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Discover Malibu’s Panoramic Oceanfront Dining

What could be more glorious than driving up Pacific Coast Highway to enjoy cocktails and dinner at sunset. Or lingering over a Mimosa-fueled weekend brunch while watching the seagulls play above the waves. All along our beautiful shoreline, you’ll find amazing dining options from historic icons and legendary beachfront cafes, to elegant restaurants with stellar menus and views to match. It’s time to take a jaunt up the coast and discover Malibu’s panoramic oceanfront dining.

Geoffrey’s Malibu 27400 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, CA 90265

The story behind one of Malibu’s most iconic restaurants begins in 1948, when Holiday House opened its doors. This historic hotel immediately established itself as the ultimate hospitality destination, attracting stars like Frank Sinatra, Shirley MacLaine, Lana Turner, Marilyn Monroe, and John F. Kennedy. 35 years later, in 1983, Holiday House ended its glorious run when Harvey Baskin, a financier and nature lover, purchased it and created what is known today as Geoffrey’s Malibu, redesigning its space so that every table in the house had a panoramic view of the ocean. Today, Geoffrey’s continues to be a magnet for Hollywood luminaries, world travelers, and locals alike.

Nobu Malibu 22706 CA-1 Malibu, CA 90265

Nobu restaurants are the creation of Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, a Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. After emigrating to the U.S. from Japan in the late 70s, Nobu built a high-end sushi empire that now encompasses more than three dozen restaurants across the globe, from Malibu to Manila, Beijing to Budapest.

Gladstones Restaurant 17300 CA-1 Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Founded in 1972, Gladstones restaurant has been a symbol of Los Angeles and the Southern California lifestyle for nearly half a century. Owned by former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan, this classic establishment has stood the test of time, outlived trends, and set the bar for quality and warmth. Located at the historic intersection of PCH and Sunset Blvd, Gladstones offers the freshest seafood, classic cocktails, and timeless California sunsets. Sunday brunch at Gladstones is legendary. Get there early – tables fill up fast.

Duke’s Malibu 21150 CA-1 Malibu, CA 90265

Surfing meets Hollywood by the sea! Surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku taught surfing in Malibu and spent time in the area where he was a lifeguard, competed in water sports and also appeared in over 28 Hollywood movies. Duke’s Malibu honors Duke, but also pays tribute to the early days of surfing in Malibu. Adding to the lore, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, the inspiration for the Gidget novel, movie and TV series that sparked the California surfing craze, works at Duke’s Malibu as the Ambassador of Aloha.

Maestro’s Ocean Club 18412 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, CA 90265

Consistently hailed by diners and critics alike as one of the top 10 steakhouse in the U.S, Mastro`s Restaurants is a collection of sophisticated, classic steakhouses and sumptuous fish houses. Maestro’s Ocean Club offers commanding beachfront views and an impressive menu including a fresh seafood tower, sushi selection developed exclusively for Mastro’s Steakhouse by Chef Angel Carbajal of Nick-San Cabo San Lucas, steaks, chops and an array of fish dishes. Mastro’s has  a strict upscale dress code, so if you plan to go to the beach before dinner, make sure you bring a change of attire.

Moonshadows 20356 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, CA 90265

From a midday brunch to supper at sunset, whether you sit out on the sundeck or unwind indoors, Moonshadows is the ultimate casual dining setting, right on the Malibu beach. The friendly staff serves a mouthwatering mix of seafood and signature dishes with Asian fusion, Italian and American influences. For a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap, stop by the the Blue Lounge Bar on the patio.

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, CA 90265

Enjoy the iconic Southern California experience at the quintessential beach restaurant. Paradise Cove Beach Cafe is nestled right on the sand in Paradise Cover, in the middle of Malibu. Smell the fresh sea air and gaze at the beautiful blue Pacific Ocean with a cocktail in hand. Indulge in the wide selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Walk along the beach and look at the homes of movie and rock stars, billionaires and Wall Street magnates, plus so much more. Kick back and experience the magic of Paradise.

Malibu Farm Restaurant 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, CA 90265

Malibu Farm Restaurant is a full-service restaurant with bar and specialty cocktails, located at the start of the Malibu pier. Malibu Farm was founded by Helene Henderson, who started out doing cooking classes and farm dinners out of her home and in her backyard. Although Malibu Farms has expanded to locations in Southern California, Hawaii, New York, Florida, Cabo and Tokyo, they still regard themselves as a locally-owned small business, offering abundant fresh produce, free range chickens, and sustainable seafood, and natural ingredients.

Photo credits:

Photo #1: Nobu Malibu

Photo #2: Geoffrey’s Malibu

Photo #3: Nobu Malibu

Photo #4: Gladstones Restaurant

Photo #5: Duke’s Malibu

Photo #6: Maestro’s Ocean Club

Photo #7: Moonshadows

Photo #8: Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

Photo #9: Malibu Farm Restaurant