A2 Rating Scale (out of 5):
WHAT: Malibu Farm Pier Café
WHERE: The ‘Bu. At the very end of the Malibu Pier — this is the more layed back version of the fancier Malibu Farm Restaurant at the beginning of the pier.
WHEN: Lunchtime dished here, but open for B, L & D. We had our favorite New Yorker in town and EDDR’s own Alie planned the most perfect beachside adventure.
WHAT TO ORDER: The vegan chop ($13) was pretty good – perfectly light which is exactly what you want when the plan is to be in a swimsuit within the hour. We saw a lot of burgers ($16) being handed out as well and while it looked de-lish, we would recommend ordering this only if you don’t plan on hitting the sand after your meal.
WHAT TO SKIP: Could have made a better Grilled Cheese Panini ($9) at home. The only thing making it enjoyable was the excessive amounts of Sriracha we dipped it in. However, if you have a kiddo with you this take is plain/bland and will most likely be a hit.
WHAT TO KNOW: Unlike the full service (and fabric napkins, ceramic plates, and real silverware) offered at the beginning of the pier, the café is a stand in line, order at the counter, take your number and find a seat, type of joint. And we assumed because it’s on a fishing pier that there would be more seafood options, but the ocean pickings were slim (can’t a girl get some fish n’ chips post hike?)
WHAT TO DO THE MORNING OF: Check that weather app and make sure the forecast is clear and sunny. If not, disaster will ensue because this spot is allll about that beachy breeze and view. You don’t drive down there to sit inside if you know what we’re saying.
WHAT TO WEAR: Either your workout clothes (if you’re smart like us and hiked before) or your bathing suit (if you’re also smart like us and hit up the beach after). Note: we changed in the bathroom there something we DO NOT recommend.
WHAT TO DO AFTER/BEFORE: We don’t recommend coming here just for the meal; if you commit to the trek MAKE A DAY OF IT. Get a crew together. Beach and booze it up. Take a hike. Shop around the Malibu Country Mart. Just don’t leave the area for a while (especially after that bumper-2-bumper drive down PCH). And for a fee we will plan that perfect day for you (do we see another EDDR business plan in the future?)… and by fee, we’ll take food. That’s what we spend all our money on anyways.
WHERE TO PARK: Just suck it up and pay for the pier parking ($20). By the time you finally make it to the pier, the last thing you want to do is sit in more traffic just to battle it out for a parking spot (talk about road rage — this is supposed to be a peaceful day people). And after your day of vegging and (sun)tanning you’ll be happy you don’t have to walk a mile back to your car.
EDDR LIFE LESSON: Listen to your friends. Our girl Jess had been before and mentioned that it wasn’t that amazing (in the nicest possible way), but like most strong minded women we had our mind made up and had to decide for ourselves. Welp she was right.
A2 FINAL THOUGHT: The view is everything you’d hoped for, the food unfortunately was not. If you’re in the area for the day and want to grab a quick bite, go for it. If not, don’t waste your time – between the time you spend getting to the beach, waiting to park, waiting in line to order, and then waiting for your food to arrive, you could have taken a trip around the world.
Open to new suggestions for Malibu restaurants,
Malibu Farm Pier Café ↔ Menu ↔ 23000 PCH, Malibu, CA 90265 ↔ 310-456-1112