Malbec - Toluca Lake
A small cozy place with outstanding quality service and food, the house wine is always reliable. A long time favorite will be there every time I come back to LA
Service was unbelievable, very attentive and the recommendations were on point.
Empanadas were under cooked. I would call true Argentinian food.
Went with my girlfriend and her father. We had a wonderful meal and experience. Highly recommended.
bolognese was amazing!! can't wait to try everything on the menu!
It was a wonderful experience. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back
Great service. Aji cebiche was very nice. Sole was well prepared, generous portion. Nice wine list, a bit pricey. Dulce de leche crepes were also very tasty.
Great Food-Great Service -Great ambiance- Great Location
I have to admit that I am a neighbor and have been going to this restaurant since it opened..... the last few years the brother’s have overcome the problem of suppliers by opening up a central receiving and market. They age their meats and this has given them an unmatched consistency. I know the owners -Pablo, Luciano and Javier and they have consistently made an effort to provide excellent service, quality of food and a superb dining experience.
I have read all the reviews and must admit that I can not believe they are reviewing the same restaurant. Yes, the restaurant foot print is small and the place is popular. When it is full it is noisy but take that as a compliment to the people who come and enjoy.
The wait staff has always been pleasant and to be honest I have never known nor seen a time when they don’t go out of their way to make any issue right.
We have been lucky to dine overseas as my wife was born in London, England and this compares to a lively European or Argentinian restaurant, vibrant, lively and fun. The wines are good and reasonably priced. If you want to enjoy a restaurant with old world charm and character this is the place. If you want quiet, this is probably not the place.
The BEST "Fritto Misto", calamari/shrimp and mushroom dish!!
And THANK YOU for always serving your champagne nice and cold in a chilled flute!!
We went Saturday evening 9/8 for an early dinner. The hostess was so rude and seemed put out that we were there. The waiter never made eye contact, even when asking you a question. The food was good. The service at this restaurant used to be outstanding and friendly, now it's got this "attitude" that I don't like or understand. It's Toluca Lake, not Beverly Hills. I won't be going back.
All the food was very good. There are plenty of options, even for the folks in our party that don’t eat red meat.
We are never disappointed with the food, and the staff is always friendly and helpful.
Yummy chimichurri, too!
Everything was just right ... food, service, location... only downfall, for my business meeting, it was a little loud. Not horrible but the sound is a bit bouncy there. Overall, the folks at Malbec do a wonderful job. It was good to see them nice and busy.
I was really excited to go to Malbec. I heard great things, read great reviews. The food was delicious and exactly what we expected. We had a delicious wine. I appreciated that we were able to test two before deciding on the second which was more to our liking. We had a very nice server who was very personable. Unfortunately, the service experience really defined our evening. There was what appeared to be a large party in a backroom of the restaurant and our server (we were at the front of the restaurant) was handling both our table and the room in the back. It did not go well for us. We had to wait unusually long amounts of time to get service. One example, our server brought over the second bottle of wine for us to try. She poured a taste into a glass and set the bottle on our table and left. I tried the wine, it was lovely, but after approximately 10 minutes of waiting for her to return to ensure the wine was our choice and to pour (I would never presume to pour it myself as I would not know the restaurant's pour amounts), I asked someone else to step in to do it. Secondly, our dinner arrived and while two of the three guests received their whole meal, one guest who ordered a steak received first the steak, approximately 5 minutes later the accompanying fries (not a special request, part of the dish), and then a secondary sauce. If Malbec could improve on its service, I would visit again. The food really was delicious and the staff was definitely trying.
The food was only fair. I had salmon with the pear salad. The salmon was cooked properly but lacked any flavor or seasoning at all. There were 3 small slices of pears and 3 cherry tomatoes cut up and 3 pieces of beets along with a very tiny amount of dressing. I asked for additional dressing to give some flavor to the meal. Not much provided for the money. Very lackluster.
Delicious food and wonderful service makes Malbec a great place for dinner. We had empanadas for appetizers, and the spinach and cheese one was to die for. We ordered the mixta steak, which came out sizzling, and we liked the 3 dipping sauces. For a side, we ordered garlic fries, which were good, but we should have gone a little healthier and gotten some kind of veggies. The service was excellent, and our waiter made good recommendations, while the bus boy never let our water level drop to below 1/2"! Malbec is a bit expensive, but is a nice treat once in a while.
Great, always a good time
We were celebrating a birthday and anniversary tonight. Our server was great, the food was very good and the atmosphere was lovely.
Love the food! Love the atmosphere. Love that they PROMOTE the DineLA right as you sit down and don't shame you into feeling badly that you're going to take advantage of the offer. Their menu offerings were well thought out. LOVED the wine tasting portions suggested with each menu item. The wines were delicious! My date and I shared everything and were so happy we did. Will definitely return.
I was in love as soon as I walked in. The ambiance was very relaxed and inviting. I was trying this as a new spot during restaurant week. Surprisingly the food was just meh which was very disappointing as going in I was super excited. The service was great and everyone very friendly.
The empanada was delicious. The entree of blackened ahi tasted oily and was like tuna tataki, raw inside. The chocolate panna cotta was like hard rubber. Disappointed.
Flavia the waitress was so helpful and positive. Food was superb
Best calamari in the Valley!!!
Good for Paleo dieting...................love their salmon with tapenade, order with steamed spinach, perfect!!
Had a great dinner and night out here! Luciano and Claudia took excellent care of us and we took advantage of the Dine LA menu. Delish and great value. Grilled meats are especially tasty but we also enjoy the fish and pastas. Definitely going back!
Great service. They were very accommodating to a couple of us who have food allergies. They either made the entree to accommodate us or offered great substitutions. Food was excellent. We will definitely go back
Awesome menu for DineLA, with wine pairing suggestion for each meal option. Staff was attentive and friendly.
Waited a long time before the waiter took our order.
Great experience, service is ok and would like "hard liquor ".
Excellent attentive service. Beautifully presented food. Salad was excellent.
The chicken empanadas lacked flavor, tomato flavor only. More anthenic empanada would have shredded not chopped chicken & more flavor. A subtle cilantro touch is needed .
I devoured every morsel of my meal! The chef prepared everything with care and skill. I particularly noticed their choice of goat cheese for the salad. It was the most creamy and flavorful I've eaten in decades. I was so delighted with my dinner that I forgot to photograph the Chocolate Mousse dessert which beckoned to be consumed immediately. It was superior to any chilled mousse I can remember eating ... rich, full cocoa bean flavor, sweet although not overpowering to saturate the taste buds.
My wife, kids and I spent Father's Day dinner at Malbec. We all loved the food and energetic restaurant environment.
We were in the back patio. Food was good. Service was terrific.
I've dined here many times over several years and love it.
The food and service were amazing!
Herb chicken and veggies was great! The chicken was moist and veggies were roasted to perfection. The server was great too, always checking on us to make sure we were good! Ended the meal with a creme brulee and fresh berries that I highly recommend!
Great food and service. The steak was better than at many steak houses and the roasted vegetables were delicious.
It was not busy and we were made to feel rushed.