For many, Gladstone’s Long Beach is the destination location for celebration meals like birthdays and anniversaries.

In addition to its oceanside location, the restaurant best known for its seafood also has a wide variety of choices including beef, gluten free dishes, pasta and its “Crabby Hour.”

How Do They Do It?

“It’s a challenge, Chef Pete Lehmar, who really functions as defacto general manager, said.  “We want to keep the gas pedal down.

“I listen to my staff and our customers and strive to have consistency in top-selling items.”

About The Food

Frequent seafood deliveries mean sometimes fish is served less than a day after it comes off the boat.

Currently on the menu are items like Mexican Yellowtail ($18.50), Hawaiian Swordfish (“The steak of fish”) and California Sea Bass. Sauce choices with fish are Chipotle, Caper Chardonnay or Beurre Blanc.

Also on the menu are Sea scallops seared with quinoa, beluga lentils, Kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes and avocado oil.

One of Chef Pete’s favorites is the Salmon Gravlax Chowder with asparagus, which is a first-place winner in the West Coast Seafood Competition.

Most popular items are the Fish and Chips, salmon and the Alaskan halibut.

Also popular is the calamari appetizer, served with an especially tasty sauce: sweet Thai Chili reduced with guava and orange juice. It’s an excellent combination of sweet and spicy that works well with calamari.

Another savory appetizer are the large Jamaican Jerk Chicken wings, which have just the right amount of spice.  It lets you know it’s there but doesn’t overwhelm. Can’t go wrong with lobster deviled eggs either.

Special Days

Gladstone’s creates special holiday menus. This year, Valentine’s Day offers “aphrodisiac-inspired cuisine“ like the Clambake for 2 with lobster, King Crab and peel and eat shrimp.

Then there’s Danish Christmas, a nod to Chef Pete’s roots. Last Christmas, 165 people enjoyed a family-style meal with three kinds of herring, duck, Danish meatballs and more. And whoever found the almond in the rice pudding got a prize.

“Everyone gets along, and makes friends and leaves happy,” Chef Pete said.

Beverages And More

It’s full bar service. Their Mai Tai is the most popular drink.

Gladstone’s is famous for its Queen Mary bloody Mary: vegetable-infused vodka, bloody Mary mix served with a spicy rim and a skewer with salami, cheese and shrimp. 

Specialty cocktails change with the seasons. Right now, try the Hot Toddy Bear, with apple cinnamon, agave and lemon. Cocktails start at $10.50.

Crabby hour is their happy hour, 2-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and all day Friday.

Other good deals include a 1 and 1/2 lobster on Wednesday and Alaskan Crab dinner on Friday. Both are $34.95.

Important To Know

There’s a great patio and a good set-up for banquets in an airy room.

Gladstone’s is at 330 S. Pine Ave in the Pike. It’s open every day at 11 a.m. and serves brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Valet parking is available for a fee.

They take reservations. Call (562) 432-8588 or visit www.gladstoneslongbeach.com

Kurt comes to the Gazettes with 30 years experience in broadcasting and journalism. He has produced and/or directed hundreds of television programs, including news, sports, entertainment, election coverage, town meetings and telethons.

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