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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
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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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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  • 141
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    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 10
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  • 14
    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
It is worth the drive to Malibu - the best view, great service, and more.

This is that place that you look for when you are traveling and then you keep coming back! Whenever we are in LA, we try to find time to visit Moonshadows. You have to drive all the way to Malibu - but it is worth it! The restaurant is literally over the water. My favorite place to sit is the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
afinley1
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Columbus, Ohio
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Bar scene
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Columbus, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

This is that place that you look for when you are traveling and then you keep coming back! Whenever we are in LA, we try to find time to visit Moonshadows. You have to drive all the way to Malibu - but it is worth it! The restaurant is literally over the water. My favorite place to sit is the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We drove up from LA to Moonshadows for dinner - and WOW, it was so worth it! Every single person working there was very friendly and attentive, especially our waitress! We very much enjoyed that there were different people, besides our waitress, who would smile, make sure our food was ok, and make sure our water glasses always full! I... More 

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LA
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Moonshadows is a great place with great food, great views and very friendly and fun staff. Except for one and she is the one whom you meet first when you enter - the hostess. She appeared there recently, perhaps, 8-12 months ago. Being the hostess, she is the first person you encounter and your mood just plummets upon that encounter.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We went for a late lunch and started the Red & Yellow Beet salad. It was simply one of the best dishes I've ever had! I ordered the Pumpkin Tortelloni as my entree and moaned through every delicious bite!! Service was amazing and I will definitely be back anytime I'm in Malibu!!

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Granite Bay, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The restaurant obviously has great views and the staff was very, very attentive, but the place needs a good scrubbing, new heat lamps (all rusted), fresh cushions on the booths, and some painting. As for the food, my husband's seafood bouillabaisse was outstanding but my king crab legs were "wet" as if they had been frozen... and they were out... More 

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los angeles
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Started with a dozen oysters. Yum. Had tuna tartare which was lovely. Bread is warm and nice. Clam chowder rich and delish. I had swordfish, not overcooked. Liked how it was done. Pink in the middle which I loved. Everyone around me had lobster pasta. I tasted it and it was yum! Salads, burrata and tomatoes excellent! Service friendly and... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Our food was excellent. My husband enjoyed a crab and lobster pasta dish that was Perfectly done. I enjoyed the short ribs and polenta. The service was slow and the waiter, while apologetic appeared to be trying to juggle too many tables. The decking was converted for the cooler weather with a tent and portable heaters that neither worked well... More 

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moonshadowsmalibu, Owner at Moonshadows, responded to this review

Hi Tracy, Thank you for taking the time to visit and review our establishment. We apologize that on the evening you joined us the weather was not in our favor and indoor seating was unavailable. We would love to send you a certificate by mail to utilize next time you are in the area in hopes that you have a... More 

NJ
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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

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
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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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

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  • 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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