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“An institution”
Review of The Reel Inn

The Reel Inn
Ranked #12 of 92 Restaurants in Malibu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Reviewed December 8, 2012

The Reel Inn it says has been serving Malibu since 1986, and you can see why.
You order your food from a very congenial guy at a hatch where the menus are, written in chalk, and then find a seat.
He asks your name, and then you are shouted once your food is ready, and you collect it from the fish counter.
I wanted to go here, because I was looking for a restuarant that had featured on Man v Food, which we catch sometimes, and is always entertaining, not that we were looking to emulate the eating style.
I had Catfish as my main, which I had never had before, which was grilled to perfection, and a really tasty fish.
Over all, great food a great venue, and a real seafood shack.

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Thank Andy M
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

Travelling the Pacific Highway from LA to San Francisco... This is he ONE PLACE you DONT wanna MISS!!! The ambiante is more that of a surfing shack... And brilliant so! The fish is THE BEST... Fresh, well prepared and pure! No friills and simple and all the more charming. Dont forget to ask for a Pitcher of Weis Beer with lemonade. They didnt know about this drink, but were more than happy to serve this... Very refreshing! The Mahi is excellent as is the Tuna! GREAT FOOD AND DO NOT MISS THIS PLACE!

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1  Thank TheDynamicDuoLohberg
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Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

This place was recommended to us and we almost turned back. We were staying near the base at Port Huenme and drove the coast for 45 minutes for this spot. My husband found the fish taco to be excellent and my ahi Tuna salad with wasabi dressing was amazing! It was worth the trip.

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Thank Julie E
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

Small parking lot, valet only. If you don't want valet, you have to find street parking, and be careful crossing the busy highway.

You order your seafood at the window, and pick up when your name gets called. Fish seems fresh, and chowder isn't bad. Price is not cheap though, especially for a shack, and little service.

It's nice to try once, but not sure we'll go back again.

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Thank palladia
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

There are not many choices for good seafood in Santa Monica but if you drive towards Malibu there are several little restaurants that serve fresh fish. This restaurant was recommended to us by a local and it was a great choice. The food was good and the outdoor seating was very nice. It was also very affordable. I would recommend it to others.

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Thank SkyJett
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