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The Galley
The Galley

The Galley Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegalleyrestaurant.net
  • Phone: (310) 452-1934
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch
  • Private Party Facilities: Whatever special touches your evening requires, THE GALLEY is the ideal choice for everything from a quiet, candle-lit birthday dinner to a large anniversary party or corporate event. Captain Ron can customize your menu with a variety of unique and creative items. The Galley’s seafaring interior includes four quaint dining rooms, comfortable candle lit booths, the large South Seas Bar and outdoor patio complete with sea shells, fishing net and water fountain.
  • Private Party Contact: Ron Schur (310) 452-1934

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hollister
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered parking in large lot behind the restaurant, as well as metered street parking.
A word from The Galley
Opened in 1934, The Galley remains Santa Monica’s oldest restaurant & bar and a beautifully preserved California landmark. With Captain Ron at the helm to make sure the drinks are stiff and the friendly service is first class, The Galley customers enjoy the best that Santa Monica has to offer from its oldest hidden treasure! Captain Ron gives customers a wide variety of menu choices including eight selections of mouth-watering Steaks, perfectly-prepared Chicken, Seafood, Pastas and Vegetarian dishes. Highlighted menu favorites include the East Coast Little Neck Clams, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Lobster Tacos and Filet Mignon Chili as well as the Galley Salad with famed “secret recipe” salad dressing.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "steak for two was tough aand had to be sent back--was sliced and found gristle..we were credited$20..second time we've been there and steak had to sent back."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "I've been going to the Galley for years and I just love this place. It feels warm and unassuming and most importantly I always feel like the staff is actually happy to see me. The food is great...maybe not "foodie" level, but if you want a top notch steak, some solid sides and a smiling face to take your order, then make a reservation."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Ten of us went to celebrate a friend's birthday. Half the group had never been before and just kept saying "we have to come back and eat inside!". We ate outside because she wanted a summery celebration. Everyone loved it. The food was great and the waitress was very attentive. The only issue we had was that I made my reservation on Open Table and put a note that we wanted a table outside. I called the day before to confirm that that would happen. They confirmed it would. When I got there (a little early) they seemed to be scrambling to get our table together. We were seated 1/2 hour after our reservation. This would have been much worse had the birthday girl not gotten there 35 mins late!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "been there before. Over 20 years. Drove an hour to get there. Didn't mind. Great fish, lobster, clams. Still the same. Be back."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "I'm a long time customer at the Galley (8 years), but last time I went (after i didn't go for a year or so), it was way overcrowded, service was overwhelmed and it could be interpreted as bad service. and the noise level was WAY WAY too high, we couldn't hear each other talk and had to eat our food and get the hell out of there. or maybe i 'm getting older and nostalgic. the food is always good though!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Fun atmosphere. For a seafood place I was surprised that both the Ahi and Halibut were overcooked. The prawn appetizer was excellent as was the calamari."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "GREAT FOR KIDS. Bring them all and make sure they are particularly unruly. Let them run around, scream, DANCE, fight, even throw food. GREAT place for this type of behavior. Why not make it a party!!!!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Hands down THE best steak I've had in awhile. Wasn't able to finish it and ate the leftovers the next day and it was STILL delicious!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A nice step back in time to when Santa Monica was a sleepy beach town. Always awesome. Always great. Always fun. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Loud but vibrant. The kind of place that will remember what you drink. Doesn't look like much except a bar with Christmas lights (in May) but the food is excellent! Would definitely return to try other items on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was good as usual. Bar was loud as usual. Did NOT have our open table reservation as usual. They should not take reservations if they can't convey them to their hostess. She has no computer, so she has no w Way of checking. I showed her my confirmation, and was put on the list with others with same Issue. 45 minutes later we were seated....why bother being on open table! Very annoying, as usual. Taking a break from galley for a while"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Was looking for a light late night dinner and arrived at the Galley after 9:15 pm. The restaurant was in full swing, service was very organized and efficient, food was eclectic and appealing, drinks were original and tasty."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Been coming to the Galley for about 4 years now, we get here about 3 times a year, and always have a large group, 10 or more. The place in always lively and a happy staff help to make it a fun evening. The Steak and sea food is excellent. The bar is always energetic and the clientele are sociable. The fact that it always feels like xmas eve with all the lights inside is a bonus!!! Will always use the Galley as our "go-to" in Santa Monica."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I've been going to The Galley for years and recently took some friends who had never been. We all had great food, great drinks and a great time. The jukebox is an added bonus to the already vibrant atmosphere. Always call for a reservation on the weekends because it gets busy."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Love the history behind this neighborhood gem. They've been around since 1938, so they're doing everything right! The fish was fresh; the wine, good; and the service very good. Loved the twinkle lights. Will definitely go back, especially with friends and family from out of town."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We enjoyed the steak & seafood, the cocktails were very good, and the service was great. Also really liked the Nautical - Tiki theme!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "We love the Galley 1) because of the ambiance and 2) because of the food. It is a magical place, and can make any dinner feel festive. The food was so yummy and there is something for everyone. I recommend it for any fun occasion - especially with kids."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "If you like steamed clams this is the place. All of the food is wonderful. Filet mignon chili superb. Fried shrimp JUMBO and tasty without being buried in batter. Make a reservation unless you want to stand by the bar. Worth the wait if you are lazy."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Let me preface my comments by stating I've dined at The Galley for over forty years. The service is outstanding. I've dined there twice in the last month and the quality of the food has declined appreciably. My New York steak was tough and overcooked and the French fries & onion rings were cold and stale. On my second visit the Chicken Parmesan was tough and over cooked and the linguini was soggy and as far from Al Dente as pasta can get. At the prices they charge the cuisine should be of the best quality and prepared perfectly and my last two experiences there were subpar and inadequate. There are many more places to dine on Main Street that are better nowadays."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "My parents brought me to The Galley when I was ten years old and I go there when I'm very hungry for a steak. The service is always great and the bartenders pour real drinks. It's a little pricey but that's OK with me because I always have such a good time there and I know the meal will be excellent."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Good seafood place! Not crazy about their light decor."
