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Chico Malo, Phoenix, AZ

Chico Malo

4.5
4.5
1022 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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Booked 43 times today
Private dining

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 1,022 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Mexican

  • Phoenix

    Hot Spot

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  1. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect spot for a nice higher-end Mexican dinner before heading up to the comedy club.

  2. BL

    BrendanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unbelievable. Every single thing I ate was fresh and absolutely to die for!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday. Great place will go again. Service was amazing!

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious!!

  5. MP

    MattP

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Place has cool vibes, I didn’t try any cocktails but they looked good/well done. Waitress was great. Duck tacos were killer!

  6. CL

    CarlaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The noise level was not “energetic.” The music was so loud you could not speak to your table mates! However, the food was really good, service was great, and the restaurant was very attractively decorated. Turn the music down!

  7. KD

    KarenD

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, service and energy! Would definitely return. The brick chicken and the coconut flan wwre both stellar!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food! Great drinks, cool location and vibe. I would come back!

  9. AM

    AudraM

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tried this restaurant for the first time before the Suns game! Great atmosphere and the pork verde was amazing!

  10. DW

    DougW

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Too pricey.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience5

    The food was not that good. There was flies everywhere by where we were seated. The food is overpriced and the quality was extremely lacking. Our water did not seem clean and we avoided drinking it. Wait staff was great though!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The pork verde was amazing! Best I have ever had.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great service- ambiance and food!

  14. JC

    JoeyC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    Food was amazing - pricey but delicious. They charge for chips & salsa which I think should be free at a Mexican restaurant. Service was fine until they asked us to leave because of a reservation that was coming in. We could clearly see they had several empty tables so I don’t know what that was about. They also took my unfinished $12 drink from the table before I realized it was gone to try & shoo us away. That was lame.

  15. GG

    GiovannyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Arturo was beyond great enjoyed the chef service much appreciated Giovanny .

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We picked this place primarily because it was close to the venue of our graduation ceremony. Turned out to be an excellent choice. The food and service were both exceptional! Was the best meal we had in four days in the Phoenix area. Can’t wait to go back!!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was outstanding !

  18. B

    Brandon

    Phoenix

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a great time. The service was awesome and the food was amazing. Looking forward to coming back and trying more off the menu!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    The food was great! The music was nice and our server was amazing

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience5

    The ambiance is fantastic. The restaurant has all the factors it needs to be a tier 1 dining destination but it falls far from that target due to the food and drinks. The drinks were so strong you could not enjoy it and the food was bland and not really authentic. I would have expected a lot more quality in the food. I will certainly be very hesitant to return again.

  21. SS

    SSks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was outstanding, food was delish, atmosphere was fun, drinks were spectacular

  22. NT

    NicoleT

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Our waitress was fantastic and the food was great. The food came out in a timely manner. We were seated on the patio which was ok but the music was so loud it was very hard to have a normal conversation and it was just a Wednesday early evening. I might expect that for a Friday or Saturday late night party atmosphere. I would definitely eat there again for the food. Maybe inside is a little quieter.

  23. C

    Ciaobabie

    Phoenix

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I like this place. It’s menu is unique and the drinks are good. Most importantly It is right near everything! The servers are very nice and efficient, Convenient for meals before or after Suns, DBacks, theater, etc!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had lunch there twice and both times were great. Can’t wait to go back for dinner. Definitely going back for dinner next. Lots different dinner options I want to try. Yum! Loved the Smoked Birria!

  25. CZ

    CarolZ

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had four adults and two children in our party and everyone’s food was delicious! Our server Vince was outstanding as well and gave us excellent recommendations.

  26. JD

    JosetteD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was phenomenal and our waitress was great! The carne asada fries were SO good. I’ll definitely be back to try something new!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4

    service was slow, food was okay:( drinks were yummy!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Drinks took a second to come out

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Food was really good, service was not so good. Drinks took forever, ice melted by time they got to table, they ran out of glasses for specific drinks. Our order was mixed up and took a long time to come out. They did comp one entree, which was nice.

  30. VL

    VLK400

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super friendly people awesome food and drinks! Amazing vibes as well

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had such an amazing time. The tomahawk was amazing !!!

  32. RO

    RickO

    Tucson

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    The place is popping and the servers are super nice. Excellent place to hangout with friends and daydrink.

  33. AS

    AnaSori

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience5

    Very very bad service unfortunately. We were seated at exactly the time of our reservation which was great but a server didn’t come to our table for at least 15 minutes. And then on top of that when our appetizers finally appears 30 mins after ordering them, we still didn’t have any silverware or napkins or plates to eat with. The server dropped everything off and ran away before we could ask for anything. Our drinks were always empty. We celebrated a birthday and I just feel bad because we had such horrible service.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    Besides them being understaffed and having to wait 20 to 30 minutes for a drink. Ambiance great, drinks great and food great just the wait time sucked

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4

    Service was SO slow. We had a 545 reservation, had to leave by 730. Ordered food around 640-645 and it took too long to show up so we had to leave.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Good Mexican food. Had lunch there. Looking forward to going back for dinner soon.

  37. AG

    AngelG

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Limited menu but good, don’t really have anything good or negative to say, just stopped by while in town. The wait time for the food was longer than usual compared to any restaurant I’ve been to but they more than made up for it

  38. s

    socasa

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic food and service! I will definitely be coming back soon.

  39. LB

    LarryB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1

    We didn't eat...Service really slow for not having a bunch of people in the resturant. We had cocktails before dinner outside...unfortunately, it became a smokers den right next to the outside tables and was pretty disgusting...lost our appetites and left.

  40. SW

    SarahW

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Chico Malo was surprisingly delicious. Our server Dominque hooked us up with all the best dishes and deals! The dorados and elote were 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 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 4.5 stars by 1022 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 43 times today
Google Map for Chico Malo

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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