Nikita Malibu
Nikita Malibu

Nikita Malibu

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nikitamalibu.com/
  • Phone: 3104563274x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner

    Wednesday-Thursday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm
    Sunday: 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Lunch

    Saturday & Sunday: 12pm-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Massimiliano Blasone
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South of Sweetwater Canyon Dr, North of Carbon Cayon Rd
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet and street parking
A word from Nikita Malibu
Whether your plans are for an intimate dinner for two, a celebration for twenty, or a gala for 150 of your closest friends, Nikita is sure to impress. Perched on the pristine sea-side, Nikita is the ideal experience in beach elegance and refined taste. Nikita’s design is an expansive two story exquisite setting on Carbon Beach in Malibu, one of the most sought after coastlines in the U.S. Nikita boasts an ocean front view, rich teak wood, cozy fireplaces and floor to ceiling glass that allows for an alfresco flow to the sea; as if you are walking out onto your own private yacht. Cuisine by Italian Chef Salvatore Sodano, paired with a wine cellar of over 500 selections curated by Renée-Nicole Kubin formally of Gary Danko and Charlie Trotter’s, Nikita offers an exclusive synergy of food and wine in a uniquely refined capacity.With the most gorgeous setting this side of St. Tropez, Nikita is a must visit along PCH.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Nikita Malibu reviews from OpenTable diners
149 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.7
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (126)great for outdoor dining (113)romantic (92)special occasion (74)hot spot (41)fit for foodies (37)notable wine list (35)great for lunch (33)good for groups (32)vibrant bar scene (27)great for brunch (22)neighborhood gem (22)late-night find (20)kid-friendly (5)Show More
  • Service not up to par
    PalisadesDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We decided to have our 27th anniversary celebration with our family at Nikita. The views are beautiful and the interior architecture lovely. However, the service was so slow, inattentive and careless is made the evening less than stellar. First, it took quite some time for our drink order to arrive. We had to ask for bread and water. Finally, our orders were taken. The food arrived fine but the scallops I had asked to be well done were still raw inside. Then, it was as if we didn't exist. No one checked to see how our meal was. No bread or water was refilled. And then after some time, a bill arrived. No one asked us about dessert nor brought us anything special for our anniversary. For a $350 dinner... this is just unacceptable.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nikita review
    Nahla24
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love the vibrant scenery and the friendly staff is always a plus. Took my boyfriend here for his birthday dinner absolutely loved it :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outdoor dining
    Gdiner
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The location and ocean view were perfect. Lots of outdoor tables to take advantage of the location. The menu had a nice variety of dishes. Food was good not great. Portion of lasagne was a little small. Only downer was the attitude of the server. Seemed to be having a bad night. Also had to remind her to check on our drink and food orders.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • overall great place.
    mash
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    See above.excellent customer service and fabulous view. need more versatile menu and more modern dishes added to its menu.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great scenery.....rip off food.
    AwinrmVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Knowing that this is a sister restaurant, it must be a step sister. The building is beautiful and setting us amazing, service was good, not great. It was downhill from there. Tiny martini....big price. Burrata salad, small with a little cheese and a few little tomatoes cut in half. Spaghetti with lobster.....average pasta, a few small pieces of lobster....$30..! Biggest insult, the cannoli for dessert. $16 for two little cannoli filled with a whipped cream type filling. Not ricotta or normal Italian filling. Bottom line....great view, average food....way overpriced. Go next door to Nobu for great food at same overall price.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth a penny
    FoodLover
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was sub-par while being overpriced ($17 for a 1x3" sliver of chocolate mousse cake) and the service abysmal. I needed to ask 3x for water. The ahi starter was tasteless, lobster pasta cold and bland and everything the four of us tried was underwhelming. I will never return and stick with Nobu that is consistently excellent next door.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FANTASTIC SETTING!!!!
