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Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch, Pt. 1 {Local Eats & Venue}

So I may have a soft spot for Calamigos Ranch [my husband and I got married there in October 2012], but it really is a magical place – perfect for any occasion.

Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch

Malibu Cafe offers a plethora of seating and games on their huge lawn, making it super dog- and kid-friendly too (so don’t be afraid to bring those little ones with you – they’re more than welcome here and they’ll love it!).

You can spend the day or evening at Malibu Cafe, enjoying food made from the freshest ingredients and playing games such as corn hole, pool, life size chess, ping-pong and more.

Malibu Cafe - Calamigos Ranch #LL805

Calamigos Ranch also recently opened their own lifestyle boutique, Otte, which is located behind the umbrellas at Malibu Cafe. The boutique is a must-see, and even if it’s not within your budget (like us… but one can dream right!?), the interior is just as adorable as you’d imagine!

Otte Boutique at Calamigos Ranch #LL805{PS how hilarious is that sign!? So true and there’s more of them too- make sure to check them out!}

Malibu Cafe hosts a ton of events, both open to the community (like Oktoberfest) and private (we’ll be sharing more on the Baby Shower we hosted soon!).

Oktoberfest at Malibu Cafe

Baby Shower at Malibu CafeThere are five dedicated areas to host an event (some are pictured below):

The Lawn

The Waterfront

The Deck

The Island

The Hillside Umbrellas

Seating under the Hillside Umbrellas at Malibu Cafe

Malibu Cafe at Calamigos RanchMalibu Cafe at Calamigos RanchThe Deck at Malibu Cafe Calamigos Ranch

The other evening we enjoyed dinner on the deck at Malibu Cafe. The lighting is so beautiful and the rustic surroundings make it feel as if you’re tucked away in the woods.  The food was absolutely amazing too – the epitome of how I’d imagine true modern country food. I say “true” because Calamigos Ranch, which is family-owned still to this day by the Gerson family, lives by the cowboy lifestyle motto of living off the land and specializes in fusion country cuisine, which they’ve coined Nouveau Barbeque, made from the freshest ingredients.

I mean, they even created their very own signature Calamigos Barbecue Sauce years and years ago — and since then, created menus full of signature items.

The bar at Malibu Cafe

Their unique menus offer Lunch, Dinner and Dessert (Tuesdays – Sundays) as well as an extensive Wine & Drink list full of specialty cocktails (our favorites, among many, are the Passion Fruit Mojito and Moscow Mule).  On Sundays they offer an insanely delicious Brunch menu from 10 – 2:30pm and serve Dinner from 3-9pm.

Malibu Cafe is a must visit for all the above stated reasons and more – so check your calendar and tell all your friends!

{PS if you plan to go for brunch, we highly recommend making a reservation in advance as it can get packed for obvious reasons. #worthit}

LocalLove805 at Malibu CafeTanisha and Mom at Malibu Cafe

Have you hosted an event at Malibu Cafe? Please let us know- we’d love to hear from you. Comment below or share your photos on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter by tagging @LocalLove805 #LL805

We’ll be sharing photos from our DIY Navajo-themed baby shower soon too — along with tips on how to throw and host a baby shower on a budget. We’d love to hear any tips that you may have, so please let us know!


Hayley {LL805}

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