Malibu's 10 Best Restaurants: Ocean Views and Gourmet Eats

Malibu is one of Southern California's most upscale beach communities; as one of the places where the rich and famous meet to eat, it boasts some of Los Angeles' best restaurants. The best of the best are here, from the elegant Nobu Malibu and Maestro's Ocean Club Malibu to classic fish shacks like the Reel Inn, where locals gather for fresh fish served in an ultra casual spot. And longtime favorites including Paradise Cove Beach Cafe, where families have flocked for generations, are also included in this definitive list of the 10 Best Restaurants in Malibu. Malibu's culinary scene often focuses on local ingredients sourced from farms in the Malibu area. "Organic," "farm to table" and "locally sourced" are all common terms you'll see on menus at most of Malibu's best restaurants. Some of the best dining spots in Malibu are the ones that are perched right on the ocean, either cliffside above the beach or right down in the sand. The best oceanfront restaurants in Malibu have open-air terraces – those are always the first tables to get nabbed. However, that's not to say that the lovely 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 enjoy ocean views.

Taverna Tony
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Taverna Tony's, located in the Malibu Country Mart, will make you feel as if you've just been whisked onto the shores of Greece's famed Santorini or Mykonos islands. Whitewashed walls and a festive patio set just the right mood for a meal of...  Read More

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
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Paradise Cove Beach Cafe is literally right on the beach in the northernmost reaches of the Malibu community, almost to Point Dume. The inside of the cafe that has been on this spot for generations has funky booths with a beach-inspired vibe and...  Read More

Saddle Peak Lodge
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Located in the wild hills above Malibu, the award-winning Saddle Peak Lodge has been a favorite of in-the-know Angelenos for years. The rustic, hunt club-like interior features exposed logs, stonework, animal trophies and fishing gear, along...  Read More

The Reel Inn
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The Reel Inn is a Malibu institution, serving seriously fresh fish for decades (since 1986, actually) from its shack-like spot on Pacific Coast Highway. In fact, it doubles as a fish market for locals who prefer to grill their own scallops,...  Read More

Mastro's Ocean Club Malibu
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Mastro's Ocean Club Malibu is one of the city's most elegant dining destinations, bringing all the elements of the famed Mastro's Steakhouse experience to an oceanfront restaurant with breathtaking views. Open only for dinner during the week and...  Read More

Cafe Habana Malibu
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Cafe Habana Malibu is the latest outpost of the famed New York City Cuban restaurants and this addition to the Malibu scene is a real winner. The chefs here use organic vegetables and fruits, USDA certified organic beef, vegetarian raised pork,...  Read More

Tra di Noi
Photo courtesy of Gina Douglas Tarnacki

Tra di Noi, the traditional Italian restaurant located in the Malibu Country Mart shopping center, has been drawing locals and visitors since 1991. Tra di Noi means "between us," a name chosen by co-owners Antonio Alessi and Tarcisio Mosconi to...  Read More

Duke's Malibu is the quintessential Southern California restaurant, a massive place perched right on the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Named after Duke Kahanamoku, the famed swimmer and surfer and the Hawaiian Olympic gold medalist who introduced...  Read More

Moonshadows Blue Lounge

Malibu's famed Moonshadows restaurant is built along the side of a cliff and features wide views of the ocean from its airy sun deck and relaxing indoor dining room. The menu serves up an array of gourmet American cuisine with Italian and Asian...  Read More

Nobu Malibu
Photo courtesy of Nobu Malibu photo by Henry Hargreaves

Los Angeles is where it all began for Nobu Matsuhisa, the acknowledged king of Japanese cuisine, who now has high-end eateries all over the world. His first restaurant, Matsuhisa, is a tiny place on La Cienega Boulevard; Nobu Los Angeles is...  Read More


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