Please help - Romantic"ish" Restaurant Needed - Malibu or environs
Geoffrey's in Malibu is very romantic and waterfront. Might be a little pretentious and expensive for some but hey, that's Malibu for you.
This is where I proposed to my ex-wife. Good and bad memories :-)
27400 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
You might want to give serious consideration to the newly opened Terra. Here is a previous review from the LA board: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/457273 and it also had an excellent review in the LA Times which called it romantic and praised the food as well.
I also notice this review from EaterLA: http://la.eater.com/archives/2007/09/...
Either Geoffrey's or Saddle Peak will be great. Very different vibes; the former is more understated elegance (at least, by L.A. standards) with lovely patio seating; the latter is spectacular in-your-face frontier Americana yet they pull it off amazingly. Both have great food.
inn of the seventh ray (malibu adjacent in topanga) is the most romantic place around there, plus the food is good - so you get atmosphere and food. the food is MUCH better than geoffrey's which i think is just ok - but really overpriced and also only good on warm days if you get a good table. otherwise, it's a total waste of time.
also - moonshadows is really nice if you sit on the patio outside. the food, again, is not spectacular, but the environment is nice.