Malo

4.7
1123 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
MALO is Des Moines’ destination for classic Mexican cuisine. From tacos, fajitas and enchiladas to burgers, salads and more, MALO offers all the dishes you love in a lively, energetic atmosphere.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1123 people are saying
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican food with gourmet flair. Service was excellent. Hope to return soon!

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vipNeilH
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent as was the service!

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CaseyL
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The brunch food was very rich and therefore very hard to eat. No one at our table even ate half of their plate. Those who had hollandaise sauce on their plate commented that their was way too much and made the food too rich to eat more than just a few bites.

Have enjoyed Malo for lunch and dinner and will return again, just not for brunch.

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FromtheBurbs
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service. We hoped to sit outside, but an unexpected rainstorm changed that. Our server quickly found us a table inside..
We will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love our time at Malo! Food was great, drinks were amazing, service was fantastic!

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alexiaa
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good! Drinks were good! And the waitress provided helpful recommendations and great service!

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Belle
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing! Especially the beef tenderloin tacos and house margaritas! Always a great stop.

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vipJeannetteR
Charleston
33 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Recommended by my husband’s coworker, we headed to Malo for tacos. To my delight, they had an extensive menu and I honed in on the pozole. It was fantastic! I would go back just for that.

The standard salsa that comes with the chips is fresh and flavorful, and the queso was thick and delicious!

The sauce on the enchiladas and tamales was a little heavy, which is the only reason I held back that 5th star. We ended up scraping most of the sauce off to the side.

The steak tacos were excellent.

Overall, a great place and we would go back!

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RollieH
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drink and service was great as usual.

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HaleyS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first date night out as newlyweds! No wait time for indoor seating. Pleasant server! Very attentive and personable. Fantastic mezcal and tequila! We’ll be back soon.

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GoodGroceries
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday and margaritas, doesn’t get any better than that. Malo does it right.

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LARs
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Unfortunately we were not able to eat at Malo. We had a reservation and asked to be seated on the patio as one member of our party is at high risk for COVID. There were three empty tables in the patio but we were told there would be a 45 minute wait as those tables were not open...why in this COVID transition would you not have all of your tables open? Then we asked if we could be sat indoors away from other tables and the hostess was VERY rude saying that they would be completely full in 30 minutes. No I’m sorry, no feeling of concern when we expressed our need. We left without eating so couldn’t rate the food. It was very disappointing that 1. We couldn’t reserve a patio table, 2. that they were not seating the entire patio, and 3. and most importantly was that the hostess was very rude!

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MichaelaJ
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and our server was wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our server Ajla made the experience memorable. She was very attentive and great guest service. We are new to Iowa and she recommended a few places for us to checkout. The food was goo too

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AlyseS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Our server was great. Great atmosphere.

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GastroGirl
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our hostess was rude and not welcoming at all. We normally wouldn't say anything, but she was scowling like we had done something wrong. All we did was show up for our reservation for two! She was slamming things down on the table and just acting really weird. We did tell the manager, who was very professional and said he would take care of it. Everything else was totally awesome - good server, great food as always. We will definitely be back. That lady begrudgingly told us to have a nice day when we left LOL.

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KelseyS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fast service! Get the fajitas good value and tender chicken

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BridgetS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to go as a couple! Would recommend to anyone.

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Krdiehl
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great margaritas, the appetizers I got were alright and the service great!

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TimM
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Malo helped make our Easter enjoyable. Great food and great service! Highly recommended.

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DandK
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service!

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Mima
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was great but the service was lacking. It wasn’t the fault of our server, she was great. You could just tell they were extremely short on staff. We ordered queso and it got cold by the time anyone brought us chips to eat with it. I used to love Malo but the past couple times it just hasn’t lived up to previous visits.

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RobinW
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The margaritas were so delicious (can’t believe they were half off on a Friday night), and my tacos were phenomenal. I got flour tortillas and they were clearly handmade. The filet mignon/corn/fried onions/lime aioli were my favorite followed by the fried cod/lobster/coleslaw. The mahi mahi was a little more toward blackened but it was good, just not my favorite. After that I was too stuffed to consider dessert but those sounded good too.

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KathleenJ
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food and decor are amazing! However, there weren’t many customers and our tables service was slow. That won’t really stop me from going back

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GoodGroceries
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Taco Tuesday and Happy Hour win win.

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RuthM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Will return next time we are in Des Moines!

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Akraf
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I love going to Malo especially on Tuesdays! The food is really good and the margaritas are even half off. The problem I have is with the staff. We are really easy people to get along with when we go and we like to have a good time. The staff there must have been having a bad day or something because they were not very nice about things and more the less acted like it was inconvenient to them that we were there eating. Either way I will be back there on a Tuesday enjoying some good food, drinks, and company.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great. Highly recommend the guava margarita!

GG
GoodGroceries
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday and happy hour. Great value, great food and margaritas. Win Win

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Joya
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was wonderful. Will definitely return.

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SheriM
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice and clean. Staff was very friendly. Parties were well spaced for this time that we live in! Will defiantly go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner, they treated great, food was perfect

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StefanieJ
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good experience at Malo. Great service, great food, great margaritas! One of our faves.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks!

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KWest
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent and the service was quick and very kind.
Very reasonable prices and it was a lot of food for the money.

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Tyler
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food was good but our server Drew was rude and made us feel unwelcome. Had a party of 5 that all work in the service industry and we expected better than that.

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JoshM
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food, great bartender makes excellent cocktails and great service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service was and always is terrible. Usually the food is worth waiting through slow service, but my most recent experience this past Friday was sadly not the same. The food was flavorless and our server didn’t know how to explain salsa choices, which didn’t help as we were left guessing which salsa choice to add to our tacos order.

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GoodGroceries
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Taco Tuesday. Great value for great tacos.

FAQs

Malo is rated 4.7 stars by 1123 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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