Off-Campus Dining

Malibu, CA
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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Definitely not the best. There are only a few places that are good for college students. But you can find the good places, you just have to look around. It tends to be pricey and not open late.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Depends where "off campus" means to you. In Malibu itself, the dining is excellent, but expensive to those not use to paying those types of prices. I find the restaurants to be very good, convenient (since Malibu is so small, but parking can be annoying at some places at certain times) and I eat out very often in Malibu. However, for those that can't afford Malibu dining, you live in greater Los Angeles, lots of cheaper places through the canyon in Calabasas, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and then SaMo, Beverly Hills, etc. All of those places are at least a 20 minute drive, but lots of options once you get out of the Malibu Bubble. There are a few student discounts at Malibu Seafood, Kaishin, Coogies, Howdys, and a few other restaurants, but those are the more lower end restaurants in Malibu. Expect to pay at least $15-20 if you go out to eat in Malibu, if not more.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of food options across the street from the WLA pepperdine campus. They range in cost but you can get a complete meal for under $10 from the majority of establishments. .

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many great and delicious restaurants to choose from, and there are plenty of healthy vegetarian friendly places as well. If you have the money, dining off-campus is great!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Basically you have a few close and reasonably priced options. With Malibu being the luxury town that it is however there aren't many mid range type restaurants that are right off of campus. Unless you have a deep pocket, don't get tired of the same 5 or 6 cheaper restaurants, or are willing to drive 15- 20 minutes for food your options are pretty limited.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 549th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 1393rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jackie Fetzer
Huntersville, NC
English Writing and Rhetoric
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To cater to the rich but laid-back local population, restaurants all along the Malibu coast represent a mix of gourmet cooking, overpriced novelties, and fun little places to get a sandwich or some seafood at somewhat reasonable prices. Of course, the old standbys receive most of the attention and lunch money of Pepperdine students. It's nearly impossible to walk into Coogie's, La Salsa, or Howdy's without seeing someone you know. The food at these and other places is reliably delicious and affordable, and their popularity among the student body makes for an off-campus community atmosphere not to be found elsewhere.

As for the more expensive Malibu restaurants, students on any sort of a budget obviously can't afford to partake very often. When someone mentions that his or her parents came last weekend to visit, the first question to pop out of other students' mouths is where did they take you to eat? The next question will likely be which celebrities did you see there? The downside to off-campus dining is that you virtually have to be a movie star or a hit recording artist to afford some of the great Malibu offerings on a regular basis. The variety of cheaper options, other than those mentioned above, is not overwhelming.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Duke's
  • Howdy's Taqueria
  • Marmalade Café
24-Hour Dining
Jack in the Box
Best Asian
China Den
Best Breakfast
Coogie's Beach Café
Best Healthy
Best Pizza
Johnnie's New York Pizzeria
Best Wings
Duke's Malibu
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Other Places to Check Out
  • BJ's
  • Houston's
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • McDonald's
  • Pier View
  • Subway

