Malbec - Pasadena

4.6
1190 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 1190 people are saying
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CherriV
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! First time to dine, had lomos, arroz con mariscos, fruto mixta and the desserts were all great!

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vipJose
Los Angeles
48 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual🙏

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience4

The steak was burned I order medium. Tasted like they cooked it on dirty pan

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vipTraciS
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Meal was fantastic, service was excellent

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Elle
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a wonderful experience at Malbec. The servers were very accomodating and they also made sure to take note of our special occasion.

We ordered Sangrias, Frito Mixto (Calamari) Malbec Salad (Very upgraded Caesar Salad), Entraña A La Parrilla (Skirt Steak), Ojo De Bife (Rib Eye Steak), and Vanilla Bean Gelato.

They topped our gelato with wafer & a candle for our celebration.
We were very pleased with the service, food and drinks. We will definitely be coming back again.

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ZenaT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was amazing and very attentive. We had steaks & chicken w/4 sides. The garlic fries are delish, crunchy on the outside and tender inside.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Great food!

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vipEJO4
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid as always. Great food Good Malbecs.

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vipCEFDinner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Malbec was great, just a little loud I should have requested the side room. The food especially the cheese and spinach empanadas were delicious.
Thank you for great service!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised, because the last two times we were their we weren’t 100% satisfied, but this time the food, ambiance and service was great. Definitely will be returning.

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vipZekeW
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, great service, one of the best restaurants in Pasadena.

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vipninag
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of five- Shared lots of great appetizers (all big portions) and server has great suggestions. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Having dinner with the Family. Awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! The skirt steak was excellent and the pasta divine. Dessert menu is wonderful. Try the crepes!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to meet with friends. Did it twice in two weeks. Prices are reasonable for the area. Staff was attentive and friendly. There were quite a few patrons on the weekend, so noise level made it challenging to have conversation. Still a good time.

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vipRodzilla
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always my go-to place for a special night out. Food never disappoints and customer service is great! Low key spot with great wine choices and food

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NancyG
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s celebration

MJ
MattandJackie
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food is great but not amazing.
Our server, Chris, is awesome and nice.
They have live music when we went there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great ambiance, absolutely loved it. Server very knowledgeable about the menu for Gluten free and the wine menu. Fantastic spot for special occasion or just s a nicer dinner.

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DonnaG
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and meal! Great ambiance! We enjoyed ourselves!

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Mrsgoodwill
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food has really gone downhill. The beef offerings were of such poor quality? Tough and dry. They were so nice about it, and they brought filet mignon to replace the prime rib, but the filet was also not good. I ate a couple bites and hid the rest under my napkin. Sad.

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whoisthepoet
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Overcrowded, extremely loud. The staff attempted to accommodate but this was not the place for us. We went down the street to Goucho Grill and enjoyed the same menu in a more relaxed and properly spaced dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The best thing about dinner was the salad. It all went down hill from there. We were excited to try out a new place one day before New Years. We ordered the tabla mixta with the rib eye and skirt steak. Ordered medium well along with Brussel sprouts and grilled veggies. We received our order with the meat being extremely over cooked, charred and half of it was inedible. We only received mixed veggies. It took 20 minutes to get the attention of staff trying to see what happened to our Brussel sprouts. Server said I forgot to place the order and left. No apologies or attempt to ask if we still wanted it or order something else. I had to get the attention of another server twice to put in another order for Caracas(bone marrow). I then had to ask another server for refills. I kept having to hunt down servers for dessert menu. We got dessert but no spoons. 10 more minutes to get someone’s attention and some spoons. For a $200 dollar meal for 2 people, service, accommodation and quality were severely lacking. Tables next to us had no problem with service or server attentiveness. Will definitely never come back

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, atmosphere and service. Going again.

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IanC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best steaks we had (and everything else we ordered) with great service. Definitely recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Food was delicious and flavorful! Chorizo plate was yum! Rib eye and short ribs were amazing too! Was not too impressed with the paella. Pulpo was good but too much potatoes for me. Grilled corn was great!!! Will definitely come back and try the other stuff!

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Foodies99
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Good steak, could be served a bit sizzling as it came in cast iron plate.

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BobH
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

very nice meal and service, great food choices, very interesting menu
only minor complaint was a little noisy but on Christmas one can expect that, we were sitted next to a 12 top as well.....

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davidr
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found this gem for Christmas dinner and were pleased by the food and the great service. We will certainly go back to this restaurant. Thank you for making our Christmas brighter.

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TomC
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our best meal of the year! We plan to put Malbec on our regular rotation.

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BigGeorge
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is great, the atmosphere lively and welcoming but not overwhelming, and the value outstanding! But what really made the evening memorable was the outstanding service-thoughtful and attentive, but not in the least obtrusive! Superb!
My wife and I and our adult children celebrated Christmas Eve at Malbec-well be back mrxthuesr, and hopefully many times before then!

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Kathy
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu. Friendly staff. Loved the live music!!

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judyV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and the service was outstanding. Wonderful all around

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bittersweet celebratory dinner for neighbors who bought a new house and will be moving away; also belated birthday. It was their first dining experience at Malbec; absolutely loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambience.

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HDGirl
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Did not disappoint! Been coming here for years and love it every time! Great ambiance, great food, & great customer service!

LH
LouH
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great meal, wine, service, and easy parking nearby.

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MRZ2021
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The lamb chops were too greasy. I think it was an old sheep.

MI
MICHAELS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good food & wine! We had a good table with privacy tucked in the corner of the room! We’ll come back!

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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 4.6 stars by 1190 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.