Malabar Spanish Cuisine

4.6
959 reviews
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Welcome to Malabar, Charlotte's home for authentic regional Spanish cuisine. Choose from one of our many delicious tapas dishes or the made to order Paella. While dining in our restaurant enjoy our signature Sangria and the scenery of uptown Charlotte.
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Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanks to the prompt, courteous service, the warm, welcoming decor, and the delicious, incredibly well-priced food, we will gladly be back to visit Malabar soon, and will definitely recommend them to our friends!

AA
Charlotte
14 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This will be a repeat dining destination for us for sure! The food was prepared wonderfully and ready quite timely. Loved the Chorizo Riojas, and mango shrimp spinach salad. The pitcher of Red Sangria was fantastic.

OT
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal at Malabar!

OT
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything tasted so fresh & just delicious. Excellent service!

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience, great food and service. Recommend the grilled octopus and paella!!

J
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Hard back seats are a little uncomfortable my only issue.

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here twice before. This occasion a date with my girlfriend. The food is always so flavorful and delicious. It’s always a great choice!

FF
London
43 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place in CLT for tapas. Extremely efficient and effective staff. Food is outstanding.

WB
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Exceptional experience at Malabar with my son. We both had Queens Feast plus shared 2 items from the Tapas menu; great!

OT
Charlotte
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

ordered calamari for an app. It appeared and tasted like a pre made commercially prepared food. It was very heavily breaded and just rings. Did not taste as if prepared from scratch. Had paella for 2 and the order in comparison to other Spanish restaurants would be a portion for one person. Service and drinks were excellent. Because of location, would try again and order differently.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! We enjoyed being outside.

BH
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were meeting up for dinner and decided on Malabar. Since it was restaurant week, she ordered one of the specials. I ordered ala cart, starting with the tablas mixtas. Traditional Spanish meats and cheeses. I especially love manchego ❤️. The dish paired well with my wine and the delicious table bread. Our waiter was nice, too. We didn’t get any suggestions, so I just started ordering things that sounded good. I ordered a malbec (Chilean) with my first course then ordered some tapas. I will be back to share an order of the sangria pitcher ($20). Note: This is a traditional Spanish restaurant, so the dinner plates are small. I ordered the spinach and 2 croquetas. Although I planned to order at least another tapa, I was so full! Next time I would like to order the paella to share. They had a lot of dishes that I thought would be unusual to Spain, like ceviche and pasteles tres leches, but everything else did remind me of my trip to Barcelona. My friend had churros as a part of her dessert. She shared with me, and I ordered another a glass of wine. By now, the waiter had become very friendly with us and made sure I had a generous pour. Dessert was excellent. Both of us were very satisfied and plan to return FREQUENTLY.

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

As always a great experience. The tapas came out timely and we enjoyed great food and drinks. Only complaint is we are too much!

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Definitely we will back.

LP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this Restaurant! Small plates, great food, attentive staff

OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Location is normally a can’t miss dining experience when I visit Charlotte. Food was unusually overcooked and subpar this tome around.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious food!!!

LF
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got stuck in traffic and got there at 6:25 when our reservation was for 6:00, so we lost our table, but they were very accommodating and set us up on an outside table, it was a very pleasant evening and we didn't mind. The food was excellent, the drinks were yummy too. Great service, it was perfect. I can't wait to go back there again.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great authentic Spanish Tapas

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing and the service is always impeccable. Love it

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For lack of better words, the experience was effing amazing!. The service was top notch, and the food matched. It was a first time visit for my partner and I and we will one million percent be back! The entire staff took great care of us! Loved the vibe!

OT
Charlotte
48 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We ❤️ this restaurant! Our only complaint is on Fri & Sat they don’t serve paella until after 8pm. It’s a great dinner spot if you’re going to Blumenthal because it’s within walking distance.

t
Savannah
19 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a wonderful dining experience! Delicious food and exceptional service

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Experience was excellent. Sadly, however, the air conditioning was not working

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food served in small plates, great service and reasonably priced drinks!

JC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

70th Birthday party for a friend. Delicious dinner, lovely waiter and good value!

MS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting with great music playing. Churrasco was out of this world. Would definitely recommend Malabar to everyone.

LP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A absolute must restaurant in Charlotte. Food, service, owner, everything is superb

OT
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Malabar never disappoints! Whether visiting for date-night or bringing in visiting family, everything is always fabulous!!

KL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sebastian was wonderful! Perfect experience again!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 4

Excellent tapas. Outdoor dining. Nice wine selection.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was outstanding! Thank you!

OT
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

A bit pricey for what you get. Service was great, except we kept seeing the manager (or owner) come check on a table behind us and give them lots of attention. He never once came and asked us how things were or if we were having a good time; and the place wasn’t busy at all.

LM
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a hidden gem and does not get enough credit. The food is always fresh and tastes like it was made in my grandmother's kitchen. My husband and I love Spain and this restaurant is fairly authentic with simple not overly complicated Spanish dishes. Compared to other tapas restaurants in the area, the value for the food is great. They also have a delicious white sangria.

RM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My girlfriend and I showed up late to our reservation and by luck we were able to sit outside by ourselves and get away from the busyness of the restaurant. These were some of the best plates that I have ever had including the best lamb chop that I have ever put in my mouth, I will literally never forget the taste on that lamp chop. Malabar, at this point in my life, the value, quality and the service this was one of the better restaurants I have ever been to

i
Charlotte
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent
Great place for tapas

d
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a nice table outside on perfect evening. Service was very responsive and food is excellent.

AF
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, and service. The shrimp were outstanding, skirt steak with chimichuri and potatoes were excellent. Great Albarino wine to go with it all!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service but the loud people at the bar were annoying.

DH
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food - ate outside - great service
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