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Chico Malo, Phoenix, AZ

Chico Malo

4.5
4.5
1059 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Chico Malo, a lively take on Mexican cooking, is located in the middle of it all at CityScape. These rebels are bringing the heat to DTPHX during lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with an array of flavor combinations from all over Mexico. Expect highlights including USDA Prime Carne Asada, Street Corn, Smoked Duck Breast Al Pastor and authentic favorites like Pozole and Green Chile Chicken. Diners can also enjoy fresh made guacamole to accompany a craft cocktail at the indoor/outdoor bar while soaking in the downtown views.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American, Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (602) 603-9363

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Let Chico Malo bring the party to you with customizable options for every occasion. We have accommodated parties from 20 to 3,500 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chico Malo can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (844) 359-9799

  • Neighborhood

    Central Phoenix

  • Cross street

    Central and Jefferson

  • Parking details

    2 Hour Parking Validation included for guests who park in the CityScape Parking Garage

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 1,059 people are saying

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Phoenix / Arizona

    Mexican

  • Phoenix

    Hot Spot

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall1food2service2ambience4
    We sat outside. Entrees took almost an hour to come out. The outside seating has crickets and other bugs. They need to spray outside. I ended up having a Beetle in my food. The server was great and accommodates but never saw a manager. As a courtesy they should come out and acknowledge what happened.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate was delicious. We had chips and guacamole to start. Two of us drank margaritas. My chicken quesadilla; my husband’s shrimp de macha, and our friends’ enchiladas we perfect. And we ended the meal with churros. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant was an excellent choice the food was excellent the service was great this is a hidden gem in downtown Phoenix
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was on top of it all night. Food was amazing. Drinks were good. Would recommend to any friend or family member
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Way to hot in restaurant
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Waiter was cool , but getting my drinks took way to long even though the restaurant wasn’t busy!
  7. KT

    KimT

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Will come back again.
  8. BA

    BarbsAquino

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    exellent! food was great, prices good, service exellent!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and incredible food
  10. W

    Wally

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, anf a great server. Great Explanations of all the menu and drinks
  11. LV

    LasVegasWiseGuy

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The sweet smell of success and a outstanding dining choice made with the flavors rooted in Mexico! My wife and I were in Phoenix for the Father's Day weekend to catch a ballgame, which was just a bit of a drive from Vegas, and had made reservations via the Chica Malo website for their Sunday Bruch on Father's Day in advance not knowing what downtown Phoenix would be like. From the moment we hit the threshold we knew we had made the right choice as the aroma of outstanding food permeated the restaurant, which had a young and hip vibe to it. The restaurant is located downtown in the City Scape area of Phoenix, so there's also a lot to see and do before or after you eat. We were immediately seated after checking in with the maitre'd and our server, "Jami," was a pleasure and outstanding to deal with. We started our brunch off with a "chicken quesadilla," a "Coke," which was straight out of Mexico, and the "bottomless Mimosa," which Jami kept topped off at all times. The app was outstanding and we knew then that the rest of the food would be a culinary delight. My wife ordered the "Shrimp & Questo Grits," which she had been Craving the entire time, but wanted it to be original Mexican. I opted for the "French Toast," which doesn't sound like much, but when paired with the brioche bread + churro crust + cajeta envinada hibiscus berries + cinnamon piloncillo mascarpone it was second to none. Did I mention the bottomless Mimosa? This was truly a great culinary experience with great food, unbelievable plating, beautiful surroundings and outstanding vibe with a younger hip crowd, probably because of ASU's downtown Phoenix location. HIGH RECOMMEND this gem for anyone you knows or wants fantastic food! Will definitely repeat again when in Phoenix next.
  12. CP

    ChrisP

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tay our server was outstanding. She greeted us as we were seated, gave us great advice and suggestions for drinks and food. Because of her great service, we will be returning, and letting friends know to go see Tay.
  13. RH

    RhaynaH

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time going, great atmosphere. Our server was delightful and very helpful. Suggested great drinks and food! Will definitely return!
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice, clean, and good food. The ceviche verde was 🔥 The birria for me was like sweetest so I don’t like that much but the rest was perfect and love it. Was a good night to celebrate with my hubby .
  15. JF

    JohnF

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Trio appetizer is amazing
  16. BB

    BobbyB

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brunch was tasty, best churros. Amazon drinks. Dope Dj!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Impressed by the food! Simple but very high quality with great flavor. Cocktails followed that same trend. Sever was very knowledgeable about menu.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time and the food was outstanding! The only thing that would be a critique is to lower the AC. We sat inside at the bar and were sweating the entire time. Many guests were using their menus to fan themselves.
  19. KG

