Malbec

4.2
213 reviews
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$30 and under
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Argentinean
Authentic Argentine Cuisine & Wines
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Argentinean
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Hours of operation
Monday- 5.30 to 9.00pm
Tuesday - Thursday: 11.30am to 2.30pm - 5.30 to 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am to 2.30pm - 5.30 to 11.00pm
Sunday: 11:30am - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 232-0437
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Authentic Argentine finger food and tapas. Call for your special event. Argentine Grilled barbeque for private home and company party.
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Cross street
Corcoran st and R st
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Special events & promotions
Every Wednesday 50% Bottle of Argentine wines w/ your dinner.
Additional
Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 213 People Are Saying
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4.2
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ED
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We selected a wine but waiter brought us a cheap Norton instead claiming it was better. Also, waitstaff should be familiar with the menu - waiter didn't now what "palta" meant even though it was on the menu (South Americans call avocado 'palta' not aguacate).

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was not good, great attempt but not succesful. Waiter was disorganized and tried to be nice by making jokes... he said that there was something in the menu that was not, he meant to be funny... he kept joking around (loudly) with other customers and the overall ‘relaxing’ ambiance was disturbed by this out of place behavior. Mollejas were chewy, they are the most tender part of the parrillada... well, not here. Bife de Chorizo was a good medium, but the juices were on the plate, it did mot have salt at all and the char from the grilled had this strong burned-like flavor, my guess is that they have not clean the grill in a while. I will not recommend it.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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RS
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our server is very rude. Served us the wrong order and the food is terrible

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Y
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing steaks, with an impressive wine list. Only critique is to make sure that they check you in if you reserve via Open Table. They forgot that, and I almost lost my points!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. I am sorry I did not go earlier. Hope they stay open, they were completely empty on Wednesday night

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K
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Great ambiance...food just isn't that good. I've eaten here twice. The last time we took leftovers back to the hotel...and just threw them away the next morning.

Also, the fruit flies in the bathroom are annoying..and if you patch the walls, please paint before you open.

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G
Nashville
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are from Argentina and were extremely happy with how well the experience and flavors are captured in Malbec. Wine selection is amazing, everyone is very friendly and food is really good. We have gone every single night during our vacations.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

BFF Brunch!

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EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak, wine, and chimichurri (as well as a delicious spicy sauce) with excellent and accommodating service. A real gem!

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I very much enjoyed our dinner this evening at Malbec. The empanadas were especially delicious as was the steak (lomo cut).. They were serving a special Prosecco summer sangria, which was quite refreshing and the house Malbec wine was excellent as well. Overall a wonderful dinner and a very authentic Argentine style restaurant.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for boyfriend's birthday, but didn't mention it beforehand. The wait staff noticed during conversation and brought complimentary dessert and champagne. The meat was cooked to perfection and the morcilla was great as well. No complaints at all - great food.

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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great meat and good service. The inside smelled a little weird, so we sat outside and had a great time!

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IK
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Argentine fare. The Malbec offerings on the wine list -- not surprisingly -- were extensive and pretty reasonably priced. Outstanding wine, but the food was good too...

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KM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such an enjoyable evening at Malbec. The ambiance, the staff was all very inviting. Every dish was a delight to be shared!! We were stuffed, and the food was the best I've had since my trip to Argentina. We cannot wait to come back again and have more that Malbec has to offer.

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C
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and the service. Definitely will go back

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Will return

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ER
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Malbec is like enjoying a meal in Buenos Aires. The atmosphere is stylish yet unpretentious. The service is attentive and the staff are very welcoming. We loved the grilled meats and appreciated the excellent wine pairing suggestion from the maitre d. The dulce de leche dessert is divine. What a neighborhood treasure.

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PJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were ecelebrating our one year anniversary and Malbec did not disappoint. Our server and the manager provided excellent service, making fanatastic wine recommendations and ensuring we were satisfied with every part of our meal. We enjoyed the chorizo appetizer, the meat and seafood for 2, two sides: papas fritas and grilled vegetables and dulce de leche crepes for dessert. Everything was spectacularly cooked and very authentic to true Argentinian cuisine. Knowing we were celebrating an anniversary, they even treated us with two glasses of champagne at the end of our evening.

