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Thu, 2/22
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Malbec - Toluca Lake

372 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (24)
  • Good for a Date (20)
  • Casual (16)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Argentinean, Steakhouse, South American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Monday - Tuesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(818) 762-4860
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Pablo Alcorta
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We offer catering services
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Cross street
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Parking details
Valet and street parking
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Live music in the back patio area on Saturday nights at 7pm
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Special events & promotions
Birthdays, graduations, wedding receptions, business meetings and presentations
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 372 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Lunch or dinner always excellent. Never go wrong with either salmon or steak. Sometimes a little noisy at dinner when it's packed so you have to talk over the crowd...but a really good local Toluca Lake restaurant that has never failed!!

4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Walking distance from home. Love that. No parking worries. Great food. Nice ambiance. Good service.

vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was amazing. Service was great 👍

CoryTL (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Bad service. My steak was cooked incorrectly twice and the restaurant didn’t make an attempt to “make it right.” It was extremely loud; it was clear the staff wanted to leave (even though the restaurant was still open) and were banging dishes loudly - perhaps they were in a hurry? Temperature was cold as they left a door open near our table. When I asked why it was so cold and If it could be adjusted, the waitress said they needed it cool because they were hot from being busy and moving around a lot. Overall, bad experience. Wouldn’t recommend to anyone.

KeithH (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our meal was excellent and the service however was a little slow over two hours from our reservation time until we left our waitress was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu however it seem to take too long to get our main course. It was still worth it

SandyA (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Originally from New York and so used to night outs in Manhattan, our Malbec experience in Toluca Lake was very pleasant.

Malbec has a suburban feel but seeing the nice crowd and listening to the lively piped-in music, it had a nice club lounge atmosphere. This was our first time at Malbec. It seemed dark when we walked in and looked small, but as it turned out, they have 4 small dining sections and a buzzling bar. The hostess took us all the way to the back what looked like a sunroom adorned with plants and string livhts—very cozy and romantic. It was quieter and lovelier. The music was hip and loud enough to give that modern bar feeling, but not too loud that we were still able to talk with our normal voices.

They have a wide selection of wine and variety of food. We had the calamari for appetizers which was cooked to perfection, nothing greasy and very fresh. For the entree we had the salmon and the seafood paella. DELICIOUSLY FRESH AND FLAVORFUL, perfect sized portions, nicely served steaming hot. The food had just enough salt to taste (my husband and I are low-salt eaters), so it was really perfect for us. For dessert, we had the Argentinian flan—the caramel and nutella-like sauce were very sweet but the flan itself was not. It was just right and the texture was very light like a jello! Desserts came with free glass of rosé.

Our servers were very pleasant and attentive. Even though the place was packed and busy, we were not rushed to finish our meals. It was a very relaxing evening with great food and service—a perfect combination. I highly recommend Malbec for romantic night outs or with group of friends, birthdays, and special occasions. Happy to give them 5 stars!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great choices on the menu . Exceeded our expectations. Parking in back is good. We had a great Valentines!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We've been going here for about 5 years, 2-3 times a year and it's always amazing. We even had our small wedding reception there. They are great! Food is the best!

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful meal, wine, dessert and service.

Vacation (Los Angeles)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Rude server and bland food.

vipPeterM (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

This was lunch for two on a Wednesday. Not crowded so it was conducive to conversation. I've been there on a Thursday night when it's packed and very loud. In either case, the food is terrific. For lunch, I had a salmon salad (VERY generous portions of salmon so I had leftovers the next day) which was very light and tasty. Dressing was perfect - just the right amount - I usually don't trust a restaurant to put it on for me.

vipAdam9 (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Had a great date night with my wife at Malbec. Everything we were looking for.

LAGuy (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Had a great meal on a Friday night - food was outstanding. Glad we made reservation as the place was full.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Massive improvements since last year. A+

My husband and I attempted to go here for dineLA in 2017 and it was such a mess. The hostess was got into a fight with one of servers, they screamed at each other regarding the lack of staff and how overwhelmed the waitress / staff were feeling right at the host stand. It so off putting we cancelled our reservation and didn’t return until several months later. Our first actual visit was pleasant. The restaurant emptier. We were seated and served right away and the food was great.

So we tried DineLA 2018 going in with some genuine fear... In comparison to other restaurants that serve you a hamburger for $39, you actually get STEAK! Their menu was unique and hence we wanted to go back. And we were super happy we did. They were fully staffed with friendly servers. We got the dineLA menu which had salmon tartar, a burata, and panhandle cotta dessert. The noise level was a bit high since the place is rather small, but besides that— we will be looking forward to our next visit

vipShonto (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Great food and friendly efficient service. Great argentinian wine selection.