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El Malo, Atlanta, GA

El Malo

4.7
4.7
39 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
At El Malo, we take your pleasure seriously. Invited are those for whom forbidding is forbidden; sanctum for the jewels of nightlife to fluoresce – The nowhere you’d rather be

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 6:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Phone number
    (404) 941-7935
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Reynoldstown
  • Cross street
    Memorial Drive and Chester Avenue
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Late Night Table Reservations

    Multiple dates available
    *Important Details* This booking reserves a table from 10pm-2:30am. Our kitchen serves small plates from 6pm-10:30pm. Each table requires a mandatory minimum spend based on the size and location of your reservation. Below is a guideline for pricing. Pricing is subject to change. The minimum spend goes towards purchasing cocktails, large format offerings, and all offered beverages. There is a 20% gratuity added to every check. Come and enjoy a night at El Malo. For parties over 8, please email us at info@elmaloatl.com. Party Size & Minimum Spend: 1-4ppl-$200 5-8ppl-$350-$400 9-12-$450-$600
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What 39 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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39 Reviews
  1. AshB

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Love love love this place. I definitely recommend this place for a cute cocktail party . nice vibes

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The space is so pretty. The bathrooms are nice. And the ambiance is spectacular. The only changes I would make: add heat lamps for outside waiting, add more vegan/ gluten free options, add in something special for people celebrating their birthdays. Thank you!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience is very sexy! They had booths in the main lounge & the more secluded serpentine (green room). I loved the privacy & style of the serpentine room. It was cozy & luxurious. Seated at 9:30; left at 1:00 a.m. bill around $600. But I ate oysters, king crab (3 orders), and I think it was beef short rib. They were out of everything else. However, the king crab was good and my lady friend also enjoyed the oysters. The waitress (Jackie) was excellent and gave superb recommendations. The bathroom situation is insane (after dining hours). It’s a long line (co-ed) and 4/5 private stalls. A security guard is there to maintain order lol. Will definitely return, now that I know how to get there. (It’s kind of tricky and no signs, so call and ask the hostess for directions and where to park for full validation. I ubered.)

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  4. JeeH

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My group of girlfriends and I had a great experience at El Malo. The food selection was minimal, but every item that we had was very tasty. Our server Jordan was super friendly, sweet and as accommodating as he could be. The ambiance was sultry and sexy and the decor was aesthetically pleasing, all coming together to give awesome vibes. Our only issue was the two hour enforcement of us having to get up from our table which we were forewarned about, but was a little embarrassing once it actually happened and then their next booking of our table didn’t show up for another 40+ minutes afterwards.

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  5. ChaynaT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! I came for my birthday and it was the perfect vibe I wanted. The decor and ambiance of the place the design team did an amazing job. The food was perfect! We had the shrimp ceviche and king crab. They both were chilled but the portion was good size and the king crab being already cut and prepared for you was the absolute best. Cute glasses gold silverware and quality plates etc. There are no tvs which I LOVED the music is a good mixture of different genres. Only bad is there definitely needs to be more signs or some type of direction to find the place. Validating the parking was a plus as well. Not many places do this in Atlanta. But overall I cannot wait to come back and take more pictures. 10/10 for me. I will definitely be a regular here

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    10/10 absolutely loved this place. The ambiance, service and music was amazing.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extremely chic, sexy, and beautiful place. Some of the best drinks in Atlanta , no kizzy. Drinks were balanced so well, with such great finesse and taste. Would love to come back. Fantastic night.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great spot for a date night. You could bring a first date here but I’d reserve this spot for the 3rd or 4th. The ambiance is amazing and so is that service. Make sure you eat an actual meal before you go and have a good time.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool place however, me getting served handcrafted cocktails and martini’s in a plastic cup at a cocktail lounge is a huge no no for me. My reservation was at 11pm and when I arrived security had me wait outside till 11:08pm in the cold. Once he allowed me in and I spoke with the host they advise my table was not ready however said I could go in and they would text me once my table was ready. I made my way into the beautiful space and makes my way to the bar and received good and fast service however my espresso martini was given to me in a plastic cup. I finally got a table At 11:30 and was reminded there was a per person minimum which is fine but keep in mind there was no more food service and after rounds had been purchased at the bar I was forced to drink more than I would like at the table to make sure the minimum was met. All in all I love this place and once all the kinks are worked out, this will be a Neighborhood favorite for me.

