Chico Malo

Chico Malo is a popular restaurant located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Arizona. This trendy spot offers a unique blend of traditional Mexican cuisine with a modern twist. Chico Malo, inspired by the rich heritage of celebratory dining throughout the different regions of Mexico, highlights local ingredients in an upscale setting.

The interior of Chico Malo is filled with vibrant colors and beautiful, one-of-a-kind decor. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere, with a spacious bar area and comfortable seating for guests.


Chico Malo, meaning bad boy in Spanish, boasts bold flavors of Mexico and South America. Cultivated by Chef Ivan Gonzalez, Chico Malo's menu embodies elevated and innovative culinary excellence in the South American sector. The menu at Chico Malo is extensive and features a wide variety of Mexican dishes. From tacos and enchiladas to more traditional dishes like mole and chile Relleno, there is something for everyone at Chico Malo. The restaurant also offers a variety of cocktails, margaritas, and a selection of Mexican beers and wines.

Popular Dishes

Chico Malo is known for its excellent meat and seafood selections. If you're a seafood lover, we recommend the shrimp ceviche. The shrimp is fresh caught off the coast of Patagonia and perfectly cooked, and the ceviche is made with a tangy and flavorful blend of citrus and spices. This dish is made with Argentine Red Shrimp, avocado, lime, "michelada," cucumber, onion, and jicama and served with tostadas.

One of the standout beef dishes at Chico Malo is the carne asada. This unique take on the classic Mexican dish features tender, grass-fed, Argentine ribeye "al carbon," Puerco beans, roasted potatoes, 4 Chile salsa, guacamole, and in house-made yellow corn tortillas.

Another hit on the menu is their Argentine grass-fed ribeye entree. This features 16oz bone-in ribeye with mushrooms, chimichurri, roasted corn, and smashed fingerling potatoes. This creative dish adds a twist to the classic steak with traditional Mexican flavors.

Notably, one of the most iconic dishes at Chico Malo is the En Fuego! This dish features a 40oz tomahawk steak, tequila, and fire. If that wasn't enough, Chef Ivan Gonzalez personally delivers and fires up the dish table side.

Happy Hour

In addition to the delicious food, Chico Malo has a great happy hour. From 3-6 pm Monday through Friday, guests can enjoy discounted signature cocktails and appetizers. The restaurant also offers a late-night happy hour from 10pm-close Sunday through Thursday.


Chico Malo is proud to support its community by buying fresh local ingredients for the restaurant when possible. In addition to local produce, they also support the community with festive special events. Such as their Cinco de Mayo celebration or Halloween parties.

Chico Malo is an excellent spot for tasty contemporary Mexican food in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The lively atmosphere and delicious dishes make it a popular destination for locals and tourists.

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