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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C
Milwaukee
13 reviews
Dined 4 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

e
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined a day 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 a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Swordfish sandwich was amazing

BY
1 review
Dined a day 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.

JD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was terrific!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Overall it was noce

OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MN
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined 3 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 3 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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
10 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.

K
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful Beachside Cafe. The portions are monsterous, and most items can be shared. Family style item can feed 6-7 people. Expect to wait at least an hour if you don't have reservations.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Always love to go here! Calamares and seafood paella are my favorite! ❤️❤️

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Great view, yummy food, gets quite busy, be ready to spend a few hours there to have the best time :)

MF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We come here as a traditional New Years Day meal for over 20 years (not including other times). Though the food, service and overall atmosphere hasn’t changed it seems that maintaining the physical plant has been lacking. Propane space heaters were in disrepair and didn’t work and the chairs outside could use some fresh paint to begin the New Year. On positive note the server was (never had a bad one actually) EXCELLENT on a very busy day. Food was GREAT and our wait, with a reservation, was minimal (about 30 minutes). That damn $10.00 parking charge still gets me PO’d, and impacts my decision point each time we talk of going, but I overcome it ... for now.

A
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love going to Paradise Cove, it’s a great experience and the food is really good. The service isn’t always great though, fortunately for us we walked in a few minutes early and got sat immediately as there can be substantial waits at peak times.