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Chico Malo - Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Chico Malo - Phoenix

4.4
4.4
1198 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 68 times today
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Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (602) 603-9363

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Let Chico Malo bring the party to you with customizable options for every occasion. We have accommodated parties from 20 to 3,500 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chico Malo can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (844) 359-9799

  • Neighborhood

    Central Phoenix

  • Cross street

    Central and Jefferson

  • Parking details

    2 Hour Parking Validation included for guests who park in the CityScape Parking Garage

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,198 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Mexican

  • Phoenix

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    GiGi was amazing! We wish there were more items on the menu but the food we had was good. Very cute place for our date night prior to the comedy show
  2. D

    Daniel

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Despite reservations, other were being seated before us without resies. Finally was seated 30 minutes late. They were overworked and under staffed.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food!
  4. B

    Brink

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Smoked Barria and chicken enchiladas were amazing! Justin was our waiter and he has it dialed in. We told him we wanted a cocktail on the sweeter side and he came back with something spot on. The vibe was great and the view of the skate rink is very festive. You can't go wrong with Justin waiting on you. Great job!
  5. VA

    VictoriaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fabulous food and bevs at Chico Malo! If you can, get Dominique as your server --she is AMAZING!
  6. E

    Eric

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and the music was on point. Really clean and great service.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Although it never rains in AZ, last night (11/3) it had rained all day. When I made the reservation only outside was available. We were so happy this worked out. It was rainy but since the patio area was covered and heated it was great! The ambiance was wonderful and the food was delish! Don’t sleep on the potato tacos or the pork verde! Anyway, it was super loud inside, so the patio was nice to be able to enjoy a meal and conversation! Overall 10 outta 10!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience5
    Bad food. But great ambience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another great experience. Always good food and great drinks. A great place to stop before the suns game or a concert. We always get the elote and birria enchiladas. Try the La Sirena cocktail, it’s delicious. Great service.
  10. AG

    AnastasiaG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ali was our server and she was amazing! Very personable and attentive! Would definitely go back and ask for her again!
  11. JC

    JaredC

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Great service and ambience, but the food just wasn’t very good.
  12. DG

    DGTraveler

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service and obedience was great. My only negative comment would be some of the main entrées were cold when served.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was authentic and amazing! Christavo was a great server!
  14. m

    meagz

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Wanted to like this place. I always want to support downtown restaurants. This place unfortunately was so-so at best. On the bright side, The service was spot on. The drinks and the appetizer my husband and I ordered, however, were lackluster and forgettable. We planned on eating lunch but after looking at the menu and eating the appetizer we chose to eat lunch at a different restaurant.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    I was excited to go and was so disappointed. The service and food was terrible!
  16. AL

    ALexandra

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was very slow and food had little to no flavor
  17. RP

    RobertP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    The service was the standout feature of our experience—it was outstanding The food was quite good The music and ambient noise made anything more than talking directly into each other’s ears
  18. PD

    PaulD

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun place to eat and drink with friends. Good vibe.
  19. t

    tracyh

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cannot say enough good things about our server Dominique R She was on point all evening for our larger party of 9 Thank You Dominique we will be back:-)
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We had a great first experience tonight. The food was full of flavor and we really enjoyed dinner and cocktails. The only room for improvement we would note were the restrooms. They were very dirty and outdated. It left a weird impression after such a great first experience.
  21. KK

    KristenK

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service and delicious drinks. Our server was friendly and attentive, she offered her recommendations for drinks and entrees. Chips and the red salsa are a must! The duck Al pastor is presented beautifully, flavorful and the perfect portion size. The pork verde was perfectly cooked, fall off the bone tender and juicy. Overall a great experience. We are looking forward to coming back to Chico Malo to try more!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was terrible. They came in 2 and acted weird all the time. Putting pressure on customers and with a very fake courtesy. Food was also bad, I have a stomach ache now after the dinner. Worst experience I had in Phoenix.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was a great experience. we had the ceviche and the birria. it was absolutely delicious. our server jay was a part of the great experience as well. i will be returning.
  24. AA

    ArielleA

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner with my bestie! Highly recommended the steak tacos and enchiladas, street corn and drinks!
  25. DW

    DavidW

    New England

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and awesome service despite there being a large private party who arrived at the same time as us. The server kept us informed there would be a delay and it was worth the wait. The food was outstanding.
  26. AK

    AileenK

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    This place is good about serving you and forgetting about you after that You legit have to chase down other employee who aren’t even behind the cashier or bar or waitressing for your bill 1st and last time here Food was good and music👍🏻
  27. B

    Bobbie

    Phoenix

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I have been here several times but never on a Saturday night. Elton John was in town which made the atmosphere even noisier than usual. But the food and service were great and the waitress really addressed our special requests. This is one of the best Mexican Restaurants in the Phoenix but in the future I would try to get there earlier or on a weekday night to avoid the noise.
  28. BB

    BrianB

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food was delicious, seating was comfortable. Music was too loud for normal conversations. Rest rooms need some cleaning.
  29. JH

    JonH

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent brunch... food was great, service was great. Good location too. Had a good dj Saturday morning brunch adding to the vibe
  30. H

    Hiptip

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rellenos were exceptional
  31. DY

    DennisY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Berria is excellent. Carne asada excellent. Beans best we've had at a restaurant.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing service
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went with a group of friends, 3 couples and the everything was great. Food, service and and experience overall. Just right balance and value
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall1food4service2ambience2
    Incredibly late service on food and drinks. Very tasty though! Luckily we were not in a rush
  36. CL

    CharlesL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was a great experience our whole group very much enjoyed it
  37. LG

    LillianG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    7 girlfriends went out to dinner celebrating a birthday. Food and drinks were great. Service was excellent. We had a great time and will certainly go back again.
  38. M

    Maryanne

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    The food was good. We had the queso fundido, guacamole, carne asada and birria verde enchiladas. The service was fair to below average. We had to ask twice for napkins and silverware. The server had no personality and never smiled. We sat outside and it would have been a lovely atmosphere if it wasn't for the blaring music. There were four of us and we could already hear each other. Because of the service and atmosphere, I will not dine here again.
  39. R

    Robby

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service from Stephanie, good came out very quickly. Beef brisket was excellent and drinks were unique and excellent
  40. T

    Tony

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Chico Malo twice now and it is fantastic! The smoked birria and the pork verde are easily my favorites!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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

FAQs

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

Chico Malo - Phoenix is rated 4.4 stars by 1198 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 68 times today
Google Map for Chico Malo - Phoenix

50 W Jefferson St, Phoenix, AZ 85003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Central and Jefferson

  • Neighborhood

    Central Phoenix

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    2 Hour Parking Validation included for guests who park in the CityScape Parking Garage

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (602) 603-9363

  • Catering

    Let Chico Malo bring the party to you with customizable options for every occasion. We have accommodated parties from 20 to 3,500 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chico Malo can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (844) 359-9799

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