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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
Closed now
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Sun 13:00 - 23:00
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Mike48
Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

The first thing I noticed was that the staff was happy. I have worked the biz for a long time and you can totally tell when people are faking it and just pushing through a shift but they were genuine. The food was fast but not too fast to make me nervous. The bartender was great and cocktails were not... More 

Thank Devin D
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing the great feedback, Devin. We're pleased to hear that your exceptionally friendly and pleasant staff made a great impression from the moment you entered our restaurant. We strive to provide each guest with exceptional service and it's great to know that we did just that during your recent dining experience at The Galley. We couldn't be happier... More 

Monroe, New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

We went here with friends who have eaten here several times before. It has a funky atmosphere that is actually inviting. We were five people. Our server was friendly and helpful. I had the ahi tuna which I wanted lightly seared. Unfortunately, the portion was very thin and just searing it on both sides cooked it through. I found it... More 

Thank BronxWanderer
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your feedback with us regarding your visit to The Galley. It was a pleasure hosting you and the rest of your party for a great meal recently. We're glad that the majority of your group enjoyed their dishes. However, it's disappointing to know that the tuna and clams did not meet the high standards... More 

Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is my go to place when I just want to chill and eat good food without having to dress up. It is the oldest restaurant in Santa Monica. They have a great happy hour with lots of sailor types at the bar, and lots of comfortable booths throughout. Sawdust on the floor and a nautical theme make you feel... More 

Thank Jean H
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing the great review, Jean! We're happy to see that you've enjoyed many wonderful dining experiences at The Galley. It has been a pleasure hosting you time and time again and providing you with a delicious meal and quality service with each visit. We're pleased to hear that you appreciate our diverse menu as well as our... More 

Santa Monica, California
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

It's a little cheezy, which makes it a little (or a lot) fantastic. Love the old school vibe, and the year round christmas lights. It's like a dive bar that serves good food, and it's always come as you are, just roll off the beach and order a steak or whatnot. Neighborhoody. Tourists please don't come here.

Thank crrnyc2014
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Dear Guest, thank you for the great rating! We're thrilled to hear how much you like dining at The Galley! It's fantastic to know you enjoy our fun atmosphere and tasty food. We look forward to seeing you back here again soon! Captain Ron Schur, Owner - The Galley More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

If you like quirky fun places with good American fare this is your spot! I believe its the oldest restaurant in Santa Monica. Loved it there. Good freshly prepared fish. The house salad was very good, one of the things they are famous for. I enjoyed it very much but maybe my expectations were too high....not sure if it deserves... More 

Thank Coccindy
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for the great review! We're delighted to see that you appreciated the unique atmosphere of our restaurant as well as the delicious cuisine you ordered while dining with us. It's great to know that you were impressed with the courteous and attentive service you received, too. It was our pleasure hosting you and we truly appreciate... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

The kind of restaurant that you will only find in the US; Trader's Vic interior meets porterhouse steaks meets naval memorabilia meets cheerful service. Well-cooked American food based on excellent produce, cheerful service, ambitious wine-list. In the middle of Main St, Santa Monica's (in my opinion) premier restaurant row.

Thank jorrep
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing the wonderful review with us! We're so happy to hear that you had a pleasant dining experience at The Galley. It's great to know that you were impressed with the unique atmosphere of our restaurant as well as the delicious food and drink menus. We're delighted to know that our staff treated you so... More 

Santa Monica, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

We'd like to tell you about the food and drink but as the wait staff apparently didn't see us sitting right in front of them, we can't. I know in the summer custom comes easily in Santa Monic, but if you want locals to come in during the winter, make sure you don't just ignore them.

Thank multitrips
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Dear Guest, we appreciate the time you took to give us feedback. We're extremely upset knowing you didn't receive a completely satisfactory experience. We pride ourselves on giving our guests the best service and top-notch cuisine in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Rest assured we will address this with the appropriate team members. Again, we truly value the time you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

Went in for a shot as part of a bar crawl and will definitely go back. Atmospheric and the bar maid was top, came from behind the bar to take a photo of our group. Fairly lights are pretty cute. And it's a different world to the beach vibe going on outside. Go in for a look.

Thank Keithoirish
Ron S, Owner at The Galley, responded to this review

Thank you for the great feedback, Keithoirish! It's fantastic to hear you enjoyed stopping by The Galley recently! We're delighted to know our bartender left you with a great impression and you enjoyed our wonderful atmosphere. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Thank you for taking the time to share, Keithoirish. Have an amazing day! Captain Ron Schur,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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