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Malbec - Toluca Lake

4.4
389 reviews
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$30 and under
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Argentinean
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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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Cuisines
Argentinean, Steakhouse, South American
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Dinner
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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Catering
We offer catering services
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Forman
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Parking details
Valet and street parking
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Entertainment
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
Additional
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 389 People Are Saying
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4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It is always so nice there. The food and service is great. They have a great wine and champagne list.Always so neat and clean

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Never disappointed in the food, service or ambiance. We love this restaurant. Their specials are always worthy and an ongoing menu favorite of ours is the chimichurri skirt steak.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food and amazing service! Malbec is definitely one of the restaurants we frequent because it never lets us down

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful lively atmosphere in the main room, and much quieter intimate setting in the back section! Can't wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Second time here, great both times, will be going again in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Delicious Steak Salad. Good for our business lunch. Not very crowded on Monday for lunch.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Ir was ok. Not great like other Argentinian restaurantes. Good place to go once. We are fast

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very pleasant. We were able to hear each other and the food was very good

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Amazing restaurant, everything was delicious and the staff - super attentive and nice. We got ceviche clasico, Bife de Chorizo, mashed potatoes and charred corn, all to share. Enjoyed every bite! Crema catalana for the dessert was immaculate.
Will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I make a reservation for 3 pm. I have my aunt funeral in a close cemetery. We arrived earlier and the accommodate right away without a problem. The food was excellent last time I was there I was surprise the waiter did not speak Spanish. Today they have very professional waiter Argentinian.
I invite all American friends was the first time for them and they like it

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always delicious, friendly, right ambience. Everyone I bring here loves it

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great place for a dinner. The food a was great and big portion. You cannot go wrong with the skirt steak and the mussels. The sausages where over priced. I recommend to share some of the plates. By the time at it's beer and wine only. The service was on point.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Came with a group of friends for dinner. We were taken to our table immediately. There is no full bar, so wine was ordered. I personally had a glass of Pino, was excellent. For our table we had 2 orders of sole, 1 rack of lamb, 1 paella, 1 plate of steak mix to be shared by 2 and carpaccio for an appetizer. All meat and paella was excellent!! sole was very good, and paella was also perfect. Very good service, we loved this place. Nice neighborhood restaurant, romantic, not overly fancy. Great find!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

great service & great food. my husband & i enjoyed the skirt steak & spinach spaghetti 😋

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Too loud to hear anyone at our own table. Asked to be moved But were told there weren’t any other empty tables… But when one of us went to the bathroom there were plenty of empty tables and quieter sections

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The service was great, and it's a nice cozy spot. The skirt steak was fantastic

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A good spot in Toluca Lake. Get the entrana with chimichurri, it’s amazing!

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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!!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was amazing. Service was great 👍

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1.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful meal, wine, dessert and service.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Rude server and bland food.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Malbec DineLA is an absolute MUST! Menu is satisfying and the quality outstanding. We have been there several times and we look forward to come for dinner twice a year to experience this special menu.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

Every dish was prepared beautifully and absolutely delicious. Service was outstanding. Wonderful ambiance. We look forward to going back very soon! So glad we found this local gem!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Not just a steak house. Great variety and everything I have tried so far has been very very good to outstanding.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Malbec is amazing as always! Never fails to make me happy 😊

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great service! Don't miss opportunity for tasty skirt steak and empanadas. Their affogato for dessert is a must!

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3.0Dined on January 17, 2018

Simple water refills shouldn't take so long. Medium-well meat request was way undercooked and rubbery

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

We dined here taking advantage of the Dine LA package. Food, wine and service is first rate. Excellent meal.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Great lunch restaurant. Enjoyed their DineLA menu.

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