On PCH, between the opulent Getty Villa and extravagant Malibu celebrity homes; among dated, generic, overpriced Malibu and Santa Monica seafood restaurants, lies this tiny, unpretentious fish shack.¬†As soon as the weather beckons me beachways,¬†the Reel Inn is my go-to for a scenic Sunday drive, fresh fish and a frosty beer on the patio.¬†In one direction the hills of Topanga Canyon stretch toward the San Fernando Valley. To the South, nothing but water. Picturesque is an understatement.
The food is as¬†casual and unaffected as the environment. Fish market-style display cases speak of freshness and simplicity. Nothing beats¬†their simply¬†grilled halibut fillet. The homemade cole slaw is crunchy and refreshing, not heavy and soggy. Their famous fish tacos are out of this world. Bring some friends, park at a picnic table on the patio with a cold local draft brew, enjoy the sunshine and the seafood, and you’ve got yourself the perfect Sunday.
Try it for yourself: 18661 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu.