327 Latigo Canyon Road
Malibu, CA 90265
Monday: Closed; Tuesday-Saturday: 11:30 AM – 10 PM; Sunday: 10 AM – 9 PM
Malibu Cafe is one of the more unique brunch locations I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. Located on the Calamigos Ranch, this venue is a bit off the beaten path so you’ll need to plan a bit to get there unless you live in the Malibu/Thousand Oaks area. The restaurant is mainly all outdoors and looks very much like an adult playground. Besides the numerous tables for dining there are activities set up such as a giant chess board, outdoor bowling alley, giant Jenga, Cornhole, paddle boats and rowboats, and of course several bars.
This place is a perfect afternoon spot for big groups if the weather is nice out (and let’s be real, SoCal weather is pretty much always nice). I’ve been told at night the garden lighting in all the trees light up and make for a really cute bistro feel. The food overall was pretty good, the Mac and Cheese balls were fantastic, but the service could use a little work. The waiters were very polite and personable, but they took a long time to get us basic things like napkins, water and our check (in their defense they said the credit card machine was down). Luckily, we wanted to just hang out outside and enjoy the weather anyways so it wasn’t as much of a bother.