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
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.
This was my second visit to Malo. I had ...
This was my second visit to Malo. I had such a great experience the first time I was there, I was anxious to go back. I ordered the same thing I did on my first visit (because I loved it so much) and actually had to send it back!! It was so so spicy, like inedible; and I like spice!! The first time I ordered it it wasn't spicy at all. The waitress seemed semi-annoyed with me but let me order something else, and took the dish I sent back off of the check.
I will give Malo one more shot at some point, even though I was extremely disappointed this time. I love the atmosphere.
Four of us went for a birthday dinner. ...
Four of us went for a birthday dinner. Food was excellent, but service was less than stellar. Our waitress kept taking our drinks to another table and bringing other peoples drinks to us. She did the same thing with the food. I can see it happening once, but it happened all night. It was so bad we seriously thought there was a hidden camera or something. We were really laughing with the table next to us. Their stuff was messed up by the same waitress. We weren't in a hurry, but the waitress needs to get a clue. I have been there before and always had good service. I will go back because the food is great! Hoping for a better waitress next time!
We had the chorizo y corn queso and it w ...
We had the chorizo y corn queso and it was to die for. My bride had the Cuban sandwich, which was surprisingly good. I had the mexi-cali burrito with chicken and a side of jalapeño cream corn. Absolutely fantastic. Highly recommend!
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!
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