Malibu >Food & Dining > Nobu Malibu
22706 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA | Directions 9026534.039038 -118.669641
Neighborhoods: Eastern Malibu
Nobu is high energy, pretentious, exciting, expensive and a lot of fun. The dishes are unique and very well crafted and almost everything is delicious.
Sushi or Kobe? – I don't know what I like more here!!
Both are pretty good.
Service could be faster/better
It's a hit and miss, sometimes you get the best waiter, others you get the wanna be actress who keeps staring at whatever actor is there sitting at the next table and getting every order wrong.
If all the waiters and waitresses in LA could act like they LOVE their jobs, well, then I guess they would be good actors and working as such instead of messing our orders.
start hiring people who want to work as WAITERS, who are not as young or as good looking but they can bring you what you actually order to the table.
I could care less how they look, if our waiter has been working on his biceps or the waitress just had a touch of Botox on her forehead, or her augmented lips get to our table way before the rest of her face, if they are unable to retrieve food from the kitchen and bring it to the table in the right order to the right person his/hers good looks are not going to make me less unhappy
Back to the Sushi
It is the BEST in town!............
When and if it makes it to the table.
Still has the arrogance without the Great Food – 6-10 review - I have been coming to Nobu in Malibu since 2001 - Always greeted by the same or similar head maitre de with the attitude of "its not the tip you give me it's who you know" [she actually said that] - What once used to be a dinner that rivaled the food served on Mt. Olympus, Nobu Malibu has gone steadily downhill over the past decade relying on name and location and celebrity prestige - Having brought our friends there for an Omikase dinner for 4 @ $150 apiece we hoped to get the best Nobu offered - Over sauced flavorless dish after dish was served with great waiter fanfare - Yes the service was good - Years ago what used to be creative with the most subtle and delicate of flavors has deteriorted to a mocking somber shadow of its former self - I was embarrassed in front of my friends with this meal since I had talked it up and relayed the past gastronomic dreams of culinary delight Nobu once produced - Of course my friends were polite and never said a word - Nor did they say "wow this food is great." Omission is as loud as commission. - The extraordinay desserts of years past were ordinary and the proof was in the great pieces left untouched by all - Sake was great - martinis were either too sweet or too dry - Nobu Malibu has slipped and slipped again down notch after notch over the years - The waiter proudly told us that they were moving to a new and bigger location after years of waiting for a permit - Judging by the empty tables on a Saturday night they might be looking at even fewer tables of customers in their new location - At over $1100 for four people we were willing to spend the money for a meal that promised a memory - Alas I have already forgotten the food yet not the overpriced experience of a once proud and quite unique resataurant.
Amazing Birthday Dinner – I can totally understand why people go there and have an average experience. Their regular sushi looked totally run-of-the-mill. We sat at the bar (which looked like it seats about 15 people total, though we were on the end with another couple), and I asked for omakase. The chef said that there are three standard levels of omakase; 99, 150, and 200. He could tell I wasn't digging the whole pre-fab idea so he said "I'll make you something special." My girlfriend explained what she liked (she'll only eat tuna and veggie dishes) and I just said I didn't want Uni. The couple sitting next to us were ordering totally average stuff that you could get anywhere, and it looked totally average. At one point my girlfriend got a roasted eggplant dish that was really good, and she said her spicy tuna roll was the best she's had anywhere.
We sat down at 6:30 and by 9 we were having dessert (a chocolate suffle with green tea ice cream on the side--really good), though we needed to take off to head over to meet some friends so we felt a bit rushed because of that at the end. A couple of highlights: freshwater eel and fois gras stacked in a bowl with a kind of semi-sweet teriyaki sauce that was insane, not too overpowering. Another item of note was kobe beef tataki with ponzu sauce that was really good. Total bill with drinks and tip: $310. Fantastic evening. Do I have a burning desire to fly back tonight and eat there again? Nah. I'd go to that place at the Santa Monica airport before I'd make a special trip to Nobu again. But still, sitting at the bar was great, especially on the end like we did as we could see everyone in there.
WORTH THE TRIP, WORTH THE MONEY – If you're a sushi novice, pick somewhere else to dine like Katsu-ya or some other Hollywood smash and grab fish place. But if you're into wild delicious flavors, high-quality product, and attentive service try Nobu Malibu. Yaman, our server, was so funny and truly made our experience unique and fun. Even people who weren't our waiters were helping us out explaining all of the dishes and getting us our food. They make every table feel like a celebrity - especially since we were sitting next to Cindy Crawford! Try the newstyle, yellowtail with jalepeno, and the ribye. And don't forget to ask for Yaman - He's the best! Great for business dinners - not so with romantic dates.
