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Aug 5, 2010 02:26 PM

Dinner this weekend in Malibu Area

Hi. My wife and I will be visiting the Malibu Area (actually Westlake Village) this weekend and we're in need of a dinner rec. Nothing too expensive, but tasty and, if possible, somewhat romantic. We will have a car and can travel for a hidden gem!

Thanks in advance.

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  1. The most romantic and best place (which is exactly between Westlake and Malibu) is the Saddle Peak Lodge. The problem is it's anything but inexpensive. If you're willing to let loose of a small fortune it's worth every penny. Don't let the Calabassas address fool you, it's right off of Las Virgines between the 101 and Pacific Coast Higway.

    I don't find any of the Malibu restaurants romantic. In Agoura Hills you could try Cafe 14, which is a small bistro type place and we find the patio very romantic.

    Saddle Peak Lodge
    419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

    Cafe 14
    30315 Canwood St., Agoura Hills, CA 91301

    1. I concur that Saddle Peak Lodge is perfect for you in every way but the price. You might consider Taverna Tony, in Malibu proper. They have a lovely patio and their Greek cuisine is perfectly prepared. Prices are also reasonable.

      Saddle Peak Lodge
      419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

      Taverna Tony
      23410 Civic Center Way Ste B1, Malibu, CA 90265

      1. Hi,
        Geoffrey's at Sunset is beautiful, still prefer Saddle Peak Lodge like the others. In Westlake, again at sunset, food is fare but great views; Zin Bistro or Boccaccio's

        Saddle Peak Lodge
        419 Cold Canyon Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302

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        1. re: gdodgerfan

          These are good suggestions. Saddle Peak sounds like it would be good, but dropping a small fortune on dinner is just not in the cards. So, if that is out, and if romance really isn't such a big deal (really, food is MUCH more important), are there any other restaurants I should look at?

          Thanks again for the suggestions!

        2. Go to The Sunset. It's gorgeous, and the views are fantastic. The bar area is incredibly inexpensive and they have a great menu. Sit on the sofas, have a $5 quartino of good wine (a nightly deal, the wine offered changes, but is always good), enjoy the sunset, and relax. The bolognese is surprisingly fantastic and only $14. The flat bread with arugula, tomatoes and mozzerella is out of this world, and is $10.

          It's also very easy to reach from Westlake since you can take Kanan over, the Sunset is on Windward, in Point Dume.