Best sushi food in California ! Best view ! A piece of
Best sushi food in California ! Best view ! A piece of paradise in malibu. Amazing service . On the Ocean and amazing sunsets . I absolutely love this place . Everything is so yummy.
89/10 this was absolutely AMAZING. This melted in my mouth, absolutely unreal. It was the size of my pinky toe but so absolutely worth it. If I participated in an eating contest I'd choose these. Lobster Taco 9/10 very delicious and packed with lobsta. Had light yet powerful citrus flavor. House Roll 8.8/10 had crab, tuna, salmon, toro and one more thing that I forget. Very yummy, loaded roll. I hated the white crunchy wrap on the outside to I removed it with each bite. Order without. Spicy Tuna Roll 8.4/10 fresh and delicious. A nice staple I will always get. Relatively cheap too. Baked Crab Handroll 7.6/10 I was so full at this point it was hard to enjoy. Mango Passion Martini 9.3/10 I think the best martini I have ever had. Sweet and delicious. Had a nice texture too. Espresso Martini 5.3/10 not impressed
The sushi was good especially the toro.
I took off one star because the wait was long. The view was the best part. Definitely will be back!
Absolutely love this spot! Sushi with a view of the water
Absolutely love this spot! Sushi with a view of the water and delicious cocktails is the perfect recipe for a girls night out. Be sure to order the date cake for dessert it's so so good!! Valet parking only. Indoor and outdoor seating available be sure to make a reservation unless you are cool with bar seating.
Such beautiful scenery and the food is absolutely divine
On Sunday February 26, 2023 we went to nobu to celebrate my
On Sunday February 26, 2023 we went to nobu to celebrate my daughter's birthday with my family, wow what a great experience it was our first time going that far from Upland CA to Malibu to celebrate dinner with the fam. I asked for the pineapple passion fruit martini and I loved it and I had to get a second one. I ordered the lobster with shrimps and mushrooms sauce and it was delicious and very filling and I ordered a shrimp tempura roll and it was good also and lastly I ordered a date cake and it was phenomenal good. I don't recall what everyone ordered but everything was good. Service wise was so good and smooth and the ambiance was very calming and the view to the ocean was beautiful
You can definitely see why this place is so popular.
The staff is kind and attentive. The lychee martini was refreshing and the food was delicious. Love that it's right on the water. A very special place.
I don't even know where to begin.
A $200 omakase meal at the sushi counter here clearly means something different than it does in Tokyo, NYC, SF or the rest or LA. At Nobu Malibu it means a bit of sushi, a bunch of cooked food and a ton of terrible service. This was unequivocally the worst meal we have ever had at this price point.
After living in LA for 10 years I finally came to Nobu to
After living in LA for 10 years I finally came to Nobu to see what the hype was about and I was very underwhelmed. The food was ok. The cooked hot food was tasty but sushi was whatever. I felt like the quality should be soooo much better for the price. Drinks were delicious but very slow . This is definitely a place to come for the vibes and experience. We had an amazing table and it was super gorgeous.
I'm conflicted with this place.
If you can get a seat outside by the water, the views are amazing. Those tables are hard to come by, and I know because I waited a while before I could secure one of them. We all ordered the omakase and I would not recommend it. Every single dish was actually was very disappointing. I can't remember one that I enjoyed. Everything was heavily sauced, which is a shame because great ingredients were used. So honestly the dishes are just pretty to look at, but not much else. Service was excellent though. I would only return for drinks and small bites. And not have such high expectations.
My husband and I decided to see what the hype was all about
My husband and I decided to see what the hype was all about after hearing about Nobu on a rap song. "NOBU NOBU NOBU!" Did not disappoint, we did a walk in on a Sunday night and was placed on a 45 min waitlist but was able to find seats at the bar while we waited for a table to become available. The drinks were good, and the food was even better. 10/10 would return!
Great last minute booking
I was expecting something special and was not disappointed, but definitely pricey! Napa Valley wine complimented lots of varied dishes - all great.
