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Malo

4.5
4.5
1141 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American
MALO is Des Moines’ destination for classic Mexican cuisine. From tacos, fajitas and enchiladas to burgers, salads and more, MALO offers all the dishes you love in a lively, energetic atmosphere.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 244-5000

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Derek Eidson

  • Private party contact

    Nick Bopes: (515) 244-5000

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Cross street

    9th St.

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available directly in front of MALO as well as on adjacent streets. Free parking is also available in the Wells Fargo garage at the southeast corner of 9th and Mulberry after 5pm and on weekends.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,141 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Outdoor Dining

  • Des Moines

    Good for Groups

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  1. J

    Jose

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food. Good service. Slightly noisey -- hard to talk sometimes.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience!
  3. M

    Makster

    Hong Kong

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    In general was good!
  4. KB

    KimB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food service wait staff was fantastic. The bar staff was incredibly slow. It took 15-20 minutes to get our drinks from the bar and all we ordered was 2 bottled beers and 2 draft beers. Even our food wait staff apologized for the very, very slow bar staff. Once our food was ordered, it came faster than our bar orders! Our food was amazingly delicious.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    I’ve visited Malo regularly with business clients and always had a great experience. This time we sat at the bar and were ignored by the non-busy bartender for 15 minutes: No greeting, no waters, no menus. After flagging down a different bartender, we were well served. We still left after a couple drinks without eating due to the initial experience.
  6. ST

    SteveT

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Went to try the Mahi-mahi tacos. Great portion size wished they had a Mango-Pineapple salsa .🤔
  7. MS

    MarieS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Entree combo# 8 was especially delicious. My street tacos were just ok, strange texture with the corn tortillas. Salsa ,guacamole, and margarita were very good. Will be back for summer on patio .
  8. A

    Adam

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Malo rarely disappoints. Tacos were great. Chipotle crema is unbeatable. Service was great.
  9. SR

    ScottR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great deal with 1/2 off margaritas on Wednesdays! Really enjoyed the codfish, tenderloin and pork belly tacos. Great service and lively atmosphere.
  10. A

    Angie

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites! So yummy and service is always great!
  11. A

    Adam

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent as always. Water glass had a "floater" & margarita glass had lipstick (not mine). Waiter didn't ask, and just brought a new one at the end of the meal and kept it on the bill (1 marg). First time ever any disappointment with Malo. Usually spectacular.
  12. p

    pzl1961

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and good service
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, easy, and delicious food!
  14. M

    Mamakaress4

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The hostess was incredible! She was inviting, accommodating, warm, and kind! Food was great-as always.
  15. JJ

    JeffJ

    South Dakota

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was good. Tables are a little close together and are an odd height. But otherwise a very good experience
  16. P

    Peyton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I went for a late Valentine's dinner and it wasn't super busy but there was a loud group in the other room. I got a vegan burrito without a few things, when I got it I noticed the things I asked for off were still there but it was good and there wasn't any meat which is rare even for vegan foods and from a vegetarians standpoint, that's really nice! I also got a cheesecake but for $8 there wasn't much there, besides that it was a yummy dessert. Our waitress was very nice and never forgot about us! Overall this was a nice dinner and I would go again!
  17. EK

    EmilyK

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the in-laws come into town, they loved the margs and the food!!
  18. S

    Susy

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    It was very cold in there.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Staff was polite but made a few mistakes. Asked for no cilantro and flour tortillas but the tacos came out with cilantro and corn tortillas. They were quick to remedy it and the taste was quite good. My wife’s tacos on the other hand really lacked any depth of flavor and were just bland. Not a bad little joint just seemed to fall a little short. I’d give it another try
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were wonderful!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Tacos were excellent as well as the tamales. Friendly and professional waitress. Half price Margaritas on Wednesdays!!!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love Malo!
  23. SC

    SonyaC

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! As always.
  24. EK

    EmilyK

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had some friends from out of state come visit and I heard Malo had some pretty good margaritas! We enjoyed the margs and the food. Will definitely be returning in the near future!
  25. A

    Adam

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and drinks were excellent as always. Service was amazing and attentive.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t ever go wrong with Malo
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going away dinner
  28. IC

    IreneC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2021

    overall4food5service1ambience4
    the food was great we just wish the wait staff was more attentive.
  29. KE

    KevinE

    Kansas City

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great experience. We came on a Sunday late morning, the restaurant was not crowded and we could easily have a conversation at our table. Food was excellent especially the brussel sprout starter, the breakfast burrito, and the various taco combinations. Service was great. We will certainly be back.
  30. m

    meganl

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The service was fast and all of the staff were friendly. Portions were very large.
  31. SR

    ScottR

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing tacos (we had 5 different kinds and all were great). Had the top shelf margarita at 1/2 off during happy hour and they were the best we've had in town. Our server did a great job helping us select the tacos and best options for salsas to use on each along with being attentive and answering all questions in a knowledgeable and positive fashion. Guacamole was very tasty as well. Best experience we've had dining out in years!
  32. e

    ejpnp70

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    #17 is my favorite dish on the menu to get at Malo”s
  33. l

    lisamarch

    St. Louis

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We were pleasantly surprised by the true variety in the different salsas. Chips were just okay. The barbacoa was very tasty. Cod tacos were excellent. There's a lot of background noise from other diners and the tables are wide, so that made it hard to hear each other. But we loved the food and will be back.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday afternoon lunch was amazing
  35. B

    Becky

    Minneapolis

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met with friends prior to a concert, and we were happy to be able to sit outside. Both food and service were exceptional! We’ll be back!
  36. CB

    CalebB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    We’d made outdoor reservations via the website, but when we got there we were told they didn’t do outdoor reservations. It was a half hour wait for outdoor and we were on a schedule so it was very disappointing.
  37. JH

    JonH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Can get busy but with good reason- its a place with good service and good food.
  38. SM

    ShannonM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Went for restaurant week. Seated quickly. Server was attentive and helpful without being intrusive. Enjoyed all courses, with the soup and desert being outstanding. Recommend and will eat there again.
  39. JF

    JulieF

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was just ok. Used to be that this was a favorite - especially the breakfast buffet! - but nothing special anymore. For example, the guacamole used to be fresh, chunky and flavorful- the bowl we ordered was as creamy as mayonnaise and about as flavorful.
  40. BE

    BellaE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Vegan food is amazing here!! And many gluten free options too

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Malo is rated 4.5 stars by 1141 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Malo

900 Mulberry St., Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street

    9th St.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed–Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available directly in front of MALO as well as on adjacent streets. Free parking is also available in the Wells Fargo garage at the southeast corner of 9th and Mulberry after 5pm and on weekends.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Derek Eidson

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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