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The Galley

4.5
4.5
772 Reviews
$30 and under
Seafood

The Galley is where the locals in Santa Monica have been going since 1934. It's one of the few restaurants where celebrities go and are treated like everyone else. Tourists love the patio and everyone enjoys the cozy booths inside where the Christmas lights are on year round and everyone looks 10 years younger. Whether you like steaks, fresh fish, chicken,shrimp, lobster or pasta, you will not walk away hungry. Even our hamburgers and homemade chili are second to none. The best part about The Galley is the service. Our servers realize we are in the “be back” business and we try our hardest to make sure our guests come back. We are open seven nights a week pouring stiff drinks. How many restaurants have been around for 86 plus years. Come by and you will see why this restaurant is truly a landmark!

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Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (310) 452-1934

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Monica

  • Cross street

    Hollister

  • Parking details

    Metered parking in large lot behind the restaurant, as well as metered street parking.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch

Popular dishes

Menu

minimum order $4. shared entrée surcharge $2

Soup & Sandwiches

  • New England Clam Chowder

    • Cup$5.50
    • Bowl$7.50
  • Soup of the Day

    • Cup$5.50
    • Bowl$7.50
  • Filet Mignon Chili

    cheese and onions served on request

    • Cup$6.50
    • Bowl$8.00
  • Kosher Hot Dog$6.50

    with steak fries

    • Add Filet Mignon Chili, Cheese, and Onions$7.50
  • Galley Beef or Turkey Burger$8.00

    with steak fries

    • Grilled Chicken Sandwich$8.50

      with steak fries

      Galley Salads

      famous galley dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, caesar, blue cheese, and lemon vinaigrette

      • House Salad$5.50

        mixed greens, tomato, cucumber with famous galley dressing

        • Caesar Salad$7.50

          crispy romaine topped with galley croutons

          • With Grilled Chicken$9.50
          • With Salmon or Shrimp$12.50
        • Salmon Salad$12.50

          blackened salmon served on a bed of romaine lettuce and topped with grilled vegetables in a home-made lemon vinaigrette

          • Filet Mignon Salad$12.00

            marinated filet mignon, sliced and served over baby spinach, tossed with mushrooms and thinly sliced red onions in a home-made lemon vinaigrette

            Sunday Drink Specials

            • Bloody Mary

              • Mimosa

                Brunch Specials

                • Spinach & Mushroom Omelett$9.50

                  with guacamole & salsa

                  • Huevos Rancheros$9.50

                    served with mexican rice and pico de gallo

                    • New York Steak & Eggs$13.50

                      served with steak fries

                      • Galley Crab Cake Sandwich$13.50

                        served open-faced on toasted sourdough with tomatoes and a spicy tomato cream sauce

                        Seafood

                        • Fried Calamari$8.50

                          with tartar,cocktail, and cilantro scallion sauce

                          • Fish 'N' Chips$8.50

                            with malt vinegar, tartar sauce, and cocktailsauce

                            • Fresh Dungeness Crab Cakes$9.50

                              with zesty plum wine sauce, served with julienne vegetables

                              • Fresh Fish Special of the Day$12.50

                                with rice and vegetable

                                Captain Ron's Favorites

                                • Tacos - Filet Mignon, Chicken, Fish, and Vegetable$7.00

                                  any 2, served with guacamole and salsa

                                  • Galley Beef, Turkey, or Crab Cake Sliders$8.00

                                    any 2, with steak fries

                                    • Homemade Spinach and Mushroom Ravioli$8.50

                                      with spicy tomato cream sauce

                                      • Pasta Marinara$8.50

                                        sauce made with fresh tomatoes, garlic, onions, and italian spices

                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                        What 772 people are saying

                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                        4.5
                                        4.5 based on recent ratings
                                        • 4.3Food
                                        • 4.4Service
                                        • 4.5Ambience
                                        • 4.1Value

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                                        1. MW

                                          MariaW

                                          New England

                                          3 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          We sat in the back on the patio u set great heater… service was superb by Leila, and ambience was great! Food was delicious, a little salty but I’m sensitive to that. Will definitely visit again… great menu!

