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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.

214 N Tryon Street, Suite 3
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Spanish

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
N Tryon & 5th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(704) 344-8878

Website:
http://www.conterestaurantgroup.com/

Catering:
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.

Parking Details:
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.

Public Transit:
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

Additional:
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

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Tapas (28)
Authentic (19)
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Pre/post Theatre (14)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Fun (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Notable Wine List (8)
Business Meals (7)
Casual (7)
Good for Groups (7)
People Watching (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Healthy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Seasonal (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Spicy (1)
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 (Charleston)·Dined 3 days ago

Este restaurante es muy bueno tienen mucho tipos de tapas realmente deliciosas .muy romántico , agradable el ambiente .

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Girls night out!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Delicious, but pricey even for tapas. Tiny plates, but everything tasted great.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great selection of small plates. Serving sizes were larger than expected.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The tapas were very good as was the wine. The churros were drenched in grease. Could not taste the churro for the grease.

Tags: Tapas, Cozy, Business Meals, Authentic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Excellent service, laid back setting. Diverse menu. I recommend the Pulpo (grilled octopus), I look forward to going back to try the Paella

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Even with the reservation still had to wait 20 minutes for our table. Otherwise fantastic tapas.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The place was busy with the after-work crowd when we got there, but we were seated quickly even though we were 15 minutes early. The food was good, the best was a special, goat cheese stuffed date wrapped in bacon. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great food and moderately-priced wine list make this an easy choice to return to often!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Ate dinner here on a Saturday night and there were no empty tables. Friendly and attentive service. The food was very good, authentic Spanish tapas. This was our second visit to Malabar and we will be back again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 4, 2017

First time there - enjoyed the energy, our responsive wait staff and the fun of ordering small plates and sharing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Manchester)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good place!

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We went to Malabar before attending a show at Spirit Square. The food, service, and location were great. Our reservation was for 4 people, but we had one more person ask to join us and there was no problem. Malabar was very accommodating. We will be back!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We'd eaten at Malabar before but on our most recent occasion the menu had been changed -- for the better. Service was very fast, very attentive and the food was excellent! Everything was really well done and staff was very attentive.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Tapas, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Austin)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Such a lovely place and ambiance in the Malabar! The food was exquisite and the Sangria was to die for! Thank you

Tags: Tapas, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent Spanish cuisine with some of the best tapas and paella around! The wait staff are friendly and very attentive. One of our favorite Charlotte restaurants!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

This was my first experience eating Spanish cuisine. I had two business associates with me that were from Spain. They spoke well of the food. I really enjoyed the food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 7, 2017

The Paella Royal and Churros con chocolate were excellent!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fun, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Malabar never disappoints! We were there just before the crowd showed up so our service was super fast and the food was delicious as always. Got in and got out before our show at the Blumenthal (which is literally steps away).

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Food was exceptional as always.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 19, 2017

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.

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food and the service were incredible as always. There are very few restaurants like this one in charlotte

Tags: Business Meals, People Watching, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Tapas
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Surprisingly good Spanish food with great vegetarian and vegan options. The vegetable paella (vegan) was as good as any I have ever had. Good Spanish wine choices also.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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·Dined on September 14, 2017

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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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Every bite exceptional. White sangria was great. Just great!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 9, 2017

I would give this a 3.5. The chicken empanadas were good but everything else was subpar.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Had a wonderful experience, the food was wonderful and the white sangria, had to have two.

Tags: Authentic, Tapas, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Wonderful service. Wait staff were attentive and super friendly. Would definitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 25, 2017

This gives my friend and I a great place to eat. She's a Vegan and I'm a meater! We always find really nice things to eat.

Tags: Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 19, 2017

My wife and I sent to Malabar for an early dinner. I work very close to the restaurant and I wanted to try it out. I am very glad I did. The food was very good. We ordered 4 tapas which was the right amount of food, dessert and coffee. The ravioli and salmon carpaccio were our favorites. I recommend Malabar.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Romantic, Casual, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Had a great time here! My fiancé and I met here after work for a dinner date. The empanadas are very good, and sangria was very refreshing after a long day at work. We had the paella which was good, and in the tradition, was a lot of food. I would definitely recommend coming here.

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great place and location!!
Paella was well done, the sangria was regreshing 😁
Recommend for a date night

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Casual, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, People Watching, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Authentic Spanish Tapas restaurant with wonderful food and service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on August 9, 2017

This is our second visit to this restaurant. The tapas are excellent. There is a good selection. The service is excellent and attentive. Their wine list has good reasonably priced selections.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Tapas, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Food was sub-par. All their dishes where over fried and calamari was clearly frozen type.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Very kind of the server to have neighboring restaurant supplement our drink orders when Malabar didn't have what was requested.

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