Summer in Malibu: 20 Ways to Make the Most of the Coast

by Lesley McKenzie

6/13/2014 12:00pm PDT

2. Nantucket on the Pacific

Also on the Malibu Pier -- the sleepier cousin of its amusement-ride-filled Santa Monica counterpart -- is the new MALIBU PIER RESTAURANT & BAR (23000 PCH), overseen by chef Jason Fullilove, formerly of Campanile. The restaurant occupies the space that once housed Alice's, The Beachcomber Cafe and Ruby's Shake Shack; its bar has taken over the boathouse. Both spaces have been reimagined by visual consultant Joshua Klein, who cut his teeth at Ralph Lauren. "I think outsiders have a perception of Malibu that is glitzier than its actual rugged charm, so I needed to keep the experience organic." Look for an Ed Ruscha anchor print, a Richard Phillips surfboard and Dennis Hopper photos. "You feel like you are back east in Nantucket or Martha's Vineyard," says Jodi Guber Brufsky, founder of activewear brand Beyond Yoga. "It's got great food and atmosphere."