Best Restaurants in Malibu: From Gastropubs to Oceanfront Elegance

In the beachfront land of the rich and famous, aka Malibu, visitors are able to get a taste of power and prestige by dining at one of Malibu's top-notch restaurants. Malibu's culinary scene often focuses on local ingredients sourced from farms in the Malibu area. Organic, farm to table and locally sourced are common terms you'll see in reference to Malibu's best restaurants. Some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Malibu are ones that have the lucky position of being right by the ocean, in many cases it will seem almost as if you're dining on top of the ocean as the cliffs that line the Malibu coastline provide high vantage points for restaurants to border – and in the case of restaurants on the lovely Santa Monica Pier, you will be dining right over the waves. The best oceanfront restaurants in Malibu have open air terraces that are always the first tables to get nabbed. However, that's not to say that the often fancy indoor dining areas don't provide an excellent atmosphere as well; most restaurants have large windows that face the ocean so indoor diners can still have ocean views. In addition to oceanfront dining, the best restaurants in Malibu also include gastropubs, shopping center eateries and seafood cafes. 

Tra di Noi
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Tra di Noi is an Italian restaurant located in the Malibu Country Mart shopping center. Tra di Noi means "between us" and that phrase was chosen for the name of the restaurant as its goal is to evoke a homey, casual atmosphere where you can...  Read More

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
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Paradise Cove Beach Café is located right on the beach. The inside has funky booths with a beach-inspired vibe and large windows overlooking the Paradise Cove Beach. You also have the option of sitting outside on lounge chairs right on the...  Read More

Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar
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Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar is a brand new restaurant on the Malibu Pier. For trendsetting foodies who like to be the first to try the next big thing should, a reservation at Malibu Pier Restaurant and Bar is a must. The boxy blue and white...  Read More

Duck Dive Gastropub
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In the land of ritzy restaurants and long lines for seaside restaurants in Malibu, it is refreshing to come across Duck Dive Gastropub, located in an upscale strip mall in Malibu. Duck Dive Gastropub has a laidback ambiance with modern décor....  Read More

Geoffrey's Malibu is designed to bring the outside in. Each table in the restaurant has a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean and the outdoor terrace will make you feel like you're on vacation with its bright flower décor and location under the...  Read More

Malibu Farm Pier Cafe
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Malibu Farm Pier Café is a restaurant is focused on fresh, organic produce and dairy. The Malibu Farm Pier Café is a true farm to table eatery as it is an extension of Malibu Farm, a farm that grows much of the ingredients for Malibu Farm Pier...  Read More

Duke's Malibu is named after Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, an Olympic gold medalist who grew up in Hawaii. Duke's Malibu is right at the ocean's edge and provides upscale American comfort food with Hawaiian island twists and gorgeous views of the...  Read More

Malibu Seafood

Malibu Seafood is a little roadside café that offers some of the freshest seafood around as some of its offerings are even fish caught off the shores of Malibu each morning. Malibu Seafood is able to achieve this as its owner is a commercial...  Read More

Moonshadows Blue Lounge

Moonshadows is built along the side of a cliff in Malibu and has wide views of the ocean from its airy sun deck and relaxing indoor dining room, plus – sticking to its name – there are a lot of trendy blue accents and decor in the...  Read More

Nobu Malibu
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Nobu's stunning Malibu location has an enviable location with a wraparound patio on the coastline. You're literally right on top of the waves. Even indoors, you'll enjoy gorgeous views of the wide Pacific Ocean. Living up to Nobu's acclaimed...  Read More


Meet Gina Douglas Tarnacki

Gina Tarnacki is a freelance writer and marketer and an avid traveler. When she's not busy finding a creative way to squeeze in a few more vacation days so she and her family can explore the...  More About Gina

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