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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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malbec is amazing as always!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice server. Took a bit to acknowledge us but once engaged she was fabulous. Great food happy day.

S
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was great! Unfortunately the table was not ready for us. Service was not on par but maybe it was an off night.

N
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The reason why I wouldn't recommend this place is because first of all even with a reservation I still had to wait about 25 min before I got seated. Reason I got seated was because I told host once again that I had a reservation once again. Once seated waiter took our orders quick so I thought we would be eating soon but boy I was wrong. Bread came and water kept coming 30 mins passed and water kept coming. An hour passed and no food yet so I asked waiter how much longer and he said our ticket was next. I gave him about 10 more minutes and no food came so I told him if food was not ready that I was leaving he didn't even care and all he said was he couldn't stop me from leaving. So two hours and all I had was bread and water. So service sucks, food couldn't even try it and place very small noisy. Stay away from here, there's a lot of Argentinian places where you would get treated better and get your money's worth.

DW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was Valentines Day so it was very busy. We were seated right away and our order was taken in a reasonable amount of time. Starters came out quickly. Then it took forever for our entrees. Waited more than half an hour after our starters were cleared to receive our entrees. Server was very nice and the food was good. Even though my steak tasted good, there was a big piece in the middle that was inedible. I was full so didn't need to eat any more so no big deal. Server was kind enough to have that charge removed from our bill. We left happy.

H
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Valentines day is not the day to analyze a restaurant. The staff was nice but the service was slow. I would like to try the place on a non-holiday.

b
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, atmosphere and food very enjoyable

AS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A small restaurant with a very interesting menu. The food here is quite good, as is the service. A bit noisy, however.

b
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malbec is the perfect neighborhood restaurant! There's seating at the bar, outside patio or intimate dining room. My friend and I split a salad a steak and the creamed corn. Everything came split perfectly! Our server and the manager had great suggestions and we ended with two desserts that were both amazing! The Chocolate Mousse and the Crepes are not to be missed!

J
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Chris, our server, was excellent. He made perfect recommendations for us when we had questions. We very much enjoyed our experience at Malbec. Great food! Great service!

LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Great location in Toluca Lake, parking was pretty easy. Inside the restaurant was loud; our server was great about allowing us to move outside after seated cause it was just too loud to hear each other talk inside. Once outside, it was much more peaceful and calm. Wonderful dining experience!

RC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goodbye lunch for a friend

CD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. We were there for dineLA. We were a large party so we sat in a back room and it was really beautiful. Great service !

M
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I took my parents for Dine LA. I was expecting the menu prices online to be the same at the restaurant. When the bill came they charged me for the dessert that we chose from the special menu and said it was not part of the deal. You should let people know the menu price online will not be the same at the venue.

B
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience is beautiful and the food is wonderful had the fish smelt a lot of the steaks they were around us and they looked marvelous to I highly recommend this place and the wine selection is nice

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience5

bad service

CA
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
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 on January 17, 2020
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
32 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

EQ
Los Angeles
16 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
3 reviews
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.