The Galley

4.4
765 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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KellyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was fantastic, ambience was stellar (as always) and the food was delicious!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner!

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vipSantaMonicaLocal
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bland food. Poor service and just a weird vibe. Plus the bar tender made it a point to tell everyone she is not and will not be getting vaccinated. Will not be back!

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annieR
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Good food. Funky atmosphere. Great service.

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vipThomasW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome

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vipMattP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Steak seemed better than ever, and the salad was as amazing as ever. Only negative was the price. Just way too expensive for what it is.

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SteffaniP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The food didn’t have much flavor. We have been frequenting this place forever but the food wasn’t so great this last time. The management was great and the server wasn’t so attentive.

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MerleB
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Usually love the galley! However this time around not so much! Steak was on not great door $50! The service was awful rude waitress! Took check never brought back change! Not a good experience ! Won’t go back

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BethH
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Had 2 servers, one was pleasant, the other curt and rushed. Food overcooked including garlic bread. Salad just average. Halibut ok.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing seafood and awesome waiters,

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JeffreyQ
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Loved the nautical tiki-ish decor.

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vipLinda
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Galley never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had the NICEST server (Erin?), ever. We’d go back just for her. Such a delight.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good steak , opentable menu is much different than the restaurants version.

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vipTomf
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Captain Ron’s ship has sailed, and it sank. Galley- RIP. Galley was a staple in my repertoire for 20 years. I stopped going a few years ago but thought I’d give it try for some comfort food. Horrible. And soooo depressing. Food is bad (although I’ve never been to one, I imagine this is what Applebee’s is like) Frozen food warmed up into a soggy mess. Servers seem depressed and uninterested… like the band playing as the ship goes down. Very unhappy people throwing off a miserable vibe. Everybody on Main Street invested in their outdoor dining experience; but not the Captain. Old tables and chairs on the street. Sad.
And, to top it all off, Ron added a $2.50 “credit card fee” to the bill. Really? That smells of desperation.
Galley was the “oldest restaurant” in Santa Monica. It was funky and cool (sat next to Liz Taylor years ago); but everything comes to end. It’s over Ron. Pull the plug and let her sink in peace.

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Eazy
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ultimate Santa Monica throwback replete with year round Christmas lights and kitschy ship adornments. Food is good, not amazing, drinks are fantastic but the vibe is relaxed, fun and lively. Go for the ambience and unpolished charm, not for fine dining. It’s a classic.

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BethB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Galley! Always a fun vibe and crowd. Great martinis and the burger and chicken parm always deliver. Fun for date night or a small group!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch

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BigHammer
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have dined here for years. The Galley is our favorite restaurant in Santa Monica! The atmosphere is wonderful. I love the Australian Lamb Chops but the ribeye is great too. A bucket of steamers is good for a starter or try the the calamari. Both are delicious. And don't forget the house salad with Captain Ron's secret salad dressing. So good. I would recommend The Gallery to everyone.

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vipOpenTable Diner
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great meal. Fresh and beautifully cooked.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The only odd thing was gratuity was included in the bill so it was a good thing the waitress was awesome! I know some people might not like this. The inside was so awesome though! I love the decor!

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Loulou
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Everything was great

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ChelseaWest
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service and ambiance were great - I loved the back patio and all the string lights used throughout the interior and exterior. The wait staff was all very friendly and attentive. The drinks were reasonably priced and the food was tasty as well.

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LisaR
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surf and turf was top notch! Went with my family and had an amazing meal

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vipJackOnWestside
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been going to the Galley for decades. We were excited to get back and enjoy the food and ambiance. Unfortunately the clams were the only hot item. The NY steak peppercorn sauce was congealed and cold, creamed spinach the same. Diablo seafood pasta once filled with shellfish was mostly pasta. We won't be going back soon.

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DawnJ
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GuapaSML
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Mother’s Day

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vipAmyS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great steaks and burgers at authentic, historic local hangout. We love it!

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MerleB
Los Angeles
4 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
11 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
12 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place enjoyed our dinner there highly recommend

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vipKaren
Chicago
7 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
17 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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The Galley is rated 4.4 stars by 765 OpenTable diners.

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