Renowned for being a playground for the rich and famous, as well as its spectacular celebrity homes and beautiful white sandy beaches, the beloved beach town of Malibu is hard to beat when it comes to romantic restaurants and stylish spots to celebrate love. From oceanside eateries with breathtaking views to cozy sidewalk cafés and award-winning, chef-driven fine dining establishments, here are some of the sunny seaside city’s top romantic restaurants.
1.Carbon Beach Club Restaurant
© Carbon Beach Club Restaurant
Located above the waves in the Malibu Beach Inn with an elegant dining room and a spectacular ocean-view deck, the Carbon Beach Club Restaurant is a top-notch restaurant that serves award-winning Californian cuisine and world-class wines in a breathtaking setting. The polished and tranquil hideaway offers a beautiful escape from the hustle and bustle of Malibu’s beach scene with designer interiors in calming cool blue and gray tones, contemporary décor, and white oak and teak floors. Market-driven menus feature farm-to-table dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients such as fresh seafood, prime meats and chicken, and organic vegetables and salads. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of acclaimed global wines, craft beers by the bottles, top-shelf spirits and signature cocktails, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
22878 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-460-7509
2.Inn of the Seventh Ray
© Inn of the Seventh Ray
Nestled in the mountain peyote town of Topanga high in the Santa Monica Hills, the Inn of The Seventh Ray is an upscale restaurant with a fantastic patio and spectacular views of the surrounding Topanga State Park. Featuring walls buried in thick ivy growth, winding spiral stairs, and tables set in the cool shade of shrubbery and trees, the magical eatery serves exceptional Californian cuisine, made with seasonal, organic ingredients from known local farms and farmer’s markets such as grass-fed and naturally raised beef and chicken, and line-caught or wild fish. The cuisine is accompanied by inventive cocktails and casual wines from the Napa Valley, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, brunch and lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
128 Old Topanga Canyon Rd, Topanga, CA 90290, Phone: 310-455-1311
© Bui Sushi
Established in 2006, Bui Sushi is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that serves fresh handmade sushi, sashimi, and teppanyaki in a sleek, wood-floored space. The restaurant is decorated in sleek and stylish décor and features several unique dining spaces from a vibrant dining room and sushi bar to an elegant lounge and an intimate and relaxing patio for alfresco dining. An innovative menu boasts sublime Japanese cuisine such as Bento Boxes, consisting of soup, salad, seasonal tempura and California rolls, and an array of hibachi, sushi, sashimi, rolls, tempura, teppanyaki, and other fresh seafood dishes for dinner. Diners can watch the expert sushi chefs preparing specialty rolls at the open sushi bar, and a range of drinks from sake to classic cocktails are available. Bui Sushi is open for lunch and dinner daily.
23733 Malibu Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-456-1500
© Duke’s Malibu
Inspired by Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Malibu is a beautiful ocean-facing spot with spectacular views that serves classic Hawaiian fare and colorful cocktails. Boasting locations throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the coast of Southern California, the relaxed and laid-back restaurant features a tropical-inspired dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows and an energetic tropical vibe and serves seafood-centric dishes such as Roasted Tristan Da Cunha Lobster Tails, Kona-Crusted New York Strip Steak, Huli Chicken, Fish Tacos, and Kalua Pork & Cabbage. The Barefoot Bar serves a variety of creative cocktails and tiki-style drinks such as Mai Tais, craft beers, and casual wines and Tahitian dancers provide some fun entertainment. Duke’s Malibu is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-317-0777
© Geoffrey's Malibu
Geoffrey’s is a 70-year-old Malibu landmark that offers secluded dining with outdoor patio seating overlooking the ocean. One of the most famous restaurants in Malibu, and one where celebrities go to escape the crowds, Geoffrey’s Malibu serves contemporary Californian cuisine against a backdrop of breathtaking ocean views. Every seat in the restaurant offers a border-less, panoramic view of the ocean and diners can enjoy mouthwatering dishes of fresh seafood like Herb-Crusted Salmon with artichoke puree and Crab Cake Benedict, along with delicious steaks, fresh salads, and several vegetarian options. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of acclaimed global wines, craft beers by the bottles, top-shelf spirits, and signature cocktails. Geoffrey’s Malibu is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
27400 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-457-1519
© Gravina Malibu
Gravina Malibu is a cozy family-owned and managed Italian eatery that serves authentic Italian cuisine from regions around the sun-kissed country in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Bringing more than 30 years of culinary experience to the table, Gravina Malibu serves family-size plates of homemade pasta and from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, prime beef and veal dishes, fresh seafood, crisp salads, and decadent in-house desserts. The cuisine is accompanied by a selection of casual Italian and global wines, craft beers by the bottles, top-shelf spirits and signature cocktails, and the restaurant is open for dinner, seven nights a week.
