Chico Malo

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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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ChicagoEater
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I went to Chico Malo on a Saturday evening and was seated right away (I did have reservations). The food was good to very good. The Chili Colorado and Elote were both very good. The Carne Asada was ok. The service was not great -- we were never asked if we wanted another drink and it took quite a while to get our check. We ended up going to another place for drinks. I would recommend Chico Malo because it's in a nice bustling area of downtown on the weekend and nice to walk around and see other places as well.

Chico Malo
Responded on March 10, 2020

Hi ChicagoEater. Thank you for choosing Chico Malo for dinner. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed the Colorado and Elote. They're two of our more popular dishes. Could you go into more detail about the Asada? What would you have liked changed? I want to apologize for the long time for the lapse in service. We want all guests to feel taken care of - and it sounds like weren't able to accomplish that. We do hope you visit us again for a proper Chico Malo experience. Thor Nguyen GM

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We were in town for a Getaway. Decided to Jews to this place for dinner. We sat for 15 minutes before anyone acknowledged our presence. We ordered our dinner and my fiancé decided we he wanted a coke afterwards. That literally took 8 minutes to get to our table. The restaurant wasn’t even full. On top of everything, they didn’t even have us down for showing up for our reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, we chose what the server recommended and it did not disappoint. Shrimp ceviche for an app and duck breast as the main!

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Willywill
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s great love the seats outside , you get a good view of downtown

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Phxdengirl
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place! Friendly staff, great service and good food. It is different from other Mexican food, for example the quesadilla was more like street tacos, but delicious none the less. The servings are small, but very satisfying. Guacamole is to die for - fresh, homemade, goodness!

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DoreenZ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious! 2nd round of bar drinks took too long to be delivered, we were practically done with our entrees when they finally arrived.

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vipNolagirl
Dallas
137 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot in downtown Phoenix. Red Sangria was fantastic and went so well with the elote, guacamole and the duck! Duck had flavor that was perfect. Server Lauren very attentive with great suggestions. Very lively on a Tuesday night

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AMC1025
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Initial service was fine while taking order. The server was missing for most of the time. Several times we needed refills, she seemed to look over us. We asked for a coffee refill as our coffee was cold originally and she charged us for the Second cup. The food was great. We had breakfast and appetizers. The place has a cool vibe and seems like a fun place to go with friends. I would try it again just hope for better service. The food was worth it.

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PhoenixBRS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a long time since a dinner out went so well. Crowd was very good, service was terrific and the food was even better.
Will be back - SOON

JM
JessM
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing, very kind, friendly, she knew the menu very well and actually upsold every meal and drink!

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GoodCook
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to grab a drink, snack or full meal. The bar is great and the wait staff was awesome!

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BenK
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noise was OK on the patio. Too loud indoors. Food and service were good.

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HeidiH
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing as were the margaritas. Service was a touch slow but I would definitely go back

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Food was okay. Service was slow, although our waiter was awesome. Took 20 minutes to get drinks from the bar.

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SheeraT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Dinner with my husband prior to the Bill Maher show. We had 6:30 reservations arrived around 6:43 due to busy garage and no parking. Tried to contact the restaurant multiple times but the phone call never went through as the reservation wasn’t accepting calls. Sat after 7:10 and I had asked the host if we would have enough time to eat prior to the show he assured me yes. We didn’t get our food until after 7:30pm but ate quickly. Pazole was cold, quesadilla was yummy and the mAnager and server were great in trying to accommodate my dietary restrictions and making my meal good. All in all the salsa was delicious and my husband liked his margarita, the food is sub par.

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VisitorfromRI
New England
42 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

To start with the positive, our server was very good as was our arrival and on time seating.we ordered an appetizer and salad to split which also worked. My husband had ordered a red, wine but discovered it did not go with the salad and wanted a white. That took 15 minutes to get. As we sat there not eating our salad we watched a lady try to deliver drinks, she NEVER got them to the right table. It was just crazy, then we watched drinks being delivered that were wrong. We finally received a simple glass of white wine and finished our salad. Both salad and appetizers were good. Then they delivered our meal. Both were cold. I must say my fish was good, but room temperature, I think that it sat for 20 minutes in the kitchen while we finally our salad. My husbands steak was cold, but the worse part was it was like shoe leather. It was so tough and grizzly he had trouble cutting and eating it, the table next to us had the same and had the same problem with the steak.
Now to be totally honest, the comped the entire meal and gave us a gift card, so they did the right thing, but.... I would rather pay
Full price and have them get it right. I hope to be able to update with a more positive outcome in the future.

