Chico Malo

4.5
733 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 733 people are saying
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Mari
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this place! We went out for a friends birthday dinner and the staff was so friendly and not to mention went above and beyond to make it known that a birthday was being celebrated. The food and drinks were also very good. I will be visiting the restaurant soon again and I will highly recommend it to others as well. Thank you!!

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Joseph
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was excellent with a DJ who was playing a good mix of music but not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation. The service was great. I would definitely go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Everything on the menu is delicious!

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JamesB
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive and customer focused! Great descrption helped in food and beverage selection!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Food and service were amazing. BEST music playing the whole time loved the vibe!

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LourdesD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was great everyone was nice, helpful, informative and just awesome,
the place was beautiful. the food was not what we expected, I guess for me being of latin decent simple and original seems to be better.

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vipScubaman
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and an outstanding server

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dope vibe good food n drinks

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GeaC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! A little loud for conversation but that can be overlooked

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RosaR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best people, the best food , great music, simply the best

TB
ToniB
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Very Beautiful location and decor , amazing Service!

NM
vipNathanM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place has a cool twist on Mexican food. Pork Verde & the Duck al Pastor were fantastic.

JM
JuanM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't make it downtown too often, just discovered this place and feel like we need to get down there more! The atmosphere is great, service was amazing and the food was delicious. Shrimp and Chicken entrees were so so good.

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vipGeniseD
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience5

We came prior to a show happening next door. The service was great. The food was ok. There was absolutely no flavor in any of the dishes that were served which is a bummer because I enjoyed the vibe of the place. Everything else was so great, except the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great send the food was amazing.

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Yvette
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere, great location. Friendly staff.

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SolidReview
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Went for a 9:15 reservation prior to a comedy show. Waited 15 minutes before someone came to our table and took our drink orders. The bartender made our margaritas in 1 minute flat and then did not come back. We closed out our tab at the bar after realizing no one was coming back to our table and left.

Bad service, mediocre and likely premade margaritas, decent ambiance. Can't rate the food as no one took our order.

Chico Malo
Responded on August 14, 2021

Hello SolidReview. Thank you for taking the time to review your visit. I want to be the first to apologize for your poor experience. We want everyone that visits our space to receive exceptional hospitality - and it sounds like you did not. And yes - our house margarita is on tap. We do a Tommy style margarita that uses Milagro Reposado, fresh lime and a rich simple. It breaks down to about 2oz of tequila in every pour. I've sent you a private message to get some more insight on your visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

The hostess stand was empty upon arriving, 2 hostesses appeared and then disappeared together multiple times, leaving patrons standing in line without being addressed. Food was just ok, our entrees were cold when they eventually arrived at our table. Guacamole was bland. Won’t go back.

DM
vipDianeM
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food!! Service was spot on despite it being happy hour on a Friday w/a Maniscalco show (which was also great) a few blocks away and a game so it was busy!! Worth the drive from N. Phoenix!!

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MaryL
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent upscale Mexican food. Fantastic downtown location - short walk to Arizona Federal Theatre and parking.

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vipBedwell99
Sacramento
37 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Construction in the area makes it hard to find but well worth the trouble.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Missed the mark on every level. Service was terrible. Our waiter stopped by the table twice in the hour and a half we were there. Never refilled our water or even asked how the food was. We had to get the bill from a different server. We ordered chips and salsa and guacamole for appetizer and it took 30 minutes to come to the table. The entrees were very underwhelming. No flavor or seasoning and arrived to the table luke warm. The tortillas made in house were also luke warm and you could tell they weren’t fresh because the edges were rock hard making them inedible. This place has a lot of hype and I’m very disappointed to say we will not be trying it again.

Chico Malo
Responded on August 14, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to review Chico Malo. Good or bad - we take all feedback as ways to improve our operations. The experience you've described is far from our expectations and standards. I've sent a private message to get some more information about your visit. Look forward to hearing back - Thor - General Manager.

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vipMattF
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Chico Malo. The Elote is beyond yummy and we always order at least two helpings. The El Jefe Margarita is super yummy, too. The food is creative, delicious and filling.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated a friend’s birthday! Absolutely the right atmosphere and the food was incredible!!! Hats off to the team :)

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vipJason
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The gran jefe margarita was outstanding. The pork verde was so good it should be illegal.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was fun, service was great and friendly, drinks are amazing and food is yummy too! (I just wasn’t a fan of the avocado toast) but the other stuff was good!

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LydiaB
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food and environment very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very helpful and amazing. We had tickets for the comedy show and were freaking out that we would be late. They spoke with the show and let them know we were still dining and we had a table waiting for us when we were done

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PaulaM
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

very disappointed - I've been to Chico many times and never experienced this! I was so sad as i brought friends for their first visit. From slow service to slow drinks to warm beer to then just okay food.... And the music was so loud you couldn't hear yourself much less the server or your friends!

I'd like to add to this review. Management responded to my review very quickly with apologies and corrections. Thank you Chico Team.

Chico Malo
Responded on August 8, 2021

Paula, Thank you for coming in! I've sent you a private note to learn more about your experience. Teddy

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CeiraR
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing customer service, food was delicious carne asada was cut a little too thick but the flavor and quality was amazing and delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, I absolutely loved the carne asada and green chili, but my favorite was the blue crab tostada. The crab was so sweet and the sauce on it was delicious. I also got the El Jefe margarita and smokiness was fantastic. Only downside was that the music was extremely loud for being dinner time, we had to almost yell to have a conversation.

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Lauren
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, music was great and service was excellent. We will definitely be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner with friends. Great food, drinks, and ambiance. Sophisticated, take in Mexican cuisine. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drink and great happy hour!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Food was cold and $75 for a quesadilla and 5 pieces of shrimp will never go again very disappointed such a good vibe to

Chico Malo
Responded on August 1, 2021

Thank you for coming in, I am sorry to hear about your experience! If you were to order a Quesadilla with Carne Asada (the most expensive option) and the Shrimp Diablo, with tax that would have been $43.44. Sounds like there might have been something wrong with your bill!! We can get that fixed immediately. Going to send you a private note to learn more.

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Roadrunner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Saturday Night - slow service - over 2 hour experience. Food was a disappointment for what we ordered.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great Atmosphere. Great drinks.

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KeriW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We were put at a spot that had a drip problem at one of the seats. Had to adjust the table so that it wasn't dripping on us.

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Kirch
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Be careful ordering the bottomless. The last 2 times it took FOREVER to get our next drink. Other than that soooo good!

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 733 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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