28925 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-457-0711
© Kristy's Malibu
Located at the Trancas Country Market, Kristy's Malibu is a casual American eatery overlooking Zuma Beach with a formal dining room and outdoor patio seating that serves classic Californian cuisine. Established in 2011, the ocean-facing restaurant is a great spot for dining in the sun or enjoying sundowners before dinner against a backdrop of breathtaking Malibu sunsets. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Kristy's Malibu serves delicious farm-to-table fare such as apple and prosciutto salad, scallop pizza, filet mignon, salt and pepper calamari, shrimp penne arrabiatta, and pan-seared scallops. Sip casual wines and classic cocktails or hire the venue for a special occasion or private event.
30745 CA-1 b, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-457-1018
8.Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch
© Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch
Based at the Calamigos Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, the Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch offers a casual and dog-friendly spot for family-friendly dining in a laid-back, relaxed setting. Renowned for serving delicious barbecue meats, chicken and seafood hot off the grill, the Malibu Café serves a menu of farm-to-fork fare like half rack of ranch ribs served with fries, wild mushrooms, Cedar Plank Salmon, and the signature BBQ Plate of chicken sausage, pulled pork, brisket, pork ribs, mac & cheese, and a variety of sides. The restaurant boasts a vast outdoor space for alfresco dining, a variety of games and live music and other forms of entertainment, making it a perfect place to enjoy with the family. The Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 818-540-2400
© Malibu Farm
Situated at both ends of the Malibu Pier nearly 800 feet past the shore with panoramic views of Surfrider Beach and Malibu Lagoon State Park, Malibu Farm is a locally owned, Scandinavian-inspired restaurant, farm-to-table restaurant that serves health-minded, organic cuisine sourced from local farmers, fishermen and artisanal producers. The delicious all-day menu features mouthwatering dishes like burrata with peaches and arugula, cauliflower and zucchini crust pizzas mustard-lemon roast chicken, and vegetable paella, Helena Hendersen's famous Swedish pancakes with bacon bits for brunch. The full bar serves casual wines, craft beers, creative cocktails, and inventive variations of mimosas like apple, watermelon, and beet carrot. Malibu Farm is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
23000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-456-1112
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10.Mastro's Ocean Club
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Mastro’s Ocean Club is a fine-dining seafood-and-steak restaurant with breathtaking ocean views that offers an idyllic spot for a romantic date night or a celebratory dinner. One of several restaurants in the Mastro`s Restaurants, LLC group with branches in prominent cities across the country, Mastro’s Ocean Club Steakhouse is recognized for its exceptional combination of highly acclaimed cuisine, globally-inspired wines, world-class service, and live entertainment. The restaurant serves a menu of prime-grade beef cooked to perfection, lamb chops, baby back ribs, and pork tenderloin, as well as fresh seafood, house-made pasta and sauces, fresh salads and sides, and decadent desserts. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails.
