Malibu or “the Bu” as it is also known, is a surfing city bordered by Topanga on the East, the Santa Monica Mountains on the North and the Pacific Ocean on the South. The area is also known for the Hollywood movie stars and other affluent residents who call Malibu home. Lastly, Malibu is also a very popular filming location for many movies, television shows and music videos (if anyone is old enough to remember them). What brought us to Malibu for this trip though was the wine. Yep! You read that right, wine brought us to Malibu. So enough chit-chat, here is how Michelle and I spent the day in Malibu.
Ollo’s focus is on Farm to Table Dining, serving locally sourced California cuisine with an Italian and Mediterranean influence. Their breakfast menu looked amazing offering everything from: fruit, cereal, egg dishes, scrambles, acai bowls, pancakes and waffles. I went for the buttermilk pancakes which came with maple syrup and a strawberry butter and I got a double latte. The pancakes themselves were delicious! The only thing I didn’t enjoy was the strawberry butter, when it melted it was okay, but there was way too much of it. The latte wasn’t impressive, the milk was flat and definitely not aerated properly, the espresso was strong and pretty good, it made the latte drinkable. Would I come back here? Maybe, I think if we came back I would try one of the scrambles or the breakfast burrito.
Address: 23750 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu, CA
If you missed my post on this magical place, you can catch it here. I won’t go into too much detail in this post on the wine safari since it has its own post but I will tell you, it is situated in the canyons of Malibu on the 1,000 acre Saddlerock Ranch and Vineyard. It was such a fun experience especially getting to interact with exotic animals and drinking wine in the process.
Address: 32111 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA
Price: varies on the tour you take
After the wine safari we jumped on the free shuttle, located at the top of the parking lot you’ll see the signs, and headed down to Malibu Wines where we did a wine flight. I went with the lights flight, which consisted of 5 different Saddlerock white wines. They were all pretty good, I don’t know a whole lot about wine so I won’t try to describe any of them but I did end up purchasing a bottle before we left. It’s important to note that the tasting room does not serve any food, but you can bring in your own if you want. We didn’t explore too much of the grounds but there was an old school bus and a couple other vintage cars on the property for your Instagram pictures as well as the WINE art piece at the entrance.
Address: 31740 Mulholland Hwy., Malibu, CA
Price: free admission but a minimum of one bottle must be purchased for each group of 2-4 people.
Is a mix of seafood and signature dishes with Asian, Italian and American influences. Over the years they have received awards from renowned institutions including: Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, The Michelin Award and The Best of City Search. What really drew me to this restaurant though is the panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, when you look out the windows all you see is ocean, and you can hear the crashing waves as well. The food was okay, overpriced for what it is. I ended up getting a Caesar Salad, the Pumpkin Tortelloni and an Italian Spritz, the drink and the view were the highlight for me. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this restaurant if you only have a day to spend in Malibu.
Address: 20356 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA
There is so much more in Malibu we want to explore/eat/drink. We learned a few things on this adventure, like Wine Safaris are amazing, Malibu makes some damn good wine, and don’t always believe the hype-sometimes it’s better to get delicious cheaper seafood and enjoy it on the beach. But hey! It’s all apart of the adventure process, even for us LA Locals. I hope you enjoyed this post. If there is a coffee shop, restaurant or activity we need to do on our next Malibu adventure, let me know in the comments below!