    Dined on 10/20/2012
  • "Classic Santa Monica restaurant open for dinner only. Great bar with wonderful Happytizers. Friendly and efficient staff serving good and plentiful food. Don't miss this restaurant."
    Dined on 10/13/2012
  • "I hate to give a not-so-good review. I have been to the Galley many times and I live in the neighborhood. I like the owner management and staff. It's a great place. I just had a very mediocre steak last weekend. I have had the culotte before and it was great, this time it wasn't the best piece of meat and wasn't cooked great. I get the feeling they pan-cook their steaks and that can be hit and miss. I do heartily recommend the Galley, I am just again not sold on their steaks. Sometimes great, sometimes very average. I will return but maybe only when I am in the mood for fish."
    Dined on 9/1/2012
  • "I had high expectations for the Galley. We had a party of 4 in celebration of my husband's bday. Three gentleman ordered steaks and I got the shrimp scampi. 2 of the 3 guys were quite unsatisfied with their orders and 1 said he thought it tasted great. My shrimp was OK, but I wouldn't say it was worth the price. The decor is tacky yet fun, so I wouldn't return for romance but maybe a good drink (those were strong) and some seafood."
    Dined on 8/24/2012
  • "You have to love the Galley because these sorts of places are so rare these days. It's almost 80 years old and their tradition of friendly hospitality developed over all those years is apparent from the moment you walk in the door. It's great for steaks and sea food. It has an excellent bar. And the ambience is nautical and, at the same time, down home. The staff is warm and accommodating. Patrons are made to feel they're valued, hip or not."
    Dined on 8/19/2012
  • "A great Steak and Seafood restaurant with a wonderful wait staff too."
    Dined on 8/11/2012
  • "I have been going to the Galley for more than 25 years. I just love this place. It has great food, wonderful service, and you can't find a better steak for the price anywhere in Santa Monica. The "Galley girls" are adorable and add that special something to the dining experience. Try the house salad and read the story about the salad dressing; you'll enjoy them both."
    Dined on 8/11/2012
  • "neighborhood spot. heavy drinks. great service. so so food. staple of santa monica."
    Dined on 8/1/2012
  • "We went here for our 5th anniversary and the staff greeted us right away with a "Happy Anniversary" and sat us immediately. The food was great and the service was spot on. We'll definitely be going back."
    Dined on 7/28/2012
  • "Very comfortable vibe. Casual scene, yet the Steaks, Lamb Chops and Shrimp Cocktails had by our table were all top notch. Service was wonderful, no rushing. The bar pours a good drink. Food is not cheap$$, but it's worth it!"
    Dined on 7/28/2012
  • "You are plunged back into the 60's. Service is excellent and the food reliably great."
    Dined on 7/27/2012
  • "Good food as always, and great service. Just a fun place."
    Dined on 7/27/2012
  • "Great Halibut. I love coming to dinner here- always consistent and FUN!"
    Dined on 7/20/2012
  • "The food was nice and the restaurant had great decorations. We had a good time and had good conversations."
    Dined on 7/16/2012
  • "Good food but the service is nothing more than average.. And pushy."
    Dined on 7/15/2012
  • "Old time eatery with a crazy interior! Fun to go to once. Very good salad and the Galley salad dressing is excellent!"
    Dined on 7/12/2012
  • "This is a great local restaurant to go to on a monthly basis. The food is consistently good and the service is always outstanding. I can see myself going here for many years to come."
    Dined on 7/8/2012
  • "Enjoyed the whole experience. Easy parking in back. Check out their website. Step into the past and enjoy the food and the experience. I'll go back."
    Dined on 7/4/2012
  • "We really enjoyed the ambiance of this place during a 4 day visit to SM, its certainly different and was a real find. The huge Porterhouse steak and filet mignon salad we ate were excellent and superb value. Excellent bottle of Napa Sauvignon Blanc was also great value. I would definitely recommend!"
    Dined on 7/2/2012
  • "super eclectic lil captn/ship themed restaurant/bar. always a fun time."
    Dined on 6/30/2012