Chico Malo

4.4
647 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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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
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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StephenG
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Early dinner , and so the restaurant was pretty quiet.
But a great place.
Interesting & varied menu. Not 'classical' Mexican, but very innovative range, which was very enjoyable.
Excellent cocktails also!
Would recommend. Good value for money.

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VeronicaM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh My God! First time and the food was far beyond my expectations! It was bomb!

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Withheld
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience1

We went on a Sunday for brunch which felt more like a club on Friday night. There is a DJ on Sunday who on this particular Sunday played the music too loud for our taste. The bass was off the charts creating high jarring vibration sound. We could hardly hear each other let alone the soft spoken server. When I asked if there was anyway the music could be turned down the server said that there was a 99% chance that it could not be as the DJ was hired to play loud music. I’m sure we would have enjoyed our meal more if we weren’t subjected to the deafening music. This might appeal to others but not our scene especially for Sunday brunch.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much to the chef for working with my dietary restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Just walking in was a chore. The hostess said that my table I reserved wasn’t going to be ready for another hour or so... so I spoke to the manager and he took care of it right away and sat us down... the drinks were sub par and they took a really long time to bring them to us... we waited an hour for food and when it came out it was cold. I spoke to the manger agin told him that I’m sorry I’m such a bother but the last straw was my food being cold.

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MeganN
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location near the comedy club and cool atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Drinks were good, service was decent. Haven't been to a Mexican place in a long time where chips and salsa aren't included as part of your meal and was surprised to learn you have to pay for them. Was a long while between our appetizer ( we did end up paying for salsa & chips) and entrees. At one point server even came and apologized for the long wait. When meals did finally did come out, they were both cold. As we had time constraints, opted to not say anything to our server. May have enjoyed food more if it wasn't cold - with the number of great choices for Mexican, I'd think twice about visiting again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The food was delicious. Our server was just moving too fast and kept leaving before we could get her. Great atmosphere. Would definitely go back

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CharlesB
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great drinks, good service, and fresh food. I will definitely go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

It was trash. My food came out cold. They didn’t offer to take it off the bill. Unfortunately it was a business meeting over dinner and I convinced my partners to come to Chico instead of Toca or The Henry, which was a big mistake. Presentation was cool but other than that, the vibe from the staff was below par and I’ll probably only spend my money at Toca from now on. But I’ll give them another shot to redeem themselves.

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vipDavidC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was great.

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CesarL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Good food but the service was slow the entire night. Had to wait over 30 minutes to get our food.

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AlexandraC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the vibe especially the Spanish music. Super recommended

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LizzetteP
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire menu is amazing, but hands down the best dish is the cauliflower

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LindaS
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service, Great Food, Great Atmosphere...would definitely recommend a visit!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Chico Malo. Our server Luis was awesome. He made sure everyone in our party was taken care of. Great job!Chiliaquiles are the best!

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vipBarbB
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The food wasn't as tasty as it appeared in the descriptions. The biggest issue was the lack of seasoning. To the chefs, your food is amazing, but if not seasoned properly tastes VERY bland, including the most boring guacomole I have ever eaten. Because the service and the ambiance were so awesome we would come again.

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BeckyG
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Decent happy hour and tasty Palomas. The happy hour shrimp cocktail was a bit small though.

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vipBrianR
Cleveland
42 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and great drinks. The carne asada was cooked perfectly.

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JorgeO
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent sevice, the staff went above and beyond to help make our anniversary dinner a memorable one. The elote, pozole and shrimp diablo were delicious. Thank you.

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vipJeremyD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Chicken with green Chile was by far the most tender and tasteful dish I've had in awhile. The green Chile had no kick to it and was delicious. The chicken was so tender and shred easily. I highly recommend this place.

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maritzaa
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Good environment.. Food & service could be better!

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HumbleTraveller
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server was super nice, attentive, and helpful! Ambiance is great and the presentation of the food via box (don’t know how else to explain it) is incredibly unique. We loved it. Only slight negative is the duck tacos al pastor I had BUT I think it was just a personal preference as lots of people seem to love them. My wife and I thought they were nearly terrible, though edible with use of the salsas. Get the verde and roja salsas because they were great! Margaritas were great too! Would recommend just make sure you really like duck if you want to order it. I usually like it, for the record, but didn’t like there version.

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FredrickT
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic time since the moment we walked in we were greeted immediately it only took us a few minutes to get our table. our waitress was fantastic in explaining the menu. It was a Sunday brunch the DJ was playing some awesome music not too loud just loud enough to you have a good time. I would highly recommend this place!! Oh yeah I forgot to mention the $25 bottomless Mimosas and draft beer!!!

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RavindraS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Place is good for people looking for drinks and partying but the food lacked flavor, steak was like chewing on a piece of old leather, and service was slow. Also everything was way overpriced. I guess your paying for the ambiance and not quality.

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming from out of town and was able to book a last minute reservation for a table of 2. The booking stated that we would be sat at a high top table however when we arrived we were sat at a much larger table than expected which was amazing! Food, service, and drinks were top notch. Highly recommend!

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Gilly
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Staff is always super nice and friendly. Service is fast, drinks are great! Just a great atmosphere overall.

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LissaC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love loved this place! Must go and go during HH (3-6) and then continue on…, their elote corn is the best in the valley- we had 4 orders!! Only $5 a plate during HH. Coconut rice so yummy paired with the chicken enchiladas. House margaritas- perfect! And our sweet waitress was amazing making our anniversary so much fun and memorable - can’t wait to come back!

Oh and def finish your dinner off with their chocolate pudding (their name is fancier) + the churro dessert! Dip those babies in the chocolate. Heaven!!!

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Dorie
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Caesar salad was all white part of romaine......grilled shrimp was god. 1/2 brick chicken was not really half......Brest and thigh. Side was horrible.

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RobertK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when I visit Phoenix! Excellent food, great ambiance, centrally located, and the margaritas are outstanding, especially the Mezcal ones. The staff are always nice here and there are plenty of yummy food choices. This time I went for the carne asada which was prepared with a side of tortillas with beans and veggies on the plate as well as a sauce that was smoking hot! There was a bouquet of flavors between the sauce, beans, veggies, that made the whole dish mouth watering. The only thing I didn't like was the smoked char on the Carne Asada, it gave it kind of a burnt grill taste that I'm not a big fan of but the meat itself was cooked perfectly.

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vipJoni
Tucson
54 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the enchiladas!

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service was slow, server never asked us how we were doing or if we needed anything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was fantastic, especially the blue crab tostadas! Wish the salsa was spicy. I would highly recommend Eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great flavor. That ribeye with the shrimp worth every penny and the full flavor of the carne asada with the smoked beans was definitely a delight

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vipGeorgeH
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love this place. However, the DJ was really loud, but after a couple of beers, it was fun.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

They almost made me spill my yack ~

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vipFoodie1
Philadelphia
66 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dark, loud, cool and hip...great food!!

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BellaH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was just ok. The food was served in a way that made it hard to eat chili Colorado and the duck especially. A friend had the smoked Carne and it was far too Smokey. The place was so dark you couldn’t see the menu and the music was so loud you couldn’t really talk without shouting. The drinks were good, I’ll give them that!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

The food came out cold after waiting over a hour and the service was very poor.

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BROOKF
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were so amazing. Can’t wait to go back. The blue crab tostadas and shrimp ceviche were soooooo 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 4.4 stars by 647 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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