Malbec - Pasadena

4.6
1035 reviews
$30 and under
Argentinian
Please note, our outdoor seating is first come first serve. If you have a reservation through OpenTable, you will be seated, however please allow a few extra minutes to ensure that we can properly sanitize your table.

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 1035 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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elizabeth
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although the appetizers sounded amazing I chose to go straight to the main course. Steak is their specialty so I had to choose one. The ribeye was cooked to order and tender. Oh so flavorful with a side of creamed spinach and grilled vegetables. Not only did the meal taste good but it was very attractively presented. I did enjoy the Argentinian beer and was very pleased with the sorbet. Service was friendly. A great place for dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal was really delicious. The red sangria took the meal over the top!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Quick service

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Charisma
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Staff was very friendly and were attentive. Food was delicious.

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Chrissy
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the steak and the ambiance. We ate at the back of the restaurant and it was nice. Customer service is amazing! I will come back again

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vipMamaWillie
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply put, a wonderful experience from start to finish. The quality of food is second to none!
The service is authentic and you know they love what they do.
This place is a must.

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DaleB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My trip to Pasadena combined business and a 46th year wedding anniversary. The meal and servers were excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unwelcoming hostess, good food. Christian was a great server!

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vipMsagman
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want amazing food, this is your place. I had the Entrana a la Chimichuri and my wife had the Arroz con Marisco - both packed with flavor. You should also try the Don David Malbec! For desert, the Dolce de Lece Crepes with Banana. You will not be disappointed with any of these - set high expectations and let your taste buds be the judge!

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CliffS
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Restaurant was busy and service felt very rushed, had to call the waiter back to complete my order as he was walking away before we finished ordering, I requested a medium cooked steak which was burnt on top when it came back, and cooked well done. For $100 a head I expected a better experience, did not ,at h up to previous visits sadly

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vipTjag
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

our first visit and it was extremely pleasant great staff everything from the appetizer through dessert net or exceeded our expectations we will definitely be back

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vipFrankie
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Malbec always has great food. I had a big issue with the hostess that night. She was very rude and would not seat us before our 6PM rez. It was around 535. She blurted out some nonsense that I didn't even understand and the restaurant was half empty. I quickly changed my rez to 545 and returned. She was very upset with my quick thinking and was very rude. She them penalized us by sitting is in the overflow room which is always very noisy versus the main room which is much nicer. I hate when poor/rude servers tarnish a place that you really enjoy going. Will need to think twice about going there now.

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AbhisekT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Seating service could be more efficient. There were 3 hosts, a few tables waiting to be cleaned up/open, and a long line of customers with reservations waiting to be seated, yet the hostesses were taking their own sweet time to decide and seat people.

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Daniel
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reuben is a fantastic server. Food was superb

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a birthday with girlfriends and it was great. Great food and service. Loved it will be back

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SaundraH
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. They seemed slightly overwhelmed by a large party which slowed things down a bit but we would definitely go there again

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vipJoses
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the ambience of the restaurant is perfect. Whether dinner is for 2 or for a family, this is the perfect place to enjoy the best empanadas, beef, salads, etc and don't leave the restaurant without trying the Panqueques de Dulce de Leche.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

After covit restaurant has a new staff and after stopping by multiple times I can say that is not the same quality of service at all. Slower, do not check on you often, didn't get my table clean between courses, dirty plates were taken until I ask, not even got ask for a 2nd round of drinks.

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vipJuanV
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Amazing food.

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WINEandDINE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food!

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vipMissPLB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Arrived and there was no greeter. Waited until we caught the eye of a server. Waitstaff was great, white Sangria was delicious. Lunch was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

FABULOUS Ribeye and Chimichurri skirt steaks. Their chicken empanadas are truly a life-altering experience -- THE BEST! If you are a chocolate lover, please order the Chocolate Mousse... You will NOT regret it 💜

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JulianS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Never disappoints! The meat is always exquisite, the appetizers were good, food was relatively quick on delivery and the young man helping us was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly. We had been during the pandemic and were a bit neglected on the outdoor seating, not this time, glad we tried again. Cheers Malbec!

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wendyw
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The food were salty not taste good as before ! I think they must changed chef or owner !

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Chelen1987
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Restaurant called to ask if they could change my reservations to a later time. I guess there were too many people with not many tables available. I was running late so it worked! The service was outstanding, attentive staff. The food tasted great. I had a nice dining experience (indoor) and will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was excellent. I can’t wait to go back there.

