Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.paradisecovemalibu.com/beachcafe/index09.html
  • Phone: 3104572503
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 10:00pm
    Saturday - Sunday: 8am - 10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please contact Callie for special events at callie@paradisecovemalibu.com. Callie 617-997-1761

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Paradise Cove Rd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Paradise Cove Beach Cafe
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe is a delightful treat for visitors and residents of Malibu. Located at the beautiful Paradise Cove Pier, they offer breathtaking views, incredible service, delicious food and a casual atmosphere.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
226 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (188)great for outdoor dining (179)great for lunch (119)kid-friendly (110)great for brunch (100)special occasion (88)good for groups (66)hot spot (56)romantic (55)neighborhood gem (50)fit for foodies (35)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (12)notable wine list (4)Show More
  • Nice birthday breakfast
    Karl
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Enjoyed dining at Paradise Cafe in Malibu for my wife's birthday with my daughter from Pepperdine University. Was amazed at the cost to park at the establishment though - $40 if you are there longer than four hours. Wow, that's steep!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Jazzy
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    food took a long time to come out! My salad came with my entre.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - but...
    ktsmamma
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Dinner was very good - but for the price a salad and or vegetable to go with our fish and rice would be nice. The presentation of only 2 things on the plate was lacking ....especially for $25+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dolly
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The noise level was very high until people started leave about 3/4 of our meal! Do not plan to return any time soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Last time for us.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Over-crowded. Over-expensive ($40 parking even one minute over 4 hrs & be prepared to be in the exit line for a while. Sandwiches $20. We had hoped to walk along the beach and to be relaxed before and dinner, but we were always watching the clock. The bartender told us to leave at least 15mins early). Screaming kids & parents who seemed not to care. Food was good. Calamari appetizer was enormously oily. Cadillac Margarita was strong & tasty. Ahi was really good. Servers and everyone working there were all helpful but it seemed highly stressed and very busy. Because I have been here several times over the last 4 decades, I remember the delight that it used to be. It is no longer that, sadly, and this was the last time for us.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Horrible Paella
    Traveldiva1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was the worse meal I have ever tried to eat. There were 2 slices of sausage the state 8oz is served the chicken was not breast as advertised the shrimp were not cooked there were no meat in the clam and mussel shells only 5 pieces in the rice the server came to the table once 1 minute after the meal was served to ask if everything was ok we had not tasted the food
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beach!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great place to have lunch, it is worth every penny!! Being able to drink in the beach is awesome! The day beds are comfortable... Etc!!! Great place... Don't do walk ins, drive in with your car!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timer
    Hockeyfan9
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This was the first time at this place and I thought it was quite charming. Since it was a thursday night it was very quiet and peaceful. I can only imagine how busy a place like this can get on any weekend and holidays. The food was very good and lots of it. The wait staff was very good, although I did order the Clam Chowder, which I never received, but then again, I was glad that I didn't cause there was a lot of food for the Entree. Great place I would definitely go again!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • where's the fish?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Brought out of town guests - great outside setting - service so so (wrong orders brought to our table, then 3 orders served and the 4th came almost 15 minutes later) - fish tacos amazing - seafood salad had almost no seafood in it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Insanely overpriced and no ambience
    Bummed
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Yes yes I know you are paying for the beach view. But honestly, I wish I could go back in time and eat at the islands restaurant up the road and then park and walk to the beach. It was $300 for the 5 of us, we're talking $20 flavorless calamari and fries, $30 overcooked borderline burnt coconut shrimp that shouldn't have even been served to us, $18 from the freezer bland hamburgers, I had a totally gross tuna melt that I could smell coming to me. Folks I read the reviews before I came here and there were a lot just like this one and I ignored it and went anyway. I regret it. Really, save your money and way at dukes or moonshadows.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • luvthewestcoast
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Eating at the Paradise Cove was very relaxing and the best suggestion by boyfriend has made to go out for brunch. It was peaceful and very nice to spend the time there with my boyfriend. The beach is private so it's not too crowded and overall we had a fantastic time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfortable
    Reiff
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great Beach environment with very good food and drink---Will be back for calamari and paella
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slipping
    ketchill
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great margarita; great salmon; underdone baked potato; avoid the sugar snap peas - delicious but impossible to eat, VERY stringy. We asked for an outside table at the ocean edge for this special occasion - we didn't get it but the two parties (same size) after us did. This was a disappointing visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cant Beat the View!