    ADER2
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    NOBU MALIBU WAS RELOCATED FORM ITS ORIGINAL LOCATION IN A STRIP MALL TO AN UNBELIEVABLE SETTING ON THE BEACH IN MALIBU. DEFINITELY WORTH IT. THE FOOD IS SUPERB AS ALWAYS, WITH A FEW UNIQUE "ONLY IN MALIBU" OFFERINGS...ESPECIALLY THE CHOCOLATE SPRING ROLLS FOR DESERT. A MUST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • occdoc
    occdocVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food improving service a little helter skelter on a busy sunday night but a great place to go
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Terrible Service from Hostess
    Meeaghan12
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    When making our reservation & confirmation of reservation I requested the outdoor table. When we arrived, there was no mention of an outdoor table and we were placed inside. I understand if all the outdoor tables are taken. I asked if we can sit outside. For a party of 2, they sat us at a table of 4. Next to our table there was an empty table of four on the patio. I asked if we could have that one. She said no, someone had requested that table...We sat at the bar and she was going to so a table check. 40 mins later we had no update at all on the table situation. I went over to her after 40 mins and she said she would do a table check...a little late?! Turned out we sat in out original spot after waiting 40 minutes. Completely disrespected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Beyond disappointed
    Vivelacuisine
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Stunning setting. Decent but boring menu. Took an hour and 45 min just for 1 green salad to arrive; other appetizers came another 40 min after that. Dishes were small, and waiters couldn't answer questions about them. Gnocchi tasted like soggy Spaghettios. Maybe worth going to for drinks, but even those take at least a half an hour to come out. Needs new management and new chef.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Can't beat the view!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Lovely setting , food was nicely prepared and very tasty, cocktails excellent but the service felt unprofessional, disorganized, slow, and didn't match the quality/ price of this restaurant-- no pride of food or service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Left a lasting impression
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I actually went there 2 nights in a row because I couldn't get enough. I took my best friends there for their anniversary. My fiancée couldn't join us that night and it was our anniversary the same weekend. We went there the next night to celebrate. It was so amazingly romantic, intimate, and wonderful. The menu was different back when I went the first time and it seems as though they are still trying to test things out. Im not sure they have hit it quite yet as I wouldn't run back for the food alone but the service, ambience and view will be enough to keep you coming. The drinks are very lovely as well and it definitely a good split between a scene and a quiet spot. I LOVE THIS PLACE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Food
    Emcorral
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    My husband and I have been a few times to Nikita. We like the ambiance much better than Nobu. Saturday night we took friends to Nikita for dinner and the food was bland as it has been our previous times there. We keep going back in the hopes that we just keep ordering the wrong thing. So disappointed.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good but Expensive
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Limited Menu. Good food but not as great as it should be. Recommend for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not sure how they hire staff...
    GlobetrotterVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Based on incompetence and unfriendliness perhaps? No wonder they've had 4 management changes in a matter of 2 months. We had requested a specific table location and one was already empty when we arrived, they asked we wait while they set it up so we did for ten minutes and see in the mean time another party arrives and gets seated there. Then they tell us "oh you wanted that table? It's sunny there." After which they sit us on the other side at a table where there is no umbrella and even sunnier. Not a single apology from any of the 5 people standing & "overseeing" the checkin. There were numerous other annoyances which transpired from the moment we pulled into this establishment including awful food and plastic in the water glasses. Skip!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Menu Not Worth Driving For
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were late for the reservation and the hostess was very nice and accommodating about it. Not that there was a wait or anything. She told us to wait at the bar for a minute while she checked on our table. We sat at the bar and one bartender told another bartender behind him "two on deck" and the bartender behind him went "two what on what?" and the bartender said "Two CUSTOMERS" and they then squabbled right in front of us who would have to take our order. We got up and just waited by the host stand because it was extremely awkward. The food was fine, but my boyfriend said his tuna was lackluster. All in all, the view is beautiful, but the price/quality ratio and the service were just not worth the drive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wet but worth it
    KathleenVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a table by the water and the waves were crazy. We got splashed, but we were warned and it was terrific. Food very good. View, amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RD90401
    RD90401VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, great sevice, great view, great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good enough
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    hit or miss, burrata salad was great, the prosciutto was a bit dry, fillet was good, branzino was ok. Youre paying top dollars for the location, not the food. The restaurant itself was very nice and romantic with wonderful ocean front view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It can be a bit pretentious, but nevertheless, the view is amazing. It has the same view as Nobu. Nobu is my all time favorite, but Nikita is good too. I enjoyed the food here.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, amazing spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Just went here for our anniversary. I was a little concerned at first because the bar area was like a cold wind tunnel, but once seated the heaters did a great job. My wife actually took off her jacket during dinner. Service was better than many reviewers have said. There was on over-long wait between dessert and the check, but it beats the alternative. You must try the "off the menu" Carbonara ravioli if they are available. Too good for words. Overall the meal was great. Great pointers from the wait staff and sommelier was very helpful. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Most amazing place to eat ever!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had the best food ever in my entire life! what also made the place was the waiter, he has great personality, loved the place, all of it!!! will go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LiveLifeFully