A Christmas lunch to remember
5/5 by Harry
My family and I visited Nobu on Christmas Day and made it one to never forget. The servers are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate - the ingredients are a privilege to work with and they make sure to pay them due respect. Presentation on every dish was exquisite and if you can’t work out what to go for I recommend letting your server know what sort of flavours you like - giving them a rough budget and then enjoying being surprised because nothing will disappoint. Although the Black Cod Nobu is famous for is a MUST.
Experience Nobu @Malibu
5/5 by Eva W
It was such a hyped that when you visit LA must go to Nobu. We arrived before the door was open as we had a reservation at 12 pm. We were the 2nd guests to walk in and were greeted just normally by the hostess Alexa, she brought us a table which is a small table for 2 in front of a folding door. I looked around there were plenty of seats and I was looking around if she could show me a better table. But she just simply said this is the size of a table for 2 people and walked away not even trying to help. With such a high-end restaurant how could a hostess treat the guests coldly without even trying? The server saved our expectations, KARDELL is such a warm person, explained the menu in detail and not trying to rush us at all. Such a lively and cheerful person which was just the opposit of the hostess.
while you probably won't catch the kardashians here since they are always in the private room, the view is absolutely stunning and the lychee martini is a must have
You're Here for the Ambiance
Reservations: For starters I would echo other's sentiments that even having a reservations tab on their website is useless, and should just be removed (however I think this is done with intent). If you've read any reviews for Nobu Malibu you know that: A) you can't make reservations online B) you have to call their reservation line to make a reservation C) reservations can only be made as far out as 1 month in advance, to the date. Not 30 days, not 31 days. You want a reservation for October 27th, you have to call on September 27th D) Their reservation line opens at 10:00am local time With this information in hand, I made our reservation 1 month in advance, called the exact moment they opened and wound up 14th in the queue. This translated into the earliest available dinner reservation as being 9:15 PM. This of course was no problem for us, as we were on our way to Tahiti and were attempting to acclimate to the time difference anyways. But to say the least, making a reservation as part of the general public appears to be intentionally cumbersome. Food & Drinks: I would say the food is good. Don't expect to be BLOWN AWAY by it or anything, but to be honest I think when you come to Nobu Malibu, you're there more for the ambiance than anything. Among the food that we sampled were some shrimp and tamago nagiri which were fine. The wagyu tacos were quite good. And the rock shrimp tempura and shrimp/lobster in spicy lemon sauce was good as well. I was a big fan of the bento box and definitely would give that a try. All the drinks that we tried were well made, Vespertine, Lychee martini, etc. Staff: The bartenders were quite enjoyable and pleasant, the hostesses rather aloof, and the servers were attentive. Atmosphere: This is the real star of the show here isn't it? The location is superb, and the outdoor area has fantastic views. Great venue for celebrity spotting, as we saw a couple while there.
Amazing Service and Food!
From the Service to the food everything was Amazing! Our server guided us through the menu and made very good recommendations that we tried. My husband had the Omakase -Multi course menu option, and I tried a little bit of everything, from the scallops for appetizers, the Wagyu Tacos, the Lobster and shrimp entree, everything was Outstanding. Looking forward to another trip to Nobu!
we arrived a touch late and our car was taken by the valet which all went smoothly we were greeting and promptly shown to our table; it was outside and had the must stunning views of the sea and the rest of the restaurant. straight away we had still water, which was constantly refilled throughout the meal, i didn’t have an empty glass once! we then ordered food after the menu had been explained to us since this was our first time in nobu, we first pursed a few cold fish dishes, some miso soup and the ribeye tacos, all of which were perfect and i would get again in a heartbeat Our second course of lobster, two different types of steak, squid pasta and dover sole arrived, yet again all of them were perfect The rest of the party i was in eat fish however i’ve never liked it at all, however every single bit of fish i tried here i had seconds (or thirds!) Next we ordered some pieces of sushi as a palette cleanser which tasted perfect with the soy spice and finished with the iconic bento box. I particularly liked the style of the bento box and it was really fun! All in all, this was one of my favourite meals ever! We are in California for 6 more nights and i don’t think we’ll get a meal better than this! (we phoned up exactly 30 days in advance which i would recommend if you want an outside seat)
Horrendous reservations system
I am from Singapore and had wanted to book lunch for 20 November. Since early October I have since emailed Nobu thrice but no reply. Simultaneously I tried the open table system and until 21 October it’s still stated as “the restaurant does not take reservations so far in advance”. I have tried at least 20 times on a daily basis since October. So today I decided to pay for an international call but was told they are fully booked on 20 November? Can you just remove your system with Open Table? In this digital age you are forcing customers to call internationally. Why set up the Open Table?
