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Moonshadows

4.7
4.7
3947 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • 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 BAR Monday - Thursday, open until midnight Friday & Saturday, open until 1:00am

  • Phone number

    (310) 456-3010

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dining

  • Private party contact

    Alessandro Antoniazzi: (310) 456-3010

  • Neighborhood

    Malibu

  • Cross street

    Big Rock

  • Parking details

    Valet service is available 7 days a week.

  • 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)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. TenaciousMiranda

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is always fabulous here snd they made our 10 year anniversary special 💝
  2. OpenDiner

    Orlando

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, service was on par, drinks were good, oyster appetizers tasted fresh, farro salad was amazing! Food was served at the right time and temperature. Great first impression!
  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect night celebrating birthday for my girl. Great taste of lobster and crab noodles and cocktails. Vibes at Malibu.
  4. AdelaideD

    Tahoe

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    Monday lunch at Moonshadows was disappointing - dirty table, utensils and napkins, slow and cavalier service, mediocre food. The tuna steak was sketchy, the oysters were fine, the lobster caesar was decent. The people at the next table had their dog sitting on the table, so I'd say this is a very dog friendly restaurant. The ocean view is always uplifting and have had many wonderful meals at Moonshadows so am going to chalk this up to a bad day at an otherwise good lunch at the beach location
  5. Anthony

    Calgary

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    Double billed me for lunch and didn't want to do anything about it upon contacting them.
  6. Rach

    Caribbean

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Bit if a dump on the ocean. What a waste of a great location in Malibu. This place is tired with peeling paint, dirty carpets…. Uncleaned mirrors and windows …….. could be a beautiful restaurant if it was refurbished. Food was average but I will say out server was great and friendly.
  7. MarilynD

    Portland

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brunch was very good. Calamari & Beet salad were very good. Crab & lobster linguine excellent. Lobster roll was lacking in taste. Excellent service and exceptional ocean view.
  8. DavidK

    New Mexico

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, beautiful location.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful location and great service. The food was nothing special, but we enjoyed the ambiance quite a bit.
  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience! Beautiful place, great food and service. A weird and disappointing thing is parking. You’re obligated to park for 12 dollars. If you didn’t know (like us), the staff will remind you it’s $12
  11. VictoriaH

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dining experience. Very pleasant and relaxing evening with ocean views.
  12. KCPS

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delish! We got the tuna tartar (amaze), the lobster shrimp pasta (my go-to fave) and the pear salad (drooling). Magical views and excellent service!
  13. Live2eat

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2023

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    The food was great! The wait staff needs to walk around to serve each person and to collect the dirty plates and not ask the diners to pass the plates.
  14. LauraA

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing as usual. Impeccable service, good food
  15. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Waiter Robert was awesome. The food was not good. Very overpriced.
  16. HollinW

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ocean side dining overlooking Pacific Ocean
  17. MalibuJoe

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Lived here for thirty years and have never been to Moonshadows. Finally, for my wife's birthday, we booked a table. Oh my gosh, but the service was horrific! I won't go into details as it was almost humorous by the end. But food came out uncooked. Plates were delivered to the members of the table ten minutes apart. Entrees came without all the items mentioned in the menu. And forget having someone bring water or pour the wine! Heaven forbid! It was really, really awful service. And the food? It was okay when it all finally arrived -- albeit may wife was done eating by the time I got my food. It wasn't anything special, but it wasn't bad. Regardless, this is the kind of thing that causes someone to have second thoughts about every visiting again.
  18. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente servido y atención al cliente, comida super buena, recomendado 👌🏼👌🏼
  19. WillH

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Romance. That's all you need to know. Get a table outside. Sit on the edge by the water.
  20. trudyb

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    This has been a favorite to visit when we're in the area. This was our last visit. Server was surly and didn't hear any of our requests, or just chose to ignore. The food was not fresh and the lobster salad was anemic, at best. A huge disappointment!
  21. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Definitely coming back!
  22. Azia

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Heard about Moonshadows from some friends and it didn’t disappoint! We enjoyed brunch - food, drinks, and service were all to notch. Looking forward to going back next time I’m in town.
  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a first time for my husband and myself and we were celebrating my birthday. We got a great table overlooking the ocean on a clear and beautiful day. Every staff member was very friendly and accommodating. The food was outstanding! Looking forward to going back very soon.
  24. Bridge

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    This is a must visit every time I am in town. My entire dinning experience was good.
  25. PlamenS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome location and views! Service was great! Food was very good
  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Food was mediocre at best. Paying for the view.
  27. NancyD

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service in a great setting.
  28. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very special occasion
  29. TomC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love Moonshadows- great views, food and drink And service. Dolphins and seals were swimming and playing in the waves. A great experience
  30. SimonJ

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Always enjoy eating at Moonshadows it’s a family favourite. Food is always of a high quality and the service is to match. This particular visit was highlighted by the hamachi sashimi and seared scallops with pea purée, fantastic.
  31. LARRY

    Los Angeles

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ocean view and romantic atmosphere. Outstanding service.
  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Meal is good, service is great (Paul), sunset & ocean view are unbeatable. Love this restaurant well.
  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great . Loved the environment
  34. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming here, the ambience is unmatched. The staff is amazing and the food is to die for. Thank you Moonshadow for making our Valentines dinner amazing.
  35. Denize

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Romantic ambience, lovely views, delicious food, amazing service (from the reservation host to the waitress). Parking is tricky and they should advise you to Bring cash for valet parking.
  36. AnnikC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    nice spot by the ocean. Good cuisine with very fresh products. The grilled lobster was perfectly cooked. Good service. easily accessible by car or with Uber.
  37. AllenWang

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2023

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Food is poor, not worth the price at all. Just for photo shooting.
  38. PhyllisR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic location. We were right along the window watching the waves come in. Our server Will was very attentive, friendly and over all a great guy. The Ahi Tuna appetizer was fabulous. The crispy wontons added some nice flavor and crunch. The black cod was delicious and prepared to perfection. Would order again if ever in the area. The lobster roll was good but lacking a little flavor. Don't get me wrong the lobster itself was very good but I like a little more flavor with how its prepared. Probably because it's what I'm used to being from the East coast. The roll was a little stale. The potato chips were very tasty and too salty. I think they might have been homemade. If your ever in the area put Moonshadows on your list. I would recommend using the valet parking as parking across the street or the street seemed dangerous to me. Just my opinion. Go and Enjoy!
  39. KevinM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The surf and turf was fantastic. A bit pricey but the filet was absolutely delicious.
  40. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, yummy food, excellent service!!

FAQs

Moonshadows is rated 4.7 stars by 3947 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 79 times today
Google Map for Moonshadows

20356 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Big Rock

  • Neighborhood

    Malibu

  • 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 BAR Monday - Thursday, open until midnight Friday & Saturday, open until 1:00am

  • Cuisines

    American, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet service is available 7 days a week.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • 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)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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