Permanently Closed - Mas Malo

4.2
629 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Mas Malo is located in downtown Los Angeles and serves Mexican cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday:

Lunch: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dinner: 4:00pm - 11:00 pm

Friday - Saturday:

Friday Lunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday - Saturday: Dinner 4:00 pm - 12:00 am

Saturday - Sunday Brunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Sunday Dinner: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cantina : Open until 2:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays only.
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Phone number
(213) 985-4332
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Olive & Grand
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Parking details
Parking during lunch is available in the surrounding public lots and parking meters. Valet parking is available at dinner on 7th Street after 7:00 PM.
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Public transit
Exit 7th St/Metro Ctr. Located two blocks east on the north side of 7th. Go Green!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.1
food
4.2
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
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3.0Dined on July 9, 2018

A decent upscale Mexican restaurant and the service was great, but the food was really lacking all around.

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3.0Dined on July 7, 2018

to expensive for the type of food
to expensive for the type of food

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Went fro dinner Saturday night. Very cool downtown spot. Food was outstanding and not the usual goopy Mexican food. I had the Red Snapper and my son had the skirt steak.. both were wonderful. We ended up getting an extra order of the Guac. Sliced cucumbers were unusual and delicious. Service was generally good but distracted understandably given the fact of how busy the place is. Did not go to the Speakeasy downstairs but would have if was there with wife or friends. Will be back when back in LA.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

It was good, went for Father’s Day - mariachi band was fun but it was loud. Service was ok. Prefer other location

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Outstanding menu, great choices, excellent ingredients. Exceptional service.

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3.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Difficult to have a conversation, too much noise due to building. Chairs were uncomfortable. Food and drink was good.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

This is definitely a great place for friends to come grab a quick meal and drinks before diving into the bars and clubs in DTLA. Even for a dinner for two it’s a great place. Pricing is fair and drinks are great.

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Food was very good, although perhaps a bit spicy for some. Margaritas were good as well. It was a bit noisy.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Food was great. Drinks were fantastic. VERY noisy. It was difficult to have a conversation.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Decent Mexican food. Nothing too special.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Good service. Good drinks and good food. The decor is part of old downtown LA!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and service!

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Server had an attitude. Not happy with service my friend and I received last night. Not friendly at all — disappointed and not going back.

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3.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Not traditional Mexican Food...

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Went here for Mother’s Day because I wanted a restaurant without long waits and good food. It did not disappoint. Over a year ago we had a rehearsal dinner in the downstairs rooms and it was great. Loved the private room and good service.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was poor, food was mediocre, this restaurant is nothing special

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Food was great, but the portions were rather small for the price. Drinks were excellent.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2018

The food was exceptional, creative, and authentic gourmet Mexican. My mole was dense and complicated, delicious but spicy! The atmosphere was fun and lively, even on a Monday night, and the service was friendly and prompt. A wonderful downtown LA destination.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Birthday party. They couldn’t put our tables near each other like I asked. Service horrible and slow. Asking 2-3 times for check and correcting the wrong drink orders. Too loud to have a normal conversation but fun for party atmosphere. Great music and mariachi. Asked for complimentary bday treat for bday girl. They brought a piece of tres leches cake which was nice but no candle. Bartender chick was rude when ordering a promo shot for cinco de mayo. Hostess was nice but guy host couldn’t remember names and kept forgetting when we arrived so it was frustrating getting tables. Was fun overall but service needs to be way amped up and we aren’t the demanding or rude customer types at all.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

👍🏼👍🏼everything was amazing

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great spot with deliciously prepared foods that you can tell are fresh fresh fresh and flavorful.
Try the Skirt Steak in Tamarind Sauce! We all wished that while the interior is circa it's original look and feel, it would be updated with some warmer lighting which would really make the space more welcoming (than it already is) - don't get me wrong -it's a great spot! Fun energy - great drinks and deliciously prepared food NOT like all the others.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Service was very good, attentive, and everyone was friendly. The hand crafted drinks were solid, not watered down, even when complaints (few) occurred the corrections came drama free and eager. I will definitely return often and may rent the entire facility in the future. Good food.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We brought our coworker here for a going away dinner, and we were SO well taken care of from minute one. Our server Jose was so knowledgeable and guided us through any questions we had, not to mention kept the drinks and food rolling ALL night. The shrimp fundido and refried beans with BACON were my personal faves, food-wise, and drink-wise, well........you can never go wrong with margaritas and sangria!!! Five stars all around - will be back as soon as we can.

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Had a reservation and restaurant closed before scheduled time posted on website and before the reservation time. Called ahead to confirm and was told to call again. Never informed they were planning on closing due to slow night.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Music was so loud I could barely hear my date and service was very slow and very inattentive.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Great food and vibe. Waited at the front but no one was around so I took 2 menus and seated myself though.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We introduced friends to this restaurant- we had been here before and loved it. The food was great, especially the Chile relleno with coke carnitas. The Tequila Old Fashioned was OUTSTANDING! We all had two each. Wow. Thanks for another great experience!!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

This was my first time to Mas Malo and I will definitely be back. Shared the squash blossom taco with black beans & rice and the roasted chicken enchiladas with a salad. Both dishes were excellent and did not leave hungry.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Table was not ready; they took a long tine to realize that we hadn’t been sat- as well as take our orders.

Overall food was great

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Mas Malo is one of our go-to favorite restaurants. Their food is consistently good; their wait staff is friendly and efficient, and they have good weekly specials (Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays). Their nopales and onions dish is great.

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

I was expecting more of an intimate setting for a birthday date and this was not that, but that was my own fault for not researching. I don't recommend this place for dinner dates, but it's definitely a good spot for dinner with friends/groups/brunch etc.

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was really spicy, but good !

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Great food and friendly efficient service

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great ambience and the food is incredible! Wonderful unique dishes

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Taco Tuesday was amazing they have amazing tacos for only two dollars

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

I made a reservation for a friend date night and we were seated right away. Our server was attentive and we did not have to wait too long for drinks, food, refills, etc. The one thing I'd warn people about is that it gets very loud with more people in the room, so if you are looking for a quieter spot for conversations this might not be the right fit.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Rowan was such a sweetheart, he sat us down earlier from the time we had set.. overall everything was very nice.. food was okay and spicy..

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great food, drinks and atmosphere

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Great date on Valentine's day

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Very friendly and welcoming even though we arrived a bit late and one of our party was not feeling well.

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