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Moonshadows

20356 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
+1 310-456-3010
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Ranked #6 of 81 restaurants in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Big Rock
Description: Oceanside restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views for romantic dining. Our chic nightspot. Serenades by live DJs spinning hot tracks nightly in the Blue Lounge, brims with a vogue, Hollywood-meets-Malibu crowd, indulging in a tranquil, yet hip vibe.
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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Moonshadows is a Malibu mainstay -- perhaps best known as the place Mel Gibson was drinking before receiving his infamous PCH DUI -- and its understandable why. Its a great place to listen to the waves break on shore as you enjoy your martinis on the outdoor daybeds. The food is fine, certainly not memorable but its a great place... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Great night time atmosphere. The main dining room overlooks the ocean. Lights on the water attract dozens of floating seagulls that kept us entertained. We were also treated to occasional glimpses of a seal swimming among the birds. The adjoining Blue Lounge has outdoor dining and was jumping on a Friday night with a DJ. The food was good. Everyone... More

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Kirkland, Washington
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197 reviews 197 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

We've been coming to Moonshadows for over 30 years and during our most recent visit we felt that this is still a great location, but felt the food had dropped some. Our server seemed distracted and got several items wrong. Seafood was passable but nothing to write home about. The deck is a great hangout location and the restaurant portion... More

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La Jolla, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The view. The view. The view. We were seated at the window over the ocean on a beautiful clear evening. What a view! From the moment we walked in and we were greeted, everyone was very friendly. Not a snob in the house. The food is fabulous and fresh. The seafood is delicious, especially the salmon. Our server, Giuseppe, was... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We had a Sunday brunch at this restaurant. They gave us a table right next to the window, so we had a great view of the sea and long the beach. The food was very good. Tasty. The scrambled eggs i ordered were cooked exactly the way i liked them. The ham and veggies that came with my brunch were... More

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Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This is one of the unmissable places in Malibu. Delicious food in a relaxed environment. View of the Malibu sea is spectacular. And the staff were really attentive. Have a glass of the sangria! One of the best I've ever had.

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Santa Monica, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I'm torn about Moonshadows. On the one hand I love to come here and sit outside on a warm evening to watch the sunset and waves crash below. On the other hand, the food doesn't overly impress me and the prices seem very high for what you get. I also think the inside of this place is very dingy, it... More

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North Bethesda, Maryland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Went there for lunch twice and was delighted both times! I had the spring rolls and the lobster Caesar salad with a berry crisp for dessert. I'd be happy to go back there any time!

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Santa Monica, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Over the years, I've never had a bad meal here, never had a great one. Service is always very good. Ambiance is just short of spectacular. The place was packed for dinner on a Sunday evening and the energy was dynamic. Food can be good or average. Depends on what you order and freshness. In our case, two of us,... More

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Santa Clarita, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We were looking for a great location to take a colleague to celebrate a 15 year anniversary. We all love the beach so this was a pretty easy choice. We started with a bottle of Veuve Clicqout "Yellow Label" champagne and it was spectacular! Now for the appetizers: the Spicy Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartare was very good but the Barbecued... More

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