Surf’s Up…

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Ocean view…waves crashing, sun setting over the Malibu shoreline.

Enviable surroundings and the food was actually very good.

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Last week, we dined at Mastro’s Ocean Club on the Pacific Coast Highway.

The decor is old school with low ceilings, close quarters, but the ocean swells created a tranquil ambiance.

Mastro's Bar
Mastro’s Bar

We hung at the bar for a bit, awaiting our ocean view table.

Live music accompanied our cocktails.

Cocktails
Cocktails

The Chopin martini was cold and neat.

At first I had sticker shock.

Chopin upped the ante by $2. The martini had a $20 price tag, but the shaker contained enough for another full hit so it ended up being two for the price of one.

David indulged in a house specialty, Double Cross Mule ($16).

Wedge Salad
Wedge Salad

Seated and wooed by the view we shared a truly delicious Wedge Salad ($12).

I don’t know if iceberg lettuce has taken a dive, but wedges have been as annoying as my thong wedgies.

This wedge contained fresh, crunchy lettuce, crispy bacon, sweet tomatoes and tasty crumbled blue cheese dressing.

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We finished our cocktails with fresh hamachi sashimi embellished with crispy onions and topped with ponzu truffle oil ($26).

Lobster Mashed Potatoes were a must and they did not disappoint…hello, gorgeous!

The portion size was huge and there was a generous amount of tantalizing lobster meat ($35).

Swordfish, Lobster Mashed Potatoes
Swordfish, Lobster Mashed Potatoes

We adorned our fresh Pacific Swordfish with dollops of lobster mash. The fish was prepared perfectly. We shared the hearty portion. ($40).

We also ordered asparagus, but they were overcooked and the waiter returned them, no problem.

Service was efficient, but without a personal touch.

I am a water person so the appeal of an oceanside meal is very attractive to me.

I am glad we came, saw and conquered…not sure there will be an encore as the prices are high and the interior vibe not my thing.

That being said, without hesitation, I would definitely recommend dining at least once at the classic Mastro Ocean Club.

Mastro's Ocean Club
Mastro’s Ocean Club

Mastro’s Ocean Club 18412 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, California. Open Monday-Thursday and Sunday 5-10pm, Friday and Saturday 5-11pm. Brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:30am-2:30pm. Reservations on OpenTable.com. Valet parking $10. 7 Locations in California, Chicago, Las Vegas, New York, City, Scottsdale and Washington, D.C.

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