Chico Malo Miami

4.2
65 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Inspired by the rich heritage of celebratory dining throughout the different regions of Mexico, Chico Malo blends authentic flavors with elevated cooking techniques and features a mixology program focused on agave in a lively, upscale environment.
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4.2based on recent ratings
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4.6
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ELIZABETHV
Orlando
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Horrible! Got there at 7:00 and left at 9:15 and never had dinner. All we received was appetizers and not even all the ones we ordered. The kitchen must have been having some serious issues. I felt bad for the waiter- he kept coming back and telling us they ran out of the food we had ordered. POOR MANAGEMENT from the kitchen.

Chico Malo Miami
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, thank you for choosing to celebrate Mothers Day at Chico Malo, I have sent you a private note following up on your experience.

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vipMicheleC
Miami
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Restaurant was not completely full for Mothers Day. The service was so incredibly slow. Wait staff did not make recommendations or suggestions of any of the items on the menu. Still dont even know if there is a dessert menu. I was very disappointed that after almost 2 hours we got through appetizers . Literally took about 45 min to get chips on the table which are not complimentary. Gratuity was added automatically to the bill for a party of two. 2 Premium margaritas, 3 appetizers and an order of chips and dips with tip was $100.00. The food wasn't bad but I would say it was over priced.

Chico Malo Miami
Responded 5 days ago

Hello, thank you for choosing to celebrate Mothers Day at Chico Malo, I have sent you a private note following up on your experience

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated 2021 Mother's Day here. Food was delicious and the ambiance was nice. Staff was limited as expected but they still managed to provide good service even though food took a while to come out. Overall, we had a good time.

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JulioCesar
Miami
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance.

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SnowieGA
Raleigh
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Waiter wasn't around much to take drink orders, food orders.
Food came out at different times. Food was wrong had to cook right item ordered. One meal was cold and burnt and had to make a new meal.

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Lili
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food was not flavorful but the service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I celebrated 5 de Mayo at Chico and let me tell you that the food was great, the vibe as well! I felt I was literally in Tulum with the groovy music. I loved my experience and the drinks where exceptional.

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AnisaM
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Terrible service, terrible food, and drinks are ok. Save your money and your time and do not go. Went for a birthday party, 12 ppl. EVERYONE at the table left unhappy.

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themakeupphase
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The vibe is great for brunch or celebrating birthdays. The Food/Drinks were amazing and the pricing was fair for the place. My only complaint was the service was a little slow, especially for my group who beat the crowd, everything took long.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Drinks, service and ambience were below expectations. If you want to have a conversation, this is not the place. The music was extremely loud inside of the restaurant. The night we visited they mentioned they were short staffed. Not planning on returning.

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FrancescaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

When I made the reservation for this, I was never asked if we could sit outside or inside. Given that we were a big group, they could not sit us outside even though I had a reservation. Once we were directed to our table, they sat us in the smallest table that could only fit 4 people yet we were 6. We had to complain and speak with the manager several times and until they moved us. Once they moved us, we were all crammed in a small table next to the restroom. The service was very slow. Mistakes in our drinks and food. Very disappointed given that we have come here a few times and wanted to introduce the place to friends. The best experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

Service wasn’t bad. As soon as we arrived we were seated. Server was more or less attentive and knowledgeable. It seemed like the kitchen/bar were very slow or inexperienced because it didn’t seem too busy for a Saturday night. The appetizers were simple but good (guacamole, salsa and hummus) but the actual meal was bland. The presentation was beautiful my “carne asada” came in a dome filled with smoke. It looked gorgeous. Unfortunately flavorless and that smoke some did not to anything for the steak. It was also a bit over cooked. And we never received the sides. Even though the waitress was told and made a point to stop by the table to let us know our sides were coming right out. All in all the place is cute nice vibe to maybe stop for drinks. Service is slow though so come with time. And eat elsewhere because the food though not expensive definitely not satisfying.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Estuvo rico para ser almuerzo mucho volumen

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vipXavierA
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such an improvement from the previous restaurant in this space! Authentic and tasty Mexican food, wonderful and friendly service, great cocktails and very energetic vibe with the music and lighting. Finally an upscale Mexican place with real Mexican food in Doral!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service in an amazing location!!!

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Mimi
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sangria was delicious. Food was great. Ambiance and space was amazing.

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AndreaU
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience5

The salsa was more like paste than salsa, the elote was the only good thing we got

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JanelleL
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Great deal on the margaritas, great guac. Stick to appetizers, food wasn't great.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, atmosphere was great. Server was excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to have good mexican food and drinks.

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SONIAD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Terrible service, it’s like they’ve never waited on tables before and everything took forever to come out. Also, even though we had an early reservation, they were out of everything! How can a Mexican restaurant be out of rice and enchiladas at 7pm?? Margaritas were watery and bland which was really disappointing. Even the guacamole was tasteless. My dinner option was good, but very small for price.