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

26521 Agoura Rd. Calabasas
(818) 880-9080
23841 Malibu Rd.
(310) 456-2917
23805W. Malibu Rd.
(310) 456-6833

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Beau Rivage
Food: Mediterranean
26025 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-5733
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: Right next to the water.
BJ's Restaurant and Brewery
E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Westlake Village
(805) 497-9393
Cool Features: The famous "Pizookie," a giant cookie baked in a pizza pan, brought hot to your table with a scoop of ice cream on top.
Chart House
Food: Seafood
18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 454-9321
Price: $20-$25
Cool Features: Great views of the Pacific and Santa Monica Bay; right on Topanga Beach.
The Cheesecake Factory
Food: American
442 W. Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks
(805) 371-9705
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: As famous for its heaping portions as it is for its cheesecake.
China Den
Food: Chinese
22333 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-8541
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Great sushi and lunch specials.
Coogie's Beach Café
Food: Sandwiches, salads
23755 W. Malibu Rd., Malibu
(310) 317-1444
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Look for movie stars while you eat, and then go next door for dessert at Malibu Yogurt.
D'Amore's Pizza Express
Food: Pizza
22601 Pacific Coast Hwy. #120, Malibu
(310) 317-4500
Cool Features: Cheap, fast pizza by the slice only a few minutes from campus
Duke's Malibu
Food: Burgers, seafood
21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 317-0777
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Longest beach-facing bar on the West Coast, has surfer memorabilia displaying its homage to Duke Kahanamoku and to other surfers.
Food: Steak and seafood
27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 457-1519
Price: $15-$45
Cool Features: Plenty of outdoor dining, right by the ocean.
Gladstone's 4 Fish
Food: Seafood, enormous desserts
17300 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 454-3574
Price: $20-$45
Cool Features: Ocean view, shares parking with public beach
Food: Italian
3874 Crosscreek Rd., Malibu
(310) 456-1979 (800) 4-GUIDOS
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Popular celebrity place.
Howdy's Taqueria
Food: Mexican
3835 Crosscreek Rd., Malibu
(310) 456-6299
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Try the breakfast burrito and the "Pepperdine Burrito."
Jack in the Box
Food: Fast food
23017 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-8943
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Two tacos for $.99 at 4 a.m.-can't beat it!
Johnnie's New York Pizzeria
Food: Pizza, pastas, sandwiches
22333 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-1717
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Delicious New York-style pizza.
La Paz
Food: Mexican
4505 Las Virgenes Rd., Calabasas
(818) 880-8076
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Donate dollar bills to charity by shooting them up onto the ceiling with a rubber band. The waiter will put a thumbtack in the bill first so that it sticks.
La Salsa
Food: Mexican
22800 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 317-9466
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The big guy in a sombrero standing on the roof is a Malibu landmark.
Malibu Seafood
Food: Seafood
25653 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-3430 (310) 456-6298
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: The fish 'n chips is out of this world.
Marmalade Café
Food: American
3894 Crosscreek Rd., Malibu
(310) 317-4242
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Constantly in the tabloids for celebrity sightings, plus they serve a wicked sandwich.
Food: Seafood
20356 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-3010
Price: $20-$40
Cool Features: On the beach with a "Blue Lounge" and a DJ.
Neptune's Net
Food: Seafood
42505 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 457-3095
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Regulars call it "the Net."
Food: Sushi
3835 Crosscreek Rd., Malibu
(310) 317-9140 (310) 317-9137
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: The staff shouts a welcome as customers enter.
Paradise Cove Beach Café
Food: Seafood
28128 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 457-2503
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Free beach parking at Paradise Cove if you eat in the restaurant.
Reel Inn
Food: Seafood
18661 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-8221
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Cheap beach dining, fresh seafood.
Sage Room
Food: Mediterranean
28915 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 457-0711
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Authentic Italian food, great ambiance, and exceptional wine list.
Food: Pizza, steaks, pasta
29575 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 457-8282
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Three dining areas, "each with its own distinctive sensory stimulus."
Taverna Tony
Food: Greek
23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu
(310) 317-9667
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: House bouzouki band.
Thai Dishes
Food: Thai
22333 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 456-6655
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Karaoke and sake bombing.
Tra Di Noi
Food: Italian
3835 Crosscreek Rd., Malibu
(310) 456-0169
Price: $15-$25
Cool Features: Just two miles from campus, another celebrity hotspot.
Tutto Bene
Food: Italian
22235 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 317-6769
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Many celebs frequent this restaurant.
Wood Ranch
Food: Barbecue
5050 Cornell Rd., Agoura Hills
(818) 597-8900
Price: $15-$30
Cool Features: Authentic Texas-style barbecue, delicious tri-tips.
Zooma Sushi
Food: Sushi, teriyaki, tempura
29350 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu
(310) 317-0127
Price: $15-$20
Cool Features: Best sushi in Malibu since 1987. Early bird specials; reservations recommended.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 65 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 66 responses

  • 17% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 9% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 47% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 27% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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