Malo

4.8
1139 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1139 people are saying
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viplisamarch
St. Louis
70 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We were pleasantly surprised by the true variety in the different salsas. Chips were just okay. The barbacoa was very tasty. Cod tacos were excellent. There's a lot of background noise from other diners and the tables are wide, so that made it hard to hear each other. But we loved the food and will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday afternoon lunch was amazing

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vipBecky
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met with friends prior to a concert, and we were happy to be able to sit outside. Both food and service were exceptional! We’ll be back!

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CalebB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We’d made outdoor reservations via the website, but when we got there we were told they didn’t do outdoor reservations. It was a half hour wait for outdoor and we were on a schedule so it was very disappointing.

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JonH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Can get busy but with good reason- its a place with good service and good food.

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ShannonM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for restaurant week. Seated quickly. Server was attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Enjoyed all courses, with the soup and desert being outstanding. Recommend and will eat there again.

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JulieF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was just ok. Used to be that this was a favorite - especially the breakfast buffet! - but nothing special anymore. For example, the guacamole used to be fresh, chunky and flavorful- the bowl we ordered was as creamy as mayonnaise and about as flavorful.

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BellaE
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vegan food is amazing here!! And many gluten free options too

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Familyfun
Minneapolis
48 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday dinner for my daughter. Good food, great service!
Highly recommend!!

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CindyS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted immediately upon entering and with a reservation, were seated without a wait. Service was excellent. They kept checking with us and keeping our drinks filled before dinner was ordered. Chips and Salsa are complimentary, but the Chorizo Queso is a must have! I could just eat that for my meal.

All of the entrees ordered were incredible. Be sure and go hungry, portions are more than ample with to go boxes going home with three out of the four of us. Marquaritas were thought to be a bit on the small side....should have ordered the pitcher, but refreshing and delicious. Malo never disappoints!

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Ellie
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, loved the decor in the restaurant and the atmosphere. Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Loved all the server’s recommendations.

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SierraB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the chicken quesadilla, and it was amazing. highly recommend

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alexiaa
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Malo! Super cute vibe and the food was good!

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
267 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Went for an early dinner before a performance. Initially the restaurant was quite but became energetic as time went on. Food was good and very plentiful.
You’ll enjoy your visit. 1/2 price margaritas on Wednesday!

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Nicole
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went with a party of 8 on a Monday evening. It was a great night! The food was delicious as always and our server was wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met for brunch with some friends and had a great experience. The food was awesome and the service was great.

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Adam
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tacos and margs were great. Service was exceptional. We were big fans of the chipotle crema.

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Sarah
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dads birthday, food and drinks were amazing

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AmberG
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing (despite being concerned with some of the menu descriptions)! Definitely want to go back and try more!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic! Loved the variety of salsa & queso options in addition to a great selection of entrees. Our server, Drew, was amazing! He was attentive, helpful with recommendations & very friendly. We dined on the patio and it was a fun setting with a nice layout. Overall it was a wonderful dinner out & we’ll certainly be back!!

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DanielaA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to catch up with a good friend in a good environment!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
5 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
Phoenix
2 reviews
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
37 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
18 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
2 reviews
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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Malo is rated 4.8 stars by 1139 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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