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Malbec, Washington, DC

Malbec

4.4
4.4
475 Reviews
$31 to $50
Argentinean
Authentic Argentine Steak house & Wines . Now we are serving Argentine Beef. Grass-Fed-Hormones and Antibiotic free.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Argentinean, Steakhouse, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 1:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 232-0437
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Catering
    Authentic Argentine finger food and tapas. Call for your special event. Argentine Grilled barbeque for private home and company party.
  • Neighborhood
    Dupont Circle
  • Cross street
    Corcoran St and R St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Dupont Circle
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 475 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

475 Reviews
  1. LoveDC

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you crave a good steak and bold malbec, this place is for you!

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  2. Quartet

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good experience for a first visit. We were celebrating a steak-lover's birthday and Malbec did not disappoint. Wide variety of steaks and other meats while still offering a nice selection of alternatives, including vegetarian. Service was superb. Food was delicious. Ambiance was very nice and we almost had the small dining room to ourselves (dined on a Wednesday night).

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  3. TLM70

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time and we weren’t disappointed. The empanadas were perfectly prepared and delicious. We did the meat for two and the fires and asparagus. Nicely season and very good. Service was on point

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shared the meat sample platter. Lots of leftovers. Incredibly tasty

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First time visiting this restaurant. We shared an appetizer and both our main courses were good! Overall, good experience!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Manuel and the staff were amazing. Food was just bad

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  7. AmitS

    Montreal

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Malbec is a good Argentinian restaurant, it is not cheap but the portions are generous. The meat is cooked as requested and the desserts are good as well.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service…. Overall excellent experience. Argentinian ribeye was cooked perfectly medium rare and extremely tender. Roasted red peppers were seasoned perfectly.

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  9. Warren

    Washington DC

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food if you're into meat! Everyone loved it. I had the Oyster Rockefeller special and that was really underwhelming, but overall good meal.

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  10. Lovetodineout

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, superb bottle of wine, friendly, attentive, excellent service, a quiet and comfortable ambience. We’re definitely coming back.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was fantastic. Service was good. Only issue was there no a.c so it was quite warm. I think.it was broken.

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  12. justinandmeg

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for our anniversary and had a great dinner. Very attentive staff and delicious meats!

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  13. CHER

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service at Malbec is impeccable, the food outstanding, and the wine list very impressive. I highly recommend Malbec for an exceptional dining experience.

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  14. JuanF

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good variety of Malbec wines from Argentina. Good traditional Argentinian beef cuts. Service was very good

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  15. JayO

    Greater Boston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful Staff, great food. Will go again! The steaks were cooked perfectly.

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  16. BrianR

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our second time visiting Malbec and our first celebrating a birthday. food was delicious, service was great. Good atmosphere. Great restaurant.

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  17. Thomas

    Hamburg

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All over perfect experience, a place to visit more than once

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  18. Dubs

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It was virtually impossible to get the server’s attention. Food took forever and one of our entrees didn’t arrive until after we had paid our check and we’re about to get up about two hours later. Poor service. Disappointing because Malbec had been a restaurant we loved. Were there to celebrate my father and my birthdays.
    MalbecResponded on June 21, 2023
    Hi Dubs, Thank you so much for your review. I do apologize about our service that day. I completely understand your frustrations. 6/10/2023 was the Pride Parade and we had an overwhelming amount of walk ins. Unfortunately, that led to longer ticket times, and service. We advised our hosts to cease seating so that the servers and kitchen were able to perform smoother. I am sorry we missed the mark on this one. Your feedback is very important to us. I hope that one day you visit us again soon.

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  19. Warren

    Washington DC

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Second time here. Really great food, pretty reasonable prices and nice wine list (also reasonable) and nice outside seating. Unfortunately, service was WAY off this visit!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The steak platter for two was really worth it. The meat was juicy and very satisfying. One of the better steak houses I’ve been to in DC. Will definitely come back.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is really nice and the food was awesome. The only thing I disliked is we felt rushed by the employees. The restaurant was absolutely empty (it was a Monday night) and it felt that they couldn’t wait to close, we didn’t even finish the food that they already took the plates and brought dessert. Other than that, the food and the service were great.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was phenomenal, I never write reviews but Malbec was such a great experience. The staff was very attentive and friendly. I look forward to going there again

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice people, but waiter. Got the orders wrong on the temperature of our meat. The appetizers were really good says they don’t have to be made to order.

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  24. ChiquitaB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I selected this restaurant to celebrate my son’s birthday. We were so impressed with the restaurant. The food was amazing! The waiter was very professional and attentive! Malbec is definitely at the top on my list of restaurants.

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  25. GeorgeK

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our meal. Short staff caused us not to be able to order from the bar.

