Malibu's Iconic Gladstone’s & Newport Beach's Popular Shorebird Restaurant To Open Locations In San Diego's Seaport Village

September 15, 2021

Two more wildly successful restaurants have signed on to open locations in San Diego's Seaport Village. Malibu's Gladstone’s and Newport Beach's Shorebird Restaurant will launch San Diego locations in 2022.

As part of the Port of San Diego’s continued revitalization of Seaport Village, the Board of Port Commissioners has approved the 19th and 20th leases for the bayfront shopping, dining, and entertainment center since taking ownership in 2018 - Gladstone’s and Shorebird Restaurant, two phenomenally successful Southern California-based restaurants.

Gladstone’s is a historic beachside restaurant that was founded in Malibu by Robert J. Morris in 1972. The restaurant reportedly sells 35 tons of crab, 65,000 lobsters and 19 gallons of clam chowder each year. In 2004, a licensee of the Gladstone’s brand opened another location at the Pine Avenue Pier in Long Beach. At Seaport Village, Gladstone’s will bring a fresh, new concept with a focus on classic seafood dishes including fish plates, king crab, Maine lobster, and more.

With successful launches in Newport Beach, CA, and Sedona, AZ, Shorebird Restaurant will bring its coastal flavors and relaxed vibes to its third location opening within Seaport Village. An emerging concept under the Wild Thyme Restaurant Group umbrella, the menus boast sophisticated culinary techniques and casual plating styles with its scratch-made kitchen headed by Director of Culinary Chef Jay Bogsinske.

"Seaport Village is attracting some major regional players in the food and beverage space - particularly among renowned casual dining and contemporary casual restaurants like Gladstone’s and Shorebird," said Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners Chairman Michael Zucchet. "Together, these latest additions to Seaport Village’s mostly locally-owned and operated lineup will bring even more excellent options to our San Diego Bay waterfront for locals and visitors to enjoy."

The future home of Gladstone's San Diego
As their first location in San Diego County, Gladstone’s will open in a 9,684 square-foot space with an outdoor wrap-around patio located along the promenade that long housed Edgewater Grill. Shorebird will open in an approximately 2,272 square-foot, two-story over-water structure that currently houses Pier Café on San Diego Bay. Both are anticipated to begin construction in summer 2022 with opening anticipated for fall 2022.

"Gladstone's is excited and grateful for the opportunity to open in San Diego," commented Gladstone’s managing member John Sangmeister. "Our goal is to be the quintessential California waterfront restaurant destination. Our new location in Seaport Village offers commanding views of San Diego Bay, the busy waterfront activities, and spectacular sunsets. We look forward to offering the freshest seafood in a fun and relaxing environment."

A buzz-worthy lineup of new tenants now open or opening soon at Seaport Village includes Asian themed fast-casual Tuk Tuk Eatery (opening August 2021), Southern-style restaurant Louisiana Charlie’s (opening September 2021), farm-to-table Malibu Farm (anticipated opening summer 2022), Zytoun Gourmet Mediterranean (anticipated opening summer 2022), modern taqueria Crack Taco Shop (anticipated for summer 2022), Old Harbor Distilling Company (anticipated opening summer 2022), Mr. Moto Pizza, Mike Hess Brewing and Quiero Tacos, Sam The Cooking Guy's Samburgers, and Spill the Beans coffee and bagel shop.