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High end California/Mediterranean/Italian on the water or with amazing ambiance?

labs Sep 6, 2013 08:09 AM

Looking for a place with excellent food and ambiance. Been to Geoffrey's, Moonshadows, Nikita. Where else? Nothing too quiet, prim and proper, either. Trying to stay north (easy access from SFV). Thank you!!

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  1. Servorg RE: labs Sep 6, 2013 08:20 AM

    You might like the Carbon Beach Club http://www.malibubeachinn.com/dining/... at the Malibu Beach Inn.

    Have you been to Saddle Peak Lodge http://www.saddlepeaklodge.com/ up in Malibu Canyon? If not that would be my first choice.

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      latindancer RE: labs Sep 6, 2013 08:36 AM

      The Sunset Restaurant....

      Wonderful warm ambience, right on the beach, and I like their fish dishes.
      Easy access through the canyon from the valley as it's further north up the PCH.

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        maudies5 RE: latindancer Sep 7, 2013 07:22 PM

        Beautiful spot for a wedding, which I did attend recently.
        I would not characterize the food as "High end." Food was low end of mediocre. Wedding on the beach in front of restaurant, while watching kids build sand castles was awesome.

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          Dirtywextraolives RE: maudies5 Sep 7, 2013 07:25 PM

          I agree, I think their brunch is okay, but lunch items were just mediocre. I wouldn't trek up or over there for dinner.....

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            latindancer RE: Dirtywextraolives Sep 7, 2013 07:39 PM


            That's where you and I disagree.
            The drive from the valley, over and through the canyon, is beautiful...
            Certainly, the OP is looking for excellent food and ambiance.
            I've covered the ambiance....can you think of excellent food north of Malibu, other than what the OP mentioned?

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              Dirtywextraolives RE: latindancer Sep 7, 2013 07:57 PM

              No, I can't. Hence why I haven't offered a suggestion.....

              Yes, I agree the canyon drives are stunning & I take my out of town guests on them every time. We've tried the Sunset a few times, and felt the brunch was the best food. The lunch was just okay, but I agree, the ambiance is great, you can't beat being right on the sand. We just felt it wasn't worth the drive after that, as we live here, and know the drive well. And at night, it's just not very special as you don't get the view anymore.

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            latindancer RE: maudies5 Sep 7, 2013 07:38 PM

            Frankly speaking, I *do* feel it's better than Moonshadows and the drive is beautiful from the valley.
            Just my subjective opinion, of course.

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          Coribdx RE: labs Sep 6, 2013 10:55 AM

          Cafe Del Rey in Marina del Rey

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            Servorg RE: Coribdx Sep 6, 2013 10:57 AM

            Don't think this will fit in with the OP's stated geographic preferences.

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            MarkC RE: labs Sep 7, 2013 08:43 AM

            The restaurant at the Getty Center would be a good choice. Their website says they're open until 9:00. Definitely valley convenient.

            If you want to do lunch, there's the restaurant at the Getty Villa in Malibu.

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              wienermobile RE: MarkC Sep 7, 2013 09:11 AM

              Getty is only open for dinner on Saturday evenings

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              suvro RE: labs Sep 7, 2013 03:44 PM

              Not quite Italian/Californian/Mediterranean, but we had an amazing lunch at Nobu Malibu, which is on the beach with amazing views and great ambience - http://www.noburestaurants.com/malibu...

              It is right next to Nikita.

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                Thor123 RE: labs Sep 7, 2013 03:49 PM

                Sam's by the Beach is a very nice room and very good Mediterranean food.

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                  Dirtywextraolives RE: Thor123 Sep 7, 2013 07:21 PM

                  But alas, no view.....

                2. ipsedixit RE: labs Sep 7, 2013 04:19 PM

                  Pack a picnic basket and go to Sycamore Cove (at Pt. Mugu), one of the few beaches that allow booze.

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