Paradise Cove Beach Cafe

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$30 and under
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Seafood
Paradise Cove Beach Cafe is a delightful treat for visitors and residents of Malibu. Located at the beautiful Paradise Cove Pier, they offer breathtaking views, incredible service, delicious food and a casual atmosphere.
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KS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Waited 35 minutes even though I had reservation. There were many tables available, but the front check in was disorganized and confused. The food came out after one hour and fifteen minutes. Blackened/well done salmon came out raw. When I asked for them to cook the salmon, it was brought back two minutes later with burnt outside and still raw inside of salmon. The drinks were great and the view incredible, but overall ruined our anniversary celebration. Hope they get their act together.

RW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

My only complaint would be about the chairs on the beach. I don't feel people should be able to throw blankets or items over the chairs to save them, while they are eating. It should be you eat first then are able to go out and get chairs.

C
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food, service and ambiance were wonderful!

e
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience2

When the pasta straw is the most memorable part of your meal, you know you should have gone somewhere else. To start, reservations here don't actually mean much. You'll get put in the same queue as everyone else that just walks up...and, to boot, if you ask for a table with a view, you'll end up with a table four rows back from the ocean looking at four hipsters, rather than the ocean at sunset.

The food is perhaps slightly above average. The menu is heavy on seafood, as expected, but there isn't anything special. The big prawns were the best part, next to the apple crumble dessert. The rest of the fish, mussels and clams were just, meh.

Parking is also an interesting surprise, since this basically located at a public park, you'll end up paying $10 after validation to park yourself (there is no valet, but that probably would be out of place with the vibe anyway).

At the end, if you happen to actually get seated with a view, perhaps the prices are worth it. Otherwise, over $50 per person (without booze) for average food in a noisy place with old pictures on the wall can be had just about anywhere else in LA, without the drive up the PCH.

C
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swordfish sandwich was amazing

NA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We were there at 5 pm and I was so disappointed that they were already out of their Kobe bbq beef ribs - which is the main reason for which I drove 50 minutes to the cafe. I can't believe the place didn't plan ahead.

I started the meal with clam chowder and it is still the best I've ever had any where. But, why can't this cafe give us some bread or crackers while we wait for our meals? We waited more than half an hour so I ordered a loaf of warm French bread with butter - the loaf was a small round one, just enough to cut 5 slices, and make tons of crumbs all over the table. Why do they bring a stingy, tiny bit of HARD COLD BUTTER bits to spread on it? Our food was a mix of good and not good. I ordered a baked potato and I have no idea why this cafe makes these potatoes in an additional thick skin a huge disappointment there were no ribs, and that weird baked potato is awful and should be stopped; give us some bread or crackers with spreadable butter and stop being so cheap. The place is making a lot of money on each dish so they can afford to be friendlier and more hospitable. Oh, lastly, what's the deal in the restrooms? The sink is ridiculous, there is no room to wash your hands there because the huge sink is only a few inches high and from the faucet to the sink is only a few inches so you really can't get your hands under there very easily, the automatic faucets don't work well, and there are no towels - they have that terrible air blower. And really too a mess of peanut shells and bread crumbs all over the restaurant even though someone was trying to clean it up. Our server was not that good & hard to find. So few vegetable options available. There's a bad smell (not the ocean) outside the place.

BY
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice view and ambience! Service was great and fast but the customers don't feel rushed.
Bloody Mary's were great and spicy, and will make them milder if wanted.

CA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Paradise Cove Beach Cafe! Everything about dining here is special - the fish tacos are the best we’ve ever had and being right on the beach is awesome!

H
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Paradise Cove is just what it’s supposed to be. That is, a varied menu with tourists in mind. Certainly not gourmet, but hits the spot.

JD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was terrific!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Overall it was noce

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place was packed on Valentine’s Day but the service was excellent

MN
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Nice beach with nice view. Waited 45 minutes for an oversized (and priced) bowl of calamari. Parking was $$$.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The drinks were delicious and the food was mouth watering! This was our first time here and we have already made plans to come here at least twice a month. It was very quiet and tucked away from all the craziness of city life. It felt like we were on a private island... our feet in the sand while we ate, listening to the ocean lap the shore. My husband and I both highly recommend Paradise Cove!

LM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A new fave of ours, 2nd time coming here :)

Love the laid back atmosphere and of course the views!!!!!! Food is delicious and they serve very large portions.