                                        2. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 12, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          What can I say? I’ve been going there for decades but haven’t been in a few years. Ron has it looking better than ever and he has a weird ability to hire the friendliest staff. I had the chicken parm for the first time and it was terrific (but it was A LOT of food).

                                        3. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 9, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Ron and Angie are the greatest and this restaurant is one of my favorites. I’ve been welcomed with open arms in here since I first got off the boat. Order the steak with sides and a glass of wine and you’re halfway to heaven.

                                        4. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 4, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                          The waitress Valerie (I believe) was super sweet and helpful! We had a great time! My friend loved his Halibut!!

                                        5. c

                                          curiousch

                                          Los Angeles

                                          12 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on May 3, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Nice dinner! Wow, $5 for a Shirley Temple or a Lemonade was a bit much.

                                        6. BF

                                          BarbaraF

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on May 2, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I love the filet mignon and always enjoy going to the Galley!

                                        7. TA

                                          TinaA

                                          Los Angeles

                                          24 reviews

                                          vip
                                          3.0

                                          24 reviews

                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                          I would normally give The Galley 5 stars! BUT…It’s unbelievable that you took my reservation, confirmed and now asking my review when it was CLOSED on Easter Sunday with my elder parents 89/90 and hungry grandkids! 1pm 8pp Easter and nowhere to go!!! Terrible Day! How can you let this happen??? It’s still a good place and we’ve been coming for years and will return but this was unbelievable! Someone dropped the ball - communication???

                                        8. MB

                                          MelissaB

                                          Los Angeles

                                          3 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on April 16, 2022

                                          overall3food2service2ambience4

                                          I love the atmosphere of this place and will come back to the bar. Yes, it's on Main street so you expect high prices but the food is not at ALL worth the price and small portions. Chinsy on extras too after you pay $35 for a tiny piece of fish.

                                        9. T

                                          Tony

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on April 2, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Always a great time. Had guests in from out of town and they loved it.

                                        10. VA

                                          VickiA

                                          Los Angeles

                                          42 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          42 reviews

                                          Dined on March 27, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          We love the Galley but consumers beware…….the prices have skyrocketed! Nice outside patio space and food was delish. Just wayyyyyy more expensive than ever before!

                                        11. LS

                                          LarryS

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on March 26, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Not only was the food great, but our waitress Caitlin was outstanding! She took good care of us. We love the steaks at The Galley.

                                        12. C

                                          Captain

                                          Los Angeles

                                          65 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          65 reviews

                                          Dined on March 26, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          It was so great to be back after The pandemic! We sat in the mermaid room and our server was the delightful Layla who took amazing care of us. We enjoyed grilled halibut, One with a side of sautéed spinach, and one with a new side of balsamic braised brussels sprouts which were very delicious. We were pleased that the lemon caper sauce was still available as an accompaniment. We look forward to coming back again soon!

                                        13. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Los Angeles

                                          5 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on March 25, 2022

                                          overall2food1service2ambience3

                                          Food was over priced and poor quality. A step above cafeteria food. Ambience is old ship wrecked christmas lights vibe…kinda cool to experience one time.

                                        14. S

                                          Sooner52

                                          Denver

                                          20 reviews

                                          vip
                                          4.0

                                          20 reviews

                                          Dined on March 24, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          Great time. Making plans for next already.

                                        15. Q

                                          Qtaylor

                                          Houston

                                          8 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on March 17, 2022

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          The food was good, drinks were delicious!!

                                        16. IT

                                          IT890

                                          Hawaii

                                          8 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on March 17, 2022

                                          overall2food3service4ambience3

                                          We were there to celebrate my daughters 18th bday. They could care less even after being told why we were dining there. Made no effort to make it special, which was kind of disappointing. Food was fine but definitely overpriced for quality. We’ve been going there for years for special occasions but this will be the last year. Not worth it.

