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Kick up the heat, your heels at Coral Beach Cantina

The ribeye steak fajitas ($16) are one of the offerings at Coral Beach Cantina in Malibu. Photos by Barbara Burke/22nd Century Media
Coral Beach Cantina’s Enchiladas Mole ($14.75) is packed with flavor and a punch of spice.
Barbara Burke, Freelance Reporter
10:10 am PDT April 13, 2017

The minute one walks in, she feels at home at Coral Beach Cantina, a Malibu classic that has been serving homemade Mexican food since 1979.  

The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly and lively.

Malibu natives frequent this establishment because they find it has consistently good food and a comfortable ambiance. Visitors are delighted to discover it.

“We come here all the time because it is close to home and the food and drinks are great,” said Monica Johnson, of Malibu. 

Virginia Allen agreed. 

“They have good margaritas and good food,” she said. “It’s a good value and the staff is very pleasant.” 

Homemade chips and tasty red or green salsa start one’s evening off, and she is in for a truly tasty epicurean meal.

Try the Camarones de la Diabla ($15.95). Served with rice and beans, the sizzling sensation is cooked with a spicy chipotle sauce. The jumbo shrimp is cooked just right, and the portion is hearty. Customers can opt for pinto beans or black beans and both choices are excellently cooked. 

The Enchiladas Mole ($14.75), is another innovative and tasty choice. Coral Beach Cantina knows how to make this classic Mexican dish superbly. The somewhat spicy, chocolatey, smoky mole blends perfectly with the chicken, making for a succulent entrée.

Coral Beach Cantina caters to those wanting vegan, gluten-free, or vegetarian options.  

Malibu residents Ted McDonald and Lauren Lobley, proprietors of the Five Point Yoga Studio at Malibu Country Mart, consider the restaurant very family-friendly. Finding it to be the perfect place to relax after a busy work day, they think the establishment is ideal for eating out with their daughter, Madison McDonald, who recently celebrated her first birthday at the restaurant. 

“I love the veggie fajitas and veggie burritos,” Ted McDonald said. “It’s our veggie comfort food.”

Vegetable fajitas cost $13.50, ribeye steak fajitas or chicken fajitas are $16, and shrimp fajitas are $18.25.  

The fajitas sizzle and delight the senses. They are well-seasoned and include perfectly sautéed onions and red and green peppers. 

Coral Beach Cantina’s Happy Hour is from 4-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and features house margaritas for $7, domestic beers for $5, import beers for $6 and well drinks for $7. During Happy Hour, customers can order two shredded beef or chicken tacos, nachos, or a quesadilla for $6. For $6.50, customers can order a chicken tostada or beef taquitos, and for $7.50, they can get a mini burrito with chicken or shredded beef.

Coral Beach Cantina’s homemade food and homey atmosphere hit a home run every time. 

The Coral Beach Cantina

29350 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu


11:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday

Phone: (310) 457-5503