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££ - £££Mexican, Latin,
900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3614
+1 515-244-5000
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (21 reviews)
“carnitas” (14 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (14 reviews)
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Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Spanish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309-3614
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Reviewed 2 days ago

I would never have guessed that one of the best tacos of my life would be in Des Moines. Margaritas also very good. Need an excuse to get back to Des Moines

Thank Michael M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recommend ala carte tacos (try them all!) and a side or two to share. Nice but somewhat boistrous environment.

Thank Frazier_13
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love their outside seating, I love the inside seating. The service is always awesome. The food is unique but very tasty. Anytime of the day is worth going in trying this place

Thank LaVon M
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

TOTALLY AMAZING!!!! Atmosphere, Service and Food TOTALLY AMAZING!! Must try for upscale Mexican. The old building is made stylish and modern but has superb old bones. Beautiful.

Thank Rachel F
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This was a recommendation from our hotel but unfortunately we found out when getting there that the hotel menu was outdated. We still gave it a shot and the food was good not great. My adult daughter had the enchilada which was actually 2 huge...More

Thank COJOWisconsin
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We went to Malo's weekend brunch on the advice of some friends. It was a different experience from your typical brunch with an included unlimited customized tacos, burrito station (in lieu of omelet station) and both American and "Mexican" type breakfast foods and casseroles. They...More

1  Thank WhichWay?
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I enjoyed seeing the transformation of an old building into something new. I found the food to be overpriced. The chips and salsa were very good. Food tended to be very heavy with too much butter in the mashed potatoes, heavy on the cream in...More

Thank Iowastar
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

A regular place for my wife and I. We love the fresh tortillas and queso. Tamales are bomb as well. It's all pretty great.

Thank Ankenyguy
Reviewed 13 July 2017

A 20 minute wait so we sat at the bar. Empanada and fried calamari apps were good. Homemade chips and salsa were probably the best thing we had. The Mahi Mahi on tort was dry and not on tort but a hamburger bun. Corn tacos...More

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 13 July 2017 via mobile

Based on other reviews, I was excited to try Malo. When our appetizers came out, we were all surprised by how bland and unflavorful everything was. The entrees were slightly better. Nothing tasted bad, but nothing was flavorful. We added salt and hot sauce to...More

Thank southernmelle
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$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
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
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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.
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