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Dining on a modern, sea-side deck, listening to the waves crash while enjoying a beautiful view makes any negatives seem petty by comparison. The atmosphere alone could wash away life's troubles and make you glad to be alive. Negatives are more in terms of management decisions; ie: Don't arrive so much as a minute before the scheduled opening hour or you will find the door locked against you and yourself out standing in the sun staring at your watch. PCH traffic being so uncertain you may arrive 5 or 10 minutes early, and while at other local restaurants you are cheerfully welcomed in and invited to have a seat while the staff finishes setting up, the staff at Nikita was not graciously welcoming of those arriving a minute early; alas.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Table with a view
    eatsleepsurf
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Outstanding food with a backdrop of scenic Malibu Beach Break. Good choice for a date or with a small group of friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic place
    Vix22
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    On our 17 days in the US visiting 3 cities this was by far the best place we visited. The venue is fantastic; great design and amazing views with it being situated right on the beach. The food was amazing with decent sized portions. We even saw a few seals swimming just off shore! The service was excellent and we had really friendly, chatty servers who genuinely seemed interested in where we were from and what we were planning on doing during our holiday. We made a special trip out to Malibu to visit this place and I would not hesitate to do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing experience
    Mariss
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Beautiful view! Beautiful restaurant. Food was delicious. Romantic vibe. Amazing service. Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, 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 LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • horselover
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    been to Nakita three times amazing all the time. Beautiful view great to go with friends or couple
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food with spectacular view
    GuidoH
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had an outdoor lunch on Sunday at Nikita at the patio with great weather. The menue is shorter than for dinner but still sufficient choice. Also the choice is aligned with a lunch feeling, a bit lighter and smaller but still nice portions. Overall the food is greats overhear with the ocean view and really sitting next to the ocean, it gives a south France feeling. The only thing to mention was that the service could be improved, first we had to wait some time that menue was brought and at the end our waitress was gone without telling. Nothing seriously, but if this was perfect as well, I would give Nikita a 9.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Norway
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had one of the very few tables in Southern California that wraps 4 selling-propositions into 1 product: - dinner by the pacific ocean, the fresh ocean air and a perfect view at the landmark Mailub Peer - great food and service - very comfortable table and seats - even for people 6.5 tall and more - cool bar with great cocktails and wines This is actually great - and if you spend $150-200 per head you'll have a blast:-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovetoeatout
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The ambience and setting is great and it stops there. The food was served cold and they seemed to be short on servers. After trying to get our waiters attention, we finally ask another waiter to bring our check. The bus boys were fantastic, perhaps the waiters should learn from them. If it wasn't for the ambience, this restaurant would just be average. There also seemed to be no one in charge to make sure dinners were having a pleasant dinning experience. I guess when the owners have so much money they seem to care less or cater to select patrons. If we never go back, it will be to soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Beautiful scenery and ambience. I ordered sea bass and it was very underwhelming. The waitress definitely did not advise or guide me well when I ordered. She said Branzino was much thinner than sea bass and I told her I did not like thin fish I wanted a thick piece and when the dishes came out both fish were very similar but the Branzino dish was MUCH better. Sea bass came with a bad tasting turnip mousse that did not compliment the dish in any way. Risotto was excellent. Nobu looks way better. It took a very long time for the waitress to take our order we were starving and she never offered to get me a 2nd drink I eventually had to ask another waiter passing by if I could order another drink. Best part was scenery. Staff polite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jjj8VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We had a terrific, fresh and well presented lunch and enjoyed a beautiful day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CindyAA
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Nikita Malibu is a terrific restaurant, much better than Snobu next door. The service is impeccable, food is fabulous and cloudy or sunny, the view can't be beat. This was our third time there, and excellent dining experience is underscored by repeat performances.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My wife and myself went to have lunch at this restaurant. The place is amazing, very nice terrace, bar area and indoor dining area. The menu for lunch is a little reduced and the food wasn't spectacular. But the place is worth it and the service is great.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I wasn't wowed by the food. The menu is just not that great (nor is it bad) and the portions are soooo small. Expensive isn't the problem- I don't mind paying for great food and an appropriate portion. I ordered the scallops for my entree- it came with 3 scallops for around $30.00. Are you serious? Any normal sized human is going to need more than that. I don't really want to eat somewhere where I have to order a too small appetizer and then a too small pasta so the too small entree will be enough food. Come on Nikita, with Nobu kiling it right next door, you need to bring it! Strangely the cocktails were not overpriced. We were there on a Saturday night and it was half empty. Not a good sign. Beautiful spot, wish the food was great.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The hostess was extremely rude.. Her name was sara
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    DubaiVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great spot for dinner with amazing view of the Pacific Ocean with fantastic food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Dined with group of 7 people and found hair in food twice during the course of our meal. One in a main dish and one in a dessert.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Burak
    bbbyyy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was delicious, our waiter Michael was very cool and the view was awesome, so it was a great idea to invite my girlfriend to a romantic dinner out there
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our new favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We first tried Nikita when we were in Malibu visiting friends, but now... now we'll cross the Orange Curtain - and LA - just to satisfy the craving. This is what all restaurants should be: incredible ambiance, excellent service, memorable food, an interesting wine list and impeccable craft cocktails).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic