Des Moines, IA 50309
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
The food was very good and cooked perfec ...
The food was very good and cooked perfectly! We went there on New Years Eve expecting it to be very busy but we got seated right away . I didn't know the difference before I went between Mexican and Latin food... but know I do. The sesoning was very good and not over-powering. I would deffinatly recommend this restaurant!
Malo was not a favorite and will not get ...
Malo was not a favorite and will not get a return visit, unfortunately. Water glass was dirty, food was over cooked and a bug crawled out of my salad. The server was polite without sincerity. The hostess was cordially and we were seated promptly, but I won't be going back. Too bad since I'd heard good things.
Every time I have eaten at Malo, it has ...
Every time I have eaten at Malo, it has been a great experience. The food is terrific, the ambience is wonderful and the staff does a great job. It's a nice little gem on the southwest side of downtown!! :) I made the mistake of brining my 12 year old to Malo once, and now it's THE PLACE she wants to go whenever we're in the city looking for a restaurant. :)
Not so good. Little things like our can ...
Not so good. Little things like our candle not lit on table, no ice in water, chips and salsa not served til asked to cold food and slow service. Our wine glass was dirty. Wasn't busy at all but had made reservation only to be sat at one of the worst tables in the whole place, by the kitchen. Very vegetarian unfriendly. Overall poor experience.
I chose MALO for a birthday dinner with ...
I chose MALO for a birthday dinner with my family. Everyone loved the food, even my 8 year old niece! The portion sizes were reflective of the price, and even gave us leftovers! I would recommend MALO to any of my friends or family and I will be back myself!
Our server was very polite and the food ...
Our server was very polite and the food was freshly prepared.
The main issue I saw was that while my fajitas were well seasoned and I appreciated what looked to be house made tortillas, my shrimp was overcooked a bit and the steak strips, while medium rare, we're dry as if they hadn't been rested before cutting. In addition, I felt the portion sizes on the $26 fajitas left something to be desired. However, maybe I've been spoiled by local Mexican restaurants being able to provide twice as much meat for literally half the price.
An odd side note: the salt shaker at our table was not working (upon further inspection, the holes were clogged) and the server seemed unsurprised and happily provide a different salt shaker. But that one was clogged too... Maybe they should buy some different shakers or clean them more often? Idk..
It's unlikely we'll be going back for a main course. Probably just appetizers.. The chips and guacamole were good and the salsa is odd, but endearing.
Have been here many times. Typically we ...
Have been here many times. Typically we have great service. For some reason this visit the service was very poor. We had to ask for our drinks after we had eaten our meals because the server never checked back with us while we had our food.
Came in with a group of colleagues at 7: ...
Came in with a group of colleagues at 7:10, was seated by 7:15 (as the appointment requested). Food was great. Server was lovely. Only criticism would be that the drinks took quite awhile to arrive the first time.
I ordered the taco salad. The beef was o ...
I ordered the taco salad. The beef was one step short of rancid and I couldn't eat it. Our server couldn't be bothered to pay the remotest of attention to our group of 8. I'd recommend the bar and it's tequila selection, and not much else.
We made a reservation for 2, got seated ...
We made a reservation for 2, got seated at a table for 4 , then waited nearly 15 minutes for someone to greet us. We watched others get seated after us get better tables and drinks and chips right away. Server finally came by and said straight faced, "so do you want something to drink?" Awful. Luckily, soon after that we got greeted by a different server who said he'd be taking over. Great service after that, great food too. Bad start though left us with an ok overall experience.
Great Meal! Grew up in the area and was ...
Great Meal! Grew up in the area and was THRILLED to find such great food in my old stomping grounds!
The chips are fresh and warm and the salsa is amazing. The crab cakes are beautifully presented and delicious. I had a burrito bowl yum! Husband had the sesame fried chicken with hominy. He was pleased too.
One negative: The margaritas are too sweet and are low on tequila.
We are never disappointed when we eat at ...
We are never disappointed when we eat at Malo. The food is very good, the service is good, and the chips and salsa are delicious. I usually order the chicken enchilada and it comes with rice and beans .The chicken tortilla soup is really good as well. My husband and I love to eat lunch there.
Really fast and great service- large por ...
Really fast and great service- large portions in meals and awesome drinks! My only negative is very small- just slightly noises but still comfortable, contemporary, and. Ice menu- our server was really great at suggestions and I would definitely recommend and go back. Easy reservation system online and great follow up.
We went there for Sunday brunch which wa ...
We went there for Sunday brunch which was somewhat famous we got there about 12:15 and waited 5 minutes for a table it took a while for waitress to get our drinks and everything and they were very nice and got a different waitress to get us started.
We had their Sunday brunch and it was a little disappointing in that it was probably 12:30 by the time we got to the buffet line and most everything was gone it was ravaged. The kitchen staff was in anxiety mode and worked really hard and filled everything up ASAP and did a great job that way. Seemed like there were one too many egg dishes not enough meat type main dishes the chicken strips which they use for chicken and waffles and they have french toast instead of waffles the chicken is very good and enjoyed it it was very fresh very crispy and I enjoyed it some of the other dishes were really cool and a little exotic and enjoyable to try different food na brunch buffet setting.
The tacos which are ordered off the menu but unlimited and they have several different types and varieties were disappointing the shrimp one was good the carne Beef skirt steak was good the problem with all of them is the tortilla is way too greasy if it was just steamed or not so much oil in the tortilla it would be 10 times better.
The taco al pastor was not very good at all and I'd buy that at most Mexican restaurants wherever I see it and I've had some really good taco El pastor and this one wasn't that good so I was a little disappointed with that.
Overall it was a little pricey but worth the experience to try it and see what they got I would probably do it again just not too often once a month is too much to do that buffet brunch maybe 4 or 5 times a year anyway hope this was helpful and not too critical.
I felt that the food was very over price ...
I felt that the food was very over priced for what it was. I got seafood enchiladas and there were probably 2 small shrimp and 2 chunks of crab in each one and it was $22. The rice and beans were very plain. Our waitress seemed to be rushing us for our order. It does have a neat atmosphere. Overall, though, I would rather got to my favorite "traditional" mexican restaurant and have better food for much less cost.
This was my second experience at Malo, m ...
This was my second experience at Malo, my previous had been a business meeting/dinner. This time it was a casual night out with my wife. We got to the restaurant 20 minutes before our reservations and rather than waiting at the bar the staff got us seated right away. The wait staff was courteous and attentive without hovering. The food was excellent. We both commented on the size of the portions. We will definitely be returning and recommending the restaurant to our friends.
We had tortilla soup, cod and chicken ta ...
We had tortilla soup, cod and chicken tacos. All were really good. Our server was attentive and friendly. A fun place to go with friends but is really loud. The music didn't need to be so loud because the acoustics are terrible.
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