Malbec - Toluca Lake

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$30 and under
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Argentinean
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.
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4.5
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4.5
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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience5

bad service

CA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there through DineLA, we were very pleasantly surprised. Food was delish and plentiful. Ended up taking home leftovers. Service was great. We were seated as soon as we walked in and noticed as the restaurant got busy, that the same was true for everyone that walked in. I would highly recommend going there, especially with the DIne LA menu!

CG
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great space, very cosy. Attentive service. Nice DineLA menu. Only issue was the flatiron steak (which was more of a hunk that a flat piece of meat) that two of us ordered medium came out basically raw, it didn't get to rare. This is kind of a cardinal sin when it comes to Argentina and meat. Everything else was very tasty.

c
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here a few times and have always enjoyed the food and wine. Service is great as well.

EQ
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was yummy, service great and had a nice bottle of wine with dinner for four. Recommend for couples dinner or date night.

J
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dinner with groups as always! Service was amazing. Wine was great with the ceviche as well as the mixed frito, steaks, paella!

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends gathering

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great!

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was very good. The restaurant was busy as it was Christmas day. Steaks were cooked perfectly. The service was decent, communication between the hostess and servers was lacking (it took approximately 10-15 mins to receive our menus after being sat). Service was fairly slow and the server to table ratio was adequate so I am unsure of the cause. The server as polite though. Overall, it was a good experience but there was room for improvement.

MF
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time here, we were sitting indoor but opposite the door to the outdoor area, and the waiters kept the door open despite we requested it be closed, guess for convenience. So it was a bit chilly the whole time. Otherwise food was good, portions are big!

JR
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful experience and ambiance, highly recommend. The food especially the steaks are delicious and done to perfection.

DB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very, very nice. Excellent appetizers and meat dishes. Very nice service. Will certainly return. All in my family were impressed.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Definitely visiting again.

b
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malbec never disappoints. We arrived late afternoon so it was quiet, before the dinner crowd. Lighting, decor, low volume, small size of restaurant all add to the intimate ambience. Our waitress, Natalie, was very helpful and friendly. All staff had friendly smiles/greetings. We had the skirt steak and spinach crepes and shared the huge carafe of Sangria; everything was perfect for a Christmas Eve dinner! This is a little gem of a restaurant in the lovely Toluca Lake neighborhood.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food

S
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a birthday party and it was all wonderful. Malbec was the perfect place.

BW
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine and amazing food!

JT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend took me to Malbec to celebrate my new job! We had delicious wine, seafood paella, dark chocolate mousse and a sparkling rose to top off the evening. Our waitress was attentive and very friendly and so was the bus boy!!! We left full with smiles on our faces!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We come to this restaurant on special occasion cause we love the food and the place is cute and has a romantic vibe.

Our reservation was at 8:30 and we enjoyed a lot our dinner and our bottle of wine. However I didn’t like the fact that at 10, they turned off the music and the kitchen decided to play a different kind of music and it was very loud. I work at

D
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful lunch at Malbec. It's hard to order poorly, and the table got pretty quiet once the food hit the table.Can't wait for my next visit.

OS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Service was a little slow at the beginning. My wife ordered a chicken with red sauce dish that was not all that, but the wine and steak were excellent.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was all just fine! No complaints. But we weren’t blown away either. Seemed a tad pricey. And we were at a table way In The back of the outside patio. Just felt a bit removed. We will go back some time and give it another go. Some of the dishes were outstanding, some were just ok. But we had a really nice time!!

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent food. All of us enjoyed.
Just a beer and wine bar but they had Santa Monica brewing co beer which was very good.
Otherwise very limited selection for bar but wine list was long
Nice place and outside seating was cool

AT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great. They only serve beer and wine. Looking forward to coming back and trying more items on their menu.

S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food’s always great. Intimate setting. Great for business lunches.

SJ
New Orleans
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve eaten here many times and have yet to have a bad meal. Service is attentive and the food is excellent.

BG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When our waiter asked how was everything..? We answered it’s not what we were expecting ... it’s way better !!
Great food. Great wine. Perfect.

CB
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It’s a nice restaurant with a European vibe. The food was good. The only disappointment was the bread they served with the chimichurri sauce to start was very stale.

L
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and delicious

V
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great food, but a bit too noisy, especially if you're sitting near a noisy couple, as we were. Some of it may be the acoustics, but also the tables are very close together. There is a back room for overflow, which is probably quieter when in use. Food and service were a definite yes, but the environment fell short.

IO
Orange County
50 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

server was very accommodating with a smile!

RH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always... personable staff def would come back

KS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I go to Malbec repeatedly for both business dinners and lunches, as well as personal dinners. They don't necessarily advertise it but they do have kids meals there and my 9 year old loves their choices. Would recommend (and do recommend) Malbec to anyone.

W
Los Angeles
30 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It's rather a neighborhood restaurant...a very nice one, to be sure; and you feel transported out of Los Angeles. Elegant, good food--and the waiter was very attentive. I'd say it's probably a better value than going to Musso & Frank's in Hollywood and more intimate.

BC
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Malbec, you can't go wrong here! The sangria is great, we had the pasta with seafood and the Crème Brulee, all were fantastic!

c
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is good, try the empanadas. The skirt steak was excellent. The staff is always pleasant and friendly.

R
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pleasant and attentive service, and nice ambiance. The New York strip is my favorite. Always cooked to a perfect medium rare.

HS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The room is a little loud and there was a screaming baby. The food is great. I could live off of the empanadas!!! Great seafood. Yummy steak! I love Malbec!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time going there and right away we got greeted by Friendly staff and they sat us down and

MD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant is first rate. We had a reservation and got the best seat in the house. Our server was the nicest young lady and her smile lit up the room. She took excellent care of us! And the FOOD! Oh my! Delicious!