With an enclosed patio, an adjacent bar with tables for eating and drinking, and a proper dining room, this is the sort of neighborhood place that works for casual drop-ins as well as fancier meals. Chris Bocchino and his wife, Kristine, who worked together at the Whisper Lounge at the Grove, offer small plates—clams casino, short rib tacos, lamb chops—along with a full menu of starters and entrées. Main ingredients like the barramundi, arctic char, or rib eye are beautifully cooked but are sometimes held hostage by overwhelming sauces, and the kitchen is too fond of salt. » 21337 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu (310-456-1221). D Tue.-Sun. Full bar. California            $$$