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18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-8221
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Ranked #15 of 83 Restaurants in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Chowder
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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Belmar, New Jersey
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162 reviews 162 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Right on the PCH you'll find this excellent seafood spot. It's across the street from the beach but you still have some great views. The place is very rustic. Order your food and they'll call you to come grab it when ready. Really fresh food. Can get a little pricey, but no more than your typical seafood joint. Excellent selection... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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151 reviews 151 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Everyone knows about the Reel Inn, but I think it is a bit like the Emperor's Clothes. I do not understand all the great reviews. We stopped in over Thanksgiving Weekend and were hoping for some good seafood, but we we're let down. Most of us had very dry tasteless fish. The atmosphere was a typical beach seafood spot, but... More 

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Overland Park, Kansas
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This is an old Malibu standby. Plenty of parking and the seafood is cooked fresh. Not a fancy place but an old, pre 60's non glitz place to eat in Malibu. The food is above average to very good. The sides are fine. The charm of this place is the feel of an old time waterfront restaurant- not a chain... More 

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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We saw the place on Man Vs. food, and been i) food lovers, and ii) fans of the USA - we made our way here when we stayed at santa monica. This place has heart and soul - it was what (we brits) might call 'rough and ready' but that was part of the charm. You queue for food, grab... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The fish tacos here are the best! Everything is so fresh, friendly staff, casual atmosphere by the beach. You can't go wrong eating here if you are a seafood lover. I always bring friends here who are visiting from out of town. A glass of wine, fresh seafood and a beach view - sounds like a big yes!

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San Francisco, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My fish tacos were so tasteless that no amount of salsa or salt would help. Not only that but they were so soggy i couldn't even pick them up. Eating tacos with a fork is just plain wrong! My companions had the grilled sea bass and halibut which were ok, no real seasoning. Since we all just kind of picked... More 

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washington state
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Stopping at the Reel Inn as we tool down the Pacific Coast Highway is a classic activity for our family. We love the atmosphere (informal) and the proximity to the coast. The parking is easy-can do! My favorite is the Calamari Steak. IT CANNOT BE BEAT! Other family members loved the mahi mahi, cod and especially the peppered ahi salad.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I have been coming here for many years. I would probably come here more often if the parking was better. The food is consistent, although I am not a huge fan of their fries. I find them kind of thick and soggy. Maybe it is because it usually comes with the cole slaw or fish which makes it that way.... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We stopped at the Reel Inn, after passing several other places with lines out the door. We moved through the line pretty easily, being able to get a beer made the line go more quickly. I got the shrimp tacos and my husband got the halibut, both were ok. My tacos didn't have any type of sauce or pico or... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

After an amazing day body surfing at Zuma, my sister and I stopped in at the Reel In on PCH. The parking is $3 -- valet is super friendly. You stand in line and wait to order from an impressive list of options -- fish, today's catch, shrimp, in tacos, plated, quesadillas -- cooked in one of three ways. We... More 

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Additional Information about Reel Inn

Address: 18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone Number: (310) 456-8221
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Malibu
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Chowder

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