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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (16)
Casual (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Fit for Foodies (14)
Romantic (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Cozy (11)
Notable Wine List (11)
Authentic (11)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Business Meals (8)
Hot Spot (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Healthy (3)
People Watching (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Spicy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Food was amazing. Service was great 👍

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Wonderful meal, wine, dessert and service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

Rude server and bland food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, People Watching, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Tapas, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great lunch restaurant. Enjoyed their DineLA menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

I always feel confidant that when I take guests to Malbec's they will enjoy the food. It is consistently good. One of my guests really enjoyed her skirt steak with chimichurri, and her husband liked everything on his 3-course dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Wonderful ambiance very cozy pleasant music. The food was delicious and great recommendation on the wine. Good for dates, birthdays and just everyday dining.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Atmosphere was awesome, on the darker side, lots of candels & very cozy. Food was excellent, particularly the homemade pasta ontrees.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We dine here almost every week. It's great food, great service in a comfortable setting. A real gem in Toluca Lake.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Healthy, Quick Bite, Casual, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Birthday celebration for my wife.
Awesome food & flavors

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

On New Years Eve the service and food was very good. Malbec never disappoints.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is our 5th New Years Eve at Malbec -- food and service always great. We've eaten at Malbec other times as well, and can say that the special NYE menu is just as high quality as on any other night. Service is attentive and we never felt rushed the entire evening.

I was impressed with their having a vegetarian option that looked (on the menu) to be very well thought out. Although a meat/fish eater, I intend to try that if I see it on the menu again. Many places today put "something vegetarian" on, but off just some kind of salad-based dish. Malbec's offering appeared to have a lot of thought put into it.

They don't have the world's largest wine list, but what they do have keys well with the menu. You should be able to find something to your taste unless you're looking for extremely inexpensive wine.

The dining room is modestly noisy but I had no difficulty hearing my companion despite having hearing loss. She had no difficulty hearing me even though I speak very softly. The front dining room could be very romantic if you went on a slower night. The atmosphere overall is pleasant, with dim lighting and good choice of decor.

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was the best New Year's Eve dining experience I've had in years. It was a pared down menu, but not prix--fixe, which I appreciated. Even though the full menu wasn't available, there were still multiple choices and the prices didn't seem jacked up for the holiday. There's a phenomenon my husband and I have experienced while dining out...when we don't order alcohol with our meal, the service is very lacking...but not here. We decided not to drink, so we were slightly worried, however, the service here was pretty impeccable. From our server to the bussers, they were on top of everything. The food came out quickly, and completely to our liking. We went for an early dinner at 6pm and were done in an hour. Definitely one of the better experiences we've had dining in LA in general. We are looking forward to trying dinner from the full menu soon!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Love this place. They've knocked Morton's off the top off the list for our favorite in Burbank.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

We have been to Malbec twice after attending the Troubies Christmas show at El Portal theatre and we have been pleasantly surprised both times. We will definitely return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Wanted place for steak at request of son visiting from out of state and also daughter visiting as well. Only complaint is a little too much charring of NY steak on the outside, although inside meat was cooked to order at medium rare. Beet salad was excellent as were the Brussel sprouts. Polenta and chard both cooked with good flavor and texture which accompanied nicely prepared lamb shank. Pasta satisfied daughter's craving with tasty sauce. More than enough for the four of us as we had a meal to take home as left overs.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always great and Chris, our waiter, is excellent as usual.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Exquisite meats and empanadas. Highly recommend trying ALL types of empanada, you won't be sorry.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 13, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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 8, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 7, 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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