Malbec - Toluca Lake

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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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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
39 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
10 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
19 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
29 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!

s
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service. Staff very friendly and did not need to wait long to be assisted. Quality of food excellent. Will definitely come back again.

F
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Too noisy, couldn't hear my guest, had to scream in order to converse.

L
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Malbec is a favorite for me and my friends. The steak salad with arugula and veggies is outstanding every time. One of my friends is over the moon about a pasta dish. There are plenty of good choices. My water glass is kept full which I appreciate. So many good things about this place -- come try it!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely Delish!

G
Los Angeles
106 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small cozy place with outstanding quality service and food, the house wine is always reliable. A long time favorite will be there every time I come back to LA

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was unbelievable, very attentive and the recommendations were on point.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Empanadas were under cooked. I would call true Argentinian food.

LC
Orange County
32 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Lunch on a Saturday, very quiet so hard to judge. Place looked nice staff was friendly portions well sized and meat tasted nicely of the parrilla as it should.

Wine list had interesting AR and Uruguayan wines.

I would try it at dinner

WY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my girlfriend and her father. We had a wonderful meal and experience. Highly recommended.

d
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

bolognese was amazing!! can't wait to try everything on the menu!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back

RR
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. Aji cebiche was very nice. Sole was well prepared, generous portion. Nice wine list, a bit pricey. Dulce de leche crepes were also very tasty.

PC
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Reviewed on April 10, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

Great Food-Great Service -Great ambiance- Great Location

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Reviewed on October 30, 2018
Overall5foodserviceambience

I have to admit that I am a neighbor and have been going to this restaurant since it opened..... the last few years the brother’s have overcome the problem of suppliers by opening up a central receiving and market. They age their meats and this has given them an unmatched consistency. I know the owners -Pablo, Luciano and Javier and they have consistently made an effort to provide excellent service, quality of food and a superb dining experience.

I have read all the reviews and must admit that I can not believe they are reviewing the same restaurant. Yes, the restaurant foot print is small and the place is popular. When it is full it is noisy but take that as a compliment to the people who come and enjoy.

The wait staff has always been pleasant and to be honest I have never known nor seen a time when they don’t go out of their way to make any issue right.

We have been lucky to dine overseas as my wife was born in London, England and this compares to a lively European or Argentinian restaurant, vibrant, lively and fun. The wines are good and reasonably priced. If you want to enjoy a restaurant with old world charm and character this is the place. If you want quiet, this is probably not the place.

S
Los Angeles
47 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The BEST "Fritto Misto", calamari/shrimp and mushroom dish!!

And THANK YOU for always serving your champagne nice and cold in a chilled flute!!

RG
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall2food3service1ambience2

We went Saturday evening 9/8 for an early dinner. The hostess was so rude and seemed put out that we were there. The waiter never made eye contact, even when asking you a question. The food was good. The service at this restaurant used to be outstanding and friendly, now it's got this "attitude" that I don't like or understand. It's Toluca Lake, not Beverly Hills. I won't be going back.

h
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All the food was very good. There are plenty of options, even for the folks in our party that don’t eat red meat.

IA
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We are never disappointed with the food, and the staff is always friendly and helpful.
Yummy chimichurri, too!

RT
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was just right ... food, service, location... only downfall, for my business meeting, it was a little loud. Not horrible but the sound is a bit bouncy there. Overall, the folks at Malbec do a wonderful job. It was good to see them nice and busy.

M
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

I was really excited to go to Malbec. I heard great things, read great reviews. The food was delicious and exactly what we expected. We had a delicious wine. I appreciated that we were able to test two before deciding on the second which was more to our liking. We had a very nice server who was very personable. Unfortunately, the service experience really defined our evening. There was what appeared to be a large party in a backroom of the restaurant and our server (we were at the front of the restaurant) was handling both our table and the room in the back. It did not go well for us. We had to wait unusually long amounts of time to get service. One example, our server brought over the second bottle of wine for us to try. She poured a taste into a glass and set the bottle on our table and left. I tried the wine, it was lovely, but after approximately 10 minutes of waiting for her to return to ensure the wine was our choice and to pour (I would never presume to pour it myself as I would not know the restaurant's pour amounts), I asked someone else to step in to do it. Secondly, our dinner arrived and while two of the three guests received their whole meal, one guest who ordered a steak received first the steak, approximately 5 minutes later the accompanying fries (not a special request, part of the dish), and then a secondary sauce. If Malbec could improve on its service, I would visit again. The food really was delicious and the staff was definitely trying.

GF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was only fair. I had salmon with the pear salad. The salmon was cooked properly but lacked any flavor or seasoning at all. There were 3 small slices of pears and 3 cherry tomatoes cut up and 3 pieces of beets along with a very tiny amount of dressing. I asked for additional dressing to give some flavor to the meal. Not much provided for the money. Very lackluster.

CL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and wonderful service makes Malbec a great place for dinner. We had empanadas for appetizers, and the spinach and cheese one was to die for. We ordered the mixta steak, which came out sizzling, and we liked the 3 dipping sauces. For a side, we ordered garlic fries, which were good, but we should have gone a little healthier and gotten some kind of veggies. The service was excellent, and our waiter made good recommendations, while the bus boy never let our water level drop to below 1/2"! Malbec is a bit expensive, but is a nice treat once in a while.

M
Miami
41 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great, always a good time

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating a birthday and anniversary tonight. Our server was great, the food was very good and the atmosphere was lovely.

OT
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food! Love the atmosphere. Love that they PROMOTE the DineLA right as you sit down and don't shame you into feeling badly that you're going to take advantage of the offer. Their menu offerings were well thought out. LOVED the wine tasting portions suggested with each menu item. The wines were delicious! My date and I shared everything and were so happy we did. Will definitely return.