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Posted by Gladstone's on 11/13/2013
What Gladstone’s owner, former Los Angeles Mayor, Richard J. Riordan did for Gladstone’s perfectly mirrors what he did for the city of Los Angeles – He took something viable and smooth functioning and sucked the life out of it by allowing his colleagues and cronies to take it over and redesign its operation. The seasoned, customer-oriented employees from the restaurant’s previous incarnation and the never changing beauty of the ocean views are about the only things left to recommend at a place I once loved. Thank God Gladstone's was able to retain almost half of the original staff including Miguel Carrillo who invented the restaurant's unique technique of wrapping leftovers at the table in elaborate sea creature shapes formed from gold and silver foil. The new staff appears cold and disinterested. The new menu, like so many other things in our rapidly "youthing" world — provides a lot less substance for a lot more money! Where there was once a charming reminiscence of beach days gone by we now have a less than average rendition of modern décor with framed snippets of what used to be. Perhaps the wealthy elite living in Malibu, Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, for whom this renovation was instituted, are not the sole arbiters of what is aesthetically pleasing. Perhaps the rest of us who enjoyed supporting this restaurant for many years before they created this abysmal restoration abomination should have also been considered. This present version of Gladstone’s is a stellar example of what happens when you throw the baby out with the bathwater.
Posted by Richie S. on 08/19/2013
Sure they still have the peanuts and the shells on the floor but besides that everything is different. The jammed parking full of expensive cars, the impossible wait, the mediocre service and greasy food...everything you'd expect from a seaside dive but at ten times the price. Muscle bound drunks dominate the outside area and waitresses (with attitude) conveniently don't hear you ask for the 5th time for a menu...but once upon a time this was a beautiful place to sit and have a drink watch the sunset eat enjoy cheap fish and chips...those days are long gone my friend...and it looks like they arent coming back here.
Posted by Maritza Mendizabal on 09/02/2011
We went directly to Gladstones, four adults and three children. The food was excellent, great waiters, friendly and helpful. We like the little sand box for the children. We enjoyed our pictures, the atmosphere, the brilliant beach, everything was perfect! Lo recomiendo a los turistas para una comida inolvidable en California.