La Malinche

4.6
400 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 400 people are saying
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Elideth
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service! Definitely I'll recommend this place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed everything at brunch. We did bottomless and it was definitely worth it. The bacon wrapped dates, empanadas and pancakes were amazing!!

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vipClaudiaP
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Salmon done to perfection and seasoned really well.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Place use to be 11-3pm but now there's a 2 hour time limit. Kind of caught me off guard

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Frankitt
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service at brunch. We reserved an outdoor table a month in advance, only to have truly dreadful weather on the day of our visit. They had been kind enough to save us a table inside so we could choose when we arrived. We all ordered the bottomless brunch and every item we chose was delicious. This brunch includes drinks, and they were not stingy with them at all. Drinks came fast, and were not watered down at all, as they often are in the "bottomless" situation. We tried all of their sangria flavors, the Cava was our favorite. Everything was prepared perfectly and we thoroughly enjoyed the visit. Will definitely return.

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like2eat
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We ate at one of the outdoor tables. The food was good. The service was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and sangria are always delicious....kind waitstaff.....all around great experience.

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StephanieL
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The brunch is an excellent experience. A number of native dishes to choose from along with bottomless mimosas, sangrias and bloody Mary’s. Outdoor seating is close to Colesville Road sidewall but tucked away enough to not be a distraction. The food is delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

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Drmidwife
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food. Paella is worth the wait, not crunchy on the bottom, but very tasty and nice assortment of meat and seafood. Small place, but adequate seating and covered outdoor dining. Servers wear masks. Full bar. Enjoy!

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Jose
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was okay i feel like they could have been a little nore patient with us i did fell rushed uh the my food came pretty quick but the rest of my party had a pretty long wait my friends fried Yuka took pretty long to come out butni will day they where nice and respectful juat felt a little hurried overall it was good.

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AliciaB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All outdoor seating was covered! Rain was not an issue!

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great meal. La Malinche never disappoints. Try the pink sangria (sangria rosso I believe). Out of this world!

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Angel
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always live my time at the special little place.

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ChanceC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You cannot beat this value, especially around the DC area. Food and drinks were delicious. Patio is right on the street, so it can be a little noisy, but otherwise fabulous.

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vipDCdiner
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service, as always. La Malinche is a consistently good experience. The standouts are the chicken croquettes (so crispy and fluffy!) and the pan con tomate (such a simple dish but so good). Highly recommended!

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KellieC
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great! My only issue was Silver Spring traffic and traffic noise is crazy so beware when you sit outside.

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AliP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Good people. Cannot recommend enough.

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longtimeDCresident
Washington DC
20 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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vipTina
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
Washington DC
29 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
Washington DC
6 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
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
61 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.

FAQs

La Malinche does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. La Malinche also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 562-8622.

La Malinche is rated 4.6 stars by 400 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.