Late breakfast in Santa Monica, early dinner in Malibu, where?
Recs welcome for dining options to bookend our visit to the Getty Villa with out-of-town guests staying in Santa Monica. Nice but not necessarily fancy for breakfast, with good service. Something casual with a view and a good seafood menu and good service for dinner. One of our visitors has been to the Reel Inn and suggests going back there. Thanks for your advice.
Lots of good breakfast options in Santa Monica. Cora's Coffee Shop on Ocean, Jinky's, M Street Kitchen http://www.lagrandeorangesm.com/ Snug Harbor, 17th Street Cafe would all be good. I'm not sure what the opening hours are right now for Back on the Beach, but that is literally right ON the beach in Santa Monica and might be a nice and unique idea. Since your guests have already been to the Reel Inn you might give Malibu Fish & Seafood Cafe a try. Another casual place for simply prepared, fresh fish.
Malibu Fish & Seafood
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Cora's Coffee Shop
1802 Ocean Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401
17th St Cafe
1610 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403
2323 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90403
Back on the Beach
445 Palisades Beach Rd, Santa Monica, CA
Can you switch it around? Have breakfast in Malibu and dinner in Santa Monica? I say this becasue Catch at Casa del Mar has a beautiful view and fantastic food, a combination not usually found (views and good food are rarely found together). And breakfast options are everywhere in Malibu like Marmalade, Googies, and more.
Otherwise, Cora's for breakfast, or else Jack and Jills, in Santa Monica
Malibu dinner with a view would be Duke's or Moonshadows. Both are decent.
Incredible view-on the ocean front - Paradise Cove. MUST make a reservation in advance esp. for a table on the sand. Food is just OK . Service is just OK but, the view - spectacular! Beach loungers ocean front to sit, sip. and dream into the sea. Very casual. Go for the ACYE seafood salad bar. 20$ p.p. but, I always share. They don't seem to care.
If you go, DO CALL AHEAD AND RESERVE!
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy Frnt, Malibu, CA 90265
Nope! In fact, when I was there for lunch one weekday afternoon, the waitress knew we shared. We had one order of french fries and we shared off the same salad plate. Both my friend and I went back and forth w/the same plate. And, here's the best dumb thing off that waitress....She offered me a clean plate to stock up on more salad when I told her I wanted to take home the leftovers! OMG. I was pleased 'cuz I think the food and service is subpar and it was a sweet consolation. So, dear hubby benefited w/o having to tag along! :) Don't tell anyone! LOL
Madame Chou Chou on Main in Santa Monica would be a good spot for breakfast.
The have a lovely patio outside....very good food....charming French folks.
Madame Chou Chou
2518 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Coast Cafe in the Shutters Hotel is on the fancy side, but serves great breakfasts with a nice outdoor patio and awesome views of the ocean and beach in Santa Monica. Huckleberry on Wilshire in Santa Monica is a bakery/restaurant with very good breakfasts as well, but often a long line to get served so plan accordingly.
If I were you, I'd return to Santa Monica for dinner. Many of the dining options in Malibu require you to drive significantly farther out than the Getty, and none of them manage the trifecta of good food, good service, and good view that you're looking for.
Malibu Seafood, mentioned above, has no table service; pick up your food at the counter.
Whatever you do, avoid Gladstones.
What we did: Our guests picked out Cora's for brunch, mainly because it was across the street from their hotel, and it was fine ... except for the interminable wait for a table for four while at least a dozen couples were seated at tables for two. Service was a bit inattentive but responsive. Dinner at Sunset after the Getty Villa was perfect. Just nice enough for adults' comfort and just casual enough for our late-afternoon relaxation. We sat in the second floor dining room as a beach wedding was performed below. Our server was excellent. Thanks for all your suggestions.