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Rebelión opens soon, thanks to the Cascabel restaurant team

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The Spanish-style restaurant, sitting along the road, is white with a green hillside in the background.
The Malibu restaurant space
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Malibu is getting a special new Spanish restaurant to call its own soon. The project is to be named Rebelión, and it’s looking like an opening could come as soon as the next couple of weeks.

Rebelión lands right along PCH inside an old brick building with Spanish roots. This was for years the now-shuttered Tavern 1 Grill and Tap House, but the look of the restaurant has been completely overhauled. Expect a lot more light inside now, as well as worn floor tile, exposed beams, hanging bulbs, and greenery. There aren’t any easy ocean views to be had because of the homes across the highway, but the sun and surf is still very close at hand.

Work being done

As for operators, look to the Cascabel team, led by Top Chef Season 5 contestant Alex Eusebio. They’re the ones responsible for the Spanish-infused menu at Rebelión, complete with simple starters like pan con tomate, plus traditional dishes like paella, with Spanish wines to match. Reached for comment, the team says that the interior design and menu ideation is basically done, so there could be light at the end of the pre-opening tunnel as soon as next week.

When it opens, Rebelión will join the new Highland Park hit Otoño and Downtown’s Breva as some of the only truly Spanish restaurants in greater Los Angeles. The new Malibu project will also open not far from Mon Li, bartender Matt Biancaniello’s first standalone omakase cocktail experience. Combine those two with some of the other big names like Nobu in the area, and suddenly a drive to dinner in Malibu seems a lot more enticing.

Rebelión. 213237 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA.