Live Music Meets Great Food
Written by Taylor Rowlands | Photographed by Julie Wuellner
As one of the few spots in Malibu that hosts live entertainment in a bar and restaurant setting, Casa Escobar is a favorite among Malibu locals, Pepperdine students and is always a hit for tourists visiting the area. The vibrant Mexican and Sonoran inspired restaurant sits right across from the famous Malibu Pier, mixing the laid-back Malibu vibe with authentic latin culture.
Owner of Casa Escobar, Kathy Escobar Harvey, followed the footsteps of her great-grandparents who opened up a small taqueria in West L.A. back in 1924. Her grandparents and father continued on to open the first Casa Escobar in 1946. Today, Kathy continues to serve her grandmother Rosa’s authentic recipes to the Malibu community, mixing in those same 1940’s flavors with the influences of her Head Chef, Enrique, whose own Mexican roots bring life to the restaurant. Together they’ve been creating dishes for 15 years.
“We have really good authentic Mexican food and it’s fresh. I get deliveries every single day, our food is always really fresh and we use organic when we can,” says Kathy.
“I have travelled all throughout Mexico and gotten recipes.” Kathy’s personal favorite dish is their vegan tacos made from a lettuce wrap with Veganaise and organic sweet potatoes. On the other side of the spectrum, her husband loves Chef Enrique’s carnitas and carne asada, made from angus beef.
Kathy always knew she wanted to join her family legacy and open up a Casa Escobar of her own. A fourth generation business owner, Kathy’s Malibu roots run deep. She describes her childhood here as “magical” and is proud to say her granddaughter is now a third generation Malibu local. Her husband Russell constructed the restaurant and brought her vision to life. Her brother owns Joey Escobar Malibu Martial Arts and her daughter works for a local tequila company called Karma Tequila, which of course they serve at the restaurant. Her daughter Jessica is married to one of Malibu’s professional surfers, Reef McIntosh. Together the team brings all aspects of the Malibu community to Casa Escobar to share with guests.
Live entertainment frequents the restaurant every Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, with occasional weekday performances. Casa Escobar also hosts a variety of special events and fundraisers to support the community. During special events and concerts the restaurant transforms into a venue for some of the most incredible touring artists, from local musicians and bands to internationally renowned tourisng artists. Tickets are always available for purchase on their website. You can contact them through their website to host one of your own and bring the Malibu community together for some good food, dancing and live music.
There’s nothing quite like the combination of live music and one of Casa Escobar’s self-proclaimed best margaritas in town. For those who aren’t that into alcohol, the restaurant is currently working on a new menu of Mok Cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks as well so everyone can enjoy their night out. MM
22969 Pacific Coast Highway | Malibu, CA | (310) 456-1999| www.casaescobar.com