Chico Malo

4.5
583 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Chico Malo, a lively take on Mexican cooking, is located in the middle of it all at CityScape. These rebels are bringing the heat to DTPHX during lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with an array of flavor combinations from all over Mexico. Expect highlights including USDA Prime Carne Asada, Street Corn, Smoked Duck Breast Al Pastor and authentic favorites like Pozole and Green Chile Chicken. Diners can also enjoy fresh made guacamole to accompany a craft cocktail at the indoor/outdoor bar while soaking in the downtown views.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 583 people are saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Erica
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved everything!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went on Cinco de Mayo, and had a wonderful time! The corn and the pozole were delicious, we also got the enchiladas and shrimp Diablo and those were okay. Shrimp Diablo was missing something, not sure what. Ambiance and service-wise this place was great, will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was Phenomenal

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MonicaA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Ceviche was warm and had no flavor, salsa had no flavor. Took really long for a server to even talk to us. The food had no seasoning whatsoever. But the
Using was good

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Service wasnt the best... entrees werent that good deff will go back for apps

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vipShawnW
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

I would have given this review an Overall Outstanding rating; however, although the food and service was incredible, there were a couple flying insects that totally ruined the experience. Perhaps it was due to the 100 temperature outside. All in all, the next time we're in town we will return to give it another chance.

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vipJacobP
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar everything! Food was delicious, upscale and high energy vibe, loved the DJ. Will be back

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KayG
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Food was good and we had an amazing server. However, the hostess was very rude to us. It was not a good first impression of the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and drinks. You can tell the staff and management are really passionate and work hard to ensure a good experience. Definitely will return.

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BrendaS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Good prices are too high. The food is somewhat good but you get 2 shrimps per plate 🤣 portions are ridiculous for the price.

Chico Malo
Responded on April 27, 2021

Hello Brenda, I'd like to learn more about your ordered. The pricing on our menu is aggressively low considering we are using very high quality, wild caught Mexican White Shrimp. If you add them to a dish, you get 3 for $8 while the entrée is a composed plate that includes 5 shrimp. Please respond with the details so we can dig into what happened with your item. Thank you, Teddy

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Atmosphere was amazing patio was nice, drinks where amazing service was a little slow and it wasn’t packed not sure if it was because it was a weekend. Overall would return DJ played a really great mix of music

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with two other couples to celebrate my friend’s birthday. Everything was excellent. We were all pleasantly surprised on how tasty the dishes and drinks were.

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theSane
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, and our waitress was outstanding, but one was being a nag to all of the customers not wearing masks. Do not want to hang out with 'Karen' when out with family.

Chico Malo
Responded on April 27, 2021

Thank you for the feedback! Sending you a private note.

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MorganA
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The decor and vibe inside was great. Food was tasty, plating was nice. I will come back when i am in town.

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Francy
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch.. Bottomless margaritas pairs greatly with green chili pulled pork chilaquiles

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Spent a weekend in Phoenix & went here twice! Loved the vibe, the music, the drinks, the food, everything was great! Sat both inside & outside & had great experiences both times

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

fun little date spot

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DallasR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love coming here!! Awesome place with awesome food, love it! Thanks

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KathyB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Our server was helpful and brought us appetizers we had ordered. When we had waited quite sometime after ordering entrees and asked when they would be delivered to our table, the server acknowledged our order didn’t get put in. We couldn’t wait as we were going to a show upstairs and there was nothing offered to compensate us for our situation.

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AngelicaD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this place. The food and the drinks were both amazing. The customer service was espectacular as well. I have no complaints at all.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was very good! The only thing keeping me from rating it a full five stars is the price for the amount you receive. Other than that, the quality of the food and drinks is great! The ambiance is cool too. It is loud so if you don’t like that—it may be a bit much for you. However, my friend and I liked the energy! :)

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time there. Prompt friendly service. Excellent food and presentation. Will return!

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JoelG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was just disgusting very dissapointed after eating here.

