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Moonshadows Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.moonshadowsmalibu.com
  • Phone: (310) 456-3010
  • Hours of Operation: LUNCH
    Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 4:00pm

    Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Monday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday, 4:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining
  • Private Party Contact: Alessandro Antoniazzi (310) 456-3010
  • Entertainment: The calm relaxing sound of the ocean heard during the week are joined by the very best in down tempo house grooves on the weekends. World famous DJs come to Moonshadows every weekend to serenade the crowd with an eclectic mix of musical styles. The view, the dj, the food, the drinks, and the sea breaze all combine to offer guests a complete sensory experience. For current and upcoming DJs visit MoonshadowsMalibu.com (http://www.moonshadowsmalibu.com/bluelounge/dj/index.html)
  • Special Events & Promotions: Special events can be held at Moonshadows, however offsite catering is also available. For any questions please inquire within.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Big Rock
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet service is available 7 days a week.
A word from Moonshadows
Moonshadows has set the standard for excellence in Malibu dining since the day it opened it's doors, four decades ago. At Moonshadows guest's find themselves immersed in an elegant yet comfortable environment complete with the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

Whether sitting down for a romantic dinner, or a weekend brunch, guests are treated to the best of contemporary American cuisine. The menu is complimented by a wine list that has been honored with Wine Spectator's Award Of Excellence for three years in a row.