    Rawb753
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Paradise Cove is a great little cafe right on the beach, and i mean you're literally IN the sand. Dont wear nice shoes or heels, wear what you would wear to the beach. You sit about 40 or 50 yards from the water, in the sand, and get to enjoy everything that comes with sitting that close; the cool breeze, the sound of the ocean and the view of the surf. It's awesome. This place is SURE to impress anyone you bring!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't go wrong
    gwgwVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    A great location, wonderful food (and large portions!), great service and can't beat the view especially if you decide to eat outside with the sand under your feet.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    The portions are huge. Our waiter was very kind and we were celebrating two birthdays. He brought out a slice of cake that was larger than most regular cakes. The setting is beautiful and fun. Make sure to wear shoes you don't mind walking in sand.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chic & Gastro
    Karksta
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    There's a ton of rubber-necking when you visit Bestia and celebs can be spotted here and there amongst the oh-so-cool LA foodsters, but the food, service and ambience, at least on my two visits, were OH-SO-GOOD. I'd heard stories about attitude, but there was none to be had. The service people were gracious, bubbly, and accommodating, food service was excellent. We ordered an assortment of items from the menu and they were all great. The pizza was extra greasy, but that was from Bestia's sausage that was scintillating with flavor. It's substantial food and not the best place for veggies. My favorite both times was the Calamari and Octopus salad, but the pastas were excellent, as well. All in all, a terrific dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice location
    Pyro
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great view and outside dining. The food is overpriced and it is not that good, I was expecting better. The only good thing about the food is the portion, it can be shared to 2 or 3 people for a single appetizer or entree. Overall, nice restaurant by the beach.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • location on the water
    lovethebeach
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    great location to eat outdoors and be close to the beach and the ocean.make sure you make a reservation on weekends and holidays,it is packed. i found it very pricey ,expensive for a sandwich $20 plus tip ,plus parking.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lots of fun/great beach
    LunchWFriendsVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Service was friendly and attentive. Parking was easy earlier in the day. I can see it getting tough for later reservations. The food was what you would expect - good, but not amazing. The best thing is the view and climate. We'll go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I love this place at the beach food is great all around love it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a local winner
    MeryllVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Paradise Cove Beach Café has HUGE portions, good service, and AMAZING views. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun
    Fun4u
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    A great breakfast place basically on the ocean. Just make sure you get your parking validated for six dollars or remember if you stay over four hours $40. Food is okay but we love this place
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • July
    July
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Really enjoyed our experience again. Love to take out of towners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I would recommend this restaurant. Food was outstanding and atmosphere was great. The restaurant is very busy but got right in but of Open Table Reservation. Parking is very difficult and the restaurant was very crowded even for a Monday.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Did not have the pleasure of dining due to lack of parking.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It's happening!
    whatsthebuzz
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Bustling, busy, exciting…..day at beach fun. Really good seafood/fish dishes. Very ample servings. Very, very nice and good service people.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sher
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    never going back!!!!!!!!!!!! horrible food, felt like I was in a freezer locker, and a yacht exploded on the water in the midst of it
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good spot
    Daniel
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    It's at the beach so parking is natorioisly difficult. The good is good, but does not match the price tag is commands simply because of the view. On our particular visit our waiter happened to be quite and we felt ignored. Management quickly changed that after we said something, however they failed when nothing was further done to make up for the hour we waited for our food and an offer for a refill. I'm my opinion a manager should always do something to correct the experience.... This the lower star.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    When we arrived at the restaurant the parking lot was full. While talking with the parking attendant, a couple of spots were vacated. Otherwise, we would have not been able to dine there as there is not any other available parking. Beachgoers who pay $40 a car also park in the restaurant lot! The restaurant was absolutely packed, so packed you could barely walk around. We had reservations so we were seated at a window table within 15 minutes. The grilled cheese sandwich for $14.95 plus tax and tip is made with three slices of bread and one slice of American cheese! I showed it to the waiter who immediately looked at it with dismay and replaced it with another sandwich with more cheese.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful place for breakfast!
