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Hearst Tower
First Ward, Uptown

Malabar Spanish Cuisine


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Spanish Restaurants, Mediterranean Restaurants, Italian Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
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Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Cuisines: Spanish, Mediterranean, Caterers, Italian, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Tricia O.


So I’m completely confused a...

So I’m completely confused as to why a Spanish tapas restaurant is called “Malabar” when that word usually refers to an area of India, but no one consulted me when they (mis)named the eatery.

What I’m not confused about is how delicious the food was, and how impressed I was with our unflappable server. Even when he was confronted with a table of seven raucous blogger type ladies in town for a blog convention, he suggested dishes to share which suited the vegetarians and two of us who have shellfish allergies. As our Friday night dinner hour went on, however, he appeared to be oversat, and that affected his timing on refreshing drink orders.

We were sucking down the red and white Sangria like we knew what we were doing. He needed back up, and if you drink enough of that light and refreshing Sangria on a hot summer evening, you will, too.

The Paellas were excellent and served in the pans in which they are cooked, and two orders were enough for all of us to share along with several small plates. The Croquetas, Pimientos Rellenos and the Manchego were among my favorites, and I wish now that I had ordered the Yuccas Fritas.

It filled up pretty quickly during our visit, so I would definitely suggest a reservation at this taste of Spain in uptown Charlotte.

Miss Roxanne


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Mediocre Food, RUDE waiter--

My boyfriend and I were looking for an intimate Italian spot in downtown Charlotte and this looked to be the place. Looks can be deceiving...
The food:
The food was mediocre, not worth the price; very small portions-- my boyfriend and I are very small people, yet we were still hungry after eating our entrees.
The waiter:
First of all, I'd like to say that I have a great patience for waiters on a Saturday evening, as I understand that this is one of their busiest nights. Nonetheless, this does not excuse rudeness. Our waiter (Carlos) was probably the rudest waiter I've ever encountered. From the very beginning, he acted as if it was a burden to wait on us. We ordered the calamari and we were not satisfied with it, so we told the waiter that we didn't like it. He got a very annoyed look on his face and retorted ""why don't you like it?!"". We proceeded to argue with him about why we did not like the calamari for several minutes. He then walked away from the table in an uproar, leaving the plate of calamari at our table without even apologizing. We decided to wait until the end of the meal to see if he would at least take the calamari off the check, and he of course did not. We then asked him to take it off the check, and he said, ""why? what was the matter with the calamari? It's calamari!"" and we went through the whole conversation again about why we did not like the calamari. After a few minutes of arguing about the calamari, the waiter reluctantly took it off of our check.

Another issue we encountered with this waiter was that he did not check on us ONCE after the whole initial conversation about the calamari. It's as if he got mad at us for not liking it, and refused to wait on us for the remainder of the meal. Nonetheless our romantic evening was a disaster thanks to Mr Carlos and his attitude problem.
Small portions of mediocre food is tolerable; a waiter with a MAJOR attitude problem is inexcusable.



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Favorite Italian

Love this place, one of my favorites in Uptown Charlotte. You can tell everything is freshly made, and the ambiance is wonderful... great people watching in Center City. I have been to the sister restaurant in Birkdale, and have to agree that it can't hold up to this one.

I've tried most of the menu here, but if you like pasta, theirs is to die for.



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Dont bring your appetite!

Nice atmosphere and the quality of food is pretty decent. However, the quantity of food is similar here to the other locations (il posto osteria and positano osteria). Itailan food isn't typically expensive to make and this place will definitely ""profit"" from your business. My wife and I recently dined with this restaurant and the owner's new location (positano in Birkdale) and upon completion of our $100 dollar meal, we were still hungry and found ourselves preparing something later that evening at home. Service is good and friendly though.

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