Highly recommend stopping by. All my friends love Nobu Malibu
the reservation system is not made to have customers unless
the reservation system is not made to have customers unless fitting the pre-judgement. ok for the reservation with our vacation until I gave my french number, after that they told me that nothing is available within a month. really disappointed
You can never go wrong with Nobu! From the sushi to the
You can never go wrong with Nobu! From the sushi to the view, everything is always amazing!
I was sooooooo looking forward to this.
..thought we would have an amazing sushi experience. Sushi is sub par, I sat next to someone important I think because our server definitely gave them priority even though they were out of there mind on something. We sat at the sushi bar and the chef was so good to us and saw what was going on next to us embarrassing and Empathized with the situation. Ugh such a disappointment Views are nice It's a party spot
I felt bummed that I could not make a reservation for 1 or
I felt bummed that I could not make a reservation for 1 or get an estimate on the wait time over the phone. When I arrived I put my name in for a table and found a seat at the bar pretty quickly. They said the table would take an hour and a half. I got the table in 10 minutes or so and switched over there since the bar was very noisy and crowded. I didn't realize that my table was right in front of the fish at the sushi bar. I am vegan and animal products tend to make my stomach turn. When I told the waiter I was vegan and gluten free she said that would be tough, but named a few popular substitutions. I ordered the artichoke salad which had a gross, salty fishy taste. The eggplant miso was delicious and the veggie sushi was good. I also really like the passion fruit lychee drink I got. When I left I was still hungry but I really wanted to get away from the view and smell of the fish.
I will never step foot into this over rated restaurant.
Hostesses are rude and unprofessional. Make you wait for over hour and half. Promise a table for dinner and after over 1 1/2 hour tell sorry you need to wait longer or seat on the couches where we specifically said we don't want to seat there. Not worth it! Think about it twice before waisting your money here where you are treated terribly.
OK, let me start off with a disclaimer.
I am the wrong demographic for this restaurant. Literally everyone else in Nobu tonight was young, beautiful and rich. I am none of the above.That said, let me explain the rating that is so different than most of the others posted.We called a month ago to make this reservation to celebrate my wife's and my daughter's birthdays. We wanted an outside table only (both because of being covid cautious and because the view is soooo much better when you are seated outside). No problem and they would acknowledge the birthdays by putting their names and a candle in the dessert we order. While they did honor the time of our reservation, we were given a table away from the outside deck close to the bar. The host told us they would never guarantee an outside table - take it or leave it. When our dessert came, no candle or name on the plate. Not even a verbal "happy birthday" from the food runner who brought the dessert to the table. And in addition to not having the view of the ocean, our inside table was literally 6 inches from the tables next to ours. While I could not hear a word my daughter was saying, the stranger sitting 6 inches from me at the next table was a loud talker. I heard every word of her conversation. The noise level in the inside area was akin to what you get a loud rock concert. Some people like that vibe. I found it quite unpleasant.The food was good. We started with a charred octopus special ($36). That was the highlight of the evening. Really very good. My second favorite was the king crab amazu . A bit spicy but excellent. The crispy shiitake salad ($25) and the sea bass shemeji ($44) were OK - not great but OK. We shared the bento box ($16) for dessert. Good, not great.Th enjoyment of a meal at a high end fancy restaurant is a combo of food, service , and ambiance. Here, the food was good to excellent, the service was excellent throughout. But the ambiance was such a negative, I would never go back (since they could not promise an outside table) nor would recommend that a friend go there.
Beautiful views and drinks
We really loved it here, drinks were nice and strong! We sat in the sun with a beautiful view and it was perfect.
This used to be one of my favorites restaurants when I
This used to be one of my favorites restaurants when I lived in the area. My most recent experience was very disappointing. The hostess was a bit snobbish and unwelcoming. We were provided with 1 menu despite there being more than 1 person seated at the table. Apparently, we were expected to share the menu. I had to ask for eating utensils after my meal was served. This just wasn't the level of service that I'm accustomed to or expected from NOBU. It used to have 5-Star service. Also, it didn't appear to be very clean. The food was still good and one of the hosts, Eric was friendly so that's why I'm giving it 3 stars. I had a much better experience at Geoffrey's up the road.
