Very good, but very expensive!
We enjoyed our meal on the third opening night. However for almost $200 including tip we were still hungry when we left. The food was very good but the portions are minute. I thought we were still in London and the prices were in pound sterling. Also, the wine list is very limited, although they claim that the wine person in charge is from SF Gary Danko. The service was good, but they forgot our bread "refill". Would go back for lunch, hoping that it was not so expensive, even for Malibu. V's should open soon across the street and should be as good but more affordable.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
New and already has it together. Servers well trained, friendly and act as a team. You cannot beat the location and view. Food and ambiance exceptional. Definitely a winner. Reservations a must.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Goes without saying....great
Goes without saying....great location! Service superb. Food is excellent. Small portions such as the shrimp risotto, amazing!!
7/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Took my wife there to celebrate her birthday this past Saturday. They seated us at a great table on the outdoor patio, Carl, one of the managers introduced himself and was incredibly accommodating. Our waitress, can't remember her name but from Woodland Hills was great and helped to make the dining experience outstanding.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Glorious food...amazing service
A gorgeous location on the water in Malibu. From the moment we walked in we were greeted by a superb army of staff catering to our every desire. And then the food came!! We had the tasting menu and we had to argue about which course was our favorite. This is truly one of the finest establishments we have had the pleasure to visit!!
7/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
What LA has needed! What malibu conjures up to out of towners and should be, and this is. Feels like you're on vacation when you're there:)
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
on the ocean
There is a lot right about Nikita--the setting, the space--and when the kitchen catches up, it will be a destination restaurant. The staff intends to make it right.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Views, Food & Service!
The location is spectacular as you overlook the ocean. And, the food and service matched the incredible view. We had the chicken and sea bass entrees. Both were excellent. Also, all of the staff, from the waiters to the valet were incredibly pleasant and professional. We are looking forward to going back and trying some of the other entrees. I would highly recommend this restaurant.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everyone was so special for our 20th anniversary from sommeliers to wait staff
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Fantastic Meal
There were four of us and we all had something different. It was hard to decide which dish was the best since they were all fantastic. The portions are just the right size that a person can order three courses and have enough room for dessert. The desserts were wonderful taste sensations. The attention to detail and the service was impeccable. It was a memorable meal and only enhanced by the sound of the waves. It was one of the best meals ever. Bravo!
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food,friendly wait stall. Terrific location with the doors open to the ocean especially on a warm summer night. We did not need the background music and the parking fee surprised us. The cost was worth the experience of being there.
7/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
As a Malibu local it was nice to get another new dining spot that has great food, service and a great view. Will become our regular spot.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was pricey, but very unique
It was pricey, but very unique in presentation. Food was tasty and the view of the Pacific was beautiful!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb dining, relaxing atmosphere
Terrific dining experience with great views of the ocean and a lovely ambiance. We especially liked the blankets provided in case you feel cool!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful, Tasteful, Perfect
Not only a beautiful place to dine, the food is wonderfully prepared and the waitstaff is attentive without being obsequious and very proud of their chef. So many interesting descriptions of the food... "cradled in" was one that caught my ear...
The music was at the right volume to add ambience without being intrusive...just a perfect place for the view, the food and an all around cared for dinning experience...they were very kind about holding our reservations when we were unavoidably detained so that my daughters birthday celebration was not ruined.
Lovely people...Lovely place...and melt in your mouth delicious food..organic and perfect preparation...artistic melding of flavors!
Can't wait to go back.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Full moon on the pacific!
Gorgeous evening at Nikita sitting right beside the shore watching a full moon shining on the water. Fantastic tasting Lobster starter and delicious fish stew. The chocolate dessert is outstanding and apparently took the chef 6 months to perfect the recipe...the best dessert I've ever had!!! Really attentive service, cheerful and friendly. Next door to Nobu but alot quieter scene.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
After reading the reviews we were very hesitant but wanted to try anyway - given the location. But we did not have any of the issues that were being noted. We sat outside - cool night but plenty of large heaters and blankets were even being passed out. While the wine list wasn't huge - there were plenty of decent bottles to choose from. We were not rushed at all during the entire meal and our waiter was very pleasant. Food - we had some fantastic appetizers - Nikita canoli and burrata salad. The canoli was delicious - crispy fish shell, very lemony - loved it so much we got another. Burrata was creamy and lite. For main meals we had risotto and wygu filet - both delicious and filling. Nice sorbet for desert. Price was as expected.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The setting can't be beat. You feel like you're in Hawaii and the outdoor patio is great for drinks or dinner. The problem we had was my daughter has to be gluten free. Her fish came out with bread crumbs on top. That had to be sent back. The rest of us had our dinner and she waited for hers. She got another fish, this time without the crumbs on top but instead they were in whatever was underneath her fish. That had to go back to the kitchen again. We were all finished and she didn't get dinner. Not a good thing. By that time she lost her appetite. They were extremely apologetic and gave us every dessert that was on their menu and her a complimentary dinner card for her to come back at another time. They did try to redeem themselves.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food. Great ambiance.
Good food. Great ambiance. Service was lacking, but I was prepared for this reading other reviews on yelp. Our waitress describe the food as "family style" but I wouldn't consider the portions large enough to share with more than one other person. Otherwise the location is prime and the food very tasty.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing in every way!
