Even in a city where celebrity sightings are fairly common, Taverna Tony is exceptional for its sensory feast. Once you’ve taken a seat at one of the tavern’s handsome wooden tables, it's difficult to keep your eyes from wandering. In one corner of the dining room, an A-list couple might be sharing a plate of charcoal-grilled baby octopus. In another, a graceful belly dancer might be twirling before a live band, her elegant costume sparkling in the glow of warm lanterns. These are just preludes to the main event, in which a server lights a pan of saganaki cheese on fire and magically saws a baklava pastry in half. If a quiet meal is more to your taste, skip the dining room and head straight to a lush garden patio where sunlight trickles in through rafters laced with ivy. Such a setting perfectly complements the restaurant’s popular Greek Feast, a selection of 15 house specialties that includes hummus, homemade sausages, and roasted lamb. If you inexplicably still have room for dessert, it’s hard to turn down a sweet house-made yogurt praised by the LA Times.
The Santa Monica mountains rise from the undulating greens of the Malibu Golf Club, clinking glasses punctuating the silence as wine lovers sample local vintages at Malibu & Vine Outdoor Wine Bar. Tables dot the grassy expanse, allowing guests to bask in the sunlight as the bar’s wine stewards pour out samples or full glasses of locally grown vintages from Saddlerock and Semler. On the weekends, the bar invites in musical artists to strum throughout the afternoon hours, making the late lunches more relaxing than watching a complicated computer sink into a swamp.
Howdy Sylvano Kabrins has a particular affinity for fresh, healthy Mexican food—in fact, he credits himself with launching the "Fresh-Mex" movement. Inspired by the two years he spent living with a peasant family in Mexico during college, Howdy founded his first Mexican restaurant in 1979. La Salsa, as it was called, soon blossomed into a 100-restaurant franchise, due in no small part to the fresh, light twist it put on a cuisine that was known at the time for being heavy and greasy. 16 years later, he opened Howdy's Taqueria, and his culinary imagination has only become more creative since.
At the taqueria, vegetables sourced from local organic farms—including Howdy's own ranch in Ojai—combine with deft recipes to create flavorful food brimming with macronutrients. The result is a selection of well-balanced dishes such as protein-packed Cross Fit bowls and the Rainbow Kale salad, which mingles kale and quinoa superfoods with heart-healthy beets and protein-rich sunflower seeds. Seafood is also a big draw, as lettuce-cup tacos filled with seared ahi tuna and Scottish salmon with quinoa share menu space with a multitude of fish tacos and burritos. Howdy's wife provides the chicken-soup recipe, which uses organic, free-range chicken in a dish that resembles italian wedding soup, and there's also a variety of sushi rolls available. But the food isn't all that's wholesome—the restaurant itself also embraces a casual and friendly ambiance, surrounding patrons with earthenware tiles and stout wooden chairs.
With a stay at Malibu Beach Inn in Malibu (Beach Cities), you'll be close to Malibu Lagoon State Beach and Pepperdine University. This 4-star hotel is within the region of Getty Villa and Getty Villa - Pacific Palisades.
Make yourself at home in one of the 47 guestrooms featuring iPod docking stations and LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with down comforters and Frette Italian sheets, and all rooms are furnished with sofa beds. Relax and take in ocean and beach views from the privacy of your room. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while DVD players and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with showers feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Treat yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and business services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a conference center, banquet facilities, and a meeting/conference room. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Using predominantly organic and local ingredients, Coogie's Beach Cafe puts a distinctly Californian spin on traditional American comfort food—a natural combination to fill its traveler-friendly oceanside perch just off the Pacific Coast Highway. Chefs fete early birds with breakfast treats such as blueberry pancakes topped with maple-glazed granola and serve a spicy bayou scramble alongside zucchini muffins. Lunch and dinner find organic greens and wild arugula admiring the brawn of Angus beef, filet mignon, and herb-roasted free-range chicken. The menu is broad enough to harbor options for vegetarians (garden veggie tacos), the gluten-averse (quinoa pasta), and kids (sesame-crusted chicken fingers). House-made desserts include Granny Smith apple pie.
The bar sends forth a fountain of fruit smoothies, fresh-squeeze juices, homemade lemonade, and organic hot teas, depending on the season. When sea breezes are favorable, diners relax on a palm-shaded patio; otherwise, they munch beneath a big central skylight and weathered wooden surfboards, safely hiding out from vengeful waves.