While in Los Angeles, you can't visit Malibu and not pop into Neptune's Net for fried shrimp

posted on: Monday, 17 February 2014


As I mentioned before, it had been five years since I had been back to Los Angeles before this trip, but certain parts of my visits here will always be a big part of my heart and soul. Take driving up to Malibu, for example. Cruising up the Pacific Coast Highway with the windows down, Jack Johnson on the radio and a surfboard on the roof is my happy place. Doing so with the right people in the car, makes it even more so. Truly, cruising in this part of the world creates a smile on my face that is unparallelled (ok, almost unparallelled).  

Of course no trip to Malibu is complete for me without a pit stop at Neptune's Net. I can remember my uncle telling about this place when I was a teenager. He used to ride up there on his Harley and have lunch with Jay Leno. Random, I know. But, this was a place where bikers would often meet and find themselves sitting beside surfers who had just come off the water to rehydrate and reload before an afternoon session battling the waves. Throw a few tourists in the mix and you can understand why Neptune's Net would have a vibe like no other.

We settled in for lunch on a rather grey day when every surfer in California seemed to be out in the water. It was double overhead that day and we sat amongst tourists and locals only and watched over the ocean as car after car drove by piled high with surfboards and passengers drooling over the ocean in front of them. 

I wasn't drooling over the ocean, as double overhead terrifies me. Oh, by the way, double overhead refers to the size of the waves and means they are twice as high as the surfer. Yeah, we're talking big surf here. So I decided to turn my attention to something I know I can do without risking my life - eating. Ha! We sat down at Neptune's Net at midday. My companion went for the healthy option- seared tuna - and I went for the original southern style seafood - fried shrimp. While the food here is outstanding, truly it is, you don't come here for the food. You come to Neptune's Net for the crazy wonderful atmosphere. You're on the coast of California, for heaven's sake. This is paradise. If you have a chance to eat your lunch on the ocean with the fresh air filling your lungs, why wouldn't you? Make this a place to visit! 

42505 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265