The Sunset
The Sunset

The Sunset

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thesunsetrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3105891007x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm- 4:00pm
    Brunch: Satuday & Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Dinner: Friday & Saturda: 4:00-10:00 pm
    Dinner: Sunday 4:00 - 9:00 pm
    Happy Hour: Monday-Thursday 3pm-8pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Global, International, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chef Enrico Glaudo
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: The Sunset Restaurant offers an unmatched location for any type of special event. Private Parties can be accommodated from 18 guests to 200. "My Fox LA Hotlist" voted us #1 Best Wedding Venue in Southern California! We are also perfect for wrap parties, bar mitzvahs, corporate events and business functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Grace Rocoffort de Vinniere 310-589-2027x
  • Entertainment: The best local DJ's play nightly on the weekends Friday-Sunday, inspiring amazing dance parties. Located on the first floor bar area that overlooks dolphins and whales frolicking in the waves as the sun sets over the pacific. You won't want to miss it.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: PCH
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: $5 with our validation
A word from The Sunset
Welcome to The Sunset Restaurant, located on a beautiful stretch of Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. As you drive up to our secluded restaurant location, the first thing you'll notice is the breathtaking ocean views and magnificent Pacific horizons. Situated a few steps from the waves, and the passerby whales, The Sunset offers a unique setting unmatched in Southern California.
To view our menus, please copy & paste the link below:
http://www.thesunsetrestaurant.com/bistro/
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
The Sunset reviews from OpenTable diners
138 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (122)romantic (65)special occasion (65)great for lunch (55)neighborhood gem (51)great for brunch (44)fit for foodies (44)vibrant bar scene (39)good for groups (25)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (16)great for outdoor dining (15)notable wine list (8)late-night find (8)Show More
  • Don't go for the food!
    Henry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We wanted a low key funky beach vibe restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. I had never heard of your restaurant and now I know why. The food was horrible. The waiter was not good and the manager who knew we were unhappy avoided us like the plague. The only nice person there was the hostess who greeted us with a "Happy Anniversary" from there it went downhill. The cocktails were okay. The food was overcooked to the point of being inedible. The Langostines were so over cooked you could barely scrape any of the meat out of the shells and the Lamb came so well done and tough you could barely cut it, let alone eat it. The Manager avoided us like the plague. Sad because it is a great location and could be a real gem.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh my, the octopus is amazing
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We love The Sunset and have been coming here a lot, so I've started to branch out from my usual favorites (salmon) and explore the menu more. Just for kicks the other day I tried the octopus. I naively assumed I'd get a plate of baby octopus or something like that. (I admit I may not have read the menu thoroughly.) Instead I got a single large octopus arm, from base to tip. I expected it to be a bit rubbery but it had an amazing texture, nothing like what you'd expect. Imagine a texture scale from a typical firm white fish on one end (call it 1) and one of The Sunset's succulent Mexican White Shrimp on the other end (call it 10). The octopus was about a 7 on that texture scale, kinda like shrimp but somewhat like fish too. The taste? A 10!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very disappointed with crab Benedict -- almost no crab! And I had been recommending this restaurant to all my friends...not any more.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The Beautiful Sunset
    AnyaBaganya
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a very special restaurant - on the beach with the waves crashing just outside your window. The food, drink and service are wonderful. We've been coming here for years and will continue to do so for years to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The view is incredible!
    LisaJD
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The food was delicious and the service was wonderful. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. I would dine here again in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service & views; food o.k.
    jammin
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    The hostess and all the wait staff were great--very attentive. The medium steak we ordered was medium well with no pink inside. The mahi-mahi was good, not great...should have ordered the salmon. However, the views are amazing looking out on the ocean! Overall I would recommend the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great View,Delicious food
    healthy4utoo
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    After trying to avoid the beautiful sunset shining directly in our eyes, moving to a table away from the windows, food was delicious when we finally got it. Seemed too many waiters not knowing what each other was doing, or who was handling what part of our dining experience. Had to ask several different people several times for more bread, salt,pepper, extra plates (we were sharing). Seats are hard wood, not very comfortable. Other than above, experience is always great at the Sunset, always delicious food and always a "great view".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place to Dine!
