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“Tiny bistro feels like you are in Spain!”
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Ranked #128 of 2,564 Restaurants in Charlotte
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: N Tryon & 5th
Transit: You can use the LYNX Light Rail Blue Line and get off on the CTC/Arena station and walk towards 5th street. Walk west on 5th, one block, to the Hearst Tower located on the corner of 5th and College.
Reviewed October 8, 2012

"Take a Holiday in Spain" by Counting Crows could be the theme song for the excellent restaurant (next to Luce). Hard to believe we were in Charlotte, NC as we enjoyed amazing meats and cheeses sliced in front of us and enjoyed some amazing spanish wine. The stuffed red peppers were great and we shared an entree so we could indulge in more tapas. We could not resist the tres leches cake for a perfect dessert to share. We had a tiny table for two and the restaurant was packed -- and while our kids might have enjoyed the food this was a perfect place for

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Thank CrazytravelersfromNC
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Reviewed August 8, 2012

Sit outside & people watch while enjoying the tapas & drinks. Pulpo & Croquetas were great. We also enjoyed conversation with our waiter (he's from Albania, didn't get his name).
My husband & I reminisced of a trip to Spain when we read through the menu.

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Thank KimnSC
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Reviewed July 12, 2012

We shared a pitcher of Sangria while we waited for the Paella. It was definitely worth the wait!

Thank Donna Q
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Reviewed July 1, 2012

We've paid several visits to Malabar, the first was amazing and the others that followed were just so-so.

We have always enjoyed Toscana, our favorite Conti restaurant so we expected our continued visits to hold up at Malabar. During our first stop, the bartender helped us choose a nice red wine, there were vegetarian items included in the specials, and the chef treated us to a few more off the menu. It was truly a great experience.

During our next visit, about a week later, that bartender didn't work there anymore,we had few meatless options, and the staff seemed very disorganized. They changed our waiter midway through our meal, the wine list had already changed, the experience was clearly not as pleasant as the first. We visited another time or two
and felt the same inconsistency with the wine and the staff.

We came back the last time with friends, only because it was prearranged, hoping for a better experience. The staff still seemed to be a little disorganized and the food not nearly as wonderful as our first visit, when the chef had time to treat us.

We may give Malabar another try, but it's already been a few months.

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Thank yogagrl61
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Reviewed May 28, 2012

We had marvelous food, fabulous service and a special birthday dinner. Try the yucca tapas, empanadas, paella and white sangria. Magnifico! Churros for dessert were delicious .

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2  Thank Megan_FCharlotte
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