We just had dinner at Gladstone's in Long Beach. We have not been to the original, so I can't compare it. However, the Long Beach branch has a typical "chain" restaurant appeal. The only thing it has going for it is the location--it is at the new Pike area and there's lots to see and do in the area. We got a window table with a nice view of the lighthouse, however, in general the atmosphere is like a circus. The lofty ceiling makes the noisy level almost unbearable. There are kids...lots of kids everywhere. (Sorry, when you are paying $28 for an entree the last thing I want is kids running by the table.)
We started with the fried calamari, which was tender and tasty. Not greasy at all. We both ordered glasses of chardonney. My glass smelled like cottoncandy. At first I thought it was a sweet wine but then I realized that their birthday "cake" is a big wad of cotton candy. The water poured the wine into a clean glass.
For the main course, I had fettuccini with lobster, shrimp and crab. The sauce was average--it could have used a little dimension, however, there was a good amount of seafood and it was real crab. My husband ordered a salmon special that was supposed to be seared salmon with a basil sauce. He got baked salmon with your typical mango salsa. We didn't notice the slip up immediately until I made a comment that his seared salmon was pretty overcooked. He realized he didn't get what he ordered and we told the waiter. The waiter said sorry, he must have punched in the wrong entree. That's it.
I wasn't expecting the best seafood restaurant in the world but based on all the koodos for the Malibu location, I was expecting something better than what we got. I guess for $28 for an entree, you can't expect that much.