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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Neighborhood Gem (9)
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Business Meals (8)
Authentic (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Fun (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

Always a pleasure to dine here. A great menu, excellent and friendly servers and delicious food. Hard to beat this combo.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Always excellent food and service the meats are to die for-- the wine list is always well chosen and things u won't find anywhere else
And a super nice unpretentious wait staff

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fabulous food but mediocre service with meals served too quickly

Tags: Authentic
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Excellent choice. Good steaks, excellent sides. Argentinian Beers and of course, Malbec wines.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Food and service were excellent. Lovely place. Quiet enough for conversation. Tables not too close together. We will be back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I’ve been here several times and have never been disappointed. Always good food and service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Poor service; a bit overpriced compared to others

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and service! Been wanting to try this place with my fiancé. We went for DineLA and enjoyed our meal! Will be back.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food had exceptional flavor, especially the skirt steak. Did not try the traditional cuts off meat. Maybe one day. The salads, cerviches, seafood pasta, and streak tartare were terrific. Finally, the desserts were very special.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Excellent food, great wine selection. Service was great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

Everything was beyond our expectations. Nice and cozy Argentinian restaurant . Food was really good , and service was excellent!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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 on January 16, 2018

The food was mediocre and the service was disorganized.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 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

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.

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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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 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 27, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 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 25, 2017

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 25, 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 25, 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 25, 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 24, 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 24, 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 20, 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 9, 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 2, 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 2, 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 November 30, 2017

Great service, very good food.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 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 16, 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 12, 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 10, 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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