La Malinche

4.7
418 reviews
$30 and under
Tapas / Small Plates

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Casual
Three brothers and a brother-in-law from El Salvador realized their long-held dream of opening a restaurant together in November of last year. Jaime Sorto, his brothers Hugo and Jose Bonilla, and his brother-in-law Jose Zelaya looked for a name that symbolizes their concept of two cultures coming together.
They chose La Malinche, the name given to a historical figure who has been at the center of controversy for centuries. The noble Mexican woman was enslaved and given to Hernán Cortés, a Spanish conquistador. She became his interpreter and confidante. Their son was viewed as the first mestizo, a child of mixed blood.
Many Mexicans consider La Malinche or Doña Marina to have been a traitor, but today, she is also honored as the symbolic mother of the country’s mixed-race people.
At La Malinche, all of the starters, vegetables, meats and seafood are served as Spanish tapas, called botanas in Mexico.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • 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
What 418 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy and affordable food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great brunch! The food and drinks tasted good and were a good value. I will definitely come back soon. The service was great as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Seated and served very quickly. Our first tapas dish came out 27 minutes after placing order. Server did not come to check on us during our dining time and didn’t refill our water at any time during our dining. All the tapas dishes ordered tasted okay and the mango and hibiscus margaritas were good. Overall, each tapas dish took more than 15 minutes to come out and tasted just okay after ordering and service from waiter was subpar.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food, everything was really tasty. Great atmosphere and good service.

MC
MaureenC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is delicious and service very good.

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vipTurk52
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food. Can’t wait to return

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Alexandria
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, vibes & service. You get plenty of bang for your buck. I’ll be back.

RG
RachelG
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious dinner on Tuesday nite 4/27. We started with Catalana appetizer then my husband had Pollo Acapulco and I had Steak Fajitas. Our meals were hot- mine was sizzling. I had sangria and my husband had a 🍹margarita. The portions were big and we required doggy bags. We were too full to try desserts. I highly recommend this restaurant. Ambiance was nice.

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vipDishOnSushiko
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice to be back in person at one of our favorite neighborhood haunts!

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always reliable. Excellent tapas in Silver Spring.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the unlimited brunch! Great food and drinks

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vipLuke
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great drinks! Friendly service. I would love to return for brunch at La Malinche!

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Alicia
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my favorite restaurant in Silver Spring! I've eaten outside here several times during the pandemic and ordered delivery several times too. Highly recommended.

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vipPamelasamaria
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was delicious! The best guacamole we’ve had in. DMV! Chicken, shrimp, and chicken Fajita was fresh and grilled to perfection. Shrimp tacos were delicious. Gambas a la Cazuela was exquisite! We loved the sangrias too. Service was friendly, helpful, and timely. This was our first time, and servers were extremely helpful with recommendations. Excellent meal for reasonable prices. We will be back!

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vipRichardM
Baltimore
68 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great experience. Food is consistently good.

CB
CharlesB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I had the fajitas and my wife had the octopus and the lamb. All were excellent.

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fliadiamanti
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The portions were pretty generous for tapas and we were vary happy with the food and the service.

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DaveJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for Brunch, friends family fun environment

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Elideth
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Definitely I'll recommend this place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed everything at brunch. We did bottomless and it was definitely worth it. The bacon wrapped dates, empanadas and pancakes were amazing!!

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vipClaudiaP
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Salmon done to perfection and seasoned really well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Place use to be 11-3pm but now there's a 2 hour time limit. Kind of caught me off guard

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Frankitt
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service at brunch. We reserved an outdoor table a month in advance, only to have truly dreadful weather on the day of our visit. They had been kind enough to save us a table inside so we could choose when we arrived. We all ordered the bottomless brunch and every item we chose was delicious. This brunch includes drinks, and they were not stingy with them at all. Drinks came fast, and were not watered down at all, as they often are in the "bottomless" situation. We tried all of their sangria flavors, the Cava was our favorite. Everything was prepared perfectly and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Will definitely return.

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like2eat
Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate at one of the outdoor tables. The food was good. The service was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and sangria are always delicious....kind waitstaff.....all around great experience.

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StephanieL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The brunch is an excellent experience. A number of native dishes to choose from along with bottomless mimosas, sangrias and bloody Mary’s. Outdoor seating is close to Colesville Road sidewall but tucked away enough to not be a distraction. The food is delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

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Drmidwife
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Paella is worth the wait, not crunchy on the bottom, but very tasty and nice assortment of meat and seafood. Small place, but adequate seating and covered outdoor dining. Servers wear masks. Full bar. Enjoy!

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Jose
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was okay i feel like they could have been a little nore patient with us i did fell rushed uh the my food came pretty quick but the rest of my party had a pretty long wait my friends fried Yuka took pretty long to come out butni will day they where nice and respectful juat felt a little hurried overall it was good.

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Alicia
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All outdoor seating was covered! Rain was not an issue!

DC
vipDCdiner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal. La Malinche never disappoints. Try the pink sangria (sangria rosso I believe). Out of this world!

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Angel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always live my time at the special little place.

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ChanceC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot beat this value, especially around the DC area. Food and drinks were delicious. Patio is right on the street, so it can be a little noisy, but otherwise fabulous.

DC
vipDCdiner
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, as always. La Malinche is a consistently good experience. The standouts are the chicken croquettes (so crispy and fluffy!) and the pan con tomate (such a simple dish but so good). Highly recommended!

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KellieC
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! My only issue was Silver Spring traffic and traffic noise is crazy so beware when you sit outside.

AP
AliP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Good people. Cannot recommend enough.

DC
longtimeDCresident
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It is a tapas restaurant across the street from the AFI theater in Silver Spring. Food is very good, service is good but ambiance is lacking. Great place for lunch or dinner before or after an AFI movie.

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Alb2DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We joined friends for brunch. They had been prior and recommended it.
Everything was delicious. The service was prompt.
We tried almost everything!

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MariaR
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best Tapas, I have ever had!! I'm from NJ, and I can't wait to make the 3 1/2 hour drive, just to eat here again!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Just underwhelmed with the whole experience. The server took a while to come over to the table, we had done the bottomless brunch and it took him a while to come and check back in. There were several times throughout the visit where we didn’t have any beverages. The “mimosas” were practically just juice, hardly any sparking wine. The food was just decent. Probably won’t be returning back. There are better deals in the area.

MB
MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the food and the service were excellent, we're vegetarian and there were ample veggie options.
Space is a little tight, but everything else was great!

FAQs

La Malinche does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Malinche also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 562-8622.

La Malinche is rated 4.7 stars by 418 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.