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Reel Inn

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American, Seafood, Chowder
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18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
(310) 456-8221
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 79
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 11
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Legit Fish Tacos & Chowdah

I love this spot. Super assessable, close to beach, right out of Topanga Canyon and stopped by for quick food once and have been addicted since. Awesome atmosphere and outdoor area, totally casual and you get some great food for the money. This place is just a good spot, nothing fancy and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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Winchester, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

Stopped here by chance on our way down the Pacific Coast Highway (while on vacation) and darn glad we did. I had the fish tacos, which were the best fish tacos I'd ever had. The fish was VERY fresh. You order from a chalkboard as you come through the door. The seafood available is visible directly under the chalkboard ...... More 

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Los Angeles, Ca
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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

If only the food was good this would be a great place. It's on the eastern edge of Malibu, right across from the beach and it's got a great retro feel. You can eat inside or on a nice patio. You have to order your food off a menu board, pay for it at a window and then wait to... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Have always loved this place but was really disappointed yesterday. The fish and chips were over fried, fish tough on ends and fries burnt, and the coleslaw lacked freshness and flavor. My husband Chilean sea bass (grilled ) was excellent though the portions seemed smaller. Has this place changed hands? Still love the ambiance but $50 ? So sad!

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I love this spot. Super assessable, close to beach, right out of Topanga Canyon and stopped by for quick food once and have been addicted since. Awesome atmosphere and outdoor area, totally casual and you get some great food for the money. This place is just a good spot, nothing fancy and doesn't try to be anything its not, just... More 

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

We just love this little joint especially for take-out. Of course, it's very casual, but the food is fantastic for the money...

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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I've been coming to the Reel Inn for years. The food is consistently solid, but nothing special. So why return? It's quick, it's funky and it's perfectly situated to meet friends who come over Topanga from the Valley. One downside is parking in their small lot can be tricky at times, which forces you to park on PCH, but otherwise,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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13 restaurant reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

That was the phrase on the blackboard in front of The Reel Inn last evening. I have been eating here for over 20 plus years and I am always a happy customer. Last evening I had their blackened halibut with fries and coleslaw and I cleaned my plate exquisitely. Its a beachy place, laid back with fresh fish and grinning... More 

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California
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20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

I really like this place, the seafood is good and always fresh. I like the casual atmosphere and that you can walk across the street to the beach, nonetheless the sea view is good almost anywhere in this place. I would give this place an excellent rating, but I save those for when the place is truly out of this... More 

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142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Stopped here on a Sunday on the advise of a friend. Well worth it. Fresh fish, prepared how you like it. Blacked, Grilled or Cajun. Cold beer and great service. Now this isn't fine dining but it has charm. There is an inside dining room more like picnic tables but the outside patio is where it's at! Especially on a... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

The real Inn is across the street from the ocean on PCH. It's a joint with really fresh fish. We both had the Halabut with their coleslaw. For a drink I had a really tasty dark beer. The fish was really fresh, a good size dish, and delicious. Usually there's a line to order but we got there on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Malibu
  • Phone Number: (310) 456-8221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Seafood, Chowder

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?