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“Not What I expected” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Malibu Fish Grill

Malibu Fish Grill
17965 Beach Blvd, Huntington Beach, CA 92647-7103
714-375-4861
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Ranked #199 of 490 Restaurants in Huntington Beach
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Huntington Beach, California, USA
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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Not What I expected”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2013

Fish was a bit dry, yes we know it was grilled but still you should be able to keep some of the moisture in.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Southern California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“I'll be Back!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

A friend recommended this place so we decided to try it. Storefront is small, so it is difficult to find - corner of Talbert and Beach, in between Starbucks and a jewelry store. Parking will be a challenge depending on when you come. Note this is not a full service restaurant. You go up to the counter, order, get a number, and they serve you the food.
The restaurant is clean, functionally decorated, with a shared restroom. There are about 6 outdoor tables on the sidewalk. You place your order as you come in the door. The staff was friendly and did not rush you even though they had a line out the door. They have specials everyday - Tacos on Tuesday - $2 and $3. We ordered the Mediteranean Salad topped with cajun salmon on one and miso glazed on the other ($11). Also ordered the grilled fish tacos ($3). They also have wine and beer.
All were surprisingly good and FRESH! Their portions are generous, specially the fish. Usually on salads, you get strips or chunks of fish; this was a block possibly 6 oz at least. The balsamic based dressing was delicious and they were very generous with the feta cheese. Fish was perfectly grilled, juicy, tender and so flavorful!
Staff checked on you after the food was served at least twice!! I was impressed. They were also very friendly and attentive, offering to-go containers when they saw that we didn't finish our food.
Note for future visit - order the appetizer sampler. The couple sitting beside us ordered it, and they kept making these "yummy noises", I had to prevent my companion from reaching over to pluck one of these calamari rings!!
Definitely on my list for comebacks!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Huntington Beach, California
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22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Always Good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This local place in a strip mall serves the freshest food and has really good service. Casual, order at the counter and then sit type of place. Really like having so many choices for salads. Customer chooses which type of greens and veggies mix and then can add salmon, chicken or beef. Best deal is to order tacos, or skewers, or whatever and then add two sides for only two dollars more -- great deal. Pita bread served with evrything. For anti-carb types, even the tacos can be ordered "lettuce wrapped". I order food to eat there or take out about twice per week.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Osaka, Japan
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46 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Good place to go food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

I sometimes to go some quick dinner and It was ok.

Visited July 2012
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Huntington Beach, California
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112 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Such a deal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2009

I went to MFG tonight with a very picky party of three. Everybody was very happy with their meals. All three different meals were done perfectly. I especially liked my Good Earth Salad with seared ahi for only $9.49. The halibut dinner plate was only $14.95 and the fish was perfect. It was about the most expensive item on the menu.

The portions are substantial and the food extremely fresh. The atmosphere is bare bones and the ambiance is "fast food" but the food is definitely as good as it gets. Fine dining restaurants would charge $35 per plate for what you get at MFG for $10-15.

I'm sure I'll become a regular. One funny quirk is that they serve no coffee -- because they are right next door to the Tea Leaf and Coffee Bean store. I guess there was a non-compete clause in the lease. I don't think they would object at all if you went next door to get your coffee and brought it back.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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