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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

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (24)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Neighborhood Gem (16)
Casual (14)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Fun (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Business Meals (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Romantic (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Cozy (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Healthy (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Tapas (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Seasonal (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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Live Sports (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

This was our second time at Malbec and we once again were delighted with the service and the food. We will definitely be back again. It has become one of our favorite places.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 6 days ago

Food was great and we got to order off the dinner menu early at request. Very gracious of the Chefs!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Tapas, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Consistently good every time we go. Shared steaks, mushrooms, polenta, roasted vegetables. All delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Ordered steak which took 40 minutes to make and came out long after our daughter finished her pasta. Her pasta was served with moldy cheese. Steak was ordered medium but came out well-done. Sent it back and the next serving was medium but not seasoned. Wait staff took plates away while we were still eating. All of this happened during a 415p reservation with 5 other people in the restaurant. Had to track down someone to talk to; the wait staff ignored us for 10 minutes before we found someone who would acknowledge us. Took forever to get our check and no apologies for service or delay. Only when we complained to the manager did he not charge for the steak. All-around rubbish team effort. Eff this place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Had a fantastic post-Thanksgiving dinner at Malbec. The food and wine were fantastic!!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Authentic Argentine restaurant. Each time my wife and I go for dinner we try something different. While the food is unique to the country it is outstanding. I especially like the beef dishes which Argentina is famous for. While my wife enjoys the pasta and seafood. Safe to say there is something for everyone's tastes.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing ribeye steak... and must order grilled vege!

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Simply it was an excellent meal. Attentive service, good recommendations, and warm atmosphere. Also the best beef carpaccio I’ve had since Italy. I’ll be back!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Very good , to return any time, not much to complain about, actually we were very please with food and service

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The ambiance is great, food was very tasty, but rib eye could have been better.

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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Nice overall, a bit on the noisy side. Enjoyed the dinner!

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

EXCELLENT FOODand SERVICE ....we'll DEFINITELY be back!!!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food was good but not great. Nothing to complain about but really nothing to rave about either.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Malbec was nothing short of fantastic. My friend and I both ordered steak; I ordered the skirt steak with grilled vegetables and he ordered a bacon-wrapped filet with a gorgeous mushroom cream sauce. The flavor was outstanding. If you are coming to an Argentinian restaurant, steak is a must. You won't be disappointed. Their "house" Malbec was also good - paired well with the steak.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

I loved the food it was delicious! Try the ceviche sampler!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was very average. I ordered the barramundi special, very little flavor and overcooked. A friend order a steak and it wasn't cooked to med-rare and was actually burnt on the exterior. Obviously tough. I would say the environment is nice and the staff was good, but the food was not great, and expensive for what it was.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

An excellent meal and service. I highly recommend this anyone wanting a nice place to eat or for a “date” night with the spouse

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food and wine were excellent. The service was warm and helpful. We noticed there were lots of families with children (5:30pm on a Sunday evening) and we thought that was lovely.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Food is fair. Empanadas were dry. Wine is over priced a retail value $19.00 a bottle Malbec is sold for $15.00 a glass and $50 range for the bottle. The service is good as a saving grace.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

Great atmosphere, Argentinian so meat is the specialty here, though steak was more medium well than medium service was attentive without being intrusive, parking was easy on a week night. I’ll be coming back.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Took my mother for dinner and she left the ribeye steak!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Casual, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food is amazing as always! Definitely recommend

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Fantastic restaurant with excellent wine, food and service. menu was fantastic with a great selection of soups, salads, appetizers, pasta and meats. Pricing was very fair. Looks like a great place to take a date or celebrate a special occasion

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The service was outstanding and the food selections were delicious!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Authentic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Girls night out for a birthday celebration. We came last year and just had to repeat the experience. The food is always very well prepared and the restaurant is beautiful. Our service was excellent. Who wouldn’t want to repeat this??

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wonderful food and service. However, we were seated by the window and had to fight gnat flies. It was so annoying we had to cut the dinner short. It was disappointing since it was a birthday.

The wine and Sangria were wonderful.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on September 24, 2017

Great food. Cute restaurant tucked a block away from the busy main street. Attentive service and tasty food. I'm especially impressed by how flavorful everything is without being overly salty. The Pacific Sole is a standout! Would definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 18, 2017

I enjoyed the food the wine and the service. I had the churrasco and some mashed potatoes they were both really good.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was my first time at Malbec. The hostage was GREAT! She answered questions even after we were seated. The food choices she told us about were just spot on. The food was very good. The only thing was our waiter, he wasn't very friendly. I didn't understand why he had a bit of an attitude with my friend. Besides that, it was very good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great food, service is really slow

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2017

We loved our waiter, he was funny, friendly and gave us good recommendation

Tags: Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Good food! The salmon was just perfect! Relaxed and quiet place. Nice for a date not over the top just right.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

Came for our anniversary. This is a restaurant we would come back to.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2017

One of our favorite Pasadena restaurants. Food is always fabulous. Dishes you can't find elsewhere. Very healthy and paleo. Warm wonderful service. Great for a party dinner too. Love the wines. Don't miss Malbec!

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Food was very good, so much meat! Didn't have room for dessert. Staff were very friendly. Definitely going to go again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Our second time here. Excellent food and service. Friends had ravioli and salmon we had paella, each dish was wonderful with lots of flavor.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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