Malena's Taco Shop

★★★★☆
  • 620 W Mcgraw St

    Seattle, WA 98119

    Map & Directions
  • 206-284-0304

About Malena's Taco Shop

Hours
11a.m.-9p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-7p.m. Sunday

Food

Food
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When I moved to Seattle ten years ago, I found comfort in Malena??s Taco Shop??about the only hole-in-the-wall on upper Queen Anne. A basket of chips and some bright salsa to start, and there are a wide variety of burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and other dishes that make for a substantial snack or meal. This is all available for take-out, too. The workers are friendly folks, ready with a smile and a suggestion. It??s not the best Mexican food in town, but ten years later, I??ve moved to another part of Queen Anne, and Malena??s is still there when I need a quick and convenient bite??one with bite to it.

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★★★★☆

When I moved to Seattle ten years ago, I found comfort in Malena??s Taco Shop??about the only hole-in-the-wall on upper Queen Anne. A basket of chips and some bright salsa to start, and there are a wide variety of burritos, enchiladas, tacos, and other dishes that make for a substantial snack or meal. This is all available for take-out, too. The workers are friendly folks, ready with a smile and a suggestion. It??s not the best Mexican food in town, but ten years later, I??ve moved to another part of Queen Anne, and Malena??s is still there when I need a quick and convenient bite??one with bite to it.

Pros: Friendly service and affordable

Cons: Cash only, if that's a con

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My co-workers had raved about how good the food was and how "authentic" it was. Based on what they'd said, I was excited to try it because I have longed to find mexican food as good as what my home state of California has to offer. I didn't take into mind that my co-workers that recommended the place were all from Washington, and their opinion may differ from mine because they had never had the real thing. The food here was subpar. Very bland. And they serve Tostitos with salsa! Even the cheapest mexican restaurants and taco trucks in California use warm, homemade tortilla chips! Sparsely decorated; the atmosphere is as bland as the food.

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★★☆☆☆

My co-workers had raved about how good the food was and how "authentic" it was. Based on what they'd said, I was excited to try it because I have longed to find mexican food as good as what my home state of California has to offer. I didn't take into mind that my co-workers that recommended the place were all from Washington, and their opinion may differ from mine because they had never had the real thing. The food here was subpar. Very bland. And they serve Tostitos with salsa! Even the cheapest mexican restaurants and taco trucks in California use warm, homemade tortilla chips! Sparsely decorated; the atmosphere is as bland as the food.

Pros: Seated and served quickly.

Cons: The food is lacking flavor.

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I live about 2 blocks from Malena's and was very excited to see a little "hole in the wall" mexican restaurant, which typically have the best and most authentic food. I was sorely mistaken in my assuption. The food is bland and over priced. I am not sure you can call this a restaurant, it is more of a fast food experience. There is no room to sit and the service is un-friendly.
If you are looking for a authentice mexican dinner do not come here, you are much better off heading down the hill to the Blue Water Taco Grill, which has great food for a good price and good atmosphere!

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★☆☆☆☆

I live about 2 blocks from Malena's and was very excited to see a little "hole in the wall" mexican restaurant, which typically have the best and most authentic food. I was sorely mistaken in my assuption. The food is bland and over priced. I am not sure you can call this a restaurant, it is more of a fast food experience. There is no room to sit and the service is un-friendly.
If you are looking for a authentice mexican dinner do not come here, you are much better off heading down the hill to the Blue Water Taco Grill, which has great food for a good price and good atmosphere!

Pros: N/A

Cons: Food & Service

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I live just around the block, so I was very excited when I read the reviews on this site. I have tried a number of the dishes now so I think I can review with confidence. The best food is the carne asado tacos. Everything else is mediocre. Busy place which is really only good for take out. Unfortunately the pickings of good mexican is slim in this town. I will still drave over to Ballard when I'm in the mood for anything except carne asado tacos.

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★★★☆☆

I live just around the block, so I was very excited when I read the reviews on this site. I have tried a number of the dishes now so I think I can review with confidence. The best food is the carne asado tacos. Everything else is mediocre. Busy place which is really only good for take out. Unfortunately the pickings of good mexican is slim in this town. I will still drave over to Ballard when I'm in the mood for anything except carne asado tacos.

Pros: location (for me). Carne Asado tacos

Cons: everything else.

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Cheap place. Plastic Silverware. I love this place. Everything I have had there is perfect. Reminds me of the burrito wagons of my hometown. Can't beat it.

2
★★★★★

Cheap place. Plastic Silverware. I love this place. Everything I have had there is perfect. Reminds me of the burrito wagons of my hometown. Can't beat it.

Pros: food, taste, variety

Cons: ambience, horchata

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This is my favorite place for Mexican in Seattle. When I was living in Los Angeles, you can get cheap Mexican food that tastes so good. Malena's reminds me of the little drive-thru Mexican eateries in L.A. The taste is the same. Unfortunately, the only thing I don't like about this place is the price. Getting two tacos can really put a dent in your wallet. If you don't mind the price, this place is really good.

2
★★★★☆

This is my favorite place for Mexican in Seattle. When I was living in Los Angeles, you can get cheap Mexican food that tastes so good. Malena's reminds me of the little drive-thru Mexican eateries in L.A. The taste is the same. Unfortunately, the only thing I don't like about this place is the price. Getting two tacos can really put a dent in your wallet. If you don't mind the price, this place is really good.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Can get pricey very fast

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I lived in So. Cal all of my life and have been to Mexico a half dozen times and gave up hope of finding a great taqueria in Seattle- then I found Malena's. This place is for those who are uninspired by the Americanized mass versions of taco & burrito shops. The steak taco is divine: smothered in a light guacomole, the corn tortilla the perfect mix of crisp and soft. Be prepared to be delighted.

