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About Malabar Spanish Cuisine
Welcome to Malabar, Charlotte's new 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.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
N Tryon & 5th
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Malabar offers off-site catering. Let us bring our delicious regional Spanish cuisine to your next meeting or special event. Please contact the restaurant for more information.
Malabar patrons can park in the Hearst Tower parking deck, entrances are located on 5th and 6th streets in between College & Tryon. We offer two hours free parking validation M-F before 5pm, after 5pm; on weekends parking is free with Malabar validation.
You can use the LYNX Light Rail Blue Line and get off on the CTC/Arena station and walk towards 5th street. Walk west on 5th, one block, to the Hearst Tower located on the corner of 5th and College.
Private Party Facilities:
Malabar can be reserved for private events for parties of 25-50 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Mikel Leka: (704) 344-8878
Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, View, Wine
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Malabar Spanish Cuisine Ratings and Reviews
Everything -- just SO good. Our waiter, Alberto: always friendly, helpful, outstanding. The food: unique, and perfect -- every time. The place: smallish, close quarters. A European feel. Not the place to go if you want to have a very private conversation or if you don't want to overhear what they're saying at the next table. Good looking bar. Great outdoor tables (though the weather had us inside). Malabar is a favorite!
We arrived for our 6:30 pm Friday reservation on time, and were told (after waiting 5-10 minutes for the host) that our table would be ready in approximately 20 minutes (diners would be leaving soon). The restaurant was completely full. After waiting 20 minutes, again found the host, and learned that we were actually 3rd in line for the next table. Unbelievable! No management of the situation whatsoever by the staff. Will never return to Malabar, and will certainly not recommend to friends.
When we walked it they told us we would immediately need to sit down and know what we wanted to order because they closed at 10:30 and our reservation was at 9:15, the time we arrived. It was my friend's birthday and the waiter made her a drink that was much too strong and seemed angry that we were there the whole time. So rude.
We took my mother-in-law there while she was in town. Her grandparents were Spanish so we thought she would enjoy the experience. It was great to be able to try many small plates and we liked 90% of what we tried. Service was very good. Setting is intimate due to small size of dining room but still a lively, active place. We really liked it!
My "date" for the evening was my 10 year-old granddaughter with whom I was attending a ballet at the nearby Belk Theatre. The clearly marked gluten-free options and the option of tapas allowed us to select a variety of foods we could share. While I enjoyed a lovely Spanish Malbec, she sipped a cranberry juice cocktail. We began with a selection of olives, then shrimp with garlic, eggs baked over scalloped potatoes, and chicken skewers with vegetables. The wait staff treated her with kindness and respect. Our waiter made several excellent recommendations including the home-made strawberry gelato that brought the happiest smile to her face. She felt so grown up and this grandfather was most appreciative.
Food was good and drink was good, so was service. However didn't like the fact that the restaurant still charge for my wife's drink which had bug in it. Although the restaurant provide new drink but still as courtesy they shud have not charged for the drink. Overtake it was ok experience.
We've been here multiple times and always love it. Never had a bad meal and tried numerous things on the menu. The Paella is excellent and the traditional tapas like croquettes and patatas bravas are also wonderful. A good selection of meats, cheeses and wine makes it a must if you are in Charlotte.
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