The Galley

4.2
742 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood
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.
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SashaH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent. The new menu items were great and so glad we could still have our ribeye too

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and the service was great

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vipEpicurious
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Not bad, but not great. Just mediocre food and service, although the back patio is a nice setting.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice hostess, great service, amazing food. It is no wonder that the Galley is one of the best places to dine in Los Angeles

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vipToddB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a new chef who is really good! Had filet mignon which was the best I've ever had there. Steamed clams still amazing! Love this place so much !!

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vipGlazed
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

This was my first time at the Galley during the pandemic, so I wanted to review. First, I would only recommend eating here if you are seated on the back patio, as it is warmer. The sidewalk seating is not that great and very cold. Second, this place is a dive and the people who work there act like it is. I was greeted by the food server not with "Hello" but instead with "you have not been waiting that long before I got to you." The food is was not that good, and it took the food server lengthy periods of time to get me cocktail sauce and extra marinara sauce, as the angel hair had almost no sauce on it when it was served and I had asked for cocktail sauce when I placed my order. Only thing they did right was make a good martini. Finally, it took them almost 25 minutes to run my credit card because the strip was not working and the food server refused to manually enter the number. Instead she came back to the table and said she did not have time to enter the number because "I have tables" implying she was too busy to be inconvenienced. The food server offered to waive her tip, but I insisted on tipping her.

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vipWLAGeorge
Los Angeles
36 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Their menu has been changed to a more limited menu.

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vipStevie
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always a favorite to go to!!
first place to go since lock down over....
food always great even with a limited menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The place was closed!!!!

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vipToddB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite restaurant in the city!! Love the people, the vibe, the food, the drinks, and the clientelle. Lots of regulars which is always fun. It's all just so perfect! Steamed clams are epic, also love the filet mignon , and the fried shrimp.

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AlexandraP
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made a reservation from 6:00pm-7:30 pm were asked to move outside and was told the restaurant closed at 7 however after feeling being racially profiled we left and returned around 7 and the restaurant was still open with a ton of seats available!

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vipshopper
Los Angeles
177 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There are a few tables outdoor in the patio.
We felt very comfortable dining here.

The service was good.
Our food arrive hot and was delicious.
We ordered the steak for two with two sides.
There was so much food that we took home much of it.

I think anyone would feel right at home here.
This establishment has been a fixture in Santa Monica for
decades--and there is a reason for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Comfortable , safe , and good food

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vipAndrea
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This was so good and the the out dining was amazing we sat on the back patio and and it was really well lit and nice ambiance. Definitely coming back again!

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RobertS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant dinner. Good cocktails. Burger, salmon salad, and shrimp scampi were all good. Friendly service and fair prices. We'll go again soon.

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vipAliceC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good quality food served in a nice outside patio.

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vipClaudiaT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! Best Filet Mignonette and lush baked potato! Ambiance romantic and retro . Servers don’t interrupt conversation.

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njrfroggie
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone in our party of six loved the food! The famous salad dressing lived up to its hype, one woman said the chili was the best she'd ever tasted and my scampi over pasta was divine. The back patio had nice ambiance and we were sheltered from the breeze and away from the sound of the street traffic. Our server, Kimberly, was fantastic!

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vipStevie
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the food always consistent
Erin a great waitress... always so helpful and so pleasant

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JoyV
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We went there to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday. We made reservations and we’re seated as scheduled in the back patio. The food was solid and delicious. I had the Diablo pasta, Medium spicy. The seafood was fresh and cooked just right. My husband had the calamari steak and enjoyed it. My daughter had the wild caught salmon and enjoyed it also. I highly recommend the galley salad dressing. It was amazing on our salads. My only disappointment was that I made a special request for birthday offerings and let them know it was a birthday dinner through open table. Either the restaurant never saw the request or ignored it. The wait staff or hostess didn’t even provide anything to highlight the birthday during the dinner. Next time I’ll have to call in person to request this.

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richardg
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience2

Sat outside on the street surrounded by concrete barriers nicely covered up by tall fencing but still, the traffic (buses) was annoying. The 3 of us had 3 different dishes and all were good however service was very slow. As an example,we finished and the table was cleared but we didn't see our server for 10-15 minutes. We told her we needed our check. Apparently, everyone else did because when she returned 5-10 minutes later she had 5 or 6 bills in her hand. They need some help.

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vincentE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

I used Open Table and requested the Patio (in the back.. When I arrived the waitress pushed us to a small table in the outdoor area out front, near sidewalk. I asked to be moved to a bigger table in the corner, but she said No. Now mind you I had a very early reservation at 5:30. ( the first people there). Soon afterwards a another couple was given the bigger corner spot. I have eaten at the Galley many times and found the waitress and hostess actions very rude. The waitress was named Sarah (short blond) and I do not know the hostess's name.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food quality was better than expected. The ambiance was mediocre.

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vipWilliamS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Nothing negative, just a fair experience

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SashaH
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are such fans, always have been, and nothing has changed since it has gone outside only.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ron S is the owner of the establishment. He cane to our table checking in on us. The wait staff couldn’t have been better. The food was well prepared generous in portion and good taste texture and presentation. The patio was warm and well socially distanced. All together a joyful dinner with people I love.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Place is dumpy. I’d rather not eat anything that go here again

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came for a birthday dinner for my boyfriend and it was so beautiful and the food was amazing

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EthanM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great love this place been coming here forever

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Food was as expected for this place... the steak was good enough with a frozen lobster tail. Our server was excellent, though and this place is fun.

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vipTomC
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

There patio in the rear was very nice. The service was good and the food was very good and a good selection. We will be back!

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vipStevie
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Galley... food always great!! so glad they have the most wonderful outdoor seating in front and back!!
the best!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing even the $35 1942 shots :)

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vipWLAGeorge
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food quality !

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vipVincentH
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I prefer the back patio to the front. Otherwise food was good service was OK ambience was nice. We go again

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vipMarnishiaG
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

I was expecting great seafood but instead I got stuffing filled cakes with hints of crab instead of crab cakes. For $30 it should have been filled with crab. It was more like a crab imperial cake. Totally disappointed. The service was great though. The hostess was so cute and bubbly. The waitress apologized for the food and offered something else but I declined. No candles for my boyfriend’s birthday was a tad disappointing too. I probably wouldn’t go back.

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vipJeremy
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Order the rib eye. It was ok. It the best steak but just ok

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MumseyN
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Old time beach restaurant with great food, casual ambience and service

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TaniaH
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

It was a very nice place to have a private dinner. Food was delicious. Waitress was very sweet.

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vipGourmet
Los Angeles
387 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent crab cakes and jumbo shrimp as well as the galley salad. Wonderful service. Social distancing and everyone wore masks

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The Galley is rated 4.2 stars by 742 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.