Chico Malo
Responded on April 16, 2021

Hi Joel. Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. If I recall correctly, you guys sat at a booth and were not into the Green Chile Chicken - which we promptly replaced with a quesadilla. Could you go into more detail about what else you didn't enjoy? Was the ribeye cooked incorrectly? Was the queso not to your expectations? We want every guest that visits Chico Malo to find an item on the menu that hits that sweet spot in regards to flavor and preference. Thanks. Thor - GM

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was awesome and so was the vibe but the food were very small portions for the price

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DebbieT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place! Service was wonderful, and the menu was amazing. We will be back to try other things - although our food and drinks were great! It’s at a bit of a higher price point, but it delivers a very upscale feel. So worth it!

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MelissaS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from beginning to end was fantastic! Service was great, food was amazing. We were told about Sunday brunch and immediately made a reservation for the next morning before the baseball game. We even went back after the game. I think 3 trips to the restaurant in less than 24 hours speaks for itself on the quality of this restaurant.

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vipEdsbabe
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great

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vipnathanh
Phoenix
36 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was really good. Service was very slow. Was sitting at bar and bartender was slow in taking food order and received only two water refills...in over an hour overall time there.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to have drinks and appetizers. Our server Vanessa

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vipDoug
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

This is a good place to go before a concert or game that's downtown, but it is not a good place to go for a nice dinner.

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vipNolaboy535
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Started off OK, but management put together a very large party next to us. They were loud, unmasked and added friends who pulled up chairs and were walking around unmasked. I did not feel comfortable with the whole scene. The place was not full and they should have put them in a different part of the restaurant. It made a great experience a little less ideal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot for a margarita! Got the queso fundido and the diablo shrimp very good. Atmosphere is always a cool vibe, very trendy. Best churros in Arizona hands down. Always save room for the churros!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

Our table was not ready on time. Took over 15 minutes to receive our drinks once ordered. Food took a pretty long time as well. Ambiance and music was great but service not so much.

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HeatherD
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Awesome place, great drinks. Good prices. I’ll be back and I’ll be recommending this place to everyone!!

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TamE
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I had a hard time writing this review as I did not want to give a bad review, it was just not what any of us had expected. The menu that I saw on line was, apparently, an outdated version, we were hungry for simple tacos, but there was a lot of food on the menu that we did not recognize. The tacos we received were from the kids menu and was just chunks of chicken and melted cheese on a thick tortilla. The service was great and the restaurant is beautiful, but the music was very loud. We sat on the patio right under a speaker so it made conversation with our friends extremely difficult. We wished we had gone to a different restaurant, but we now know for future visits to City Scape.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Went here with a group of 8 for a birthday dinner. It was extremely dark hard to see what we were eating. Our waitress was the absolute worst!!!! Forgot our drinks then told us we had said “no” to them. Didn’t bother to ask if we wanted more. She just didn’t want to be there and it was obvious. Two of the people for sick from the Colorado Chili. My carne asada was good not bad and drinks were good. But was the worst worst worst service of my life. None of us will be recommending nor going back, shame!

Chico Malo
Responded on April 5, 2021

Thank you for the review, I responded with a private note to learn more about what happened this past Friday.

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vipBobbiC
Salt Lake City
10 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Hostesses were unfriendly and frankly acted put out for our request to be on the patio (we ended up indoors) but after that everything was FABULOUS! Our waitress was very helpful with the menu and offering her suggestions and explanations. Food was fantastic! We had the pork verde and carne asada. Chips and guacamole were at 10!

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BNWPhx
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The slow roasted pork truly lived up to the hype. It was tender, flaked off the bone, and was packed with flavor! The drinks were also refreshing and delicious. Be sure to try out a paloma.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience4

The food is very expensive for what you get. They were out of a lot of things. What we did get was wrong from what we ordered. Service was poor.

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LaurenChristianne
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely time! Our Server Justin was the best- had great drink recommendations (I got the Oaxacan and it was amazing), food was sublime! Ceviche was out of this world! Ended up getting pan seared scallops and they were SO good.

We had a blast- thanks!!

FAQs

Chico Malo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Chico Malo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 603-9363.

Chico Malo is rated 4.5 stars by 583 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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