Malbec - Toluca Lake

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$30 and under
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Argentinean
Argentina is world famous for its cuisine. From homemade salads, pastas and fish to an abundant selection of our signature grilled meats, Malbec Argentinean Bistro brings you the best authentic cuisine prepared on our genuine Argentinean grill.

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Skiblader
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great and attentive. Food was very tasty and the ambience was perfect.

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jobagbach
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Malbec is amazing as always!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Nice server. Took a bit to acknowledge us but once engaged she was fabulous. Great food happy day.

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Strikker07
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was great! Unfortunately the table was not ready for us. Service was not on par but maybe it was an off night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a chill but nice experience at your bar seating for dinner.

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Noer
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

The reason why I wouldn't recommend this place is because first of all even with a reservation I still had to wait about 25 min before I got seated. Reason I got seated was because I told host once again that I had a reservation once again. Once seated waiter took our orders quick so I thought we would be eating soon but boy I was wrong. Bread came and water kept coming 30 mins passed and water kept coming. An hour passed and no food yet so I asked waiter how much longer and he said our ticket was next. I gave him about 10 more minutes and no food came so I told him if food was not ready that I was leaving he didn't even care and all he said was he couldn't stop me from leaving. So two hours and all I had was bread and water. So service sucks, food couldn't even try it and place very small noisy. Stay away from here, there's a lot of Argentinian places where you would get treated better and get your money's worth.

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DarynW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

It was Valentines Day so it was very busy. We were seated right away and our order was taken in a reasonable amount of time. Starters came out quickly. Then it took forever for our entrees. Waited more than half an hour after our starters were cleared to receive our entrees. Server was very nice and the food was good. Even though my steak tasted good, there was a big piece in the middle that was inedible. I was full so didn't need to eat any more so no big deal. Server was kind enough to have that charge removed from our bill. We left happy.

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Howard
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Valentines day is not the day to analyze a restaurant. The staff was nice but the service was slow. I would like to try the place on a non-holiday.

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bogie
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice experience

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service, atmosphere and food very enjoyable

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vipAllanS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

A small restaurant with a very interesting menu. The food here is quite good, as is the service. A bit noisy, however.

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vipbosanova99
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Malbec is the perfect neighborhood restaurant! There's seating at the bar, outside patio or intimate dining room. My friend and I split a salad a steak and the creamed corn. Everything came split perfectly! Our server and the manager had great suggestions and we ended with two desserts that were both amazing! The Chocolate Mousse and the Crepes are not to be missed!

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James
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Chris, our server, was excellent. He made perfect recommendations for us when we had questions. We very much enjoyed our experience at Malbec. Great food! Great service!

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LacyE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service. Great location in Toluca Lake, parking was pretty easy. Inside the restaurant was loud; our server was great about allowing us to move outside after seated cause it was just too loud to hear each other talk inside. Once outside, it was much more peaceful and calm. Wonderful dining experience!

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RosennaC
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Goodbye lunch for a friend

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CherylD
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great time. We were there for dineLA. We were a large party so we sat in a back room and it was really beautiful. Great service !

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Mflo
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

I took my parents for Dine LA. I was expecting the menu prices online to be the same at the restaurant. When the bill came they charged me for the dessert that we chose from the special menu and said it was not part of the deal. You should let people know the menu price online will not be the same at the venue.

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vipBellamia
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Ambience is beautiful and the food is wonderful had the fish smelt a lot of the steaks they were around us and they looked marvelous to I highly recommend this place and the wine selection is nice

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience5

bad service

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CADdiningout
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went there through DineLA, we were very pleasantly surprised. Food was delish and plentiful. Ended up taking home leftovers. Service was great. We were seated as soon as we walked in and noticed as the restaurant got busy, that the same was true for everyone that walked in. I would highly recommend going there, especially with the DIne LA menu!

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CalabasasGuy
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great space, very cosy. Attentive service. Nice DineLA menu. Only issue was the flatiron steak (which was more of a hunk that a flat piece of meat) that two of us ordered medium came out basically raw, it didn't get to rare. This is kind of a cardinal sin when it comes to Argentina and meat. Everything else was very tasty.

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vipcotton
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been here a few times and have always enjoyed the food and wine. Service is great as well.

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vipElizabethQ
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food was yummy, service great and had a nice bottle of wine with dinner for four. Recommend for couples dinner or date night.

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vipJesseya1
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great dinner with groups as always! Service was amazing. Wine was great with the ceviche as well as the mixed frito, steaks, paella!

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vipCafecito
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friends gathering

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The food was very good. The restaurant was busy as it was Christmas day. Steaks were cooked perfectly. The service was decent, communication between the hostess and servers was lacking (it took approximately 10-15 mins to receive our menus after being sat). Service was fairly slow and the server to table ratio was adequate so I am unsure of the cause. The server as polite though. Overall, it was a good experience but there was room for improvement.

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MarianF
Yorkshire
6 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

First time here, we were sitting indoor but opposite the door to the outdoor area, and the waiters kept the door open despite we requested it be closed, guess for convenience. So it was a bit chilly the whole time. Otherwise food was good, portions are big!

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JudyR
1 review
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Wonderful experience and ambiance, highly recommend. The food especially the steaks are delicious and done to perfection.

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DavidB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very, very nice. Excellent appetizers and meat dishes. Very nice service. Will certainly return. All in my family were impressed.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!! Definitely visiting again.

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bunny
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Malbec never disappoints. We arrived late afternoon so it was quiet, before the dinner crowd. Lighting, decor, low volume, small size of restaurant all add to the intimate ambience. Our waitress, Natalie, was very helpful and friendly. All staff had friendly smiles/greetings. We had the skirt steak and spinach crepes and shared the huge carafe of Sangria; everything was perfect for a Christmas Eve dinner! This is a little gem of a restaurant in the lovely Toluca Lake neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

Great food

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Sally
Los Angeles
2 reviews