MALO is Des Moines’ destination for Latin cuisine. From classic Havana cocktails to inventive Mexican dishes, MALO celebrates all the flavors of Latin America.
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 ok. We've had better experience ...
Food was ok. We've had better experiences at Malo. It was VERY noisy. Uncomfortably so actually. We could barely have a conversation across the table. Wait staff was very polite and responsive. Over all, an OK experience.
I was on a road trip, Malo was recommend ...
I was on a road trip, Malo was recommended by the hotel front desk clerks. It was easy to find from my hotel, on street parking was convenient. I was quickly welcomed and given seating options. I selected the sidewalk patio which turned out not to be optimal, there is building construction across the seat and even though it was 7:00 p.m. the crews were working so lots of construction noise. I ordered the grilled mahi-mahi salad and grilled asparagus. Sadly the mahi-mahi was overcooked - too dry, and way to salty for my taste. The asparagus was also too salty and over-grilled. Frankly I should have returned both but was tired from travels so just ate the parts that were OK.
Food was great. Had the Barbacoa Hot Dis ...
Food was great. Had the Barbacoa Hot Dish, which was like a shepherd's pie. Chips and salsa and guacamole always tasty. Totchos are delicious. Server was great, except for forgetting to put in our appetizer order until our entrees had already arrived. Restaurant is always a little loud due to the concrete floors.
Very disappointed with my dining experie ...
Very disappointed with my dining experience. I went with a group of girls for a Bachelorette Party on a Friday night; which I know Friday's can be very busy, but our server barely paid attention to our table. The Bride has some food allergies and when we would ask any type of question regarding the menu you could see our server become very annoyed. We could barely hear her over the noise levels in the room and saw her visibly interact a little nicer to the tables around us. It embarrassed the Bride and made me personally not want to visit this establishment again. Customer service is extremely important to me and it was very poor for our group. Food allergies are very common these days so asking questions shouldn't have been a big deal but expected.
Went for my first time to Malos brunch. ...
Went for my first time to Malos brunch. It was awesome!! The brunch buffet offered a variety of classic brunch items with a latino spin! I wish I would have save room to try more tacos, the two I tried were delicious! I will definitely be back!!!
I've been there 4 times and the food is ...
I've been there 4 times and the food is always good. I got the salmon salad this time. It was good, but at $15 a little high, given it was fixed greens. To make this a better value, I think additional veggies/ingriedients need to be added.
We hadn't been to Malo in awhile and dec ...
We hadn't been to Malo in awhile and decided to go back for a birthday celebration. The margaritas were a great way to start things off. Love how they are served in shakers and very much appreciate the option for a fresh preparation with just lime juice. Most of us opted for the tacos, wanting something lighter, and appreciated the reasonable portion size which is difficult to find in DSM. This restaurant will be back on our regular rotation, especially when cocktails are in order!
I have to say my family and friends were ...
I have to say my family and friends were sorely disappointed when we went Sunday Aug -21. Our server she seemed interested in anything BUT serving us. The Tacos were not their standard quality. Finally when I made the reservation I put down it was for a birthday. Yet no acknowledgement. When you pay over 120.00 for a meal you expect more. Been there 3 times had two great meals this one might be the last.
I am celiac and have trouble finding pla ...
I am celiac and have trouble finding places that truly understand GF needs. They were great about educating me on my options (tons, by the way) and were very "clean" in terms of griddle space and shared fryer info. As an Iowa native just back for a visit, I was so pleased to have found a new favorite!
This place has a very unique ambiance, g ...
This place has a very unique ambiance, great food and generous portions for the prices. I went with a group of friends and it was a great time. The only bad part would be the music was too loud to talk to the people at our table and it was only 8pm. I could see if it was 10pm or later when it's more of a bar scene.
Malo my, and my husbands favorite restau ...
Malo my, and my husbands favorite restaurant for date night. The food, service, atmosphere, and everything has been top notch every time. We also love that you can bring your own wine for not corking fee! We will always be back!!
we ate outside, will never do that again ...
we ate outside, will never do that again ! cross traffic is very noisy . There $12 margaritas are only worth maybe 6 or at most $8 . could not taste any tequila , I told the manager they tasted like lime water. She was very nice about it ,and took off our bill. This is a very cool place. We want this place to live up to it potential . They have a great menu. It's a pretty hip place , and we will be back to see if maybe we just hit an off night.
Malo has always been aloof in their serv ...
Malo has always been aloof in their service, but this time it was even more so. It took maybe 15 minutes for our waitress to come over to get our drink orders. Maybe another 20 minutes to get the drinks. We placed our dinner order at the same time our drinks came out. Our dinner was ready in a timely manner though we were just a few bites into our food when the check was brought out. I understand it's a busy Saturday night, but common the check coming out early tells me as a customer that we need to hurry and it's not okay to order another drink or even dessert. Both of which I know are big money makers in the restaurant industry. I have no complaints about the quality or taste of food. It's excellent! However something needs to be done about the serving staff's time management.
