Local Restaurants in Malibu, CATweet
Okay, we know Malibu isn't actually in Ventura County, but it's right down the road. And quite frankly, Malibu's independent, local restaurants are soooo good, and they're so close to Ventura County, that we had to include Malibu in our restaurant guide. Home to the rich and famous, Malibu really isn't all that pretentious. And even if it was, so what? Concentrate on the ridiculously-good food you get from all the great restaurants on the coast in Malibu... who knows? You may not even notice if Mel Gibson does walk by you in his most-recent tirade. You'll be so immersed in great food that it just won't matter!
Independent, Local Restaurants in Malibu, CA
27400 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
M-Sun: Dinner (M-F: Lunch & Dinner); Sunday Brunch
Gourmet Seafood and Gourmet Classics
25635 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
P: 310-456-3430, 310-456-6298; F: 310-456-8017
Cafe and Fish Market Open Daily
Fresh Fish Market; Dine-in Seafood; Seasonal Seafood
Neptune's Net Restaurant
42505 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner
Fresh Seafood; Classic American Cuisine
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
28128 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
Open Daily for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Casual Dining; Fresh Seafood; American Classics
The Sage Room
28915 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
M-Sat: Dinner; Sunday Brunch and Dinner
Italian; Local, Organic, Gluten Free
Spruzzo Restaurant and Bar
29575 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265
P: 310-457-8282; F: 310-457-0028
Open Daily; Dine-in, Take Out or Delivery
Italian, Sandwiches, Pasta, Pizza, Chicken, Steak
The Sunset Restaurant
6800 Westward Beach Rd. Malibu, CA 90265
F-Su: Lunch/Dinner/Sunday Brunch); M-Th: Dinner
Tuscan; Gourmet Italian; Local Ingredients
23410 Civic Center Way Malibu, CA 90265
P: 310-317-9667; F: 310-317-9991
Open Daily for Lunch and Dinner
Classic and Modern Greek Cuisine
Dine with (or without) the Rich and Famous in Malibu's great, independent Restaurants
Malibu is one of those places that just has it all: perfect weather all year round, the beauty of the ocean, the incredible views of the surrounding mountains, local wildlife,hiking and horse trails, and an endless agenda of things to do to enjoy every single day of your life. Included in that list is a seemingly-endless supply of Malibu's local, independent restaurants.
Sure, Malibu isn't technically part of Ventura County (it's really part of Los Angeles County), but Malibu is within 45 minutes of Oxnard, Camarillo and Simi Valley, but it's definitely part of the landscape of Ventura County restaurants.
While Malibu is home to the rich and famous, and you may just bump into a movie star while picking up your milk and butter at the local market, it's also home to numerous, great independent restaurants. Many of them serve up gourmet, high-end fare, but there are still plenty of options for the traveler just passing through on a surf excursion.
As you would suspect, Malibu's local restaurants pride themselves on having the best, freshest, locally caught (and many times sustainable) seafood. Malibu restaurants also pride themselves in the local resources they have with produce, meats, cheeses and a variety of regional wines, thanks to the rich farmlands that range up and down the coast from Santa Barbara County to Ventura County and ell the way south into Temecula's wine region. There are several fine dining restaurants that will definitely reflect their quality and chefs' expertise, but there are still tons of local, independent restaurants from which to choose in Malibu that offer incredible food for the same price you'd expect to find anywhere else.
The point of this is to tell you don't be shy, and don't be intimidated by the fact that the restaurants are in world-famous Malibu. Trust us: just drive through and stop somewhere to eat. You'll do just fine.
The next time you're in Southern California, make sure you venture down the historic Highway 1 ("PCH") and you'll end up right in the heart of Malibu. When you do, you'll notice a generous peppering of incredible restaurants along your journey. We'd recommend stopping at the first one you see, have something great to eat (can't miss at any of them, really!), then hang out on the beach until you get hungry again... then drive a little further down PCH and do it again... then again and again.
Keep this up until you've exhausted every restaurant you can find... then do it again.
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