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Michelle
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Had a great time celebrating a birthday. Bella our server was great.

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LuisaH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excelente comida , ubicación , ambiente y la mejor atención de nuestra mesera claudia muy amable servicial muchas gracias !!!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

I went because it was a new place and I live near by. The service was ok, but the food came cold and very spicy. The menu did not have a sign that was spicy and I couldn’t finish it

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience5

Our party of 10 had to leave and go to the restaurant next door because service was very slow. It was an hour before we were able to get our drinks and place an order for appetizers. The beers came out hot and the appetizers were brought without serving plates or utensils. The venue is very nice but all of their servers appear to be running around without assigned tables which causes confusion and resulted in bad service.

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SoniaP
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The music is so nice and enjoy the complete playlist was great but too loud you can’t speak at the table.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Eat before you go!
But the atmosphere is overall fun and hot.
Staff is polite and understanding.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went to brunch there & it was great! The server was fun & energetic! He knew exactly how to meet my energy. I got a little too drunk & they even offered to call me an uber. I had a great time. They even charged my phone for me because my phone died. The music was great, service wand food was outstanding! Couldn’t ask for a better brunch. i would definitely go back!

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viperica305
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Arrived 10 min prior to reservation on a Saturday evening. We were seated at in ther lounge area and our server promptly came over to take our drink order. After waiting over 40
Minutes for him to return we asked the hostess if we could be moved to an area with a more attentive server. She said she could not accommodate our request. Drinks came out 5 minutes later and we placed our order. Another 40 minutes (which had it not been near 10pm at this point with nearly half the tables empty it would have been understandable- but at least come
Back and check on the table). Ordered a second round of drinks which took about 20
Minutes to arrive. Ordered dessert and the cold brew horchata which came
Out fast but was missing the cold brew. After we could
Locate the server the correct drinks came
Out about 10 Minutes later.
We did see a manager roaming around- he stopped by a few sporadic tables but we tried to flag him down when he passed by unsuccessfully.
While we were initially hesitant about the food bc the table next to us sent almost all entrees back - all of the food and drinks were absolutely wonderful once we finally received them.
So overall the food is amazing. Drinks were really good. Ambiance is on point and trendy. Just don’t go here if you expect anything other than subpar service that takes an excruciating time attending to you.

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Sonia1492
Miami
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The place is beautiful yet The service was bad... the girl even though was super nice, was very forgetful and got too close and removed the masks to talk.
The music was goo but super LOUD. So much that we needed to yell at each other. If one is looking for a dancing place maybe this is a nice place to place to go. Lastly the food was just ok... meh...!

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ElCubano
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The decor was great, the DJ was on point, the waitstaff did a great job. The guacamole was exceptional, the ceviche was fresh. The margarita was a bit weak for my taste. My enchiladas unfortunately we’re cold in the center, not cool COLD. I had it as I don’t send food back. The waitstaff and management were very apologetic and offered replacements which I turned down. The meal was taken off the bill. I think Chico Malo just needs to find their footing in Mexican fare.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I asked for Glenlevit 12, didn’t have. They are commended Glenfiddish. Came back 3 minutes later and said they had ran out, but would serve Macallan 12 for the same price. Price? $20 each!!!! Rip-off !!!!! Other than that, great overall, yet not worth the rip-off...

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Iluvtapas
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service could have been better, considering that we were the only guests in the restaurant. High bar stools for the high cocktail seats were uncomfortable plastic bands that felt like I was falling through the seat

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JavierG
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went on a Saturday night, had such a fun time, we came back for Sunday brunch the next day! Food was amazing, bold flavors and fresh ingredients. Highly recommend the chili Colorado, sooooo good. Margaritas were on point! Unlimited during brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Service and food were below average.

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RoldeeE
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The place is beautiful and the crowd was good. The service was good the server was very attentive. The only problem was the food it was ok and for some reason our plate came out very late so late that almost everyone at the table was done with their food. The taste was ok I was expecting more for the price. I will try it out one more time and see if the food improves.

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Dianelisa
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

In love 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😘

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Camryn
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside in one of the cabanas because it wasn't too busy! The manager Daniel was awesome. The elote was probably my favorite thing, plus the chili Colorado and chicken quesadilla were delicious as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brand new restaurant at CityPlace Doral, saw it on instagram and wanted to give it a try. All the tortillas are made in house. Everything ordered was delicious, loved the cocktails. Service was very attentive. Will make this one of my go to spots.

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DanSwayve
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to brunch, was poppin off. Great DJ, can't beat the bottomless. Food was paced nicely considering we spent the whole afternoon there. Definitely need a reservation, had a line and were checking IDs. Looks like they let families inside and 21+ outside.

FAQs

Chico Malo Miami offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (786) 607-7474.

Chico Malo Miami is rated 4.2 stars by 65 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.