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Gladstone's & Dukes - help!

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Chatham, United...
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Gladstone's & Dukes - help!

Firstly, anyone know why Gladstone's doesn't appear to be on Tripadvisor, even though people have mentioned it often enough in forum posts?

I have searched up and everyway to no avail. Their website doesn't give prices, and I'd like to know how expensive it is.

Okay, so I thought - maybe we'll try Dukes. So I read those reviews, many of which seem to be not very good at all. Also, one of the shining reviews would appear to be for a Dukes in Hawaii [“Repeat Visits a MUST”] - or is this merely because the restaurant has a Hawaiian theme.....I am confuzzled. At least the Duks website have prices on their menus.

Please help!!

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1. Re: Gladstone's & Dukes - help!

Here is the link on TripAdvisor for Gladstones


Both Dukes and Gladstones are okay food/service wise - but all about location and relaxation. Both places are overpriced - but you are paying for the views.

I personally like gladstone's food a bit better - but Dukes is more fun.

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2. Re: Gladstone's & Dukes - help!

I prefer Duke's waaaay over Gladstones. Gladstones is a tourist trap, and at least Duke's is laid back, fun, attracts locals. These aren't restaurants you go to for the food, but for the view. With Duke's the key is to eat at the Barefoot Bar, not in the restaurant.

Moonshadows and even Charthouse have better food. Go to chowhound.com for recommendations on ocean view restaurants, and for more opinions.





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I second that. If you're choosing between Gladstone's and Duke's pick Duke's for sure. Gladstone's is ridiculously over priced. I mean, I don't mind spending a lot of money when the food is great, but at Gladstone's you just get really big portions of mediocre food.

Duke's has the same view, or maybe a bit prettier, the ambiance inside is nicer (not that much different, but nicer), and doesn't feel so grungy. I've only ever been there for Sunday brunch, which I highly recommend. But if their buffet food is good, I'm pretty darn sure ordering off the menu would be even better.

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Oh My! there are so many better places. Are you looking for fun? Sun? Drinks? Moonshadows is a cute place on the water and rocks at night. Malibu Inn is rustic good bar food and great cocktails. Live bands at night. Guidos is a cool place for dinner. Casa Escober is a nice mexican alternative all better than the ultra touristy Gladstones.

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I think Moonshadows is the best place by far, especially if you are visiting. Beautiful views and some serious people watching is included in the price of admission(which is free)

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6. Re: Gladstone's & Dukes - help!

Okay - as long as we're all admitting that the restaurants on the shore are more about hanging at the beach and less about the food... I recommend you go a bit further up the coast to Paradise Cove and have lunch at the Beach Cafe. Quiet location, right on the sand, lots of TV and movie shoot history, very Malibu.


If it's a memorable food experience you want, head for Geofrey's. But be sure you have plenty of headroom on your credit card :-)


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7. Re: Gladstone's & Dukes - help!

Some great suggestions - I obviously have to do further research!

Thanks everyone :-)

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