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Reel Inn Fresh Fish Market & Restaurant

18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, California 90265 USA

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Closed Now
Opens Sat 11a
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“Exceptional seafood near Malibu”

Exceptional seafood. Relaxed atmosphere. Excellent service.Our menu features an array of sensational fresh fish and seafood selectionsfrom entrees and appetizers to assorted salads and seafood platters.We promise a delicious dining experience...Malibu style! Somebody once said "History is a consensus hallucination." They were probably referring to the history of The Reel Inn. While we know that the building has existed in its current location since at least 1947 - and probably a lot longer -  as evidenced by the photograph at right, the rest of the history has been passed down through former employees, mostly bartenders…like Ralph O'Hara. In 1967, the restaurant was sold to Jim McDonald and remained The Raft until it closed in 1977. McDonald opened The Sandcastle, now the Paradise Beach cafe, in Paradise Cove. O'Hara had many stories of Hollywood's young guns who frequented The Raft, Lee Marvin in particular. The "great fire" that everyone cites as the end of the Raft/Reel Building in August 1978 that "burned the building to the ground," was actually outside and damaged a dance floor, a shed and a bar for a total of $3,000 damage (and a Honda motorcycle worth $500). There was no damage to the building at all. Featured on Season 4 of Man vs. Food!

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Reviewed by
dericknmelissa

  • 1 Review
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August 16, 2014

Heading here today from San Diego! The history sucked us in! Give us a couple hours and we will let you know.

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Reviewed by
Hope Feldkamp

  • 3 Reviews
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July 21, 2018
Rated 5.0

Headed home from a vacation in the SoCal area and wanted to find a place unique for dinner... and this was the PERFECT place. Came around 7pm on a Friday in summer and it was busy, but still not crowded. I’d recommend the fish tacos (mildly spicy) and the Cajun rice side (surprisingly not spicy). Workers were nice, atmosphere was so fun, and the food was fresh, authentic, and delicious. They have mostly seafood, but also have vegetarian options and a good amount of chicken dishes as well. Also have a kids menu and desserts! If you’re in the Malibu area, this stop is a MUST for lunch or dinner overlooking the ocean!

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Reel Inn Fresh Fish Market & Restaurant

18661 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, California
90265 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Mon, Tue: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
  • Sun, Wed, Thu: 11:00 am - 9:00 am
  • Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Private Parking
  • Valet Parking
  • Yes Parking

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