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Jan 20, 2014 03:15 PM

Rehearsal Lunch in Malibu w/ Ocean View??

We're looking to have a rehearsal lunch (instead of dinner) in Malibu for our families who will all be visiting from out of town. We'd really like to take them to a spot where they can see the ocean since they don't get to see it often. Ideally, it should be able to accommodate larger groups (we're expecting around 35 people).

I know there's a few great restaurants along the PCH (Nobu, Gladstones, Duke's, etc.) but our budget is set at $2K. Anyone know of a place along the beach that can fit into our budget? We're willing to dip into Santa Monica if that's what it takes - although the closer to Malibu the better since that's where the wedding will be. Thanks!

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  1. With your budget Duke's might work for you. Wonderful views.

    1. Duke's is a good idea. You might check with the Chart House to see what they could do for you

      1. When I tried planning an event at Duke's several yrs ago (4+), I remember being a little surprised at how expensive it was (given the food style/quality, which is totally fine for an event like this). You should probably be okay, though, if you stay away from providing any alcohol.

        Have you tried Paradise Cove?

        A bit further north than the other places you've listed, but that actually might be a plus. Parking on-site, a beach that you can access easily right out in front, and a bit more isolated than the other places (again, I think that's a good thing). I only went there once ~8 yrs ago or so, but I remember the food being good enough for a rehearsal dinner.

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        1. re: ilysla

          Is that the place with the port o potties?

          1. re: ilysla

            I don't know if this would be tacky for a rehersal lunch but maybe if you had a buffet service for lunch it might be less expensive than allowing everyone to order from the menu. You could control the food costs.

            1. re: bringiton

              Can't remember exactly, but I'm pretty sure I was looking at a set menu. I don't think allowing 35 people to order off the menu is a good idea....

              To the OP, you might also see if Annenberg Beach House can accommodate you. The ambiance is much more corporate meeting, but perhaps they'll have better pricing? And it's right on the beach.

          2. I've lived about two miles from Malibu for the past 13 if you find someplace on the water that accommodates that budget please let us know....

            Not sure Paradise Cove is what you're looking for, it's super casual, as in it's on the sand....and I believe the rest rooms are port o potties....could be wrong, but you might want to inquire.

            Other options could be The Sunset at Zuma Beach, Reel Inn, or Malibu Seafood. The first may not fit your budget, and food is a bit lackluster..... Reel Inn is okay, but across the street from Topanga Beach, again super casual. Malibu Seafood is basically a fish shack, across the street from the water but still offers great views. But super casual, as in you order at a counter and sit at picnic tables, not really ideal for large parties..... In fact scratch that rec..... Malibu Beach Inn is an older roadside bar that has decent live music at night....across from the Malibu Pier. Very casual and food is okay, nothing earth shattering.....but at least they have a bar, if that matters to you. Dukes would probably be at your budget limit, but the 'nicest' you could get at that price. Moonshadows is okay, but I've only ever drank there, so don't know about the food, or if they even serve.

            Prices will not get any better if you go south to Santa Monica. Hope that helps, best of luck.

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              Paradise Cove has real bathrooms. I had breakfast there a few weeks ago. Great place to take visitors for the on-the-beach experience. But, if that's still too casual for the rehearsal lunch, a perfect venue, in terms of atmosphere and location, would be Nikita, but I doubt that the budget can be accommodated there. And, actually, I'm not even sure they do lunch.

              1. re: Wayno

                I wonder which place I am thinking of then.....

                1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                  Not sure. Again, I only went there once several yrs ago. Can't remember if I had used the restrooms, but, if there port o' potties, I definitely would've mentioned it in my post! (and definitely would've have recommended it for a rehearsal dinner at $80/head!)

                  1. re: ilysla

                    Paradise Cove definitely has real bathrooms. Pretty decent option, actually, if the budget works.

                    The Sunset is actually a really good option within your budget and needs parameters.

                    1. re: whatsfordinner

                      THANK YOU! I thought I was losing it there for a bit!

                      1. re: whatsfordinner

                        and, i might add, they are the cleanest port a potties i've ever seen.
                        cleaner than a lot of regular ol bathrooms i see.

                  2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                    Malibu beach Inn is temporarily closed. Soon to become a Casa Escobar, which might work. Don't know when they are reopening though.

                    1. re: budlit

                      Oh really? Is that related to the Casa Escobar in SaMo, do you know? Thanks.

                        1. re: budlit

                          We love the one on 25th.... They are very sweet people.

                      1. re: budlit

                        Casa Escobar is open, and replaced Malibu Inn, not the hotel across the street, Malibu Beach Inn, which is very much open.

                      2. re: Dirtywextraolives

                        Malibu Beach Inn's Carbon Beach Inn dining room is a great place for your group. They will take good care of you.
                        It has spectacular views, literally ON the water. 310.456.6444


                        They boast:
                        Unwind after work on our oceanfront terrace with Carbon Beach Club's lobby menu daily from 3:30-5:30pm.

               you could probably work something within budget during those hours...

                        1. re: VenusCafe

                          Great idea! Especially if they can work within OP's budget....

                        2. We had a nice Sunday breakfast/Brunch at Geoffrey's on PCH.