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Weekday lunch along PCH in or near Malibu?

I'll be driving up the coast next Friday and want to stop for lunch somewhere along PCH between Santa Monica and Malibu.
Nothing fancy, just some good Mexican or maybe seafood.
Any suggestions?

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  1. Neptune's Net or Malibu Seafood would fit the "not too fancy" and "Seafood" criteria.

    Not too sure about Mexican, though.

      1. You have only a few choices for coast lunch. The Lobster, Gladstones, Moonshadows, Charthouse, Dukes. That's it. Of them, I'd go to Dukes and sit in the barefoot bar, outside.

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        1. re: yogachik

          That's not it. What about the palces at the Mailbu County Mart? Malibu seafood? Patrick's Roadhouse? There are others

          1. re: Diana

            I wrote of the spots that sit on the ocean and have a view - not on the other side of PCH without a view and away from the ocean.

            1. re: yogachik

              The OP didn't specify view. And with Malibu seafood, you walk over the highway and sit looking out over the ovean.

              Heck, Paradise Cove one eats right on the sand!

        2. My favorite place for lunch is the patio at Taverna Tony's. The lamb sandwich is absolutely delicious.

          There's really no good Mexican food in Malibu. I'd avoid the restaurants on the ocean if you're interested in the food over a view. For good seafood and a view, I'd recommend Malibu Seafood over Neptune's Net. Just note it's picnic table dining on paper plates.

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          1. re: whatsfordinner

            Malibu Seafood is definitely far better than Neptune's net and the Reel In (which I don't think is good at all). Malibu seafood also has better prices.

            Also - the upstairs dining area at malibu seafood has a nice view and it's a bit quieter than the lower area b/c it's insulated from traffic a bit.

            Also - you can take the food across the street and have a picnic on the beach.

            1. re: whatsfordinner

              Honestly, I've never been wowed by anything at Taverna Tony's, and just IMO, it's not to me a casual, pop-in-on-the-drive-up kind of place, but that's just me.

            2. The Reel Inn. Period. No bullshit, no gimmicks, no flash, no fluff. Just fresh seafood. But....there is no view...it's on the EAST side of PCH, just north of Topanga Cyn Rd.

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              1. re: HeavyCream

                I've found the fish is fresher at Malibu Seafood.

              2. If your heart isn't set on Mexican or Seafood, I think Cholada is a great place to stop for lunch coming back from the beach in Malibu. It's a little Thai place and completely charming inside. Almost like a Thai joint you'd find on the beach in Thailand. It's definitely not too fancy, they have seafood on the menu, and everyone I've ever brought there has loved it.