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Malo

4.4
720 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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  • Good for a Date (25)
  • Casual (21)
  • Special Occasion (21)
MALO is Des Moines’ destination for classic Mexican cuisine. From tacos, fajitas and enchiladas to burgers, salads and more, MALO offers all the dishes you love in a lively, energetic atmosphere.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Sunday: 10am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - 11pm
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Phone number
(515) 244-5000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Julio Gamboa
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Cross street
9th St.
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Parking details
Street parking is available directly in front of MALO as well as on adjacent streets. Free parking is also available in the Wells Fargo garage at the southeast corner of 9th and Mulberry after 5pm and on weekends.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 720 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined 18 hours ago

Sisters night out!

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Good food, genuine waitress who wasn’t fake.

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lovemalo (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Love this place, the food is great, fun and different. The burrito with the tator tots in it is fantastic and huge, we both took home half our meals. The queso is awesome as well.

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Mbbb (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food, awesome service, margaritas were good but really strong

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We went to Malo for Valentine’s Day. It was busy but not packed as there were several tables that were empty. After waiting for about 15 minutes I got up and went to the hostess to ask if we had a server as no one had been by our table yet. She then came, filled our water glasses and left. Didn’t even ask for our drink order. 5 minutes later she came back to take our food order. After we ordered I had to quickly ask for a drink as she seemed in such a hurry. Food came out and was fairly good. We have been to Malo several times and this was our worst experience. I hope it’s not a sign of what’s to come. Disappointing night at the restaurant

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MattM (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Our waiter was excellent! He was patient, kind and professional!

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MichaelH (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Food was amazing. The menu was creative and I can’t wait to try more.

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LauraR (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The food was excellent both times I've eaten here. The server this time was not very good. The first time I dined here the server was top notch.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

Malo consistently delivers great and unique food. Can get a little loud at times, but fun atmosphere to be a part of.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was very good and our server Rachel did a great job.

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