Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.73mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.93mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi
  1. Distance: 0.73mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.93mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi

Nearby points of interest

  1. Distance: 0.73mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.93mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi
  1. Distance: 0.73mi
  2. Distance: 0.92mi
  3. Distance: 0.93mi
  4. Distance: 0.95mi

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
View Larger Map

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

5
4
3
2
1

4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (26)
Good for a Date (22)
Special Occasion (18)
See All
Good for Anniversaries (18)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Casual (15)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Romantic (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Authentic (11)
Cozy (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (10)
Comfort Food (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Hot Spot (5)
Fun (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Groups (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Spicy (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Sort by
S
352 reviews
Loading Reviews ...

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience2
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Fantastic steak. Very highly recommend it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5

 
 (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.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 10, 2017

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

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Empanadas are the best!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
·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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

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
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 2017

It was perfect! Food was delicious. Service was amazing!!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 2017

I really enjoy going here. the service is always great, also can't go wrong with whatever you order. Food and drinks are great. accomadations are special and they are very welcoming

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Cozy
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We have been going to Malbec for over 5 years, always on my Husband's birthday because it is his favorite restaurant. We always have amazing service but this time was a true disappointment. Our waitress took our order, opened our wine and disappeared. There was a large party and she was waiting on them but completely neglected us. Our busser took better care of us and came to check and see how things were, our waitress did not. I had also made a note that it was his birthday and they used to bring a dessert, this time nothing. The food was amazing as usual but the service almost ruined our evening. Sorely disappointed, we might have to find a new tradition.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service1
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Service and food were outstanding. Everything we ate was as good or better than described. Servings were nicely plated and generous.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 24, 2017

I noted that it was our anniversary and we were very pleasantly surprised with 2 complimentary glasses of champagne towards the end of our meal. Steaks, wine, desserts were excellent. We definitely want to come back!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I have been a repeat customer. Always loved it but this time the entraña was really bad tasting like liver. Won't return.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience5
service5
value1

vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Incredible Gastronomic Experience
Service was fair to say the least
As a long time customer I will say it was an off night

Tags: Tapas
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service3
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food was good and came in timely for each course. Would definitely go back

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent restaurant worth the visit! The Dine in LA dinner is a steal as this place has a relatively pricey menu but everything is good and the wine list is inviting - try the rose! It is not our first time as this little gem got us coming back every time...

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 14, 2017

LA Dine-super loud and kids crying. Service was slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service2
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Loved it...great steak, great Cebiche, great salad, great atmosphere!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 7, 2017

I really like this place. The Feb I Che with "tiger's milk" and the empanadas are a great way to start a meal. It is almost too dimly lit... But the darker it is, the better I look!

Tags: Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

 
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

The staff was so great at accommodating our

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food3
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Four of us for dinner. Table next us had some very loud people that were disturbing. Food was excellent and good service.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Took a little while to be acknowledged by the server... But once we got service it was very good. It's a tiny place so the noise level is high due to the proximity to other guests and their own filters. The food, however, is AMAZING, and makes any of this worth it.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service4
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Amazing service and food!

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Such a gem. Food is always top notch, beautifully prepared and the service is excellent.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We came for Mother's Day brunch and had an excellent experience. Service was friendly and very attentive, good was amazing and large portions. Had to take it home. I recommend this place to all that want fine Argentinean food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for a Date
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I have been going here for several years now and know the staff very well.
Everyone is very friendly and warm. The ambiance is very welcoming and
has just the right amount of sophistication without being cold. My wife and
I also like to sit and eat at the bar which seems to be a popular spot for many
other patrons as well. The food is great and the wine fabulous. Staff will often
offer tastings before you order the wine. They have an outdoor seating area
enclosed by a low 'wall' for privacy and this is sometimes further enclosed by a
clear fold down weather guard. Heaters also I believe. They have a spacious
back area also. All in all I love this place!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Hot Spot, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Casual, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food was reliably good - The sole is my go-to and did not disappoint. Our dining companions had never been here and loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Business Meals, Romantic
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 6, 2017

First time there. Excellent service and food, I mean really, really good.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience4
service5
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 5, 2017

We had a fabulous meal and were fortunate to meet Justin Abram. What a great chef. Food was imaginative and very tasty. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
1 person found this review helpful.
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 28, 2017

The service was OK. We sent two items back to the kitchen, the hanger steak which the waitress ranted and rave and about and the roasted potatoes. The potatoes were awful and dry, with no flavor. And the steak we ordered medium rare came out very, very rare and wayyy under cooked. Even after throwing it back on the grill, the steak was fatty with no flavor. This restaurant lacks seasoning and uses way too much or oil in their dishes. Other than the table a very loud men behind us, the ambience was nice and quaint. Needless to say though, we probably won't be coming back anytime soon.

Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food1
ambience2
service5
value3

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 27, 2017

The food never disappoints. Our server was great, and everyone was very attentive. You can tell they have a team oriented working environment. Overall recommend this place for good food and great wine. ALWAYS try the Malbec!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Casual
Was this review useful to you?Yes·No·
food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Report this review as inappropriate?

If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.