Old Place Restaurant: Amazing Steak & Cinnamon Rolls in Agoura Hills

I love breakfast food. I could literally eat it for every meal of the day. From donuts to cereal to eggs and bacon, it is all good. So when I get a tip that there is a good breakfast place, I have to check it out. Even if the aforementioned place is hidden in the hills above Malibu, far away from my normal stomping ground. I decided to make a day out of it and went to Old Place, Peter Strauss across the street, the hindu temple and Leo Carrillo but I digress, this is a review of Old Place in Malibu. Update – Since the original post I went back for dinner too, see that review at the end.

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Details

  • Cost: $10-15 a person
  • Hours: Closed Monday – Wednesday, Thurs – Fri: 5-11PM, Sat- Sun: 9AM – 4PM, 5PM-11PM
  • Very small, expect to wait for a bar seat or call in advance to book one of the three booths they have.

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I can’t stress this enough, if you want to eat here you should call ahead. This place is small and popular, which is a sign it is good, but also a sign that you can’t show up and expect to get in.

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We called ahead and got a small table in the back but still had to wait about 30 minutes before we were seated.

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The interior of the place adds to the charm as it feels like it is full of history, a spot that you don’t want to tell others about as it will somehow take away from its charm. I have heard all sorts of stories about Hollywoods elite coming here back in the 60’s-70’s and while I don’t know if any of it is true, if the walls could talk I am sure they would have a lot to say.

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Pro tip – If you have a big party call ahead and book the mail room (above photo). It is a fun little room in the back that was the actual post office for the town back in the early days of the area and still retains a ton of that charm.

The Food – Breakfast

We sat down to look over the menu, but I knew what I was getting before I even saw it, I had been told they made cinnamon rolls on a skillet and I couldn’t think of anything else.

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While waiting for the food we got to take in the awesome decor in the back of the area we were in with their eclectic wall full of old snowshoes and tools. I loved this place more as I sat there.

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When the food finally arrived my mind had to do a double take with the awesomeness that was the skillet of cinnamon rolls siting right in front of me, topped with mixed fruit.

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I dove in. I am happy to say that it was as good, if not better than I expected. There was so much to love in this meal, be it the perfect crispness of the sugary icing or the way the flavors of the fruit and bread got to know it other on my plate. I was in foodie heaven.

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Others at my table ordered everything from the blue corn meal flap jacks to the grilled vegetable frittatas and the overall consensus was that this place was awesome. We took it all in as we destroyed our food and coffee like we had never eaten before and when it was over I was sad to leave. It was like an old pocket of the world I had transported to, one where 15 people could sit at the same bar for breakfast and where reservations were posted on the wall on pieces of paper.

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The Food – Dinner

Dinner at the old place rivals breakfast and honestly it might even be better. There are only 8-10 different things on the menu, but when my party of 8 went everyone was completely impressed with their meals.

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For appetizers we went with the mushrooms, okra and the mac and cheese. I would easily say the mushrooms were my favorite as they were cooked in a skillet and doused with cheese.

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For dinner I had to go with the Rib Eye. I am a huge fan of steaks and had heard that the one here was a force to be reckoned with. I am happy to report that it was flawless. Honestly I only ate a few bites of the potato and almost none of the salad because I couldn’t stop eating the steak. It was one of the best I have ever had.

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Lastly, my table decided to share one of their cobblers, also prepared in a cast iron skillet. We were all so full but the 8 of us figured we could each have a bite. It was a fantastic choice as the home made cream and the cobbler was a perfect exclamation point on the night.

As I walked out the door I was greeted by a peacock that was wandering the parking lot and I thought to myself, I probably wont have an experience like this again for a while.

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Old Place is a fantastic spot, one that I could not recommend more. It can be a little pricey for dinner but every time I have been it has been completely worth it. Just remember to call ahead so you don’t have to wait. That being said though, if you do have to wait you can pop into Cornell’s Wine Room next door which is a beautiful place for wine tasting or just to walk around, as you can see from the below photo.

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