18412 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-454-4357
Located just off the Pacific Coast Highway, Moonshadows is an elegant, seafood-centric restaurant that offers one of the best ocean dining experiences in the region. Boasting contemporary décor and a beautiful open-air, tiki-themed sun deck with breathtaking ocean views, the refined restaurant serves an inventive menu of New American cuisine with Asian Fusion and Italian influences. Signature dishes range from fresh delicacies straight from the ocean and seafood platters, like Oven Roasted Maine Lobster, prime steaks and chops, such as the Grilled C.A.B Filet Mignon, and from-scratch soups, crisp salads and vegetarian options. A relaxed, laid-back outdoor lounging area has private cabanas, and hosts live DJ music, and the Blue Lounge Bar serves a variety of craft beers, inventive cocktails and fine wines by the glass and bottle. Moonshadows is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-456-3010
© Nobu Malibu
Set on the beachfront overlooking the ocean, Nobu Los Malibu is a global restaurant founded by world-renowned chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, that serves outstanding Japanese fusion cuisine and handcrafted libations. Embodying the clientele that walks through its doors, Nobu Malibu is sleek, stylish and sophisticated with a stunning palette of textures and colors that create a mesmerizing backdrop for LA's glitterati who come to savor exceptional Peruvian-accented Japanese fare. Signatures dishes and plates include Nobu’s famous miso-marinated black cod, monkfish pate with caviar and lobster ceviche, Kaba ribeye steak, Wagyu gyoza, and an array of mouthwateringly fresh sushi and sashimi. The elegant bar serves a selection of sake, imported spirits, handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and fine wines from around the world. Nobu Malibu is open for dinner only, seven nights a week.
22706 CA-1, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-317-9140
Located in the Malibu Colony Plaza, Ollo is an inviting farm-to-table bistro with a comfy, modern dining room that serves market-driven Californian cuisine in a laid-back beachy setting. Owned by restaurateur Nate Heydari, the fashionable eatery is always packed with locals who tuck into California chia and acai bowls, huevos rancheros and omelets for breakfast and brunch, and fresh salads, gourmet burgers, pasta dishes and wood-fired pizzas for dinner. Soaring exposed industrial-style ceilings, and long communal dining tables create an open and airy atmosphere, an outdoor patio is perfect for alfresco dining, and a full-service bar serves seasonal cocktails, craft beers by the bottle and casual wines from the Napa Valley and beyond. Ollo is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, daily.
23750 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-317-1444
14.Saddle Peak Lodge
© Saddle Peak Lodge
Nestled along the snaking Canyon Road in the Santa Monica Hills, the Saddle Peak Lodge is a cozy mountain escape with a warm dining room complete with a cobblestone fireplace and a quiet, intimate ambiance. This rustic gem is perfect for romantic wining and dining with candlelit tables, wooden accents, and a charming patio surrounded by trees with breathtaking views. The restaurant serves an innovative menu of upmarket New American fare, including Maryland Crab Cakes, Seared Diver Scallops, Idaho Rainbow Trout, New Zealand Elk, Tennessee Emu, and Wood-Grilled Duroc Pork Chops. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. The Saddle Peak Lodge is open for dinner nightly, and Sunday brunch and lunch.
419 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302, Phone: 818-222-3888
15.Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar
Spruzzo Restaurant and Bar is an upscale, family-friendly restaurant that specializes in delicious Italian style pizza cooked in a wood-fired brick pizza oven and served with gourmet toppings. A beautiful second-floor balcony boasts breathtaking panoramic ocean views for alfresco summer dining and a toasty fire pit for cold winter nights. Hand-tossed pizzas are made from scratch and range from classic Napolitanas to Thai Chicken, Chorizo, Santa Fe, and Four Seasons, and other items on the menu include house-made pasta, fresh soups and salads, gourmet sandwiches, and appetizers of fried calamari, grilled artichokes and ahi tartare. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. Spruzzo Restaurant and Bar is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
29575 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-457-8282
© Taverna Tony
Tucked between the Malibu Lagoon and the Perenchio Golf Course in the Malibu Country Mart, Taverna Tony is a quintessential Greek taverna-style restaurant that serves classic Greek food in a warm and welcoming ambiance. Surrounded by whitewashed walls and beautiful ornamental bougainvillea evoking images of the sun-kissed Greek islands, the lively restaurant serves traditional Greek dishes such as saganaki, spanakopita, kefalograviera, pastitsio, and charred octopus, as well as ocean-fresh fish and seafood dishes. Sip traditional ouzo or retsina (Greek wine), or enjoy draft and craft beers, creative cocktails and casual wines while belly dancers provide entertainment in the bougainvillea-lined patio. Taverna Tony is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-317-9667
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17.The Sunset Restaurant
© The Sunset Restaurant
Situated along a strip of Zuma Beach with unfettered ocean views, The Sunset Restaurant is a long-standing Malibu favorite for sublime, romantic summer dining. Located a short walk from Pirates Cove and Point Dume, the elegant sea-facing restaurant is set in a beautifully restored historic bungalow with a white, lighthouse exterior, a stylish dining room with ocean-view tables and a casual beach bar on the lower level. Seasonal menus of contemporary New American cuisine features dishes of arugula flatbread with tomatoes and parmesan cheese, Lobster Risotto, Chilean Sea Bass, Whole Roasted Dover Sole, and Cioppino Livornese (Italian fish stew). The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. The Sunset Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.
