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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.

2628 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Argentinean

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

Cross Street:
East of 26th Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 315-5457

Website:
http://www.malbeccuisine.com/

Parking Details:
Valet Parking Wed through Sat from 6pm and it is located behind our building. Street parking is also available.

Executive Chef:
Pablo Alcorta

Additional:
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

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4
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (19)
Good for Birthdays (14)
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Romantic (13)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Good for Groups (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Casual (9)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Cozy (7)
Authentic (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Tapas (3)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Berlin)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was mediocre and the service was disorganized.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Chose this place for Dine L.A. Overall the food/dinner was great! They didn’t have/ran out of one of the dessert choices we wanted so settled for the other 2 available. Sadly, my date & I were not impressed with either dessert.

Tags: Fun, Good for a Date, Romantic, Casual, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The waiters from Argentina were friendly and the service and food was good for the price. Will definitely go back.

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Malbec was great! The food, wine and service were all top notch. I will definitely be back soon.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Food, wine, services and the overall atmosphere is great. We can genuinely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Had to wait 25 mins past our reservation time. Where everyone was very nice service was horribly slow.

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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent steaks in a resturant with a warm atmosphere. The tables are fall enough so there is plenty of space and low noise level.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Birmingham)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Superb Service, devine food especially the chocolate mouse at the end is a must have...very nice evening

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Great place! Went here for Christmas and got a same day res!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

One of the best dining experiences. Food only surpassed by the service. Eric the manager is the epitome of professionalism and expertise

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As a regular Malbec visitor I am always impressed the excellent staff and superior caliber of cuisine.
Don’t change anything.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 2017

One of the best dining experiences in LA. It’s on my list of favorites

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Always incredible food. Steak is cooked perfectly and is of the highest quality.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

MUCH MUCH TOO noisy. I went particularly for an Argentinean steak and was very disappointed. It had little or no flavor and the extra peppercorn sauce I ordered had NO taste or spice to it. The potatoes were acceptable.

I will not be back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Great service, very good food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 19, 2017

food continues to be quite good.
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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!

MOST NOISY!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Cute restaurant but the food was just average. I got the sole which was good but nothing special. My husband got the skirt steak and it was ok. All the veggies were slightly under seasoned.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great food and great service - very special.. Rib eye steak was cooked to perfection..

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The steak was good, but the restaurant was too noisy by far and in addition lacked the energy that some noisy restaurants have as compensation for the noise. The wait staff was oddly uncommunicative and unfriendly. After paying a fairly large tab, we departed, walking through the entire restaurant , without a word from any of the staff. No "thanks", "hope you enjoyed it", "hope to see you again" or anything.
We will not return and will not recommend it.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food and service. I would definitely recommend this place.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

I have to say that our dinner there was not pleasant at all: we were given menus that were not the same menus, the service was so- so, and the meat that my husband ordered was tough and not very good; he was disappointed because we have been there several times and he loves the meat there. But, the worst was the noise: incredible! We had to shout in order to hear one another and there was a party not far that was extremely noisy. I thought that, on a Tuesday night, we would have a quiet place to talk to our friends and enjoy our evening, but we did not
I love Malbec for the Happy Hour and I will always go there for that; in fact, I am going there today, but I don't think my husband and I will have dinner there again. Too bad, because we used to love Ushuaia/Malbec
Bernadette Boyle

Tags: Tapas
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

we were very very pleased with the food and service, but the noise level was painful. we at first thought it was the party of 8 boisterous males in the corner, but after they left and the restaurant was nearly empty, it still was difficult to hear , making us shouters as well.
if we hear that they have baffled some of the area, we can return . otherwise, we are sorry to say we cannot

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The chicken dish (Napolitana) was excellent and the portion was large. The Pasta Seafood dish we ordered was extremely salty and the dish was not enjoyable

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

The staff was top notch & super attentive to all detail. The food was extraordinary a group of 6 and EVERYONE loved their meals. The winner of the night was the entrana al chimichurri...yum!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Had a friend's birthday celebration and this location was perfect. It was a great quiet place to not only have amazing food but also connect with friends. Great hospitality and service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Celebrated my husband's 40th at Malbec and couldn't have made a better choice for dinner. I chose this restaurant based on the reviews I read, and those reviews were on point! Everything was excellent from the service to the food and drinks! We started off with the frito mixto and trio de cebiches. The cebiches was really, really good. For our main course we ordered the arroz con mariscos (for 2) and the ojo de bife (ribeye). The arroz con mariscos was delicious and had tons of seafood in it (we love seafood!). The ribeye was amazing...probably the best we've ever had, even better than Alexander's Steakhouse. Even my kids kept talking about how good it was. We ended with the flan al caramelo and mousse de chocolate. My fave was the chocolate mousse! Their cocktails are really good, too. I had something made with chili and pineapple juice and I would definitely have it again. Overall an awesome experience!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Everything about our night was perfect. It was our 5 year anniversary and we wanted a nice restaurant that wasn't super crazy expensive. This was just right. The cocktails were amazing. The server did really well with the pace of service we wanted. It was a little loud only because there was a group of 10 girls having a celebration. Other than that it was perfect ambiance. The room is really beautiful.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Love this restaurant!!! We came here for our anniversary and the food was outstanding!! The service was great and the staff was very accommodating to my gluten allergy. It was a bit pricey for a regular night out - definitely worth it though - but we will definitely return for future special occassions.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 8, 2017

I had been to the Toluca Lake location for a girlfriend's group b'day dinner & loved it so decided to take my hubby to the Santa Monica location for our anniversary. The waitstaff, food & drinks were all excellent! We started with a Hands of God (I think that was the name!) cocktail which consisted of basil, blood orange puree, gin & an apertif whose name escapes me & an order of the beef empanadas & they were the best we've ever tasted. Amazing crust & seasoned perfectly. We each had madiera for our main dish ~ me the rack of lamb & my husband had the hangar steak. Both prepared to perfection. The polenta & spinach sides were wonderful, too. I had a nice glass of Malbec along with the main course. We finished our meal with the crepes ~ caramel, chocolate, banana & strawberries. Delicious. We live in Redondo Beach but felt the trek was definitely worth it & we will be back!

Tags: Tapas, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We were in town and at Malbec (at my daughter's recommendation) for an anniversary dinner. We checked out the menu on line and were very excited before the fact. All I can say is that the food was superb, our waitress Jessica was attentive and engaging...perfect...we had a great time and will return next time we are in the area. Thank you! Definitely telling friends about it!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Birthday dinner

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The mixed steak plate was excellent. The option allowed us to have two different cuts to share.

The sides were very good as well. I would recommend the roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes.

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