Nobu capitalizes on the Los Angeles surf and turf trend, served with a Japanese flair. Sushi lovers flock to Nobu for Spicy Tuna Hand Rolls or the House Sushi Roll with salmon, yellow tail, and crab. Fans of a little heat will love Rock Shrimp Tempura, as well as the Nobu specialty dish Tiradito--white fish with a tasty kick. Guests enjoy a lovely ocean view from every seat.
Although not located in Malibu, nearby Melisse has so many accolades that it shouldn’t be left off of the Malibu fine dining list. The contemporary French cuisine restaurant is consistently voted among the top rated restaurants in the country. Promising a “journey of flavor, taste, and texture,” the freshest ingredients are used to create unique and memorable dishes. The ten-course dinner with wine pairing includes such seasonal gems as Sunchoke Soup with Truffle, or the popular Egg Caviar that is rich in flavor but light in texture. Décor is minimalist and classy, creating an intimate venue for special occasion dining.
Mastro’s Ocean Club is new to the Malibu fine dining scene, perched where the Chart House once stood. Open beam ceilings and breathtaking ocean views set an elegant and romantic tone. Also known for steak and seafood, Mastro’s Iced Seafood Towers are a sight to behold, including enormous shrimp, creamy Kumamoto oysters, lobster, and King Crab legs. Buttery lobster mashed potatoes are a decadent and complementary side, and for dessert, the divine warm butter cake comes à la mode.
Fine dining in Malibu is no trip to the taco stand—guests should be prepared to pay for outstanding quality and top-notch service. Early reservations are a must, as these hot fine dining spots are in high demand.