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Chico Malo - Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Chico Malo - Phoenix

4.5
4.5
1085 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


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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 1,085 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Mexican

  • Phoenix

    Hot Spot

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  1. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and enough to share. Drinks were fantastic. Totally will go again!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    The Mexican chop salad had no flavor despite having so many flavorful ingredients. The server forgot we existed several times.
  3. AC

    ArianaC

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great! The music was awesome!! As long as you have a reservation you will get in promptly.
  4. MG

    MaritzaG

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing. Food was delicious! It was a great first time experience. Definitely will be going back. I recommend this place 100%!
  5. FP

    FernandoP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Food was great. Loved the corn tortillas and carne asada. Service was very friendly but slow. High energy location that my daughters loved.
  6. B

    Barbi

    Phoenix

    46 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Chico Malo is my go to spot for stressful dinners where I just need everything to go right. Usually they deliver. Tonight I had my 75 year old mom with a seed allergy. She got the scallops and asked to know if there were seeds added to anything. The server said she would check and make sure nothing came out with seeds. When the dish came it was missing an entire side. The server and additional employee told us the scallops only came with one side. Our server said she would get the menu and show us. She got the menu and it did list another side. She then said. Oh ya that had seeds on it so we just left it off. That was half the meal. For $32 I would expect someone to come out right away and ask what could be substituted. Instead she told us that it only came with brocollini and upon showing us the menu and the menu proving her wrong she then did ask if my mom wanted to order an additional side. No mention of a replacement just a suggestion to order more stuff. It was just a messed up situation. I was trying my best to create a memorable night for my mom. I think it’s time to move on from Chico Malo. Sad face.
  7. M

    Mike

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been there several times when downtown for sports and concerts. Every dish we've ordered has been outstanding. Most recently the carne asada and chorizo mashed potatoes were excellent. Highly recommended.
  8. M

    Meariel

    Phoenix

    42 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and misters were on so it was hot but manageable. We started with Margaritas and Ceviche. Both were good. I had the cauliflower steak and it was very tasty. I was told it was on a bed of guacamole but it came over beans. My friend had a pork dish that was kinda pink so they got her something different. All in all it was a nice meal.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Just a cool chill spot. Loved the vibe all around.
  10. BJ

    BillJ

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Only down point was that the hostess wanted to seat us in a booth that was too sunlit and also close to people. I know that seating depends on fairly distributing assignments but I felt they were a little put out by my request . They put us all the way in the back which was ok but they didn’t ask if this was fine. Young seater so maybe needs a little coaching as does the hostess. The waiter and food were excellent however. The posole and relleno were delicious and the happy hour appetizers were also. They tried to charge happy hour prices for the second round because they totaled bill after happy hour but mistake was quickly rectified. Recommend if you are going to Footprint Center eat here a little early as crowds start to form after 6. Second time here so yes we like it!
  11. PU

    PrincessU

    Houston

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was nice, music had great vibes, service was even better!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been here a couple of times and have been impressed by the full experience every time!
  13. P

    Pastalover

    San Francisco

    168 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    168 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    The food is good, although a little over priced for Mexican food. They are selling atmosphere. They pump music at high volume constantly, so if that's what you're after, this could be a 5/5. We were hoping to talk to folks we hadn't seen for months, so it gets a 2/5 for ambience.
  14. C

    Ciaobabie

    Phoenix

    127 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    I have enjoyed Chico in the past. This time, not as much. The server was pleasant. But the food was mediocre, not hot (in fact the salsa was ice cold). The prices for the entrees seemed high for a casual dining restaurant.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Atmosphere is hip and young. Food is delish. People should definitely check this place out. The chips and salsa are on point lol
  16. LP

    LeticiaP

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chilaquiles were so amazingly good! I also enjoyed the service we received. It’s definitely a good idea to set a reservation it can get pretty busy on a Sunday! Overall very satisfied!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Shrimp enchiladas were amazing, Duck wasn’t cooked very well. Both entrees should’ve included sides. Drinks took forever. Fair pricing on them.
  18. BP

    BamP

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was fantastic. Our server was very engaging and always making us laugh. I had the smoked birria and omg the best I've ever had. Still thinking of them. Highly recommend.
  19. B

