Well, you're certainly traveling beyond your hotel which is near the center of our vast city and heading to the northwest corner of our massive metro area in order to visit Malibu. That's not a bad thing, per se -- just depends on how you want to spend your time.
If you just stay on the 10 to the beach, it's a very direct drive - a straight shot. Since you can't check in that early, it's well worth the lunchtime visit. As for lunch recs, it depends if you'll be in Malibu or Santa Monica, but I recommend something on the beach like Duke's or Nobu or Moonshadows. If you go all the way to Malibu, check out the Country Mart for cute shops and hang out with the locals.
I recommend taking Sunset Blvd back to your hotel which allows you to see all the beautiful neighborhoods. This is a very congested route, however, after 4PM.
I know Malibu is further, which we don't mind. Having never been in either do you recommend one over the other?
You are going to love the drive through Malibu, it's beautiful! Do that and have lunch in Malibu. I'm partial to Dukes; it's where I go when I'm missing Hawaii!
Perhaps you'll have time to visit Santa Monica on another day. It's a fun place for an afternoon and evening. Spend the afternoon sightseeing (perhaps including Venice Beach), be back in Santa Monica for a sunset at the pier (imagine the ferris wheel at sunset) and have dinner, stroll the 3rd St. Promenade enjoying street performers, then head back to your hotel afterward.
It's easy to do both in the same afternoon. After lunch, head to Santa Monica!
Thanks so much. I think a plan is coming together!
Another vote for Dukes when driving to Malibu. It's where we like to take our out of town guests for lunch when visiting. Everyone always want to see Malibu.
Is Duke's a place we can just walk in for lunch on a Wednesday in late March? Not exactly sure of timing for lunch.
Yes you can walk in. I like the barefoot bar which is outside, it has a less expensive bar menu- burgers and nachos rather than large entrees.
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