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Mal Pan, Charlotte, NC

Mal Pan

4.6
4.6
188 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican

Taqueria Mal Pan is a modern Mexican experience. Our chef-driven menu is a combination of both the modern and classic Mexican kitchen. You’ll experience a menu with inspiration from Baja to Yucatan and everywhere in between. In step with the theme of our kitchen, the beverage program at Mal Pan is also inspired by the old and the new. Our back bar is filled with a curated list of artisan spirits from the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond. All of our craft cocktails are concocted with housemade syrups, fresh squeezed juices, shrubs, bitters and instagram worthy garnishes

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Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sun 10:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (980) 298-6138

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Rosendo Lomeli

  • Catering

    From an office lunch to an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please visit us at eatmalpan.com

  • Private party facilities

    Hold your next event at Mal Pan! We offer a variety of accommodations for semi-private or private events. For all inquiries, please visit eatmalpan.com

  • Neighborhood

    SouthPark

  • Cross street

    Fairview Rd

  • Parking details

    Free parking in attached garage

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 188 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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    Fit for Foodies

  • Charlotte

    Outdoor Dining

  • Charlotte

    Fit for Foodies

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  1. PD

    PaolaD

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Best breakfast tacos! And don’t forget to order the queso fundido.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Limited inside tables so we were placed outside on the covered porch. It was quite cold in Charlotte but they couldn’t accomplish us inside. Duck appetizer was good. Queso was oily. Took almost 20 minutes to get a drink. Bottle of wine came out opened but the cork stuck back in and just a glass. Guess you pour your own wine there.., food was ok. Not sure I’d go back.

  4. S

    Sophie

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have loved Mal Pan since it opened last year. Cocktails are always so pretty & delicious, I’ve never order anything on the menu I didn’t eat every bit of. I took my mom for Mother’s Day brunch & that was my first time having their brunch. Brunch didn’t disappoint either! The waitstaff is always so accommodating and kind too.

  5. RC

    RayC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3

    On the one hand, our table was ready at the agreed-upon time on Mother's Day, on the other, the kitchen was behind. I had specifically asked our waitress if the kitchen would keep up: she flippantly assured us yes. Another staffer informed us that one of the cooks called in sick earlier. Food quality was above average, but $7.00 + per taco? Not sure about that.

  6. MK

    MissiK

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3

    We had a reservation at 5pm and asked to sit outside. The host told us we would only have an hour and 15 mins if we sat outside due to another reservation. There was no one else in the restaurant yet. We sat down and were asked to switch tables for some odd reason. Very strange start to our meal. Overall, the food was pretty good. Our server was knowledgeable about the menu. This restaurant was recommended by a friend, so we wanted to try it out for my birthday. The server said they usually sing happy birthday and give out a dessert, but they were out if desserts. A little disappointed, but it happens.

  7. HA

    HarveyA

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The food was very good. Our server Bree (sp?) was pleasant and very efficient. It was a great evening

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    It’s a little overrated. The food was bland altogether and the drinks were ok. I love the location but will more than likely not return unless I want guacamole because that was excellent

  9. HB

    HopeB

    Charlotte

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambience, delicious food, and Matt was an awesome server. Took our family out for an early dinner, and will definitely be back.

  10. S

    Sparker

    Charlotte

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and cocktails always great! Shrimp enchiladas and a cucumber jalapeño margarita with a kale salad. Healthy and yummy!

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent bartender Lilly. Sat at the bar and had a great meal

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing, fresh ingredients! Great drinks!

  13. MC

    MollyC

    Western NC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mal Pan is authentic and modern. The menu is honed and multi-faceted. The service is excellent, the prices are fair and the cocktails are not full of sugary filler. They are crafted and tasty! The venue is cozy but spacious and I look forward to returning soon!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff and food were both excellent.

  15. EH

    ErickaH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This is a very quaint restaurant. I made reservations in advance and was quickly seated upon arrival. We ordered 3 types ( my husband ordered 3 steak, I did 1 Royal and 1Gobernador ) of tacos. He also ordred the California Surf and Turf. Every dish was fresh and delicious. The Royal taco was my favorite. With the addition of chips, salsa and guacamole, my husband was only able to eat 1/2 of his burrito. I tried the special margaritas which was apple cinnamon but did not really enjoy the combination of flavors. I will visit again.

  16. R

    Rick

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time visiting this restaurant. The food and drinks were delicious. Parking was easy. Will definitely go back.

  17. SB

    ShelbB

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2

    We chose this because the pictures made it look like something special and the reviews seemed decent. We were underwhelmed with all dishes, from our appetizers of queso and duck taquitos, to the main burrito and tacos. They all seemed to miss the mark on spices and the carnitas were on the salty side. Being from Texas we have high expectations, and this fell flat.

  18. E

    Emily

    Nashville

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The OG margarita was so good! The food was delicious and came out quickly. However, our server asked us about ever 5 minutes if we were done. We felt really rushed to get finish and get up from the table..

  19. C

    Chiguy73

    Charlotte

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and cocktails. Love this place in South Park. I have lived in Texas where we had more elevated Tex-mMex.. Finally Charlotte has arrived

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A weekend visit to Charlotte with family from Columbia,SC. I wanted to check out place. The pictures at Yelp looked good. Well, let me tell you pictures doesn’t do the place justice . Mal Pan is busy restaurant but still the staff are friendly and helpful. One thing you got to consider when you order the portions are bigger than the photo or what I am used to. Do not get me wrong it very delicious. I highly recommend. And let’s not forget the bartender lady at bar who made the perfect margaritas for me😊

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    So nice to find quality Mexican food in town. Coming from a Mexicana, I highly recommend this place. Amazing handmade tortillas, salsas we’re very tasty, torta was delicious. Overall great food with quality ingredients.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Indiana

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    James was an incredible server. So knowledgeable, very communicative and honest. Despite how busy it was, he checked on us so regularly, we felt like we were his only table. We were truly blown away by how delicious every cocktail and food item was. I can’t decide what was the winner but those shrimp enchiladas and duck taquitos were the absolute best we have ever had. The kitchen is doing a fabulous job! It was an awesome 15th anniversary dinner and we can’t wait to come back soon.