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★★★★★

I lived in So. Cal all of my life and have been to Mexico a half dozen times and gave up hope of finding a great taqueria in Seattle- then I found Malena's. This place is for those who are uninspired by the Americanized mass versions of taco & burrito shops. The steak taco is divine: smothered in a light guacomole, the corn tortilla the perfect mix of crisp and soft. Be prepared to be delighted.

Pros: Fast, Authentic Mexican, Cheap

Cons: Small

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I have been dying to find a place since I moved from Texas. I did Malena's is great. BEST hot sauce I've had , probably ever!!!!!!! The people didn't even speak english, loved it!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

I have been dying to find a place since I moved from Texas. I did Malena's is great. BEST hot sauce I've had , probably ever!!!!!!! The people didn't even speak english, loved it!!!!!!!

Pros: Cheap, Great food, Authentic

Cons: Not one in Issaquah, Not one on the East s, I don't own a chain

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This is great mexican food. Comforting, yummy... I love the rolled chicken tacos. And the guacamole. It's really affordable too. I'd drive from the suburbs to get food here. Get take out, though, way too small of a sitting area.

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★★★★★

This is great mexican food. Comforting, yummy... I love the rolled chicken tacos. And the guacamole. It's really affordable too. I'd drive from the suburbs to get food here. Get take out, though, way too small of a sitting area.

Pros: Inexpensive, Delicious

Cons: Not much seating

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Malena's has great mexican food for a cheap price! I have looked all over this city for healthy mexican fare and did not go dissappointed when I found this place nestled in Queen Anne.

2
★★★★☆

Malena's has great mexican food for a cheap price! I have looked all over this city for healthy mexican fare and did not go dissappointed when I found this place nestled in Queen Anne.

Pros: Fresh Mexican

Cons: Not a lot of seating

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It's not bad, but it is not what I am looking for on a regular basis. The food was not as tasty as I had hoped for. The tortillas were the regular sized one's available at the store, not the doubled up smaller one's found in authentic Taquerias. They did not serve my order with lime wedges. There were no extra garnishes available such as onions, cilantro, guac, jalapenos, etc. Plus the prices were standard with American food. If you've had the real deal, you know what I mean.

1
★★★☆☆

It's not bad, but it is not what I am looking for on a regular basis. The food was not as tasty as I had hoped for. The tortillas were the regular sized one's available at the store, not the doubled up smaller one's found in authentic Taquerias. They did not serve my order with lime wedges. There were no extra garnishes available such as onions, cilantro, guac, jalapenos, etc. Plus the prices were standard with American food. If you've had the real deal, you know what I mean.

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Other than the taco trucks in Ballard, Burien, White Center, and Rainier Ave, the only place for Burritos is Malena's. The food is excellent. I keep hoping that I might have a conversation with the employees and my friend would like them to at least consider a substitution before saying "NO!" but go for the food, not for the dialogue or to have it "your way." If you don't want to head to eastern WA, their way is better than the other alternatives in Seattle.

2
★★★★☆

Other than the taco trucks in Ballard, Burien, White Center, and Rainier Ave, the only place for Burritos is Malena's. The food is excellent. I keep hoping that I might have a conversation with the employees and my friend would like them to at least consider a substitution before saying "NO!" but go for the food, not for the dialogue or to have it "your way." If you don't want to head to eastern WA, their way is better than the other alternatives in Seattle.

Pros: salsa, burritos

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Finally! A top notch taqueria in Seattle! The fish tacos are as good as anything in San Diego. The pork tacos are the stuff of legend, they are that good.

It's teeny, maybe room for 10 people. Consider takeout if it's busy. You get free chips and salsa (average quality) with the purchase of anything on the menu, even if you get just one taco. A large water dispenser in the corner makes beverage purchase unnecessary.

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★★★★★

Finally! A top notch taqueria in Seattle! The fish tacos are as good as anything in San Diego. The pork tacos are the stuff of legend, they are that good.

It's teeny, maybe room for 10 people. Consider takeout if it's busy. You get free chips and salsa (average quality) with the purchase of anything on the menu, even if you get just one taco. A large water dispenser in the corner makes beverage purchase unnecessary.

Pros: pork tacos, fish tacos

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I had a tasty taco, simply made with chicken, plenty of lettuce and an honest taco shell in a genuine setting. Hard to beat the tastiness combined with the authenticity in both product and price. nice work guys

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★★★★★

I had a tasty taco, simply made with chicken, plenty of lettuce and an honest taco shell in a genuine setting. Hard to beat the tastiness combined with the authenticity in both product and price. nice work guys

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it's all about the food in this tiny joint, and boy does malena's live up to the reviews. large portions, fresh ingredients, SO yummy. my hubby's been looking for a good chile relleno since he left new mexico 15 years ago - he finally found it here. burritos are excellent, as is the guac. great prices, too.

2
★★★★★

it's all about the food in this tiny joint, and boy does malena's live up to the reviews. large portions, fresh ingredients, SO yummy. my hubby's been looking for a good chile relleno since he left new mexico 15 years ago - he finally found it here. burritos are excellent, as is the guac. great prices, too.

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I love this place, and you can eat a very good (best in Seattle, in my opinion) authentic Mexican meal for under $5. What a bargain!!!

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★★★★★

I love this place, and you can eat a very good (best in Seattle, in my opinion) authentic Mexican meal for under $5. What a bargain!!!

Pros: cheap, great mexican

Cons: only 4 tables

Editorial from

Malena's is a fast food gem serving authentic Mexican food. Independently-owned, the tiny taco shop serves carne asada with fresh guacamole, salsa, rice and frijoles---prepared stewed, not fried---with a dollop of cheese on top. Other…

 

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