Paradise Cove in Malibu?
The beach at Paradise Cove is marvelous. There are tidepools, beds of surfgrass and old hippies wandering up the sand. During my single visit of two years ago I had the remarkable good fortune of coming across a fresh dolphin carcase. A gull was perched on the body, pulling tender strips off of the animal's lips.
You have to pay to park your car there, which is unfortunate.
Have a friend who used to go two or three times a year from the SFV. After it was bought by, (I think Bob Morris of Gladstones?), a new owner he tried it again. That was less than a year ago. Said that the prices had gone up and the quality had gone down to the point that he would not be back. This is all second hand because the last time I was there for a meal, (sand dabs and fies), the Rockford Files TV Show was still using its parking lot as a location shot for Jim Garners' title characters trailer/office.