Moonshadows

4.6
2480 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
  • Waterfront
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of operation
LUNCH
Monday - Friday, 11:30am - 4:00pm

BRUNCH
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am - 4:00pm

DINNER
Sunday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday, 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday, 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(310) 456-3010
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Big Rock
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Parking details
Valet service is available 7 days a week.
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Entertainment
The calm relaxing sound of the ocean heard during the week are joined by the very best in down tempo house grooves on the weekends. World famous DJs come to Moonshadows every weekend to serenade the crowd with an eclectic mix of musical styles. The view, the dj, the food, the drinks, and the sea breaze all combine to offer guests a complete sensory experience. For current and upcoming DJs visit MoonshadowsMalibu.com (http://www.moonshadowsmalibu.com/bluelounge/dj/index.html)
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Special events & promotions
Special events can be held at Moonshadows, however offsite catering is also available. For any questions please inquire within.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2480 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We shared a delicious dinner. Crab Cake to start, followed by rib eye and dessert. Service was great. View was amazing!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Sat on deck. Delightful afternoon.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We arrived at 6:00 p.m. on a Tuesday night, and the restaurant was pretty quiet. By 6:45, they were at 80% or so capacity. Our server (Sarah) was very friendly and super helpful with our wine and dessert choices. She continued to provide great service, even after the place got busy. The view and atmosphere are what Moonshadows is all about. My wife and I agreed the service Sarah provided really mad the whole experience soo much better!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Great place to take your dad for a Father's Day dinner!
Although I do wish people would leave loud/boisterous children at home.
The tables are close together, and those type of children really take away from the experience.

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3.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Excellent view with waves crashing nearby. Also, very good service. However, our meals were not quite what we had expected - not bad, but not great, either. The entire experience, though, means we'll probably visit Moonshadows again.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

It was a great dinner. The food was great and so was the service !

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Moonshadows is the perfect place to eat with a view. The ambiance is great and is so relaxing..I mean you are ON the ocean. The location is beautiful. The food is AMAZING! Everything tasted fresh and was very delicious. Our server Roxanne was the best and made our experience even more amazing. She's spunky and just a great time. She always checked up on us and made sure we were ok. Also the service is FAST. We did not wait long from when we ordered to when we received our food (apps, main course, dessert and coffees). I will definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Romantic. View is amazing and the service was extremely good. Food was terrific. Moonshadows Never disappoints

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Simply amazing! Service was perfect and the food was great.

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3.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Completely ok....nothing spectaular except the view

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Spectacular Pacific Ocean views and the best fresh air. Delicious dining experience bar none. Great service over all .

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2.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food was very bland. Nothing stood out aboutthe the food or drinks. The only thing good was the view.

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Overall we had a great experience. The service was fantastic and our table was great! We were able to look out over the ocean, saw several dolphins and huge waves come crashing into the building below. The food was good, and we had a very relaxing evening.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Been here before -
Unfortunately, they did not honor my seating request
and they did not honor the note that we were celebrating a birthday.

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3.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great view and wonderful ambiance. Our server was wonderful. The special appetizer delicious but other courses - entree was so-so. Steak under cooked and then waited a long time for it to be returned over-cooked. Desserts nothing special. If we return again, would probably just do the house special appetizer and an entree and not add extra. Bread yummy but potatoes and polenta were terrible on the entrees.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

An amazing experience and highly recommended! Wonderful staff/service, incredible views, easy valet parking for $8 and a reasonably priced meal given the location (it was delicious too!). Check it out!!

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

In general I like it !
And of course Ill go there another time !!

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5.0Dined on June 8, 2018

W Love love this place. But do not tell too many people--It is our hideout been coming for years Great place for date night and fun.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

A must to visit with my out of the area friend. She throughly enjoyed it.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Roxanne was an amazing waitress! She made my boyfriend and I feel completely at home and also the food was amazing. Really recommend the oysters and calamari. Overall an amazing time.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

excellent service and great ambience. food is delicious and the view is spectacular.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

What a wonderful experience!! This was my 3rd time there, and each time it's better than the last! Every single person on your staff made sure that we were happy, comfy, and felt completely welcome! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We had reservation and I put outdoor/ patio and they still told us the wait is an hour for outside so we dined inside. The food wasn’t that great, nor was the service.

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2.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Disappointed with the table...they wanted to put us in the back of the restaurant when we saw people being sitted next to the ocean view on our anniversary.

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3.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food was good; cocktails were watered down and done very carelessly. Sent both drinks back. Would like a little more attention to detail.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Love this place especially in the daytime. It has become my happy place. Love the outdoor spaces and being so close to the ocean. The food is delicious too. Think the miso cod is my favorite entree.

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Everything was fine service a little slow in the beginning. For the most part everyone was helpful.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

The best food in Malibu (better than Nobu!) With the most incredible view right on the beach. Waves literally crash just a few feet away. Amazing! Their beet and goat cheese salad is quite possibly the best thing I had ever eaten in my life. You must try it! For the main course I shared the salmon and their chicken dish with my friend, both were exceptional including the sides. A+

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Overall wonderful. Definitely worth it!

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We came here to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we had an awesome time, I love the ocean view and the food was fantastic, we will definitely comeback!

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Very nice location and view of the Pacific Ocean .. I thought the cost was very much expensive and not many options on the menu to choose from. Not many booths to sit for a romantic evening even if you've made a reservation!!!! Very disappointed.. I felt that the waiter kept coming to our table interrupting our conversation as if to rust us off, was not happy about that.. I'm so sorry, I dont think I would recommend anyone coming back, parking was a nightmare very limited ; valet only , not many options except to self park across the street and risk losing your life in the process.. I'm terribly sorry, and disappointed..Not many friendly people or staff or valet parking staff..... Best wishes for the future....

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Our waitress JJ was awesome,the view was speechless the food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We have been going to Moonshadows for almost 40 years. The view is the same as for the people who pay millions of dollars to live next door. And you get a great meal. Not a bad deal.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

We always go to Moonshadows when we visit LA and it never disappoints. Great food, beautiful ocean views and great service.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great vibes sitting outdoors overlooking the ocean, with great value for the delicious seafood.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

You just can’t get any closer to the ocean then at this venue. If you want to watch the sunset you have to get there at 6:00PM or earlier. Beautiful views with plenty of dolphins and sea birds to watch. We went on a busy Memorial weekend night and the.bar was active and full. The cocktails were well made and the pour was generous. The noise level was excessive that night but I attribute that to the capacity of the restaurant .

The wait staff was excellent and attentive. Never had to worry about water refills or empty wine glasses.

The food was a bit disappointing! We started with a Caesar salad that was nothing more than chopped yellow iceberg lettuce with a few croutons on top. Dressing was non-existent. Most of us at the table went for the special that night which was the Chilean Sea Bass. I knew we were in trouble when the “sea bass” came from the kitchen as a 1/2 thick square. The bass was served over black rice that was under cooked and flavorless. The fish itself was cooked properly but bland. I rated the food a generous 3 stars. The menu has plenty of other choices that I am sure would be better tasting.

Hard to beat location with a great staff and food that doesn’t represent!

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great!!
Watched sun go down.
Dolphins in the ocean.
Pelicans dive in the water.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Good food better than average service

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5.0Dined on May 24, 2018

Excelelnt experiences w my friends on my bday. Service was perfect! We enjoyed the food. I might try something else next time.
Deserts were amazing!

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

We asked for a special and received one with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The waiter, Sage, was absolutely the best. Very focused, funny and cared that we would enjoy our experience.

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