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214 N Tryon St Ste 3, Charlotte, NC 28202-1023
+1 704-344-8878
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good30%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“paella” (27 reviews)
“tapas” (59 reviews)
“tres leches” (10 reviews)
Closes in 20 min
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM Hours
Mediterranean, Spanish, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
214 N Tryon St Ste 3, Charlotte, NC 28202-1023
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Reviewed 4 days ago

When we entered the restaurant around 6 pm it was nearly empty. By 7pm it was packed and the service suffered. The tapas concept means order a tapa and then another as you near completion of the first. It took way too long to bring...More

Thank stems22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a nice experience at Malabar prior to a show. The space is open with huge windows facing Tryon Street and the Hearst Tower plaza. The staff were friendly and helpful. I was impressed by the team service concept we experienced; as at least...More

Thank Tim R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As a Spaniard, I didn’t feel the Spanish touch you can feel at other Spanish restaurants in the U.S. that truly make you feel like at home. Nothing like Cúrate in Asheville, but still good food.

Thank Javier S
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

My wife and I lived in Spain years ago and get to enjoy authentic spanish food far too seldomly. We were very excited to get to enjoy a Spanish meal at Malabar, and we were not disappointed. The food was absolutely delicious. We definitely will...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 27 January 2018

I am just about ready to change my dinning preferences to "valet parking restaurants only!" after the horrible experience trying to find parking for Malabar. Parking downtown Charlotte is a bad experience, regardless of the restaurant. The food was good here, but we were surprised...More

Thank RAFincher
Reviewed 7 December 2017

Had dinner here before a show at the Blumenthal. My wife and I ordered four tapas, which were plenty with the addition of dessert. Service was fine. The place became quite lively and fun. Would return.

Thank Christina M
Reviewed 13 October 2017

I have been to Malabar on a few different occasions and the three star rating is an average of the 4 and 2 star visits that I've had. The food is generally fine and the menu akin to traditional tapas. The meat dishes have generally...More

1  Thank krisvold
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This is a very upscale Spanish restaurant and bar The drinks at $12.00 and food is expensive very nice place to meet and greet

Thank Funadventures2do
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner before the theater. Our first visit. When we arrived at about 6 the restaurant was pretty empty. We ordered wine but no food since we hadn't had time to go over the menu. Weren't asked again for food order. Had to flag...More

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 6 September 2017

Great tapas in Uptown Charlotte. Food was very authentic, atmosphere was fun & lively. Will be back soon.

Thank Bill C
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Jocey R
20 May 2017|
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Response from Herschel C | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so.
Jim C
13 March 2017|
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Response from Jordan M | Reviewed this property |
I also walked but I don't recall seeing a valet setup there. There is street parking a few blocks away on Mint St, Poplar St, Church St, and Trade St. (west of Church). Meters are active until 6pm.
11 July 2015|
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Response from Edam4 | Reviewed this property |
No dress code - most of the clientele have tended to dress in business attire weekdays and anything from upscale to sharp casual on weekends. There are always exceptions and that's not a problem.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 N Tryon St Ste 3, Charlotte, NC 28202-1023
    (N Tryon & 5th)
  • Public Transportation: 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.
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Charlotte
  • Phone Number: +1 704-344-8878
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