Malva Restaurante

4.7
40 reviews
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MXN500 and over
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Contemporary Mexican
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  • Romance
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Outdoor Eating

Malva Restaurante highlights Baja Californian cuisine, food that blends coastal fare from America and Mexico. Malva is a creation of restaurateur and chef Roberto Alcocer. All of the ingredients used at Malva are guaranteed to be as fresh as possible because Chef Alcocer owns and operates a nearby farm where he raises chickens, goats and sheep for use exclusively at the restaurant. Malva also owns the orchard and garden that is right next door, so the kitchen staff always knows exactly where its ingredients are coming from and that they are high quality.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary Mexican, Organic
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Hours of Operation
Wed–Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
01 646 155 3085
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Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Roberto Alcocer
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Catering
Caterings a Domicilio
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Cross Street
Carretera Ensenada Tecate km96 san Antonio de las Minas
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Corkage Fee, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine
What 40 People Are Saying
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Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and wine!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Comida deliciosa! También tienen buenas bebidas. Vale la pena!

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AR
Monterrey
2 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente comida y ambiente del lugar. Pedí el menú de 3 tiempos y todo estuvo delicioso

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OT
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place to be and have good wine and food.

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San Diego
104 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have dined at Malva in the past and had another excellent experience. It is like a tree house restaurant and most of their ingredients come from their land. The service and 6-course lunch were excellent with beautiful presentations. We enjoyed great local wine as well.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful and tasty food. Highly recommended!

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

exelente comida! Lugar y ambiente. para conocedores del buen comer.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

La pasamos muy bien, comimos de maravilla y el servicio estuvo excelente!

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S
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Malva was extremely disappointing. For the price, it did not reach the caliber of other great restaurants with similar price points in the Valle. The service was terrible. They were not busy and we got bad service and had a new waiter walk up to us almost every time. We were mislead on a description for an appetizer plate that we did not eat and still got charged for it. No acknowledgment or good-bye as we left. Everything that makes you recommend a restaurant was lacking here.

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BM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location. Amazing service. Perfectly cooked and delicious food. Looking forward to going back.

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SA
Baja California
5 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Servicio de primera.,Calidad y Sabor de los alimentoa muy recomendable.Uno de mis favoritos desde ahora en adelante.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gran selección de vinos y la comida espectacular. Les recomiendo mucho el rib-eye, y las tostada de ceviche de pescado. La atención fue muy personalizada y acogedora. El lugar es también muy especial.

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Baja California
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Un lugar pequeño pero acogedor un menú chico pero bien pensando y ejecutado, el servicio bueno

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Mexico City
11 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Esquisita la comida en especial el pato. mmm

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best meal over the six days we’ve been in Valle. These young chefs and the wine maker are quite a talented group. It was an honor to experience their craft.

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MC
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Una experiencia que me gustaría repetir! Excelente servicio por parte del Chef y su staff

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Seattle
28 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A really fun dinning experience. We had the chefs special tasting menu, which we enjoyed imencely. He readily substituted a dish we wanted to try (duck for chicken), and delighted us with every course. We found the service attentive, and pleasent. The food and service were completely disparent to the rustic enviornment. Which was part of the fun. I look forward to returning.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great setting. Engaging staff. Best food of our two day stay in Valle Guadelupe.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I was really disappointed with Malva as the reviews were very positive. The service was not great, we did not have a specific server so no one took accountability for our table. The menu is very limited and they were out of one of the items (duck carnitas) so I had to go with something I didn’t really want (the chicken). The dishes were ok - the chicken was not very good and in general there is much better food in Valle. I would not waste your time with Malva.

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ER
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love visiting Malva! Every time we are in the Valle de Guadalupe, we look forward to our meal here, and it never disappoints. Outstanding service, delicious food!

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IC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rustic vibes, very hospitable staff, beautiful and delicious food. The chef even came out to say hello. I’d highly recommend if you are in the Valle. Note that they only have pre-fixe menus.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely. Gracious hostess..delicious food.

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GC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Creative dishes and delicious flavors.

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San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful plating... The food is the star here.

