Chico Malo

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$30 and under
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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, Market Fresh Whole Fish and authentic favorites like Pozole and Green Chili 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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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Upscale and authentic, but reasonable price-- must try!!!

SD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The potato tacos were amazing with and even better mango margarita to top it off.

WC
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Truly the most outstanding Mexican food we have ever tasted. The cocktails (Marguerita's) were outstanding and an excellent wine selection. (Quilt)

l
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great meal at Chico Malo. I would definitely eat here again, and the service and value was spot on.

BH
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience4

Poor service, expensive food that did not impress at all. Chips and salsa were good, the end.

TC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were six of us and we all had a great time. Food was excellent and so was the service.

JH
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I found out n OpenTable as it was near our hotel and we don’t ha e too many Latin / Mexican restaurants where I live.

Wonderful homemade salsas and chimichanga. Coworkers had the Pork Verde and were amazed by it as well.

CP
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Incredible food! Authentic Mexican preparation—not the Tex-Mex style Arizonans are used to. Beautiful presentation and attentive service.

OT
Tucson
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service.

TT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Margaritas are phenomenal

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R
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hector our server was awesome. He explained the menu the first time and answered more question with a smile. The meal tasted freshly prepared from scratch.

KG
Boise
52 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thek food is so interesting and delicious. Great choices for vegetarians too. Our server was outstanding and I am sorry I didn’t remember his name to acknowledge him. We were a large group on a busy night and everything was excellent. Thank you—

MM
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas, awesome guacamole and salsa and hummus trio, loved the duck tamale and duck breast that came with homemade corn tortillas in a little drawer. Amazing.

J
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lots of times available on Open Table which was awesome. Employees were friendly and the food looked and tasted wonderful. Will surely be back.

OS
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu, atmosphere and service at was pretty good, but the food quality did not match the price. I had the $26 carne asada and it was average at best with very small sides.

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was Amazing - great Patio!!! We shall be back!!

r
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Date night

a
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great ambiance. Lovely cocktails. Service was slow. Food smelled better than it tasted. Would go back again maybe just for cocktails.

FD
Phoenix
120 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in after working downtown. This place is amazing! The food was fanominal. If you ever downtown and are looking for great Mexican food, please check this place out.

JS
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambience and had an excellent server! Would definitely go back.

JA
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We give 3.5 stars. Food was fantastic!!!! The service was slow and incomplete. We went with kids and they loved the food. But if you have picky kids (and we do) you may have trouble finding them something to eat.

RC
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was pleasantly surprised. The food as well as the service was outstanding! We had the pork verde and Duck entrees and would definitely recommend them. We will be back.

C
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was okay. Some food items were great, others mediocre. I’m not a drinker. One drink is enough for me but the drinks had so much ice and no liquor it was like drinking water.

Chico Malo
Responded on December 17, 2019

Hi Corky! Thank you for visiting Chico Malo. In regards to your cocktail - our bar staff uses jiggers on every drink. This ensures recipe consistency and makes every glass truly balanced. All of our beverages have a minimum of 2oz of liquor in them. We use fresh cordials and juices to pair with the base spirit. Our ethos is a great cocktail should never just taste like alcohol - unless served neat. Please reach out the next time you are in so we can find you menu items that check every box.

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S
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Came here for dinner with our family and had a decent dinner. Drinks took about 20 minutes to get to the table after ordering. Mean while we got our appetizers and finished them before getting our cocktails. Normally they should arrive before your food or worst case while your enjoying your apps. Our server was absolutely a sweetheart and if anything she made up for the slow service of the bartenders who took forever to get drinks lit even though they had about 6 of them working.

Pork verde the award winning dish had so many bones it was not enjoyable. Every bite I was pulling a bone out of my mouth. Short ribs were tasty. Duck had a great presentation and tasted great.

Overall bar needs help with getting drinks out. Pork verde needs a better quality of meat instead of bones in every bite.

Chico Malo
Responded on December 10, 2019

Thank you for taking the time visit Chico Malo. We are thrilled you enjoyed your server that evening. We want to emphasize great hospitality - and it sounds like she did a great job with your table. I am disheartened by the slow service of your cocktails. It's inexcusable that you beverages reached your table after your entrees. We are looking at ways to prevent this in the future. In regards to the Pork Verde, we use Niman Ranch which is considered the top in its class. Thor Nguyen GM

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit great menu and service. delicious food. will definitely be back

T
Grand Rapids
13 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The wait staff roles didn’t seem clearly defined; or we fell into a gap in coverage. But it all got straightened out and the food was delicious - guacamole, halibut, short ribs - and the ambiance lively.

P
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Very unique flavors! If you’re going expecting typical Mexican or Sonoran food you will be disappointed. This is more Latin. Very delicious and interesting. Great service. A bit load but it’s a cavernous space. Fun location.

Chico Malo
Responded on December 11, 2019

Hi Pshnyc601! Thanks for the review. Noticed you gave a 1 in the ambiance - was this specifically bc of the noise level? Would appreciate the feedback as we always strive to create a great exeperience top to bottom. Thanks Thor Nguyen General Manager

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s
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We went there for lunch before an afternoon concert and really enjoyed it.

E
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. They work great with allergy issues. WhT an amazing ataff

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fresh, well prepared with a good spice level. Authentic but unique.

OT
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting from FL, my husband and I wanted something close to the hotel with good ambiance and western/Mexican flavor.

DA
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Waitress was very good until I had to wait for 20 mins for the check.

g
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best posole I've ever had--and the portion is perfect before going to an event. My companion had a salad with shrimp that he said was really good. Servers are friendly and efficient. I've only ever eaten on the patio, which is very quiet. The margaritas are also really good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Food was good and drinks innovative. Outdoor seating is pleasurable. Waiter started out friendly but became upset when we asked for separate checks. It only took a literal 10 seconds to generate so not sure why the attitude was necessary.

NM
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and excellent service. i enjoyed the drink menu as well!

J
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, innovative presentations of various entrees. Service was fast and courteous.

k
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic drink and food menu with great quality. Service is solid and the prices range from 15-25 a plate, so you can budget appropriately. The kitchen was having a bit of a rough night and behind a 10 minutes or so, but nothing that another round couldn't assuage. Whatever the mezcal and hibiscus drink was needs to be ordered by everyone walking into this restaurant.

JC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food and drinks were outstanding. The service was horrible. It took them forever to bring us our drinks. My son ordered coffee. He had to get up and walk to the bar to ask for cream. We would order drinks and we could see that they were just sitting on the bar. Just know if you go there you will have to wait for drinks. It’s the second time I’ve been there and it was the same.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food service was slow. There were hardly any people in the restaurant. Usually brunch service is fast.

OT
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good drinks. Good food. Nice place. Bartender/waiter was exceptional.

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