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The Vitamin Barn
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1. Malibu Family Wines 31740 Mulholland Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Grab a picnic spot, and make yourself as comfortable as you’d be in your own backyard -- you know, one that has rolling, vine covered hills, live music, and we-are-pretty-sure curated spots for cute pictures in every direction. There’s no food service, but the wine’s great enough that bringing your own eats isn’t too big of an ask.

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2. Duke's Malibu 21150 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

With Instagram-worthy panoramic ocean views, delicious Hula Pies, and a mellow vibe inspired by namesake Duke Kahanamoku (the Hawaiian Father of international surfing, but you knew that), you hardly need another reason to head up the PCH to this kitschy surf stalwart. But, just in case: $5 Mai Tai’s and hula dancers on Fridays.

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3. Malibu Seafood 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Malibu Seafood is a roadside seafood shack on the Pacific Coast Highway that's equal parts fish market and patio cafe. Order filets of Chilean sea bass and wild Alaskan salmon to-go, or sit at one of the picnic tables for a feast of clam chowder, deep-fried Fish & Fries, and grilled swordfish. Seafood is the sole focus here, but there is a grilled chicken sandwich (and sides like thick-cut fries, rice pilaf, and a baked potato) for the anti-pescatarians.

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4. Malibu Farm Cafe 23000 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Malibu Farm Pier Cafe is a dining destination, offering a delicious organic menu serving breakfast and lunch directly on top of the Pacific Ocean at the end of the pier. Pass by casting fisherman to reach this rustic cafe with white walls, wood tables sporting lavender centerpieces, and views of surfers and the sea.

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5. The Vitamin Barn 23823 Malibu Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

If you've had a long day and can't muster up the strength to chew, get your nutrients without breaking a sweat (and without the calories) at this juice bar haven. The protein shakes are delicious, and the wellness shots range from wheatgrass and elderberry to açaí and turmeric -- in other words, it’s everything your health-conscious heart desires under one roof. The Vitamin Barn is a specialty healthfood store so in addition to the juice and smoothie bar, it also sells a wide arrange of nutritional products and food items.

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6. Bui Sushi 23733 Malibu Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

If you’re in the mood for Sushi without the sticker shock, Bui is the place to come. It's super fresh, with an eclectic menu and drinks list to match -- grab the spicy edamame and a baked lobster roll, or go classic with some sweet shrimp sashimi. The dimly-lit, refined interior makes for special nights out. Or, hang out on the patio for a more relaxed vibe.

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7. Taverna Tony 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu, CA 90265

Tony’s is a lively Greek restaurant with hearty portions of traditional eats and classic dishes like moussaka and spanakopita. There’s live music seven days a week. If it’s packed inside, try the patio for that Malibu breeze. And then try the desserts -- all of the desserts.

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8. Lily's Cafe & Pastries 29211 Heathercliff Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Lily's claim to fame is the burritos, which are about the size of a small loaf of bread. Those, paired with their homemade salsa, usually lead to a line out the door. Calling ahead is recommended. This spot also sports the best misleading name, because as good as Lily’s coffee and pastries are, it’s her breakfast burrito you’ll probably want.

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9. Malibu Cafe 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

The Gerson family has been holding down this spot for four generations. Inspired by the cowboy-lifestyle and rustic California, the Malibu Cafe is doing everything right, especially brunch— it’ll make anybody a foodie. Play a round with their outdoor pool table or go around in the FERRIS WHEEL(?!).

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10. Ollie's Duck & Dive 29169 Heathercliff Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

A gastropub with a vibe as welcoming as the food is enjoyable, Duck & Dive is your go-to for comfort eats in Malibu. The menu offers Drunken Mac & Cheese (with pork belly!), chicken tacos, and a bison burger, just to name a few. It’s no wonder this place is a favorite for locals looking to while away the afternoon. Just make sure to stay around for the live music.

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11. Malibu Kitchen 3900 Cross Creek Rd, Malibu, CA 90265

Malibu Kitchen is a gourmet market with delicious sandwiches, market-fresh salads and fresh baked pastries. Everything is made in house from scratch from their our own recipes. Relax on the porch or take it to go. It’s got all the smoked salmon, pulled pork sandwiches, artisanal bread, cheese, and salads you could dream of.

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12. Spruzzo Restaurant & Bar 29575 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

Spruzzo serves specialty pies from the classic Napoletana to the funkier Thai Chicken. With generous servings and a spectacular view, this little taste of Italy might start to feel more like a trip to Abruzzo. Plus, saying "Spruzzo Abruzzo" with a mouthful of hot pizza is a blast in and of itself.

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13. Nobu Malibu 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265

For sushi and celebrity sightings in LA, there's Katsuya. For sushi, celebrity sightings, and beachfront views, there's Nobu Malibu. From master chef Nobu Matsuhisa and Robert De Niro, the PCH outpost of the worldwide brand has been delivering consistently A-list Japanese fusion food since 1999. Expect Matsuhisa's signatures -- black cod miso and yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño -- as well as Malibu specials like ribeye with truffle butter sauce. The space feels more like a resort than a restaurant thanks to an open patio with lounge seating, bonzai trees, and views of the Malibu Pier.