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Jun 9, 2008 07:21 PM

Long weekend in Santa Monica/Malibu

Hey everyone.

Due to a family function in July, this Boston-based traveler will find himself in Santa Monica and Malibu soon. I was looking for places to grab some good eats while on the West Coast and would love to hear your recs.

I'll need a really nice (price not a prob, so long as it's worth it) dinner spot for 2 on a Friday night, then some casual places for lunch and breakfast.

Any thoughts? Thanks!

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  1. For lunch, I recommend Malibu Seafood on PCH. It's a casual seafood stand that is pretty decent.

    I'm sure there are a ton of places in Santa Monica, but you might want to try Nobu in Malibu for sushi, if that's your thing.

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    1. re: WHills

      There's much better sushi to be had than Nobu. I'd suggest heading over to Sawtelle Blvd in West LA and trying out Kiriko or heading over to National Blvd for Sushi Zo. Both are first rate sushi places. They cannot match the celebrities at Nobu, but they definitely have better sushi.

      In Santa Monica, for a nice dinner, you could try Josie, Joe's on Abbot Kinney (Venice), Michael's, or Jiraffe.

      If you want good Mexican, I suggest Monte Alban in West LA -- it's the best Oaxacan in LA and something that is really difficult to find elsewhere in America.

      If you're up for a burger, try out Father's Office. It can get crowded, but even the dissenters on this board will generally acknowledge that it's a good burger. And they've got a great beer selection on tap.

      1. re: glutton

        I finally got around to Monte Alban and their barbacoa de chivo is some serious yum. It really is equal to the praise.

        I also agree big time with all the other posters above and below that Malibu Seafood is a much better value than all the other casual Malibu/PCH seafood joints.

      2. re: WHills

        Ditto the recommendation for Malibu Seafood. Lovely fish & chips, great steamed mussels. Very casual environment, but superb quality of food.


        1. re: WHills

          Oh, yeah - the Places link.

          Malibu Fish & Seafood
          25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

          1. re: WHills

            Lots of great recomendations from Emme, bolavinaka, and glutton; I would second these except for Lilly's and Jiraffe - because they are not my personal favorites.

          2. For dinner try The Lobster in Santa Monica - great seafood - good view. Geoffreys in Malibu can be a bit inconsistent but very lovely. BOA Steakhouse in Santa Monica is good. Have drinks outside at The Viceroy by the pool.For breakfast/lunch - Shutters in Santa Monica is good and the view is nice. The Georgian Hotel serves a good breakfast on the porch - as well as Jinkys in Santa Monica. For a great dive bar breakfast try Hinano in Marina del Rey - greasy, old fashioned breakfast. Have fun!

            1. For three solid casual lunch choices and one a notch above casual, go to Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice.

              Lilly's French Cafe & Bar
              1031 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

              Joe's Restaurant
              1023 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291

              3 Square Cafe
              1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              1009 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

              1. I highly recommend that you try the recently opened Anisette by Alain Giraud on Santa Monica Blvd (between 3rd Street Promenade and 2nd Street).

                1. Santa Monica and Malibu are 20 minutes apart. How long will you actually be in Malibu, meaning, which meals and how many?

                  Allegria in Malibu is incredible italian and is open for lunch. Via Veneto in Santa Monica is also incredible italian and great for 2 on a Friday night.

                  I also recommend Anisette in SM for lunch, and Library Ale house for lunch, also in SM.

                  Breakfast: Anisette, Jinkys, Jack and Jills, or go to Montana Avenue and take your pick from many, many great breakfast and lunch spots. Just choose a menu you like.