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15 Sunny Malibu Restaurants to Try Right Now

Where to eat in LA’s premier beachside destination

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Lobster roll from Broad Street Oyster Co.
| Farley Elliott

Malibu is probably the most famous Los Angeles-area beach town, known for its billionaire residents and celebrity clientele. But the long coastline makes it accessible for everyone, for those coming in for a long beach day or someone passing through on the Pacific Coast Highway up to Central Coast and beyond. Naturally, the fare is going to hew toward seafood and beach favorites like fish tacos and shellfish. The area’s food scene continues to evolve, with additions on the high and low end, from the relaxed steakhouse at Lucky’s to the streetside specialties of Sabor a Malibu. And of course, the immense lobster roll from Broad Street Oyster Co., consistently the best in Los Angeles. Here now, the 16 essential restaurants to try in Malibu, presented in geographic order (north to south).

Added: Nicolas Eatery, Lucky’s, Reel Inn, Broad Street Oyster Co., Ollo, Sabor a Malibu

Removed: Duke’s, V’s, Casa Escobar, Bui Sushi, Mastro’s Ocean Club, Ollie’s Duck & Dive

A number of LA restaurants have resumed on-site dining service. However, this map should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Malibu Cafe

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327 Latigo Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(818) 540-2400
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The Malibu Cafe is a bit of a drive and nestled in the Santa Monica mountains at Calamigos Ranch. However, it’s totally worth it because the cafe is a blast and incredibly Instagram-worthy. With live music, games and a huge outdoor space, it’s an ideal place for a birthday or gathering. Only open from Thursday to Sunday.

2. Neptune's Net

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42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-3095
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Dating back to 1956, this PCH staple at the northernmost tip of Malibu is a perfect place to experience the area in its natural environment. With an eclectic mix of surfers, bikers, families and tourists, the fresh-caught seafood and crisp french fries are hard to forget.

3. Reel Inn Malibu

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18661 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-8221
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A classic seaside fish grill, Reel Inn has been drawing in locals and visitors for generations. With a wide outdoor area, huge menu of fresh fish, and approachable prices, it’s a solid beach day lunch or dinner.

4. Nicolas Eatery

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22333 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(424) 644-0614
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Taking over a new build out along the hillside part of PCH, Nicolas Eatery comes from former fine dining veteran Nicolas Fanucci, who worked at places like Le Cirque in NYC. Previously the general manager at Bouchon, Fanucci serves an unfussy menu of steak frites, grilled tuna steak, and roasted kampachi that appeals to the local Malibu crowd.

5. Cholada Thai

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18763 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-0025
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For Thai food in Malibu, family-owned Cholada is the place to go. The casual and beachy ambience makes it good place after surfing or on the way to the heart of Malibu.

6. Malibu Farm Cafe

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23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-1112

Situated at both ends of the pier, Malibu Farm Café is a popular lunch spot boasting fantastic ocean views at the end of the pier. The environment is casual with counter service and beer and wine options only. Closer to the shore, Malibu Farm has a more substantial menu with cocktails and more.

7. Nobu Malibu

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22706 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-9140
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Nobu is probably the most famous restaurant in Malibu, known for its ambiance, service, and food from one of the world’s most famous chefs. Reservations can be hard to come by since is extremely trendy and Matsuhisa’s sushi is top notch. It’s a place to drop a ton of money while ogling celebrities.

8. Lucky's Malibu

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3835 Cross Creek Rd Suite #18
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-0099
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New steakhouse Lucky’s has all the makings of a the future Malibu classic. Imported from up the coast in Montecito, Lucky’s has steaks, seafood, and sides that will satisfy anyone looking for excellent grilled beef, fresh shellfish like giant shrimp, and hefty sides like creamed corn and grilled asparagus.

Lucky’s Malibu with steaks, asparagus,and other sides.
Steaks and sides from Lucky’s Malibu
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9. Broad Street Oyster Company

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23359 CA-1 #3874A
Malibu, CA 90265
(424) 644-0131
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Perhaps the most destination-worthy place in Malibu, Broad Street Oyster has a hidden location at Malibu Country Mart that serves everything from supremely fresh oysters to perhaps the best lobster roll in the city.

For LA’s most exciting new lobster roll spot: Broad Street Oyster Co.
Lobster roll and fries from Broad Street Oyster Co.
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10. Sabor A Malibu

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31242 CA-1
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 482-0832
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This excellent taco and burrito truck from a former executive chef who lost his job from the Woosley fire serves everyday favorites like fried fish tacos and breakfast burritos during the day. The menu extends to other beach favorites like burgers and hot dogs. Just check out the Instagram for the celebrities that try this food.

11. Café Habana

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3939 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-0300
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Owned by Rande Gerber, Café Habana isn’t very similar to the one in New York. No, it’s not really Cuban, except for a few items on the menu. Usually, people flock here for the corn on the cob, carne asada, and prickly pear margaritas.

12. Ollo

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23750 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 317-1444
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Neighborhood favorite Ollo has easy comfort fare like burgers, pizza, salads, and pasta, with a full breakfast to boot. It’s the kind of every day restaurant that works for locals but will appeal to anyone visiting from out of town.

13. Malibu Seafood

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25653 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-3430

Be prepared to be patient as the line during the weekends can get long. However, this little shack on PCH serves comforting food like fish and chips, clam chowder and other seafood options. It’s also a market, so consider buying fresh seafood to cook at home. Pick a table outdoors or grab it to go and enjoy at the beach.