Malo is a fabulous Place to go if you lo ...
Malo is a fabulous Place to go if you looking to hang out with friends, go on a date, or even family dinner night with your kids. The food and service were excellent and have been excellent every time I've been there!
I like this restaurant, it's always been ...
I like this restaurant, it's always been good. Tonight was a little sub-par, our food took a long time for no busier thsn it was and our service was very slow. All other times that I've dined have been more enjoyable. I'd still recommend.
We had dinner with our family of six bef ...
We had dinner with our family of six before a show on Sunday evening. It was very crowed at the bar to get a drink at first. Dinner was excellent and our waitress was very accommodating. I would definitely return to Malo and recommend it to a friend.
First time trying Malo - found our new S ...
First time trying Malo - found our new Sunday Brunch fav! Dined with my husband & two kids (6 yr old & 15 mo old). Our waiter was attentive to our needs, cleared plates quickly & we especially appreciated that he pointed out that all the taco's on the menu were included in the buffet. Couldn't pass that deal by. We tried 4 & loved the Cod taco & Chipotle shrimp taco! Buffet was $16.99 per adult (kids under 12 eat free), we also had a mimosa & a peach sangaria. Final amount spent was around $57 but felt we received a great value, good food & service. Great dining experience. We will be back.
Great as always. There are tons of Mexi ...
Great as always. There are tons of Mexican restaurants in Des Moines. This is truly upscale and authentic. Great drinks, paella, tacos. Really, you will like everything. Just one thing, when asked what beer they had on tap, our waitress said "I don't know, I could go look" but of course she made no move to, because someone that would say something like that never does. But really I love the place, so worth a minor irritation.
This was our second time at Malo and we ...
This was our second time at Malo and we were a bit disappointed. I am vegan and when I ordered the two tacos that can be prepared vegan (avocado and crispy onion as well as the portobello) my portobello taco had cheese on it. Our server had acknowledged that I was vegan and to leave the cheese off when I placed the order, but it still came out wrong. Our order of vegan black beans also had cheese all over them. After she brought us the corrected order, it seemed like she could not get us out of their fast enough. She started clearing our table and quickly brought us the check. Unfortunately we probably won't be returning to Malo. Never fun to dine somewhere that you feel like you can't sit and take your time.
I was with a group of friends for a semi ...
I was with a group of friends for a semi-nice night out for dinner. The food was awesome. We sat outside, which allowed the 2-year old in our group a little more space. I enjoyed the outside seating area, though it is right on the street so you can't really expect a garden view or anything. I've already recommended them to other friends. Pleasantly surprised when you want to pay a little more than Taco Johns and not quite as much as some other downtown locations.
I've heard nothing but good things about ...
I've heard nothing but good things about the Malo brunch, but by noon (it runs 10 - 2), everything on the tables was quite stale. They clearly mass-produced the food (just way too much out there for the number of people there) when smaller batches and restocks would make far more sense. The waffles were hard and crunchy, the corned beef hash was a lukewarm mess, the bacon and sausage similarly lukewarm, and even the made to order tacos came out on stale corn shells with dried cheese and dried/overcooked meat. After being seated it took about 7 - 10 minutes for us to get water and then a vist from our server. For a place that has been consistently good at lunch, it was altogether miserable at brunch. Perhaps it wasn't their kitchen's or staff's best day, but I could never recommend brunch here after that experience.
Always happy with the food at Malo. Try ...
Always happy with the food at Malo. Try their brunch! Servers are very friendly, but the restaurant feels short staffed at times; there have been a couple visits where our server hasn't seen us and we have to flag someone down. Overall, we love coming here!
Went to Malo 7/9/16 with 6:15 reservatio ...
Went to Malo 7/9/16 with 6:15 reservation. Food was ok- looked dry and limp- like it had been under heat lamp. We were 4 adults- each had different mixed drinks that we thought were weak in both flavor and alcohol. When we told our server the Peron margaritas were weak- her reply was "you must of got a bad one." No offer to fix or replace with a different drink. Food quality is definitely not up to prove level. Our tab was roughly $150 with appetizers, drinks and entrees.
This Gem was found when looking for a ne ...
This Gem was found when looking for a new place to dine with friends coming to town. Downtown Des Moines has so much to offer and this enhances the experience. The food is excellant, the wait staff is attentive. This is on the list for a return visit and explore the menu even more.
My tacos were fantastic but the service ...
My tacos were fantastic but the service was not great. We had to flag our waitress down to order our food after sitting for 15 minutes (the restaurant was not busy) and find her again for our check. Our lunch took an hour and 15 minutes. Not acceptable.
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