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About The Galley

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.

2442 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 1:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

Cross Street:
Hollister

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(310) 452-1934

Website:
http://www.thegalleyrestaurant.net/

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

The Galley Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Fun (7)
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Comfort Food (5)
Authentic (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good for a Date (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was excellent and our waitress was phenomenal.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Fun! Great date spot!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 8, 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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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·Dined on November 5, 2017

I first dined at the Galley about 1990 when Ron had Millie (may she rest in peace) as his top gal. She was as great as the food and nothing has changed. Our server Irma was the BEST !!

Thanks,
Donald & Helen

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

good food fun atmosphere, waitress was distracted and forgot to ask for our order for a while but very laid back place.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We've loved this place for years! It's a classic landmark to many.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 22, 2017

always energetic wait service with a smile........

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Service was slow!!! We were seated quickly and bread and water arrived fast but not our server.

Tags: Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Quirky venue, unique decor - twinkle lights, WW2 posters, old set pieces from "Mutiny on the Bounty" - service is excellent cant be faulted, food is fine, standard regular fare priced reasonably.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The waitstaff was so Very attentive. Cool, old school place with reasonable prices ... a find!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2017

I HAD THE STEAMED CLAMS WHICH THE WAITRESS SAID WERE LITTLENECK AFTER CHECKING WITH THE KITCHEN. THE SHELLS WERE VERY LARGE AND THE CLAMS LARGE AND CHEWY. THEY SERVE THE CLAM BROTH ON THE SIDE. MY SPOUSE HAD THE HALIBUT AND WAS NOT VERY HAPPY. THE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1933 BUT THE SEAFOOD ITEMS WE HAD WERE NOT THE BEST.

Tags: Waterfront
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Classic old style place sawdust on the floor fun and unpretentious. Enjoyed the Pablo halibut and shrimp diablo

Tags: Fun, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Food was good, but overpriced, especially since you only get one side which was marginal. Service was decent, but not over the top.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The Galley is one of the Main Street restaurants in Santa Monica that have become traditional for get-togethers and reunions. For steak (Porterhouse and Filet Mignon), it's the best.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

A true Santa Monica classic! Excellent food and service and unique ambience. Step into another era while being firmly placed in 2017

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 30, 2017

The Galley never lets you down, the food is always great and fast to the table. The saled is special. Who would have known that a New York steak here is better then most steak houses in Los Angeles. The Galley is our weekly favorite.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Visiting my home town and one of my favorite restaurants. Nothing has changed here. Great atmosphere, great food, great service. Only change is the parking is crazy. Too many people!

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Moving away party

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We had a great Father's Day at The Galley. The food was absolutely great. I had the rib eye which I thoroughly enjoyed!

Tags: Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Authentic, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I had to speak with the manager to take off a four dollar charge for 2 plain cups of hot water on our dinner bill. She said at this restaurant, it is expected to order drinks while dining, therefore the charge. She did take off the four dollar charge after I waited and spoke with her. Since I do not want to have to order a drink with my dinner, and have never had the experience of this requirement not being stated upfront, on a menu or on the website before I make a reservation , I will not be returning.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We had a great time at The Galley. The Halibut was delicious, just like the Mai Tai's. I'd recommend reservations on weekends as it can get crowded. We will be back.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on May 21, 2017

My buddy and I were looking for a good steak and a beer without the big ticket total while our wives were out shopping. As an LA restaurant owner myself for more than 40 years I've got to say the Galley was a hit for us both. Great job on the traditional menu that fits this place so well. Spencer steak beer and whiskey shots. Fast Service was spot on from all staff with great interaction from our pretty servers. A definite repeat with or without the wives. Great job everyone !

Tags: Quick Bite, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Five stars for honesty, as well as quality all-round. Good ol' fashioned comfort food at decent prices in a comfortable mid-century LA tropical island theme decor with excellent service. Not a high-end, designer designed, fancy place serving exotic food-designer-designed, "pure" food at outrageous prices that will assure your ego or that of any guest that you are succeeding and know whasup. Not recommended for persons with allergies to Christmas lights.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We searched up the galley on your website open table and made a reservation for Mother's Day. Not familiar with the area we showed up the tables were right next to the bar which are filled with a bunch of inebriated people using every cuss word in the book we were able to move to a side room which cut the noise and the language in half but it was not the fine dining we were led to believe. If you're looking for obnoxious bar this is a great place to go. Yes Open table I recommend that you read the label this not is a fine restaurant

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Have been dining at the Galley for almost 50 years. We have been using the Galley to celebrate either birthdays, wedding anniversary's. or just for a change of pace, for dinner or lunch.

Many years ago, in 1967 I asked one of the guys that I was working with, "where is a good place to get steamed clams"? He said "The Galley", with out thinking more than a millisecond. We came on that recommendation, and haven't been disappointed to date. Do not change a thing!! Keep your high standards, most important to many restaurants have cut corners and the quality went down, and they lost me and my family as customers.

Tags: Fun, Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 29, 2017

They didnt have my Open Table Reservation. They said Open Table was down so we had to eat outside which was disappointing

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Started with Fried Shrimp Appetizer. So delicious. Then the 6 ounce Petite Fillet, Baked Potato and the House Salad. I forget just how cute and delicious this place is! Its extremely clean as well.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Great place. Really enjoyed the entire experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 9, 2017

I love this restaurant. I love the clams, the mussels, the steak and the Chicken parmigiana.

The ambiance is quite casual and very cool....Love it here and we always have a great meal here!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Another great dinner at the Galley. Reliable. Quaint. Fun.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Always fun, good service. Love the steamed clams, that is what we come here for. Everything else is good too.

Tags: Fun, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Nashville)·Dined on March 31, 2017

I would have given it a perfect score except they didn't get our reservation via open table. I recommend calling in your reservation.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, People Watching, Authentic, Seasonal, Casual, Comfort Food, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 29, 2017

Great service by Erica. Had the porterhouse which was cooked exactly per my request. Sides were fresh and tasty. Starter House salad with their dressing was also great.
Only small issue was the wine list. Reds were mostly very ordinary except the Ch. Montelena Cab which at the price was the best value and least marked up of the bunch.
Would definitely go back - like the crowded feeling and fancy lighting.

Tags: Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Fun, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 25, 2017

Other than having to wait beyond our reservation time, everything else was really good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 25, 2017

I had the petite fillet and it was exceptional. I thought it was better than steaks I have had for twice the price.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Fun, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We had a 7:15 reservation and were not seated until 8:05 which would have been ok if the hostess had acknowledged our existence. I had to go up to her several times and each time she looked at me like she had no idea that I was there or that I had a reservation. When we were finally seated, the service and the food was good and I have always liked the ambiance. Unfortunately, the wait was frustrating and don't know if it is worth the hassle to have a good meal when there are so many other options in the area.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Try and true, good American fare, fun vibe, old school

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 1, 2017

This place is awesome! Great little gem with history, great food and strong drinks!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 26, 2017

Absolutely amazing evening. I loved the lights inside. A really really good experience.

Tags: Disabled Access, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Was not impressed with this place. We had to wait even though we had reservations. Super busy place and really small so lots of congestion. Decor was so busy it gave me a headache. Portions were TINY and super pricey, and nothing special taste wise. We had a booth near the bar and could literally feel people breathing down our necks. The only really positive was the wait staff. They were very friendly and attentive.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Happy Hour
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