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The Reel Inn

18661 Pacific Coast Hwy. (Topanga Canyon Blvd.) Send to Phone
310-456-8221 | Menu
Malibu’s casual seafood spot boasts views of the Pacific.

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Lunch & Dinner daily
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The Reel Inn Restaurant Review

: Order from a blackboard menu, grab a spot at one of the wooden picnic tables, knock back a beer and enjoy the view of the Pacific from the patio at this casual seafood-driven café. Start with a heaping portion of steamed mussels or fried oysters, then move on to some grilled fish or crustaceans. The menu is detailed, so you know the orange roughy is from New Zealand, the basa sole is from China, and the catfish is from Louisiana. Almost all of them are reliably tasty. There are also some interesting shellfish options, including grilled scallops. Only one entrée cracks the $20 barrier --- grilled or fried lobster tail and six shrimp --- but it’s still a relative bargain. We're particularly fond of the grilled Cajun shrimp, the creamy coleslaw and the zingy Cajun rice. There are chicken and pasta offerings for landlubbers, too. On summer weekends, expect to wait for a seat.
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