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About Malbec - Toluca Lake

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.

10151 Riverside Dr
Toluca Lake, CA 91602
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Argentinean, Steakhouse, South American

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

Cross Street:
Forman

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 762-4860

Website:
http://www.malbeccuisine.com/

Entertainment:
Live music in the back patio area on Saturday nights at 7pm

Catering:
We offer catering services

Parking Details:
Valet and street parking

Executive Chef:
Pablo Alcorta

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Birthdays, graduations, wedding receptions, business meetings and presentations

Malbec - Toluca Lake Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Special Occasion (17)
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Fit for Foodies (13)
Casual (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Romantic (11)
Authentic (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Notable Wine List (9)
Cozy (9)
Business Meals (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good for Groups (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Fun (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Seasonal (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

It was my s cond time here as I don’t live in this area to come more often. Service is great, lovely smiley waitress who makes you feel welcome and special!
Food was really good too, I had chimichuri steak and Argentinian wine.
The ambiance is humble and quiet. I enjoyed my dinner and will go back again

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 6 days ago

Its is EXACTLY what it says:"Argentina is world famous for its cuisine. From homemade salads, pastas and fish to an abundant selection of our signature grilled meats, Malbec Argentinean Cuisine brings you the best authentic cuisine prepared on our genuine Argentinean grill."

Tags: Great Beer, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Lunched with friends at Malbec in Toluca Lake and, as always, the food and service were excellent! Started with a spinach and cheese empanada as an appetizer which was delicious. The crust was much better and tastier than that of traditional empanadas. We all ordered the chimichurri steak and found the meat as tender as a quality filet mignon. Ordered different desserts, but all of us had the same “ahs” of pure enjoyment. Highly recommend this restaurant. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Wow! The food was amazing! The service was great, and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. And, the desserts were phenomenal too! What a find. Perfect for anniversary dinners or special occasions.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Romantic, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Argentinian flair to most menu items. Classy decor, noisy ambience, friendly service. Huge portions. Valet service in back.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

This was my second time here both were consistent I had steaks both times and were cooked to MR just as I like it, roasted root veggies and a salad all equally as good. Service was exceptional the first visit but that was midweek and other a busy Saturday night, still good but I needed to ask for things. It was fine —- catching up with an old friend so glad we weren’t rushed. I’ve yet to try other stuff but I will be back to do so. I like that it’s not too noisy where you can’t converse.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

It's always great there

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Always a pleasure. Karen is the best! Excellent seafood pasta and steaks.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Way too loud. Very loud table. Menu needs to be simpler

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Arugula salad with pears and beets had excellent presentation and taste. Grilled N Y steak very tender and cooked perfectly medium rare. Duck juicy and tender, Swiss chard flavorful and polenta great texture and taste. Dessert special of ricotta cheese cake with raisins perfect end to the meal. We have already booked a dinner next month with the whole family!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always great service and food! Thank you Malbec

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

It was very busy when we arrived and they seemed to be understaffed. When we walked in, we were just pointed to a table, no check in. We went for my wife's birthday but I am guessing since we weren't checked in, they were not informed of her birthday so it never came up. We also sat under the A/C unit so it was pretty cold until we moved. That being said, the food was fantastic. And, our server did a great job under the circumstances.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food was amazing!! Our server was awesome! Loved everything about it!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Always a good meal here. Love the skirt steak with chimichurri!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Excellent food, excellent choices, excellent service. You can't ask for anything else.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Food and wine were FANTASTIC! I highly recommend!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Food is very good. Service was great. Although, it is not conducive for a business lunch as it gets too loud that it is hard to discuss anything without speaking loudly.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

I have been there a couple of times with friends. The lamb is incredible, the ravioli is excellent and many of the dishes are outstanding. However, the desserts leave a bit to be desired. Is it that the meal was so incredible that the desserts pale in comparison, maybe. But the creme brulle is basic, the crepes are ok and the bread pudding, served cold, was a little dry. But do not let the desserts hold you back, because everything else was wonderful.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Great Steaks! Great Food! Great Find! This restaurant know how to grill beef.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I love going to Malbec the food and service is great however the noise level was so high that I could not hear what my friends were saying half the time. Other then that a winner.

