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Mal Pan, Charlotte, NC

Mal Pan

4.6
4.6
221 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Taqueria Mal Pan is a modern Mexican experience. Our chef-driven menu is a combination of both the modern and classic Mexican kitchen. You’ll experience a menu with inspiration from Baja to Yucatan and everywhere in between. In step with the theme of our kitchen, the beverage program at Mal Pan is also inspired by the old and the new. Our back bar is filled with a curated list of artisan spirits from the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. All of our craft cocktails are concocted with housemade syrups, fresh squeezed juices, shrubs, bitters and instagram worthy garnishes

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 20 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (980) 298-6138

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Rosendo Lomeli

  • Catering

    From an office lunch to an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please visit us at eatmalpan.com

  • Private party facilities

    Hold your next event at Mal Pan! We offer a variety of accommodations for semi-private or private events. For all inquiries, please visit eatmalpan.com

  • Area

    SouthPark

  • Cross Street

    Fairview Rd

  • Parking Details

    Free parking in attached garage

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 221 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Charlotte

    Fit for Foodies

  • Charlotte

    Outdoor Eating

  • Charlotte

    Fit for Foodies

  • Charlotte

    Outdoor Eating

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  1. MR

    MarianaR

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Their brunch is not as good as their regular (tacos) menu but it's still pretty good! The space is small and cozy but not crowded. I love their decor too. I highly recommend!
  2. JR

    JonathonR

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place just keeps getting better and BETTER!!
  3. a

    alexr

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    it was fire, first restaurant i can rate a 10 overall which is unbelievably rare
  4. DB

    DavidB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really loved the food, very thoughtful and super tasty with high quality ingredients - will certainly be back (very soon)
  5. H

    Horrible

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love coming here - have only been for brunch but their regular menu looks amazing too. If it’s anything like their brunch you’re in for a treat. The service is top notch. It was a little warm inside but that’s my only call out.
  6. PT

    PaigeT

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for Sunday brunch and LOVED everything we got! My husband said the Cali Burrito was the best he's had in Charlotte. The breakfast tacos were delicious and the Blue Corn Pancakes?! UNREAL! Absolutely LOVED them! Thank you Mal Pan!
  7. A

    Alice

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food!! Wow! Incredible. And great price! Fantastic service as well
  8. B

    Bklyn

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is always on point this was our 4th visit. I love the sweet potato tacos so full of flavor, my husband had the shrimp enchiladas which he said is delicious. The salas taste freshly made. Best Mexican food in Charlotte!
  9. AC

    AlyssaC

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing quality and service, our fav place in CLT!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience1
    Let me start out by saying that the food and the service were excellent. The only issue we had was it was an extremely hot day outside so we chose indoor dining. The door from the inside to the outside was open the whole time so you might as well have been sitting outside. There was no kind of circulation of air inside of the restaurant and they have very high ceilings. I understand that you can’t control the weather but they need some sort of fans or some thing inside the restaurant you couldn’t even eat your food because of the heat.
  11. DD

    DD55

    Charlotte

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    First time visit. Heard great things and they lived up to them! We sat inside but the outdoor seating is plentiful. Great service and food. Will definitely be back.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Grand Rapids

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food was very bland and overpriced. Enchiladas tasted like a fall chili instead of like a normal enchilada. Not what I was expecting. Queso has no flavoring and was a waste in my opinion. Service was average. Would not return due to quality of food and pricing.
  13. BH

    BridgettH

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service, and atmosphere were great! No complaints. We’ll be back!
  14. JR

    JonathonR

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just continues to be amazing each time my wife and I visit!!
  15. HB

    HaroldB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Did not live up to the on-line hype
  16. JM

    JamesM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    The wait staff was very attentive and friendly. However the food was overpriced and honestly not that good. I have no problem at all going out and spending money on a good quality meal however Mal Pan appeared to charge higher prices based on their SouthPark location. Unfortunately they just couldn’t deliver on the food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m from SoCal and yearn for IMO good Mexican food. After my first time eating here (My GF and I been here 10x) I found out the owner is from Los Angeles. Not saying it swayed my taste buds, but it related to fact of why the food stood out from other restaurants I’ve visited. Without enough delay my favorite dish amongst many are the Gobernabor Tacos. The taste instantly reminded me of my times living in Rosarito Baja CA. The brunch Chilaquiles are another favorite. I seriously can’t tell if back home in San Diego or Charlotte. I gotta mention the staff and service! The owner frequents tables with orders helping the already attentive waiters. Everyone there is friendly. You wouldn’t be disappointed choosing to eat here. 10/10!!!
  18. KM

    KevinM

    Charlotte

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Not typical Mexican or Tex-Mex. Interesting takes on dishes. Service was excellent!
  19. JM

    JussMy2cents

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Not a good experience. The only thing upscale about the food is the inflated price. I ordered the "special" swordfish tacos. They arrived 5 minutes after the rest of the table had been served. The tortillas were cold, poorly made and brittle. The first one I tried broke into 4 pieces just trying to pick it up. I sent it back, they took it off the bill and I finished my $12 margarita while the others finished their meal. If you like average Mexican fare that is obscenely overpriced this your place.

