Seafood in Malibu
It's true, there is NO proper seafood restaurant in Malibu worth mentioning. A good option in my opinion is Taverna Tony. The swordfish is always good and whatever fresh special they have is usually excellent. They also have whole striped bass grilled. A Greek salad and the whole fish is probably the best seafood dish you will find in Malibu other than Nobu.
23410 Civic Center Way Ste B1, Malibu, CA 90265
11357 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
Comfortable, acceptable service, and okay seafood == Bob Morris' Beach Cafe in Paradise Cove.
They might have a seafood entree or two at Sage Room -- lobster ravioli or something -- but it's Italian-theme not Seafood-theme.
I wish I could disagree with la2tokyo, but I can't. Sorry.
p.s. He mentioned Saddle Peak Lodge, which is generally agreed to be fantastic, but entrees are $40. FYI.
28915 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
I would disagree with the description of Bob Morris' place. Crowded, loud and dirty, decent bar drinks, but that's about it. Tastes like everything was frozen. Yuk.
Chart House or even Duke's, would be a far better option.
And no one has mention the Sunset, on Westward Beach rd, on Zuma Beach. Literally. Fish & chips had there were decent. Prices are not outrageous. And they even have a sunday brunch that is a la carte and decent.
Malibu Seafood isn't bad. I don't vouch for the service, but paying more elsewhere in Malibu probably won't get you a better meal unless you spend $200 at Nobu. Of course Malibu Seafood is a flip-flops and board shorts type of place. I have been to Geoffrey's, Gladstone's and The Chart House, and I if I went back it would only be for the view - I would eat before I went. If The Lobster at the Santa Monica Pier is an option I think it's a better idea. It's not the best but if you order carefully it can be a lot of fun. I spent hours on the net looking for something better in Malibu last week and came up with nothing. I ended up eating in Santa Monica before I drove up the coast with my girlfriend.
I'm really sorry to be a glass is half empty kind of person, and some others will probably disagree with me, but as far as I know the seafood restaurant we all dream of overlooking the ocean in Malibu doesn't seem to exist. I guess if you compare the restaurants in Malibu to all other seafood restaurants overlooking the water there may be a winner, but I wonder if any other 'Hounders could defend the food if it weren't for the location.
Saddle Peak Lodge is kind of Malibu (up in the hills) and it's awesome, but they serve mostly game. They do have some fish. Everything I've had there had been fantastic.
BTW regarding other Malibu places, I forgot to mention Beachcomber and Paradise Cove. Those two, along with the ones I already mentioned round out the leads you might want to follow up on. You can get a feel for all of them pretty quickly by clicking through their websites. Some were better or worse than others, but I think I speak for the entire city when I say I wish we had a great seafood restaurant up there.