6800 Westward Beach Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-589-1007
18.Tra di Noi
© Tra di Noi
Located in the Malibu Country Mart, Tra Di Noi Ristorante is a rustic, family-friendly restaurant that serves classic and contemporary Italian cuisine inspired by the Italian countryside in a warm and welcoming setting. The casual eatery specializes in authentic Northern and Southern Italian cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients and regional produce with dishes like prosciutto Salame e Parmigiano, Crudo di Tonno, ortolana risotto with spinach and parmesan, ravioli rosa, and spaghetti carbonara. There are also a variety of gourmet pizzas such as the pumpkin pizza with ricotta, mozzarella, roasted pumpkin, and the cuisine is paired with a variety of craft beers by the bottle, made-to-order cocktails and a selection of more than 500 wines from Italy, France, and California. Tra Di Noi Ristorante is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
3835 Cross Creek Rd #8A, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-456-0169
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© Tramonto Bistro
Tramonto Bistro is a small, family-friendly Italian restaurant on a quiet strip of the Pacific Coast Highway that offers an intimate and tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the beach scene. Cozy and unassuming, the charming restaurant features warm interiors in earthy and rustic tones, evoking the ambiance of a tiny Northern Italian bistro in a sun-kissed cobblestone village in the Tuscan hills. The menu boasts authentic Italian plates of handmade pasta and made-from-scratch sauces, wood-fired pizzas with gourmet toppings, prime beef and veal dishes, fresh salads and soups, and fresh seafood plates, along with their famous homemade gelato. Tramonto Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, daily.
22235 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-317-6769
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20.V's Restaurant and Bar
© V's Restaurant + Bar
V’s Restaurant + Bar offers an intimate and upscale dining experience with contemporary Italian cuisine, fine global wines, and a hip, relaxed ambiance. Set along the Pacific Coast Highway, the stylish restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with seasonal menu of inventive, farm-to-table cuisine ranging from appetizers of P.E.I. Mussels, ahi tuna tartare, and Tuscan kale and red quinoa salad to entrées of pan-roasted Jidori chicken, grilled prime skirt steak chimichurri, and wild mushroom truffle tagliatelle. The full-service bar offers a wide range of libations, including a variety of wines from around the world, craft beers and brews on tap and by the bottle, top-shelf spirits, and handcrafted cocktails. V’s Restaurant + Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily.
22821 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, Phone: 310-456-3828
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20 Best Restaurants in Malibu, California
- Carbon Beach Club Restaurant, Photo: Carbon Beach Club Restaurant
- Inn of the Seventh Ray, Photo: Inn of the Seventh Ray
- Bui Sushi, Photo: Bui Sushi
- Duke’s Malibu, Photo: Duke’s Malibu
- Geoffrey's Malibu, Photo: Geoffrey's Malibu
- Gravina Malibu, Photo: Gravina Malibu
- Kristy's Malibu, Photo: Kristy's Malibu
- Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch, Photo: Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch
- Malibu Farm, Photo: Malibu Farm
- Mastro's Ocean Club, Photo: Andrey Popov/stock.adobe.com
- Moonshadows, Photo: Moonshadows
- Nobu Malibu, Photo: Nobu Malibu
- Ollo, Photo: Ollo
- Saddle Peak Lodge, Photo: Saddle Peak Lodge
- Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar, Photo: davit85/stock.adobe.com
- Taverna Tony, Photo: Taverna Tony
- The Sunset Restaurant, Photo: The Sunset Restaurant
- Tra di Noi, Photo: Tra di Noi
- Tramonto Bistro, Photo: Tramonto Bistro
- V's Restaurant and Bar, Photo: V's Restaurant + Bar
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