Malbec is truly a special place, one which we will recommend again and again.

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MW
London
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, traditional and authentic. Outstanding service. Impressive wine list (Malbec’s mostly, of course). Quiet night but, hopefully reputation will bring the crowds)

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CF
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's like being back in Buenos Aires. Everything is wonderful and quaint.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I came to Malbec at around 9PM on Saturday night for dinner. We had made reservations and were seated immediately. We were sat in a private little corner by the window, and were immediately impressed by the ambiance. It was crowded, but quiet. Our bubbly young waitress was almost over-attentive and as sweet as can be. We ordered the "traditional meal" for the two of us and we were brought a plate of perfectly and authentically Argentine cooked meat that was not only out of this world, but probably could have fed three or four people. We will most certainly make our way back to Malbec on our next trip to D.C.

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MG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have a great time at Malbec. The food was delicious as always. We order the entraña, short ribs and grilled beef tenderloin. They were perfect cooked and the french fries were very good. The wine list is amazing, every time I come, there is a new Malbec! Highly recommend it as an Argentine restaurant!

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F
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tried Malbec for the first time with a friend who is from Argentina. We had a variety of excellent dishes, great special on a nice Malbec wine, and perhaps the flan is among the best anywhere! Highly recommend!

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RJ
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was quite good, but service was not. Still, we would go back for the food and hope the service improves.

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N
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great wine selection for those who like Malbecs! I don't really eat red meat, but my dining companions enjoyed there's. My seafood pasta was delicious as well.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfecto para almorzar con colegas!

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j
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

For a "steak" restaurant, the T-bone I ate was of a relatively low quality. My friend's ribeye was a much better steak, he said. His asparagus was much better than my grilled veggies, too. The French fries were only so-so. The wine was very good though. Next time I visit, I will order other dishes.

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Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Argentine cuisine. We ate empanadas and sweet breads for starters and skirt steak covered with sautéed vidalia onions for the main. Washed it down with a nice Malbec from Mendoza and finished with flan. The food was amazing and the service exemplary! Looking forward to my next trip to DC.

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FM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

They did nit have the most important piece of meat in an Argentinuan restaurant if I would have known I would have cancelled but what it was served it was good food . How can you run out of asado de tira? Really?

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TT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, friendly and accommodating waitstaff in a sleekly designed space

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N
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and the food is amazing. If you want to eat a good piece of meat, try the parrillada. It is delicious, abundant for two people and very traditional from Argentina. Give it a try and you will go back!

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JH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The appetizers are particularly good

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CH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

21st birthday

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S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place, authentic Argentinian food and wine. Ideal for business lunches. Wonderful lunch specials!

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AR
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We really had a great time with my mom and sister, and the food was amazing

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Slow but pleasant service. Typical Argentine steak house with pleasant outside seating. Steaks truly nothing special. My Rib eye was seriously fatty and the T bone was tough. Sides good but unremarkable. Prices a bit high for being so unremarkable. Decent house Malbec, but not outstanding - pay the extra $2 and get the $14 instead of $12 for the better wine by the glass. Crime brûlée took 25 minutes to arrive and was cold.

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Having lived in Argentina the food was authentic and the beef was very flavorful.

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Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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OK
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Malbec is a neighborhood restaurant on a stretch of 17th Street NW with a few great places. It has outdoor seating that gets packed early on nice nights April through October, so it's great to have a reservation if you plan to dine there on a summer evening. They have a good wine list but only serve two beers (the name gives away their specialty). The menu is mostly meat. My date got the skirt steak and loved it! I got the vegetarian paella, which was really dry long-grain rice and veggies. While I didn't like my meal, I totally understand because the menu is almost entirely red meat. I don't think veggie options are in their wheelhouse. We would definitely return to have a glass of wine on the patio and people watch (it's a great neighborhood for that!). Awesome date spot.

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