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Moonshadows
Moonshadows

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

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

    DINNER
    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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Great anniversary dinner at sunset! The food was absolutely terrific and the service just as good. We made reservations here on a recommendation from a friend. We were not disappointed and will definitely be back some day when we are in town. Thank you!"
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "The atmosphere being on the water is wonderful. The food average. I was glad to viist, but would not go back again. Nothing special..King crab should not be on their menu.. Although a water restaurant..it should be more like a burger place..a bit shabby and tired looking.."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "I made the reservation 3 days in advance. They kept me waiting for 45 minutes and didn't provide any table outside."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We had so much fun seating outdoor with the ocean undrneath, great music with DJ on spot, amazing service and best food!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We did not stay and eat. The menu is so limited and we didn't understand what some of the dishes were. When we ask the server, he just read what it said. Actually, we can read! We were prepared for the fact that it is very expensive, but didn't think it should cost us $6.00 to park in their lot to spend so much in their restaurant, for something we did not recognize or want. Glad we went, now we know."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Fabulous place - we always go there when in Malibu. It's worth the trip to be sure. Great food - fabulous view - and an extraordinary staff that makes you feel welcome and valued. I heartily recommend this gem of the coast. Wine like the ambience is extraordinary!! I've always been quite satisfied and happy that I chose Moonshadows!!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "Great food, great service, all the right ticks in my box"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I really love the space: it offers an amazing view and the food is fantastic. Some dolphins swam by as we ate; it was pretty epic. I asked the waiter if they had a surf and turf; he replied yes! A lobster was amazing: it was boiled just right: it had a sweet hint and it was buttery. It popped with each initial bite. The steak was pretty divine: even without the reduction sauce. I deathly recommend this place."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "After driving past this established local spot for years we finally had dinner there. I think I expected much less of a sophisticated menu and more of a beach bar scene. But the outdoor bar and dining area was hopping and the DJ was on it. The inside dining room was just sophisticated enough to feel like a real restaurant and not a beach stop over. Food was terrific, view is impossible to beat. Go for the sunset and stay for the food!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "The appetizers were very good. The service great the view amazing."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We had never been to this fine restaurant. My wife and I were there to celebrate our anniversary. We had a wonderful meal, with great service and a beautiful ocean view. We had a great time and would recommend Moonshadows to everyone!"
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "My usual experience with restaurants with a spectacular view is that they don't bother to do anything else well. Moonshadows was not an exception to this rule. The hostesses at this restaurant are clearly selected for looks, rather than customer service skills or personality. Despite checking in a few minutes before the time of our reservation (and rechecking half an hour later), we were essentially ignored for nearly an hour after our arrival. Once seated, the service and food were acceptable, but I would not recommend this restaurant because of the poor handling by the hostess staff."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We had resv. At 7 but they were 30min behind..we still did not get a table and just went to a different restaurant. ..not a friendly place"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I brought my husband here for a surprise birthday dinner...away from home! Our first time here...and totally loved it...what a great choice...was pleased with the entire place...from the restaurant...food...lounge. ..outdoor dining! And of course the beautiful ocean view!!! Everything was fabulous!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I took my lady here for our first date. When we were greeted, the hostess didn't even look up. It took nearly 20 minutes to get in a drink order, another 20 to get in our food order, and we felt completely overlooked. The waiter also refused to call me by preferred pronouns after being corrected."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Great. As usual Lovely people. Great soup and salad"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I would recommend Moonshadows but not for the food. Had calamari, lobster & crab linguini and pumpkin tortillini. As expensive as the dishes are, I didn't feel that the food was up to par. The service was great and the drinks are really good. Moonshadows is great for lounging with drinks and looking out over the water. It's very romantic, especially at night."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was great, the ocean view was stunning, the guys at the table next to us provided ongoing entertainment(it's a good thing.). Our waiter was attentive' and the restaurant manager checked on us twice. We felt really good about having our anniversary dinner at Moonshadows and would return."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "Food was delicious! Service was genuine & sweet. We had a great time!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "On all of my previous lunches at Moonshadows I was fortunate enough to sit outside on the deck and feel/smell the ocean breeze. This time, we sat inside. Although the view of the beautiful crashing waves, pelicans, stand-up paddleboarders was still very good; there's no comparison to being outside on their deck. Food was very good and service not pretentious (both of which I appreciate greatly). Still one of my all-time favorite Malibu restaurants for lunch or brunch. Better than Geoffrey's for sure."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Had a wonderful time! Food and service was great. Would definitely come back again."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "We enjoyed our visit to Moonshadows. The view is absolutely unbeatable and the staff was great. Most of the food was very good, the side of spinach was a little lifeless but the other dishes were good. It would have been a perfect night were it not for the R rated make out movie at the table next to us. There is a kids menu which was good for us."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "OUR ANNIVERSARY WAS SPOILED BY THIS RESTAURANT! WE WERE SEATED FOR AT LEAST 10 MINUTES BEFORE BEING ACKNOWLEDGED. THE WAITER NEVER INTRODUCED HIMSELF AND WAS VERY CURT! OUR DRINK ORDER WAS TAKEN & SERVED WITH BREAD AND BUTTER. WE ORDERED MUCH TO MY REGRET BECAUSE I HAD SUGGESTED FOR US TO LEAVE AND FIND A DIFFERENT RESTAURANT. OUR MAIN DISH (SHORT RIBS AND SCALLOP APPETIZER) WAS SO SALTY OUR TONGUES BECAME DEHYDRATED. OUR DESERT WAS THROWN AT US AND IT WAS LIKE EATING CARDBOARD! THE STAFF DID NOT SEEM TO CARE THAT THE FOOD WAS OF POOR QUALITY."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "This place has a beautiful sunset view!!!! LOVED the view. The food however, isnt anything to talk about. Entrees are pretty expensive since its seafood and it wasn't even that tasty. Would HIGHLY recommend this place for drinks and some apps during the sunset and that's about it. Hear they have a good bar scene, however - didn't see it so can't comment on that. Definitely worth some drinks during sunset :)"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "Perfect place. Amazing View of the water. Outstanding service! Outstanding food! Don't go without ordering the grilled Octapus."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "I had heard a lot about this place so I wanted to try it out. I went Saturday night. The food was good, but not the variety. Also, the place was a bit too loud for my taste. It's a good place to hang out with friends and have a drink. Wouldn't recommend it for a romantic dinner, lol."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great food, great service and gorgeous view Always a pleasure always delicious Trendy place to visit great for tourists too"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Too loud even in the dining area between patrons and booming music."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We chose lunch n a hot Jilty say because of rumors of the nighttime pickup scene. The restaurant was perfect- we had a choice of beachfront tables. The food was great ( we had only salads). And the service eas excellent. Parking was $3.25 (as opposed to duke's, geoffreys in the $8-10 dollar range. We will be at moonshadows the next perfect summer day."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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