pretty low. Inside is fairly noisy. Service outside was OK, but probably better inside. Busy on this special night--also a special menu for the night. Food was very good, but seemed a bit pricey. I would definitely go back.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great as always

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2017

After recently coming back from Argentina, we were very excited to find restaurant to help us re-live the experience. Malbec did not disappoint! The empanadas were delicious, the paella tasty, and of course the steaks were fabulous. Very enjoyable evening.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Drove all the way from Laguna Beach to meet friends at an old favorite spot haven't been to for years. And the manager turned out to be someone I knew and he went overboard with great service. Ask for Edwin on any visit and you will be well treated. Waiter service is also excellent and food absolutely delicious!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Food wasn't anything special. A bit disappointed for the price.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

I brought my own wine and felt $25 was a bit heavy for corkage fee- steak was super flavorful - service very attentive - a bit noisier than what I like but it was Saturday night and place was almost all full.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Very nice restaurant. Food was delicious and service was impeccable. Try the empanadas and the dessert crepes.... out of this world!!

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Food and service is normally good. But service was poor tonight. Maybe due to a large party, but that should be a none issue, similar to a full restaurant. But will not return if service continues to be slow and non attentive.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 14, 2017

First time dining at Malbec for my husband's birthday. Made reservations through Opentable and let them know it was a birthday and wanted to quiet spot in the restaurant, a booth preferred. Upon arrival, they didn't ask us if we had reservations but took us to a table. I said we had reservations and ask for a booth if possible or quite location. They sat us at a table adjacent to a party of 8, could not accommodate a booth. It took about 15 minutes for someone to come and let us know they were our waiter and ask if we wanted water. The service was slow and too much time in between to check on us for drinks, and courses to arrive. For the amount of money $200 we spent, I would have rather gone to Ruth's Chris. Really wanted to like this place as it is an Argentinian menu. Food was good, but service is lacking for the price point.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

The entrana (skirt steak) with chimichuri was delicious and perfectly cooked, the lams and mussels had great flavor and broth, and the Remolachas y peras salad was nice and fresh including the cheese. The malbec wine was also good.
They mistakenly gave us a pork dish instead of lamb dish but the realized they made a mistake. The pork was kind of dry so we did not eat it. This created a delay that unfortunately was not worth waiting for The lamb chops eventually came (they are not regularly on menu) and were very undercooked, more like raw. The flavor was not good and even those that like rare meat did not enjoy it. we took a couple of small bites and that was enough to stop.
They should stick to the seafood and steak dishes, those were worth ordering. Unfortunately I am wary to return, I don't know if I am going to get raw meat or something good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Love this place!

My husband and I wanted to share this place with my brother and fiancée for a long time. We were finally able to a few nights ago....and they LOVED it!
We shared the carpaccio and empanadas. For entrees, we had the salmon, rack of lamb, and the “you can’t go wrong” skirt steak. Overall, a place my husband and I will come back to every chance we get!

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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