About The Galley

Captain Ron

Captain Ron


THE GALLEY, the oldest restaurant and bar in Santa Monica, has a warm, candle-lit seafaring ambiance, including small portholes for windows, a captain's wheel, the South Seas Bar as well as an outdoor patio decorated with fishing net and sea shells.

We offer a wide variety of menu choices: Six different types of steaks (from Petit Filet to Jumbo Porterhouse), perfectly prepared chicken (including Captain Ron’s favorite Land Food Chicken Breast!), seafood, pasta and vegetarian dishes. Customer and Captain Ron favorites include the East Coast Little Neck Clams, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Seafood Diablo, Gourmet Galley Burger, Filet Mignon Chili, Panko-Crusted Halibut and the famous Galley Salad with famed “secret recipe” dressing.
(Click here to read our “Salad Dressing Story.”)

Not hungry for a full meal? Our South Seas Bar is the perfect place for a late night drink. Or come enjoy a cocktail or lite bite on our large outdoor patio, one of Santa Monica’s best-kept secrets for outdoor dining and private events.

See you on Deck!

Gourmet Galley Burger

10 oz Filet Mignon

Seafood Diablo

Private Parties

Private Party At The Galley, Santa Monica
Private Party

Multiple Dining Rooms &
Heated Patio Available

Whatever special touches your evening requires, THE GALLEY is the ideal choice for everything from a quiet, candle-lit birthday dinner to a large anniversary party or corporate event. Captain Ron can customize your menu with a variety of unique and creative items, from Jumbo Shrimp Cocktails to Filet Mignon Tacos and everything in between, including vegetarian options.

THE GALLEY’s year-round holiday lighting and nautical décor make for a fun, comfortable atmosphere for any event. You can have your party in one of THE GALLEY’s four quaint dining rooms (with candle lit booths and the large South Seas Bar) or on our enchanting outdoor patio. No matter what your needs, your experience at THE GALLEY is guaranteed to be one you and your guests will remember.

Book a portion of the restaurant or the whole GALLEY for any occasion:

  • Luncheons
  • Birthday Parties
  • Bachelor Parties
  • Bridal Showers
  • Rehearsal Dinners
  • Baby Showers
  • Anniversary Parties
  • Company Parties
  • Banquets
  • Corporate Events
  • Charity Fundraisers

Captain Ron and his knowledgeable "Galley Crew" will treat you and your guests like royalty.

To plan your party, click here to contact Captain Ron.

The Salad Dressing Story

Galleyn Steak Restaurant by The Santa Monica Peir

Established in 1934, THE GALLEY is Santa Monica’s oldest restaurant and bar. Long before I became it’s Captain, I was a customer. I originally came to THE GALLEY because it was a comfortable, neighborhood place. But one thing really stood out: the Salad Dressing.

Being the owner of a fast food restaurant, I wanted to find out the recipe. Millie, THE GALLEY’S long-time waitress (30 years!), held to the old adage, “Loose lips sink ships.” She wasn’t talking.

The recipe for the salad dressing became an obsession. One night, I shanghaied a bunch of friends and went to THE GALLEY. After dinner, I put down a generous tip and called Millie over to the table. "I have to know what’s in that dressing," I nagged. She looked at me and said very loudly, "If you want to know so badly, why don’t you buy the @#!* place?!" Embarrassed and stunned, I stayed away from THE GALLEY for quite some time.

Years later, it came to my attention that THE GALLEY was in disrepair. I made an offer and within a few months became the proud owner. On my first day, I nervously walked in to meet the crew, and there was Millie. "Oh my God," she exclaimed. "It’s the @#!* who wanted the salad dressing recipe!" I hope you like it as much as I do.

I hope you like it as much as I do.

Welcome aboard,
Ron Schur, Captain since January 1, 1989

Visit Us
  • Monday - Friday 5:00 pm -Close
  • Saturday & Sunday
    Brunch 11:00 am - 4:00 pm / Dinner 4:00 pm to Close
    Sunday-Thursday 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Galley


**Metered parking directly behind the restaurant.**