The Galley

4.3
763 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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DawnJ
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and good food. All three of us cleaned our plate

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MerleB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome steaks and garlic mashed potato’s are amazing! Great place to eat!!

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vipLarry
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Covid nightmare. People were sitting two feet from each other and some servers were wearing masks under their nose. The Galley is more about ambiance than food but this time the food was particularly horrible. The steak couldn’t even be cut with a steak knife. The waiter ignored all our requests such as light dressing on the salad and meat rareness. The service was horrible. On top of all of this they raised their prices significantly. After 50 years of being a loyal customer will not go back

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vipLenoreK
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The restaurant is fun and I love the atmosphere. The food is always good.

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MarilynK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has a great vibe and yummy food! Love it!

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viplalanative
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first freshly-vaxed indoor dining experience at one of my all-time favorite restaurants. We had a great time and the food was great. There’s no restaurant interior more cheerful than The Galley.

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vipGaryS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place enjoyed our dinner there highly recommend

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vipKaren
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The steamers were better than any I've had on the East Coast, and our waitress was lovely.

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vipNicoleB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Kitschy old LA vibe with yummy food and great service. Loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience3

We made our reservation for 4/3 to celebrate a birthday as we flew in from Texas. We were so excited to visit the oldest restaurant there in Santa Monica. The food we did receive was excellent, however the service was absolutely HORRIBLE. Our waitress failed to be adequately acquainted with the menu and did not know the smallest details such as if French fries came with the burger. She initially stated they did to only later come back and indicate they were separate (no big deal as we simply wanted to ensure they would come with the order). Once the food began coming out our table was missing quite a few items. In total we were missing a side salad, Brussels sprouts, and two orders of French fries. In addition to this our waitress NEVER came to ask if our drinks could be refilled, how our food tasted, or even how we were doing. I was so incredibly disappointed as I had such high expectations for this establishment. I alerted my waitress of the items missing as I found her standing near the bar speaking with another waitress, she ran off to the kitchen and it was the other waitress who turned and apologized. Later the owner came by and offered us a brownie which we declined since we brought our own cake to which he SO GENEROUSLY said the plating fee would not be charged nor would the cost for the items THEY FAILED TO PROVIDE lol. Would I go back, not if my life depended on it. Was the food good? Heck yes! Super sad...moral of the story, come on The Galley, do better.

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AndreaA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. The food was yummy. The garlic bread costing $9.00 is ABSURD! It's more expensive than a side dish. The wine was perfect. The back patio is so nice and comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Always good food and great service. A happening lively atmosphere

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JeniB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Too crowded, too close. We were next to a table with 8 young people celebrating a birthday party. I felt crammed in next to them and they were very loud. My Halibut tasted soggy...everything was a bit disappointing. I have enjoyed it in the past but I won't be running back there.

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dealing with Covid was involved. So I’m not effected by this evenings meal. Everybody’s just trying to darndest.
We sat outside on their not very heated patio. The heaters above our table were pretty useless. We were off in a corner and our server seemed to forget about us a bit. Thank goodness for the amazing bus staff!!!!
The food was good. We ordered 4 lbs of steamed clams and got 2 pounds. No big deal, but how did our server get that wrong? We were very clear that we wanted the 4 lbs and I even pointed to it on the menu
My dinner companion ordered something with his food and it never showed up. By the time the server showed up to ask how we were doing and we explained about the omission, we were done eating
The check came and there was an extra charge for credit card use, but I was paying cash. I wonder how many people who were paying cash would notice that extra service charge for credit cards. There was no mention of it on the menu or by our server when she handed us the check. Granted it was only under two dollars, but still, somebody should’ve said something. I caught it and asked to have it removed from our check.
We’ve been eating at the Galley for more years than I can even remember and we’re pretty happy with it overall. None of the issues will stop us from coming because it’s a wonderful neighborhood gem

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Tony
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Prompt friendly service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting from GA and didn’t realize that California was still restricted. Although we had to sit outside,they had heaters that made it comfortable. Ruby was a great server!

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ShawnB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only problem is we were freezing! No fun! They need real heaters they have the ones that look pretty but do nothing. Its always been one of our favorite main street stops!

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Brian
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Seemed more crowded than previous week. Made me a little nervous having others so close by.

Just a Note: Miss the old bread source served. It went so nice with food. Newer bread source is too small and too thinly sliced.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They were changing menus and didn’t have half the menu

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BrettB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, service was great. Overall 10/10 experience

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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
7 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
15 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
41 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
39 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Their menu has been changed to a more limited menu.

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vipStevie
Los Angeles
25 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
15 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
181 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
25 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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The Galley is rated 4.3 stars by 763 OpenTable diners.

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