  23. R

    Rach

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5

    Food was great. Drinks not so good and we were charged for a drink we did not get or order. But I will be back.. and 👀 the bill.

  24. SB

    SumaB

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The drinks and the fundido was excellent. The entrees were ok. The Gurbinador taco was way too big and messy to be a taco - it was more like curry on a tortilla. Everything tasted fine, not outstanding by any means. Would go back for the ambience, drinks and the appetizer.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    AMAZING!! Service was fabulous and food was just as great as the pictures look 😍😍😍

  26. A

    Anonymous

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Mal Pan was great as always. Service was excellent without being intrusive, pricing was reasonable, and the food and drink plentiful. All seven of us joined the clean plate club, with the Cali burrito, sweet potato tacos, and camaron tacos being the standout items of the night.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3

    I’m from Miami so I’m very familiar with quality Latin/Mexican food. The service was great, the cocktails could have been better, the queso was not what we were looking for. The tacos were ok but nothing out of the ordinary.

  28. a

    alison

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Food was just plain bad. No flavor, chicken in everything was unseasoned, cubed, with lots of cartilage that had to be spit out. There are many other much better options in the city. Do not recommend this place.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My first time at the restaurant. Took my visiting daughter and her husband. The whole experience was excellent from service to the delicious food. Will definitely return.

  30. CL

    CLTFoodGurl

    Charlotte

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love Mal Pan. Food and service are always great. Cute spot with nice atmosphere.

  31. K

    Kate

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Food was so-so. Staff was friendly and helpful. It seems like a family-friendly place.

  32. r

    roby

    Charlotte

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    The food was good but def a little trendy/unique instead of just a good taco you would get somewhere else. The restaurant is small so our table was crammed at the very front by the door and we couldn’t be moved. Good spot for a happy hour- not so much for a nice dinner out.

  34. DS

    DorianS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    the best food, drinks and all-around restaurant!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Every taco that we tried was delicious. High quality fresh ingredients and outstanding flavors. Party of six and not one person was disappointed with their meal.

  36. KE

    KristineE

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    The food was average. Strange combinations of ingredients - Gruyère in Mexican enchiladas? It tasted ok tho. No spice or cilantro in the guacamole - just a mashed avocado. Tacos were ok. Very average.

  37. PH

    PamelaH

    Charlotte

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    Food was good. Server was polite, accurate, fun, and professional. But that Bloody Mary. Holy Smoke! I am new to this BM scene. I've had about 10 at 10 different restaurants and each of them has not wowed me, but I love tomato juice, I love spices and I love love vodka, so I was determined to find "the one". Welp. Look no more, I found her! The mix is house-made, by none other than the owner. I attempted to sign over my home to get this recipe, but he was not budging. Needless to say, I have had a few solo moments at that bar, with just me and "Mary". Excellent place!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Located in piedmont town centre, location is great. The restaurant is little disorganised and we could not figure out who to ask for reserved table. Anyhow that got sorted since its billing / counter who are engrossed in their screens rather than people to be greeted. Our host was really good to keep us comfortable. Cocktails they do look really good and taste too but they DO NOT have alcohol to even justify it being a cocktail. Ordered few plates to eat including veggie bowl, nachos, guac, shrimp tacos. Pics attached…the tacos are unflavoured no seasoning and nothing mexican about them. My biggest problem with these tacos was …execution since one was too wet and other was ALL FRIED with no lemon or citrus to cut through all that dryness of fried food. Overall: i will say host was amazing and plus since it was weekend, i just went on with the experience and enjoy chats and laughs. But not a place i like to go back to when really hungry or wanna have a drink.

  39. FL

    FoodLVR

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I recently learned about this restaurant from a friend. We had a delightful lunch with an amazing margarita, so I made a reservation for some best friends coming into town on a Saturday night. Loved the vibe—casual, Latin music, and actually quieter than I imagined on a Saturday night. Lots of families but still fun and current. We had to laugh at ourselves because all of us (50ish) could not read the menu due to the small print and dark lighting. Margaritas were amazing! My favorite is the OG Cadillac. The best! Food was delicious! My favorite was the queso fundido and shrimp taco and my friends loved their enchiladas as well. Brie and Andre were perfectly hospitable. My friends LOVED the restaurant. We had a fabulous time and I will be back!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our new favorites!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Mal Pan using the Order Online button. Mal Pan also offers delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Mal Pan also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (980) 298-6138.

Mal Pan is rated 4.6 stars by 188 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 15 times today
Google Map for Mal Pan

4625 Piedmont Row Dr Charlotte, NC 28210-4285

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fairview Rd

  • Neighborhood

    SouthPark

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
    Sun 10:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Free parking in attached garage

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Rosendo Lomeli

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (980) 298-6138

  • Catering

    From an office lunch to an at-home celebration, we can help with your next event. Please visit us at eatmalpan.com

  • Private party facilities

    Hold your next event at Mal Pan! We offer a variety of accommodations for semi-private or private events. For all inquiries, please visit eatmalpan.com

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