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Malibu Week Respite; Where to Dine?

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I am headed to a spend a weekend holed up in paradise to do some writing. Aside from the holed up part, I need to find some good grub for the 5 nights I am there. Yesterday, there was (happily!) an article in the LA Times about a new place called, The Sunset, right on the beach that sounds great; other than this, I need to fill my calendar. Hounders, what say you?

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  1. I love the Sunset. Unlike Irene, I think the food is fantastic, who gave it only mild praise. Besides Sunset, Taverna Tony's is always good, although pricey. Same with Matsuhisa. Barrel used to be fantastic, but my last couple visits have been inconsistent - if it's good, it's very good. Charlie's is also good.

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    1. re: yogachik

      Wow thanks! Any specific dishes you really like at any of these places? In the LA Times article, the writer talked about a few of them at The Sunset.

      Are there any places for music? Wine dinners?

      1. re: Senzinina

        I love the burger at Sunset (Like Irene V does), and also love the Arugula Pizza.

        Barrel is actually a wine bar that happens to have really good food, but it's in a strip mall with no view. Wine selection is usually quite good, but the last time I was there, they were out of 2 things I ordered.

        Don't forget Duke's. Oddly, I like their Barefoot Bar menu, and it's got that view, right on top of the water!

        Great rec's below from others. Defiinitely go to Taverna Tony's.

    2. the sage room is quite good - italian with lovely service
      http://www.malibusageroom.com/

      pretty good - but standard - food at the beachcomber on the pier. surprisingly, i'd stay away from the shrimp cocktail and salmon entrees - but the clam chowder is good, the tuna tacos are yummy, and the short rib entree is fantastic.
      http://www.thebeachcombercafe.com/

      taverna tony's has tasty greek food and lively atmosphere. it's a fun place.
      www.tavernatony.com

      nobu is good, but pricey
      www.nobumatsuhisa.com

      same with geoffrey's
      www.geoffreysmalibu.com

      chart house is hit or miss - but i tend to wind up with a pretty good dish
      www.chart-house.com

      i like malibu seafood better than the reel inn for a grab and sit down meal.
      www.malibuseafood.com

      i know i'm likely in the minority - but i would avoid terra, tra di noi, guidos, marmalade cafe, coral beach cantina, and howdy's fish tacos. i've had just plain awful meals at these places and haven't ventured back.

      1. Here is a really good resource database for Malibu dining. Not totally up to date (for instance Allegria is gone and replaced by some steak place) - but should be helpful to you in any case: http://www.malibucomplete.com/mc_ente...

        Don't forget Coogie's for good, inexpensive breakfasts, etc. http://www.menuclub.com/californiares...

        1. Drive a few miles up Malibu Canyon Road, turn right on Piuma, and have a nice (but expensive) dinner at the Saddle Peak Lodge.

          1. I love Sage Room, and go at least once a month.... the owner, Claudio is great. It is the real deal in terms of Italian Food, and it is reasonably priced.