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“Mas Bueno!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mas Malo

Mas Malo
515 W 7th Street Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90014
2139854332
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Ranked #979 of 8,658 Restaurants in Los Angeles
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Olive & Grand
Transit: Exit 7th St/Metro Ctr. Located two blocks east on the north side of 7th. Go Green!
Los Angeles
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145 reviews 145 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 71 cities Reviews in 71 cities
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Mas Bueno!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

It should be called "Mas Bueno", not "Mas Malo!" This is one of the more popular haunts in the downtown area on the 7th street "Botega Louie" stretch. We finally had the opportunity to visit this "nouveau" Mexican cuisine restaurant over the July 4th weekend. Usually too crowded to get in on a weekend without reservations, we gave it a try early before the "mobs"showed up. We arrived to see happy faces and we were escorted downstairs into a charming, well appointed eating area that was clean, comfortable with a "techie" contemporary design and decor upgraded from an old jewelry store. The server and hostess were polite, efficient and "spot on." We ordered margaritas (house and the spicey cucumber) and had the eggless cheese chili relleno and the chicken tacos. Fantastic! Flavorful, unique, really outside the norm for innovative, perfectly spicey, balanced and absolutely delicious Mexican food. Loved it. The margaritas were a little above average, but the food was a real treat! We highly recommend that you arrive early or make that reservation. By far, the best Mexican food restaurant in Downtown LA, hands down! And we've eaten at most them!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great night out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

We had a great experiencel...food was great, service was really good. Had the salsa flight and different types of tacos - all were really good. Great drinks!

Visited January 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is a little treasure. Good food and good service. Hard to park, unless it is dinner time, because they have valet.

Visited August 2012
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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Quick Dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

We dropped in while visiting for a show from San Diego. Service was prompt and friendly. A good selection of dishes, I had the chile rellenos and they were very good. The salsa was good but not great.

Visited January 2013
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Calabasas, California
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Muy Beuno”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

A fabulous setting for some innovative Mexican fare. Experimental and state of the art combinations of tastes and flavors. The staff, from manager and hostess to busboy, were friendly and professional, though I do not think they were expecting as full of a house as they had and could have used more. Bar was hopping and young but not intimidating for a family dinner. If you are timid about sauces ask for the mole (pretty spicy) on the side of the chicken or the sauce on the side of the red snapper. Pumpkin enchiladas were fabulous. Desserts were fabulous - a fudge brownie on top of ice cream, flan and birthday cake (tres leches?!). It looks like the upstairs might be perfect for an event and the prices were reasonable and a good value.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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