Gravina Malibu

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Family owned and managed Italian eatery serving authentic multi regional Italian cuisine in a cozy home-like atmosphere on the coast of Malibu, California
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S
Los Angeles
55 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great, service was exceptional. Would have liked the pasta to be a bit more refined, it felt heavy and a bit chewy, compared to other homemade pastas. The flavors of the sauces were good and the cheesecake was amazing! Nice wine by the glass selection.

r
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peno, his beautiful wife, Anglelo and the entire staff were at their best as usual. What my wife and I wanted wasn't on the menu and they arranged for us to have it anyway. Yummmmmmmy !

l
Toronto
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

I had called the day before to confirm and make changes to the reservation. They accepted and said no problem. When we arrived the next day, they were confused that we were there - they said they tried to call but nobody confirmed. I told them the day before that we were from out of town. Fortunately it was early enough that they were able to make arrangements, but we were placed outside and what seemed to be out of the way.

The menu was a special menu for New Years, which differed from the online menu. Although understandable, I wish we were informed of this as we may have made a different selection.

SC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had dinner NYE and we loved it!! great food, great service and super fun experience.

JN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Very clean cozy authentic Italian restaurant.

LH
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Warm in spirit, cozy and terrific food. Especially nice in the winter months.

C
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about it!!!

MB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gravina in Malibu is authentic Italian restaurant.
Feels like short trip to Italy.

T
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

The restaurant was quaint and quiet. Right by the beach. It didn't really have an Italian feel to it. The food was mediocre.....It was very salty. Nothing to brag about. The service was great. Waiter was great.
There wasn't a lot of wine choices. And the dessert choices weren't appealing.

SO
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went here for the first time with my wife for our anniversary and we loved it! The main guy I can't think of his name was really cool with a thick italian accent. We wnet with the lobster pasta special and black truffle pasta and it was delicious. Definitely would recommend giving Gravina a try.

ED
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Very disappointed in the entire experience. The air conditioning was obviously not working on a 90 degree plus evening. The temperature in the restaurant was unbearable. Diners should have been contacted before making the drive to the restaurant so they could have made a decision about whether or not to cancel. Food was fine, but the server spent more time with a couple at another table than getting our check. This was also a 21st and 70th birthday celebration. We weren’t even offered dessert. Definitely will not return. Extremely poor service.

DC
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parents Week-end for Pepperdine University— 3 families got together for a delicious meal!!!

OT
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and reasonable prices. Would come back every trip

LA
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious pasta! Perfect branzini! Went with friends and enjoyed the evening

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lobster pasta was wonderful

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb Italian . Like family. Great food. Papardelle with truffles and Porcini one of the best dishes this side of Umbria.

DG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, friendly atmosphere and service, cozy ambiance.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always made to feel welcome. Great food and excellent service. Our go to place in Malibu

TC
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is from Puglia. So was one of my dinner guests. The two immediately hit it off, both being able to converse in the dialect of their area. My friend commented to me that the food was very authentic, "Just like home." It was delicious. I highly recommend Gravina.

J
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service and attention to our group was outstanding. The food was made to order, served hot and was quite delicious. My wife's risotto didn't have enough flavor for her and we requested grated parmesan - which took care of it.

Looking forward to going back.

JB
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

great quality and value Italian. super owner and friendly.

g
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

In a sea of overpriced, pay-for-location, beach-front Malibu restaurants, lies a true and authentic Italian gem called Gravina. The ambiance and vibe is somewhere in between casual and fancy, which is just right in my opinion. There were definitely a few locals there in jeans & tees and some folks were more dressed up. The food is simple yet elevated and really delicious. We tried the caesar, the grilled octopus, the pasta con vongole, and the oriechette. Everything was great. Prices are definitely a bit on the high end for Italian food, but hey it's Malibu after all. We had two apps, two pastas, two glasses of wine and one dessert for about $150 + tip. Service and course pacing is very slow and drawn out, as you would expect if you've eaten in an truly authentic Italian restaurant before. If your definition of good service is that someone comes by every 5 minutes to check on you, you might consider looking elsewhere. I hope to return to Gravina again to try some more delicious homemade pastas!

KR
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We will not be returning to this restaurant. Very small, only wine & beer, food WAY overpriced and not very flavorful ...how hard is Italian?! Had a celebration & with 4 diners, bottle of wine, appetizers, main entre, & they charged for the slice of B-Day pie! I brought balloons and candles.

s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Malibu's best food

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cosy and lovely

g
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Angle hair pasta with shrimp very good. Nice assortment of deserts.

ML
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going to Gravina for years now, and we can't find any other places that feels like home, taste fresh like a home-cooked meal and has a great staff and ownership. The lasagna is to-die-for, the pasta dishes are all amazing and the wine is really good at a reasonable price.

G
Los Angeles
344 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious spaghetti with pesto and burrata cheese and osso bucco. Great dessert.

M
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a made to order main course that was wonederful ! Don't miss going to Gravina. You will be happy !

JP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Still one of my favorite Italian restaurants even if I did forget to warn them that I wanted polenta. The food is delicious and fresh and the staff take really goo care of you in a discreet and friendly way. I go for my birthday and other special occasions because I know it will always be a memorable experience.

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it every time! The grilled octopus starter is our all-time favorite!

M
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fabulous food and service. Had pizzas and they were perfect !

JR
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal very nice ambience definitely will return

M
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, family run Italian treat. . They it !!!

MP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Close to my home. Food is great. Nice quiet place.

M
Los Angeles
49 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Family Italian restaurant in Malibu. Friendly. Make your food anyway you want and excellent.

CM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, lovely ambiance, must have delicious desert too

A
Jackson Hole
40 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good. The man that attended to our table, could not have been nicer. We had two plant base people and one vegetarian. Not easy to accommodate. We all had a delicious meal. The vegan asparagus/spinach soup was excellent. It was a beautiful day on the patio for Mother's Day

OT
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly attentive staff. Fast service. Easy to make last minute reservation. Parking lot with available parking. Food reasonably priced but not extraordinary. Small one room, Decent atmosphere, comfortable dim lighting, tables w chairs. Just wine and beer. Wouldn’t condemn but wouldn’t necessarily recommend unless in the area w a hankering for Italian food.

J
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting menu. Lovely staff. Food very well prepared. Interesting specials.