The Galley

4.5
604 reviews
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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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GS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Santa Monica stable....I've been coming here since the 60's.
If you need a great dinner in an atmosphere that is one of a kind, come here.

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m
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It looks crowded & small but once your seated it's ok. The ambient chit chat of people was loud but I the food was so awesome it didn't matter. I couldn't remember our waitresses name but she really checked on us frequently we didn't wait long for our food. The staff was really trying to accommodate everyone even though it was a busy time. I told all my friends. When I'm in town again I'm there.

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OT
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

2nd time at this restaurant and it was as good as the 1st.
You must get the shrimp cocktail and the house salad with there special dressing.

Can’t beat the price and the food anywhere in Santa Monica

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been there a few times, but, I took my sister for her birthday and she and her husband loved everything, food, ambience, location, etc. !!!

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JA
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 5

TWICE, NEVER RECEIVED THE CREDIT FOR MY OPEN TABLE RESERVATION EVEN THOUGH I CHECKED IN WITH THE HOSTESS SAYING THAT THE RES WAS MADE THROUGH OPEN TABLE. SHE HAS A LIST OF NAMES ON HER PAD..DID NOT USE THE OPEN TABLE COMPUTER..AND JUST CROSSED US OFF! DISAPPOINTING

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E
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Clams and martinis!

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Good classic seafood joint with friendly helpful staff.
would go again

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SH
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love The Galley. This is my new favorite place in Santa Monica. We have brought friends that will hopefully become regular customers.

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H
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall the Galley is a good experience. I always enjoy the salad with their special dressing. The calamari steak is my go to dish. The spinach should have been a little hotter. The onion rings rock !

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S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks are great. My honey got the lamb shank, which was a daily special, and that was beyond amazing. Great atmosphere and food. Casual dining environment.

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H
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good and great service
This is our go to place for special occasions

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OT
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Been coming for years ... unfortunately portion to value has taken a dive!

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

As usual everything was great. Table was ready upon arrival. Service was great, food perfect including special request. Fun& reasonable.

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AC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We arrived 10 minutes early for our 7:15pm reservation on a Saturday night with a group of 7 adults and a toddler. We happily waited when they said they were running a few minutes behind but that turned out to be a massive understatement. We were finally seated at 7:50pm at a table on the back patio. Ambiance and noise level were fine, we were just happy to be seated. Our server took a drink order and then disappeared for another 25 minutes. Around 8:15pm we ordered our dinner after asking if we could order when our drinks finally arrived. The server seemed annoyed we'd asked to order. We heard several times that they were "really busy" but it was no excuse. Most other tables on the patio were camping out and the table next to us suffered the same issues we did. We ordered bread because we were trying to keep the baby happy (which we stated) and weren't told that bread was included. But thank god we ordered bread and calamari or we really would have been starving. Around 9:15pm the server stopped to see if we wanted more drinks and we politely let her know that our reservation was 2 hours earlier. She seemed sympathetic but there was no real effort to improve things. When the food finally came two well done steaks were medium-rare and two pasta specials were room temperature. We gave up and ate what we were served so we could leave and quickly realized when the table next door finally got their food that the steaks had been swapped. On a good note my husband loved his lamb. Most of the family has worked in the service industry and would have given a pass on many of these issues had any effort been made to make it a more enjoyable experience. There was no manager visit, offer of bread, drinks, deserts, or any other acknowledgement that things had gone terribly. The place was packed and if our food had been warm it may have been amazing. Sadly, we'll never know. I am sympathetic to a busy restaurant but that's when customer service should step in.

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BS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall we had a good experience at "The Galley". The only thing I didn't like was when they discovered it was my son's 21st birthday, they brought him a brownie with two candles and then charged us for it. It was nice they brought him a brownie, but they could have comped it since we spent $150.00 on food and drinks.

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l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Galley is one of my favorite restaurants and I have been to so many high end restaurants and when I go to the Galley I feel like I am home. I love the salad dressing, and the shrimp scampi . I have been coming to the Galley for many years and still enjoy it.

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OR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent! It surprised me how good it was.

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GB
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service !

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KN
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great family restaurant, good value and good food. We were a family travelling from Australia and we were craving nutritional food - the galley delivered.

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LB
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love the Galley. It's warm, welcoming and they do a great job with a lot of different dishes. I always take friends from out of town because it's a unique, naughtical, festive atmosphere, instead of a corporate, chain vibe.

I love the humor and heart in the menu and the staff always gives it their best.

Kudos.

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CO
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was delicious

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T
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks are fabulous and LOVE THD SALAD DRESSSING. The best Salad EVER!!!

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JG
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

I ordered lamb chops medium rare. They came well done. They cooked another plate for me and it was raw. All the time my wife's dinner sat in front of her and she finally ate alone while I watched her.
The waitress was fine and apologized but no one else came to the table.
We have dined there many times but this was unacceptable.

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N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

Our waitress just didn’t care about serving us

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l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

clams were to chewy ,and very loud in bar area not good for eating dinner.

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M
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, great drinks & yummy food.

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C
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the Galley. Great vibe, delicious food, it does not disappoint. Perfect for a date or a place to meet with friends.

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KC
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food. Good service.

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VW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not impressed with the restaurant, very loud, the noise just seems to carry. The steaks were good, I would stick with that. The ambiance is kind of cheap bar with Christmas lights that hang all year. Just kind of a dumpy feel.

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k
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Calamari steak was rubbery. Salmon was dry. Salad was ice Berg.

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SB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The Galley is always reliable. Good steaks, decent wine selection, service that is reliable but not intrusive.

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EA
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

I made a reservation for me and my partner who was celebrating his birthday on Halloween night. We arrived about 45 minutes early and they were able to take us in early. We sat out in the patio on a quite Halloween night. Started out with an order of steam clams and jumped right into dinner. Those steam clams were the highlight of the evening! They were recommended by the birthday boy and let me tell you it was a great choice! I'm already looking forward for my next visit as it was a fun experience!

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SS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great clam chowder and possibly the best steak and lobster combination I have ever had! 5 stars for the Galley, I can't wait for my next trip to Morro Bay

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LR
Los Angeles
109 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Great location easy parking. Cute decorated place. Poor drinks. Service on poor slow side. Forgetful waitress. mediocre food. Only good part calamari. Would not go back

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CH
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a classic and must restaurant on Main Street in Santa Monica. The food is consistent and well priced. What is nice is you can get an appetizer for a light meal or get some of the best steaks in town at reasonable prices. Never have been disappointed going here many times.

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F
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Galley has never been better. The lights, the food, the ambience, the welcoming way that Captain Ron makes everybody feel at home... The Galley is a West Side legend, and worth all the history and lore that fill its walls...

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Love The Galley. Fun atmosphere, great tiki style cocktails. Good food. A classic neighborhood haunt. One slight flaw ... our bowl of steamers was a bit too “sandy” (un common for The G.). Will still be back ... ALWAYS❗️

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J
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, good service and fun! Always take our visiting friends and family for a super night out!

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G
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The Galley is an old school gem, the food is great, the location is great, and the service is about what you would expect in Santa Monica. Anyone looking for good steak or seafood that does not need to be in a modern atmosphere to enjoy good food, should try this place.

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GW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

enjoyed-eating outdoors and happy hour menu and prices

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