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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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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Birthdays (14)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
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Special Occasion (12)
Good for a Date (12)
Authentic (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Romantic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (9)
Casual (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Cozy (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Tapas (4)
Fun (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
People Watching (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 28, 2017

surprisingly good, lamb special was to die for, chimchurri flank steak excellent, empanadas were ok but nothing special and served with no sauce, they carry an excellent Decero Cabernet by the glass but should add the Decero Malbec as well. Manager was attentive and friendly, server had no personality. Prices were reasonable given quality of food and ambience.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Malbec is a nice place on Santa Monica with great Argentinean steak. Little misunderstanding of menus led to a nice evening with good food

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Malbec's was a huge disappointment. The food was ok but the service was terrible. We were the only people in the restaurant but the wait staff completely ignored us. We were left alone dying of thirst and they got our order wrong!

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great restaurant, friendly waiters, excellent food. We were probably the last people in the restaurant but no feeling of being rushed out the door. I left something behind and had to go back at lunchtime the next day - they'd hidden it away for me - and it was busier than we'd seen on our late night meal. A little bit away from other areas, we were in a hotel on 20th so it felt like we were going away from downtown but worth the trip.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

the food was wonderful. Excellent wine list. Really enjoyed the entire meal. Highly recomend.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great Argentinian steaks, cerbices, and chimmichurri sauces! Wonderful service - you are treated like old friends. A great place to take a group and share!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

This was my first visit to Malbec in Santa Monica. I love the restaurant in the Valley. My friend and I shared the clams and mussels which were delicious but could have had a little less garlic. We also shared the empanadas. The beef was fair and the cheese and spinach was great. Both appetizers were filling so we decided to share the pacific sole. The meal came from the kitchen already divided, which we appreciated. It was very hot and incredibly tasty. We were both pleased. For dessert we shared the apple tart. It was our least favorite part of the meal. The apple was nicely done, but pastry was just so-so. Overall, we were very satisfied and will certainly return.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Love it. We go often.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great tasty food. Also a great value for a steakhouse.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The menu was diverse & our meals were delicious. the staff was very attentive & friendly. we all loved it & will come back.

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent hanger steak, plus sides were terrific too. Decent wine list, and very fair prices. Perfect for when you're hankering for meat but don't want to break the bank.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Just go. You won't be disappointed.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I have a broken ankle and walked in on crutches. everyone went out of their way to accommodate me. we had the rack of lamb (swapped polenta for mashed potatoes) and the seafood paella, both very good. the bread pudding was cold which was a bit of a surprise. very enjoyable, we will be back.

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Excellent, friendly waitress. Excellent food with authentic contential overtones. Managerial staff excellent. Mohitos are great!!!

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Casual, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

We enjoyed our Saturday night adult dinner. The Argentinians know their beef. I recommend the Malbec salad, creamed spinach, fries with garlic and parsley, and the steak trio. Yes you can order all three of their meat cuts on a platter and it is perfect for sharing. Bar service was a little slow, wait staff not too attentive, but the food is amazing.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 16, 2017

A meat lover's delight, certainly, with a flavourful glass of wine that made for a perfect celebration dinner with my son. Perfectly cooked rack of lamb, tasty wine sauce and simple, generous fresh sides. Could have used a few more servers that night, several large groups, but the waitress was moving very quickly and took time for questions. We were relaxed and well served.

Tags: People Watching, Cozy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was excellent and the service was great. Everyone was very nice.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Although Argentinian food is characteristically undervalued in LA, Malbec shows just how much people are missing. You must understand that meat is the heart and soul of Argentinian cuisine; if you are vegetarian, you should consider going elsewhere. The beef is expertly prepared and extraordinarily flavorful; I suggest the Salsa Argentino with Malbec reduction as one of the best $3 you will spend in a restaurant. I also strongly recommend the wine specials, two bottles priced at $45-$55 that have a depth, subtlety, robustness, and finish rivalling French, Italian, and Californian wines many multiples of their price. The room is comfortable and reasonably quiet; service has been a bit uneven. All-in-all, if you have a few extra dollars and want something different and tasty, Malbec gets my strong recommendation.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

There were four of us and we ordered the "Tabla Mixta" to share. They brought three cuts of beef, all of which were very good and we ordered two side dished: mushrooms that were very good and so-so brussels sprouts. Along with shared appetizers and desserts, it was a very nice meal. We have gone there several times and it's a good choice for a not-quite-special-occasion (but not cheap) meal.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Perfect steak dinner, fantastic paella and excellent cocktails. I'll be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Hanger steak was superb. Enough sides to make. Vegetarian happy.

Tags: Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Menu had an excellent balance with a variety of options. Restaurant has an authentic feel. Highly recommend- we will be back!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

This was truly one of the very BEST dining experiences that I have had in the entire Los Angeles area. The food was incredible!! The wine, the hand crafted cocktails, the ambiance, the service everything was perfection! I cannot wait to go and eat here again very soon. great for business dinners, groups, date night, birthdays, everything! We got to meet the chef who is not only talented but incredibly handsome. Our waiter Juan Carlos was fantastic. Jaime the Manager is wonderful. Looking forward to returning!!
Beverly Hills Siren

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails
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