    FancyNancy2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Our reservation was at 6:30PM and we haD a perfect table overlooking the sand and the ocean! Sun was setting and the atmosphere wa terrific! Food and Service was wonderful.. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone that luv to watch the sunset with a good glass of wine! A hidden Gem!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    PumpvixenVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food was excellent and the view of the ocean was magnificent. The place was packed, you definitely need a reservation. We had the shrimp scampi pasta with spinach, which was extremely flavorful. I found the best salad extremely fresh and light. We truly appreciated the conscientious wait staff, they were very attentive to our needs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DISCO FOR DINNER
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Have enjoyed a great lunch there. The dinner atmosphere however, is HORRIFIC for celebrating anyone you want to hold a conversation with. An obnoxiously loud DJ plays dance music with drunk bar patrons making sure everyone knows they are having a blast! Lunch menu was great. Dinner was mediocre at best.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • papandaj
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Great Restaurant! Italian seafood specialties were outstanding. Excellent beer and wine list. The name is very fitting. The sunset over the Pacific was fabuluos! Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Has the Sunset set?
    Doctorjohn
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We often have brunch at The Sunset, but on Aug 24 our experience was nothing short of a disaster. We were promptly seated and the waiter took out order. We received our drinks quickly (except for the Blood Mary), but it took another hour to get Brunch. The waiter avoided us and we kept hearing other people at tables’ next to us complaining to the manager about the slow or no service. The manager kept apologizing for the delays. When we asked about our order, the manager stated that our order was missing. Apparently many other customers’ orders were also missing. The food finally arrived but the quality was poor: Burnt muffin and eggs with big pieces of shell! And the Bloody Mary finally arrived an hour after we ordered it.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a learning lesson
    PolentaloverVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were sat upstairs in the back corner and it was stuffy and hot. We were ignored by the waitstaff. Our food took 40 minutes to come out after we ordered. By then our kids had fallen asleep at the table. Our server was unfriendly. We usually have a wonderful experience here, but this was a disaster.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous evening at The Sunset!
    Keturah1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The view is breathtaking and food is exceptional. Downstairs is definitely "energetic" while upstairs offers a quieter vibe. Awesome flourless chocolate torte!!! Happy to add this to our list of go-to restaurants!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Preetttyyyy.
    Ruuuulala
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great vibe. Great food. Great view of the beach, but on a super busy road.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • awesome time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    we had a great time at The Sunset. service was good and food was great. We had a great time.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent service
    yogamom
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    we had some friends in from out of town and this was The spot to take them. Enormous portions and tasty food made for a great night. Love the local wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location location location
    GiuliaG
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The downstairs bar is always full to,the brim at sunset. The upstairs restaurant is more formal and quieter. The food is not outstanding but is good enough if you are seeking romantic beach dining.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Water View Lover
    LasagnaLover
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The restaurant is very nice. We arrived on time and within 5 minutes were seated quickly. Since it was my father's 90th birthday I had made my reservation and stated that we wanted to sit upstairs were it was a view and it was quiet. We had a fabulous waitress Mia who seemed to fawn over my dad.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a view!