    1 person found this helpful

  10. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great will be back had great service good food loved it

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    The space is nicely decorated but the music is bad and there is no energy. Additionally, I paid a deposit for a table which they said would apply to the final bill but it wasn’t. I have reached out several times for some support in fixing the matter but no one has responded.

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  12. DuranR

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner service was incredible. Cocktails were imaginative and delicious. Ambiance is full of vibrancy and fun energies. You will meet influential people. Good crowds.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect. If you’re looking to be transported then this is the place for you. Craft cocktails were superb & well thought out. This place is an experience and not your typical lounge experience in Atlanta. The culture is being pushed here. Don’t come here if you’re looking for hookah.’come here for good vibes, good conversation, good music, good food and a good night out.

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  14. ShanaS

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The sexiest place in Atlanta right now! The ambience is top tier. The staff is on point. The food was tasty (try the ceviche and the sando). The music was perfect and not too loud to where you couldn’t enjoy conversation. I’m obsessed.

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  15. Alann

    Atlanta Metro

    83 reviews

    4.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool spot for later night cocktails. Great addition to the memorial drive area Bit hard to find the entrance but directly across from the eastern & by the coffee shop

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  16. BhavnaM

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for an early dinner and had a great time. The noise level was low, food and cocktails were excellent, & the service was amazing. My only gripe is that the hostess was not clear about the parking validation. She said the cost of parking would be covered for the whole night, but in fact it only covers $5. If I'd known this in advance, I wouldn't have stayed so long.

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  17. WellingtonS

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great evening and love the overall vibe. Customer service, food and drinks good as well. Will definitely be back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Such an amazing experience! The staff was super friendly & dedicated, they were very understanding with my late arrival due to heavy traffic in the area. Once there, our server was super helpful & attentive. The vibes during our dinning experience were impeccable only to see how much more lively it gets when the DJ starts playing! The drinks & food were 10/10! Overall my party of 7 had an unforgettable experience & I would definitely recommend if you’re looking to try something new in atl.

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  19. Ansley76

    Atlanta Metro

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved El Malo, but we knew what we were getting into. Food excellent, drinks excellent, decor excellent, music excellent. Is it noisy? Hell yeah, as it should be for a cocktail lounge. Of course pricing is high, but again this is a lounge and to be expected. Would be go back, absolutely!

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  20. MariamH

    Atlanta Metro

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very sexy space, for larger groups who want to talk I suggest the green velvet room tucked away but great place to enjoy time with friends

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a good experience. Wish they had more food options and different music selections to cater to all groups of people. I enjoyed myself to say the least though.

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  22. AllyJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    What gives a great aesthetic, fails to meet fundamentals. We were asked to wait to the side while other people were seated even though we had a reservation. We waited 15 minutes for a waiter to come to our table and then an additional 15 minutes for our drinks as tables around us received both attention and drinks faster than we did. The Green Room is cute but not a great set up for dinner. The table are low lounge level, a few more inches would’ve made them more feasible to eat off of. When we received our food we had no silverware to eat with. My small cocktail was picked up before I finished consuming it. The food was okay. The ropa vieja was a little dry and salty. The ceviche and plantain chips and dip were good. I think the vision for the place is there but the execution is off. Wouldn’t go there for dinner again but maybe for drinks and an appetizer on a special occasion. Not sure it’s quite worth the price on the ticket. Maybe in a few months the kinks will be worked out.

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  23. AishaR

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service was exceptional. The bar/restaurant was absolutely beautiful. The drinks and food were good. I will definitely be back at a later reservation time so that I can see what it’s like when there is a DJ. My friend and I left talking about when we want to come back! ATL definitely needed an upscale bar like this one!

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  24. WesleyL

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing ambience and service. Highly recommended 👌

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  25. Drea

    Atlanta Metro

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice spot with great vibes. Perfect for drinks with the girls, date night, or a special occasion. The service was impeccable, and the food and drinks were amazing.

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  26. RachelF

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We checked out El Malo for a friend's birthday and fell in love with the space! From the decor, to well-curated cocktails, to the extremely helpful front of house staff, we had a wonderful time. Our server, Perla, was the sweetest and continuously checked in on us while we were in our booth.

