Mal Pan

4.7
96 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Taqueria Mal Pan is a modern Mexican experience. Our chef-driven menu is a combination of both the modern and classic Mexican kitchen. You’ll experience a menu with inspiration from Baja to Yucatan and everywhere in between. In step with the theme of our kitchen, the beverage program at Mal Pan is also inspired by the old and the new. Our back bar is filled with a curated list of artisan spirits from the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. All of our craft cocktails are concocted with housemade syrups, fresh squeezed juices, shrubs, bitters and instagram worthy garnishes

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
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 96 people are saying
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Love2eatout
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST mexican style food you will find anywhere with excellent and friendly service.

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patricia
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

There were 6 of us. Some got the burrito en al cazuela, others got the sweet potato taco with a side. I got the esquires as my side. We all agreed it was a delicious meal.
We then got the 3 leches dessert and all shared bites of it. Fresh food and delicious flavorings! 5 star recommendation

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LauraB
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I’ve always had a good experience here until last night. We had to wait 20 minutes for our reserved table. While it wasn’t necessarily their fault that people weren’t leaving, their handling of it was awful. They ignored us then finally offered us to sit in a couple of chairs outside to wait and order a drink. They never returned to get our drink order. We eventually were seated, and it took another 10 minutes for anyone to provide service. Very disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience, food and service at Mal Pan are excellent. Their staff is very welcoming and helped us with our orders. Great place to relax and enjoy good food and a drink or two 😁 . The menu has a good variety to choose from. Would definitely recommend their jalapeño crema sauce 🔥.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Great food. California burrito was amazing

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

food is not good. queso is chunky and fried shrimp is very fatty

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service.. nice location !

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SteveM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at the restaurant. We sat outside and enjoy their food. The drinks were tasty. However the OG margarita was less than tasty but it was still a good experience overall.

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LisaR
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner at Mal Pan. The food was delicious! Our waitress, Bree was awesome!

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ChristineB
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent waitress. Food was great! Would definitely go back.

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AlyssaC
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Blown away by the food and service, we can’t wait to go back!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Will return soon!

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EricL
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very nice dinner- warm and friendly staff. Food was very good. Shrimp Enchilada and fresh chips and Queso.

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vipShelly
Charlotte
37 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very tasty San Diego style tacos. Big servings, one was ample for one person!

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vipLmayer511
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fresh! The California burrito was amazing. Great location and people watching.

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travelmuse
Charlotte
35 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Tommy Margaritas were perfect -- not too sweet. Guacamole, chips, and salsa are house-made and delish. Portobello mushroom quesadillas had a strong taste of wine, this time, and were served on paper, which got wet and melded into the food. Esquites (street corn) was very tasty. So were the shrimp enchiladas, roasted chicken tacos, and jicama slaw. Sweet potato tacos were less popular. Service was great. Outside seating was quiet and comfortable.

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vipCandiKnez
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

So good! Would recommend for families or fun night out!

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Hazel417
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is so fresh and delicious! And the service is truly top notch!! We love sitting out on the patio. One of the guys rushed over to correct our wobbly table and our server is the nicest person and provided fantastic service!! Will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Savannah
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great as usual!

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CaseyA
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Mal Pan brunch was excellent. We sat on the patio and enjoyed some very unique dishes that were all very, very good. The brunch itself was moderately priced. We particularly enjoyed the blue corn pancakes, the Pezole Tacos, and the California breakfast burrito.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is quite simply the best Mexican food in Charlotte. If you like Rick Bayless, perhaps the best Mexican chef in America, you will love Mal Pan. Many of the dishes taste like they were plucked from Rick’s restaurants. Nothing is taken for granted. Everything is made from scratch. You can tell a lot about a Mexican place by its salsa and Mal Pan’s is best in town. If you like the hot fruitiness of roasted habaneros, be sure to ask for some xnipec. It’s crazy hot but amazing. Even the jicama slaw is terrific. The pibil and steak tacos are best. Oh and the vegetarian tacos are really good. The fried shrimp tacos are rather heavy and the chicken taco’s are unimaginative. But everything else is very good. Even the kale salad! The margaritas are awesome. Try the brunch! And the $5 bloodies. Parking is very easy.

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vipBillC
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pleasantly surprised. Food was absolutely delicious and fresh. Even something as simple as the chips and guac were so good and fresh. The outdoor patio seating was great! We will definitely be back.

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Ovspd
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really had a nice experience at Mal Pan, from the friendly and immediate greeting, immediate seating, to the excellent service. The food was very well done with an upscale Mexican theme. The drink menu was plentiful and reasonable priced. The outdoor patio was perfect. Our server Bree, really made the evening with friendly and attentive service. She was really great, thank you Bree!!

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travelmuse
Charlotte
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a Tommy's margarita with fresh lime juice and agave. It was perfect -- not overly sweet. My friend enjoyed the refreshing Paloma. The guacamole and chips were very good. The salsa had a bit of a kick, which my friend really liked. The Portobello Quesadillas were great and the portion size was generous. My friend enjoyed the Surf and Turf Cali Burrito, and took half home. My Brasstown Beef Taco was a bit well done for my taste, but fresh and flavorful. The Street Corn was perfect. Our server attentive, pleasant, and professional -- as were the other members of the staff. Mal Pan is a great addition to SP.

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Boheme
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely spot with great service. We ordered cocktails, apps, and tacos and enjoyed it all. Highly recommend the duck taquitos! Bonus points for presentation too.

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vipJaneB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipBklyn
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good Mexican food for Charlotte we have been there several times with the option for outdoor seating. The sweet potato taco is really good, my husband likes the seafood enchilada he always ask to decrease the amount of enchilada sauce. The only downside I wish there was an option for spicy guacamole.

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doms
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and value for money. Simply the best Mexican food.

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kate
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was amazing. totally recommend going here. great atmosphere and i love the sweet potato taco.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love coming to dine here! Food is delicious and service is great always. Thanks Nicole!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, good service!

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vipCarolyn
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fresh and interesting menu. Service was quick and staff was friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great! Really love coming here. Thanks for great service Tyler!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. Always great service and wonderful food!

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ReeseM
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Mexican food in a very nice area of Charlotte.

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4jones
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was good, not great. Service was just so so.

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vipTosh
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chips an guac were good. I also had a pork pibil taco that was really good.

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WendyW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the duck taquitos, and fundido appetizers and great enchiladas and tacos!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Our favorite dish was the duck taquitos! The sauce it came with was to die for! The tacos are excellent too! Great portions with tons of delicious favors!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks here are amazing! I’ve been here several times and loved it every time. Brought a new friend tonight and she loved it too! Will definitely be back.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mal Pan using the Order Online button. Mal Pan also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 298-6138.

Mal Pan is rated 4.7 stars by 96 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.