After 25 years, Malibu's popular location for breakfast and lunch Coogie's got a facelift and a new name about three weeks ago: Ollo. No longer just bacon and eggs, burgers and fries, restauranteur Nate Heydari (Bui Sushi, Ollie's Duck & Dive) re-conceptualized the eatery to feature California cuisine with Italian and Mediterranean influences. With many changes, the expansion of a full bar is the real one to look forward to.
The 3,500 square foot restaurant welcomes diners to a wraparound bar and a beachy 110-seat dining room defined by a raised platform and surrounding a large olive tree, reminding diners of its farm-to table approach. And, the dog-friendly outdoor patio allows guests to enjoy their beautiful summer day in Malibu.
Now with a full bar, expect freshly made cocktails with homemade syrups like the Sagebrush Collins made with gin, Limoncello, purple sage honey syrup, and soda water. And the menu honors local and organic purveyors in their numerous salads, vegetables, and proteins. Adding to breakfast and lunch offerings, Ollo will now emphasize dinner service. With small plates, pastas, pizzas from a wood fire oven, and house made focaccia bread, Ollo has a bit of everything on the bill of fare, including vegan and vegetarian options.
For die-hard Coogie's regulars, a few dishes may gradually come back to the menu. In the meantime, Ollo touts affordable dishes and a pleasant atmosphere. As for owner Heydari, he has his eyes peeled on a couple of other restaurant locations in and outside Malibu.
Ollo's hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.