Attractive décor makes dining more enjoyable, as it stuffs eyes so full of eye candy that they don't have the strength to fight the stomach over who is larger. Use striking scenery to sedate quarrelsome organs with today's Groupon to Charlie's in Malibu. Choose between two options:
• For $15, you get $30 worth of new American fare for dinner.
• For $30, you get $60 worth of new American fare for dinner.
Charlie's restaurant sprouted from the dreams of owner Charlie DiLorenzo, who envisioned a stylish dining room and lounge awash with steak, seafood, and free-flowing wine. Creativity abounds on the lunch and dinner menus, where diners can find lamb lollipops that come perched on the edge of dunkable blue-cheese fondue ($34). Wild-mushroom pizza dances a truffle-oil shuffle set to the tune of warbling goat cheese ($14 at lunch, $16 at dinner), and penne a la vodka coats fork intruders in tomato-vodka cream sauce ($16). The mushroom risotto entree can be served unadorned ($16) or intermingled with seasonal vegetables ($18) grown organically and approved by the premier of the Earth's axis. Pair entrees with an on-tap Firestone Blonde ($6) or other bottled or draft beer, or choose from wines by the glass ranging from an Argentinean malbec ($11) to a sauvignon blanc hailing from Napa Valley ($9).
Owner Charlie DiLorenzo drew from a degree in design and architecture to outfit her restaurant with contemporary accouterments including Dolce & Gabbana leopard-print chairs and a hand-blown glass chandelier that belts out a full opera every hour. The airy dining room is speckled with tables and booths set against walls festooned with artwork.
22821 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Malibu, California 90265