Gale's

4.7
1660 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Gale's Restaurant is a totally local spot. It offers remarkably solid Northern Italian fare just down the road from all the hubbub. Couples, families and friends that seem to have just finished a day outdoors snuggle among the brick walls and small marble tables, drinking wine from elegant Brighton goblets. Start it off with a Burrata Salad or a steamed artichoke and then move on to the country-style Tuscan steak or one of the house made ravioli specials. For dessert, don't miss the Tiramisu or the Coconut Cake which is uncommonly tasty. The wine list is a favorite among the guests for it's variety and excellent value.
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BB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prompt service. Orders came out swiftly. Never had to ask for water to be refilled. The service is outstanding.

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CC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently good in terms of menu choices, service, and food quality & freshness. (My wife said she could tell from across the table that my entree was still hot & steamy when I was halfway through eating it.) We were too full from our entrees to order any dessert, but the desserts we saw arriving at other tables looked yummy. We’ve dined here before and definitely will do so again.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The staff extended themselves for a family birthday dinner.

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JN
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food is amazingly authentic. Room is loud.

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d
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have enjoyed Gale's for years and will continue to do so. The service is always first class and friendly and I probably would come there just for the desert.

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N
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great, but parking is a problem. Limited handicapped spots in the lot, street parking not conducive to wheelchairs.

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ND
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

My experience at Gale's was - in a word - LOUD!! And the kitchen staff only added to the cacophony by seeming to purposefully slam down plates and pots and pans to make as much noise as possible. The "open kitchen" is not such a good feature in this very small space with its wooden chairs and no carpeting. It was impossible to converse. Too bad because the service was impeccable - our waiter was attentive and patient. Kudos to him! I guess the food was ok, but I honestly can't remember - my ears are still ringing.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent

We will look forward to returning 👍

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R
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I usually love this place and consider it the go to place. I can rely on good service and delicious food.
Last time, I ordered like usual Arabiata, it was too garlicky and barely spiced. When restaurants are ‘generous’ with garlic that mean they are masking other tastes.
I will still go but I need to be very specific in my order.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Gale’s is a very good casual restaurant with an extensive Italian menu, excellent provisioning, and service to match. Down sides are tables that are very closely spaced, an an occasionally painful noise level, and hard “library” seating. It’s a favorite.

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MC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and charming service to celebrate birthdays!

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SP
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! So happy we found this gem.

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall nice & casual. Food was good.

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JT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we visit Gale's, we are delighted on all fronts. The food is always very tasty and fresh. The wait staff is closely attentive without that annoying hovering. Just enough noise to make it fun, yet able to visit with guests. We'll be back many times! We highly recommend this choice.

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PH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Gale’s is truly a neighborhood gem! Service is always lovely and the food is great. We love to go there on Friday evenings. It’s a great way to start the weekend.

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San Francisco
78 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Burrata salad was topnotch. We love burrata, ever since being introduced to it in Siena, Italy.
This took us back to that trip.
My wife had the lamb chops -- a huge order, I think it was 5 chops. She enjoyed them a great deal.
I had the swordfish. We were told it was Pacific sword, but the texture and flavor so resembled the Atlantic sword that I grew up with and still adore, it was a knockout!
We had the coconut creme cake, my wife's fave, and I had the cheesecake (NY style). Perfect endings to memorable meals.
Highly recommend Gale's.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service! Quick and delicious!!

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MY
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Great service. Will definitely be returning to try other item on the menu.

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TB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and had a great experience. The staff was great and very pleasant. The food was delicious. We'll definitely be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Our server was super nice. Easy to book with open table.

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SO
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food, service & ambiance was great.
i had the spinach lasagna. it’s excellent!
others had chicken catchitore and bolognese and they were very satisfied.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing, amazing food. Service was quick, friendly staff.
Will definitely be returning.
This is a great setting for a romantic date night.

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Q
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoy coming to Gales's food is always delicious and good coffee!

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Gale’s many many times. We visit SoCal family and travel hundreds of miles. We have lunch or dinner at Gale,s at least once per viisit the food, service, atmosphere and balue are always top notch. Highly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The servers and bussers were great

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CK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have ample parking, friendly and efficient staff. The food is great and well made! I love their lasagna! Their salmon is perfectly made and so is their broshetta! The restaurants ambiance is also very nice and they are very family friendly and will always find ways to assist with food options. Especially for children. Wines are reasonably prices and corkage standard.

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FR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first time here. I chose it because of all the great reviews I read. Excellent choice. The food was very good and flavorful. The waiter was very nice and attentive and even the two hostesses were really nice while I waited for my party to arrive. It was an all around great experience!

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RT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were seated immediately, although in a corner table in the bar. The specials had two great fish dishes which were large portions and very tender. Service was attentive but not intrusive. All in all it was an enjoyable dinner.

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j
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our meal. The bread was fantastic. Server recommended great wine. For our appetizer, we have the stuff zucchini flowers. Holy cow! It was amazing. My entree was the mushroom ravioli. It was delicious. My friend had the goat cheese pizza, and she loved it! I would highly recommend!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

We had to wait for our table, but they informed us upfront that they were running a little late. It was a very busy Friday night. We grabbed drinks at the bar while we waited. The food was BEYOND delicious!!!

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T
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Sitting outside was a lot less noisy than sitting inside. Food was just average and so was the service.

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KG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This charming restaurant has delicious homemade pasta. My Mother and I enjoyed the Chicken & Artichoke Ravioli and a Caesar salad, followed by tasty cheesecake. Our waiter and the whole staff were friendly and attentive, as well as helpful. Ambience was cozy and very comfortable. I recommend this restaurant highly!

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KO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, as always. Everything is good there. Is that 50 characters?

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EL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is high quality and reasonably priced. All staff are professional and experienced.

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S
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the food and the staff at Gale’s. Their fish soup is so tasty. I was there on a Friday night and the noise level was too high for me. Aside from that it was a delicious meal.

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TA
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fresh food

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PG
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time at Gale's and we will definitely be returning. Our waiter was attentive and we very much enjoyed our dinner (lemon spaghetti with shrimp for me and a pasta bolognese for my husband). The dessert menu looked fabulous but we had an event to attend so did not have the time - next time for sure - the berry crumble, I believe.

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PW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the place and the people

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M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 4ambience 2

We had reservations for 7:00. When we checked in we were told they were running a bit behind but should be no more than 15 minutes. That came and went. Checked in after 25 minutes and they said very soon clearing a table. After 45 minutes finally we were seated, no apology or acknowledgement from the hostess. Mentioned to the waitress when she asked how we were that we had been waiting way too long. She apologized and came back a few minutes later to offer a round of drinks and an appetizer on the house (which was a very undercooked artichoke). Took a long time for our entrees to come out but they were very good which somewhat eased the irritation.

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AH
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have recommended Gale's to many a friend and have yet to hear anything negative. The staff is friendly, patient and helpful, when asked for an opinion of meals. The food is consistently excellent and served in a timely manner. Love Gale's!!

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