I was there for hours. Met a client at the bar for a bit. The drinks, service and bar food top notch. Then off to dinner with 2 girlfriends with an amazing view of the ocean. The presentation was beyond anything I've ever scene, the food delicious (and I'm a real foodie)! The service was impeccable and the manager Tracey was so attentive, warm and friendly yet professional in every way. I plan to book my daughters rehearsal dinner and/or wedding shower. A real treat for the guests too! I'll be back!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best all around
From the table over the beach, the beautiful design, outstanding location and views, to the amazing service and fantastic food...this is now a favorite. A must go to restaurant.
If I lived in Malibu, I'd be there weekly.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
every detail of our meal and experience was amazing. Great service. I had the vegetarian tortellini with the most unique first press tomate sauce. Very vibrant color I have never seen before. My husband had the gnocchi. Very good. I loved it so much I already have my next reservation next week>
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is hands down the most gorgeous restaurant in Los Angeles. I went there for a birthday dinner with friends and family which was amazing. I would vote it the most romantic restaurant as well. Portions were small, but the scene is absolutely to die for.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey with small portions
beautifully composed plates, first rate ingredients. But really seriously overcharging.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful restaurant, but...
This restaurant is literally right ON the water. Whether you dine inside or out, you have a view of the ocean and can hear the waves crashing. The dining room has large doors that open to the patio section. The food was just ok. Portion size is quite small, even for a fine dining restaurant. Salads needed more flavor, pasta was superb, fish entrees were just ok, and the side dishes were just ok. This place deserves 5 stars just for the location and ambience (gorgeous lighting, fireplaces, patio design, etc.), but probably 3.5-4 stars for the food. Service and presentation was amazing, so if they stepped up the flavors this would be a 5 star restaurant all the way around.
10/18/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fantastic place. It will quickly become our new spot to hang! Can't wait to go back.
The menu is special and the wine list goes on and on. Sitting by the beach and watching the waves is almost as much fun as the people watching.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Portions fit for a Munchkin
Good food served in a beautiful setting, but the portions served were less than miniscule.
At those prices, how much more would a few strands of pasta cost?
I am a small eater, but went away hungry after sharing a pizza and having a portion of pasta.
Truly ridiculous strategy by the chef and/or owner.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent presentation, delicious
Great ambience, excellent presentation, food was remarkable good. Came 30 min prior to our reservation and we were redirected to the patio for some drinks with blanket service and fireplace seating. When our time came up no one bothered to get us to sit us at the table requested for outdoor seating. When asked we were finally directed to our table which was all the way at the end of the restaurant which the table was empty all of this time since we got there. Apparently no one wanted to sit there since u feel like ur alone. So we asked to be seated at another table. So they have to work on the service just a little.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
Love love love this place! Everything about Nikita is great. The good, the service, the amazing view of the Pacific Coast!
Everybody is friendly, and the maje the BEST Cosmopolitans!!!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Intimate Nikita Birthday!
My birthday celebration at Nikita on Sunday was as sweet as expected. Just kowing that my family and friends would enjoy the elegantly natural ambiance of Nikita, the perfectly and consistently prepared dishes they would sellect, the sunset, stars and sound of the sea as much as I do, allowed me to just sit back, relax and celebrate a perfect day. Nikita's professional staff was as enthusiastic as ever to ensure that every detail of our comfort and joy was met. Thank you.
Nikita's is a Perfect California Dining Experience.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic food, beautifully prepared and the gnocci was out of this world! Can't beat the location, staff attentive and accommodation.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was Amazing!
Food had excellent presentation, flavor, and timing was perfect. Service was spot-on--everyone seemed to be helping as a team. The restaurant is beautiful! I will certainly be back!!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gorgeous restaurant with an
Gorgeous restaurant with an even more gorgeous view. The cinnamon cocktail was incredible. I thought the waitstaff was friendly, helpful, and on point (unlike most of the reviews I read). So romantic!
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Most beautiful place in malibu
Do not go next door to Nobu where the snooty bad attitude can depress you the minute you walk in the door! At Nakita they are ao accommodating and friendly and the views are even better than Nobu and the food VERY much better. You will love this place as much as I do. I keep on going back.....
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food but overpriced
The service and food were perfect. The prices are outrageous. Most appetizers are in the high $20's low $30's, main courses range from high $20's up to high $50's. A good place for a special occasion.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
birthday with friends
Had a great birthday celebration for my wife with guests from London. Food could not be any better - cocktails were the same way
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
new no 1
Dine AT the ocean hear the waves with good to great food and drink and the best service in town. All orchestrated by manager Tracy
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful setting on the ocean
This is a beautifully designed, yet elegantly casual restaurantwith a great outdoor patio for dining and the tables have indiviudal fire pits, or kick back on chairs on the patio if you just want to have a drink or glass of wine and enjoy the ocean. This is a great place for those special occassions, very romantic, yet casual, where you dont feel pressured to finish your meal and leave. It is on the pricey side, but well worth it. I encourage you to go at night to ge the full feel of the ambiance with the patio lit up with the glow of firepits and the ocean lapping on the beach...
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
everything wonderful except...
This restaurant is amazing but very pricey...although I wouldn't expect much less in Malibu. My one complaint was that the portion sizes were very small for the price. Truly wonderful service and the food was amazing, just wish there was more of it on our plates.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM