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$$ - $$$Mexican, Latin,
900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3614
+1 515-244-5000
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (21 reviews)
“carnitas” (14 reviews)
“taco” (27 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3614
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We made reservations for a Friday evening couple date. We we walked right to our table and were promptly waited on . Happy hour is 4 to 6 so our first round of margaritas was half price ! I ordered the burrito bowl and loved...More

Thank frangriffith1358
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in search of good tacos and Malo came highly recommended. We were seated promptly and served chips and salsa. The salsa is amazing...couldn’t stop eating. For starters we had margaritas and sangria - as we were there during happy hour. The flavored margaritas...More

Thank Swimroetter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, the food and margaritas are top notch! Several unique options and everything we tried was excellent.

Thank JLBS4
Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

Our family started a tradition a couple years ago of trying different downtown Des Moines restaurants every Friday night. I have no idea what took us so long to try this Mexican gem… But since trying it about a month ago for the first time,...More

Thank Heidi L
Reviewed June 14, 2018

Downtown Des Moines was sunny as we arrived at Malo. We asked to dine outside in their pleasant patio, but were warned by the hostess that bad weather was on its way. We had heard a tornado alarm 10 minutes before, but the skies were...More

Thank cdub333
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

This restaurant is the best. Great menu. Happy Hour was great. Salas and Huge chips. Large portions & the best cheesecake. We will return.

Thank Miata P
Reviewed May 11, 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide recommended this place and we were happy we went. Free chips and salsa to start. The tacos were really good. They were gluten free friendly. Prices were reasonable and the building was an old fire station. Very cool!

Thank Gerstel
Reviewed May 6, 2018

Had a large group on the terrace. Service was efficient. Fresh salad with a citrus viniagrette. Loved the salsa and the churros with chocolate sauce. Overstuffed sandwiches on fresh buns. Great place for a family dinner or work group.

1  Thank RNRMT
Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Have been here for date night, business lunch, quick meal with the kids. Never disappoints. Drinks are creative and well made, menu has enough stability to keep me happy but always something new to explore. Gluten free options are plentiful, have convinced my kids it’s...More

Thank littlebirdy2303
Reviewed March 31, 2018

The location and environment are great. Cheeful and a little loud, but a fun place to be with a group. Not the most creative menu, but all the greatest hits of the Mexican variety. Lots of potential here. The night we visited (Thursday, 8pm), the...More

Thank TJSullivan
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $25
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3614
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-244-5000
  • E-mail
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.
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