Mal Pan

4.7
129 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 129 people are saying
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JylE
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional and original food. Homemade family sauces that are delicious. Attentive and nice wait staff. Best margarita I’ve had in a long time. It’s our new favorite place!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mal Pan never disappoints. Never. Ever. Best restaurant in Charlotte hands down!!!! Got the shrimp burrito to change things up for once (always get the Cali burrito), and it was incredible. OG marg is my favorite. Great service per usual.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday on Christmas Eve with my family & everything was really good! Server & staff were awesome & accommodating! Definitely will be back!

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DerekD
New England
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great spot with eclectic Mexican menu; we will be back!

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AllisonS
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Brunch on a rainy Sunday morning but the food and service was great.

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LinaP
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La comida típica mexicana deliciosa, el ambiente muy chevere, la mesera que me atendió fue excelente, el restaurante muy bonito la decoracion.👍👍👍👍👍👍

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KIMBERLYP
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was AMAZING! The food, the drinks, the ambiance and the service! Our server was the best. She gave us some great suggestions on what to order. I will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was great and so was the food.

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vipDreamingOfNobu
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Been to Mal Pan before and was a fan. But last night only two staff members were wearing masks. Yes, I’m tired of masks, too. But there is an active mask mandate in this county and I was really disappointed this establishment chose to “exempt” itself. I probably won’t go back as a result. We all need to do our part so we really have no need for masks at some point in the future.

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vipShellyH
Louisville
70 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in. Our server, Chris, was excellent! He suggested adding the steak in the cheese enchiladas and they were delicious. Great beer selection too. We will be back soon. Happy Holidays

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AllanP
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place, good food. Small menu but good options

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and excellent food

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vipRoysterW
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Does not disappoint -- meal after meal. Mal Pan does Mexican with such authenticity -- unlike anything you can find in Charlotte

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TessM
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

They seem to be trying hard here and the results are good overall. A minimal menu gives the kitchen a chance to focus on doing those dishes well. Shrimp taco and grilled chicken taco were both very good and very large.

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MarcyN
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Food was not good and the tap water had a funny taste to it as well. Also the outdoor seating is enclosed under plastic so if you’re looking for Covid safe outdoor seating it doesn’t really help with that.

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MalloryW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambience. Will definitely be going back!

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BrettP
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Awesome place for all occasions.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We sat outside. It was a little too cold for the group to enjoy. Food was good. Service was great.

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JamieM
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The service was very good, and the food was great. My only issue is that most of the staff, including our server, was not wearing a mask. I am not P.O. worried about this, but it bothers me that they are essentially ignoring the mask mandate that is still, unfortunately, in place.

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vipPatrickM
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Was too cold outside (even though it was partially enclosed) and they sat a group of 8 after we ordered that blocked the heater
The enclosed was so cold that our food became cold before we could get halfway through it-
The bottle of water they used for the table had an ammonia taste to it - as did the glasses
Don't know if I would return - the food might have tasted better if the enclosure was better-equipped w a better temp or more even heater as whatever heat we got was on our legs only
The server was very courteous and pleasant - the best part of the evening

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FrequentDiner
Charlotte
38 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mal Pan always delivers! Delicious chips, guac and salsa. Sweet potato taco was excellent, as was the service.

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vipKathy
Raleigh
89 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Highly recommend the sweet potato taco! The space is nice with a tented and heated outdoor space. Our service was very good and margaritas were delicious. The chicken enchiladas are a little different than what we’re used to so they weren’t our favorite.

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HollyC
Caribbean
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our First experience eating here and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of food and cocktails. Our waiter Chris was great at making recommendations and we really enjoyed our evening. Will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome drinks and food. Great atmosphere and service. Would recommend!

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HikeMomma
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was excellent. Fun atmosphere!

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vipFood4Fun
Western NC
13 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I said “wow” about 10x during the meal. My wife and I really enjoyed the food and the vibe was cool. I had the surf and turf burrito and my wife had the fajitas. It was huge! We loved it! We will be back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great portions, delicious food. We’ll be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Came here for dinner with a gf & I really wanted to like this place, but IMO the food was sub par. Maybe I picked the wrong items, but the food really didn’t WOW me. Started off w/the chips salsa & guacamole as an appetizer. Me personally, I disliked that we couldn’t customize anything with our guacamole because it’s already pre-made. I don’t want to sound like 1 of those obnoxious patrons but if I’m paying $10 can a girl at least get guacamole the way she wants it?

Ordered the 2 tacos for my main entree, had 1 chicken & 1 carnitas. My least favorite of the 2 was the chicken, idk it just lacked depth and flavor. The other thing that irritated me was that my tacos started to fall apart after 2-3 bites. My friend on the other hand ordered the shrimp enchiladas and shockingly her dish was really good. I had a bite and was surprised at how delish it was. The service and ambiance were great but not enough for me to return for mediocre food when Charlotte is filled with other great Mexican/Tex mex options.

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Mollyt
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, fantastic food, great service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place! Always friendly and always delicious! Delicious and beautiful Mexican food. Thanks so much for your service Nicole.

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Love2eatout
Charlotte
28 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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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is delicious. Several vegetarian options.

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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
5 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 !

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 129 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.