Weekends feature an international roster of DJs spinning an eclectic mix of down tempo, lounge, and house grooves. Bottle service is available on the patio, and reservations are highly recommended on the weekends.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "Ordinary food, nothing special. 6 adults ordered 6 different plates, and it was just ok like any other restaurant for much less money. Service was good."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Sadly, Moonshadows had become run down, offered poor quality food, and appeared as thought they'd tried to squeeze in more tables. This place has become a bit seedy. The view of the ocean is still beautiful."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "My wife and I just celebrated our wedding anniversary at Moonshadows restaurant where I proposed to her. The appetizers were great, the wine was great, and the main course was wonderful. On this particular evening it was very clear and both the Palos Verdes pennisula and Catalina island were in full view. We couldn't have asked for a nicer experience."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We Went to moonshadows for our aniversary, this was not our first time here. We love the ocean view seating, brunch was great, service was great. Thank you!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite lunch/brunch spots in LA. Views overlooking the water- if you can get one of the booths outside it's the perfect spot in Malibu. As far as food goes, this is where I feel in love with grilled octopus. It's is amazing! I've have a few misses but mostly very happy. In addition the service has always been super friendly and fun. If you are there early it's quiet and relaxing and later in the afternoon the DJ arrives so a bit for everyone."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Went for dessert and drinks, made a reservation but didn't get seated until 30min later. Waiter was pushy Didn't enjoy my cocktail"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We enjoyed the requested window seating, appetizer of scallops were seared perfectly. Wine, entree, coffee and 2 desserts, bill with tip and parking just over $ 200.00 $$$ Opa"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The white sangria is amazing. Nice place to celebrate an special occasion. These restaurant has one of the best view of the Pacific Ocean"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The restaurant is right on the beach with awesome views. The food presentation is great as is the food!! Bring your kids as they have an area outside to play."
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is the best place I've been to in a while. The service was incredible. Each individual was so friendly and attentive. The food was amazing. It left you very satisfied and did not over stuff you like most restaurants. I would definitely come back."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Again Moonshadows came through with a wonderful dining experience for us. We arrived a bit early on a very busy Sunday evening but were seated immediately. Our waiter was great, on the spot and attentive. The Chiliean Sea Bass was the best I have ever had! Her Miso Cod was fantastic. We split the Pear Salad and the Duck Spring rolls. All superior in flavor and presentation. I would NOT recommend the Souffle Cake, it is microscopic, not that tasty nor a good value for $10. Otherwise, a perfect evening. Valet service speedy and excellent at $7 per vehicle."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Attended on a Friday evening with my wife. My wife had the seabass which was buttery in taste and on an incredible bed of rice. My cod melted in my mouth. The was simply wonderful. Every table provides fantastic views and the atmosphere is very romantic. Our server, Bethany, was very attentive, full of energy and helpful in every way. Would definitely recommend and look forward to going back."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Wnedy thought we were on a cruise ship: she loves being on the water . . ."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Took my mom her for her 77th Bday for a late lunch. Service was attentive, wine list above average and great menu to please many different palates. Would definitely go back for brunch or dinner!! And I'm really picky!!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Very enjoyable, good food, great service and atmsphere."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We really love dining at Moonshadows! There is nothing not to like there. An ocean-side table, comfortable seating. Great service. Clientele all seem happy.. overall great experience."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Moonshadows is always the happening spot in Malibu for the view! The food is pretty good, selection is small but there is plenty. There could be more brunch choices! Be prepared to wait an hour for an outside table, reservations or not! There are only so many tables and they don't move fast so if you are starving, eat inside! The view is great from all over!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Everything was great, but we got there late and didn't get sat till 10:30. We were only a party of two and the server had larger parties and it was still packed even though we were that late so the server clearly had already made his money for the night and the other larger parties were more money for him than we were so we just felt like he was going through the motions, sometimes almost gruffly. Also, there's a host there too, an older lady with long dark hair that also had a less than subtle way of treating us like we were nobody. I mean I get it, you guys are packed, but this isn't a Hollywood nightclub where I should feel like I know somebody to get treated like I'm wanted there."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My husband & I went here for my birthday celebration. We were seated inside, and our booth was hanging over the water. Watching the waves and water was not only beautiful, but relaxing. Our food was delicious, and the menu unique. We both felt more than pleased with our selections, especially for the price. What made the experience even better was the service. This was some of the best service I have ever had, especially in LA. Our server was knowledgeable, warm, and attentive, and made the experience of going to the restaurant the reason why I will recommend it to people, and why we will go back. The view and food were excellent, but the service was so superb, I would want to request being seated in his section again."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "This restaurant has never let me down. As usual, the romantic atmosphere, the waves crashing outside, the wonderful window views, were perfect to take my girlfriend for a special second date.....Thanks, again !"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Expensive! Decent food. Nice fish selection. Cant beat the view out to the Pacific Ocean. Nice place for a special occassion."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "our table was a good location in the restaurant and the service was very good."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Food was very good but the service was interesting. Our waiter did an ok job with taking our order but failed to come back and ask us if we wanted new drinks or check on us. I know this is picky but the person who put our plates down actually handed them to us instead of walking around and placing each one. Someone near us spilled a glass of ice and limes in a walkway and for the next 40 minutes we were there, not a single person picked it up. A few of them stopped to look at it but did not pick it up. The general crowd there was more ghetto than I remember. I don't know if it's bc it was Sat or what but I'll probably opt for a classier place next time."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The only thing wrong with my Sunday afternoon at Moonshadows was my regret that I didn't request outside seating when I made my res! Regardless, great little spot, amazing view without the hoity-toity vibe."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This what restaurant is wonderful. People are terrific very welcoming. A reservation was perfect table is great. Look forward to returning"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I took my wife for her birthday.. havent been there for many years.. excellent fish selection..Chilean Sea Bass was the best I have had ever!.. Wife had the cod.. again excellent!.. Service was attentive and it was an very enjoyable evening..."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Wonderful service; ocean view dining and also outdoor bar/lounge. Sun set behind the mountains- so not visible from restaurant. Valet parking. Honored our reservations exactly on time."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Unfortunately the view could make up for the service which was mediocre at best. My husband and I rarely get to enjoy a night out and the service just ruined the occasion. "Can I get you water or something" ? Is how the meal started off. Right after they sat us they put down a large rowdy business table right next to us which killed the ambiance. I had the short rib which were over cooked and over salted, atleast my husbands dish was good and large enough to share. We were disappointed and next time we will sacrifice the view for something a little more classy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Your establishment has been my favorite for the past 20 years."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great place for a romantic dinner or anytime you want to dine right on the water. Hip bar scene outside too. Great ocean views from all tables, so no worries if you can't get a window table. Service was excellent. Food wise, my wife's tomato & Burrata cheese appetizer was exceptional. She orders this whenever it is available and this was the best she has had outside of Italy. My tuna sashimi-ish appetizer special was just peculiar (to my taste) but my wife sort of liked it. Her Maine lobster, however, was as good as it gets: sweet, tender, and cooked perfectly. My crab & shrimp ravioli was a bit overcooked and, again, not to my liking (maybe my tastes are just different than the chef's). All in all, we had a wonderful evening."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Food is priced over to the moon and back for simple, tasteless, ordinary food. Waiter, very nice but... Don't go, go to Jack In the Box instead!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Moonshadows is definitely my 'go to' restaurant for bringing LA visitors and for special occasions, owing to the lovely views, delicious food, and excellent service. I brought a friend here to celebrate her birthday, and had noted on my reservation that I would love to pre-order their chocolate souffle cake with a birthday candle if possible. They not only brought out the souffle but also a second cake with the candle on it :-)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "I reserved a table at 2 but unfortunatly I got stuck in traffic and got there 20 minutes late. When I got there I said we had a reservation and we had also requested a table on the balcony. Although we were late I somehow felt they had never reserved a table for us and we had to sit in the small chairs that are first come first serve. However it was a beatiful day and great service i would defeniattly recommend this place."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "After making reservations two months in advance, no table was available when we checked in on time. Had to wait 1/2 hour, then only seated after complaining. The most expensive steak ($42) on the menu was over-cooked, and of poor quality. Attempted to use a pre-paid gift Master Card, and the wait staff said they couldn't accept them, although they are accepted everywhere else. The outside bar's glasses were dirty. This is not a fine dining experience, more of a beach bar. On a scale of one to ten, MoonShadows is about a 3+."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great spot! Amazing food! And they take late reservations!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I brought my parents here during their visit from the East Coast. We were early for our reservation, so we had a drink in the bar area. There we encountered Avery, a waiter, who greeted us with a dimpled smile and emphatic personality. When our table became available the hostess warmly said we had a lovely table coming up, lovely it was! We were given a gorgeous window seat in the main room, gazing at the expansive ocean while we ate. Robert, a young bearded lad, was our server, and served we were! He was TOP NOTCH!! He took impeccable care of us all night, providing laughter and quality service - Avery made a few table cameos too! We dined on duck rolls, oysters, scallops, octopus, calamari- each cooked to unparalleled perfection!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Took our son and his friends here for his 21st birthday and it was a huge success. We were given a booth on the deck with a fabulous view. The scene was lively and the service was excellent. Great cocktails, really good food (from beef to pork to fish), nice wine. Our waitress paced the meal perfectly, took photos and even suggested an additional photo op overlooking the ocean when some other diners had left. All around a great experience!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We came to Moonshadows to celebrate a college graduation. We had driven by the place for years because the outside is so nondescript, but decided to give it a try after seeing the lovely interior shots on the web site. We were not disappointed. We frequent several of the large coast restaurants like Dukes and Gladstones, but had always skipped Moonshadows. That will not happen again! The menu is short, but has ample offerings for all diners including beef and chicken in addition to a generous seafood list. And you cannot sit closer to the water! We'll be back and are glad to have discovered this gem."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant with a beautiful view and good food."
    Dined on 6/14/2014