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The Galley

4.5
528 reviews
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$30 and under
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Seafood
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
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Phone number
(310) 452-1934
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Hollister
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Parking details
Metered parking in large lot behind the restaurant, as well as metered street parking.
Additional
Banquet, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch
What 528 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.5
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4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great service and kitschy ambiance to celebrate another birthday! Generous portions and fair prices make the Galley a favorite dinner stop!

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Enjoyed the ambiance. We both had steaks that were fabulous and the price was right! Great service too!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The coloured lights have to be seen to be believed

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for Easter - party of 8. The food and service was exceptional. Can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

One of the best spots in LA- the Galley is an authentic classic with lots of charm. A treasure not to be missed.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Was my first time to The Galley and it was long overdue. The food was great and Captain Ron is the man. We had a fantastic dining experience!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

From the house salad to clams, Halibut and scallops, everything was superb With the consistently excellent service from charming and capable staff. Thank you wants again Captain Ron!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Ent for happy hour and could not get the bartender or waitress to take out order. Maybe get another bartender to help st that time

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2.0Dined on March 2, 2018

I've been a loyal customer.of the Galley for over 25 years.

This is the second time since Christmas Eve that I can say the food was consistently.poor. Fish and steak entrees for our party.were undercooked and had to be returned to the kitchen....Not just our table, but the two tables.adjacent to us as well were returning undercooked filets. If you like medium rare, you should.order medium.....they seem.to have cut the number of.servers on busy nights so.fewer.servers.cover more tables.
I feel.sorry for the servers...Unfortunately, I think the restaurant has seen better times....Time to move on.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The food, as usual, was terrific, however, the salads are still a little odd. Not fresh-tasting. The service was amazing as always. I love this restaurant and it is my go to when I want a great cocktail and steak.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Another fun and delicious evening at the Galley, with our daughter and son-in-law. Thrilled to see Chilean sea bass on nightly special, which was superb simply grilled. Other dishes loved at our table included fish and chips, panko crusted halibut, and pasta marina. The staff were delightfully attentive as always, thank you!

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Downside was the service. The workers at the restaurant did not make me feel good. I go out to restaurants for the service and hopefully the workers make you feel great to be there.

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Awesome food and atmosphere. The waitstaff could not have been nicer and served us a fantastic meal in a timely and professional manner. The owner even came over to say hi and he was terrific as well.....Overall a great experience

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We really enjoyed this restaurant and would go back again. I took two out-of-town friends the other night and we enjoyed the wild ambiance (lots of little colored lights everywhere) and we really liked our meals and the service was good. Having metered parking behind the restaurant was also a big plus. I'll be back for sure!

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The evening was perfect
The reactions from the table were fine to great
Our server was lovely and attentive.
We would all go back

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

The Galley is a great restaurant with great waitresses.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

A very reliable restaurant. Lots of energy almost hides the fact that the food is very good. We go every so often , for years, and never tire of The Galley.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The restaurant overbooked on Valentine’s Day. So after getting there on time, we had to wait half an hour to get seated. It then took 15 minutes to flag down a waitress to order our drinks. To save time we actually ordered our food and drinks at the same time. The food was excellent but our waitress literally never came back to our table. She never asked if we wanted a second drink, and it took 20 minutes to find someone to get our check so we could pay and get out of there.

I’ve been to the galley before and it’s not normally like that experience, but this last experience will keep me from going back for a long time. Nobody really apologized for the bad service or the wait time to begin with. If you overbook, you should consider maybe giving the customers a free drink or something but completely ignoring us when we did finally get a table was not the way to handle it.

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1.0Dined on February 14, 2018

We’ve been there 100 times at least. I have no idea what was happening tonight but I literally never got what I ordered. Never got our drinks. Waited for 30 minutes just to get the check only for it to have the the bags on there that we never got. Every one around us was ha omg the same experience. I could go on and on.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Love The Galley within walking distance in my neighborhood. Restaurant staff are friendly and
we enjoyed the food.

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

Kitchy and very old landmark restaurant. Food is solidly good despite a mistake here & there. Service is kind & attentive. The interior decor is a wonderful reminder of the history of Venice/ Santa Monica.