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DarleneF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal!

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PatM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I love Malbec's. This visit was less than desirable, maybe due to recovering from pandemic conditions. The side room where we were seated (I don't remember this from other visits) was very noisy. (Too many hard surfaces, too little means to absorb noise.) Wait staff was great, as usual. Excellent suggestion of a white wine to accompany the sole entree. The appetizer (carpaccio) and the sole course were excellent. The dessert, chocolate mousse, was much too rich, and the serving was enormous. (The entree also featured far more food than necessary or desirable -- fish is not a good bet for leftovers.) Just a tip: when you serve well-prepared food, diners don't expect to be given mountains of it. Less is more.

But I will definitely give Malbec's another try, after "reopening" fever has died down.

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darindad
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived 10 minutes before our reservation, got us seated in few minutes. Tables were space apart for social distances. Service and food were excellent. Corkage was $25 which is on high average.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I don’t think the portions the serve are worthy of what they charge.

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vipjoolzlover
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

After a first post pandemic visit, the service was VERY slow. However, on our second try these (not unusual I would guess) problems seemed to be ironed out. This is an Argentinian style restaurant, which means meat is a main focus. After starting with a lovely spinach, sautéed mushroom and pecan salad along with the delicious Frito Misto (deep fried shrimp and calamari) I was able to savor my favorite treat…charbroiled skirt steak. It came with four vegetable sides and some delectable dipping sauce. Cooked perfectly (even the veggies, a rarity) it was totally delish. My husband’s pasta with chicken, mushrooms and shrimp in cream sauce was similarly yummy. A very lively (but distanced) dining room full of happy, laughing diners, lent a festive atmosphere. Right now this our new go-to dining out spot post pandemic!

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TonyV
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very enjoyable. The food was great.
Would return to try another item on the menu

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LauraH
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Always looking forward to dining at Malbec!

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Michael
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I took my friend to this joint to celebrate her B-Day, I mentioned in the reservation that it was a B-Day dinner. Upon arriving, the host appeared annoyed and was not friendly. The host sat us under a tent in the parking lot in back of the building, I questioned this and her excuse was that they were short handed inside. I didn't want to demand anything and ruin the mood for my friend. Once we sat down, the service was very very slow. When ordering, I asked the waiter to switch the skin/boned chicken with skinless/boneless chicken breast but he was not accommodating. So I ordered a chicken entree that looked like something I would order at Denny's, except it was very expensive. The waiter hardly checked on us and they never brought out a small B-Day dessert for my friend. At the end, I asked the waiter for the location of the restroom and he said that we would have to walk around to the front. We did and not to my surprise I observed new customers inside the restaurant at tables that were empty prior to us being escorted to the back of the building. I would never go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Would definitely go back. Only wish you had a kids menu available for occasions like Father’s Day! But otherwise was so great!

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Eddy
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food and the experience was excellent. Highly recommend the entraña chimichuri.

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BriDavis
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good. The server we had was very new but did a nice job. We sat outside but we did go inside to use the bathroom and the inside of the restaurant was very nice.

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Iche
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great.

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vipgardenlover
Tahoe
62 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Octopus, cheese with peppers and skirt steak all so very delicious. Service was wonderful! Great local place in Pasadena!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutley loved dining here, and cannot wait to visit again.
The food was amazing! Below is what we had and recommended.

Appetizer: Pulpo, which is the grilled octopus. It’s delicious and delicately prepared. A must, if you are a seafood lover.

Entrees:

1.Ojo de Bife, or as we know it, rib eye. It was absolutely perfectly cooked. The three sauces provided are great compliments to the dish.

2. Seafood pasta. Again, if you live seafood this is a wonderful dish to have at any of their locations.

Dessert: Panqueques de Dulce de Leche: These stuffed crepes were the perfect dessert. A must try if you love crepes!

We also had coffee and their fresh orange juice. I recommend these as well!

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You can order delivery directly from Malbec - Pasadena using the Order Online button. Malbec - Pasadena also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (626) 683-0550.

Malbec - Pasadena is rated 4.6 stars by 1035 OpenTable diners.

Malbec - Pasadena does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/malbec-argentinean-cuisine-pasadena/giftcards?utmCampaign=OpenTable.

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.