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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Giorgio Baldi is an Italian restaurant in the Palisades and one of the most insane celebrity hideouts in the city.
Malibu Farm Cafe has simple, crowd-pleasing food at the end of Malibu pier, and is perfect for entertaining your third cousin when he’s in town.
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The Whisper Restaurant & Lounge
The Whisper looks like another mediocre mall restaurant, but the food and drinks at this spot inside The Grove are surprisingly not-awful.
Rockwell Table and Stage
Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Feliz is part restaurant, part theater, and always rowdy.
Met Her at a Bar
Met Her At A Bar in Mid-Wilshire is a casual neighborhood breakfast spot, and a good place to get work done.
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