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The Galley

2442 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3516
+1 310-452-1934
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good39%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (16 reviews)
“house salad” (4 reviews)
“steamed clams” (2 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 pm - 11:00 pmAll hours
American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
2442 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3516
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a steak dinner on a Saturday night. We left one place when they told us that the wait time was two hours. Driving along Main street, my wife and I discovered The Galley, and was seated immediately. The greeter and our waitress were...More

Thank Mark B
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Great atmosphere food freshly prepared well worth a visit. Cocktails and wine well priced. Staff friendly and helpful with foo allergies.

Thank Treeby64
Reviewed 22 September 2017

I have not been back since 1980 and it is not only still there, but the decor has not changed. The Food and service is great and fast. Don't let the decor fool you. I took my wife who has never been there and when...More

Thank Speedracer797
Reviewed 21 September 2017

The first thing you notice when you walk into this local favorite is someone went crazy with the Christmas lights, but in a good way. There is something soothing and festive about way too many colored bulbs that can't help but put you in a...More

Thank BigBlueMarble2017
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Walk into the Galley and every night is Christmas Eve with an abundance of Christmas lights providing a warm, fun and friendly environment. All of the Servers were so friendly and helpful and then comes the owner, Captain Ron - a great guy running a...More

Thank GaryFleishman
Reviewed 4 July 2017

It basically feels like Christmas in this bar given the amount of fairy lights that are covering the ceiling, but not in a tacky way, it's a very cool vibe. I believe this is the old bar in the Santa Monica area dating back to...More

Thank RyanK67
Reviewed 1 July 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere was cool, the food was great. Diablo pasta was good, could be spicier tho based on the description. Crab cakes and calamari was also very good.

Thank mafa02
Reviewed 26 May 2017

This place oozes with '50s charm, a nice bar, funky lights, red plastic booths. It has been largely abandoned by millenials and was empty on a Monday night except for us. My wife liked her small filet mignon, not the mediocre onion rings. OK friend...More

Thank zogmeister
Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

We went to The Galley as many times before. First, and huge turn off is we had made reservations via Open Table. They had no record of it and said the sight had crashed . No it had not. We were seated in the outdoor...More

Thank Coccindy
Reviewed 18 April 2017 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
Santa Monica
Santa Monica is a coastal town that maintains a
balance as a tourist destination and as an area with a
thriving local culture. On the beach, bikers,
roller-bladers, runners and walkers move along the
famed bike path enjoying the beautiful Los Angeles
weather. The solar-powered Ferris wheel at the Santa
Monica pier spins high above the water, while park
revelers scream with delight riding the roller
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 50
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
1:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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
  • E-mail
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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