Tags: Casual, Disabled Access, Local Ingredients, People Watching, Tasting Menu, Live Sports
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We really enjoy Malbec restaurant. They also have one in Pasadena, but for some reason we prefer the one in Toluca Lake. Cannot really say why, as we've only been to the Pasadena restaurant once, but this was our 5th time in Toluca Lake. Low lighting and candle lit Malbecs has a romantic and upscale feel. Every meal I've had has been delicious, a couple faves are the fish of the night or the Skirt Steak with Chimichurri sauce. They have a great selection of Malbec wines and will bring a few tastes to see which one you prefer. Our server was friendly, helpful with suggestions and let us dine with our friends, not rushing us out. It can get a bit loud between the "background" music and the talking but over all we really enjoy ourselves here.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Malbec was wonderful as always. Our waiter was attentive without being intrusive, the food was delicious and we were served quickly and the ambience was lovely without being pretentious or overly formal. We will definitely be making another trip to Malbec in the near future.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I dined here recently with my new girlfriend. We both enjoyed our entrees and the atmosphere of the restaurant. The restaurant was cozy, quiet, and comfortable on a Sunday night. We had the Empanadas (1 Beef, 1 Spinach & Cheese), she had the ensalada de la casa (salad), I had the entrana al chimichurri (10 oz skirt steak with vegetables). The meat was cooked to order (well done) and tasted great! We each enjoyed a glass of the namesake (Malbec) wine with our meals. We shared dessert at the end of our meal, panueques de dulce de leche (crepes with bananas, berries, and scoop of vanilla ice cream). We both liked the taste as well as the presentation of the dishes. The server was very friendly and attentive during the evening. We were both glad we made this restaurant our choice to dine at for our second date! There is plenty of street parking available (at least when we visited on Sunday evening).

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 27, 2017

descriptions of food must more interesting than food itself ... and, because of that, seemed overpriced. Service is nice but hinky, ambiance not great ... Not again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 25, 2017

First time here. I loved the food and the waitstaff. The only thing that didn't work for me was the sound. The acoustics are such that the conversation from the other diners is loud-ish. This would still be ok with me but the music selection was a really annoying mariachi type music on a tinny sounding music system. This is an Argentine restaurant! Play tangos! Having said that I'd still return because the food was so delicious (I had the skirt steak over a salad). Maybe I'll order take-out and enjoy it at home while listening to Gardel...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything was delicious and everyone was so nice and inviting. Thank you.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fantastic steak. Very highly recommend it.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Amazing food. Great service. Tables are a little close together because it’s a small space and we were unnecessarily sat next to a loud party even though there were enough empty tables across the way. Other than that small detail it was really wonderful.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Tried all-vegetarian dish for the first time. Much more decadent and rich and delicious than I expected. Very pleased. Very good desserts to top off the evening. Waiter was efficient and attentive. Met a friend from out-of-town for dinner and restaurant was quiet enough to have nice conversation and catch up. Overall, would be happy to dine here again.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Food and service were really good, the ambiance was inviting for a good conversation

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·Dined on October 3, 2017

I've been coming here for years. The food is always great, and the staff is awesome.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Empanadas are the best!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Delicious meal and wine. Great service. A bit expensive for the neighborhood.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Really great food and they accommodated my special diet. Our waiter was fabulous. Loved the food! 👍

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Organic, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I live in the area and had not been there in 8yrs or more going right back I forgo the food was so good. Thank you, dh

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2017

I've been here for drinks with friends as well as meals. The staff are wonderful -- attentive and kind, funny and efficient.

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 30, 2017

I have been there a few times. The service is always friendly and attentive. The food is great and they have some unique dishes.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Deliciously exceptional! By far one of my favorite restaurants ever. Plus I got to meet the chef Pablo last time:) A big plus!

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Attentive staff with good food and nice wine by the glass

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food, including the hangar steak, was fantastic. Loved the creamed corn and brussel sprouts, too! And my desert was perfect ... vanilla ice cream, chocolate chips, whipped cream, and a side shot of espresso! And our server was outstanding.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Business Meals, Romantic
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