Not to be confused with its bigger, inland brother, The Getty Villa is a more intimate (and still completely free) museum and gardens overlooking the Malibu mountains and Pacific Ocean. And smack in the middle of it all is the Cafe. Sure, it might just appear to be another bland museum restaurant, but the food is surprisingly good and that patio is one of the most memorable settings in SoCal.
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Mon Li is a $150 cocktail omakase in Malibu, with things like mole old fashioneds and sea sponge negronis.
Taverna Tony is a Greek spot in the Malibu Country Mart, perfect for a low-key date night.
Cafe Habana is more expensive than other Mexican restaurants in Malibu, but those other restaurants don’t have this patio situation.
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The Federal Bar
The Federal Bar in North Hollywood has a fun, unpretentious atmosphere, and an above-average bar menu.
DTLA Cheese in Grand Central Market is a salad and sandwich shop that’s also a cheese retail store.
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