Malbec

4.4
188 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 188 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

exceeded my expectations, the food was spectacular!

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent Service, great food and wine!

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

The food and wine menu was amazing! Ordered a Catena Malbec with dinner that was fantastic and was able to seat near the window and truly appreciate the neighborhood scene. Loved it!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

As a native Argentine, writer, editor and a food lover, I can say that Malbec, is the place to go for casual and authentic Argentinian food. It is small, cozy and the staff is knowledgeable & kind. I love the updated deco, the new leather menu covers & other things made in Argentina. There is an excellent 3 course prix-fixe lunch menu including a glass of excellent house wine, which is a MUST try, if you work or if you are walking around Dupont Circle, Monday through Friday. Also, the dinner menu offers a variety of Argentinian meat cuts, and other typical dishes like "chorizo argentino, and provoleta (melted cheese) argentina". My only suggestion, which is not the first time that I have expressed it, is that I would love to see the entree dishes accompanied, e.g., by a few veggies or potatoes. The meat is cooked to perfection and very tasty. I have been to Malbec several times and I love it. The wine list is excellent. It is also a MUST that the Manager is available for recommendations on the wine list, as well as on the menu. I highly recommend Malbec!!! You can also stop by for dessert and a port or with a coffee. Sometimes, live Tango music is played. This is one of my favourite places in DC to eat excellent Argentinian food and to hang out by myself or with company!!!

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a very good meal at Malbec. The steak was perfectly prepared. The lamb was also perfectly prepared. The wine selection was good. Desert was simple and tasty.
We will return the next time we’re in Washington.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent eats - really great 3-course prix-fixe lunch menu (appetizer, entree, dessert, and glass of wine)

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