DY
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. Great food, table, suggestions but what made the experience the best was our server who was on his second day of probation. I would have thought he had worked at Paradise Cove for Twenty years. We had our neighbor, took him for hearing aids to LA, Gordonloved the experience. Thanks Paradise Cove for making this so awesome

L
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely evening out! Food was very good
Location is brilliant
Ridiculous cost for
Parking even with validation

BJ
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We loved the food!!! Our she-crab soup was incredible and the fish and shrimp tacos were outstanding. The menu indicates the soup will serve 2 people and that was absolutely accurate. There was also ample fish and shrimp in the tacos to share with 2 people.

LE
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Fabulous view, good food, friendly staff.

OT
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

You come here for one thing and that’s the view!! The food is fine. Portions are huge as are the drinks. The service is average at best. It’s a great location and fun to run around on the beach after. Feels like vacation

BA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Jut have to dsay that it was the first time what been disappinted. The burger was a mess and falling apart on the plate, plus it was cold. Then the salad came which we had to ask for because w told the server we wanted them together. Then when we were ready to leave, we asked fo the salad to be put in a take home box. The box was put in a bag and because it was not closed properly, it opened up all over the bag. The waitress looked at it and said oh sorry.

DJ
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Hi! I experienced Paradise Cove this weekend for the first time and it was a pleasant experience regarding the beach ambiance. I would recommend Paradise Cove Beach Cafe to someone who is more enthused about the beach experience more than the dining. The cafe is cool but the real experience is the beach. Great location to dine on the beach. You can literally dine with sand in your toes for outdoor seating or in a booth for standard seating. This is a family-friendly place so do expect to experience with kids. Very family-oriented but definitely can buy alcoholic beverages and drink bottles on the beach! My only con with the day at the parking price ($50 weekend/holiday rate even if you dine and purchase bed on the beach). The restaurant only validates for up to 4hours ($10 parking) for dine-in patrons. I spent $60 on a bed to be enjoyed for more than 4hours as well as spent $150+ on food/drinks only to end my time at Paradise Cove with a $50 parking ticket. Patrons who spend $100+ between dining and beach purchases should NOT have to pay $50 to park if we are spending funds in restaurant and with beach attendees for Paradise Cove. Who wants to drive all the way to Malibu to experience four (4) hours only to avoid absurd parking fees?

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great!

OT
Greensboro
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful views and cool atmosphere! Portions are huge. Definitely meant to be shared.

LL
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto is an awesome waiter. Good food, phenomenal views!

LA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Go for the view and the beach, not for the food. Food is just ok, very overpriced. Parking is $10. If you plan to stay and play on the beach for a couple hours, it’s worth it. But definitely a once in a while/special occasion type of place.

JS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always a pleasant outing. Make sure you go hungry because all portions are large. It's hard to beat the setting on the beach in Malibu.

JJ
Los Angeles
61 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We took out out-of-town visitor for brunch. While the now seedy- looking place from the outside is a fabulous spot to enjoy a really nice meal while enjoying the seaside location, the prices have climbed to the almost-too-high side, while the plating of relatively unexciting fare could use a bit of pizzaz.

And, it’s a real shame that they removed their amazing buffet several years ago, when it was a ‘go-to’ place for weekend brunch.

Just another victim of the economy.

Too bad!

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our waiter was great. The food was just as we like it. Not too busy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Had a wonderful afternoon relaxing in the Adirondack chairs by the beach enjoying a glass of wine while we waited for our table. Once we were seated we thoroughly enjoyed our entrees. The seared ahi sandwich and coleslaw were delicious. Another guest had crab cakes and said they were very good too. Overall and perfect Saturday afternoon/evening.

M
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Heard about this place for so long decided to celebrate the birthday and New Year with my family. The location is only positive aspect of the day. Clam chowder was powdery and too creamy. Fried Calamari had fishy smell. Fish taco was fishy and not fresh at all. Old and dingy atmosphere presented as not kept restaurant. Restroom was not maintained to the point the public restroom in the parking was cleaner.

We expected at least fresh seafood for lunch, but I ended up getting sick a couple of hours later. Nearly $200 lunch and mediocre service. Don’t recommend this place to anyone!

OT
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Have been many times. Cant beat the location right on Malibu beach. But very expensive for what you get. Food quality not as good as I remember.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. Always enjoy this spot. Gorgeous view.

B
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service on the beach !! Highly recommend a visit

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

One server only in the outside running around.

OT
Berlin
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hervorragende Aussicht auf das Meer, freundlicher Service. Gutes Essen.

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FD
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was a challenge. Otherwise the food was good and the location was nice.

KT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved it! Food and service were great and the view was wonderful!

BG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paridise Cove Cafe is a great place to treat out of town visitors to a Malibu beach experience. We've done this with our guests and it never disappoints.

CM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Portions are gigantic.