Malibu boasts quite a variety of restaurants, but far fewer options that are especially perfect for pre- (or post-) sand adventures.
Ollie’s Duck and Dive is the number one place to go for a sit down bite and a local craft beer before or after hitting Zuma Beach – just a two minute drive away. Ollie’s is a local staple and boasts farm-to-table meals with the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Ideal for the meat-lover and vegan alike, each item on Duck and Dive’s menu is crafted full of flavor – sustainably. Ollie’s has happy hour from 3-6pm Monday through Friday with $5-$8 bites, making it one of the best deals in Malibu. They also offer $2 street tacos on Tuesdays from 3pm to close. If you happen to hang around until later, Ollie’s typically has live music on Saturdays around 9 pm. Grab a drink and dance off some of those tacos and truffle fries!
Another Malibu restaurant that receives kudos for their genuinely local spirit is Sunlife Organics. The small counter-side order cafe offers açaí bowls galore, smoothies, fresh juices, small lunch bites, health and wellness tinctures and more. Aside from the freshness of the food, it is always a day-brightener simply going into Sunlife; as the employees are enthusiastic and friendly, and the videos of surfers playing inspire adventure as you wait for your food.
Address: Point Dume Plaza, 29169 Heathercliff Rd #110, Malibu, CA.
Address: 29211 Heathercliff Rd, Malibu, CA
D’amores is most famous for their pizza, due to a recipe that was handed down from Joe D’amore’s grandmother. However, their menu ranges from Lobster Rolls to Joe’s Special, which is chicken parmesan topped with eggplant parmesan, marinara sauce, and mozzarella. Bonus: D’amores is actually one of the most accommodating Malibu restaurants when it comes to ingredient preferences. You have the options of gluten-free pizza and vegan cheese, substituting instead with soy or rice cheese. Joe’s pizza is great (and naturally gluten free) because he imports the ingredients from Italy, including the flour and water.
In the short time that Cafe de la Plage has been part of Point Dume Village, it has made quite a name for itself — for its ice cream in particular. So much so that the Cafe de la Plage brand of vegan ice cream is being sold in numerous grocery stores in the area. However, if you want to capture a cute picture and the full experience, pay Cafe de la Plage a visit — it’s worth it. Their ice cream is house-made, incorporating unique flavors such as Rose Raspberry Lychee, Goat Cheese, Matcha and Black Vanilla. They also offer free tastes. The shop is a taste of why France has the best desserts in the world.