Malbec

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307 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Argentinean

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Authentic Argentine Steak house & Wines
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Argentinean, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Monday- 5.30 to 9.00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 11.30am to 2.30pm - 5.30 to 10:00pm Friday - Saturday: 11:30am to 2.30pm - 5.30 to 11.00pm Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 232-0437
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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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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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Corcoran st and R st
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Special events & promotions
Every Wednesday 50% Bottle of Argentine wines w/ your dinner. After 17 years Argentine Beef is back. Keep update for this coming dinner and wine paired.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
What 307 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meats. We loved the sausages, lamb and beef! Great service as well. We’ll be back!

KL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Quiet, intimate setting that isn't packed on a Saturday evening. More inexpensive than most for the ambience and quality of food. It's a place for a solid, quality meal, which is the type of place I prefer, however it is not a high end steak house that'll set you back a day's wages. They have a robust specials section on the menu that I highly recommend you take a look at. Browse the Argentine meats as that is what they tout.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was great,
I really recommend...

RP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just having some delicious meats with friends. Great space and fantastic service.

S
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful find! This Argentine Steakhouse imports its beef straight from Argentina. My husband and I drove over an hour to come here and celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary. The ambiance is lovely. They sat us at a small quaint table by the window. We ordered chorizo and empanadas as appetizers and I had the Bife de Lomo Kabobs served with Basmati Rice and my husband had the Milaneda served with mashed potatoes. The food was excellent! The owner even brought us a complimentary glass of champagne to help us celebrate! It's a wonderful restaurant and look forward to coming here to celebrate again!

CR
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente todo. Fuimos a cenar comida argentina. Delicioso.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm and friendly service with the authentic taste of Argentinia. Didn't want the meal to end!

v
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

As an Argentinian, I can say the food was far from having Argentinian standards. The chorizos were not argentinian chorizos. The meat was cold, and not seasoned at all, completely bland. I was looking forward to the empanadas. The empanadas might be the worst of the menu, insulting I would say. Hard, almost not filled, very bad. I am sorry to say there was nothing in the food that was good. Very dissapointing

LC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We are regulars and always look forward to a night out at Malbec.

A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Nice outdoor seating but several menu items such as empanadas and picanha were out.
We ordered parillada only to discover that the sweetbread was replaced by more meat however we were only made aware of this after looking for it on the platter

C
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I loved my meal. The restaurant was eerily quiet and there were very few guests on a Friday night. I found the food to be exceptional. Service was a bit slow. I look forward to a return visit! Get the short ribs!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place the food and service was excellent!

RL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Steak was a little over cooked. For such a pricey menu I would expect more.

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food

MF
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My husband and I went to Malbec looking for a local restaurant that would live up to our memories of Argentinian steakhouses. The tenderloins were very good (a tad over our requested medium rare), and they even served them with the chimichurri sauce. The prices were reasonable and the wine selection was fantastic, if you like Argentinian reds (which we do). The chocolate cake with ice cream was moist and delicious - and we would go back just for that. Biggest drawback is the lack of parking in the area, but there are plenty of garages within a short walk at Dupont Circle. I highly recommend Malbec if you are looking for a good steak at a reasonable price.

CC
Washington DC
95 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Luis was a superb waiter. He was patient, helpful, and exceedingly accommodating. I would return just to have him as a waiter. First rate, top notch.

The food was good, but something was a bit off. I've tasted similar food, that I'd actually cooked myself, when I'd cooked the chicken or beef too quickly, maybe hadn't let it temper to room temperature. I think the restaurant deserves a second chance, as it's local, and Luis is absolutely first rate.

S
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dinner at Malbec was terrific. We had fantastic service, the steaks were perfectly cooked, and the wine was divine. Malbec offers many options for non meat eaters; the shrimp ceviche starter was delicious!

BD
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very delicious food. Very nice staff. It's an authentic Argentinian cuisine experience and I have been to Buenos Aires.

BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing serving staff and food. We ate outside, on a beautiful day and it was a wonderful experience. ⭐

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Waited an hour and a half for two steaks. The manager seemed annoyed when we asked that at least one of the meals be comped; we ended up with a 25% discount that was not satisfactory.