    KellyG

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic and the server made great recommendation. I will definitely go back again.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Order the el fuego tomahawk - delicious and fun experience! It was very warm in the restaurant, the only reason I gave it 4 stars. Otherwise, loved it!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Other than the red salsa, the flavors of the meat and the tacos were very bland. I will not be ordering the birrio tacos if I go back.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun atmosphere great food
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner. Note they don’t have tacos at dinner, only lunch.
  24. M

    Mike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Chico Malo was good, but they ran out of tomahawk steak! I will be coming again soon.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and Justin was attentive, knowledgeable and just an all around vibe. Great experience.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our server (Kyle I think) was absolutely amazing. The food was tasty but the kitchen and bar were backed up so no one got food or drinks at the same time. One of the people in the party ordered the duck breast tacos but was sprayed with lime juice when the food runner dropped it off and squeezed one table side over his entree. This unfortunately resulted in his shirt being bleached from the juice which wasn’t noticed until we left and it had sat on his shirt for a bit. Overall it was a great time.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Service and food was good. Although, the chips and salsa took a long time to come to the table. The bathrooms are terrible. Really dirty and dingy, reminded me of a dive bar’s bathroom. The quality of the bathrooms did not match the restaurant’s ambiance. Should consider revamping the bathroom

    Chico MaloResponded on June 9, 2022Thank you for the feedback!! We wish we could do something about the bathrooms, but they don't technically belong to us. They are shared restrooms between The Yard and Chico Malo that RED Development controls. We do clean them 3 times a day and stock them regularly, but as far as the design goes, we aren't allowed to do anything, which is a total bummer! Great to hear you enjoyed our service and food, if we get another location in Arizona, you can bet our bathrooms will be legit :)

  28. FF

    FeliciaF

    Memphis/West TN

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Had a quick lunch in between sessions. The guacamole was amazing. Also tried the salsas - the roja was SPICY but delish. Also had the Carne Asada fries (highly recommend!). Sorry no pictures, I was starving lol! Great atmosphere but it is loud…
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! The loma bonita was delish and the dorados de papa as well!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great for birthdays
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food!
  32. OW

    OndaWire

    Tampa

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    This place has really gone down hill from 2 years ago. The food used to be something to brag about, but now it’s just average, at best. The Ceviche withSea Bass sounds great, but it was terrible! There was more jicama than anything. There was probably 1/2 oz of sea bass in the entire bowl and it seemed like there was 80% jicama and fillers. The trio salsas were NOT GOOD at all! The duck used to be so good and this time it tasted like straight up BBQ chicken. I will say the corn tortillas that come with the duck are super authentic The enchiladas were good but the up-charge of $10 to add chicken or barrilla is not worth it! 2 people with one drink a piece, the duck, the enchiladas, trio salsa, and ceviche cost us $140 not including tip, totally not worth that! The ambiance was okay but they are literally doing so much construction around the building that it kills the vibe
  33. KE

    KatelynE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect birthday dinner experience! Drinks were delicious, food was amazing, and the atmosphere was fun but classy. I will definitely be back!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super good food! Loved the ambiance.
  35. DB

    DashawnB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food great services. The 40 oz tomahawk steak was worth the price.
  36. d

    danp

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything was just perfect..as it usually is. Wish they had a little broader beer menu (ie: Negra Modelo or Corona), but, that is definitley not a problem. Service and food were great
  37. JS

    JerryS

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food,Great service,A little challenging getting there with all the construction but well worth the hassle.
  38. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect spot for a nice higher-end Mexican dinner before heading up to the comedy club.
  39. BL

    BrendanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Unbelievable. Every single thing I ate was fresh and absolutely to die for!
  40. OS

    OctavioS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made a reservation and got seated immediately. The girls taking care of us were amazing. Our food came out right on time and the presentation was perfect. Can't wait to go back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chico Malo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Chico Malo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 603-9363.

Chico Malo is rated 4.5 stars by 1059 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


Booked 47 times today
Google Map for Chico Malo

50 W Jefferson St Phoenix, AZ 85003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Central and Jefferson

  • Neighborhood

    Central Phoenix

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Mexican, South American, Contemporary Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    2 Hour Parking Validation included for guests who park in the CityScape Parking Garage

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (602) 603-9363

  • Catering

    Let Chico Malo bring the party to you with customizable options for every occasion. We have accommodated parties from 20 to 3,500 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Chico Malo can accommodate all your special event needs.

  • Private party contact

    Private Event Coordinator : (844) 359-9799

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