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  27. Michael

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressed with every aspect of our experience at El Malo. Perla was superb! We've already made reservations to come back later this month. Cocktails were delicious, food was filling and the interior design is 5 star. The entrance is hard to find. Follow the Christmas light up the pathway to the Dairies. At the courtyard make a left, you'll see a sign directing you towards restrooms, to the left of the sign are two large steel doors. Enter and enjoy!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Completely disappointed with this experience. Who puts a $300 hold on someone’s card when they are opening a tab, if you guess el Malo, you are correct! I have been unable to use my debit card all week now. And for what?? Expensive drinks in plastic cups and service that takes forever. It took our server so long I assumed we didn’t have one, went to the bar, got a drink, and came back before she even arrived (short blonde hair working in the back). She also pretty much never checked on us following that. I’ve tried to call the restaurant several times now to have the righted but they have been “unavailable” every time. Don’t waste your time on this place. Unless you want your money to be held up for a week with no warning!

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The small plates are very good the service it’s good too but the music it’s just the same all night I was kind of tired of the same style house music only

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  30. Sushijosh

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Called to confirm reservation and gave “rules” which was very weird. We love Ceviche but I stopped eating it after it smelled strange and the shrimp was still transparent/ didn’t seem to have enough acidity soaked to cook through. High price but overall cool vibe. I’d come for drinks not food although it’s always disappointing when the drinks are pre made

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Location was THE hardest to find, parking was horrible (received a boot) host was very helpful with texting directions to the restaurant. Once sat several dishes of only 6 item menu were unavailable. Ceviche was not good! Drinks were OK. Beautiful ambiance I just don’t think I would return off the fact of no food, no parking….

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  32. quentell

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great space! Amazing service. I would recommend they consider a late night food menu if they want to maintain the lounge vibe. Even more seating just because it gives more of a club vibe than a cocktail lounge.

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  33. Court

    Tallahassee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The entrance was very difficult to find but once inside, the atmosphere was sexy and exciting. The décor is very tactile with velvet walls and seating areas and ambience is that of an underground club. The table service was slow but the cocktails were well crafted. We ordered the plantain chips which did not seem to be house-made but the dips were delicious. Later in the evening the music and energy made it feel more like a club and we really enjoyed the vibe. I recommend going later in the evening to get the full experience but earlier was fun and allowed for more conversation.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perla was amazing! When I go back she has to be the person taking care of us. Her energy was through the roof! She definitely added so much to the experience!

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  35. GoodFood

    Atlanta Metro

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! We were seated promptly and enjoyed out dinner in the Serpentine Room. The service and ambiance lived up to our expectations. We are looking forward to catching their DJ sets in the future.

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  36. DinnerJ

    Atlanta Metro

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had an awesome evening. Beautiful place. Great food and drinks. Looking forward to going back.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a reservation at 830 and weren't seated until 930, I understand that this was opening night but this was still pretty unacceptable. Once we were seated we were told that the bar was backed up and as we put in drink orders, 3 of the 7 cocktails were already 86ed for the night. Once again, was giving the benefit of the doubt since it was opening night but that is absolutely insane to me that after 3.5 hours of being open you're out of 3 of your signature cocktails? We didn't bother getting food because we were afraid of the wait being too long. Hope to one day return when everything is figured out but for now, not sure if anything is worth that wait.

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  38. kmaranaomi

    Atlanta Metro

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The build out of El Malo is gorgeous, inside and out. The music vibes were immaculate. Great service, great food and drinks. The single thing I would recommend are coat/purse hooks in the restrooms. And my friend who is a vegetarian would recommend at least one veg option besides the delicious plantain chips and dips. Overall a fantastic experience!

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  39. JordanP

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome cocktails in a dark and moody space. You can sit close to the action to mix and mingle or sit in a more private dining experience in the green room. The Piña Clara and HBG were our favorite cocktails. The food was really good, especially for a cocktail lounge setting. Desserts were but hit - flavorful and not overly sweetened with a bite for any appetite - IMO try he guava con queso pastelito!

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El Malo is rated 4.7 stars by 39 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for El Malo

777 Memorial Dr SE, Atlanta, GA 30316-1186

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Memorial Drive and Chester Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    Reynoldstown
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 6:00 pm–12:00 am Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–2:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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