Breaking All the Rules in the Downtown Restaurant Scene

Chico Malo is changing the game in downtown Phoenix by paying respect to authentic Mexican food while elevating with a chef-driven approach and locally-sourced, organic ingredients. Neighboring restaurants play it safe with crowd-pleasers geared toward the conventional crowd but, at Chico Malo, we believe in serving up bold flavors with modern techniques in a thoughtfully curated environment.

We know how important fresh food is for our health, especially in an era where processed foods are everywhere, which inspired our culinary team to merge authentic Mexican and South American flavors with a fresh menu all day. Instead of falling for one of your go-to chain restaurants again, come discover your new locally-owned favorite while enjoying the culture and weather of beautiful downtown Phoenix.

Sitting right in the heart of CityScape, we fill that much-needed authentic Mexican food void with our original, award-winning fresh plates inspired by Mexican street food. Paired with craft and Mexican beers and a modern mixology program, Chico Malo captures the essence of Mexico with the best patio in downtown Phoenix. We offer brunch, lunch, and dinner menus with items such as “Nana Marcella’s Drunken French Toast,” seven different types of tacos on house-made tortillas, and our Green Chile Chicken, all of which are impossible to turn away and sure to satisfy your hunger. If you are in the mood for Agave, we have a list of over 120 tequilas and mezcals and an inventive list of seasonal craft cocktails. When the sun goes down, Chico Malo heats up as mouth-watering Mexican flavors fill the air.

So while you’re out and about exploring downtown Phoenix’s buzzing night scene, come rejuvenate with one of our signature mixed drinks or a fresh appetizer. If you’re up for a group dinner party, make a reservation in our private dining room. Or, if you’d rather stay in, don’t worry! Order online through Grubhub to enjoy our delicious food in the comfort of your own home.


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