About Us

Nicolas Eatery is a family-run restaurant based in Malibu serving delicious food with French cooking techniques, offering brunch, lunch and dinner service.

Our ingredients are fresh and organic and come from our local farmers. We strive to provide our guests with the best experience. Our menu is designed to allow our guests to customize their orders as they please. After all, you are the one eating it, and we are here to serve you.

Check out our Customer Health & Safety Guide to plan your visit.

Nicolas Fanucci in the kitchen

Nicolas

Born and raised in Cannes France, Nicolas Fanucci grew up surrounded by his large Franco-Italian family. A lunch or a dinner at his home was always an experience. Without surprise, he entered the hospitality business in his late teens starting to work from the bottom and learn his craft from the best in the business.

Nicolas has worked for more than three decades in numerous landmark European and American establishments including Roger Verge’s, Le Moulin de Mougin, Chef Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV, Ninety Park lane in London, La Grenouille and Le Cirque 2000 in New York City.

Nicolas served as a General Manager for The French Laundry where under his stewardship, the restaurant received three-star rating from French-based Michelin Guide, top ranking in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant and inclusion in Zagat’s Top 10 most popular Restaurant in the Bay Area. Most recently, Nicolas was the General Manager at Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills and was later managing partner at Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia.

Recent Press:

Pepperdine University Graphic – New Family-Owned Malibu Restaurant Offers A Fresh Take on French Classics

Eater LA – Former Bouchon GM to Open All-Day French Restaurant in Malibu This Summer

Head Chef

Chef Brian grew up on an organic farm in coastal Maine after a career as a rock and roll guitarist – his training began in Boston, Massachusetts at the restaurant Figs and Olives with chefs Sara Jenkins and Todd English. His training continued with positions at Rockenwagner in Santa Monica, the Mauna Lani Bay hotel Hawaii, Bayona in New Orleans LA, and Aquitaine Bis in Boston Massachusetts.
He opened his own restaurant in 2003 in Camden Maine – Francine bistro and Brian went on to be nominated as a James Beard semifinalist seven times and a finalist for “Best Chef northeast once, as well as opening the acclaimed “Shepherds Pie” pub and “Seabright Pizza” restaurants nearby. He relocated to Los Angeles in 2017 and has held chef positions at restaurants Paley, Barrel and Ashes, Dear John’s ( with chef acquaintances Josiah Citrin and Hans Rockenwagner) as well as consultant positions at The Sands Hotel in Palm Springs CA.

Lucas

Lucas has never not been surrounded by the restaurant scene. With his father being Nicolas Fanucci, their family moved multiple times throughout his childhood to accompany Nicolas’s work at various fine dining restaurants all across the country. Lucas’ unique childhood exposed him to numerous cultures and cuisines, which began his appreciation and understanding of the diversity within the restaurant industry at an early age. At 16 years old, Lucas’ first job was as a bus boy at Ella’s Bistro in Philadelphia. He continued to work multiple roles in restaurants such as Bouchon and Neue House, through college as he studied kinesiology, french, and nutrition.

He now works as the general manager among his mom and dad, which helps to create the close knit atmosphere and family feel of Nicolas Eatery.

Thuy

After studying cookery at the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association – Saigon Professional Chefs Guild in 2011, Chef Thuy has worked in 10 restaurants throughout Vietnam and Russia. Her role varied in each restaurant from supporting executive chef, chef de parties, and executive chef. Across all these different positions, her duties included quality control, seasonal planning, creating menus, and cost review. Along with Chef Thuy’s extensive experience, she has won many awards, including gold and bronze medals in hot cooking competitions. Chef Thuy is a gold medal winner for Vietnam Cuisine and a champion in Vietnam cuisine based on the Hanoi Salon Culinaire competition.