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  • Writer's pictureDana

Gibraltar - Lancaster, PA

Jonathan and I went to Gibraltar on Thursday evening, and both of us were ready for some good seafood. I was last at Gibraltar for a company dinner (I don’t review company dinners) and was looking forward to returning.

We were just a few minutes early for our reservation and were seated promptly. The space is nice, if a little echoey. I have some minor hearing issues due to poor positioning while working at a Bon Jovi concert a few decades ago, so I do pay close attention to environments where hearing one another might be a little difficult.

What I especially love about Gibraltar is that you are never made to feel rushed. The meal is relaxed and on your own time. We put our orders in for the starter and our mains at the same time, but the meal was paced perfectly.

Since we were both looking for an overload of seafood, we started with The Plateau, a shareable shellfish platter. It came with pieces of lobster and crab, along with oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, and a mixture of beans and octopus, alongside a plate of four sauces. So much goodness on a platter. Unlike my last unfortunate experience with oysters, these were plump, juicy, and properly shucked. The lobster, shrimp, and crab were all delightfully firm and sweet.

For our mains – Jonathan had one of the evening’s specials: Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Halibut. I had the Yellow Fin Tuna Tataki. The taste I had of the halibut was wonderful. It was everything a good fish dish should be.

The tuna was seared perfectly. The meat was a lovely deep red color. The accompaniments were also fantastic, especially the kimchi and the pickled ginger. I am a sucker for pickled ginger.

For dessert, Jonathan went with a decadent Dark Chocolate Lava Cake while I had three cheese selections: St. Andre (a French triple cream cheese), a Taleggio, and Parmigiano Reggiano. The apple on the plate was cut to look like a sea turtle and the dried fruit chutney was sweet without being cloyingly so.

Our server, Ryan, was attentive without being in our faces. As I mentioned earlier, he never made us feel rushed and allowed Jonathan and I to get caught up and sit for a while to just talk and enjoy the company and relax after a long few months.

Gibraltar is certainly on my list of restaurants I will happily patronize again and again in the future. If you love seafood, this is a great option in Lancaster.

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