FS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Admittedly, our expectations were high, as our first experience with Argentinian steakhouses was in Cancun, Mex; where we dined at Cambalache, as well as at Puerto Madero—two high-end, superb Argentinian steakhouses. Literally everything was “5-star”.

So, at first chance, we searched for an Argentinian steakhouse in the DMV. Malbec showed up in our search. It had more than 4 stars in its reviews, so we made reservations with confidence.

Upon arrival, we noticed that the place was cozy and small. Not a bad thing at all. Their use of space and accommodation was commendable. Their service was attentive, and our waiter specifically was very sincere and helpful. He took time to explain things to us, clean up messes we made, proactively make suggestions, etc.

Now, the issue arises with the food.
It was just “okay”.
It all presented well, but lacked seasoning.
I ordered the Argentinian Picaña steak...medium well.
It was cooked VERY nicely...but lacked taste, almost as if they forgot to add salt. It actually needed steak sauce (which I didn’t ask for, since that’s blasphemy and could be offensive to the chef).
My mother’s brisket was much too “chewy”. I tasted a piece and was chewing a single piece for like 3 good minutes before I felt confident to swallow.
The empanadas were alright, but nothing special.
The sauces they provided LOOKED nice, but again, very little taste or “character”. They were just oily with a subtle essence of whatever herbs and spices they added. These were also the only 2 sauces they offered.
The complementary bread was clearly an afterthought. Again, they LOOKED good, but were dry and chewy. ...nothing you’d keep asking the waiter to keep bringing.
Now, compared to those two different Argentinian steakhouses that we’d been to prior, this place is definitely not a place you’d refer anyone to for Argentinian food. Their service was up to par, but their food was just not worth the ~$30-40 per entree we paid.
Won’t be back for sure.

DF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent steaks and friendly service. We will definitely go back.

A
London
45 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent...deserves to be busier than it was.
Would highly recommend

AG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Service and Ambience were great. There was a nice vibe there with people from other tables commenting on the results of a Copa America game. (Argentina lost to Colombia....Arghhhh). The food needs an extra touch of an Argentinean Parrillero (Barbecue master). The Malbec was superior.

XC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Quality of food way overpriced!

MG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another excellent lunch! Perfect combination: great meat from Argentina with a Malbec wine! Consistently awesome service.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

A bit pricier than what it should be

CB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Food great, service good, but for some reason they wouldn’t turn down the aircon - even on one of the hottest and humid days in DC so far. So it was like sitting in a. Steam Oven. Also please change the battery in your smoke alarm, it kept chirping every 2 minutes all night. These are very minor things, so sort them out please. Food is great, service is good, but my evening out was let down by these annoying, silly issues which should be easy to fix.

RM
London
11 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The good: excellent wine list, service, and desserts. The bad: they seem to grill all the meat without any salt whatsoever. You end up with bland lamb chops, bland ribeye, bland short ribs. The sausages were very good. If they bothered seasoning the meat before grilling it would take it to another level. Overall, good meal and worth checking out. Not unreasonably priced.

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The ambience is really good because it is located in a very quiet area and the place is really nice and chill. It is always not too crowded and which is good. I’m giving them a 3 star overall rating because they serve meat cuts that are not Argentinian and of course it’s not that good...they have some that are really Argentinian but you have to select that from the menu. I don’t understand why they do it this way. It should all be good meat. We ordered the parrillada and it was not Argentinian near so of course we were disappointed. It was still good but not excellent.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente, como siempre!

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B
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Nice selection of Argentine steaks. Excellent and tasty beef; good, friendly service.

VK
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and great wine.

CN
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ALWAYS consistently good service and food!! Stick to what’s authentic: steak, lamb etc.
Highly recommend.

CP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Special cuts were fatty and not good to eat. Wine wasn’t bad. Desert was great.

JV
New England
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed authentic Argentine cosine! Steaks were great as was the rest of the meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went with my wife for a taste of traditional argentine cuisine (nothing fancy) and Malbec did not disappoint. Worm service by all the staff and the manager, paired with a home-cooked-like meal was everything we were looking for.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente!

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g
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food. The wine was incredible. We loved it and coming back.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food and the owner went out of his way to ensure we were enjoying the meal. Much appreciated and would definitely go again!