    Bobbie

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an excellent waiter who was knowledgeable not only about the menu but also about the history of the building and the décor. They did get one order wrong but corrected it. They then had to prepare an entire new meal so my partner was almost finished before mine was served. I felt they should have corrected our bill in some way (perhaps comped the cocktails) but they didn't. However this would not stop me from returning as the food is authentic, fresh and delicious. Also you should note, the menu is not the one posted online.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    The food took an extremely long time to come out. We waited over an hour and watched the table next to us get sat and receive food before we had ours. It was extremely hot inside and we never cooled off during the hour we sat. I’m only giving this place any stars because the server was nice and apologetic.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ethan was a great server. Super friendly, and took care of us when one of our orders got mixed up. Great food and drinks
  22. D

    Drew

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Service was non-existent our server seemed not to care about anything but flirting with employees. (we watched her on several occasions blantly ignore us even after eye contact to go flirt). Food and drinks were definitely overpriced for what we received. We enjoyed the atmosphere but after our experience it's not enough for a return visit.
  23. GR

    GeorgeR

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Chose this place for dinner on a Sunday night. It’s near Chase field. I tried their shrimp de macha plate and had churros for dessert, very good. Ambience was great and seems to be a fun spot for singles, couples or families. There’s quite a bit of construction just outside the surrounding areas but not a bother. You’ll find parking in a parking structure nearby. I would recommend.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The service wasn’t the best. We waited 45 minutes after ordering our food for them to tell us the carne asada was out. We had to wait for the additional 30 minutes to get another entree. No one refilled our waters nor came back to see if we wanted another cocktail. The ambiance is really cute and the food was good. The service was just terrible that day. I will try it again though.
  25. d

    daianap

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Horrible service
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    We sat outside. Entrees took almost an hour to come out. The outside seating has crickets and other bugs. They need to spray outside. I ended up having a Beetle in my food. The server was great and accommodates but never saw a manager. As a courtesy they should come out and acknowledge what happened.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate was delicious. We had chips and guacamole to start. Two of us drank margaritas. My chicken quesadilla; my husband’s shrimp de macha, and our friends’ enchiladas we perfect. And we ended the meal with churros. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was an excellent choice the food was excellent the service was great this is a hidden gem in downtown Phoenix
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was on top of it all night. Food was amazing. Drinks were good. Would recommend to any friend or family member
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Way to hot in restaurant
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Waiter was cool , but getting my drinks took way to long even though the restaurant wasn’t busy!
  32. KT

    KimT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Will come back again.
  33. BA

    BarbsAquino

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    exellent! food was great, prices good, service exellent!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and incredible food
  35. W

    Wally

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, anf a great server. Great Explanations of all the menu and drinks
  36. LV

    LasVegasWiseGuy

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sweet smell of success and a outstanding dining choice made with the flavors rooted in Mexico! My wife and I were in Phoenix for the Father's Day weekend to catch a ballgame, which was just a bit of a drive from Vegas, and had made reservations via the Chica Malo website for their Sunday Bruch on Father's Day in advance not knowing what downtown Phoenix would be like. From the moment we hit the threshold we knew we had made the right choice as the aroma of outstanding food permeated the restaurant, which had a young and hip vibe to it. The restaurant is located downtown in the City Scape area of Phoenix, so there's also a lot to see and do before or after you eat. We were immediately seated after checking in with the maitre'd and our server, "Jami," was a pleasure and outstanding to deal with. We started our brunch off with a "chicken quesadilla," a "Coke," which was straight out of Mexico, and the "bottomless Mimosa," which Jami kept topped off at all times. The app was outstanding and we knew then that the rest of the food would be a culinary delight. My wife ordered the "Shrimp & Questo Grits," which she had been Craving the entire time, but wanted it to be original Mexican. I opted for the "French Toast," which doesn't sound like much, but when paired with the brioche bread + churro crust + cajeta envinada hibiscus berries + cinnamon piloncillo mascarpone it was second to none. Did I mention the bottomless Mimosa? This was truly a great culinary experience with great food, unbelievable plating, beautiful surroundings and outstanding vibe with a younger hip crowd, probably because of ASU's downtown Phoenix location. HIGH RECOMMEND this gem for anyone you knows or wants fantastic food! Will definitely repeat again when in Phoenix next.
  37. CP

    ChrisP

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tay our server was outstanding. She greeted us as we were seated, gave us great advice and suggestions for drinks and food. Because of her great service, we will be returning, and letting friends know to go see Tay.
  38. RH

    RhaynaH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going, great atmosphere. Our server was delightful and very helpful. Suggested great drinks and food! Will definitely return!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice, clean, and good food. The ceviche verde was 🔥 The birria for me was like sweetest so I don’t like that much but the rest was perfect and love it. Was a good night to celebrate with my hubby .
  40. JF

    JohnF

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trio appetizer is amazing

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 4.5 stars by 1085 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


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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