Malbec Argentinean Bistro: An Authentic and Unique Dining Experience


Malbec’s Ribeye.

A taste like no other, Malbec offers a stay-cation for those interested in delicious food and exquisite wine in a casual, yet classy, restaurant. Leave your worries at the door and step inside, where patrons are greeted by an elegant interior with a welcoming sense of comfort.

An inviting atmosphere with two private rooms makes Malbec ideal for date nights, business meetings, or family reunions. Patrons that work at the nearby studios agree. Their holiday specials, perfect for the Christmas season, allow you to tailor a menu specifically to your liking from tapas, wines, and entrees.

Whether you are familiar with Argentinean cuisine, a wine connoisseur, or simply looking for a great place to dine, you are sure to fall in love with Malbec’s endless options.

Delicious dishes with only the freshest ingredients.

“Our specials change every other day,” owner Javier Pardini says. “We like to keep it interesting here – we’re very hands on. It’s always been about cherry-picking the best – whether it’s wine or ingredients – for our customers.”

The first Malbec opened in Pasadena five years ago with three native Argentineans at the helm: Pardini and Chefs Luciano and Pablo Alcorta (they’re brothers). With that success brought the Toluca Lake Malbec in 2009, and most recently, Ushuaia, an Argentinean Steakhouse in Santa Monica.

Named after one of France’s premier wine grapes grown in Argentina, Malbec embodies the deliciously diverse cuisine praised in Argentina for its ability to successfully fuse different cultural palates. And Malbec’s mouth-watering success should come as no surprise with the visionary Alcorta brothers in control.

“Our focus is on contemporary Argentinean food, mixing dishes, making the food we grew up on our own, such as homemade pastas, salads, poultry, meat, and fish,” Pardini says.

Casual, yet classy, dining room and bar.

Unique combinations of ingredients are sure to whet every appetite. And because all dishes are homemade from fresh, organic ingredients, many of which are imported directly from Argentina, patrons are not only getting a higher quality of flavor but healthful dishes as well. A nightly menu features specialty appetizers, entrees, and homemade desserts, along with featured Argentinean wines, imported directly from famed Argentinean vineyards and bodegas.

“Our background is in restaurants, so when we saw the lack of authentic Argentinean cuisine here, our goal was to project in L.A. what’s happening now in our home country,” Pardini says.

And they succeeded.

Malbec has two locations, Toluca Lake (10151 Riverside Dr.) and Pasadena (1001 E. Green St.). Hours of operation at both locations are: Sunday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.—9 p.m.; Wednesday—Thursday, 11 a.m.—10 p.m.; and Friday—Saturday, 11 a.m.—11 p.m. All menu items are available for takeout. For more information, call (818) 762-4860 or (626) 683-0550, or visit their Web site at

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