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MALO is Des Moines’ destination for Latin cuisine. From classic Havana cocktails to inventive Mexican dishes, MALO celebrates all the flavors of Latin America.
Des Moines, IA 50309
Latin American, Mexican / Southwestern
Hours of Operation:
Sunday: 10am - 9pm
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 11pm
Friday & Saturday: 11am - Midnight
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is ample street parking near our restaurant.
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu
Malo Ratings and Reviews
Food was fine. Ordered 2 drunken nachos, one steak, one chicken. There was very little meat on either one. Quesadilla was large and stuffed full. Service was ok, part of our party waited a long time for drinks, one was just a bottle of beer. Think that Happy Hour specials had overwhelmed the staff.
The hostess didn't have our open table reservation when we arrived. I was searching for it on my phone when we were taken to a table. We had theater tickets so the 10 minutes we lost in time while a table was set up for us mattered. Service was slow after that. The food at Malo is great but if you want to talk with your friends don't go there. The noise level makes it impossible to carry on a conversation.
As always great food! One of our favorite places to eat! Slightly disappointed with the service. Our waitress never introduced herself and it was a struggle to get her attention. We waited for 10 mins to order and once we got our food she only returned to box our food and bring he bill. We will still be back as we love the food. Hopefully get a friendlier waitress.
Our dinner was really just okay. The service was outstanding and that is important to note. The food was really mediocre and really overpriced. I had chicken and it appeared to be some sort of boneless dark cut of meat; kind of bizarre. It wasn't the type of quality we were expecting.
Went there for Valentines Day. Not a lot of choices. Is this a Mexican place? It seems confused. Chips/salsa great. Wine superb. Seafood enchiladas advertised as crab, shrimp, lobster - when I cut one open it was only shrimp. I don't like paying $25.00 for tiny baby shrimp!
Even though this restaurant is great for adults out for an adult evening, it is literally my 5 year old daughter's favorite restaurant in Des Moines. We attended for her 5th birthday. She thinks they have the most fun kids menu to play with and she loves that it is an old fire house. Add that with delicious fries to accompany her cheese quesadilla and she is sold.
I have been to Malo many times. The only downside to my experience tonight was that they put us in the back corner near the kitchen door and the cocktails were far from expertly crafted. Other than that, the food is great and the ambience exciting. I recommend eating there in the warmer months when you can sit on their patio - it's the best overall experience.
Food was fair but the spices and portions were out of balance with expectations. The enchilada meal was layered with cheese that appeared to be separating on the plate. They were decent but they were extremely heavy.
The blackened shrimp were difficult to eat due to the excessive pepper and salt. The steak fajitas were very good and cooked nicely. The side dishes were nothing memorable but they were pretty good.
One of our dinner guests ordered some kind of entree that came out in a lasagna dish and was extremely large. In fact, the waitress identified that she had never seen someone eat the entire dish.
My Wife and I don't plan on going back. It wasn't horrible, just not up to our expectations. I will keep my contemporary Mexican food business with Rosa Mexicano when I make it out to the East coast.
My fiance and I had a great experience at Malo we were seated right away, our server I can't remember his name but he was awesome made sure we had our chips and our drinks and the food when it was brought out was absolutely great I definitely would recommend this restaurant
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