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Chico Malo - Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Chico Malo - Phoenix

4.5
4.5
1184 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 83 times today
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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 1,184 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
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Mexican

  • Phoenix

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  1. DG

    DGTraveler

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

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

    meagz

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    ALexandra

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

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

    RobertP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    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
  6. PD

    PaulD

    Phoenix

    23 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

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

    tracyh

    Phoenix

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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:-)
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  9. KK

    KristenK

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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👍🏻
  13. B

    Bobbie

    Phoenix

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. H

    Hiptip

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Rellenos were exceptional
  17. 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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening!
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and amazing service
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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
  26. 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!
  27. 5

    5280mg

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So much fun!
  28. KP

    KelP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Service was sparse, food came out cold and did not even have a good flavor. Ambiance is good and they play great music.
  29. K

    Kayla

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Cute restaurant with good food, drinks, and service.
  30. DD

    DirkD

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was great. Service was less friendly than usual. I get like we were a bother to our waitress even though we didn’t have any strange requests. Once we had our food we were sort of ignored. Is anted another drink and had to flag our waitress down to order it and then it took so long to get, we were already done with our meals. The service has never been a problem in the past so maybe she was just having a bad day.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. A bit on the “so loud you can’t hear yourself talk” side of things, but it was a fun night out.
  32. AD

    AidaD

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Table of 8 of us …. All the food came out luke warm or cold. With a bigger party, they should definitely have more help or two waiters. I never received a cup of water and every time we ordered drinks it took 15-20 minutes. I wouldn’t recommend it. Save your money and go elsewhere
  33. L

    Lexie

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience4
    Had a reservation at 8 pm and was seated immediately, which was great! Put in the food order at 8:15 pm and did not get my food until 9 pm. Once we finally got the food, we had no silverware and had to wait over 10 minutes to get the waitress's attention. While waiting 45 minutes for food, we ordered a tequila flight and chips/salsa. We asked if a modification could be made to the tequila flight (1/3 tequila shots could be swapped out for another) and was told "no we can't do that." Then the chips were taken to be filled and they were never brought back to the table.
  34. T

    Todd

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was wonderful. The Duck Breast Al Pastor and Pork Verde were fantastic. Margaritas were also good and strong. It's a little pricy, but now where else can you get Mexican food this unique.
  35. AB

    AntonioB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    THE GUACAMOLE WAS GOOD. COULD USE A LITTLE MORE SPICE BUT IT FILLED ME UP. THE ENCHILADA SAUCE WAS OK I THINK IT COULD ALSO USE A LITTLE MORE SPICE. THE CHILE RELLENO WAS GOOD AND HAD GOOD FLAVOR. THE DRINKS WERE ALSO GOOD.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my bday. Made reservations and everything worked out perfectly. I had a cake and they took it back to keep it cool. Food was delicious and the staff was awesome. Will be back again!
  37. TS

    TiaS

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was great - we had a deadline to make a show after dinner and she was very helpful ensuring things went smoothly and we left on time.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    En general la comida bien las bebidas el lugar bonito lo unico que no me agrado en lo personal la música demasiado volumen no pueden escuchar cuando ordenas y no se diga si tienes una conversación con tu acompañante difucltoso para escuchar esa es mi experiencia
  39. JG

    JeffG

    Phoenix

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and ambiance.
  40. RM

    RonM

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Dined with a group of 10. Service was good and the food was good although a couple people complained their food wan't hot by the time it got to us. The main problem was the fire alarm went off twice while we were there. Totally ruined the atmosphere.

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 1184 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 83 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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