If you’ve ever driven PCH between Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Tuna Canyon Road, you’ve probably seen the Reel Inn Fresh Fish Market & Restaurant. What first caught my eye wasn’t the dancing fish or the charming bistro lights – it was the catchy phrases that adorn the sign out front. Some of my favorites include “Fin and Tonic,” “Eel of Fortune,” and “Twist and Trout.” And who can forget “The Codfather 2”? Genius. So there wasn’t any hesitation that this was one of the first restaurants we had to try once we got settled.
Reel Inn did not disappoint. First off, the atmosphere is casual and welcoming. This Malibu landmark is much more than a local hangout. It’s where friends and neighbors meet...the kind of place you could easily find yourself visiting once a week. My culinary attraction started with the fish tacos on “Taco Tuesday” but soon evolved to the grilled swordfish with green salad and mashed potatoes on the side. The options for great seafood are endless – all cleverly presented to patrons on an old school chalkboard – and I am eagerly awaiting a change of season so I can bundle up in Uggs and a sweater and take my one and only on a clam chowder date (although I’ve heard I could be waiting a long time in Malibu!).
Whenever family visits, Reel Inn is one of the first places we take them. It’s ideal for casual conversation and a delicious meal. The outdoor patio is more than inviting – I mean, who doesn’t love sitting at a picnic table with views of the canyon on one side and the ocean on the other? Throw in a glass of Sauvignon blanc and I’d call this a perfect meal.
Summer days and winter
nights were made for Reel Inn. And they “haddock” me at hello.