Moonshadows: A Malibu Must


A Pacific Coast Highway staple since 1966.

Moonshadhows in Malibu. Just sounds cool, doesn’t it?  I stopped by here on a Sunday evening with a friend and what a perfect place to land for a nightcap! Set along the majestic coast of Malibu along the Pacific Coast Highway, the original site of the Big Rock Café (vintage coffee shop style restaurant) from 1949 to 1965. Erected in 1966 and a local favorite ever since, Moonshadows doesn’t look overly fabulous from the outside but wait until you step inside. After letting the valet take over, we walked in to a rather bustling restaurant, and continued on through to the bar…what a great cozy vibe!


You can never go wrong with a candlelit table.

Candlelit room with all windows for impressive and expansive ocean views. A few small tables and a row of stools at the bar as well. Cool tunes playing in the background. And just past the bar, you will find yourself outside in the Blue Lounge which is set on an outdoor deck jetting out over the beach, with booths lining the walls, plenty of standing room, and a DJ spinning records… all under blue lights with spectacular views of crashing waves on the beach. So cool!


The Blue Lounge. Can’t you just feel the vibe from here?

Fantastic beer, cocktail and wine selection as well as tasty appetizers to nosh on. Crabcakes and heirloom tomatoes with burrata cheese were especially good. I felt very comfortable here. Laid back vibe. A mixed crowd. Not just families or 20-somethings, and even a few bikers in the mix. I would most definitely go back for a full meal. In fact, I can’t wait to do so!


Magnificent setting.


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