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Chico Malo - Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

Chico Malo - Phoenix

4.7
4.7
1747 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

9:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 : (602) 603-9363
  • 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

What 1,747 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Mexican

  • Phoenix

    Good for groups

  • Phoenix

    Hot spot

1,747 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience from the host, the waiter, the food and the ambience. Would highly recommend!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a cute vibe with great food and drinks. Loved the espresso martini and their guac was fabulous! Our server was great as well! We will definitely be back when we’re in the area for an event downtown.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Chico Malo has a potential to become a great experience, but my personal rule when it comes to restaurants or trucks. If the place is not full on a slow day, then it’s not worth the hype. First time visit is always great, but not for a second or for a big event. Food is over smoked, tortillas were hard and dry. These “authentic” values in the flavors didn’t justify the price.

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  4. BeeRita

    Tucson

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite spots to eat pre-concerts at the Arizona Financial Theatre. Service is always great and quick, food choices and quality is excellent.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Not the best experience but not the worst. We sat for awhile before being greeted by a server. Once greeted, our server apologized and was very kind. Waters weren’t brought while we waited for drinks which had taken awhile to be delivered and the appetizer came out at the same time as our entrees. One of the entrees were requested to be dairy free and came out with cheese on it. Our server, again very kind, offered to remake it but we didn’t have time to wait for a whole new dish to be made. Like I said it wasn’t the worst experience but we definitely left wishing we had chosen a different restaurant for the evening.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good and service were amazing! Loved the vibe, will def be back!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Went to Brunch on Mother's day. Food was great. I got the Torta, my wife got the Enchiladas, and my daughter got the Carne Asada Fries. Torta was mind blowing. Enchiladas were really good. Fries were good too but could have come with more Carne Asada. Only real knock on the place is the music is LOUD. But the value was great. Even with a Mimosa and three meals off the brunch menu, we left spending under $100 for three people even after tip.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall the food is excellent, but the restaurant needs to work on the host staff, which just assumes whichever table they throw your menus at is fine without asking and then walks away. Food was excellent, but timing of courses needs work. Our server Jordan was very attentive and did a great job.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s ok! Nothing super special. One of us had a hair in our food and they still charged for the plate. They did bring a new one, but I think when something like that happens, they should comp that meal. Too pricy for what you get.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. delpy

    New York City

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and the vibe of the place was great! Love the ambience of downtown Phoenix with outdoor seating in a perfect weather. The Margarita we got made me or order another one will definitely come back for the food and experience.

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  11. KathleenB

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, food and drinks as always! We plan to return!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was so helpful and personable. The food wait was awesome, which was very surprising because the place was full.

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  13. KushB

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience. Music, ambience, and service was superb!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and excellent atmosphere! We are so glad we found Chico Malo!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The wait staff was subpar. The place was probably 2/3 full, but bartender didn’t wait on us for 15 minutes. Same with waiter at table. I had to get the manager who final got our food and drinks taken care.
    Chico Malo - PhoenixResponded on May 8, 2024
    Hello, We're disheartened to hear about your experience with our service. Please accept our sincere apologies as this does not reflect our standard. Guest satisfaction is paramount to us, and we're committed to providing attentive and exceptional service. Your feedback is valuable, and we'll address this internally to ensure improvements. We hope for the chance to make it right during your next visit. Warm regards, Giovann

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, drinks and atmosphere at Chico Malo was outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant if you are looking for upscale Mexican food in the Downtown Phoenix Area!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was awesome - food excellent- will be back!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice space in a good location but it felt very chain-like geared towards tourists. Particularly true of drinks which were very weak (but expensive) and our server indicated that was how they were and it seemed like they were probably premade. Not a bad option as food was decent just keep expectations modest.
    Chico Malo - PhoenixResponded on May 8, 2024
    Hello, Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We're glad you appreciated our location and space. Regarding your feedback on our drinks, we want to assure you that our cocktails are made in-house from scratch with quality ingredients. While we adhere to legal alcohol portions, we understand preferences may vary. We strive for balanced cocktails and offer options for those seeking a stronger taste. We appreciate your patronage and hope to welcome you back for an even better experience. Best regards, Giovann

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  19. JessL

    Phoenix

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great time at this place. The food is excellent and we really love the vibe.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here. Food was fantastic service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great staff, great ambiance, will return.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite Mexican restaurant in the valley, the food is exquisite, the pozole, the birria and the carne asada so good !!!!

