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What's good in Malibu these days?

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Going to Malibu this weekend with a group of six. Other than Nobu, I find the options at the Malibu Country Mart pretty mediocre, at best. Going to How's Market for barbecue could be fun. What other places do you Hounds enjoy in Malibu these days?

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    1. Every time we have eaten at Tra di Noi over the years the food has been good to very good. Haven't been lately, but maybe someone else who has can chime in and report if things are the same, or not.


      1. There is Geoffry's, Guido's, Casa Escobar and I think there are some new ones at the Country Mart. They re-did the block that Malibu Lumber occupied and there should be some new ones in there. Enjoy!

        There is something up the coast a ways and I can not think of the name. Nice place and I keep coming up with blue or whale or ????

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        1. re: hungrykitty

          casa escobar closed a while ago.

          taverna tony's is tasty and lively. guido's is ok - but not much of an interior.

          the food/view at duke's and chart house are pretty good. different styles of food - but both ok.

          and there's the beachcomber restaurant on the pier which is pretty good and, again, great atmosphere/view.

        2. By the way there's a fair behind the Country Mart today and there were signs about a chili cookoff.

          1. The Sunset is fantastic. It's further north (Point Dume), but worth the drive.

            Malibu is a nightmare this weekend with the chili cook-off, btw.

            1. Have you tried Beau Rivage? Nice atmsphere and had a great brunch there recently..staff was very attentive..

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              1. re: misswonderful1

                Love Bui Sushi next door to Coogie's! Then walk to Malibu yogurt for dessert and people watching. Locals are crazy insane for Lily's cafe on the point by Bank of America. And if you are staying for dinner, we love Terra, which is where the old courthouse used to be.

                1. re: misswonderful1

                  Nice atmosphere, great staff, but the food could use some work.

                  1. re: Bjartmarr

                    Who's food in Malibu do you think is better????

                    1. re: MarlaPR

                      Nobu. Saddle Peak. Sage Room (on a good day).

                      My last visit to BR included a very yummy brie en brioche with guava jam and walnuts, some chicken in mush sauce with gravy, and rubbery lobster in cream sauce over pasta. It was okay, but not worth anywhere near $50pp.

                      1. re: Bjartmarr

                        I would agree on all 3 counts. Have given up on Beau Rivage. Did you hear a Hooter's is going in at the Malibu Colony end of Malibu?? How sad!

                        1. re: MarlaPR

                          Sad? Why sad? Where can you go now, anywhere in the Greater Malibu Metropolitan Area, to get a giant plate o'wings?

                          1. re: ozhead

                            Come on, It only promotes a stereotype of Malibu. So many of the small local businesses are being forced out because of rent hikes. Our small town feel is being spoiled by big business coming in and trying to make Malibu a tourist destination. Does Malibu really need a Ralph Lauren? No, they are just using us to put on their shopping bags. I love Malibu and find it sad. But I do love wings!!!

                            1. re: MarlaPR

                              "trying to make Malibu a tourist destination."

                              Trying??? Malibu is already a tourist destination, and likely to remain so.

                              I'm just glad the tourists haven't discovered Topanga yet. (Of course, if they did maybe WE could get a Hooters too!)

                              1. re: ozhead

                                "I'm just glad the tourists haven't discovered Topanga yet. (Of course, if they did maybe WE could get a Hooters too!)"

                                Are you kidding? I've seen some wonderful owls biking up in the Canyon!

                                1. re: ozhead

                                  Reported in the Malibu Times today that the banner around the Chevron station "Hooter's to open here", was a practical joke! Malibu and Topanga will have to do without. My bad!

                                  1. re: MarlaPR

                                    I believe I speak for at least 50% of my fellow Topangans when I say: bummer, dudette!

                              2. re: ozhead

                                I like the idea of Hooter's coming to Malibu ... but if not that, some hotter, hauter Hooter's, to assuage the Hooter's haters.

                                1. re: Cinnamon

                                  On a chilly winter night in Malibu, the hotter, hauter Hooters would need a Hooter's heater.

                        2. re: Bjartmarr

                          Had dinner last night at Terra with a large group (15) in the patio. They have certainly been "working" on the food, it was fantastic!! My halibut perfectly cooked and hot, everyone was raving about all their courses. Maybe time to try it again???

                          1. re: MarlaPR

                            Actually, I was referring to Beaurivage, not Terra. I've never been to the latter.

                            1. re: Bjartmarr

                              Oh, now I understand better I personally have given up on Beaurivage. Loved Terra! I wish someone would buy some of these empty buildings, and rock them with great food. Malibu will come!

                              1. re: MarlaPR

                                They need to do that in Marina del Rey too, where we lost Chan Darette and Chin Chin!

                      2. Terra restaurant is by far the best restaurant in Malibu -- http://www.terrarestaurantla.com
                        Much of there produce is local and organic and from their very own garden.

                        1. Best kept secret in Malibu Spurzzo's Italian Cafe. It's next to the entrance to Zuma Beach on the second flor.

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                          1. re: SeaCook

                            Did you hear there is a Hooter's coming to Malibu! Heaven help us!!!

                          2. Just curious, has anyone eaten at the Carbon Beach Club at the Malibu Beach Inn? I was at the hotel after dinner hours the other night, and it's such a great location it would be nice if the food was decent as well.

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                            1. re: Juji

                              I so agree, we need more places with decent food! Alas, it is just so-so.

                            2. I really like the tri tip sandwich at the BBQ place outside of How's Market. I like to ask them to go easy on the sauce, though, as it can be overly slathered.

                              It's very nice to sit outside at the little tables and of course you can choose from a variety of inexpensive drinks and sides from the market itself. It's a great, inexpensive lunch for Malibu.