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  26. Average

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Second time back and food is amazing. Sangria loaded with fresh fruit. Prices cannot be beat. Need to come back and try the paella. Octopus weekly special needs to be on menu permanently. They know how to cook meat/seafood to perfection. Passion fruit crème brûlée was outstanding. Will be back soon. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants in DC. Thank you so much!
    MalbecResponded on March 24, 2023
    Thank you so much for your review! We are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience with us. The octopus is *chefs kiss* AMA-ZING! We hope to see you again soon!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is great. The melted cheese is great and the lamp chops are top notch!!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They don’t honor reservations. Absolutely embarrassing with my good friend who was in the city for the first time in a while. I feel embarrassed and disgraced. I will never come back.
    MalbecResponded on February 27, 2023
    Hi, I am sorry that this had happened, thank you for taking the time to bring this to our attention. We take these comments seriously and we will look into what had happened and ensure that it doesn't again. If you would like to us a direct email to discuss, it would help me understand the situation much clearer. Again I do apologize for your experience, we hope to be in contact with you soon.

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  29. CharlesD

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and wine select were excellent. Staff is attentive

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  30. ONeill

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Highly discourage visiting the restaurant. Went for Valentine's Day. Upon arrival the only option was a prix fixe menu. No notification that was the only option. Even in the confirmation email sent prior to arrival, it mentioned that the prix fixe menu was optional. My partner is vegetarian, so I would have never made reservations at a restaurant which only offers meat options on the prix fixe menu. His salad ended up costing $100. Kind of extorting the customer since all DC restaurants are booked out weeks in advance for V Day, so there's really no alternative for dinner the night of. They were also pushy about the reservation only being and hour and a half, which is understandable for Valentine's Day. However, it took 40 minutes for our appetizers to arrive, 20 minutes for the entree, and then an additional hour for the desert to be served. Slow service on V Day is to be expected, but two hours is pushing it, particularly when they were so assertive about the time limit. Bad service happens sometimes, but it really bothers me when businesses are dishonest, which is why, though the food was ok, I will never return and will actively discourage others from going to Malbec.
    MalbecResponded on February 25, 2023
    Hi Oneill, Our top priority is the guests experience at our restaurant, & I am sorry to hear we had failed you on that. Sudden changes to the operation were made due to the high volume of reservations & ultimately had to void the regular menu. Our staff also relaxed the time limit due to the ticket times being longer, so guests did not feel rushed. We will keep this in mind when planning future events and even adding flex entrees to support all dietary restrictions. Thank you for your feedback.

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  31. Warren

    Washington DC

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had not been here in a long time. Was VERY impressed with the food and the wine. Great taste, fun staff and pretty fair value! Meat-heavy menu, but definitely options for non- meat eaters, too. We'll be back, for sure!

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  32. Jeff

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was delicious and the service was very good. The major drawback was the cold air rushing in each time the entrance door was opened. They desperately need some type of door treatment to reduce this such as an outdoor entry vestibule or an inside drape/curtain.

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  33. CHER

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The service at Malbec is simply exceptional! The food is delicious and the wine list very impressive. All combine to make for a very enjoyable night out.

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  34. MarcelS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Malbec serves original Argentinian food! Highly recommended.

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  35. NickP

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is well prepared and seasoned. They had heating problems during a very cold evening. Some people wore coats for dinner. It’s not the first time and they really need to fix that. Love going there except for the cold.

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  36. OHDC

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was amazing, fresh and seasoned. Every time food came out for another table, we asked "what is that?" Great choices of Malbec. Coming back...didn't even get to look at the chicken options.

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  37. DFXP

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiter did not speak fluent English but pretended to understand my order. After a long wait, he did not serve the soup or the side vegetable I ordered. The Argentinian steak was described as a NY strip but there was gristle 1/3 of the way through it. I have eaten here before COVID and was very pleased but now disappointed.

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  38. JoannaL

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went in to celebrate a close friends birthday and the staff were just absolutely amazing! The customer service and the food was impeccable. They provided recommendations and they brought out a piece of cake for our friends birthday. Truly, it was an intimate venue and we were catered to by all of the staff.

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  39. mina3333

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our party chose Malbec as the finisher to our excursion to see the Spanish Ballet perform Doña Peron. We hadn’t quite factored in the excitement and noise level of the World Cup, but once the match ended we were able to get lovely Guitar music on the patio to go with our excellent repast and conversation. A wonderful end to our outing. Friendly and eager service as well. Overall enjoyable.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve had dinner here before, but today they did not honor the reservation made on OpenTable. There was a soccer game and told me they were full. Food is usually mediocre and overpriced, but it’s the only argentine restaurant in the area. The empanadas are ok, but their version of the “panqueque de manzana”, made with apple sauce, is ridiculous. It doesn’t even resemble my favorite desert.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Malbec offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 232-0437.

Malbec is rated 4.4 stars by 475 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Malbec

1633 17th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Corcoran St and R St
  • Neighborhood
    Dupont Circle
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Sat 1:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Argentinean, Steakhouse, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    Dupont Circle
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Latinx or Hispanic
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 232-0437
  • Catering
    Authentic Argentine finger food and tapas. Call for your special event. Argentine Grilled barbeque for private home and company party.
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