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the restaurant to myself!!!!!Everything was wonderful! I bought a few bottles of wine as they have their own in house winery!!! I highly recommend their Sauvignon Blanc!!!!

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TA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was absolutely stunning and delicious. We had eaten at 4 high end restaurants in the area before Malva, which was our last stop, and were not expecting much; however, we were blown away at the creativity and maturity of the dishes. We ordered the tasting menu for lunch, which consisted of about 6 or 7 small dishes, plus a few surprises along the way. Each dish was superb and our meal consisted of some of the best dishes I've had in the area. For about $50 US per person, without drinks it's well worth the cost.

The location feels a bit like being in a tree house and the weather was perfect for being outside; however, I can see it getting cold if you are not properly dressed. The location is much less sophisticated than some of the other up-scale restaurants around, but it adds to the intimacy and charm of the restaurant and truly provides a unique experience. It's also important to mention that there is livestock nearby and I've heard that the smell can be distracting when hot and the winds pick up, so may be worth considering if you are sensitive to this (but we did not have this problem).

As a luxury travel writer, my husband and I travel the world seeking great food experiences and what we find in Valle de Guadalupe rivals that of most Michelin Star restaurants we've eaten at. Malva is an excellent foodie destination for anyone who appreciates the artistry of cuisine and enjoys having their taste buds challenged. We will absolutely be back!

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k
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cool restaurant. It's located on the side of a hill and looks a bit like a tree house. It's very intimate, maybe only 5-6 tables, so make a reservation if you can. The food was absolutely delicious (mostly fresh, light, farm to table options) and it was fun watching the chefs make the food in the open kitchen. If you'll be in Valle de Guadalupe, this is definitely worth a stop!

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LL
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Degústamos la cena de 9 tiempos y cada uno estuvo delicioso, platillos con sabores sutiles y originales; quedamos gratamente sorprendidos.

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EM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Que experiencia! La comida estaba riquisima. Recomendare malva a todos mis amigos!

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SD
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved every minute of it. Only 1 other couple, so felt like a private tasting dinner.

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FT
Monterrey
4 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, simple and at the same time complex. A very relaxing place with outstanding food. A most in town! Ricardo the chef will make your visit unique. Enjoy

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extrodinary culinary experience Incredibly beautiful setting . FIVE STARS PLUS

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Miami
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal I've had in quite a long time. Great wines, paricularly the Sauvignon Blanc. Oysters, rabitt sausage, and an extraordinay fish called Scholar. The setting absolutely lovely. It remained us of Tuscany.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2017
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding. The wine pairing not so much.

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Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

First of all : Food is amazing!

Now to the bad stuff:
we attended the Mother's Day event with a 4 courses menu, the place was practically empty, only 2 tables when we arrived.
We ordered the tasting menu including salad, pasta, a delicious fish and dessert, the first 3 came to us at the same time, we just felt like they were rushing us, plus it was quite uncomfortable that main chef Roberto Alcocer was scolding his staff in front of us, food and wine, are excellent, but those details make you wonder if it's worth coming back

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2017
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and ambiance at Malva are phenomenal but the service was frustrating. Our server spoke minimal English but did get our order 100% correct. However the food came out in an incomprehensible and unenjoyable way. Several in our group did not get appetizers and their entrees came out before anything else. They finished eating before the rest of us got our appetizers and then after we had gotten our appetizers the meat oriented entrees came out long after the seafood. Overall the food was great but the dining experience wasn't pleasant.

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s
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Recomiendo poner sistema de sonido

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LF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on 25 March 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good. I think maybe 7 courses would be better. There were a couple courses that were a bit out of place. Loved the setting and service was great

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cannot recommend Malva enough and look forward to going back for their tasting menu

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MF
Baja California
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I highly recommend Malva! Each dish was beautifully crafted and the flavor profiles were perfect. The meats were all tender and delicious. I experienced the 10-course dinner which included oysters, lamb, rabbit, yellowtail, soup, salad, squash blossom, two desserts, and I know I'm missing a couple dishes still! All dishes came out in a timely manner and the serving staff was extremely attentive. The Malbec wine bottle that we ordered paired well and was mildly sweet. Malva is a must-do when visiting Valle de Guadalupe!

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