Gladstones

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2964 reviews
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In a world where landmarks are few and far between there is Gladstones. Situated where Sunset Boulevard meets the Pacific Coast Highway, it's become a place of Southern California legend. Gladstones offers a menu plucked from the very ocean it overlooks, serving modern renditions of classic dishes. In its typically relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere, there's something to satisfy every palate. Whether you're at the raw bar, the lounge, the dining rooms or the grand patio over-looking the surf, it's commonly agreed there's no better place, either up the coast or down, to enjoy fresh seafood, a Mai Tai or a sunset. Gladstones has been named an "Editor's Pick" in Sunset Magazine, one of Gayot.com's "Top 10 Outdoor Dining Restaurants" in L.A. and one of CBS Los Angeles's "Best Seafood" restaurants.
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BM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent venue. Had "rescued" a friend from LAX with a 10 hour layover. What to do...late Tuesday afternoon on the patio is awesome. It was a little on the cool side so very few patrons outside, which made it like our own private patio. Great view, great food and a relaxing time. Ceviche, clam chowder, fish tacos and Ahi tuna sandwich, and of course, a few cocktails. Our server was attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.

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EM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitstaff was great. First the bartender while I waited for my guests was super friendly and fast service. Then our waitress was one of the nicest I have had anywhere. Super nice and also responsive. Then our waitress had a gentleman wrap our food into a super cool whale and mermaid! It was so fun!! Thank you for showing me and my out-of-town friends a great time!

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ED
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How can you beat their view of the sand and sea? Our waitress was exceptionally friendly and helpful. Food was really good. Will return, I am sure.

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AK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Really poor service

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ZT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 1

Food was great. Server only did his job. Hostess seemed unaware of the guests around her. The price of the meal did not match the atmosphere at all. The view is incredible though, that's it.

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RN
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

We came to Gladstones for a nice evening dinner for the end of our vacation. The service was just terrible. The food was decent so I’m not upset about that. But it took about 20 minutes for a server to come over to even speak to us, and your restaurant was not even busy at the time. They forgot one of our guests meals. She had to wait 10 minutes before the service brought it out after we reminded him that We didn’t get her food. We come to that area often when traveling and I can say that we for sure will not be back. The best service we got while at your restaurant was the valet service.

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LV
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gladstone's is a classic for ocean front dining! Our guests were visiting from a much colder weather climate and loved the sun and the ocean just feet from our table. The food was mixed - lobster roll and fish and chips were outstanding, while the kale Caesar was "fine". The eggs benedict was really overcooked with absolutely no soft yoke remaining, even after specifying she would like the eggs soft cooked. That being said, our server was outstanding and offered to bring a new dish. When she declined, he removed the eggs from our bill, without us having to ask. We'll be back!

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CT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect day. The setting cannot be beat. Food and service are wonderful. Will be back

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SS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

If you want to sit on the beach and eat an average lunch for an above average price, this is your place.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was excellent ambience was great. Service a little slow but not horrible.

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KR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sitting by the beautiful water with my friends on a Sunny afternoon eating calamari, ceviche, shrimp cocktail and other delights was the reason we chose the legendary Gladstones restaurant.

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ML
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful icon on the beach... I expected it to be packed for Happy Hour and dinner, but it seems a little abandoned these days. The steamed clams and sourdough are excellent. Ceviche was also very good.

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h
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was subpar and expensive - seafood was lame. Overcooked calamari, undercooked crab cakes. The salad, bread and the view were the best part.

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M
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Just too noisy, crowded serving average food quality. Waiter service is pretty good but you can go to their property, have a drink and leave! lol. The view is incredible.

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KM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

We had dinner at Gladstones, which is 1/2 a block from my home, on a glorious almost summer evening.
Even though I made and confirmed reservations through BOTH Open Table and the direct phone line, we still had to wait 15 minutes to be seated at a table that was already available when we arrived. When we were first seated there was appropriate service, but by the time we finished our meal a check was presented without even an inquiry about whether dessert might be good.

On the other hand, there is no more beautiful spot to eat [for the money] on PCH between Santa Monica and Malibu. It is not a long tedious drive along the coast in stop-and-go traffic. And if the kids get bored, it is possible to send them [supervised] down to run around on the sand.

All the food was very well prepared, hot, nicely arranged and generous. Stick with fish, which they do exceptionally well. Don't forget to ask for a loaf of fresh bread because if you don't ask it may not appear. And the bread is one of the best "starter" items on the menu.

Gladstones has clearly been updated inside and out, but is still suitable for flip-flops and shorts. I am alarmed about the proposed architectural monstrosity that may be built on this site. The building now is perfectly appropriate to the setting and feels as comfortable as eating on your own terrace. We have been coming to Gladstones since adolescence and now are bringing adolescent grandchildren to share what is a very lovely experience of sand, wind, and water.

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TU
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gladstones is always a reliable choice for great seafood coupled with the ocean view and a beautiful sunset.

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EG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My nephew’s confirmation x2.