    Whatabun17
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, awesome bloody Mary's and nice good weather for breakfast at the beach. Service was just eh but other than that great place. My friend and I shared a breakfast burrito and it was yummy. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winnie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We wanted breakfast, but got there at 11 a. when they quite serving breakfast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Paradise Found!
    dwprods
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Other than the popularity of Paradise Cafe - translated: huge crowds in a small place - this is a coastline gem and we love having lunch or breakfast whenever we can. I think it's best when the weather keeps the crowds away and we're forced inside to enjoy the veritable museum of old photographs of Malibu and the coastline. But, alas, this was a beautiful sunny day with huge numbers of tourists and families. Go with the flow! Everyone works together and the atmosphere is conducive to having a great time. The food is good - not great, and the service people are among the friendliest that you'll find. If you haven't been - go. If you've been before, you know you'll go again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beauty & the Beast
    Trouble
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Loved the atmosphere. The view was great. The food was overpriced I felt, and what I had wasn't so great? I'll have to try something else next time. The drinks were fun, but those balls of liquid flavor in the specialty drinks were nasty. Didn't like that at all. The thing that really left a bad taste in my mouth, was the valet. I didn't want to valet. It was complimentary, and we had to. So, when we left I paid the kid my $6 parking fee. He took my money and didn't say a word. I had to pay another $6 to get out of the lot. That was deceptive. He should have told me I didn't pay him. I assume they get a lot of $6 tips. Honesty is big in my book.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow
    Scorpiogal
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place never fails!! It's my go-to place for out of town, or in this case, out of country guests. Everything is amazing
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the view, love the portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The calamari to start was hot, fresh and a meal all by itself. My gf got the swordfish, which was a small filet but packed with flavor (blackened) and some creamy, delicious mashed potatoes. I had the kobe ribs.. Huge, flavorful beef ribs with the best creamed spinach I've ever had. We were too stuffed for what looked like assume dessert, but we did manage a mango rum Boba cocktail and a banana daiquiri both of which were tropical and delicious. Laid back vibe and great food. We sat on the sand which was awesome and walked out to sit by the beach afterward. Perfect setting for a great date.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Walk of shame....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I was disappointed by the fact that even with a reservation the parking lot was full, so we had to park up on the PCH and walk down. That wouldn't have been a big deal since we didn't have children or elderly, but then we found out there was a $20 charge, per person, to walk down!! If you spend $30 per person they'll give you $14 back, big not having been notified of this at the point of reservation, then showing up to so much chaos was ridiculous. Further, we found out later that had there been room to drive down it's only $40 pet car, and you only have to spend $30 per car as opposed to per person to get the amount reduced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT SERVICE
    LOVE2EATGOODFOOD
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We were celebrating our friends 80th birthday. The waitress was wonderful. The cake that was served for her birthday was a bit overwhelming, but I took it home. I gave my 91 year old neighbor who loves chocolate a piece and took the rest to my senior students at ONE GENERATION senior center. They all loved it. It was a great promo for PARADISE COVE. Keep up the good work. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    luv2eat
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We had a 12:00 noon reservation and showed up on time. We were taken to an inside table and seated. We waited at least 10 minutes and finally flagged down a young waiter as asked him about someone to take our order. He went over to "our waiter" and told him something and after a few minutes, he came and took our order! The food came out from the kitchen via another person and it was good. I had to flag down "our waiter" to get more coffee as he never once came back to check anything.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Toes in the sand dining
    ConejoJoe
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had a short 5 minute wait for a table outside facing the ocean on the sand. It was a Tuesday night all you can eat clam night. My wife and I both started with an order of the steamed clams on the advice of our server Kaycee. They were served in large pot steamed in a light garlic broth generously seasoned with red pepper flakes. The clams were medium sized cherry stone type and very fresh. We requested an order fried clams to share and could not finish them the helping was so large. The creamed spinach and sautéed snap peas were done perfectly. The ocean and people watching made for a nice night out. Make sure to bring the parking ticket for validation otherwise parking in Paradise Cove is $40.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate