This seaside outlet of the popular steakhouse has some of the most pristine views in Malibu. While the steaks won't necessarily cater to the dry-aging set, the wet-aged examples here are tender, flavorful, and crowd pleasing. The suave service and familiar fare makes this an easy-to-recommend spot for anyone looking for an ocean-view restaurant in Malibu.

Andrew Kirschner's enduring Santa Monica restaurant has successfully re-opened after a kitchen fire knocked it down for months. But it's returned to form with casual New American and globally-inspired small plates and entrees that would impress anyone visiting from out of town.

David LeFevre's enduring Manhattan Beach restaurant remains packed every night of the week thanks to its crowd-pleasing menu of market-driven fare with a chef's touch. The dark environs make for a perfect date spot just steps from the ocean, while the crave-worthy fare like the cheddar bacon biscuits, green curry mussels, and braised lamb belly convince diners to become regulars after just one bite.