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Jan 22, 2009 11:54 PM

Which is best out of these ocean view restaurants??

hi everyone!

okay so I'm the most indecisive person in the world and I don't know which one to choose...
I've been looking for a place that has an ocean view, outdoors/patio dining, with seafood and steak (my bf wants steak and i'm craving for seafood) ! :| is that too much? lol oh and it's for a special date dinner with my boyfriend.

well I've done some research and these are the ones that I've narrowed down to:

- Moonshadows (Malibu)
- The Sunset (Malibu)
- Parkers Lighthouse (Long Beach)
- Kimcaid's (Redondo Beach)

I also looked at the Hideaway Cafe and Steakhouse (Malibu), Blue Water Grill (Redondo or Long Beach), Savannah (Huntington Beach).

If this helps, places that I've been to and loved are Geoffrey's and Charthouse.

THANK YOU to anyone who can help me out! :D

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  1. You might also consider The Lobster - right at the entrance to the Santa Monica pier.

    The Lobster
    1602 Ocean Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90401

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    1. re: Servorg

      2nd the Lobster. Plus you can ride the ferris wheel after dinner...

        1. re: luhkee

          I third. It has a great atmosphere and it has ceiling to floor windows so you can see everything thats going on outside!

      1. Of your Malibu choices I think Geoffrey's is the best in terms of food and ambiance, especially if you're planning a special date.

        1. I would stop stressing about it and go with Moonshadows. It has everything you describe and seek.

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          1. re: yogachik

            Many oceanview places are useless after the sun goes down and it gets dark, which occurs pretty early this time of year (not long after 5). At Moonshadows, you still have the sound and feel of the waves right under you, and in chilly weather it is nice to be warm inside. The food there has its ups and downs -- it seems they are always just changing chefs and concepts -- but hopefully you can get a good steak or seafood dish if you keep it simple. Geoffrey's can be gorgeous at a later time of year, and the Lobster is just too touristy for me, with so many tables jammed into its dining area. And if Moonshadows knows how to do anything, it should be able to handle a date night.

          2. Do NOT go to Hide a way, the worst food and service in all of Malibu! Geoffrey's is your best bet again. But Sunset is right on the beach and a huge local hangout. I think you would enjoy it!

            1. If Orange County is not too far...two to consider are:

              1) Montage Hotel in Laguna. There is no hotel in southern CA that has a better ocean view than the Montage. For a formal dinner, the Studio Restaurant is very good, but expensive. We prefer lunch on the deck adjacent to the spa. Wonderful view, good salads and sandwiches at a fraction of the cost of dinner at the Studio.

              2) In an entirely different category, but great fun is the Beachcomber Cafe in Crystal Cove, Newport Beach. The Beachcomber is right on the sand facing the ocean. Very casual, but good (not great) food in a terrific setting. Can't be beat for lunch on a sunny day...or for dinner in the summer.

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              1. re: josephnl

                There's a Beachcomber on the Malibu pier as well.