Had a great time with friends, food was delicious, service
Had a great time with friends, food was delicious, service was excellent, and just the scenery was outstanding. Pleasant experience!
Yes, it's a bit of a scene with the crowds, and the stream of "Nobu beach photos" taken by influencer wannabes is annoying BUT the food and roaring waves of carbon beach are worth it. You will see all types of people here -- my advice is to keep it low key and enjoy the company you're keeping. Not everything needs to be documented.
I must say the location is absolutely beautiful. The staff was nice. Our order did take a bit longer than expected but it was busy.
I have been a couple times in the past month.
The view is great. The staff are friendly and very helpful. They give great suggestions as to the preparation for the sushi. The cocktails are perfection and even better on a beautiful day sitting out on the patio overlooking the pacific. I will continue to come back.
I really like Nobu a lot.
A LOT. I mean who doesn't? But not for the sushi as you can get the same or better elsewhere but for their cold and hot dishes. This is where they really shine. For cold, Torodito Nobu Style, Bluefin Toro Tartare, Crispy Shitake Salad, Fluke Sashimi w/Dried Miso and Yuzu. Shima Aji w/fried leeks is the only amazing nigiri we'll get as no one has it. For hot, Scallop Truffle Chips, Eggplant Spicy Miso, Dover Sole w/Crispy Spinach, Rib Eye w/Truffle Butter Sauce is YUM AF, Crispy Okra and Crispy Brussels Sprouts. My mouth is watering thinking about the food there. And fine. They shine with their desserts too. I really miss their Black Forest Cake dessert but their Date Cake and Semifreddo hit the spot too. I've had both omakase offerings and both were really good so if it's your first time trying Nobu it's worth getting the omakase to get a feel for what they have to offer but again, the hot & cold dishes are bomb. And yes, it's one of the most beautiful restaurants you can dine in on the coast with an incredible view. It's a bit bougie with the flashiest cars in the lot and name brand everything being worn by uber rich folks all around. I mean SoHo house is right across the way. And with celebrities popping in on the regular, reservations are hard to come by so good luck! And be ready to throw down some coin.
DISCRIMINATION BASED ON DISABILITY AND NATIONAL ORIGIN
My partner, who is elderly and suffers from serious disabilities—namely, diabetes osteoarthritis, and recent total replacements for both knees—had an atrocious experience after many years of loyalty. After we arrived on July 14 at noon, hostess Alexa sized us up and visibly scoffed at our Ukrainian badges and insignia, which we both prominently and proudly wore in support of Ukraine during the war. She rudely insistent that we wait despite our pleas to be seated as our third person was unlikely to make it due to circumstances beyond our control. As we explained to her manager (see below), if we were not to seated my partner would have likely passed out and been in a lot of pain. After a very embarrassing exchange with Alexa, she finally sat us at a table, which was inappropriate for a handicapped person despite our plea to move us. Alexa refused, using the excuse that “all tables have been reserved” as she again looked our Ukrainian outfits up and down. Her discrimination was obvious on its face. We immediately addressed this issue with Alisa, the alleged manager on duty. She squarely refused to do anything about it and refused to move us to an appropriate table despite me reminding her that their actions were in violation of both federal and state law. Indeed, she has implemented a double standard right before our eyes as she sat a single gentleman at a large table, whose party showed up at least 30 minutes late. Again, very obvious discrimination. Unfortunately, my partner was quickly fading away, so we had to stay and have him eat at least something before we could leave for another place. All in all, this has caused significant public embarrassment and discomfort for my partner. Poor sole. This incident is particularly disappointing because both my partner and I have been very loyal patrons of Nobu across the world. The Nobu restaurants used to be where we’d take out business partners, clients and family for years without an issue. That will be unlikely the case moving forward. We will escalate this issue to the HQ, as well as the local government, including congressman Ted Lieu. Nobu is in a serious need of management change, staff training on disability laws and an anti discrimination policy.