                                        17. VM

                                          VeniceMom

                                          Chicago

                                          11 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          11 reviews

                                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                          We love the casual, neighborhood vibe at The Galley - and the food is always dependable… but our waitress was especially awesome. I wish I could remember her name - but she was great - funny - smart - quick - helpful - accommodating. Made the experience that much more enjoyable.

                                        18. GB

                                          GeffreyB

                                          Los Angeles

                                          3 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          3 reviews

                                          Dined on March 1, 2022

                                          overall3food2service2ambience5

                                          The Galley has lost its special appeal. The food used to be amazing, now it is average at best and way overpriced for the quality. It is sad to see such an amazing icon go by the wayside.

                                        19. BA

                                          BARRYB

                                          Los Angeles

                                          20 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          20 reviews

                                          Dined on February 27, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          always the best food and drinks Service very good also

                                        20. MM

                                          MattM

                                          Phoenix

                                          2 reviews

                                          3.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on February 13, 2022

                                          overall3food3service4ambience3

                                          Steaks are mediocre, stick with the seafood

                                        21. CL

                                          CarlaL

                                          Denver

                                          12 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          12 reviews

                                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                          Great memories as my mother and I worked here in the 70’s. Lobster tails were grilled to perfection. Thank you, Captain Ron for the dessert. It reminds me so much of the old Santa Monica. The updated menu provided a hove for everyone.

                                        22. JA

                                          JarredA

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          This was an absolute great evening. From the service to the food… To the entire atmosphere. We will see you again…

                                        23. MG

                                          MarkGregg

                                          Los Angeles

                                          62 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          62 reviews

                                          Dined on January 30, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Good food, friendly service. Great neighborhood bar.

                                        24. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          vip
                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 16, 2022

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          I went there at 1PM today and it was closed. We hung out for 1.0 min after 1 but it was not open today. It should not have been bookable on the app then.

                                        25. R

                                          Rich

                                          Los Angeles

                                          19 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          19 reviews

                                          Dined on January 9, 2022

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          I've been dining at The Galley since the 1970s although I hadn't been there in many years. I was craving salad and a bucket of clams and was not disappointed. Possibly the best wedge salad I have ever enjoyed, this one was served on a platter in 4 portions which could easily have been shared at the table. Both presentation and flavor were great as was the garlic bread. Then came the clams, served steaming and accompanied by a cup of clam broth and butter for dipping. I ordered the appetizer two lb. portion of clams which came with a stainless bowl for the shells but I wonder if the four lb. portion still comes with the galvanized bucket! Thanks Captain Ron for keeping this memorable place alive and well!

                                        26. R

                                          Ronaldo

                                          1 review

                                          2.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on January 6, 2022

                                          overall2food1service1ambience3

                                          Baked potato obviously microwaved and way undercooked. Broccolini overcooked. Not good service. Generally disappointed.

                                        27. IT

                                          IT890

                                          Hawaii

                                          8 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          8 reviews

                                          Dined on January 3, 2022

                                          overall2food2service4ambience2

                                          Really disappointing. Very expensive for badly prepared steak.

                                        28. S

                                          Sylvia

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on December 27, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Good experience. The food, especially the garlic mashed potatoes, was really good!

                                        29. j

                                          joliek

                                          Los Angeles

                                          2 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on December 25, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          We’ve always loved the Galley but this dinner was truly exceptional. We ate pretty much every single thing. Best dinner in a long while.

                                        30. CG

                                          ClaireG

                                          Washington DC

                                          7 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on December 25, 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                                          The meal we had was very good—I split the New York steak with my mom and my dad got the halibut. Would be five stars but it was definitely on the pricey side, wouldn’t say the food and drinks were totally worth the price.

