La Malinche

4.5
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384 reviews
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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
Three brothers and a brother-in-law from El Salvador realized their long-held dream of opening a restaurant together in November of last year. Jaime Sorto, his brothers Hugo and Jose Bonilla, and his brother-in-law Jose Zelaya looked for a name that symbolizes their concept of two cultures coming together.
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.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.2
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4.4
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AliP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place. Good people. Cannot recommend enough.

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longtimeDCresident
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

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.

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Alb2DC
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We joined friends for brunch. They had been prior and recommended it.
Everything was delicious. The service was prompt.
We tried almost everything!

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MariaR
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience2

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.

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another delicious meal at La Malinche!

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Stephanie
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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Christina
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic! Great food and terrific people.

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vipDCdiner
Tokyo
23 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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PippieDC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

La Malinche is a great option for good and quick food in downtown Silver Spring.

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vipPetit
Baltimore
22 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place is amazing!!!!

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LynnT22
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The food and drinks were amazing! Service was excellent. I am very pleased with the portion sizes. We will definitely be going back!

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AnthonyR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Great ambience. Christmas Eve dinner was awesome.

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RonaldD
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

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.

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vipitaliansoul
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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TrinaF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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 !

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lovelybrowngirl
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

This is one of the best brunch deals available. $35 for unlimited tapas, sangria, mimosas, and bloody Marys. Unbeatable!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2Food5Service2Ambience3

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.

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vipRichardM
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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vipSueP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

the staff wasn’t friendly!

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TarikS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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mattnson
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic tapas. We just let the waitress decide for us and everything was wonderful!

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PedroM
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

La Malinche is consistently good food and probably a hidden gem in Silver Spring. Staff is always wonderful and the food very tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

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.

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Angie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved this restaurant and are excited to find a new favorite so close to home. Food was delicious and very reasonable in price.

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Patron
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Very tasty dishes with an attentive staff interested in your enjoying yourself vs rushing you out to seat another customer.

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Kendra
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

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.

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vipJulieW
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best small plates restaurants I have tried! Everything was perfect!

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MichelleS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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BanannaM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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FQT1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding. Brunch is worth going and don’t forget the dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this place. Excellent every time I come.

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Bigmallard
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Good food and service—sangria was only so-so

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience3

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.

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vipVetnonD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Love this place and my friends loved it

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La Malinche is rated 4.5 stars by 384 OpenTable diners.

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