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  23. WilliamG

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my girlfriend for bday dinner. They had a bday card for her. Drinks were good. Food & service was amazing. It was a perfect night. Thank you guys.

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  24. CearaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I started my birthday celebration here and let me say it was amazing my waiter was everything the food was amazing and the atmosphere was soooo cute!!!!! I’m from Illinois and when I come back to visit I will definitely be back!!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff was phenomenal and the drinks were great but my duck empanadas were salty. The elote just didn’t have the signature flavor I’m used to and had a crunch that felt wrong (like when something is in your food that shouldn’t be, but I could tell it was intentional because of the ingredients)… my birria… the meat was tender & good but a little heavy handed on the smoke to where it was a little overpowering. The flour tortillas were a little tough and not quite transparent but they were thin… they could be really great if they change out the tortillas and aren’t as heavy handed with certain things. Because the service was spectacular.
    Chico Malo - PhoenixResponded on April 19, 2024
    Hello, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your detailed feedback. We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed the service and drinks provided by our team. However, we're disappointed to learn that your dining experience fell short of expectations in terms of the food quality. We appreciate your constructive suggestions for improvement, particularly regarding the tortillas and the balance of flavors in certain dishes. Rest assured, we're committed to continuously refining our offerings to provide the best possible dining experience for our guests. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon and showcase the improvements we've made based on your feedback. Warm regards, General Manager Giovann

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  26. Peter

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent restaurant for any occasion. Food was delicious and Kody was a phenomenal server. We’ll be back no doubt.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Four different dinners + drinks for four of us. All outstanding. Comfortable and room table and benches for 2. Server was first rate. No complaints and love having this place downtown where it is. Our fourth visit. Food might have been a little high priced and drinks were excellent but outrageously high priced. And I can say that about any fine dining place in town. Our only complaint was noise volume thanks to music and other customers. Though that gave a good downtown vibe, it made conversation difficult.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was absolutely delicious, I was blown away. The elote is a must get!!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bets placed downtown. Chico Malo is great to go to any time of day.

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  30. RichardG

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was excellent. Ambience was trendy for downtown.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall it was good. I was very excited to try it, but after the service that we experienced I was very disappointed. The food was great and the atmosphere, but the waitress that served us the food seemed like she did not want to be there at all. My husband also got split on and they didn’t recompense through a drink or the sauce that was poured on him. I would give this place a 6/10.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    E. Tennessee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Menu seems limited but overall atmosphere is fantastic.
    Chico Malo - PhoenixResponded on April 9, 2024
    Hello, Thank you for sharing your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you found our menu limited. Your input is valuable to us, and we'd love to learn more about which specific areas you felt were lacking variety. We strive to offer a diverse range of options to cater to various tastes, and your insights help us identify areas for improvement. Warm regards, Giovann

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  33. AnthonyS

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    One of the best upscale Mexican food restaurants we have been to in the valley. We will definitely return! All the food we beautifully plated, fresh and tasty.

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  34. MelissaW

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the vibe! Great place to eat! My family of 5 went before a Sunday Suns game!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    i never thought i would like mexican food in a restaurant, yesterday went out with my girl to meet her mother and we went there. mind changing, the food was amazing, service out standing. i will go back and eat there for sure

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  36. BiancaF

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Half of us didn’t like or touch our food told the waiter and he didn’t offer to switch it or fix it

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for my birthday dinner, we had a big group of 16 and the waiter was awesome! He made sure to take really good care of us and made sure we always had refills. Food was delicious and the drinks were fantastic. Overall great experience, would recommend 100%.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing food and incredible service. I'll definitely be back again and always recommend this place to friends and family.

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  39. VICTORV

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Muy regular la comida y mucho ruido a mi parecer Xxxx xxxxxxxxxx

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  40. JasonK

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    First ones in the door at 11AM for brunch, did not get our food until 11:40. Food had to be sent back because kitchen did not respect request to hold dairy (sour cream all over the top of the chiliquelles). By the time we got our food it was good; but nothing was done to accommodate ridiculous wait time.

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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 4.7 stars by 1747 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 : (602) 603-9363
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