First Look: Malibu Pier Restaurant & BarBy Lesley Balla | May 13, 2014 By Lesley Balla | May 13, 2014
The Gist: The restaurant at the head of the historic Malibu Pier gets a whole new look and menu. Chef Jason Fullilove, formerly of LACMA and Patina Group, heads up the kitchen for Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar, two separate buildings with their own unique vibes. Soft-opening through this week, the restaurant goes full steam ahead on Thursday, May 15, for dinner, with cocktails and bites at the bar. What hasn't changed: views of the sunsets, sand and waves.
The Food: This is definitely not your average menu of beach bites. Seasonal, locally grown ingredients share the plate with seafood that's approved by the Monterey Bay Aquarium. You'll find riffs on fish tacos, only these are made with Pacific snapper and baby radishes. There are things like steamed clams in white wine, and larger fare like baked stuffed crab and whole steamed lobster. Plenty for veggie-lovers too, including fresh market salads and vegetarian-friendly sides. Over at the bar, the menu's a bit snackier with things like oysters on the half shell, black rice falafel, housemade chips and dip, chopped salads and mini lobster rolls. All menus will change regularly.
The Drinks: There's a full bar for both buildings - and outdoor seating at the bar - which means sunset mojitos, martinis and fresh-fruit cocktails are in order. There are several wines and craft beers on tap as well.
The Space: It's both comfortable and chic. Like the people living in the Malibu mansions, it takes a lot of effort (and money) to look this effortless. The room reflects the laid-back California vibe with celeb art: a Dennis Hopper photograph of Jane Fonda, a Richard Phillips surfboard and macrame by Sally England. Woven chairs, rope light fixtures and wood accents are everywhere.
The Details: 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy.; 310-456-8820
Take a spin around the space and menu in the slide show below.