    Britmick22
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Well named the sunset was amazing as was the food. A good mix of clientele dressed up or just from the beach, but it doesn't matter because the food and view is what makes this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Sunset
    Paul
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Perfection! Food was Amazing! Service was flawless! View was Beautiful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Celebrated my marriage anniversary here and the place was great. Upon arrival, we were surprised by how loud and live the place was due to the crowd there for the bar/lounge area; and there was also a wedding reception taking place. We waited for a few minutes and was seated upstairs where the noise was not so bad. Had a great friendly waiter, and the food was great. Tried the halibut, and my wife had the clam linguine; ended with the flour-less chocolate cake. All was tasty and worth the money. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carolyn
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Our overall experience at The Sunset was excellent. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food delicious and well presented. We enjoyed the watercress and heart of palm salad, followed by mussels in a wonderful white wine broth. Shall definitely try the grilled octopus when we next visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View
    kcmickeyVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a great experience celebrating our dad's birthday here. Had a great lunch with a beautiful view. The food was good and the the staff members were nice. Will definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location but disappointed
    EatDrinkBeHappy
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The restaurant has a very cool atmosphere and must be great during the day and at sunset. The food and drinks were good, the service was fine however as a new customer we felt somewhat unwelcome by the manager as he seemed to great all customers he knew and did not once say hello to make sure with us that we too were having a good experience.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very poor service and the food !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We been waiting for our salad for 40min , server never check in our table. I will never go back to this place. Valet Parker guy was very friendly and nice
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fabulous Beach Dining
    BritgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I keep coming back to this great beach restaurant. A great view, good food and service. Perfect for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual fine dining
    Czarina
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant is more casual than the pictures I saw suggest. Some diners came in from the beach in their beach clothes. But despite the casual atmosphere, the restaurant has a fine dining feel to it. We really enjoyed sitting right next to the open window where we could watch the beach scene. The $5 valet parking charge was well worth it as the beach was crowded. There were not white table cloths, but there were cloth napkins. The service was excellent. The food was delicious, especially the salmon and gelato dessert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect brunch in Malibu
    JMurph212
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We absolutely LOVED this restaurant! We had a reservation and were sat at a table on the second floor right by the window with a breathtaking view of the beach and the perfect cool ocean breeze. The food was very delicious, staff was extremely kind and overall was extremely relaxing! The menu had plant of delicious options to choose from so I highly recommend this restaurant
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual
    MannM
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Only compliant this time was that the service was not at all attentive. We must have waited at least 30 minutes at the end of our meal to get service to order coffee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Rock
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Brunch very good, Order everything that you want, including salt, pepper, hot sauce , and butter when you order since they are so busy and have delays on the staples. Very kind to try... I had crab benedict and it was very good. Could have had more tarragon lobster sauce. My husband had bacon and eggs. He likes the salt/pepper and butter on toast. No staples were offered and it took a while to get. The staff is very eager to get the order correct. Valet was rude when I wanted to keep my key. There was no reason since I parked my car myself. They then said okay. Was really not necessary.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot!
    foodieMan
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very comfortable setting. Great food, good wine list, and energetic lounge after dinner. I would recommend and dine there again. Reservation worked perfect with the requested window table available.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Really good food and service, but the location is a challenge, on a two lane road into the beach parking lot, which was full when we turned off PCH and made us late for reservation. Thank goodness for valet parking! Granted, our reservation was for 1:00pm on a Saturday in July, but it will make be think twice, depending on time of year and time of day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food OK view at some tables A+
    food10
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Food is good, but the place is about the view. Grilled octopus was good. Fish Tacos are good. Sides are just OK. Staff friendly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • s2artrVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Definitely the "in spot" for happy hour which goes on until 8 PM. Can't beat $5 drinks and appetizers in the bar. The same items are $10-15 in the diningroom. In the main diningroom, food portions are huge. We shared a salad, a fabulous ahi tartar appetizer, and an a scallops entree. We took home half of the scallops entree as the huge salad and appetizer were so filling. The view from the restaurant of the sunset over the ocean was great and romantic. We will return soon.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love that sunset
    Shamurocks
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Very attentive service from the waiter and the bus boy, the wine selection was great and even had some nicer ones at a fair price. The food was excellent as always, with plenty of info from the waiter on the current specials and his personal favorites. Plus the staff in general paid great attention to the fact that it was my girlfriend's birthday and greeted her kindly. Very comfortable setting and the perfect view, this is why I keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too slow
    bayheadVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Food was good as always but it's soo disappointing to continue to have poor service. Our waiter (wanted to communicate in French) was nice enough but he had his hands full. Waited 10 min to open a bottle of wine. Bus boys were not allowed. Add some staff, please.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not what I was expecting
    mybirthdayNotwhatIwasexpc
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Not what I was expecting. From the web site photos was expecting something different.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful views!
    lookin4gr8food
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Wonderful views of the ocean! Food was great! Service was okay. We were upstairs and I think they were understaffed for a Sunday afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good stuff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Walkable beach, good food, open air, romantic, scenic
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.