Malibu >Food & Dining > Reel Inn Fresh Fish Restaurant
18661 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA | Directions 9026534.039758 -118.581632
11 to 9:30
Don't order the fish tacos! – The fish tacos were basically unseasoned tuna, lettuce and a bit of cheese. They were really unpleasant and bland. The grilled fish looked pretty good. I think tacos are not their thing. I was absolutely starving, and left hungry rather than finish
Fresh Fish done right - Casual Self Serve – For the variety of fresh fish and the great side dishes - I'm never disappointed. You tell them how you like it and what you want with it (love the coleslaw, potatoes and the rice) It's casual, you have to go pick up the dishes and take it back to your table. But it's a friendly, rustic atmosphere with honest prices for fresh fish. Great for lunch or dinner. Dinner during the week is easier - less crowded. Always look forward to their chalk board words for the day. Found both locations pretty consistent.
Best after beach stop – Inexpensive fresh seafood, well prepared and wide selection. Low key dive surf shack atmosphere with a cozy fireplace and well worn picnic benches.
casual atmosphere & good seafood – Reel is ia great place to go if you want to be by the beach. it has an outside terrace where you can eat or there are tables inside. the seafood is fresh and you can pick out what fish you want and they cood it to order. they offer a variety of side dishes and appeteziers. It is a very casual atmosphere and a lot of fun to go to in the summer so that you can eat outside in the sunshine.
Great Fish, Bad Rice! – I've been going to the Reel in since I was 21, now I'm 41. The food has always been great and the fish very fresh. The fried food has also been very good since I first went. Usually, I have the broiled red snapper and a couple sides or oysters on the half shell, something like that. I recommend ordering anything broiled or blackened, but at all costs, avoiding anything fried, including calamari, any fish and shrimp. Usually these fried items are way overcooked and not fresh at all. Also avoid the rice. The rice stinks and they give way too much. The sides are drive through restaurant fare, basically, so don't expect alot. Most people come for the fish and the atmosphere.
Pretty decent fish in a shack like atmosphere – Okay, my boyfriend loves the fish tacos here and was raving about them. When I took a bite out of mine, I HATED it. They use very fish tuna. The fresh lettuce and cheese are great, but yuck on that kind of fish. It is very affordable at only $3.50 for a large fish taco. The first time I ate here, I also ordered the calamari. It was literally the WORST calamari either of us had ever eaten. It was disgusting. I never wanted to go back, but like I said, my boyfriend loves the fish tacos so I gave it one more try. This time I went with the grilled talapia and I will say that I enjoyed it. The french fries were good and the tarter sauce is very flavorful. I am going to try the grilled shrimp next time I am there. The coleslaw is just fare, but stick with this instead of the sad side salad. Overall, you can find something you like on the menu just stay clear of the calamari.
Horrible Horrible – Ordered the Fish and Chips with Slaw........Shrimp Scampi, Cajun rice, Steamed Veggies, and Red Fish Chowder. The Fish was insulting to the palate. The Shrimp in the Scampi ran back to Italy to tell Uncle Carmine how badly a classic Italian dish was treated. The Cajun in the rice was the only right.....it was spelled correctly. The steamed veggies were cooked perfect.ly......and the slaw wasn't half bad. The Red Fish Chowder was red from embarrassment......and the roll that came with the Chowder was ice cold. If that was Chowder.........I am moving back to San Francisco or Maine.
I remembered this place from my childhood........I must be demented from old age. I don't remember it being horrible........ My family will never trust me again to pick out a restaurant.
Great seafood and great prices – This is a Malibu staple that can't be missed. If you are craving fresh seafood, this is the place to go. The interior is filled with bench picnic tables giving it some great atmosphere not often found at other Malibu restaurants and the seafood is fresh and abundant. This is a self serve place, so if you are looking for a nice sit down resturant where you will be waited on this is not the place to go. Order your food at the window and grab a table. There is often a line to order food especially at peak hours, but your food arrives very quickly once ordered. While the beer costs a little more than at Neptune's Net, the seafood is a little cheaper and much tastier. You won't be dissapointed.
LONG LINES AND SUB PAR FOOD – I almost lost it in this place. So at 4pm the line was only half way wrapped around the restaurant, which seemed not bad. Half hour later I was still in line and starving when I finally got up to the counter. I tried to order crab cakes, and at 4:30 pm on a Saturday, they seemed to have fun out of crab cakes!! So I got fish tacos but wanted to get the healthy sides in stead being salad and veggies, both which coast about $2 extra each. So two fish tacos plate coast $18 and it sucked. You want good cheap fish, goto Wahoo's. I will never go back here, and it should be avoided at all costs.
Better than Neptune's Net – First time trying it...the Reel Inn exceeded my expectations. Food is much better value than at competitor Neptunes Net which is super far down the PCH, where $17 gets you a big basket of fries and only a little fish.
Ordered the fish taco entree...enough food for me and my bf to share. Delicious, satisfying soft fish tacos with great fries, coleslaw and cajun rice for only $11! Also tried the fried shrimp which were great if a little pricy. Beer was cold, slightly more expensive than Neptunes Net.
Only drawback was that line to order food was super long. But once ordered food arrived really quickly. I will definitely be back.
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