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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Moonshadows reviews from OpenTable diners
223 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (186)romantic (117)great for outdoor dining (116)special occasion (101)great for lunch (62)vibrant bar scene (51)hot spot (50)great for brunch (48)fit for foodies (48)good for groups (48)neighborhood gem (45)late-night find (36)notable wine list (26)kid-friendly (13)Show More
  • It was a birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The place was nicely quiet, the food was really very good and pleasurable, the wine was our favorite, the service was attent and cordial. Definitely a night to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Views
    Busterbytes
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Nice views from the outside patio overlooking the ocean. Good food and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service amazing food.
    Delicious
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Amazing food and the view was amazing. The Best table is outside. We definitely enjoy the cabana.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Amazing view of the Pacific Ocean and great food to match!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View Over Food
    GoodEatz
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The food was okay not the best for the price but the view was amazing!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    gorgeous ocean view - was perfect for a quick lunch during the week
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday nite
    Stanley
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    My family visited the restaurant in celebration of my eldest daughter's birthday. The waiter was annoyed we did not order any drinks, the food was passable however my other daughter's dinner was very poor and my dinner later caused me to have heartburn. The waiter gave us a dessert for my daughter and acted liked he was doing us a favor. I do not pan to visit again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Water
    Jojo
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Pretty view, seat request no guarantee, food is ok. Service is very good very friendly "Avery" our server. Valet $7. Free Street parking on the opposite side. Read the sign!!!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    Beachdiner
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Went to Moonshadows because I was considering having my wedding reception there. The place is unique and romantic with gorgeous views. The service was great...very friendly staff. The food and overall menu fell short for us though. One out of 4 had a nice dish, one of the desserts was excellent, the other one, burnt. As far as discussing the possibility of having my wedding reception there, the events coordinator offered no help whatsoever (this was via email),and vaguely answered my questions. No one working in the restaurant was able to help either. As a result, I'm having my reception some where else.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fresh sushi and lovely food
    busterbuster
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We ordered the hamachi appetizer which was just lovely. The crowd feels a little casual and there were lots of families, but the place is great to experience at least once. Decent outdoor deck and patio for drinks and food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful
    SpecialMommy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    No complaints, other than the noise level, and that was only an issue because we went with our autistic son (for dad's b-day). But the hostess was so sweet, and she suggested sitting in the room farthest from the Blue Lounge because it would have less stimulation. Worked like a charm. So happy we were able to enjoy this amazing place with our whole family, including our son who has special needs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wanchen
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    It's a little pricy but you are paying for the view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • memorable experience
    epfdvr
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Been here before, come back because of the relaxing view of the pacific ocean. We arrived early for our reservation and they were kind enough to accommodate us. The food, affordable wine and the staff never disappoints. Definitely will see you again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only 1 problem....
    Allycat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I had taken some dear friends from the East Coast there this past Saturday night and as were were getting seated - a fight broke out on the balcony where we were being seated. It was very freightening - 2 of the employees came running past me and one of my friends and almost knocked us to the floor. I think they were running to try to stop the fight. The whole scene was a little scarey and I was very surprised and disappointed that happened at Moondshadows.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful place great service!!!
    Aram
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I love this place for it's beautiful view, good music. The waiters are friendly and the food is good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best ocean views ever
    Soccerbix
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Visited for the first time for my wife's birthday. We wanted to go somewhere memorable and we got it. Excellent ocean and sunset views and the service was great. Food was pretty good too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for appetizers & drinks
    Erika
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Beautiful ambiance for a patio drink & light fare. Dinner was ok.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love2eatVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food at Moonshadows was OK. Our waiter, Avery, was great. He made us feel welcome and took good care of us. We also enjoyed talking to Shane, their Security Person. Overall was a great experience because of their staff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunny
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The location of the place is amazing, but the service was not good, starting from the hostess to the server. the hostess was already not in good mood when we arrived and was angry looking and not welcoming. She was ignoring not only us but all customers who were waiting for tables. The servant was in hurry. I asked for dinner recommendation and she didn't know what was good, she was not familiar with the menu at all. Either they are not paying & treating their employees good at this place, or we were just got unlucky. They need to improve their customer service 1000%
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 70th birthday celebration
    tenor2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We did arrive early for our 6:30 reservation. The flowers that I had ordered were already there and we went to the bar to sit for while. The hostess came by not least than 5 minutes later to announce a table was free and they could seat us now. It was a window table and we had a great view of the ocean and the beach. The flowers were already in place at the table when we were seated. Service was quick and efficient. We had a very nice dinner with tuna steaks and one person ordered the swordfish. Clam chowder first and very very good with a minimum of potatoes and lots of flavor. My tuna steak was nicely done but I didn't care for the gnocchi, too pasty and bland. They brought a nice dessert for our birthday lady. A little noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great job guys!!!
    bigchocolate
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Thanks for the great service that started the minute I walked into the front door!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls night out
    can6
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    First impression was not great- I had expected the restaurant to be more upscale- the website made it look that way. Felt like we had over dressed for the venue but the food, service, and scenic view made it a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 1sttimers
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We have both just retired from Las Vegas NV. I worked at the( Bellagio) We had never been to Moonshadows before. It was my Wife's Birthday, so a very special night. It was Sunday so it was very busy. Parking was handled well. We were seated in a timely manor window seats. service was very fast and friendly. The waiter was well informed on the specials, My wife and I both had a special, and they brought us a birthday desert to split. All in all it was everything we both expected. We will return with friends next time. Thank You and your staff The Henson's
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food with an Even Better View
    rosscav3
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This place is just awesome. Directly over the water, amazing food, great service and reasonably priced (for Malibu). Usually just got here for drinks and an afternoon snack, tried the brunch this time and was blown away. They have a fairly limited breakfast menu, but what they have is top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moonshadow big let down
    boof
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    I had always wanted to eat here because i had heard such great things about the place the view is nice the food is not good I had Chilean sea bass first off all didn't look like Chilean sea bass not the texture or anything it looked like cod it the taste was horrible took one bite no more. gross . tuna my son had was also not good quality. very expensive not worth it food quality is not there had one drink it was also sub par. would never return.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • favorites list
    lovesgoodfood21
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Gorgeous view, delicious food, friendly service. Have a perfect date and the evening was absolutely incredible at this wonderful restaurant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Moonshadows
    HarleyPat
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Awesome food, service and atmosphere! Even the parking attendants were very helpful!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Spot!
    WestSideGuy
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I've been driving past this place for years and we finally decided to give it a try. The food was Awesome, the view was Awesome and the service was Awesome! Our food was served quickly and the portion sizes were just right. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • If that's what you're into...
    humbledinner
    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.
    Malibueeee
    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.
  • Rude service
    Meli
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I visit LA 2-3 times a year and make it a point to always have a dinner at Moonshadows! My most recent visit was a bit of a celebratory dinner because myself and my partner were running the Ventura Marathon the next day. I made a reservation 2 weeks in advance & requested outdoor seating. I called the day prior to confirm my reservation and was told to arrive 30 early to secure an outdoor table. I arrived 45 minutes early and was rudely told there was no outdoor seating available. The service was appalling and the hostess was dismissive and abrasive. Very disappointing experience and do not plan on returning.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • 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.