Saddle Peak Lodge

American in Malibu & Pacific Palisades

Rustic as a Colorado mountain lodge, and tucked into the Santa Monica Mountains with a creek running beneath, Saddle Peak Lodge serves up elk, venison, buffalo and other game in a setting watched over by mounted versions of the same. Though the furnishings are rustic timber, this is fine dining, so don’t come here after a day on the trail.

The 6-mile drive up Malibu Canyon from the beach is nothing short of inspirational – and occasionally hair-raising.