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Need Malibu Lunch recs for Celeb obsessed out of town relatives

Pamplemoose Jan 25, 2007 08:08 AM

Well, in three weeks we have some relatives in from Chicago and they seem obsessed with dragging my wife and I to Malibu to have lunch and see some celebs. I guess with all the fires and Mel Gibson's little episode it seems to have made the news and sparked the interest of our Windy City kin.
Is there a great lunch spot...ok, I'll settle for a good weekend lunch spot in Malibu where they can get that Malibu experience and and possibly rub up against a celeb or two?
Thanks!

  1. bodie Jan 28, 2007 09:09 AM

    Just an idea but - in lieu of planning an entire meal-based star hunt, you could just hang out at the coffee bean for an hour and see what wanders in.

    1. chica Jan 28, 2007 12:15 AM

      For killer views and decent food, w/ celebs at the next table, GEOFFREY'S. Last time, my friend sat next to Suzanne Somers (this was just days before her home sadly burned down :( )

      At Moonshadows, which is closer to Santa Monica, you can get awesome views of the ocean, too, with many power players dining out for brunch. It's also the restaurant where Gibson had too much to drink and was caught right outside.

      Nobu is fantastic for celeb sighting, and I love the toro, other sashimi, and fusion sushi and appetizers there.

      1. okie Jan 25, 2007 06:10 PM

        Gotta mention Geoffrey's.

        Even if you don't see a celeb (and there is a decent chance of that) you'll be knocked out by the cliff-top ocean view. And their food is good if not great. Pricey, though.

        Otherwise, you can order from the window at Tra Da Noi and sit on their patio and people watch at the Country Mart.

        1. SauceSupreme Jan 25, 2007 04:48 PM

          It's a shame you're stuck in Malibu to go celeb watching. I see celebs all the time here in Mid-Wilshire, whether it's walking around Farmer's Market/Grove (gotta be during the work day, naturally, while regular-folk are in the office), or at the cafe in the Arclight theater.

          Malibu Country Mart is definitely your best bet, though, in that neck of the woods. Coogies seem to attract more of Malibu's young teens.

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            love2chow Jan 25, 2007 03:28 PM

            nobu = celeb central and good sushi...my fave is malibu seafood, no celebs but amaaazing fish!

            1. perk Jan 25, 2007 12:58 PM

              I agree with the other posters. Nobu is your best bet, but not open for lunch. And a good rule of thumb, locals go to "land side" restaurants, not anything on the water. Those places attract more tourists. There are any number of places for lunch--Guido's, Tony's, TraDaNois. But your best opportunity to spot celebs is to walk around the Country Mart (especially the play area for kids) and also the shopping center on the other side of PCH. That's where you tend to see celebs during the day. It also kind of depends on which "demographic" of celebs--are they looking for Pierce Brosnan, Courtney Cox Arquette or Brittany Spears? They tend to hang at different places.

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                tony michaels Jan 25, 2007 03:02 PM

                "And a good rule of thumb, locals go to "land side" restaurants, not anything on the water..."

                IIRC Mel(tdown) Gibson was drining (a combination of [mostly] drinking and dining) on the water just before his most Passionate polemic came spewing forth - was he not? (g)

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                  CynD Jan 25, 2007 03:18 PM

                  Yes, at that dreadful Moonshadows.

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                chowmominLA Jan 25, 2007 08:38 AM

                Yeah, I've seen more celebrities at Nobu than all other restaurant star sitings combined -- seriously. I could rattle off a dozen huge celebs I saw on two visits, if that wouldn't make me seem like a total loser. I am in the camp that thinks Nobu is great.

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                  MichaelS Jan 25, 2007 08:36 AM

                  You can hang out at Malibu Country Mart. Even if you bust on sightings, you will still enjoy the shopping. There is decent food there. They tend to "graze" at Googies as well.

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                    foodieqt Jan 25, 2007 11:22 AM

                    "Coogies" is the restaurant I think MichaelS is referring to above. :) Nobu is definitely the top pick here, but you can also try Taverna Tony, a celebrity-dense Greek restaurant.

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                      MichaelS Jan 25, 2007 03:27 PM

                      Yes, Coogies. Hands are not following brain today. If you do get to Coogies, make sure to get some zucchini bread to go....

                  2. tony michaels Jan 25, 2007 08:20 AM

                    Great is debatable, (and has been on the LA board before) but your most likely spot in Malibu to spot celeb's "grazing" in their natural environment is at Nobu. Normally your best bet is not the weekend but a midweek night, (they don't serve lunch) is more probable to yield the desired results.

                    If it has to be lunch then the Ivy on Roberston is by far your best bet.

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