Malo

4.7
1113 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 1113 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HaleyS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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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vipGoodGroceries
Denver
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MJ
MichaelaJ
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
1 review
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
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
1 review
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
2 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.

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

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

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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.

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vipDSmith
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a reservation and seated before estimated time, very pleased. Host staff seemed a little robotic, but nothing upsetting.

Drew was our server and everything service wise was incredible. The pace of meal for apps, then more apps, and dinner could not be beat. Making a party of six happy with that is no small battle.

Food was just ok. for a $25 dollar meal I was hoping presentation could have been a little better. Food was good, just didn't wow us. Sauces on top seemed a little "dumped on" but didn't stop us from eating anything.

One person in the party did not care for the red enchilada sauce, thought it tasted a little chili powder... but I know hes hard to please anywhere.

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LacieW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was good. It was a little loud but still had a good experience.

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Jordan
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was not what I expected it to be. I had heard a lot of good things, but did not enjoy our meal. Notably has few gluten free options. Unlikely to return.

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PoodlesMom
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Can't wait to go back, especially for the pozole and to try the rest of the salsas.

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DebG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st time here - it was awesome! Loved the corn appetizer, the guac, the chips and all our tacos were outstanding. Margaritas great. Service outstanding. We will definitely be back next time in Des Moines. Great job.

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CSau
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Do yourself a favor and order the totchos, 10/10!

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EdinaS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Came here with a group of friends and the waitress didn’t come up to us until half an hour into our reservation. We ordered our drinks and food, the food came out before our drinks did. We came here specifically for the discounted marg Wednesday and were given one drink. After the food came out, the waitress did not come by ONCE to ask if everything was ok. We would’ve all ordered a second drink, but was never asked. The food was mediocre at best, I got tacos and it was bland. For $17 for 3 tacos I expected more. Would never come back here.

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ColbyS
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great drinks, great service, nice place. Will go again for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Good service and margaritas, but the food was very comparable to cheaper Mexican options.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the blackened salmon salad and it was delicious. Our server was kind and attentive.

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Malo is rated 4.7 stars by 1113 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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