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howard81 Jul 27, 2006 11:51 PM

Looking for a nice spot to have dinner in Malibu this Sunday evening. Any suggestions? What are the best restaurants in this part of town?

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    WileysHungryAgain Jul 29, 2006 01:30 AM

    I believe Gorgio's & Guido's both still in Malibu.

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      misomom Jul 29, 2006 04:00 AM

      Giorgio's no longer exists in Malibu. A new restaurant comes to mind though. It's called Lino. It's in eastern Malibu, closer to town than all the other's mentioned here. It's on the land side of PCH. I've only been once but we were a party of six and were able to try many things, tapas, salads, steak and fish and all were quite good, though a bit expensive. It's run by the former owner of Cafe Delfini. He and his wife are Malibu locals and are putting a lot of care into their restaurant.

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      jessejames Jul 29, 2006 12:57 AM

      is there still a giorgio out there on pch in malibu? pasta with shaved white truffles and large langoustines come to mind....

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        misomom Jul 28, 2006 08:26 PM

        Tra Di Noi is a far superior experience to Allegria, in both food and atmosphere

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          liu Jul 28, 2006 08:35 PM

          Misomom - I was about to post the exact same words!

          Howard81 -- I think you will be very pleased with Tra Di Noi. The service is professional, the food is quite good, and the feeling of the restaurant -- inside or patio -- is very pleasant.

          I think Allegria needs some new energy; it just feels tired to me. Many years ago I would have recommended it, but not now.

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          howard81 Jul 28, 2006 07:16 PM

          Thanks for your input, guys. I think I'll give Allegria a try since my out-of-town friend loves Italian! Thanks again.

          1. chica Jul 28, 2006 05:40 PM

            Granita was a jewel. I wonder what they plan to replace the space with. It had wonderful interior decor.

            I suppose it depends on your definition of a "nice spot."

            For an incredible ocean view while sitting outside, and attentive (but not overbearing) service, and a very romantic ambience next to firepits and palm frons, Geoffrey's. I suggest any fish or red meat entree, foie gras, morrocan shrimp, or any salad appetizer, and any dessert (tiramisu is a personal fave, but the apple tart tatin isn't bad either). :)

            Beaurivage for an equally romantic evening; you can request to sit in its 'garden' which is lacking the ocean view (Beaurivage is on the other side of PCH anyways), but in a quaint setting. Service can be a hit or miss, but food never is. Great lamb, and fish entrees, love the tuna salad. On-site pastry chef, so don't miss the daily selection of desserts laid out on a table.

            Nobu, for a young, loud crowd, but very good Japanese - I suggest NOT ordering rolls, but either asking them to create a sashimi dish (a truly beautiful, colorful masterpiece), or any appetizer/entrees.

            Moonshadows if you don't want to drive too far into Malibu, but a superb ocean view inside or out (if inside, ask to be seated next to the windows).

            have fun!

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              WileysHungryAgain Jul 28, 2006 02:31 PM

              The only thing Geoffrey's has is a view, but only at lunch. At night it's pitch black. last year Irene S. V. at LAT's gave it an unsatisfactory review. That by the way is less than 1/2 a star.

              Granita closed last year
              http://www.malibutimes.com/articles/2...

              Nobu
              Allegria
              Marmalade (breakfast & lunch
              )Taverna Tonys

              1. TheDexter Jul 28, 2006 11:24 AM

                I like that old school place called Beau Rivage. Also, Granita near the Colony has never missed.

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                  markn Jul 28, 2006 04:48 PM

                  I believe Granita closed last year.

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                  Mother Hubbard Jul 28, 2006 05:18 AM

                  Allegria (part of Il Moro group) great chicken in skillet. Love Tra Di Noi ouside.

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                    liu Jul 28, 2006 05:40 AM

                    Tra Di Noi has my vote...out or in!

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                    cgoldsmith Jul 28, 2006 01:05 AM

                    Geoffrey's is alright and the views are fantastic.

                    Highly recommend:

                    Taverna Tony (Greek, bit noisy inside, but beautiful bougenvilla outside patio. Moussaka rocks)

                    Sage Room (Italian. Small spot but wonderful food.)

                    Nobu (Hate to say it. But had to say it)

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                      SCmike Jul 28, 2006 12:36 AM

                      I have always like Geoffrey's. It has some mixed foodie reviews the setting is unbeatable.

                      http://www.geoffreysmalibu.com/

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