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.
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-10pm, Sat 9am-10pm, Sun 9am-9pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Valet service is offered in the Gladstones parking lot at $7.00 for restaurant patrons. Handicap parking is free Mon-Thu (all day) and Fri until 5:00 pm.
The 540 Metro Bus stops directly in front of our restaurant at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Gladstones accommodates up to 1500 guests with outdoor decks, beachfront access, on-site and off-site catering, custom menus of quintessential Southern California fare by Chef Danny Elmaleh and premium mixology.
Gladstones Ratings and Reviews
After years of passing Gladstones on PCH, we finally stopped into this SoCal institution.
The outdoor seating area is really cute, however it was a little chilly outside (even with the heat lamps) so we opted to sit inside. We were seated near a door that servers were using to access the outdoor patio - needless to say, it was chilly inside too.
Our server was friendly, but not entirely attentive. Our meal was okay but far from anything special. Disappointing is that unless you park your car on PCH, the only parking available is valet for $11.00 plus tip.
Glad we gave it a try, but probably won’t be back.
What happened to the Grand Old Lady at Sunset and PCH?!? Oh! We were, literally, devestated at what has become of Gladstone's. My family has been going to Gladstone's since it opened, though we had not been in about 10 years. We went for my wife's birthday - a special night out without the kids - and we will not be back - we'll go up the coast to Duke's.
We made the reservation and noted that it was for my wife's birthday. For 7:30 - not even sunset. We asked for an ocean seat. When we arrived the three hostesses told us "15-20 minutes." Ai-yi-yi. Over AN HOUR LATER, we were still sitting at the bar. Those three hostesses were absolutely terrible. They had no clue what was going on - zero. There open tables along the water - they had no explanation why nobody was sitting there. When they finally sat us, they put us next to the barback station. It was horrible. And there were, what, 15 people in the restaurant (although there were some outside as well). We were so disgusted, we just just took our seats and dealt with it.
There were two manic kids running around screaming their heads off 5 feet from us - it was like McDonald's - seriously. And then, as if I needed the nail driven any deeper, my dinner was served cold. I. Kid. You. Not.
Had it not been for Angel, our server, and the guys at the bar (super, super, super cool, great guys) I would have said that this was the worst dining experience I have ever had in Los Angeles. It was that bad. Those hostesses should not only be fired, but black-balled from the restaurant industry. They had no clue we were there, no clue that anybody was there. Not one time did any one of them come up to apologize, give an update, nada. And, if there were not three working the hostess stand.... that tells ya all you need to know, because there were three up there all night.
Shame on the management for what it has become.
I miss the old Gladstones. This has been our family place to gather when everyone comes to town about once a month for a good 25 years. It's been several years since we've been in town and I have to say we were incredibly disappointed. They used to make an amazing She-Crab soup as an alternate to the Clam Chowder and have since discontinued. They used to serve a wonderful tropical iced tea from The Art of Tea and have discontinued this as well in exchange for the same old Lipton iced tea. Prices have gone sky high and portions are way smaller. Along with the inflated parking fee of $11 sad to say but this was the last time we will meet here. Now the search begins for a new place to make our memories. The only positive was celebrating a milestone birthday with my family on the amazing patio. The inside could definitely use a face lift.
Took my mom to celebrate her birthday. She loved everything about it. It was our second time at this location and it was worth the drive and the money. She loved the viewed! Our waitress was the sweetest and coolest person ever! Would definitely go back, just to see her!
Gladstones is a bit rundown in appearance. I was also saddened to learn, and quite disappointed, that the Catch of the Day does not guarantee that it's wild caught. For those prices, I expect much more. It's overrated, and quite frankly, I would have been happier at Red Lobsters.
My waiter was fantastic and the view is awesome.
Customer service was amazing, everyone was super nice, and I felt like I was important. The food was amazing, and with an amazing evening view to go along with it. Definitely recommend to anyone with a birthday, or just want great food. Unlike one of the other restaurants up the street from there, the employees are actually nice and kind.
Gladstones occupies one of the most prime pieces of beachside real estate in LA. That is basically the reason you go there. I went because a friend from out of town loves watching the sunset there when he's here. Beyond that spectacular view, though, Gladstones is sorely lacking. The food is okay, my Poke bowl was good, but the macadamia nut shrimp were like something you'd find at Panda Express. Gladstones also charges if you want a loaf of bread, which is really bad form for an expensive restaurant. And Gladstones is quite expensive for what it is. $11 mandatory valet, appetizers that are mostly in the $20 range, with main courses that start around the same level and range far up from there. You're paying for the view. For my money, Dukes up the road delivers better food with nearly as good a view for lower prices. If you're looking for a high end experience, Geoffrey's or Nobu Malibu are much better for that.
Kind of a tourist trap with very expensive, good but not especially creative seafood. It is right on the beach and you can sit outside, which is very nice. But it is also directly adjacent to PCH which is not so nice. If you are hungry and passing by it’s worth a stop, but not worth a drive with so many better places in the area
Four of us had brunch here on the way to LAX . All of our choices were wonderful....but very pricey! Tuna poke bowl, angus burger, clam chowder, tuna sandwich! Fish tacos. Great fries too. We had an 11:30reservation (when they open) and didn’t really seem to know what to do with us becaspuse we were 5 minutes early. It all worked out😊
My wife and I used to come here many years ago when we used to live in CA and Gladstone's had the best memories for us. So, planned a family get together on our visit to CA on Sunday, with much anticipation. Unfortunately, it now seems so run down, no $$ being reinvested to keep the restaurant in good shape or maintained. I didn't want to even sit on the patio furniture they were so worn out & stained and disgusting... The restaurant was dead, with only a few customers... Overall disappointing to see how it has gone down with how it has changed...
The food was still fantastic, and our server Angel - was terrific!!
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