Chico Malo

4.5
763 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Chico Malo, a lively take on Mexican cooking, is located in the middle of it all at CityScape. These rebels are bringing the heat to DTPHX during lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with an array of flavor combinations from all over Mexico. Expect highlights including USDA Prime Carne Asada, Street Corn, Smoked Duck Breast Al Pastor and authentic favorites like Pozole and Green Chile Chicken. Diners can also enjoy fresh made guacamole to accompany a craft cocktail at the indoor/outdoor bar while soaking in the downtown views.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 763 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and great overall dining experience.

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PPTT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiters dropped off drinks without mentioning which is which, they'd drop off drinks and not even mention it (took my friend 5 mins to even realized her drink was at the table since her back was turned when they came). Lastly, it took forever to have someone check in on us at the end of the meal, we ended up going to the host stand to ask them to get our waiter to the table so we could pay.

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RandyW
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was rather really tasty with a nice ambiance. Although a little bit overpriced.

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DawnD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We arrived for an early dinner and the restaurant had very few customers. The server was very friendly, but he didn't come around often enough. The food was good, but overpriced for the taste. The food took way too long. We actually thought maybe the waiter forgot to enter our order. The drinks were all very good though.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply fabulous! Great food! Great care! Great ambience! Went twice on my four day trip. Something I don’t always do when on travel. Customer service was superb and I felt like a King!

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CameronK
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing wait staff. It’s a little loud but honestly after a few minutes we didn’t care. At least it was good music!

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downgirl
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

Food was good. Seriously overpriced,but super tasty. I like that they don’t force rice and beans down your throat, but prices should reflect. And if I’m paying for ambiance, it sucked. Perfect for strip club, but too loud and obnoxious for dining and chatting. First time I’ve ever left a Mexican food restaurant with a $150 tab for 4. Will probably only fo back for more upgraded comedy show tickets.

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goodfood
Phoenix
25 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the décor and atmosphere. Service and food was excellent. Noise level is moderate.

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vipFoodie
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The "award winning" Chilaquiles came out looking like it had been sitting in the kitchen for some time. The pork was dry. Eggs overcooked. Horrible dish.
The Relleno was drenched in a rich cheese sauce. It was not good. Margaritas were weak.
On a positive note, the appetizer Blue Crab tostada was very good as was service overall. Also, nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had an amazing experience! The staff is very friendly and attentive! I’ve been here twice and will return again!

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MeaganL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girls night out.
Went for a dinner before a comedy show. Our server was awesome. Food was delicious and was an overall great dining experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service! Awesome ambiance! Manager came by to great us and made sure our experience was to our pleasure and it was. Try the cauliflower steak and the TRIO Salsas.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service1ambience5

The service was ok it took long time for our server to get back to us

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ShaunH
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The duck was really good. Out of other options like prom verde and blue crab d/t multiple events over the weekend. Had to wait over an hour from order of food to delivery on table. Experience was ok.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Food was terrible

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vipPamelaG
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast good service and fabulous food!

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evilbean
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Teddy the owner was amazing, he has a wonderful restaurant. It's well priced and the food was amazing

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vipLynn
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Server was kinda rude when we made a special request for a dinner order due to a food allergy

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to brunch with my friends for my birthday! Had an awesome time the food was so so good and bottomless mimosas/margaritas/ draft beer was such a good deal!

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vipLaurieG
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

First time at Chico Malo. Was a great surprise to have such a good meal and great drinks. Pork Verde did not disappoint, or the margaritas. Chips and salsa was excellent, too.

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vipBetsyK
Phoenix
33 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food and drinks were very good. Glad we sat outdoors as the music is very loud. Our server Nate was the best!!!!

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vipLIinTuc
Tucson
9 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good and we enjoy the ambiance. We always sit at a high top near the bar and Justin takes care of us very well!! We eat here every time we come to Phoenix.

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vipjaatman
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got to chat with the folks at the next table. Her birthday was quickly acknowledged by the team at CM. Great celebration!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service from host to waitress. Food was authentic and very tasty

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vipArielle
New England
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Food was great, drinks were okay, service was excellent. Noise level (i.e., pounding music) made it difficult to have a conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. Great tune.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

It was overall great. I did have what appeared to be a homeless person at the door inside the restaurant who was asking me if I smoked cigars or pot. I first thought it was a staff member but on second look I saw it was a homeless person. Not sure what your security standards are but they should be top notch especially in downtown Phoenix. Thanks

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LaurelD
Detroit
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food with unmatched service. They treated us like royalty and served food befitting a pre Colombian god

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Mari
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed this place! We went out for a friends birthday dinner and the staff was so friendly and not to mention went above and beyond to make it known that a birthday was being celebrated. The food and drinks were also very good. I will be visiting the restaurant soon again and I will highly recommend it to others as well. Thank you!!

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Joseph
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was excellent with a DJ who was playing a good mix of music but not so loud that you couldn't have a conversation. The service was great. I would definitely go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Everything on the menu is delicious!

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vipNormT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Highly recommended restaurant. The meal was very good. The service was Ok at best but, this was a middle of the week reservation during the summer so, not a deal breaker for us to return next time in Phoenix. The tequila menu is top notch.

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JamesB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive and customer focused! Great descrption helped in food and beverage selection!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Food and service were amazing. BEST music playing the whole time loved the vibe!

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LourdesD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service was great everyone was nice, helpful, informative and just awesome,
the place was beautiful. the food was not what we expected, I guess for me being of latin decent simple and original seems to be better.

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vipScubaman
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and an outstanding server

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dope vibe good food n drinks

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GeaC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food! A little loud for conversation but that can be overlooked

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RosaR
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best people, the best food , great music, simply the best

FAQs

Chico Malo does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Chico Malo also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (602) 603-9363.

Chico Malo is rated 4.5 stars by 763 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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