The Golden Bull

4.6
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108 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Steakhouse

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Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, American, Breakfast
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(310) 230-0402
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a lovely birthday dinner with family and friends and also took advantage of the reduced prices during happy hour. The service was impeccable; the dining divine. We left extremely pleased with the entire evening and will return soon, probably next week.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food ambience service all fabulous‼️‼️

LM
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, juicy bone in rib eye steak!

j
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was a nice atmosphere and good food. Waitress very good. Had a nice dinner with my family.

RK
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for Colette's 12th birthday steak dinner!

S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We often dine at Go,den Bull and their meals are consistent in good taste, presentation and quantity.

p
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I was with a party of 7 people and got a nice table right by the bar in a nook. The server was aloof at best. Really have not had such a disinterested service person in a long time. Anyway, chose the steak since everyone said how good it was, but even after I had a discussion with the server about whether I should have the hangar or the flat iron, she still managed to push the wrong button while ordering. I ended up being delivered a filet mignon, which had to be returned. So while my friends ate their dinners I waited for the kitchen to cook me the right steak. The server never once said she was sorry. All she could say was that oh well she hit the wrong button. She didn't offer to compensate me in any way. Really rather rude. The steak, when I finally got it, and everyone else was through, was very salty and the veggies were swimming in butter. I'd go back for cocktails because I like the atmosphere and the awesome bartenders, but maybe not for dinner.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The new ownership has done an amazing redo of this restaurant in how it looks. The steak was fantastic and prepared to perfection. The server was very attentive The bar did an excellent job making a cosmopolitan and margaritas.

L
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

our food came cold, which is a shame since we ordered steaks. Also they don't have enough servers or assistants, so they are running around, late with most everything we ordered or forgotten and needed to be reminded...which creates a not-so-enjoyable experience

JK
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were phenomenal! I had the boeuf bourguignon special - it was to die for!

OT
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended to us, and it was fantastic! Had a great meal, terrific ambiance, and can't wait to come back!

TK
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Golden Bull is a classic. Great streaks. Great vibe. Great service.

N
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. We sat in the bar area. We had the crab cakes, lamb chops and halibut and brocillini side. The lamb chop were delish as was the halibut (and a very healthy portion). The crab cakes weren’t my favorite but not bad. Good wine selection, great service and ambiance. Would definitely go back. They also have a good happy hour but it ends at 6pm.

b
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service and ambiance at reasonable prices. .

DM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the restaurant and bar staff were exceptional. Friendly and warm, making sure the experience was wonderful. Food delicious and ambiance warm. Definitely should check this place out!!

LB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Loved the refurbished old world feel with large leather booths. Only the small tables for two felt too close together. Food was excellent. The largest, leanest prime rib ever! Lamb chops cooked to perfection served over cream mashed potatoes with huge fresh peas and very subtle lemon mint sauce. Perfect. Also our waitress was really helpful and let us taste a few of the red wines before selecting our bottle for dinner. Definitely recommend. Go hungry.

RB
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An old wonderful stand-by for locals and visitors. The meal was delicious (the lamb chops and the steamed halibut), also fried calamari; and finished off with the Mexican sundae!! Vanilla ice cream, fudge sauce and toasted salted peanuts!! To die for!!!
Service by Renee superb! Atmosphere warm and cozy; nice booths plus tables.
Very busy on a Monday evening in the summertime.

a
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The steak was great but there was little else on the menu that I liked. dessert was exceptional. Bar was quite full. Seems like a great place to go for drinks and steaks.

C
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit despite we’ve lived in the area for 30+ years! Delicious food...a real treat....roast beef and delicious perfectly cooked pork chop. Excellent attentive service! We’ll return!

DM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the experience was great, the waitress remembered us, which is always nice and the new host was professional. Food excellent!

f
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great little place, hidden away and just steps from the water!!! LOVED it!

SK
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant and love the happy hour menu!
It’s a nostalgic restaurant in the Santa Monica Canyon! The neighborhood Cheers where you always meet your friends!

RP
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

the notes section of the booking app do not make it to the GB staff, I requested a table in the bar not the back room and this note was not forwarded to the GB staff. If you have a request I suggest you call after you have made a booking to see if it can be accomodated. 2nd time this has happened.

A
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This little gem in Santa Monica is the real deal. Knowledgeable efficient staff, helpful and courteous. The food is very very good, the steak frites is the best I have had in America, I am not kidding. Peter & Claudia run a tight ship. I literally cannot think of one thing I would do differently here. It's Perfect..

T
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All excellent except chicken was rubbery

L
Los Angeles
72 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Unfortunately we remember what the Golden Bull used to be - good food for a reasonable price. It is still good food; it is just so much more expensive. We still love the comfort and the valet parking but the value is missing for all of us old timers. It was filled with young people and a huge bar crowd so times have definitely changed. We will go back, albeit with nostalgia.

BG
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We recommend the Golden Bull to EVERYBODY. Their Happy Hour specials are priced incredibly well but everything they have, Happy Hour or not, is great...this place is wonderful and deserves a visit by all...We are there about once a week now.

DM
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was exceptional as usual!!! Fabulous waitress and bar staff

AB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience1

Excellent meal. Bar is very noisy.
Next time I will request the dining room.

CM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice local restaurant, delicious food and drinks, friendly staff

S
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took an older neighbor out to dinner. Loved the food service and ambiance. Super loud and hard to hear conversations. Need to look at ways to manage the ambient noise. Otherwise, awesome experience

MC
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Delightful service!

PG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience4

The food was very expensive for what it was. Service was lovely.
Parking fee was like in Beverly Hills but it wasn’t.
Dessert menu had nothing of interest.

We left and don’t plan on returning.

j
Los Angeles
179 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

love Golden Bull...it's very cool neighborhood hang which Pacific Palisades has needed for a long time.
There's a front bar room and then a dining room which we prefer because it's quieter. They have many cuts of steak, good salads, fries, onion rings and other appetizers. I think their hamburger is terrific

BH
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious, I will definitely be going back. Service has been very good, but a tad slow this night. Recommend requesting a booth in the "back" room, rather than the bar area. Seated a table away from Tom Hanks and Martin Short, how could it not be a great evening!

V
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming to the Golden Bull since 1949; I was 10 and now.....???....I’m 80. it never fails to bring high quality and fond memories to the forefront. Thank you.

N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

TOO LOUD! Every 10 minutes after 6:00 the music gets cranked up. The folks at and near the bar have to shout to be heard. So they turn up the music louder. As people drink more they get even louder. So they turn up the music to 11. It was like dueling banjos, who could deafen who. "Energetic"? No, ridiculously uncomfortable and rowdy, yes.

PF
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood chop house!

n
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We missed Claudia! But still had a nice evening.
We live in the neighborhood and took our friends who thought the restaurant was understaffed -- it did take a long time for drinks, food, etc. Still, we all enjoyed the place and the food was very good.
mw

BF
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local steak place. Cozy interior and bar is fun although small. Staff are all terrific...super friendly and helpful.