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lunch in malibu?

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my folks are coming to town and I want to bring them to malibu for the day. I am looking for a good lunch place, any price. They love the Ivy, cut, comme ca, barney greengrass and they like a fun crowded place. We'll be on the beach for part of the day so a beach view isn't going to drive the deal. They are not huge fish fans either. They really like good food but not too fussy or nouveau-especially when the waiters demands 15 minutes to explain specialty ingredients in dish and then bring something too artful to eat.

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    1. re: fanae

      Geoffrey's is much more about the view than the food, and you said you didn't care about that so much. Locals tend to go to Tra da Nois or Guido's for lunch. Neither is fabulous food, but both are very good. I also like Tony's, and it's a lovely patio space. Terra is also nice, though I'm not sure if they're open for lunch.

      1. re: perk

        Terra has recently started serving lunch, so it's an excellent choice.

    2. Try the 'Reel Inn'. It's not fussy but super fun. You order at the counter and sit at tables inside our outside. They have fish of course, but also have lots of other stuff to choose from. It's definitely not fancy, but it's Malibu. For something more upscale, you could go to the Saddle Peak Lodge. It's really pretty and serves up some amazing different game meats.

      1. Saddle Peak is wonderful but I don't think they do lunch. They do have brunch on Sunday, however. Taverna Tony is very nice for Greek food with a lovely patio. Charlie's has just opened to pretty good reviews. Also, Beau Rivage, a bit up the coast is nice. As is Geoffrey's if you still want a great view. You might also consider Duke's if you just want a sort of corporate experience with views. Avoid Gladstone's at all costs!

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        1. re: Bob Brooks

          I'll second Taverna Tony. The patio is lovely and the roasted lamb sandwich is absolutely delicious.

          I prefer Malibu Seafood to the Reel Inn.

          1. re: whatsfordinner

            I'll third Taverna Tony. And I much prefer Malibu Seafood over Reel Inn, but she said they aren't really into fish.

        2. I like Marmalade Cafe, on PCH.

            1. made a reservations at geofferys. thanks for all the suggestions. I admit I've driven by so many times and never felt complelled to eat there but I checked out the website and we're sold. thanks again!

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              1. re: fanae

                fanae, Have a wonderful drive up the coast and day in Malibu -- you and your folks should have a lot of fun. (I hope your excursion is planned after the next couple of rainy cold days.) I like Geoffrey's a lot for what it is -- a gorgeous striking venue nestled above the cliffs. But where you are seated is everything. If it is chilly and windy, you'll want to be inside but at a window; if warm and sunny you'll want a view seat outside. There are horrible tables on the wrong side of things. If you and yours know how to play places like the Ivy, do so here -- get names, check on your reservation by phone, let them know you aren't in a hurry, flexible as to specific time, and will wait for the best table. Order drinks, starters, small dishes, and desserts, and enjoy the view and being in Malibu.