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Golden Bull Restaurant & Bar

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170 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
+1 310-230-0402
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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New York City, New York
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200 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Your first impression on walking in is that you have entered God's waiting room. I don't think there was a patron there who wasn't collecting Social Security. It's a dark cave of a place with almost no natural light, so be careful not to trip over a walker or wheelchair. The menu includes that 1950's staple, rumaki, and hasn't been... More 

Thank Michael C
Los Angeles, California, United States
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66 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

May not look like much on the outside, but awesome on the inside and a wonderful menu. Service is fantastic. Very accommodating. Excellent prices. Older crowd though (like over 75)...sort of like the movie Cocoon. :-) Still overjoyed I came. I would definitely come back.

Thank John G
Santa Monica, CA
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016 via mobile

We have lived in Santa Monica or while lives and tonight was our first time at the Golden Bull. It is fantastic. The stuffed sole is amazing. Heavy pour on the drinks. Irish coffee is great and the mocha ice cream pie is do tasty

Thank Terri D
Leicester, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

If you want to get away from the posers and players of Santa Monica - step back in time for honest food and nice people. Delicious food and good fish in the wall for the children to eyeball!

Thank bartoninthebeans
Florence, Oregon
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208 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

Always a pleasure to visit this iconic Santa Monica Canyon Restaurant. The staff is wonderful and very friendly. The menu is extensive including fresh catch seafood. Steaks are wonderful cuts. Desserts are delicious and ample. Easy access with parking valet. You won't find any attitude here, just great service and this is why it is so popular with locals and... More 

Thank Larry F
Dallas, Texas
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58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2016 via mobile

We were staying close by and need take out one night and thought I would give it a try. It was like going back in time. Had to wait so ordered drinks at the bar. Great drinks at good price---even peanuts and goldfish. It was take out but staff was friendly and prompt. Good was very good--chicken Marsala came with... More 

Thank rdodge2
Leverett, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Wonderful steaks, lamb chops, salmon. Manhattans. Sinatra in the air. Booths, so comfortable. You slip back decades. Smooth service, valet parking with clever repartee. Loved it.

Thank Sharonrose98
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

Popped in here with some colleagues just before New Year. It is unique in every way. Still sitting in the 1960s with decor, design, cramped layout and dare I say it staff. All quite old fashioned. But I liked it. Nothing pretentious, you get what you asked for with no qualms. There is a well stocked bar and food is... More 

Thank Dave L
Santa Monica, California
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484 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

Last reviewed this in 2013 so thought I'd update. We live near this great restaurant. Here's the deal. It is filled with locals young and old (and by old I mean REALLY old...like fabulous old) and many of the people have been coming here for years (like us...19 years to be exact). People revere 'The Bull' and here is why:... More 

Thank AFoolForTravel
Los Angeles, California
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1,945 reviews
669 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 527 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

The Golden Bull has been a Channel neighborhood staple and local's favorite for more years than I can imagine. Atmosphere is that of a clubby steakhouse from the 50's with booth benches in the bar area and tables in the main room. Food is pretty good with daily specials and early bird dinners. Good roast beef and steaks. Enjoyable. ...

Thank David B L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$16 - $49
American, Steakhouse
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
4:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 170 W Channel Rd, Santa Monica, CA 90402-1104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Monica
  • Phone Number: +1 310-230-0402
We invite you to enjoy the finest in dining and a genuinely warm atmosphere here near the beach in the Santa Monica Canyon at one of Southern California's great and storied restaurants, The Golden Bull. We offer a delicious array of dinners every day of the week and open at 4:30 pm daily except for Sunday when we open for Sunday Brunch starting at 11:00 am and running until 3:00 pm. Early Bird Dinner Specials are available daily with a large selection of great entrees. You can review all of our menus and are welcome to come in for a friendly and great dining experience in the Santa Monica Canyon at the base of Pacific Palisades at 170 West Channel Road one block up from the beach.

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