Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar

23000 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90265
Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar +

Photo: Anne Fishbein


  • Full bar
  • Water View
  • Valet Parking
While there are lovely lamb chops and a crispy jidori chicken with rapini and kumquat jus, the real reason to eat at Malibu Pier Restaurant & Bar is the seafood. Perhaps thanks to his time at LACMA, or maybe just because he's that kind of cook, chef Jason Fullilove is offering many gorgeous dishes. On a salmon entree, the scarlet turnips, cauliflower and romesco were as pretty as a painting, dotting the plate like flowers in a Monet. It's a pity the fish was cooked too hard, by a long shot, especially when I ordered it rare. You can see the temptations of tourist trappery rearing up here and there, most noticeably in the pricing, which is ludicrous in some instances. Twenty dollars for four deviled eggs? There's uni atop each halved creamy ovoid, and they're patently delicious and surprisingly spicy, sprinkled with the prickly, chili-laden Japanese condiment yuzu kosho. But they ain't worth $20. -- Besha Rodell

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