Horrible service- Rude people, Overpriced, BAD experience ! Don't fall for the HYPE!
I wished I had looked at the low-rating reviews on google before going here as they all have a common thread.. " Bad attitude and Service". This generally means the company has. poor culture and this trickles down from the top. The kitchen is super slow, the food very small, too salty, and overpriced. After spending $150, had to drive to Malibu Farm and have a real meal.
Nice Japanese restaurant located in Malibu area with beach front, spacious suitable for large group, well decorated and nice setup. The food was tasty in general, some platters I would say tasted perfect and some a bit less but good. Excellent service, high prices. Highly recommended. Note: a prior reservation is advisable.
WoW, WoW, WoW. A meal here is an absolute treat. The service is second to none ie. The server’s detail about each dish (thank you Tahere), fabulous. The location, ambience and quality of food and service amazing. What could they do better perhaps provide more training to their central telephone team who are at times ‘plain rude’. For them you wouldn’t eat here but work through that because once you get through the doors bliss - we’ll done yum!
Lovey views exciting ambience
Consistent with other international Nobus, this place was full of interesting guests, all happy with the world class menu. Great location, right on the beach, loved the valet. Our waitress was knowledgeable and on target with her recommendations. Thankyou
Famous because of famous people having low standards! Good for your insta but that’s it!
Here we go again. Serving high profile people but the food… I do get better food in a small average restaurant in Glasgow or in Los Angeles than here. Typical famous because famous people are visiting who obviously doesn’t have any standards. Just a show off for your insta or Facebook but actually if you have standards and you don’t care about showing off please do yourself a favour and go somewhere else. Small portions, very expensive the quality isn’t there.
Awesome Great vibe , excellent food , personel very kind not pushie great great great
Enjoy every visit to this place, no complain, never.
Nobu Malibu is the most wonderful restaurant there is.
I cannot say enough good things about this place. The sushi & one of a kind dishes are incredible. I felt very well taken care of while dining. This is the spot to enjoy a high class and beautiful experience.
Amazing food! Everything we had was spectacular- we had
Amazing food! Everything we had was spectacular- we had our kids with us but and they were very accommodating even though it's not really a kids restaurant. They loved the sushi!
This was, bar none, the best meal I've ever had in my life.
I've been to Nobu Vegas--garbage. I've had Michelin starred sushi in DC--great. I've had fantastic strip mall sushi for $10. If I had to eat sushi for breakfast lunch and dinner for the rest of my life I'd be happy about it. So yeah. This shit is the real fuckin deal. When I describe this experience to my friends I like to say I felt like for the first time in my life I truly understood the passion of a chef lol. I went alone and gave myself a $100 budget, walked in and was like ok it's gonna be $200 lol, then got the check for $250 so after a 20% tip it was $300 and you know what? Worth it. Every damn dime. I did the off menu omakase (the one where u Can tell them the kind of shit u like and they curate it for you), and I had some kind of fruity cocktail and it was just. Honestly when I left I was almost sad because I started thinking about how most people will never get to experience that kind of sublime ecstatic joy lol. Kinda fucked up but damn if you can swing it don't miss it for the world. The crowd isn't really my vibe but when the meal Is immaculate I don't give a shit. Flawless service obviously. Oh yeah, and the view's not bad either.Edit: looking at some of the sub-5 star reviews and people are talking about rolls...bitch I'm sorry but if you're gonna spend triple digits on sushi it's omakase of nothing lol like come on. You want a California roll hit the divey neighborhood spot not fucking Nobu lol. Seriously
The view is unmatched. Portions aren't comparable to the price. I don't mind the price, but when I weigh it against the size of my food is not worth it. I would return for cocktails and views! Actual food.... not so much.
Nobu lives up to the hype and the pricetag - best sushi
Nobu lives up to the hype and the pricetag - best sushi I've ever had! Our favorite was the albacore with artichoke (pictured below) but it was all delicious!
