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#111 of 1,936 Restaurants in Charlotte
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214 N Tryon St Ste 3, Charlotte, NC 28202-1023 (N Tryon & 5th)
+1 704-344-8878
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:30
Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant has improved. We tried it when it first opened, were not very impressed, and did not come back for several years. We were pleasantly surprised to find the food had improved. We tried five small plates, potato&ham&cheese croquettes, calamari, sliced Serrano ham, churrasco, and stuffed peppers. All were good except the calamari, which was a little too thick... More 

Thank ChrisMaurer
Lynchburg, Virginia
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349 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went solo wanting Paella and because I was single could not get it. - You have to commit to two servings. I had their sangria, cannelloni, and tiramisu, which were divine. This is a restaurant that I wish my wife could have joined me.

Thank William B
Level Contributor
23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a nice place to stop into before going to the theater in uptown Charlotte. Share several different Spanish tapas dishes and enjoy the dining experience.

Thank monkeybig
Charlotte, North Carolina
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

My husband and I went before the symphony last night. Great walking distance to Belk Theater. The service was outstanding. The food was amazing tapas. The ravioli and chicken empanadas are not to be missed. Many vegetarian items as well as seafood items. The space is small so I would recommend reservations.

Thank taburfield
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

Great food service and good atmosphere - good range of food / tapas . Great wines too Eduardo attentive waiter

Thank jj274
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

Had eight dishes and all were really good. The paella was incredible and worth the wait. Service is attentive and friendly. 7 is good time to go, the Pre theatre crowd is gone and the after theater crowd won't be there for a while

Thank Jim C
Quincy, Massachusetts
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96 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

This place was hopping on a Saturday night, but still managed to fit us into their smallish dining area with a table for 5 at prime time dining hours. We did make a reservation a earlier that day, and I'd suggest doing so for any weekend night. The table was tight, but given not impossible and the tightness probably added... More 

Thank Grace_K102
Charlotte, North Carolina
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

I've visited twice for lunch and my experiences were vastly different, except for the service. On my first visit, I ordered the Serrano sandwich. It was freshly sliced and had a very generous portion of fine ham. The flavors of the thin layer of tapanade accentuated the ham really made for a nice lunch sandwich at a reasonable price in... More 

Thank Jordan M
Durham, NC
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51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017

Malabar is located in the heart of uptown. The restaurant’s decor is modern and sleek, with a bar area next to an open area for diners and a mirrored wall. The lunch menu had an assortment of small plates, sandwiches, and salads. There was also a 2 course prix fix lunch option for under $15. I had the toasted ham... More 

Thank Lauren G
Charlotte, North Carolina
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526 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

My wife and I tried Malabar recently and had a really great experience. We loved the croquettes and Iberian ham, as well as the tres leches dessert. The waitstaff was attentive and quick with refills. Parking uptown can be difficult, but there is a garage on the block.

Thank Bowmanator22

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Mediterranean, Spanish, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?