Chico Malo
Responded on February 28, 2020

Again - I want to apologize for your experience with us. Please let me know when you're back in town so we can make it a proper Chico Malo evening. Look forward to seeing soon. Thor Nguyen General Manager

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vipScottA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Service was terrible, didnt get entire meal for the 4 of us. They did comp the meal but thats not what we came for. We came for a good meal and got nothing close to it.

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vipMasatoTanaka
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect everytime

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Sebastian
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Guacamole was ok - 3 stars
Quesadilla - Zero stars. Would go negative if I could.
Chili Colorado excellent - 5 stars - “literally a million times better” than quesadilla
Beer - ice cold - 5 stars.
Service was ok, just slow.
Won’t go back - not worth it.

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spernastic
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such great food... all such good quality and well prepared. Creative twist of Mexican food while keeping intact authentic features. Will be back and totally recommend.

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vipShera
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We started with the guacamole and it was some of the best we’ve ever eaten. Having almost filled up on that we decided to share a quesadilla with chicken. Great flor. The tortilla is made from blue corn and filled with a mixture of veggies. The chicken had great flavor. The house margarita is excellent. We’ll definitely return

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vipRedchile
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A consistently good dining experience.
Food, service, drinks never disappoint!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Slow to get our dinner. Food was good but would have liked more sauce. The churro bread pudding was delicious. Good cocktails.

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ChrisM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Had their pork, which they won awards for. Very unique presentation and it lived up to the billing. We will go back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great service and awesome food. Our server made excellent recommendations too:) The only negative was that our table was close to the bar and people were standing in the isle right next to our table...but it was for a short time as they waited for their table

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always soooooo Good!!

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spiritsandmortar
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Knowledge staff. Creative food and a wide selection of tequilas and Mezcals.

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Sarah
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food & downtown abiance

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had dinner here for Valentines Day before the concert. Everything was wonderful. The hostess greeted us and seated us quickly. The server, Gabby was very attentive and accommodating. She even made arrangements to get an orange when the kitchen had run out.
The food was very appetizing. I had the halibut and my date had the Colorado chili (I think that is the name of it). But both dishes were excellent.

The service was awesome. The attention to detail was equally as awesome. For the special day they even served a complimentary heart shaped churro. That was a very nice detail that was the perfect sweet bite to end the meal when I wanted dessert but had no room for it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome customer service.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and knowledgeable service, beautiful food that was even more delicious and great cocktails. Will be coming back.

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Thenickname
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice food nice staff but the order was definitely taking longer than we expected.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. If you are in town. Is a must go place. It’s worth it.

MP
MarceeP
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a fun atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and restaurant were great!

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TerriB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This was our first time at Chico Malo. Overall the food, drink, and general ambiance were great. But we had a hard time finding the place because the map showed the restaurant facing Jefferson (50 West Jefferson) but the restaurant is actually a half block down Central Ave. Some advice on how to find the place would have been very welcome.

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Almost
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

The food was good but the service wasn't so great. Waiters had a communication error of who was taking our table. The waiter who finally came over was nice but possible had too many tables to service. Long wait times. With the amount of restaurants downtown and surround areas I wouldn't go back here. It seemed like a club/restaurant in the bar area.

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RandyK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Service was horrible
Hostess was rude and extremely unfriendly
Asked for another tortilla the server was just angry and to be honest it was uncomfortable it was clear that the employees seemed angry
I wouldn’t recommend any one to this restaurant
Maybe in the future your employees should be careful as to who they choose to be rude too

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and drinks even better!!! Will deff be back

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Chico Malo offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 603-9363.

Chico Malo is rated 4.4 stars by 420 OpenTable diners.

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