My favorite – It's frustrating to read the reviews on here with people comparing Nobu to other sushi restaurants, because the experience is not meant to be like other sushi restaurants. If you are looking for a standard sushi dinner, don't go here because you will miss out on the whole point and feel like the restaurant did not live up to your expectations. If you want to enjoy a meal at Nobu, I recommend the following: 1. sit at the sushi bar. You don't need a reservation and it's much more interactive, you get the best food and the sushi chefs are the nicest around. (unless you have more than three people, then a table is more appropriate). 2. ask your waiter and sushi chef for recommendations. There are many daily specials that are not on the menu, some of which are the best dishes they make (ie: king crab tempura, seared scallops with truffle). The waiters know what is good, and they will steer you through a meal you will love. 3. If you do make a reservation, call ahead and if they are full put yourself on the waiting list, more often than not they will call you back. 4. Be prepared to spend money. Resign yourself to it and just accept that it will run you $100-$150 a person for a great dinner. 3. Don't go for the first time on Valentine's Day. (that rule applies to ANY restaurant!) I have never had a bad meal at Nobu Malibu, the kitchen is always consistent and some of the best staff work at this location. Treat them with respect and they will do the same. Go for a good time (not to gawk at celebrities) and to enjoy some innovative cuisine that has since been copied all over Los Angeles. Go for the original.
Consistently OVER RATED: Lousy Decor, Lousy Serivce, Lousy Food - year after year VISIT after VISIT! – You know i'm a local here in Malibu and every so often I have to remind myself of why I dont bother going here.
Service? Really quite lousy.
Food? Definitely lousy.
Decor? A joke.
You have to wonder why this thing is even on the map. Honestly I cant figure out why this place is such a hot spot because the food is lousy, the decor is non-existent, and the waiters are amateur. Compare to Sage Room, T d Noi or Geoffry's. Its in some half assed parking lot, some half assed non-decor, half assed waiters half assed food. I think this place is great for people who have no appreciation of fine dining but are under the false impression of receiving it once having been here. Its a joke. Nobu is a joke. Starting from its back of the parkinglot location. A JOKE.
What's the Hype? – I love sushi. However, at Nobu's, the servings are small and overpriced. Yes, it is fresh and there are different tastes but if you are celebrity struck, then this is the restaurant to go to see and be seen. You are paying for a celebrity hangout, basically, because I was disappointed with the sushi. There are much better sushi restaurants than this one. The waitstaff were attentive, except for two. One seemed to have a bad attitude when we were seated. Also, towards the end of our dinner, my husband had gone to the restroom and I was trying to decide what to have next and a waitstaff person came up, folded my husband's napkin and asked if I was finished. Did it look like I'm was finished-when we're finished, we will ask for the check. I guess in serving celebrities, the waitstaff get certain attitudes. Maybe they need to go to Customer Service class and understand how to treat a paying customer. I'm not impressed with this restaurant and probably won't go back.
NOBU RESTAURANT, MALIBU – Our family loves sushi & have frequented many establishments for many years throughout the world, so we decide to take our daughter in law there for her birthday--there were six of us. This was our first time to Nobu. I had heard it was pricey, but good, AND IT WAS!!! Best to order in stages and eat family style--first cold dishes, soup, hot dishes, then sashimi/sushi, dessert. Black cod w/miso, yellow tail w/ jalapenos, shrimp with lobster and lemon grass all were culinary treats (signature dishes)--these specialties went beyond my expectations. Web site states not suitable for children, not accurate. If your children like Japanese cuisine good place to go because noisy which allows children to be themselves and have fun too. Food was served quickly. SO WHY FOUR STARS IF FOOD YUMMY--the waiter. He was obnoxious and patronizing treating us like we were imbeciles of Japanese food and on occasion grimaced or sighed when we asked about an item. He forgot our reorder drinks and one hot dish order as well. We ordered sea eel he brought us sea urchin. I asked when it arrived what it was--so he could acknowledge the error. Instead of apologizing and saying he would replace it with the correct item--he literally grabbed the plate--and proceeded to talk with the manager who was 2 feet from our table--consequently, we could hear everything discussed. He blamed us telling manager it was our fault, we didn't know what we were ordering. Excuse me, but sea eel is one of our favorite dishes. Okay he had to cover his error, but don't talk about patrons in front of them. We told him to cancel the order for sea eel. Since this was the end of our meal, the incident left us with a bad taste. They put the tip into the bill of 5 or more, which was probably fortunate for him--because he really was a two-bit watier. We spent over $700.00 for the six of us (no alcohol)--but the food was worth it--we will probably go again and be sure we do not have this waiter.
Great Sushi, but bring your Platinum card... – I've been to all of the incarnations of Nobu in Malibu over the years. Delicious, fresh and deceivingly complex rolls make this a Japanese restaurant you don't want to miss.
A definite standout in the small collection of Malibu eateries.
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