Malbec

4.4
201 reviews
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$30 and under
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Argentinean
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Authentic Argentine Cuisine & Wines
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Argentinean
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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.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 201 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Great meat and good service. The inside smelled a little weird, so we sat outside and had a great time!

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4.0Dined 7 days ago

Good Argentine fare. The Malbec offerings on the wine list -- not surprisingly -- were extensive and pretty reasonably priced. Outstanding wine, but the food was good too...

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

We had such an enjoyable evening at Malbec. The ambiance, the staff was all very inviting. Every dish was a delight to be shared!! We were stuffed, and the food was the best I've had since my trip to Argentina. We cannot wait to come back again and have more that Malbec has to offer.

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

We enjoyed the food and the service. Definitely will go back

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2018

Excellent food and service! Will return

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Dining at Malbec is like enjoying a meal in Buenos Aires. The atmosphere is stylish yet unpretentious. The service is attentive and the staff are very welcoming. We loved the grilled meats and appreciated the excellent wine pairing suggestion from the maitre d. The dulce de leche dessert is divine. What a neighborhood treasure.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

My girlfriend and I were ecelebrating our one year anniversary and Malbec did not disappoint. Our server and the manager provided excellent service, making fanatastic wine recommendations and ensuring we were satisfied with every part of our meal. We enjoyed the chorizo appetizer, the meat and seafood for 2, two sides: papas fritas and grilled vegetables and dulce de leche crepes for dessert. Everything was spectacularly cooked and very authentic to true Argentinian cuisine. Knowing we were celebrating an anniversary, they even treated us with two glasses of champagne at the end of our evening.

Malbec is truly a special place, one which we will recommend again and again.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great food, traditional and authentic. Outstanding service. Impressive wine list (Malbec’s mostly, of course). Quiet night but, hopefully reputation will bring the crowds)

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

It's like being back in Buenos Aires. Everything is wonderful and quaint.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

My girlfriend and I came to Malbec at around 9PM on Saturday night for dinner. We had made reservations and were seated immediately. We were sat in a private little corner by the window, and were immediately impressed by the ambiance. It was crowded, but quiet. Our bubbly young waitress was almost over-attentive and as sweet as can be. We ordered the "traditional meal" for the two of us and we were brought a plate of perfectly and authentically Argentine cooked meat that was not only out of this world, but probably could have fed three or four people. We will most certainly make our way back to Malbec on our next trip to D.C.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We have a great time at Malbec. The food was delicious as always. We order the entraña, short ribs and grilled beef tenderloin. They were perfect cooked and the french fries were very good. The wine list is amazing, every time I come, there is a new Malbec! Highly recommend it as an Argentine restaurant!

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5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Tried Malbec for the first time with a friend who is from Argentina. We had a variety of excellent dishes, great special on a nice Malbec wine, and perhaps the flan is among the best anywhere! Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Food was quite good, but service was not. Still, we would go back for the food and hope the service improves.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Great wine selection for those who like Malbecs! I don't really eat red meat, but my dining companions enjoyed there's. My seafood pasta was delicious as well.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Perfecto para almorzar con colegas!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2018

For a "steak" restaurant, the T-bone I ate was of a relatively low quality. My friend's ribeye was a much better steak, he said. His asparagus was much better than my grilled veggies, too. The French fries were only so-so. The wine was very good though. Next time I visit, I will order other dishes.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Authentic Argentine cuisine. We ate empanadas and sweet breads for starters and skirt steak covered with sautéed vidalia onions for the main. Washed it down with a nice Malbec from Mendoza and finished with flan. The food was amazing and the service exemplary! Looking forward to my next trip to DC.

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

They did nit have the most important piece of meat in an Argentinuan restaurant if I would have known I would have cancelled but what it was served it was good food . How can you run out of asado de tira? Really?

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food, friendly and accommodating waitstaff in a sleekly designed space

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Excellent service and the food is amazing. If you want to eat a good piece of meat, try the parrillada. It is delicious, abundant for two people and very traditional from Argentina. Give it a try and you will go back!

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The appetizers are particularly good

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2.0Dined on May 19, 2018

21st birthday

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great place, authentic Argentinian food and wine. Ideal for business lunches. Wonderful lunch specials!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We really had a great time with my mom and sister, and the food was amazing

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Slow but pleasant service. Typical Argentine steak house with pleasant outside seating. Steaks truly nothing special. My Rib eye was seriously fatty and the T bone was tough. Sides good but unremarkable. Prices a bit high for being so unremarkable. Decent house Malbec, but not outstanding - pay the extra $2 and get the $14 instead of $12 for the better wine by the glass. Crime brûlée took 25 minutes to arrive and was cold.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Having lived in Argentina the food was authentic and the beef was very flavorful.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Malbec is a neighborhood restaurant on a stretch of 17th Street NW with a few great places. It has outdoor seating that gets packed early on nice nights April through October, so it's great to have a reservation if you plan to dine there on a summer evening. They have a good wine list but only serve two beers (the name gives away their specialty). The menu is mostly meat. My date got the skirt steak and loved it! I got the vegetarian paella, which was really dry long-grain rice and veggies. While I didn't like my meal, I totally understand because the menu is almost entirely red meat. I don't think veggie options are in their wheelhouse. We would definitely return to have a glass of wine on the patio and people watch (it's a great neighborhood for that!). Awesome date spot.

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1.0Dined on April 12, 2018

When we sat down our ap plates were covered in black dust and they didn’t offer to replace them, so I just wiped it off with a napkin and moved on.
I ordered the New York strip steak medium rare and when I got it it was well done, no pink whatsoever. So I thought “no big deal, it happens” but by the time the waiter came back to check on us after serving us everyone had already finished their food. I had to wait for them to remake my dinner, after our meal, and when I got the new one it was COMPLETELY rare. I don’t know if y’all need to invest in a meat thermometer or what, but this was a sorry excuse for a “steakhouse.”
And to top it all off they sent they switched me and my friends to-go boxes and sent me home with the wrong food.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Brunch: Excellent brunch menu and value for bottomless drinks and meals. The menu is priced below competing brunches in the area with higher quality food. The only improvement opportunity from our experience is the amount of egg/potato included in the dishes (could have been higher). The Argentinian sausage was excellent. Overall great experience and find.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Appetizers were excellent. Service got worse as meal progressed. It appears server forgot to place our order as we waited over an hour for food. Entrees were either tough or flavorless. Chicken had no taste and was not prepared as described(was sold as all white meat but came mixed). Steak was tough. Owner was visibly upset at our slow service and they offered us free wine and cookies to make up for the wait.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The staff was very courteous and attentive. The food was great and the price was very reasonable. The ambience was classy and refined. I would definitely recommend this place to friends and plan to return.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fabulous food as always. Great wine and amazing rib eye

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

It’s the best Argentina restaurant in the Area, the personal it’s very kind, very clean and the prices are good.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The best milanesas ever!!!

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Decent food, nice wine selection. Some of the meat we had was great, some tasted more like charcoal. Cozy, neighborhood feel.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Excellent meat, well cooked. Loved the wine selection.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

We had the lunch special that include appetizer, entree, dessert and a glass of wine. Everything was delicious and very tasty. Excellent service! Love this place because they serve authentic Argetinian food. As always, we had a great time and we highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

A very reliable & delicious restaurant! We are never disappointed
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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

I loved it! True Argentinian food and wine. Everything was fantastic , from the empanadas to the meat and dessert!

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