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The Galley in Santa Monica

TomSwift | Sep 14, 200512:21 PM

Our group of 3 had dinner at The Galley last night; I hadn't been since the mid-70's. This was a great experience. It is a divey neighborhood bar/restaurant that pours generous drinks. The place is practically swathed in colored christmas lights which lend a carnival-like atmosphere. Service was casual, attentive and professional. Both the Hostess and our waitress were friendly and talkative.

The steamed littleneck clams were delicious. 2 pounds for $15. So often steamed clams are overcooked and dry but these were plump, juicy and flavorful. Clarified butter and clam broth to go with. My rib-eye was thinner than I would have liked, but it was medeium-rare as ordered. A little tough and not as flavorful as the high-end places. The guests NY disappeared in a flash. He pronounced the caesar salad very good and consumed all of it. The winner was Mrs.Swift's filet, 12 oz and charred on the rare side of medium rare (the server said "medium-rare mnus"). I ended up eating most ofit and it was delicious. The filet and NY were $29 I think. Quite a good value. The menu has changed over the years and they now have chicken, pasta and, as always, seafood. We had a great time, ate really good food and will go back.

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