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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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great late night date with very kind server

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful time with the family. The drinks were really good and the food was so delicious! Highly recommended!!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome ambiance, food, and service! Will definitely come back!

g
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Salads were huge and delicious. One would have been enough for two of us. And the dessert...wonderful. Some sort of cake in brandy sauce w/ ice cream and whipped cream. Yum.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food was average, but the beach is awesome! Great for any occasion. Kids and pets are welcomed.

BG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place. We bring all of our out of town visitors for their Malibu experience. Hasn’t disappointed yet. Will be coming again next month.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place!

IC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing place to go and eat with friends or family, an amazing spot to be, right on the beach. Couldn't be in a better spot, food is amazing and giant servings, and the staff is very friendly

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute location for a beach day. Come enjoy the beach in the morning, have a full lunch by the beach (outside seating is in the sand with a covered top) and enjoy some refreshing drinks. Been coming here consistently over 8 years now on different occasions. Definitely a must stop when in Malibu.

F
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe is more than a restaurant. It is an iconic Malibu experience. Food is great’ the view unsurpassed and staff courteous and experienced. Expensive- so what? So worth it! This week’s lunch included their “can’t be beat clam chowder”. PS. I am not a relative:-)

SM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It doesn't get much better than this. Lunch on the beach, with the waves, the birds, and great food. The service was actually better than the food?... and the food was the most amazing ever. Highly suggest this place for a casual lunch or dinner anytime year round.

N
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Beautiful setting! The service was great!! Our parking was validated however we had no idea there was a four hour limit (we could have looked at the small print in the ticket) and our wonderful lunch ended up with an additional $35 for Parking .: sad

OT
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

View is spectacular! Friendly service! Fish and chips were greasy. Clam chowder is good but if you haven’t eaten there before there’s no way to know that they pile oyster crackers on top which I didn’t care for.

C
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience4

The service was horrible. It took well over 45 minutes to get our food. The price of the food was outrages and the quality wasn't that great. I was very disappointed overall with everything.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcome to Paradise!

ML
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food3service2ambience5

Good place to eat occasionally. The service was just okay this time, our server had many tables with large party sizes and seemed stressed.

VR
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

FAMILY COMBO TOP

KS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
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 on February 17, 2020
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 on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

e
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swordfish sandwich was amazing

NA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
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
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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
16 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was terrific!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Overall it was noce

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MN
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
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 on February 14, 2020
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