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Malbec - Toluca Lake

4.5
400 reviews
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$30 and under
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Argentinean
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Argentinean, Steakhouse, South American
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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
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Phone number
(818) 762-4860
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Pablo Alcorta
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Catering
We offer catering services
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Forman
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Parking details
Valet and street parking
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Entertainment
Live music in the back patio area on Saturday nights at 7pm
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Special events & promotions
Birthdays, graduations, wedding receptions, business meetings and presentations
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
What 400 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Love this restaurant, but the noise at lunch caused me to miss parts of the business discussion. I'll come back for the great food, not for a quiet conversation.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food is always good and wine list interesting. The only reason I gave “service” 4 stars was because I think they were understaffed that evening. There seemed to be only one waitress and a couple busboys. The waitress was wonderful and polite but clearly taking care of too much as it seems she was taking care of the bar also. Dinner service moved very slowly through no fault of her own. Overall, we always enjoy dinner here and this time was no exception.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This was truly a gem of a place. The food was very good and the staff was very attentive without being intrusive. It was quiet enough that you could have a good conversation.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The rib eye steak was perfect, it was unforgettable! The place is clean and the servers are very attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

The lamb chops and steaks or outstanding as is the fish dishes. Great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Awesome food!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

It is always great at Malbec's The service, atmosphere,food,eat inside or out. The people are
always so friendly and they make their own bread(yum yum)

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We just keep coming back. How's that for a vote of confidence?! I almost always get the skirt steak - I grew up eating skirt steak and this is the best in town. The service is great, the prices are pretty fair considering the quality. Malbec doesn't try and impress with über hip food - they got fine Argentinian dining down. And when my body and soul says steak, veggies and a great glass of wine I know right where to go! BTW, the non-beef items are pretty stellar too!

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

We love going to Malbec for the entrana with chimichurri, it’s exceptional and always on point. Our service and experience there is always very good.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Service was great. Table had the Sole, Salmon and steak. Each was delicious. Bottle of wine was perfect with the meal.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Nice meal in a nice setting on the patio. The service was OK.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

It is always so nice there. The food and service is great. They have a great wine and champagne list.Always so neat and clean

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Never disappointed in the food, service or ambiance. We love this restaurant. Their specials are always worthy and an ongoing menu favorite of ours is the chimichurri skirt steak.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great food and amazing service! Malbec is definitely one of the restaurants we frequent because it never lets us down

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful lively atmosphere in the main room, and much quieter intimate setting in the back section! Can't wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Second time here, great both times, will be going again in the future.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Delicious Steak Salad. Good for our business lunch. Not very crowded on Monday for lunch.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Ir was ok. Not great like other Argentinian restaurantes. Good place to go once. We are fast

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Very pleasant. We were able to hear each other and the food was very good

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Amazing restaurant, everything was delicious and the staff - super attentive and nice. We got ceviche clasico, Bife de Chorizo, mashed potatoes and charred corn, all to share. Enjoyed every bite! Crema catalana for the dessert was immaculate.
Will definitely come back!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

I make a reservation for 3 pm. I have my aunt funeral in a close cemetery. We arrived earlier and the accommodate right away without a problem. The food was excellent last time I was there I was surprise the waiter did not speak Spanish. Today they have very professional waiter Argentinian.
I invite all American friends was the first time for them and they like it

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always delicious, friendly, right ambience. Everyone I bring here loves it

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great place for a dinner. The food a was great and big portion. You cannot go wrong with the skirt steak and the mussels. The sausages where over priced. I recommend to share some of the plates. By the time at it's beer and wine only. The service was on point.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Came with a group of friends for dinner. We were taken to our table immediately. There is no full bar, so wine was ordered. I personally had a glass of Pino, was excellent. For our table we had 2 orders of sole, 1 rack of lamb, 1 paella, 1 plate of steak mix to be shared by 2 and carpaccio for an appetizer. All meat and paella was excellent!! sole was very good, and paella was also perfect. Very good service, we loved this place. Nice neighborhood restaurant, romantic, not overly fancy. Great find!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

great service & great food. my husband & i enjoyed the skirt steak & spinach spaghetti 😋

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Too loud to hear anyone at our own table. Asked to be moved But were told there weren’t any other empty tables… But when one of us went to the bathroom there were plenty of empty tables and quieter sections

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

The service was great, and it's a nice cozy spot. The skirt steak was fantastic

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

A good spot in Toluca Lake. Get the entrana with chimichurri, it’s amazing!

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Lunch or dinner always excellent. Never go wrong with either salmon or steak. Sometimes a little noisy at dinner when it's packed so you have to talk over the crowd...but a really good local Toluca Lake restaurant that has never failed!!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was amazing. Service was great 👍

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful meal, wine, dessert and service.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Rude server and bland food.

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5.0Dined 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.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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