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KH
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The last time we went to Gladstones was many years ago and it was the bomb. We live in Phoenix and went there on Thursday night to celebrate our anniversary and what a shame, this place was terrible. When we drove up we thought it was not open because there were only a few cars in the parking lot. And they still charged us $10 to park even though we could walk directly to our car. The service was awful. The food was not good and really expensive. They told us they are going to be closing this place down in several months, they should just close it now and put everyone out of their misery. Run, don't walk to your car with this one.

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OT
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Expensive passable food. You’re paying for the view service is very nice

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CW
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had a table booked for Tuesday 26th March and travelled nearly 2 hours to get there to be turned away at the door due to filming taking place on the day. Gladstone’s did not even have the courtesy to message me to let me know that no service would be available. I booked this several months ago due to it being on our road trip route and had it recommended. I can safely say I would not recommend this place at all following this incident. To rub salt in the wounds I then get an email asking how my trip to Gladstone’s was. Pathetic

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FS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Discrimination

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GC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The location is the attraction. It’s hard to beat a beachside restaurant in Malibu in terms of view and ambiance.

The food was also really pretty good (fish tacos, salad, calamari, tea & beer are kinda hard to really mess up). However, the “Famous” clam chowder didn’t actually have any clams....which was something of a disappointment.

The service (or lack thereof) was where Gladstone’s really left a lot to be desired. We saw our waiter three times in a 90 minute span. Once to ask for drinks, then 20 minutes later to deliver the drinks/take food order, and then 30 minutes after that to deliver the food. I can’t give him credit for delivering the bill, since I had to go find him and ask for it, but I suppose that counts as #4.

I’d recommend Gladstone’s for the view and the experience, but the value wasn’t what it could have been.

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n
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating birthday party. It was great place. Very good food. And they even gave us $26 birthday discount. Highly recommended

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TC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 5

Even though we had reservations we waiting more than 30 minutes. Extremely understaffed effecting the service. We were there 2 1/2 hours. Wait staff was slow - they had too many tables to attend to and the food was pricey. Great location but that is all.

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KS
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

This is a seafood restaurant that on Sunday brunch has two items that have seafood in it 1 for $150 and then a seafood omelette for 25 bucks the rest are all normal omelettes the food was terrible except for the clam chowder I will not be going back the sooner they close the better it will be

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J
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall the food was good. We ordered the Boston Clam Chowder and it was very tasty. We also ordered the fried calamari appetizer. The portion was generous but the food must have been sitting around for a while and it was cold by the time it got to the table. We also ordered the roasted Branzino for $50. The whole fish came, it was pretty small and not deboned. You would think for that $ they would have at least made the effort to debone.
Our waiter came to our table twice. Once to take our order and once to see how everything was way after we finished. The place was not crowded so I don't know where he was most of the evening.
About the parking- it will cost you $11 as the restaurant does not give any sort of validation even if it's their lot. Unfortunately you really have no choice on PCH. For the $11 we self parked. Don't think I will be back

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely view of the ocean, we dine outside, and heating lamp felt so good , totally enjoyed

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OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hadn’t been to Gladstones in several years. Decided to stop there for lunch on way home from business meeting and couldn’t have been more pleased. Got rift in with window booth, our waiter Marcus was terrific, and food was wonderful, particularly the steamed clams. Best broth we may have ever had!

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s
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

EVERYTHING WAS GREAT THE SERVICE WAS VERY GOOD
AND THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUSE

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SD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Lovely beachside view with a price to match.

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MW
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We come for the ocean air, wonderful seafood and cocktails!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Only thing nice here was the view, I got treated differently just by the way I look. From everyone, customers and staff. Only nice people that treated me equal were the valet guys. Disappointed in the whole experience. I’ll never go there again nor recommend anyone go here.

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CI
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Beautiful setting, delicious food and drink, our server Jason was so kind and attentive - we were very well taken care of.

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BF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There is no beating the incredible setting of Gladstones, or its attention to its guests. The beauty of the beach cannot be provided by any other restaurant in the area and Gladstones' servers clearly love their jobs. It's a terrific place to enjoy the day and a good meal with family and friends.

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OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Staff were super attentive and helped us have a lovely birthday dinner

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ML
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Went for the view. Thank goodness that is all we went for.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Great food ,poor service. Spent $ 250. And the waiter only filled our drinks when I asked him.

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S
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was delicious, ocean scenery great along with a very nice day, but, the place looked in disrepair and
the service was poor. Soups were served lukewarm and this was a 11:15ish not to long after opening. The server was friendly but slow considering that at the time of our arrival it was pretty empty. Water glasses were not refilled until almost the end of the meal even though 2 of the 3 of us were drinking water as our main drink. The ambiance was no where to be seen, no more character, it was dull and boring, once my family and I finished the meal we felt like why did we even come here. The restaurant looks dilapidated and feels and in need of a overhaul, such a shame from what it used to be.

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MG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Isaac was our waiter, and he could not have been more attentive! The food was outstanding, wonderful ambiance, and a gorgeous day at the beach! Overall......5 stars!

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PP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great view and location, everything else mediocre. Can't say I would go again

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