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Long-Awaited Malibu Steakhouse Lucky’s Is Finally Ready to Seat You

The popular Montecito spot opened for takeout during the pandemic in Malibu, but only now is the dining room ready to be shown off to locals

A steakhouse look at Lucky’s n Malibu
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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.

It’s certainly been a long road for Lucky’s, the upscale Malibu steakhouse at 3835 Cross Creek Road. In a non-pandemic world the restaurant would have likely slid directly into the upper echelon of Malibu dining sometime last summer, thanks in part to its positive reputation at the original location in tony Montecito, just outside of Santa Barbara. Instead, ownership opted to build a much smaller local following, offering takeout through the latter half of last year and even using the parking lot as a partial carhop setup from time to time. Now, with limited-capacity indoor dining returned to greater Los Angeles, Lucky’s Malibu is ready for a full reveal.

The former Mr. Chow space feels a world away now, as the redone space gleams with Malibu sunlight and crisp white tablecloths. The wicker two-toned chairs and wraparound views give off a seaside bistro feel, complemented by a jazzy black and white mural, and long bar. Dark wooden booths and matching flooring complete the feel, though expect a bit more distance under current COVID-19 guidelines than what’s been set up for the photo shoot here.

As for the menu, Lucky’s sticks close to the upscale casual steakhouse playbook, offering staple appetizers like shrimp cocktail and fried calamari alongside heavy steaks and chops, sautéed sand dabs, a half roast chicken, and more. Cocktails run $18 a pop, and of course there’s molten chocolate cake for dessert.

The new Lucky’s Malibu is open for patio and limited-capacity indoor dining now, keeping hours from Tuesday through Sunday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pickup is also available.

A wide dining room with skylights and dark wood.
A black and white jazz mural inside an upscale restaurant with white tablecloths.
Looking in from an outside window at white tablecloth tables.
A long bar with turned-out wicker stools.
A long room with lots of sunlight from wraparound windows, featuring white tablecloth tables.

Lucky's Malibu

3835 Cross Creek Road, , CA 90265 (310) 317-0099 Visit Website
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