Moonshadows
Moonshadows

Moonshadows

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.moonshadowsmalibu.com/
  • Phone: 3104563010x
  • 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, Fusion / Eclectic, Californian
  • 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 310-456-3010x
  • 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: 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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Moonshadows reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (193)romantic (115)great for outdoor dining (111)special occasion (104)great for lunch (56)vibrant bar scene (47)hot spot (47)fit for foodies (46)great for brunch (45)neighborhood gem (41)good for groups (40)late-night find (35)notable wine list (23)kid-friendly (13)Show More
  • If that's what you're into...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I found this place on-line. We were going to be in the area so I booked the reservation. The food was really good except DO NOT ORDER THE SOUFFLÉ (it was a joke)! The view was amazing. However, You could cut the smug in the air with a knife... even the waiter was smug.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice view, but not impressed much.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was there for a get-together dinner with my friends and I made a reservation almost a week ago for asking an outside booth seating with a view. When we got there on time, there was no outside booth seating available and the lady brought to a seating didn't explain me enough why we can't seat at the outside booth seating. We asked to a manager at the entrance again about it when we were exiting the restaurant and she explained to us BETTER. However, we were not that impressed about the service nor the food compared to the price. I would only recommend this reataurant someone who specifically wants a scenic view.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    Darp
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Been there a few times now for different occasions. This time, had a group of (older) kids/teens with us for a birthday dinner. Loved it! Continues to be a favorite restaurant of mine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The staff is very pleasant and personable. Had excellent service. Wish had a few more dishes including meat.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    the View was great. quite disappointed when they wanted to sit 6 people set for a table of four very uncomfortable. They did come up and move us to a bigger table. It was extremely hot and stuffy where we were sitting and two of the men had to go outside because they were dripping wet. They did come Over and there were windows on the bottom and they did open the windows for us which cooled it down and made the rest of the afternoon very pleasant. The waiter was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ocean view, Bad Food & Poor service
    BevHillsDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Had reservations, and seated promptly, restaurant t was not crowded on 1:30p Sunday. As soon as we were seated, we were told we only, had 45 minutes due to a larger party arriving. Was disappointed with the Food was below average and we felt rushed and couldn't enjoy celebrating my handicap Dad's 82nd birthday. Ordered a dozen oysters, scallops, calamari and Crabcake for appetizers. Food was just below average, therefore we skipped on ordering main dishes, also due to lack of time to eat before we had to leave. The waiter was unsympathetic and unapologetic. The restaurant should have accommodated us and not rush our dining time. Due to this negative experience, I do NOT recommend this restaurant for food or service, just great ocean view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent experience
    Gamelorn
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time eating at Moonshadows, and we were pleasantly surprised. The food was top notch and the service was friendly and attentive. We were given a window seat and were able to enjoy the crashing surf and warm sunset. The menu included a varied surf and turf selection to accommodate most palates, and the wine menu was above average, but a little pricey ($13 retail wines for $45). Overall a very enjoyable dining experience. I would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special occasion dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    the views in this place are incredible. It turned out to be more casual then I thought as we had booked for a special occasion dinner. Our waiter, though very good, was short and quick with us, so I felt rushed. I think our whole dinner was over in like 30 minutes and it was a Saturday night. Next time I would come to get an ocean view table only and maybe at lunch. Although this place is all valet parking, its a little scary on PCH making the turn into a thin parking lot.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outdoors would be nice
    SarahinLA
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Have tried 3 times to get a res outside and get a different answer each time, so we end up sitting in the back of the restaurant. Great view but we'll find someplace else to enjoy an outside glass of wine. Hostess that checked us in couldn't be bothered.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Tasty Food
    ChefEverett
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Yummy to the tummy! Can't wait to return ..on the next special occasion ..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Great service, food was prepared a bit too salty and oily for our liking, but really can't beat the beautiful ocean view
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We went here September 3rd for a birthday celebration and as expected, it was a lovely experience. Our server was terrific and our food was delicious. Moonshadows never fails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Food and view was great! However, service was horrible. Made a res the day before for 2 for a birthday and still waited over 40 mins for the table even though there were patio tables open. Then front house ladies didn't inform waiter that I had a cake so they brought out the wrong dessert! All Malibu restaurants have great views, but I've been to others with better service!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't bother
    TNHawkeye
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Anyone who thinks celebrities know anything about food and drink are sadly mistaken. Bartenders were inept and menu not much better. Even the valet parkers were clueless Dont waste your time or money; keep driving.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long wait for minimal return
    enjoyseatingout
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Even though we made reservations, we had to wait an extra 60 minutes for our table. The hostest and waiter were unapologetic, and misleading with how long the wait really was. Every time we inquired about our table they said it was a '5-10 minute' wait. Food was okay.... nothing special for the prices. What you would expect from an average restaurant. Definitely not work the wait.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Waste of Time...
    KwazzieTaz
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We drove for over 90 minutes to try this place out. Our food took a long time to be served; service was mediocre; meat was not delivered as ordered; Ran out of draft beer; Probably will not go back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It stops at the view.......
    Foodieforlife
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    It is probably a good option if all you are interested in is the view because the food is mediocre at best. Nothing stood out as being very good from appetizer through the main course. The service was reasonably good and the waiter was attentive, but nothing (view or service) is going to overcome the food. On a scale of 10 the food was about a 3. Also, it is fairly pricey. Probably a good option for cocktails in the evening to catch the sunset, but eat before you go!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Long wait to be seated even
    Benny
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our dinner reservations was for 8:30pm and when we got there they said they are running late and it's a 20 minute delay, so we went to the bar and had a drink and came back after 20 minutes to see if we can be seated, the lady goes sorry it will be another 20 minutes, so make a long story short we got seated around 9:30pm, we were very disappointed with the service we got. The food and our server were great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • poor food
    poor
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We came for my husbands bday, and was VERY disappointed. I was quite embarrassed, since I booked the reservation. The food was horrible. The house salad we ordered was old lettuce and a cheap vinagarette. My husband took one look at set it aside. Next, I ordered the beef short ribs, because I had previously had the same at BANDERAS and it was AMAZING. I took one bite of it and returned it. The meat was grimy and smelled old, not fresh. The polenta had no flavor. I ordered the tuna steak instead. Again, dry and tasteless. NOT FRESH AT ALL. My husband ordered the "special" crab and lobster linguine. No flavor and we masked it w lemon and chili flakes. Im surprised this place is rated top in Malibu, probably the worst meal I ever had.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular Food
    Lh90265VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Andrea and his team have produced an outstanding Italian dinner for us. Bravissimo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great as Always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Moonshadows is always a treat. We had lunch on the deck. Tthe food and the view were terrific.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience!
    BradD
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Traveler
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keeping vs. Holding Reservation
    Seraglio
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible food
    GuccaVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had so much fun seating outdoor with the ocean undrneath, great music with DJ on spot, amazing service and best food!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated!
    Paige
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Moonshadows does NOT disappoint!!
    Cagirl2005
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    AshUK
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great food, great service, all the right ticks in my box
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food; and scenery
    SammyCVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place !!
    Fresitalina
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The appetizers were very good. The service great the view amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time at Moonshadows!
    davelick
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It takes more than a view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not at all friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Romantic Getaway
    luv2dine
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Date Flop
    ThatOneGuy
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • RogerVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great. As usual Lovely people. Great soup and salad
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambience great, food was just okay
    rocmima
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FreddieFoodie
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Food was delicious! Service was genuine & sweet. We had a great time!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.