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Malo

4.6
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1068 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 1068 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
service
4.4
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MattT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good Latin food at a great price. We ate outside in the patio area, and the set up was amazing.

AJ
AJKillion
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service. Need something to keep flies and birds away on patios

OT
OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Happy hour on the patio was great. Great weather, well-spaced tables, and decent margs. I found the El Jefe to be much sweeter than usual. Not sure if the recipe changed or I just haven’t had a margarita in too many months.

MA
vipMaryAnn
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks and food were yummy! The service was attentive. We felt comfortable with the social distancing and all staff wearing masks.

OK
vipOKCfoodies
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was very good, service was just above average, mask use was great, but we saw ungloved hand plate handoffs indicating policies were not quite there. Overall a very nice evening and very tasty food. The #17 is enough for 2, they split if for us (thank you) and the tamale, taco and enchiladas were outstanding.

MA
vipMaryAnn
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio for dinner and everything was fabulous ~ the weather, the drinks, the food, the service and the setting.

TB
TimB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was outstanding. Our waiter was knowledgeable, friendly & efficient. All of the food was very good also. It was great to go out for dinner again to have freshly prepared, excellent food. It was a very good evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great date night dinner. We love the guacamole!

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anonymous
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Varied and interesting menu; helpful and friendly service and a pleasant space. Had a great meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delish with a fun atmosphere...also enjoyed great service at bar and table!

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Localdiner2
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Nice evening, good service, food was very spicy. It was a Sunday evening, so small crowd.

RW
vipRichW
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the margaritas and street tacos!

TH
vipThomasH
Des Moines
38 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The grilled brussels sprouts are a must get as an appetizer, and we ultimately shared three appetizers and had a nice, not too heavy meal.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was pretty good. Service was disappointing.

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TomF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was well above average, flavorful and imaginative, not over(or under)cooked, well seasoned and presented well. Was seated immediately with reservation, service was very good, attentive but not overbearing. The only knock on this place is the noise level, a full house can be quit boisterous on a Saturday night. Looking for a good time with good friends and good food check it out. If you're after a quiet, romantic table for two, I'd advise you to go somewhere else.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

TS
TedS
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Were seated at the bar right away. Was asked for our drink by the bartender right away and served. Afterwards he ignored us for 20 minutes at which point I asked to be moved to the dining area where we were asked for our lunch order immediately. Service from that point forward was great. Food was excellent also.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food & service.

CC
CCry
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great evening. Food and drinks were both very good

MS
MichelleS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service at Malo are always top notch. The variety of foods takes you from land to sea and back again. Their combination of flavors is impeccable!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moms birthday

ER
ERMach
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Malo used to be an outstanding restaurant with gourmet food. However, it seems as if the artistic aspect of the dining experience is gone now, with cheap imitation. It's like the head chef left and gave the kitchen staff instructions on how to keep the charade going. I ordered the $12 margarita, it came tasting like it had been haphazardly eyeball'd, not crafted by a skilled mixologist, so that is embarrassing. My wife complained a lot about the excessive grease that came with her carne asada tacos. I ordered a mix of tacos; all were okay except stale cabbage. But I remember the first time eating there, and the food was exceptional (this is accounting for the effects of the 'first time'). The meal was $85, and my wife and I don't think we will be going there again sadly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines day! Our waitress was perfect- so kind yet not constantly asking us if we need anything. She was the perfect waitress we could ask for on a night like tonight. Food was phenomenal! The queso and the guacamole are outstanding. Overall, an amazing experience.

SO
SallyO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the experience at Malos. GreAt food and great service. The young man was very attentive!!! Very nice young man. Right on with pop. Chips were awesome.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
214 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice spot. Food was good. Flavorful and well presented. Service was good.

ML
MLAM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful experience! Great food, great service!

RH
RollieH
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience at Malo was excellent as usual. Fairly quiet on Super Bowl afternoon but the food and service was 1st class.

GF
GFdiner
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food. Nice service. Always a little too noisy to really enjoy conversation, though.

JB
JBPalmSprings
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Awesome food, delicious flavors and great service made it a much better than expected experience!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls nigh out! Great food, drinks and service!

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jacqueliner
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! I was a cold night outside and it was chilly in the restaurant. Will go again in the summer to enjoy the outside patio! Biggest Burrito I have ever seen!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner with the wife

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AlexH
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vegan options - food was amazing. Service was great even though our waitress was very busy, she hustled around and made sure we were taken care of. The place was really busy so it was a bit loud. Will be back.

LG
LynneG
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service and a nice atmosphere. Will definitely come back again.

LL
LuxLuvsFood
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Malo! Have been there for relaxed dinners with friends and special occasions with spouse. Never disappoints!!

RR
RobertR
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

JS
vipJoanS
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve lunch at Malo has become a family tradition, and with an experience like yesterday, that tradition is sure to continue. Our food was excellent, from appetizer to main entrees, all were given rave reviews. Our server DeDe was fantastic—friendly, professional, fun, attentive. Highly recommend!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Holiday get together

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

It was for a birthday and noted on the reservation, no mention of it. Drinks were ok at best and we tried many to get a good one.

KH
KelliH
Omaha
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malo was delicious. The price was reasonable for how great the food was. Definitely recommend the seafood enchiladas!

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