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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner

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Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Opened in downtown Des Moines in May 2014, MALO is Des Moines' destination for Latin cuisine. From classic Havana cocktails to inventive Mexican dishes, MALO celebrates all the flavors of Latin America.
$10 - $25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Table Service, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Great food, great service! Our server did an excellent job making food and drink suggestions for us. (We forgot to tell her that the weekend special pupusas were excellent! I believe they're considered an entree, but our party shared them.) Everyone thought the food was...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank orders1525
Reviewed March 19, 2019

My wife and I were looking for something new and/or different after church on a Sunday, and Malo was a great choice! On-street parking downtown was a breeze, too. The vibe at Malo is fresh, light, and relaxed -- we shared a salad and amazing...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Bill W
Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

All 3 of us found our selections delicious! Loved the flavors in the Mall salad, the Blackened Mahi Mahi Torta, Cuban sandwich, and our 11yr old raved about the fries and cheeseburger. House salsa great & friendly helpful service.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Glennda1313
Reviewed February 1, 2019

It's a little meh. The buffet is good, but nothing great. The add on tacos are just ok. The place itself is beautiful and dazzling, but I wish the food reflected that. Kind of a one and done place. Try it, see what you think,...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Moewekind
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Visited on a Monday, excellent food, service was good and the atmosphere was excellent. We had pasta and a bottle of wine. If you are looking for a nice night out Malo is the place. Price was fair and we were able to get in...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank timd44
Reviewed November 12, 2018

Malo is an excellent place for delicious Latin food! The portions are very generous, the taco menu is creative and tasty, and the salads are excellent! Great service, too!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Natalia B
Reviewed October 7, 2018

My friend and I had a fun lunch at Malo during our girls shopping trip. We shared a yummy burrito, guacamole and chips as well as Margarita's. Add this destination to your Des Moines trip.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank S1088XLmary
Reviewed October 2, 2018

We go here for the Fajitas. Quality seems much better than your typical Mexican restaurants. You can order one or two meats on your fajitas. We prefer the chicken, however the all are very good!

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Brian C
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Good atmosphere, great diverse menu, specializing in Latin cuisine. Service was excellent, food presentation was good with great flavors. Ordered the carafe of red sangria, which was good but very skimpy with the fruit. Our only complaint was the excessive noise level. Our table of...More

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Cheryl E
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Good Mexican location at downtown Des Moines. Very nice and clean interior. Really good Mexican food. Price is ok for high end restaurant. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: August 2018
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