This was on my bucket list for a very long time for many
This was on my bucket list for a very long time for many reasons. This is one of the few places with a beautiful oceanfront view that rivals the best Southern California has to offer.Absolutely make a reservation! You must do so a month in advance. I made a reservation for Friday noon, and it was so packed. The lot is valet only too. You can bring a dog outside so long as the dog is chill.Do not come here if you are planning to eat a lot for less than $100. Nigiri pieces run you $7+ a piece and you have to order at least two pieces for the type you are getting. The lychee passion drink was really good ($8). We ordered hamachi, octopus, salmon, scallop, and sweet shrimp nigiri. Want garnish? Add at least $2 a piece for it. The sushi was good. Was it worth the price? Honestly, I have eaten a lot of sushi all over Los Angeles and can say there is better sushi for a fraction of the price, but you will not get the "view." Luckily, a former colleague gifted me a card to eat here, so I spent less than $50 before tip. Would I eat here again? If someone wanted to gift me the experience, then yes!
Came here for my sister's birthday.
Such a romantic spot. We got seating with the view of the ocean and it was such a nice day out too. The food was so fresh and scrumptious. There was only valet parking. The service at the front was not as friendly but our waiter made up for it. He was so attentive and so personable. Overall, would come again for the food, view and ambiance. Oh yeah, make sure you make reservations months in advance. Do not think you can just roll up and get a seat.
Some of the dishes were wonderful but that is hard not to
Some of the dishes were wonderful but that is hard not to expect when they run $30- $80 per plate. The place is NOISY...playing music over the sound of the ocean and the conversation of neighboring tables, why? The biggest annoyance was the waiter - a man about 45 who seemed more interested in being Nobu's star student rather than providing good service. Examples - when asked if we could sit at a table further from the sound speakers and closer to the ocean - response, "Oh, those tables are highly desirable and have to be reserved in advance, IF they are available. You have to ask the hostess" - the tables were empty and remained empty the duration of our lunch. "Could you turn down the music?" - "you'll have to ask the hostess". Could we have a paper menu? "Oh, we don't have many of those and they don't have all of our items". After numerous people at the table were having problems scanning the menu code card, and being asked THREE more times for a paper menu, the last time as a demand and not a question, he brought one paper menu for the table. The description of the day's specials lasted 5+ minutes, EACH - no kidding - so much detail that you ended up forgetting what he was describing. Same with any question about an item on the menu. Ordered a hot sake, got a 10 minute explanation that their sakes were cold and specially purchased from a special brewery on an island off the coast of Japan and only Nobu buys it, made from the rice grown on this special island yadda-yadda, but they do have one hot sake that comes from the same island but not the same brewery (are you getting the picture?) that he could offer me...btw, super mediocre in flavor. The waiter was a stand out in haughty disservice because all the support staff, from the hostess, to the food runners and bus people were polite, kind and to the point. You'd think the waiter would have caught on that we didn't just fall off the back of the turnip truck when we ordered $800 worth of food but the supercilious attitude held through from start to finish. The setting, decor, and views cannot be topped, the value-to-quality is questionable - wonderful as the food was, there many great sushi places in the Los Angeles area, most not as expensive as this yet are of equal quality. The noise - needlessly noisy...like they are trying to create some kind of atmosphere of hipness through loud frenetic sound. And the waiter - between the noise and the waiter, I have no interest in returning despite having enjoyed the wonderful meal.
A place that i had enjoyed previously.
This visit i tried to make a reservation for lunch, but was greeted with an answering machine when i called, that indicated that they only took calls during a certain window of time. Online I found no reservations available for the afternoon. We greeted with a friendly valet. When we went to ask for a table we were told that they were "staggering" seating; and the wait would 30-45 minutes. I explained I had been traveling and was super hungry. There were plenty of open tables and space at the sushi bar. I waited 50 minutes and asked for a status, I was told we were top of the list and that we would be seated next. Though the host explained it could take up to 10 minutes, after we sat at the bar another table was sat in front of us. We had asked previously and it was explained that they didn't serve food at the bar. In the end we were seated at the sushi counter, which is super confusing experience because you have to order from another person if the dish is hot. The frustrating thing is there were still open tables which we got seated at the counter. We also could have been seated at the counter earlier, because there was space. Initially i thought it was because of covid restrictions, but shortly after we were sat another group was seat next to us at the counter. The staff, apart from the host was pleasant and the food was good... though you want to go to Nobu for the view, because it is the real star of the restaurant.