Malo

Latin American Restaurant and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
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  • Niki B.
    "The seafood nachos are the best that I've ever had!"(4 Tips)
    Jenn G.
    "The chipotle shrimp tacos are awesome, as are the margaritas"(2 Tips)
    Nathan W.
    "Love the tacos at Malo!"(5 Tips)
    Yoshi Y.
    "al pastor tacos and the barbacoa enchilada and seafood nachos"(2 Tips)
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  • Kim W.
    Kim WallMay 1, 2014
    Malo is a well thought out restaurant with an impressive menu. The margaritas as fresh and not full of artificial stuff. The guacamole and empanadas are outstanding. I look forward to many visits!
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 21, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    An epic-sized Quesadilla with shredded cheese blend, sautéed bell peppers, and caramelized onion, served with corn salsa, guacamole, and sour cream. Corn salsa good enough to be a side dish.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 23, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Brunch at Malo: The Bloody Mary bar was rather decent. Highlights include a choice of tomato mixers, one spicy the other not, crispy bacon, asparagus spears, and many bottled sauces for an extra kick.
  • Shane S.
    Shane SmithJune 22, 2014
    First time ever trying the chicken and waffles. The waffle was light and flakey the chicken was breaded lite and juicy..In short the combo is just amazing with the syrup one of the best meals ever
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 23, 2016
    Been here 25+ times
    Brunch at Malo: Biscuits and gravy were moderately good. Superb biscuits; gravy was quite loose, I had to fish for the sausage from the bottom of the serving pan.
  • Eleni A.
    Eleni AchrazoglouJuly 10, 2014
    I got a veggie, a chili relleno, and a carnitas taco. Carnitas was my favorite, but all were good! Corn tortillas made them messy to eat so I wouldn't order that on a first date or business meeting.
  • Hope J.
    Hope JohnsonJune 5, 2014
    George Formaro does it again. All 8 people in our party LOVED their lunch. One plans to go back this weekend to try something else from the menu. Lunch was not at all pricey, quality was outstanding.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Chorizo #taco at Malo. Spicy ground pork with tomatillo salsa. Savory but not overly seasoned. Hint of cinnamon perhaps or some other holiday spice.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Chile Relleno #taco at Malo. Battered, fried poblano stuffed with cheese, with shredded cabbage, salsa roja. A vegetal festival!
  • Drew V.
    Can't go wrong with Al Pastor Tacos and jalapeño creamed corn and it's pretty cool that we get to eat where the fire trucks were parked for many years.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the tacos at Malo! My personal favorites are the chorizo and chipotle shrimp. Comic book lovers: head next door to Capes Kafé after your meal.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Chorizo Y Corn Queso at Malo. Sweet corn, fresh tomato, chorizo, roasted Cotija cheese. Makes tortilla chips happy.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Carne Molida #taco at Malo. Well flavored ground beef, shredded cheddar, salsa roja. Homey as it gets, gringo style.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    ¡Bueno! The Salsa Chile Árbol at Malo is the heat I seek. With an unexpected sweetness to boot.
  • Sarafina B.
    Sarafina BentonJuly 26, 2014
    Pumpkin seed encrusted chicken is fabulous. Skirt steak off the wood fire grilled was not great ( a little chewy). Good apps.
  • Yoshi Y.
    Yoshi YoshMay 13, 2014
    Amazing food def go with the al pastor tacos and the barbacoa enchilada and seafood nachos
  • Justin E.
    Justin EhreckeDecember 27, 2014
    Try a mix of different tacos! I had 3 types and all were great! Excellent value
  • Elizabeth N.
    Elizabeth NicolOctober 18, 2014
    Oh my gato! The sangria is the best I've ever had! Once again proof that bad is really good. Love Malo!
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 8, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Tot'chos! Malo's grande tots, with a smooth queso sauce, cheddar, pico de gallo, pickled jalapenos, and a chipotle crema.
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    [Chile-marinated] Portobello #taco at Malo. With queso fresco, guacamole, salsa roja. Mature meaty flavor!
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolJuly 20, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Enjoy half-price appetizers and tacos, weekdays from 4-6 p.m.
  • Tony
    TonyJune 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The tacos might be small but they are loaded. Two go a long way. Service tends to take awhile so don't bank on a quick meal.
  • Allison T.
    Allison TrebaczMay 17, 2014
    Chips and salsa are to die for, and don't be afraid to order two tacos or ten.
  • Ezra K.
    Ezra KatzOctober 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken enchiladas are the best I've ever had, it's the only thing that I ever have.
  • Patrick O.
    Patrick O'BrienFebruary 28, 2015
    Excellent Latin food and drinks at the Des Moines Social Club
  • Ezra K.
    Ezra KatzJuly 27, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Queso is amazing. Get the salsa trio, three salsas for $3.
  • Russ G.
    Russ GJuly 9, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Dos Pescados: Best fish tacos in Des Moines. I've tried every one I could find. This is it.
  • Shane S.
    Shane SmithMay 24, 2014
    Seafood nachos are amazing. Also recommend any of th salads
  • Douglas C.
    Douglas ChoiSeptember 6, 2014
    The patio lies perfectly in the shade during lunch in the summer.
  • Jenn G.
    Jenn GoodellAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The chipotle shrimp tacos are awesome, as are the margaritas
  • Tina M.
    Tina MarzanMay 17, 2014
    Great brunch! Mac and cheese were amazing!
  • Niki B.
    Niki BSeptember 7, 2015
    The seafood nachos are the best that I've ever had!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine MMay 19, 2014
    Great food, lovely atmosphere. The new social club is wonderful!
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HinzmanJune 7, 2014
    Don't skip the cubans and coffee.
  • Shawn
    ShawnJuly 17, 2015
    Atmosphere, drinks, tasty menu
  • Otis K.
    Otis KhounloOctober 13
    Get the Churritos. It's all about the chocolate sauce.
  • Krisha M.
    Krisha MarcanoDecember 3, 2014
    Lettuce shell tacos? Awesome!
  • Ezra K.
    Ezra KatzNovember 1, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken enchiladas are amazing
  • Thomas
    ThomasJuly 3, 2015
    Food is a little pricey. Tacos are your best bet.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BurkeJune 24, 2014
    Seafood nachos are amazing!
  • Mark M.
    Mark McDowellMarch 23
    Been here 10+ times
    Great tacos & entrees.
  • Early T.
    Early TurnerJune 10, 2015
    Veggie tacos are to die for.
  • Ezra K.
    Ezra KatzAugust 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Chicken enchiladas and the queso!
  • M H.
    M HJune 22, 2014
    Malo was excellent.
  • Tim D.
    Tim DonovanMay 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Mmm.....Good....
  • Queen P.
    Queen PimpDecember 27, 2015
    Just like the name- Bad.
  • Mike R.
    Mike RideoutAugust 2, 2015
    I won't be back anytime soon. Drinks are overpriced and this is Mex-American food not worth the price.
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