    Mal PanResponded on 1 July 2022Hi Dave, thanks for the visit. We apologize for the execution of your dish, definitely wasn't up to our standards as well (I tried after you sent back). We did offer to replace your meal with another dish, but you elected to sit and watch the rest of your group eat. Our pricing is based off of the obscene price increases throughout our supply chain. Being a business owner yourself, you should know that is beyond our control at the moment. Wish you the best. Have a great holiday weekend.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Burrito i’ve ever had. (cali burrito)
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated Father’s Day at Mal Pan. As always the service and food were excellent. The ambiance was wonderful. Would definitely recommend Mal Pan for a casual night out or special occasion’s too.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    It’s was good, but the place is little humid.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing. Was concerned because air conditioning did not work so it was very hot.
  24. AF

    AmandaF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Upside: The Burrito and Enchiladas were delicious, the table salsa was smoky and spicy, and the mole sauce stole the show! Service was quick and friendly, and the ambience was crisp, clean, and definitely nuevo. Downside: The cucumber jalapeno margarita was heavy on the cucumber but light on the jalapeno sadly, and the beer list was extensive but what they actually had to offer was roughly half of what they advertise on the menu. The draft beer that they did have had a 'funk' to it, as if the beer lines were not regularly cleaned. Ultimately the disappointments were small and the upside was up. We will be back!
  25. JR

    JonathonR

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Sunday brunch in Charlotte
  26. RL

    RachelLynn

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was a great Saturday dinner! We sat in the covered outdoor area, which was nice. The chips, salsa & guacamole app were very tasty, fresh guacamole that wasn’t too spicy. I had the pork shoulder torta, which was delicious, and my husband’s had tacos. It’s not Mexican with a lot of free chips and sides, but it’s the produce and recipes they use are really good, so it’s worth it. Great for two, or for a group.
  27. AJ

    AJes

    Richmond

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience5
    Food is subpar and expensive for what it is but atmosphere is great!
  28. JD

    JohnD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food that was reasonably priced. Drinks were very expensive, but good.
  29. RR

    RoniR

    Charlotte

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 27 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent in every aspect, fast, food on point, very very nice servers and staff. Great job !!!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Unfortunately we did not enjoy our experience at Mal Pan. It was off to a bad start when they handed us menus with crusty food all over them. Even Applebee’s wipes off the menus for customers. The queso was not good, tasted like semi-melted American cheese without any flavor. My husband’s meal didn’t come with the side that the menu said should have been included. The tacos I ordered were good. Drinks were ok. I did not get the drink that I ordered but was fine with trying something new.
  31. LA

    LA14

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious and they were very accommodating of allergies.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 May 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and service. Loved the tacos, kale salad, and margaritas. Staff was warm and welcoming throughout our meal. Slight downgrade to rating since we were seated next to a roaring electric fan. Also think that chips and salsa should be included with any meal. We will definitely be back.
  33. PD

    PaolaD

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Best breakfast tacos! And don’t forget to order the queso fundido.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Limited inside tables so we were placed outside on the covered porch. It was quite cold in Charlotte but they couldn’t accomplish us inside. Duck appetizer was good. Queso was oily. Took almost 20 minutes to get a drink. Bottle of wine came out opened but the cork stuck back in and just a glass. Guess you pour your own wine there.., food was ok. Not sure I’d go back.
  36. S

    Sophie

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have loved Mal Pan since it opened last year. Cocktails are always so pretty & delicious, I’ve never order anything on the menu I didn’t eat every bit of. I took my mom for Mother’s Day brunch & that was my first time having their brunch. Brunch didn’t disappoint either! The waitstaff is always so accommodating and kind too.
  37. RC

    RayC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    On the one hand, our table was ready at the agreed-upon time on Mother's Day, on the other, the kitchen was behind. I had specifically asked our waitress if the kitchen would keep up: she flippantly assured us yes. Another staffer informed us that one of the cooks called in sick earlier. Food quality was above average, but $7.00 + per taco? Not sure about that.
  38. MK

    MissiK

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    We had a reservation at 5pm and asked to sit outside. The host told us we would only have an hour and 15 mins if we sat outside due to another reservation. There was no one else in the restaurant yet. We sat down and were asked to switch tables for some odd reason. Very strange start to our meal. Overall, the food was pretty good. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu. This restaurant was recommended by a friend, so we wanted to try it out for my birthday. The server said they usually sing happy birthday and give out a dessert, but they were out if desserts. A little disappointed, but it happens.
  39. HA

    HarveyA

    Baltimore

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was very good. Our server Bree (sp?) was pleasant and very efficient. It was a great evening
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    It’s a little overrated. The food was bland altogether and the drinks were ok. I love the location but will more than likely not return unless I want guacamole because that was excellent

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mal Pan using the Order Online button. Mal Pan also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Mal Pan also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 298-6138.

Mal Pan is rated 4.6 stars by 221 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 20 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for ChowNow
Google Map for Mal Pan

4625 Piedmont Row Dr, Charlotte, NC 28210-4285

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Fairview Rd

  • Area

    SouthPark

  • Hours of Operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Free parking in attached garage

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Rosendo Lomeli

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (980) 298-6138

  • Catering

    From an office lunch to an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please visit us at eatmalpan.com

  • Private party facilities

    Hold your next event at Mal Pan! We offer a variety of accommodations for semi-private or private events. For all inquiries, please visit eatmalpan.com

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