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Moonshadows

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20356 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265 (Big Rock)
+1 310-456-3010
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Today
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Oceanside restaurant with breathtaking panoramic views for romantic...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Bar scene

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Visitor rating
  • 137
    Excellent
  • 88
    Very good
  • 31
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Food And View

Back in NJ it's difficult to find a restaurant with great food and a great view. It's either one or the other. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway we decided to stop at Moonshadows for a late afternoon lunch. The temp was around 70 degrees, which seemed like a heat wave compared to the temps in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
madamsusan
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NJ
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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NJ
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Back in NJ it's difficult to find a restaurant with great food and a great view. It's either one or the other. Driving along the Pacific Coast Highway we decided to stop at Moonshadows for a late afternoon lunch. The temp was around 70 degrees, which seemed like a heat wave compared to the temps in the teens back home... More 

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Monterey Peninsula, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

It's been here since the 70's. One wonders why! Staff very nice, but food is not. We had crab salad but had trouble finding crab! It's right on the water, but in desperate need of a makeover. Final rip is mandatory valet parking for $3. Keep driving.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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90 reviews 90 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Monday night in LA -in town for one night only. Found this place on TripAdvisor under Malibu, CA and I have to say it was really great! My colleague and I drove out from the airport and it took about 30 minutes, we used the valet. He informed us the restaurant was closed but the outside deck was open. We... More 

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Beverly Hills, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Ambiance is great so are the food and drinks. The seafood is excellent, the owners & staff very friendly. Good advice on wines and very courteous. We ate here for Oscar night. We had a glass of organic wine at the bar and then sat down. We were asked about allergies... welcoming and smiling personnel. The food and service has... More 

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Valencia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 via mobile

Great prices Great service Great views Great taste I had the calimari appetizer, that was wonderful. I followed that with the pork chop, wonderful! For dessert I had the apple pie. The prices are reasonable and the service was exceptional. Highly recommend this place. Casual attire too!!!!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Our group of 14 women had lunch at Moonshadows. The place has an absolutely AMAZING location...right on/over Malibu beach! Our server JJ was great fun! He made sure that at the end of lunch we got a special photo outside on the balcony overlooking Malibu. The cocktail selection was pretty decent for lunch! The food was very good...i split the... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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63 reviews 63 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

A short drive outside Santa Monica, and with a stunning view, this has the fresh seafood dishes you would expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality. We ordered a snapper special and a black cod from the regular menu, and they were very different in style and flavor, but both excellent. A really good meal (and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Cocktails are good, view amazing. Our server was attentive. Make sure to try the White wine sangria!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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130 reviews 130 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

you definitely see the ocean! Cantilevered right off the ocean. wow! And the food was very good. not a tourist trap. At least not IMO.

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Redondo Beach
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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My husband and I took our friend who was visiting from Virginia for lunch the day after Thanksgiving. Since our friend has never been this was an absolute treat for her. We were delighted to get an outside table and the views of course were gorgeous. Our waitress Roxanne or Roxanna was super super cool and we enjoyed her service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 20356 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA 90265
    (Big Rock)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Malibu>  > Malibu
  • Neighborhood: Malibu
  • Phone Number: +1 310-456-3010

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 80
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Bar scene

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Moonshadows staff and past visitors.
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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Neighborhood Profile
Malibu
The Malibu coastline is like a chameleon. In some areas it resembles the French Riviera with its lush, green hillsides descending into crescent-shaped shorelines. In others, it feels 100% Southern Californian with beaches wide and flat as a football field, and often crowded with beach-goers lounging on towels and playing volleyball. Other coastlines still feel secluded, tucked under tall cliffs and dotted with stunning rock formations. In certain areas, where the ocean waves are just right, surfers can be seen bobbing in the water. Up in the mountains to the east hikers take in truly stunning views of the ocean and the sprawling Los Angeles landscape. And along Pacific Coast Highway, restaurants are filled with visitors and locals from all walks of life. Stumble into the right place at the right time, and you’ll likely encounter a celebrity.
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