We visited El Galleon three times last week (Oct 08).
The first time was for margaritas after having arrived in Avalon during the JazzTrax festival. The drinks were fairly good as well as reasonably priced.
Second time was during the ALCS baseball playoffs - El Galleon is packed with TVs and has a couple large ones near the front. The place was really packed,so we decided to pass and come back another time.
The third time was on a Sunday night - another playoff night - when things were quieter. We sat near the big TVs, watched the game, and ordered martinis to start, which were excellent. We then ordered dinner, which turned out to be pretty disappointing. The appetizer spinach and artichoke dip was pretty pasty and flavorless, much like others have described. My wife and I split the barbeque combo, which consisted of ribs, kielbasa, chicken, corn, and beans. The kielbasa was gristly and the ribs were pretty fatty. They were both swimming in a too-sweet, soupy barbeque sauce. The chicken was OK, once the sauce was scraped away. The chicken, kielbasa, and ribs were all coated with the same barbeque sauce, and it seemed to be basted on after the fact (as opposed to being cooked in it). The dish of beans was cold on arrival. Neither of us touched the half-ear of corn - it just looked dry and unappetizing.
The food portions were generous; prices were moderate; and service was kind of split down the middle - it took us about 30 minutes to get someone's attention initially, but after that things moved along smoothly. The bathrooms were a little funky, but we've seen worse.
Bottom line: good place for a drink and people-watching without breaking your budget...but you might want to either consider eating elsewhere, or perhaps read the other reviews closely to see if there are dishes that the El Galleon consistently does well. We definitely wouldn't repeat on the barbeque.
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