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20356 Pacific Coast Hwy. (Malibu)
(1) 310-456-3010 | www.moonshadowsmalibu.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-10:30pm; Fri.: 11:30am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-11:00pm; Sat.: 11:00am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-11:00pm; Sun.: 11:00am-3:30pm, 4:30pm-10:00pm
BEST FORWeekend brunch; lunch; dinner
PRICE (APPETIZER; ENTRÉE)USD 11-18; USD 24-34
FAMOUS PLATESCatch of the day; miso-glazed cod; tuna tartare; crab ravioli
DRINKS AND WINECreative cocktails; expansive, well-balanced wine list
# OF SEATS150-200
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?No
This laidback Pacific Coast Highway hotspot pulls in well-heeled beach bunnies and post-surf power punters with its panoramic views of the Pacific, coolly creative seafood dishes, and umbrella-topped exotic fruit cocktails. The airy, shell-toned interiors are simple yet comfortable, but it’s the shaded deck that offers the best seats in the house.
The Malibu elite (including a handful of celebs)–it’s a well-heeled, beachy bunch.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
Something upscale beach casual, like a chic little sundress and stylish sandals.
GO HERE WITH
A date; friends for a leisurely catch-up over dinner and drinks
WHY WE LIKE IT
The views are breathtaking and the fresh seafood a delight (especially when enjoyed al fresco). We dig the swinging, laidback vibes, too.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Even with a reservation, waits for a table can be long, especially on weekends.
GOOD TO KNOW
The attached Moonshadows Lounge is a weekend hotspot (a DJ spins Thurs.-Sat.) that also serves bites (great option for an afternoon snack by the water) and has super comfortable seating (think beds). The restaurant offers a kids’ menu, though this is a very “grown up” spot in the later evenings, so would be better for a family lunch. Environmental activists at ease: they don’t serve endangered species like Chilean sea bass, blue fin tuna, or black grouper here.
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