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About Malbec - Santa Monica
Serving the finest Argentine cuisine in the Southland, Malbec offers traditional and contemporary dishes, while also fusing the various cultures of Argentina to create new ones. Only using free range meats cooked over a wood fired grill, seafood, game and homemade pastas. Also featuring the finest selection Argentine wines with some attractive California picks.
Fresh food, excellent service and great ambience come together at Malbec to create an unforgettable culinary experience while keeping it affordable.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Hours of Operation:
Monday 11am to 3pm | 5pm to 9pm
Tuesday 11am to 3pm | 5pm to 9pm
Wednesday 11am to 3pm | 5pm to 10pm
Thursday 11am to 3pm | 5pm to 10pm
Friday 11am to 11pm
Saturday 12pm to 11pm
Sunday 12pm to 9pm
East of 26th Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet Parking Wed through Sat from 6pm and it is located behind our building. Street parking is also available.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Please join us for tapas, wines and happy hour Monday through Friday 4pm to 7pm at bar and lounge.
Malbec - Santa Monica Ratings and Reviews
This was our second time at Malbec
and there is reason that we have returned. It is a great experience for a special occasion, or a regular date night dinner. The interior is dark and modern, with a very classy feel to it. It was a lively night and a full house on that night. We saw Jimmy Smits on the evening that we went and although we've seen him out in our neighborhood on other occasions it was cool to see him at a restaurant that we like.
The menu is Argentinian so it contains a lot of meat dishes. I believe my girlfriend had a steak while I had the vegetarian plate. We both enjoyed our selections. The portion sizes, presentation and flavor of both of our dishes was excellent.
Our servers and waiters provided attentive service and from the food, ambience to the menu I would suggest this place and will most definitely be back.
This was our fifth trip to Malbec, this time during Dine LA week. We noted that the service appeared to be more disorganized than usual, starting with confusion with our reservation, and extending to long waits to receive the menu, etc from a server who appeared to be frazzled and almost depressed. It turns out that it was Dine LA week so the restaurant was far more crowded than usual. I ordered off the Dine LA menu to take advantage of the set meal and wine pairings but in retrospect would have preferred our usual practice of sharing one of their luscious steaks accompanied by a glass of reserve Malbec that is one of the most delicious pairings I have experienced. One of the owners, to his credit, came to our table and offered free after dinner drinks and coffee which was a nice touch. We'll be back but will skip Dine LA in the future.
One of the best meals I've ever had and I've eaten at 3 michelin star restaurants all over the world. Perfection. The ambiance could be improved... it's a bit dumpy, but the food is mouth-wateringly delicious. Burrata starter. Steak entree and ice cream dessert on Dine LA.
Local restaurant with tasty, well prepared food. Service was friendly but somewhat slow.
The correct items were served but servers should know who gets what. We had the “Paella” for two which was quite sufficient in size and had lots of seafood. Paired with the House sangria worked well.The other couple had the filet of sole which was also very good.
This restaurant is run by clowns. We made a reservation for 4 at 730, and after about 20 minutes of standing in an extremely cramped entryway with a heavy glass door being propped open by my foot for about 12 of the 20 minutes, I asked the hostess who was avoiding my eye contact with COWARDICE how much longer is would be, to which she said another 15-20 minutes. I don't care how good food anywhere is, when the service is that of my 8th grade girlfriend just stringing me along, its not worth a cent. We went to U Zen sushi a few blocks away instead which was great and where we were treated like we didn't have leprosy. Never making a "reservation", if you can call it that, again.
We went for dineLA and make reservation for 2 at 12:30pm. We arrived on time but there was only one server working and we have to wait until he finished taking order for the table.
So through out the meal, service was minimal. At a point the server took the complimentary bread away and I asked for more, he answered yes but never brought anything back.
When we order, I want to know what's the soup of the day, however, the server said it's not ready yet and he didn't know what it would be. I was like, seriously? Its 45mins in service and the soup was not ready yet? So we ordered two beef turnover, a skewer with fries, and pork chop. Everything was delicious except the pork chop dish, the whole dish was super salty. I am very tolerant on salt, so when I say it's salty, its really salty.
All in all, I hope it's just an off day for them. Just the service not on par.
We had a group of 13 celebrating 3 birthdays. Malbec was so accommodating (thank you Luciano)! We had a delicious, memorable meal with extended family in a private room with a special menu they put together just for us. The ambiance was perfect, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Highly recommend Malbec!
A bit disappointed. I’ve made the reservation through Open Table for a party of four and specified that we were celebrating my mother’s birthday, the restaurant even called to confirm the reservation. But upon arrival, we were seated at an open table with three settings, the fourth setting was not provide until I requested for it. Seems like the restaurant wasn’t prepared for our reservation. Since we were celebrating a special occasion, I thought at a minimum, a birthday wish would of being provided by the staff, none whatsoever. Thereafter, the service was good and the food was tasty except for the Paella. The aroma of the rice and seafood was inviting, but at every bite of the rice, it tasted sandy/grimy. Since this was my first time tasting Paella, I wasn’t sure if the sandy/grimy was from the clams or part of the seasoning. After research on Google and asking a few friends, I’ve concluded that the Paella shouldn’t taste sandy/grimy at all.
Back to birthday celebration topic. There was a couple sitting next to us, for some reason the manager kept on checking on them, brought them complimentary champagne and even a free dessert at the end of their meal. I thought maybe the restaurant saved the surprise til the end and would bring a small dessert for my mother’s birthday, but non-happen. Needless to said, I was disappointed after spending $200 at this place.
This is simply my favorite restaurant in LA. While many eateries in LA boast great decor, ambiance and service, far fewer also have absolutely amazing food. And while many are way over-priced for their mediocre eats, Malbec is well-priced for the quality. The make the best steak in town.
food continues to be quite good.
disappointed with a very slow service ...as well as slow bar service. We had a 630 Saturday reservation; restaurant was quite empty yet there was no host at the host stand ..had a wait for a while for the host to materialize and also had to wait an unusually long time for our cocktails to be served or for Waters's to be brought to the table Can you to get more or better trained staff?
Compared to our experiences when the restaurant was called Ushuaia.. disappointing!
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