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May 14, 2004 05:56 PM

Reel Inn? -- Malibu

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I haven't been there in years and years. I'm visiting in town and wanted to have dinner there, but I'm not sure if it's really any good any more (or if it was good to begin with--I was in my early 20s then and probably wouldn't have known the difference).

Appreciate any feedback or link to previous messages.


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    Rich Gould-Saltman

    Is it even still there? The SM #rd St. Promenade branch is gone; with the demise of the last of the indie bookstores, there's hardly a reason to go to the Promenade any more...


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    1. re: Rich Gould-Saltman

      The Promenade is a lot more pleasant since they banned amplified's night and day. Give it another try.

    2. The one on PCH was still there a few weeks ago when I drove up the coast. It's certainly not the best place for seafood in LA, but there's some kind of appeal that keeps me going back when I'm in that neck of the woods. Sometimes a simple piece of fish and a cold beer just hits the spot.

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      1. re: LBQT

        Yep, its still there and packs 'em in. Just passed by on PCH today.

      2. I just went to the Reel Inn last night and I must say I thought it was terrible. In the first place, they were out of almost everything. Secondly, their prices are outrageous for what you get. My daughter and I split a dinner because it was a bit late. The total came to $44.00--splitting a dinner. Let me tell you what we had. We ordered orange roughy cajon style. We got two sides with that. Can you imagine that they charge extra for steamed vegetables and mashed potatoes as subsitute for french fries or rice? That came to about $19.00. Then, a bowl of chowder that was way way too peppery.(and I love hot food, but black pepper is tricky)-- ($4.00); A pitcher of beer that we were going to share with friends--$14.00. And a miniscule glass of wine, about 3 ounces, $5.00. AND--you wait on yourself!! I will never go back. Astounding they get by with this kind of food and service.

        1. I love the Reel Inn -- their Mahi Mahi sandwich is awesome as are their Oysters. I go there probably two times a month and fortunately haven't experienced any of the problems listed above. Great place for a late lunch on Saturday afternoon...

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          1. re: pinotgrisgirl

            I really like the Reel Inn, and I think it's a fun place to take out of town guests who want to eat by the beach/water, (and of course who I know aren't looking for the likes of The Lobster, or the Water Grill). It's not the least expensive place, and it's not the best fish in town, but the whole package is really enjoyable on a pretty day. I usually get the grilled fish tacos, they're tasty, and p.s. they happen to be one of the lesser expensive items.

          2. I am never happy with what I order at the Reel Inn ... I agree with previous posters. if I were you I would either go further up on PCH and go to Malibu Seafood for some fish n chips or hang a right on Topanga and go to Froggy's.

            ETA -- I didn't realize that the OP was so old! this board seems to be resurrecting old posts -- probably because the search function doesn't allow for sorting by date (at least I can't figure out how to do that)