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The Reel Inn Malibu

j rubloff Apr 7, 2001 04:18 PM

Is The Reel Inn Malibu a good choice for good seafood without the high prices and attitude at Gladstone's? Planning on taking six people to dinner and want a good meal and good fun.


  1. m
    More of Everything... Apr 7, 2001 07:07 PM

    The clam chowder is about the only thing I've ever found edible at Gladstones, I think of it mostly as a tourist trap. Reel Inn is usually fairly good seafood at very reasonable prices. Haven't done it in a while, but I used to enjoy grabbing a bite at the Reel Inn, then having a cocktail out on the deck at Moonshadows up the road.

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    1. re: More of Everything...
      Joe Blowe Apr 7, 2001 08:18 PM

      while the prices at reel inn are reasonable, my last visit (Torrance location) was *really* disappointing. i shared some type of grilled fish (dry, beyond the help of a lemon), some fried clams (greazzzy), and some soggy fries. while i haven't been to the malibu location in a LONG time, i have a feeling that the expansion is causing their quality to suffer...

      1. re: Joe Blowe
        Richard Foss Apr 9, 2001 01:39 PM

        Apparently a lot of people agreed with you about the Torrance location, because it closed about nine months after it opened.

    2. j
      john guerin Apr 7, 2001 09:26 PM

      the food is awful, from top to bottom...however, sitting on the patio and drinking a pitcher of beer is ok.

      malibu seafood up the coast has much better food, and a better view as well. however, byob.


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      1. re: john guerin
        nicholas lowie Apr 17, 2001 07:04 PM

        the fish is not fresh, it is off color and stinks. everything is greasy. don't ever order the sand filled steamed clams--of course the cooks there have no idea that the clams need to be soaked to remove the grit. bring your dentist and only drink the beer.

      2. l
        Liz Apr 9, 2001 11:55 AM

        I've been to the Reel Inn once, and it was terrific. I asked what the best thing to order was, and people there told me, "anything blackened." I ordered blackened sea bass, and it was wonderful. I would definitely go back.

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