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Gladstone's - Long Beach pier - pleasantly surprised

Sunshine Girl | Feb 7, 200503:31 PM

So, Friday night my S.O. and I headed down to Long Beach with the intentions of downing a few beers at the Yard House and having some food. Instead, as we drove down Pier Ave., we noticed that a Gladstone's had just opened up (by "just" I mean in November). The valet parking seemed busy, so I feared an hour wait for dinner (this being 7:15 on a Friday night). Instead, we were greeted instantly, and even had a choice of inside or outside. Seeing as how Friday was a beautiful night, we sat outside (me under a heatlamp). The outdoor furniture and ambience is fantastic (teak-looking wood furniture, well cushioned so you don't feel bruised after sitting there a while). There's even a firepit, as I believe there have been some recent posts seeking out firepits.

Now, the food:
Ordered some of their signature drinks, which, for $8.50, contain 4 shots of liquor. Yes, four. Our server (who was totally attentive - checking in on us when appropriate, but not in our face the whole time) informed us that there is a limit to how many of these drinks a patron can order. I had some margarita concoction, which was quite potent.

We shared the Calamari to start with. Pretty standard Calamari, with a chipotle-tasting remoulade, and cocktail sauce. Not too chewy, which works in my favor.

For entrees, my date had the "SALMON STUFFED WITH CRAB MEAT" - Atlantic Salmon stuffed with Maryland blue Crab, baked and served with White Wine Sauce. Salmon was very tender - not dried out - and there was a good amount of crab meat. The veggies and Gilroy Garlic Mashed Potatoes were cooked to perfection (veggies still with a little crunch, potatoes not the least bit watery), and he was pleased. I had the BROILED SHRIMP AND SCALLOP SKEWERS, served with veggies and rice pilaf (though I opted for potatoes). The shrimp and scallops were tender, and perfectly seasoned with simple seasonings (tasted like salt, pepper, maybe some other kind of pepper to jazz it up). All of this came with a sourdough boule which was soft, warm, crunchy on the outside (but, as I'm told, brought in and not made at the restaurant). I had been to the Gladstone's in Malibu quite a few years ago, and did not care for it at all (thought the food was bland, the service bad).

Total, with tax but prior to tip, for two entrees, 2 mixed drinks, 2 beers, and 1 appetizer, was $83.00. The restaurant has a sushi bar as well, though we didn't delve into that.

Now, about the area. For anyone who has not been to Long Beach in the last year or so has probably not seen the changes made to the immediate Pier area. They have created many nicely paved paths along the water, that link you between fisherman's village and walk you around by the lighthouse. Sure, it's touristy, with chain establishments like P.F.Changs, Outback, etc. You can walk over to the Yard House, or across the walkway to one of the hotels (not sure which one). Having such a delightful dining experience, then being able to follow that with a stroll along the water made for a perfect evening (for me, dinner is definitely about the food, but also definitely about the ambience and surroundings).

So, now you may want to consider Gladstone's when looking for a decent dining experience in the LB area, especially as the location provides great views and a lovely outdoor setting.

Link: http://www.gladstoneslongbeach.com

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