Chico Malo

4.4
700 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 700 people are saying
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4.4
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was amazing. Food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 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 4 days ago

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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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!

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vipCoreyR
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Not good at all

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe, food was great, and service was amazing. Churro waffle is a must!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, great space. Waiter was super friendly but it did take awhile to get our entrees and tab out. Not a big deal though. Would definitely recommend and come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food5service4ambience1

I felt like I was at a night club, it was so extremely loud. We even sat in the back, but they had the volume to everything turned up so loud. The server was great, our food came out pretty quickly, but the food was not good at all. Super disappointing and not the place to visit if you’re looking for a nice sit down restaurant.

Chico Malo
Responded on July 19, 2021

Thank you for visiting. Saturday night was a special event we held in celebration of the Suns Game 5 appearance in the NBA Finals and not a representation of a regular Chico Malo dining experience. I have sent you a private note to learn more about the specifics of your visit.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Unfortunately was not that great! I made a reservation days before and requested to be sited in the TV area and when I get in there they didn’t have the table as I requested. I noticed empty tables in the tv area and I asked to be sited in there but they keep saying that it was reserved but by the time I left the restaurant, the tables were still empty. The noise was super loud and there was people that didn’t have tables standing up everywhere, making the uncomfortable busy.

Chico Malo
Responded on July 19, 2021

We apologize for being unable to accommodate your seating request. Please respond with a private note and the name on the reservation so we can look into the details of what happened. Saturday was a special event in celebration of the Suns Game 5 appearance in the NBA Finals and not a usual Chico Malo dining vibe and experience. We hope to see you in the future.

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vipEdsbabe
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. They are great with food allergies also

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RogerM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service from Justin. The ceviche and duck confite tamale were terrific.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious drinks and food!! A little but pricey for my taste but overall great.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Even though I indicted we were celebrating my husbands birthday, the experience felt anything but special or celebratory. Arrived a bit early for our reservation, restaurant was not busy yet, but hostess sat us right next to a couple with a baby while basically the entire restaurant was empty. We asked to be re-seated, as we had a date night for just the two of us without kids for dinner. Restaurant filled with baseball fans in t shirts, jean shorts and gym shoes. Not even the least bit upscale dining or special occasion dining that we expected. Service was okay, food was pretty good, but would not visit anytime soon.

Chico Malo
Responded on July 17, 2021

Thank you for the feedback. Please check your private messages as I have sent you a note.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Service was very slow, food was meh the tortillas are not very good.

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STACEYJ
New England
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We made this reservation in order to get reserved seating at our show at stand-up live. Our overall experience with each venue was pretty poor. Drink wait times were ridiculous and food is just ok and definitely over priced. Our server was sweet and did her best with what she was given. We probably will not be back

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RheaJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Visited for the first time for a girls night out and while the food was very good, and would come back for the entrees alone, the appetizers (elote, hummus, and guacamole were all very bland) and the service left much to be desired. We had to flag our waitress down on multiple occasions, as she would disappear for extended lengths of time. I noticed the other tables in our section having to do the same thing. Not sure what the issue was, but just seemed odd that I had to get up and go find her in order to order and to request our check.

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DanielleM
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and beverages, can’t wait to go back!

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EmiliaRG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for fancy fun - whether you want a nice dinner, or a spot for apps and drinks before a game.

MJ
MischelleJ
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Hair in food sadly. Service extremely slow. Waited 45 min for drinks

Chico Malo
Responded on July 9, 2021

Thank you for coming in! After looking at the plate, our chef was able to decisively determine the foreign object was a fiber from the micro cilantro we garnish the guacamole with and not a hair. We offered a replacement that was declined, then comped the item. I was also able to determine who the server was on your table and will be sitting with him to see what caused the slow service and long drink ticket times. We take pride in quick service before Suns games. We hope to see you again!

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TriciaG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic. Great bar selection, great service and the blue crab tostadas are amazing.

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WillS
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in Phoenix on road trip and was blown away by this place. Their homemade blue corn tortillas are some of the best I’ve ever had.

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Kiley
Detroit
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service top notch. We were the last table of the evening and felt like we were the first!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! We loved the food, drinks, and the overall vibe. Our server was amazing, giving us great drink recommendations. Will definitely be back next time we’re in Phoenix. Thanks for the perfect dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

All
Of our steak was inedible

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience! Love the HH Margaritas & the Scallops were fantastic!

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PriscillaM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very loud like a club, but great service and atmosphere

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FayeC
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food & service. Pork verde and Chimi were both excellent. Only complaint is they had the music up a little loud. Would be nice to hear each other while we enjoy dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, and although it was our first time, we didn’t know what to expect; we couldn’t of been happier to try it out. One must get the churro waffle, or else you’re not living a good life until you try it!

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food is okay. Ambiance is more party scene. Drinks are very good.

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vipBarbi
Las Vegas
33 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Newt place. Could use a little more personalized service.

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Robert
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife has celiac and our waitress was so helpful in giving her recommendations as well as providing fun and fast service. The Cauliflower Steak was so delicious and came with a great presentation. The bartender made a prickly pear martini on request that was awesome! Such a great vibe!! We’ll be back for sure and will highly recommend!!

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SethM
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stopped in for drinks and appetizers before a Suns game. Upscale, high energy environment. The ceviche appetizer was very fresh and tasty, with the staff providing tableside prep and mixing service. The blue crab tostadas appetizer was also fresh with excellent flavor. Their house margarita was a pleasant surprise, with a charred lime wedge that provided a wonderful smoky aroma and flavor. The staff was friendly and attentive. Not an inexpensive choice, but to be expected in a downtown venue of this quality. Will definitely return.

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vipDanL
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner before a terrible gAme.

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Jdub
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat. The food atmosphere and service were amazing I’ll definitely be coming back!

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LisaB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious! Service excellent. Music a little to loud to have conversation at table, without shouting.

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 4.4 stars by 700 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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