Mal Pan

4.6
80 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 80 people are saying
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vipCandiKnez
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipHazel417
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
11 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
35 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
1 review
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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Tosh
Charlotte
12 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fun girls night out! So much delicious food to chose from. Everything is alway excellent! Tonight the queso with chorizo was a table favorite. It’s served with chips, red salsa, green salsa, and a scoop of delicious guacamole. All of their sauces are homemade. Someday I would love to order a plate of sauce samples to try them all. It’s quite a art form of sauce skills. We are a great time. Great service on a busy Tuesday night. Thanks for all your help and service to our table Blake! We will definitely be back!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy Father’s Day! What a perfect place to celebrate our fathers. This place has the best Mexican food in town! Incredible brunch! Most delicious specialty coffee!! And the service team is always excellent. Thanks Nicole, Andre, Blake and Chrissy! Our most favorite Sunday brunch ever!!

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AllisonH
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. She helped us decided what to try on the menu. What was spicy and not spicy is important. We tried the duck taquitos and I liked ok but my daughter loved them. The mole sauce on the duck was really good. My daughter got 2 tacos and I had and enchilada. All the meals were very good and presented so nicely. The tres Leche dessert was excellent. That was one of my favorite things !

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner !!! Staff was amazing as always !!!

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WarrenW
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

There was more ice in our margaritas than anything else. The tortillas fell apart when eating them ; probably because they were too thin.

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susank
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

It's so hard to believe that Mal Pan gets so many good reviews. We had a reservation but it took 10 minutes for anyone to greet us. It took another 15 minutes to get our cocktails and then another hour to get our food. Maybe they had an "off" night.
My husband couldn't even eat his chicken enchilada because they were cold and mushy.
The one good thing: delicious kale salad.
We won't be going back.
A little gesture of kindness or apology would have gone a long way. I get it...a server/bartender, etc. may not have shown up but wow...this was bad!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great brunch!! Love the atmosphere, food, and excellent service. Thanks Blake for a wonderful brunch experience.

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2DinersAndBaby
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, superb food, and fun atmosphere. The Cali surf and turf burrito was one of the best I’ve had and the cocktails are amazing as well. Will definitely be returning. Great option and added bonus of covered patio seating.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was fantastic! Food was okay just not great.

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viprandyl
Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

The food was average at best, not terrible but not very good for the money. The service was certainly adequate and everyone was super friendly, but probably will not be back.

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JoshT
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wanted a casual place for anniversary dinner and Mal Pan exceeded expectations. Cocktails were great, food presentation was wonderful and service was terrific

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ATaylor
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious. Staff was great!!!

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NatashaF
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very underrated amazing place!

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great good, great service, we enjoyed everything!

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LeslieG
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a party of 9 for my daughter’s 16th birthday. The food was excellent! Everyone loved what they ordered. The ambience was comfortable with indoor/outdoor seating. The adults enjoyed the cocktails as well.

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vipCarly
Charlotte
111 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surf and turf Cali burrito here is amazing. Cute atmosphere and happy service.

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 4.6 stars by 80 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.