14. Lily's Cafe & Pastries

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29211 Heathercliff Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 457-3745

Considered by many Malibu locals and Pepperdine students as having the best breakfast burrito in town, Lily's offers reasonably-priced Mexican food. The spicy salsa paired with every order is a bonus, so make sure to snag two for extra topping on burritos.

15. The Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar

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6800 Westward Beach Rd
Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 589-1007
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A bit off the beaten path, The Sunset is pretty much right on the sand. With great ocean views, simple décor and upbeat ambience, its seafood dishes are just as good as its Malibu competitors. Make a reservation to ensure your table has an ocean view.

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1. The Malibu Cafe

327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

The Malibu Cafe is a bit of a drive and nestled in the Santa Monica mountains at Calamigos Ranch. However, it’s totally worth it because the cafe is a blast and incredibly Instagram-worthy. With live music, games and a huge outdoor space, it’s an ideal place for a birthday or gathering. Only open from Thursday to Sunday.

327 Latigo Canyon Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

2. Neptune's Net

42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Dating back to 1956, this PCH staple at the northernmost tip of Malibu is a perfect place to experience the area in its natural environment. With an eclectic mix of surfers, bikers, families and tourists, the fresh-caught seafood and crisp french fries are hard to forget.

42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

3. Reel Inn Malibu

18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

A classic seaside fish grill, Reel Inn has been drawing in locals and visitors for generations. With a wide outdoor area, huge menu of fresh fish, and approachable prices, it’s a solid beach day lunch or dinner.

18661 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

4. Nicolas Eatery

22333 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Taking over a new build out along the hillside part of PCH, Nicolas Eatery comes from former fine dining veteran Nicolas Fanucci, who worked at places like Le Cirque in NYC. Previously the general manager at Bouchon, Fanucci serves an unfussy menu of steak frites, grilled tuna steak, and roasted kampachi that appeals to the local Malibu crowd.

22333 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

5. Cholada Thai

18763 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

For Thai food in Malibu, family-owned Cholada is the place to go. The casual and beachy ambience makes it good place after surfing or on the way to the heart of Malibu.

18763 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

6. Malibu Farm Cafe

23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Situated at both ends of the pier, Malibu Farm Café is a popular lunch spot boasting fantastic ocean views at the end of the pier. The environment is casual with counter service and beer and wine options only. Closer to the shore, Malibu Farm has a more substantial menu with cocktails and more.

23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

7. Nobu Malibu

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Nobu is probably the most famous restaurant in Malibu, known for its ambiance, service, and food from one of the world’s most famous chefs. Reservations can be hard to come by since is extremely trendy and Matsuhisa’s sushi is top notch. It’s a place to drop a ton of money while ogling celebrities.

22706 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

8. Lucky's Malibu

3835 Cross Creek Rd Suite #18, Malibu, CA 90265
Lucky’s Malibu with steaks, asparagus,and other sides.
Steaks and sides from Lucky’s Malibu
Stan Lee

New steakhouse Lucky’s has all the makings of a the future Malibu classic. Imported from up the coast in Montecito, Lucky’s has steaks, seafood, and sides that will satisfy anyone looking for excellent grilled beef, fresh shellfish like giant shrimp, and hefty sides like creamed corn and grilled asparagus.

3835 Cross Creek Rd Suite #18
Malibu, CA 90265

9. Broad Street Oyster Company

23359 CA-1 #3874A, Malibu, CA 90265
For LA’s most exciting new lobster roll spot: Broad Street Oyster Co.
Lobster roll and fries from Broad Street Oyster Co.
Matthew Kang

Perhaps the most destination-worthy place in Malibu, Broad Street Oyster has a hidden location at Malibu Country Mart that serves everything from supremely fresh oysters to perhaps the best lobster roll in the city.

23359 CA-1 #3874A
Malibu, CA 90265

10. Sabor A Malibu

31242 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265

This excellent taco and burrito truck from a former executive chef who lost his job from the Woosley fire serves everyday favorites like fried fish tacos and breakfast burritos during the day. The menu extends to other beach favorites like burgers and hot dogs. Just check out the Instagram for the celebrities that try this food.

31242 CA-1
Malibu, CA 90265

11. Café Habana

3939 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Owned by Rande Gerber, Café Habana isn’t very similar to the one in New York. No, it’s not really Cuban, except for a few items on the menu. Usually, people flock here for the corn on the cob, carne asada, and prickly pear margaritas.

3939 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

12. Ollo

23750 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Neighborhood favorite Ollo has easy comfort fare like burgers, pizza, salads, and pasta, with a full breakfast to boot. It’s the kind of every day restaurant that works for locals but will appeal to anyone visiting from out of town.

23750 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

13. Malibu Seafood

25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Be prepared to be patient as the line during the weekends can get long. However, this little shack on PCH serves comforting food like fish and chips, clam chowder and other seafood options. It’s also a market, so consider buying fresh seafood to cook at home. Pick a table outdoors or grab it to go and enjoy at the beach.

25653 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90265

14. Lily's Cafe & Pastries

29211 Heathercliff Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Considered by many Malibu locals and Pepperdine students as having the best breakfast burrito in town, Lily's offers reasonably-priced Mexican food. The spicy salsa paired with every order is a bonus, so make sure to snag two for extra topping on burritos.

29211 Heathercliff Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

15. The Sunset Restaurant & Beach Bar

6800 Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

A bit off the beaten path, The Sunset is pretty much right on the sand. With great ocean views, simple décor and upbeat ambience, its seafood dishes are just as good as its Malibu competitors. Make a reservation to ensure your table has an ocean view.

6800 Westward Beach Rd
Malibu, CA 90265

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