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3.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Great bar, very fun ambience. Food was mediocre, but reasonably priced. This is not an upscale restaurant, it is more of a casual, fun bar, with good service and "bar food". Would go back..

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Always good! We’re local so we’ve been many times. Can’t miss with salad (with the original dresssing) and fried shrimp.

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Love this place with it's old school charm. and great food.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistently good everything over a long period of time.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

It's an old fashioned style place with beautiful colored lights strung up in a place that looks like an old wooden galley with good hearty food reasonably priced.

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3.0Dined on January 13, 2018

I was not impressed with The Galley. Because of traffic we were late for our reservation and as a result were seated inside. Way too loud! Could not even carry on a conversation. Menu was limited and food was mediocre.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

The serve was good, the ambience was was good and the filet mignon was delicious as per usual!! I left a happy camper!!!

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

This is our neighborhood seafood restaurant… They have never disappointed. The service and food are always amazing. We spent our New Year’s eve there and I ordered the lobster-which was not inexpensive. It was DELICIOUS. We had a wonderful time. In spite of the fact that they did not have a special New Year’s eve menu, the place was hopping. Everybody knows what a gem this restaurant is.

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4.0Dined on December 27, 2017

We had a fun time at the Galley though I thought the food was just OK. My halibut was good and properly cooked. My husband found his new york steak to be tough and flavorless. The side sauces were sweet, even the caper and lemon sauce. The famous salad dressing was uninspired. Our friend loved the lamb chops. It felt a bit like eating at Cocos if it had low lighting, an active bar scene and Christmas lights.

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1.0Dined on December 24, 2017

The restaurant does not honor reservations. We had a 7 pm reservation and were not seated until 8 pm.

The restaurant had no silverware and ran out of basic staples like bread for the table.

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4.0Dined on December 24, 2017

Food was great. It was a little hectic since it was Christmas Eve. The table was kind of small for three diners, but we adjusted since we knew that the restaurant was really full and possibly over-booked. But still, we have a great meal and great conversation.

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4.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Good old fashion neighborhood restaurant with booths and lively bar. Lives up to its name as far as fun "galley" ambiance. Great service, good menu and value. Not for "quiet dining" but very nice for a relaxing meal and a few drinks.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2017

I’ve been coming to the Galley for almost 1/2 a Century. I travel the world and have experienced Michelin Chefs from Paris to Peking (now Beijing of course). The Galley is one of those traditional neighborhood restaurants that doesn’t change, as if frozen in time....and I like that. Capt. Ron’s team is always friendly, the food is always good, the barkeeps are top drawer and can mix a traditional cocktail or mixologistically surprise you. Come in, relax after walking Main and enjoy a Southern CA tradition. It’s like having a BBQ’d meal at home with friends and you don’t have to prep, cook or clean-up👍😄🥂.

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5.0Dined on December 19, 2017

We wanted to have a holiday dinner...this was the perfect place! The colored lights were welcoming and quite festive! We had a quick cocktail at the bar before sitting down at our table. The food was fantastic! I had the halibut with panko crust...the crust was very light so it didn't overpower the fish. The serving was large and very tasty!
I hadn't been here in years...maybe decades...so glad we went and will come back very soon!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2017

A great neighborhood restaurant that I believe is one of the oldest in Santa Monica / Venice. Love the ambience and food is pretty good.

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4.0Dined on December 9, 2017

With an unbeatable Happy Hour Menu, nearby parking, and great cocktail menu - i don't know why ive never stopped here before. Having supped at every other Main Street Santa Monica eatery, ive driven by The Galley hundreds of times, and i regret being so late to the party.
the only notes i have - Don't be suckered in by how much menu real estate is dedicated to the house salad dressing, its not worth the $6 side salad for Miracle Whip... and Why no Fish & Chips entree?
otherwise, Great good & ambiance.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was excellent and our waitress was phenomenal.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Fun! Great date spot!

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

A local not so hidden gem. Both the bar and patio are used for Happy Hour - great menu. Captain Ron has the best staff - friendly, accurate. Food delicious. Walking in is like stepping into a time machine of wonder - it's always a holiday. Enjoy!

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