They chose La Malinche, the name given to a historical figure who has been at the center of controversy for centuries. The noble Mexican woman was enslaved and given to Hernán Cortés, a Spanish conquistador. She became his interpreter and confidante. Their son was viewed as the first mestizo, a child of mixed blood.
Many Mexicans consider La Malinche or Doña Marina to have been a traitor, but today, she is also honored as the symbolic mother of the country’s mixed-race people.
At La Malinche, all of the starters, vegetables, meats and seafood are served as Spanish tapas, called botanas in Mexico.
Great place. Good people. Cannot recommend enough.
It is a tapas restaurant across the street from the AFI theater in Silver Spring. Food is very good, service is good but ambiance is lacking. Great place for lunch or dinner before or after an AFI movie.
We joined friends for brunch. They had been prior and recommended it.
Everything was delicious. The service was prompt.
We tried almost everything!
This was the best Tapas, I have ever had!! I'm from NJ, and I can't wait to make the 3 1/2 hour drive, just to eat here again!!
Just underwhelmed with the whole experience. The server took a while to come over to the table, we had done the bottomless brunch and it took him a while to come and check back in. There were several times throughout the visit where we didn’t have any beverages. The “mimosas” were practically just juice, hardly any sparking wine. The food was just decent. Probably won’t be returning back. There are better deals in the area.
Loved the food and the service were excellent, we're vegetarian and there were ample veggie options.
Space is a little tight, but everything else was great!
Another delicious meal at La Malinche!
The food was fantastic! It is so close to the Fillmore so it works perfect for dinner and a concert. Parking was easy to navigate.
Very nice casual brunch option. Great brunch tapas and drinks on offer. The food tased pretty good to okay, nothing was life changing but nothing was bad. I enjoyed the meal overall. Sangria was a bit watered down in my opinion but mimosas were great. Overall I would recommended it for a casual lowkey brunch option in the area.
Fantastic! Great food and terrific people.
Always a nice meal. La Malinche is a good, consistent, high-quality choice. Carne asada and albondigas are my favorite choices. Service is attentive without being pushy. We will definitely return!
La Malinche is a great option for good and quick food in downtown Silver Spring.
This place is amazing!!!!
The food and drinks were amazing! Service was excellent. I am very pleased with the portion sizes. We will definitely be going back!
Great food. Great ambience. Christmas Eve dinner was awesome.
It wasn't as busy as it was the first time we were there and that was surprising. We LOVE this little gem. the staff is friendly and efficient.....the food was excellent and very reasonable. Our waiter also told us about their weekend "Brunch" and we are very anxious to try that soon.
This restaurant serves the best margaritas. We had the scallops, salmon and shrimp with calamari to share. Hard to say which was the best because it’s all good. We topped it off with espresso and this is a place that knows how to make it like they do in Italy. The service was wonderful! We felt really personally attended to and another wonderful thing about this place is it is one of the few places where you can hear each other. Noise level is just right.
This was our second time eating here. Both visits were fantastic. We didn’t order anything we didn’t love. The service is spot on- all the wait staff are attentive and friendly . The Cava sangria was delicious. This place is a must try if you are in Silver Spring !
This is one of the best brunch deals available. $35 for unlimited tapas, sangria, mimosas, and bloody Marys. Unbeatable!
The food was really good. But the service was at least a 1-2 star at the most. I’m not sure if they don’t have enough staff or what the deal was. The food came out slowly as well. We lost our appetite half way they the 2hr brunch. I won’t be coming back for brunch any time soon.
We enjoyed every dish that was served. The octopus was the most tender that we ever had. The cod filet was thick and flaky with a little spice to it. The garlic butter cauliflower was exceptional. If you are a foodie, then you cannot miss this restaurant. The food, service and presentation were excellent
Fabulous food, great sangria, and the service is outstanding! Super convenient to AFI Silver and the Fillmore, for your pre and post show dinner. Excellent for larger parties so you can share all the tapas goodness!
the staff wasn’t friendly!
Good food. Highly recommend having a reservation for Friday and Saturday nights. The service is very attentive and friendly. Don't go if you are on a budget because you will spend a good amount of cash. However, the quality of the food makes it worth it.
Fantastic tapas. We just let the waitress decide for us and everything was wonderful!
La Malinche is consistently good food and probably a hidden gem in Silver Spring. Staff is always wonderful and the food very tasty.
Waiter had a major attitude and started throwing down our plates. Brought this to the attention of the manager. Instead of apologizing for the employee, the manager made excuses about them being busy and basically told us that if we were in a hurry, we should eat somewhere else.
We loved this restaurant and are excited to find a new favorite so close to home. Food was delicious and very reasonable in price.
Very tasty dishes with an attentive staff interested in your enjoying yourself vs rushing you out to seat another customer.
My group and I liked La Malinche! Great location!! We had brunch (the a la carte menu) and throughly enjoyed many of the items. Standouts were the garlic shrimp, salmon, sweet potato pancakes, and steak tapas. Staff was attentive and service good. My real disappointment for me was the coffee. I’ll definitely return for lunch or dinner.
One of the best small plates restaurants I have tried! Everything was perfect!
I had never been to a tapas restaurant before and I was looking for a brunch place to go to with my cousin. La Malinche came up in the top 10 best brunches in Silver Spring and the menu looked really interesting. I really like Latin food. We did the $35 brunch which allowed us to try many, many different tapas and all the Sangrias. All the food we tried was absolutely delicious and my favorite sangria was the Sangria cava. Definitely will return. Plan to go back with my husband.
Four of us enjoyed tapas here as part of a birthday celebration. We stuck with the seafood dishes and really enjoyed them all! We had shrimp, scallops, salmon, mussels, ceviche, and boquerones, followed by the dessert combo. Noise level was minimal, so we could actually talk and easily understand one another even though the restaurants was full. Going to try the all-you-can-eat brunch next time!
Had a first date here and neither of us had been to La Malinche before. The atmosphere was good for the occasion. Not very flashy or decorative but cozy and welcoming for a date. The wait staff was very helpful and attentive. The food, all served tapas style, was delicious and served reasonably quickly. We ordered a round of drinks too that also came out well (their sangria is delicious!) As the only serious date-worthy Latin restaurant in Silver Spring, they hit it out of the park.
Everything about our experience was great. The staff had great service, the food was amazing and the ambiance was nice. I would love to dine here again.
Food was outstanding. Brunch is worth going and don’t forget the dessert.
Love this place. Excellent every time I come.
Good food and service—sangria was only so-so
Great and fast service. Food was good. We ordered margaritas and they were overpowered by sour mix. We ordered another shot to mix in with the drinks.
Love this place and my friends loved it
La Malinche does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.
La Malinche is rated 4.5 stars by 384 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.