Gregg Hunter’s Newspace

Ocean view restaurants have come and gone throughout the years, but the venerable BeauRivage continues to thrive after nearly three decades in Malibu under the astute guidance of restaurateurs and owners Daniel and Luciana Forge.

Renowned for its broad menu of Mediterranean cuisine, BeauRivage proudly claims eminence as the premier Mediterranean style restaurant on the West Coast. Elegantly casual with a Euro flair for hospitality, the romantic setting boasts a wealth of shrubs and flowers surrounding the palatial premises, where most patrons wisely choose to seat at tables set with white linen on the enclosed patio garden.

Daniel is meticulous in his selection of domestic and imported vintages stored in the restaurant’s wine cellar. There is also a complete bar in the lounge, which features live music Wednesday through Sunday.

My favorite time at BeauRivage is the weekend brunch, when over indulgence is the rule rather than the exception. You can begin with cold appetizers like proscuitto, Carpaccio Venesia and Scottish smoked salmon; or hot starters including Escargot a la Bourguignonne, grilled portobello mushrooms or Scampi Cote d’Azur.

Treat yourself to main dishes including the Gnocchi Pomodoro, Long Island duckling or the New Zealand rack of lamb.

BeauRivage is an extravagant gourmet experience that will provide you with a memorable meal.

Allow for plenty of traveling time, as you must take the always-busy Pacific Coast Highway to arrive at BeauRivage, 26025 PCH.

For more information about the menu, visit www.beaurivagerestaurant.com. Call (310) 456-5733 for reservations.

Very different, but special in its own right, is the dining experience at 8 oz. Burger Bar, where the rather limited lunch and dinner fare features the title sandwich grilled from the house beef blend of sirloin tri-tip, short rib and chuck for $10 paired with classic condiments. Add stout-battered onion rings for $4. Or, indulge in a Kobe corn dog for $7. On a health kick? Go for their version of the Cobb Salad for $7. For a sweet finale, indulge in an old fashioned banana split for $5. The 8 0z Burger Bar, 7661 Melrose Ave., also pours themed cocktails and beer. For more information, call (323) 852-0008.

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