Malbec

4.4
192 reviews
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$30 and under
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Argentinean
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  • Great for Lunch
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
Reviews from verified diners
192 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
59%
Very Good
27%
Good
8%
Fair
4%
Poor
2%
4.3
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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F
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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RJ
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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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N
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfecto para almorzar con colegas!

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j
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

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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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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FM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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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TT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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N
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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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JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The appetizers are particularly good

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

21st birthday

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

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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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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OK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

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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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

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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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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B
New England
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

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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F
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food as always. Great wine and amazing rib eye

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EO
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best milanesas ever!!!

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A
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

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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AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent meat, well cooked. Loved the wine selection.

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MG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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FN
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very reliable & delicious restaurant! We are never disappointed
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ER
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

exceeded my expectations, the food was spectacular!

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H
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

The service and the ambiance were nice, but the food was mediocre at best. For $28, I got beef tenderloin with no sauce of any kind and no skdes. The wine special of the day was really good though.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went as a family. Initially we were unsure if this was a family oriented place, but they accommodated us nicely. The food was impeccable!! Our server was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. If we lived in DC, this would be a regular place for us to dine.

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OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a big group and they did well making sure everyone was taken care of.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service, great food and wine!

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time there, both times with groups, this time 5, last time 8 people. The service was on point both times. The wine was great and the bbq platter was delicious.

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MA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The meat quality was not good. Prices were expensive for what we got. It was annoying that the entres did not come with any side.

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb Lunch Special for 18.95, incl. glass of wine. The real Argentinian thing, not some pseudo. Great steak. Excellent wine menu.

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