Moonshadows

4.6
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3172 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Moonshadows has set the standard for excellence in Malibu dining since the day it opened it's doors, four decades ago. At Moonshadows guest's find themselves immersed in an elegant yet comfortable environment complete with the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean.

Whether sitting down for a romantic dinner, or a weekend brunch, guests are treated to the best of contemporary American cuisine. The menu is complimented by a wine list that has been honored with Wine Spectator's Award Of Excellence for three years in a row.

Weekends feature an international roster of DJs spinning an eclectic mix of down tempo, lounge, and house grooves. Bottle service is available on the patio, and reservations are highly recommended on the weekends.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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l
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Never disappoints. It is one of out "go to" places for special occasions....has been for decades!

s
Salt Lake City
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fabulous. Food was excellent. Price was premium for the surf & turf my husband ordered but overall we were really pleased with the experience. If you want to see the view, for sure book before scheduled sunset.

D
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter and hosts were wonderful - we celebrated her birthday with a table by the windows looking out on the waves and dolphins and a gorgeous sunset! And the birthday cake and candles were a wonderful touch by Moonshadows! Thank you!

AC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

View and the food are amazing perfect for a day date.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing , after 7p DJ comes with the vibest mix!!!

MF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience5

One of my favorite places, always beautiful and I have enjoyed every meal

JB
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Million dollar view! Food was great, service excellent and you can't beat the view!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic ocean front setting, amazing sunset and great food. Need I say more.

LR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moonshadows is just overall awesome! You can’t beat the ocean view, great food and ambiance! Perfect for any occasion, especially a birthday or date night. Sunset is a must from here!

LP
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Moonshadows to watch the sunset for my birthday. We were seated at a perfect table by the window. The sunset was beautiful. Our dinner was excellent!! I will definitely go back and recommend it.

T
New York Area
268 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Beautiful view overlooking the ocean. Our lunch was fine, burgers, fried calamari, chicken sandwich. All were good. Service was efficient.

v
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience is a perfect seaside venue, the food is superb, and the service we received from Oscar was flawless, engaging and thoughtful. A perfect evening that allowed us to show a first time visitor from the east coast the best of SoCal and the coast.

WB
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location on the beach. Food is good. Service is good. I still like Drake's better.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great vibe and view

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place ever

MC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my whole Family to Moonshadows for my dad’s birthday. It could not have been better. Our server was a delight. He was attentive and fun and made her whole experience more enjoyable. Every bite of the food was fantastic. We had to see Bass, the black card, pork chop, fries, calamari, just everything was absolutely delicious. It was perfect weather and a perfect sunset, and I could not have been more grateful for such a wonderful experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sunset, food, and atnosphere

PD
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a wonderful spot for a nice dinner with friends and family at sunset

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the location, great service and delicious food

J
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food and ambiance was amazing. We went for my friend’s 25th birthday, and all dressed up for the occasion. The service, however, felt uncomfortable and unprofessional. The waitress who served us appeared to be dressed differently than the rest of the wait staff, so we assumed her to be the manager. Then, we ordered a $50 bottle of champagne to toast the new year and my friend’s birthday. When the server brought out the bottle, he was condescending and rude. He repeatedly asked us who was going to be the “taste tester” and referred to it as a “$1,000 dollar of wine.” We got our food in a timely manner, and it was delicious! When the bill came at the end, we noticed the wait staff added a predetermined gratuity of 18% to our bill. We found that to be odd since there were only 7 of us, and we had been told they only add a set gratuity for parties of 8 or more. Also, we are all servers, and had fully intended on leaving a 20-25% tip for our server. Overall, we agreed we would all eat here again, but it was disappointing to feel we had been stereotyped by our age prior to even being sat.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service2ambience5

I love this restaurant. One of my favorites! The only bad thing was the receptionist at the front! We had a reservation at 4:00pm and go there on time. 20 minutes had gone through and I went to ask her, how much longer and she was very rude and said 45 minutes. I was shocked that she wasn’t friendly at all! Overall the food and the waiter were amazing.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Leigh our server is really good. Impressive memory and her attitude and professionalism outstanding.

Food is always so consistent and timely.

The team generally from arrival to farewell were very gracious.

The only downside was that the Christmas decorations looked a s though they were ready to go with the end of the decade. I think if you are going to decorate then go all out and be up to date, and classy. There is so much good stuff available now.

I will always come back there though.

I don’t understand the car valet. Is it you pay $9 to park and then you tip. Or is the $9 a tip, the expression parking services does not explain it well. It should be parking is $9 but does not include gratuity then we know.

ST
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I visited for New Year’s Day lunch. Moonshadows was a true treat!

KP
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moonshadows is one of our absolute most favorite seaside dining locations, and definitely our most favorite in Southern California! The consistency in the quality of the food and the superiority of the service is most notable. Every dish we have ever had here has obviously been prepared with great attention to the quality, freshness and flavor of the ingredients that combine to make a delightful gourmet dining experience. All the staff are amazing, personable, friendly and very attentive. They definitely contribute to the quality and joy of the overall dining experience at Moonshadows!

OT
Los Angeles
170 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great culinary experience

R
Dallas
32 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated with a New Year Eve lunch. Great service & excellent food.

MM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jessica our server and bartender were great as is the deck ambiance and delish food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

17th anniversary observance that could not have been better. Top-notch in every way; without hesitation, we highly recommend it.

OT
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our evening dinner at Moonshadows. Everything was outstanding - view (window table on the beach), food, service and ambience. Prices were very reasonable as well, especially for the location. We’ll definitely eat here again the next time that we’re in Malibu!

l
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience3

I hadn’t been there in a long time, I was really surprised at what it’s like now. The ambience was loud and bustling. We had to send the Chilean Seabass back because it was overcooked… The oysters were good.

Overall, I wouldn’t go back!! Too many really good restaurants that are in the same price range!

Sorry!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything just beyond expectation which constitutes a wonderful memory of my short stay in Malibu

D
Denver
88 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was nice, though not great. The wait staff was great. We were there for the view.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food is okayy

JV
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The ocean view is spectacular, and the food very good. I enjoyed the ambiance and the decor. We went for a special occasion (birthday), and while it was noted in my reservation and mentioned to the server upon our arrival, the staff did nothing further to acknowledge it. My only complaint is that the service, while friendly and efficient, was a bit too rushed. I felt acutely aware of the fact the goal was to turn the tables. The sentiment was shared by neighboring diners whose conversation with the wait staff I overheard ("Hold on", "Give us a minute"). When you go out for a special dinner and spend that kind of money my thought is that you should be allowed to linger and enjoy the experience. The waitress reaching to take my plate when I hadn't finished eating is indicative of what I'm referring to. That aside, our meals were delicious and the location amazing.

CM
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Very expensive!! Freezing cold!

K
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The service staff seems to be on auto pilot , they do their job just fine but are fake “personable” and insincere and kind of uncomfortable - my server was an African American waitress but we got the same fake personable from the hostess
Weird !

JS
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!!! Food, service was great

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really nice vibe. Loved the place. It was windy day so the heater was on but still kinda chill. I insisted sitting outside but later I found out indoor tables got great views as well.

LO
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and loved it! Shareable meals! Ambiance was lovely. Service was entertaining and perfect!!!

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food with wonderful view!!!

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