DINING in Malibu is worth every second of the drive, if you are not fortunate enough to live here, with restaurants to meet every appetite and pocketbook. Truly excellent dining experiences start with Geoffrey’s. This classic steak and seafood restaurant is perched on an ocean bluff and, at one time, hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Lana Turner and a then-unknown Massachusetts senator wooing Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe.

Tra Di Noi means “between us” and that’s just the ambiance at this restaurant that features fine Italian cuisine, an extensive wine menu and live music on Sunday afternoons, located in the Malibu Country Mart near the Civic Center.

If Greek’s your thing, try Taverna Tony in the Country Mart. Best Moussaka this side of Cyprus and the belly dancing girls generally show up around 9 pm.


But if you’re thinking incredible salads, stroll across the street to Marmalade Cafe. Paintings by local artists are on view, all-you-can-eat Sunday brunches and Seafood Paellas are strong points. Or try their Tequila-charged cocktails.

Speaking of Sunday brunch, the Paradise Cove Beach Café is one of the hottest spots in Malibu for lunch and a stroll on the beach. Or try their outside beach dining under the stars while listening to some weeknight jazz. Their Mojito Hut features fresh sugar cane juice and fresh fish is the name of the game.

The Sunset Restaurant has been a perfect spot to take in, well, the sunset – for the past 150 years, with décor that recalls the French Côte d’Azur and a menu of mouthwatering seafood classics.

Taking you to a different time and place, The Saddlepeak Lodge showcases fine dining at it’s best. All natural meats, such as New Zealand Elk, Buffalo Short Ribs and Texas Nilgai Antelope are just a few of the unique and delicious entrees you’ll find. Fresh fish and vegetables are listed on the menu according to the order of its cosmic vibration and served in a woodland-like setting, which has never been so delicious.

And if you are loathe to leave Malibu, stop for lunch (or dinner or drinks) at Moonshadows before you head back to Los Angeles. Contemporary American cuisine and the sound of waves caressing the sand at your feet make sure you will return.

Call for info on Plate, Charlies, Spruzzos and more fine restaurants.