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The Galley

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Santa Monica
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2442 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3516 (Hollister)
+1 310-452-1934
17:00 - 23:00
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Sun 13:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Munich, Germany
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74 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant served an excellent rib eye steak My salmon filet was also tasty. The casual atmosphere makes you feel like you are taking a journey back in the past. I liked the pinup photos in the men's bathroom. Our cocktails were also good.

Thank fiddleman_12
Los Angeles, California
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97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Go while it's still there; a local's favorite. Age bracket ranges from 20-something hipster locals & "Silicon Beach" types to the usual go-to joint for retired successful entertainment industry folks. We always reserve ahead (Open Table) and come early for dinner hour so can get a seat adjacent to bar --its nautical theme is at full force. Plus easier street... More 

Thank LVinWA
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I first dined here 30 years ago and had an opportunity recently to return. It has been there since 1934, and is justifiably regarded as an institution. It was every bit as good as it was 30 years ago. Great steaks, seafood and libations. We had outstanding service in the cozy beach bar atmosphere. I will return every time I... More 

Thank Reg V
Santa Monica, California
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Celebrated a birthday tonight at Santa Monica's Landmark, The Galley. We both felt like we were the only people there, and it was crowded!!! The service was superb, no rush, yet catered to every need. The food, steamed clams and filet ABSOLUTELY the best, with our server, Erin, also the ABSOLUTE best. If one is tired of the noisy, trendy... More 

Thank Bob P
Newbury Park, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 February 2017

I don't like to write negative reviews, but....I must! The food was not bad, it was inedible! I ordered the salmon and asked for it to be cooked medium-rare. The fish was so over-cooked, it looked like roadkill; and tasted worse than it looked. Not only did I send my salmon back, but out of nine meals ordered by my... More 

Thank Carol B
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We always dine here when visiting Santa Monica from the UK. Tonight it was awful. I booked ahead and mentioned I have a garlic allergy. When we got there they had almost nothing without garlic. I couldn't have an appetizer and 4 shrimp with a small portion of angel hair pasta cost $27!! My husband's chicken was undercooked and chewy.... More 

Thank nhow
Canton, Ohio
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This was a return to trip to the area for us and we wanted to make sure we visited this restaurant. Food is excellent and so is the service and value. We were not disappointed.

Thank Cherie C
Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 December 2016

One of the coziest restaurants I've been to, both the steaks and the shrimps are great, and so are the drinks. They have really set the bar high for a sea/tiki themed restaurant.

Thank lindkvast
1 review
Reviewed 4 December 2016

Do not make reservation thru Open Table for this restaurant, they WILL NOT honor them. Hostess completely unhelpful, did jot make any difference when I showed her our reservation confirmation. Sat us outside on a cold winter night even though several tables opened up inside while I was waiting. Again, do not book thru Open Table, reservations not honored.

Thank Lisa S
Hampshire, England
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618 reviews
360 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 307 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

We picked this place out amongst plenty of local competition at random and were not disappointed The decor is a little cluttered with lots of nautical ornaments and hundreds of fairy lights however the food is good We picked the 30 oz sirloin for two which was tasty and great value for money. It came with two sides and a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$50
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Open Hours
13:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2442 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3516
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica>  > Santa Monica
  • Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-452-1934
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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