Malbec - Pasadena

4.6
873 reviews
$30 and under
Argentinian
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.

Support Malbec - Pasadena during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 873 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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Tigrris
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience3

We ordered our steaks black and blue, meaning charred on the outside and rear in the inside. Instead we got slabs of uncooked, salty and lukewarm meat instead.
On the second try the meat was still undercooked lukewarm and greasy.
Probably this awful presentation was due to the “last hooray” before the lockdown, but this was certainly the worst meal I’ve ever had at this restaurant.

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vipKevinN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Hostess was incredibly rude. Had an 815 reservation and the table was not ready until 910pm. Their outdoor setup looks like crap. Terrible service all around :(

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and great service

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Amanda
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We waited for an hour even thought we had a reservation. They also didn't have enough heater lamps. It was chilly. The skirt steak was okay, not great.

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MichelleQ
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious (empanandas, calamari, sirloin steak, mushrooms, fries, and creamed spinach), the only item that didn't quite agree with our taste buds was the bread pudding it was overspiced.

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Jvg1
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great outdoor dining option and delicious food, not to be overlooked in Pasadena.

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TeresaF
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The outdoor patio was great and ambiance was perfect... but the service was literally terrible. The appetizer was never served. The meal order was incorrect. The check took an hour ( not an exaggeration) to arrive even with two requests. Food was meahhhh. Won’t go back. Great location but not fun as the evening was just a struggle.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Empanadas were delicious.

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vipArleniem
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a wonderful dinner despite COVID. This restaurant nailed it!

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MHKT
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Steak was a little chewy. The service was great! Really good wine!

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vipJosephF
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and wonderful food,.... I want to go back when inside dining is opened

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ArmenK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 2 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We were satisfied with food quality. Delicious.
I assume you can not ask more from service, especially those pandemic times.
I would recommend to attend.

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AustinB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and very kind service!

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HicelR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is phenomenal, first time coming and I will be back!! They didn’t hesitate to accommodate us by the heater! The food was delicious! It’s a great Argentinian restaurant! Love love

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Celebrating my 12th weeding anniversary

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vipRazmikO
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 27 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service. Malbec is doing a great job providing a safe dining environment during COVID-19.

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BrendaJ
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The sole filet was delicious, accompanied with mash potatoes (a little cold though) but still good.

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vipPamel
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a really nice space in the back patio. The wine bar and music created a great ambiance.

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Carlosr
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and service was outstanding

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DGMGM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent everything was tasty, our server Ruben was very attending

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We dined in the rear dining area that had wonderful lighting and a tent and music and plenty of charm! The service was friendly and attentive. The food was even better than the last time we were there. Really delish! So nice to be able to eat out! Thank you for making extraordinary accommodations in these bizarre times!

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nolababe
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply delicious and wonderful service. Love the empanadas and frito mixto. You don't need to be a meat lover.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. The place, the food, the service- never disappoints. I hope this place survives this crazy pandemic.

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MichelleL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious. The crepe, salmon and fish dishes were great. The shrimp in the appetizer also great. The calamari could have been fresher in the appetizer but we had an overall great dining experience and look forward to going back again.

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SBHan
1 review
Dined on 28 October 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

It's typical to find a restaurant that under seasons or over seasons their food. What I found strange about my visit to the Malbec was the inconsistency across all of the dishes.

I ordered the ceviche to start and had to send it back because the fish had a strong "fishy" aftertaste, which is typical of raw fish that has aged for too long.

Next came the Brussels sprouts with bacon + chimichurri flank steak + seafood paella.

Brussel Sprouts: VERY salty. The Brussel sprouts and the bacon were both badly overcooked.

Flank Steak: Tough to eat -- under seasoned.

Seafood paella: It looked great, but the seafood was overcooked (rubbery) and the rice was very bland. If you closed your eyes, you would think you were eating white rice mixed with olive oil.

Altogether, one of the worst meals I've had in Pasadena. Though, I wouldn't be surprised if it was a one-off situation, as it looks like many others have enjoyed their meal.

My thoughts? Go find out for yourself or don't take the risk and eat somewhere else :-)

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Malbecs! Date night, meeting up with friends or just regular dinner. Great location, amazing food, amazing customer service! Great wine and the best empanadas and chimichurri! I recommend all dishes, they are all always delicious!!

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vipBrianneB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, excellent service! Will definitely come back

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DavidB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service ever. The server was on point with everything he recommended. Food tasted fantastic Dessert was excellent. Ambiance was perfect. Live music was enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very fun socially distance performance in the back parking lot under twinkling lights!

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nolababe
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great wine list and they even have delicious sangria red or white! Save room for the affogato dessert!

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Argentinian experience with a very Parisian outdoor setting! Can’t wait to go back! Food was exceptional! Wine list was top notch! Service was phenomenal! All at a very fair price given the quality! Thanks for making our evening memorable! We will be back!

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vipJMark
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant!! Be sure to ask for a table in the back there was live entertainment and much more social distance space. I will definitely be back

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LuciaV
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it just a little pricey but ok ! Will be back for sure

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billk
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was great! Portions were matched pricing. Seating was outside during Covid madness so that is really not their fault attempting to stay in business. Service was as good as to be expected. Definitely going back, food was prepared and presented as well possible considering the circumstances.

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SylviaO
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to meet up with girlfriends and catch up after months of isolation. Tables were spread out well, do you didn’t feel anxious or guilty about being out during this time.

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vipgardenlover
Tahoe
60 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and Dennis was winderful

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vipheidik
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. Will be back.

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Xris
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow! Never been and so happy I did last Friday night. Delicious and good selection of tapas, main and specialties. Began with the grilled octopus. Bread served at table if desired. Ordered the (New York steak) beef loin with the 3 sauces and sides of mushrooms, saffron rice and avocado tomatoes salad. Mushrooms and salad were really good. My husband and I split the meal. More than enough for 2. Great value for the price. Sat outside along sidewalk. Will go again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Service was horrible.. slow and rude waiter

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vipdavey
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was lacking this time around. The wait staff paid much more attention to the larger tables and did not come around to check on us or to offer anything. Was sorely disappointed this time.

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Malbec - Pasadena is rated 4.6 stars by 873 OpenTable diners.

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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.