                                        31. OT

                                          OpenTable Diner

                                          San Diego

                                          2 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on December 18, 2021

                                          overall4food4service4ambience5

                                          Always a fun place to have dinner with friends.

                                        32. m

                                          mike

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          1.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on December 12, 2021

                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                          NOTE: I've eaten at The Galley before and loved it. However, opentable let me make a reservation for the restaurant on a day that it was closed. I called the darkened, locked restaurant upon arriving, where the voicemail message said that they would open at 5 - why would opentable let me make a reservation for 1PM? I'm never using opentable to book a restaurant again if they can't be trusted to relay proper opening times to guests.

                                        33. t

                                          trisha

                                          Los Angeles

                                          5 reviews

                                          5.0

                                          5 reviews

                                          Dined on November 27, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          A favorite in my hometown. Our server, Ruby, was awesome! Best drinks!

                                        34. AH

                                          AnnH

                                          1 review

                                          5.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on November 17, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          Yummy, fun atmosphere. Delicious Scammpi!! Martini wasn’t bad either.

                                        35. L

                                          Linda

                                          Los Angeles

                                          37 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          37 reviews

                                          Dined on November 7, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          As always, the Galley was awesome.

                                        36. BA

                                          BernardA

                                          Los Angeles

                                          2 reviews

                                          vip
                                          5.0

                                          2 reviews

                                          Dined on November 3, 2021

                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                          The Galley is a neighborhood classic, with great food and drinks. The decor is over the top kitsch, but pleasant.

                                        37. KR

                                          KarinaR

                                          Los Angeles

                                          1 review

                                          4.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 31, 2021

                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                          Food was delicious but pricey. The inside is beautifully decorated with christmas lights and navy oriented, just perfect for a Navy member of 18 years and a christmas lover!!

                                        38. n

                                          nancyp

                                          Los Angeles

                                          9 reviews

                                          2.0

                                          9 reviews

                                          Dined on October 30, 2021

                                          overall2food1service2ambience5

                                          The rib-eye steaks were thin and anemic. Looked like it was borrowed from Ponderosa Steak House. I ordered mine rare and there was virtually no inside. It was tough and tasteless. There were 6 of us and we ordered calamari as an appetizer with garlic bread but no small plates were brought to the table. By the time we found a server to bring us small plates, the calamari and bread were cold and anemic. In addition, the salad dressing was weak and tasteless. Cap't Ron, we have been eating at the galley for over 20 years for many family occasions and just a regular dinner. The quality of the food has been declining during the past 5+ years, long before the pandemic. Unfortunately, we have decided to stop patronizing the Galley. The cost of $70. per person was insulting. Thanks for the memories and they were great.

                                        39. B

                                          Buffoman

                                          Los Angeles

                                          7 reviews

                                          4.0

                                          7 reviews

                                          Dined on October 25, 2021

                                          overall4food4service5ambience4

                                          Great Calamari, Great Rib Eye Steak, Great Shrimp Cocktail.

                                        40. AG

                                          AndreaG

                                          1 review

                                          3.0

                                          1 review

                                          Dined on October 24, 2021

                                          overall3food3service3ambience1

                                          Place badly needs a facelift. Has a weird old moldy smell and seems dirty.

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                                        The Galley is rated 4.5 stars by 772 OpenTable diners.

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                                        Booked 11 times today
                                        Google Map for The Galley

                                        2442 Main Street Santa Monica, CA 90405

                                        Additional information

                                        • Cross street

                                          Hollister

                                        • Neighborhood

                                          Santa Monica

                                        • Hours of operation

                                          Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                        • Cuisines

                                          Seafood, Steak

                                        • Dining style

                                          Casual Dining

                                        • Dress code

                                          Casual Dress

                                        • Parking details

                                          Metered parking in large lot behind the restaurant, as well as metered street parking.

                                        • Payment options

                                          AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                        • Additional

                                          Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch

                                        • Phone number

                                          (310) 452-1934

                                        • 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

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