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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

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (27)
Good for a Date (23)
Special Occasion (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (18)
Casual (16)
Good for Birthdays (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Romantic (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Notable Wine List (13)
Cozy (12)
Authentic (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Business Meals (10)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Lunch (6)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
People Watching (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Spicy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

Great lunch restaurant. Enjoyed their DineLA menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 6 days ago

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 9, 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 7, 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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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on January 6, 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 3, 2018

Birthday celebration for my wife.
Awesome food & flavors

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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 28, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 24, 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 24, 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 22, 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 14, 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 10, 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 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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 (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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