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The Galley

) #158 of 511 Restaurants in Santa Monica ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American, Seafood
2442 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3516
+1 310-452-1934
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good40%
  • Average9%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
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“steak” (18 reviews)
“house salad” (4 reviews)
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American, Seafood
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2442 Main St, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3516
Neighbourhood: Santa Monica
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 5 weeks 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
Reviewed 19 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...More

Thank LVinWA
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...More

Thank Reg V
Reviewed 17 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...More

Thank Bob P
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...More

Thank Carol B
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...More

Thank nhow
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
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
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...More

Thank Lisa S
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
US$ 20 - US$ 50
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
  • 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.