Please be aware that Malibu to Venice is a considerable distance, and you won't be traversing that path on a single coastal road. From Santa Monica to Malibu you're on PCH. While PCH is not rich with restaurant choices, Santa Monica really, really is. From Santa Monica south to Venice there's Ocean Ave/Neilson Way/Pacific Ave, but you may want to go east a short block to Main and then south to Venice via Main and Abbot Kinney. There is much more to see on that route and you will pass by still more restaurants (including Joe's, on the E side of Abbot Kinney). Or go slightly inland and take Lincoln Blvd south to Venice; plenty of good and reasonably-priced restaurants on that route, such as Casablanca (Mexican), La Cabana (Mexican), several Thai restaurants, and even an Indian restaurant (Agra) just north of Washington Blvd. The only thing we don't have here is Italian-American restaurants to match North End Boston! Enjoy.
Paradise Cove Cafe in Malibu -- located at Paradise Cove beach, a private beach almost all the way out to Zuma -- is a great place to eat and enjoy the ocean. The fee to get in is less if you eat at the cafe. http://www.paradisecovemalibu.com/beachcafe/index.htm
The Reel Inn, a seafood shack on PCH a little bit north of where Sunset meets PCH has fantastic seafood and fun picnic table seating. http://www.calendarlive.com/dining/72...
You could also pick up sandwiches and cookies at the Malibu Country Mart, and then head out to Zuma beach. I like the food at Malibu Kitchen and Gourmet Country Market, which is located in the part of Malibu Country Mart over by the grocery store. There is also some fabulous people watching (celebrities, trophy wives, surfer locals), and designer stores to browse in.
Paradise Cove is good. There's another little beachside restaurant off Westward Beach in Malibu just before Zuma called The Sunset - after you eat you can go walk on the beach - lovely!
I disagree with the Reel Inn recommendation. It's a lovely setting, but the food is dreadful.
A little way further west on PCH from the Reel Inn is Cholada Thai, which has great Thai food.
If you're in Santa Monica or Venice, there are some good places with reasonable lunches. I like Cha Cha Chicken in Santa Monica at Pico and Ocean.
if youre going for lunch, eat at joe's on abbot kinney. its the best 12-18 dollar gourmet lunch in town.
they have sand dabs and rock shrimp risotto and crab cakes. otherwise there are other meat dishes. so its not a purely seafood joint. but a favorite of mine...
you can request the patio if you are so inclined...
Help me out. I know of a Eat at Joe's in Redondo. I can only find a Joe’s on Abbot Kinney. LOL, or are you simply saying to eat lunch as Joe's
Eat at Joe's (Very good breakfast – large portions, reasonable prices.
400 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
Joe's (Fine Dining $$$)
1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd (Cross St Broadway)
Venice, CA 90291
I agree with the others about Neptune's net. Considering the views of the beach drive, the food / ambiance, the LA cross-section of customers -- It's like a package deal.
Also, for really good quality food at reasonable prices in/near Glendale I have these places in mind.
Mario's Italian Market (Subs)
740 E Broadway
Glendale, CA 91205-1150
East of Galleria, Cross Glendale Ave.
Eagle Rock Bakery (A MUST try for The BEST fresh baked Italian sandwich bread rolls and top quality Italian meats and cheese to make make your own at home. Try the Pizza Bread -- Saturday only after 11:00 am)
1726 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Seven blocks East of Eagle Rock Blvd., Across from Tommy’s Burgers
Auntie Em’s Kitchen (Breakfast, Soups, Sandwiches, Cup-Cakes and very good coffee)
4616 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041
mon-fri 8am to 7pm & sat-sun 8am to 4pm
When I am out on the Westside near the beaches I like to eat at these places.
California Chicken Café (Maybe the best Chinese Chicken salad in the world, rotisserie chicken, fruit salad, wraps – check out the link)
424 Lincoln Boulevard(South of Rose, North of Venice Boulevard
)Venice, CA 90291
Open Mon thu Sat – Delivery Closed Sunday.
California Chicken Cafe locations & menu
For a nice morning drive going north along the beach...
John's Garden Fresh Health STR (Maybe get Sandwiches to go and eat someplace near the water., soups and salads
)3835 Cross Creek Rd Ste 1
Malibu, CA 90265-6400
Neptunes Net Seafood (Seafood, outside tables overlooking da beach
)42505 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, California 90265
Here are a couple places that I like in Malibu, right on PCH looking over the water. They both have good fish & chips. I like Malibu Seafood a little more than Neptune's Net, but they are both great for a casual lunch. Have fun on your trip to SoCal!
Malibu Fish & Seafood
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Neptune's Net Seafood
42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265