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The Observatory OC

Music Venue, Rock Club, and Concert Hall
Santa Ana
  • Glen F.
    "... venue - free parking, tiered viewing areas so more people have good..."(4 Tips)
    John T.
    "$10 parking in the rear and around the corner though."(2 Tips)
    Nechama D.
    "Awesome small and intimate venue"(2 Tips)
    Alex M.
    "Great drinks and a great view of the stage."(6 Tips)
79 Tips and reviews
  • concerts
  • tiers
  • scenic views
  • intimate
  • DJs
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  • Karen E.
    Karen EguJuly 26, 2016
    I love this venue because you can always feel the bass in your soul 👌🏿 but a con is, since it's more of an intimate venue, it can get pretty hot while you're turning up. Always have $ for parking!
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChanFebruary 24, 2014
    Intimate venue with tiered levels for concertgoers of all heights! Tickets are super reasonable, especially if you buy straight from the box office. Check out some great underground bands here!
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    Brian BazerApril 30, 2015
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  • Michelle C.
    Michelle ChanFebruary 24, 2014
    Intimate venue w/ tiered levels for concertgoers of ALL heights! Plus ticket prices are super reasonable, especially if you buy straight from the box office. Listen to some GREAT live music here!! 🎤
  • Dan P.
    Dan ParksSeptember 21, 2014
    Love this place for small concerts- no food - expensive drinks - I get there early to get a seat upstairs... This is my usual view.
  • Nikki
    NikkiDecember 11, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    great variety of programming, but increasing rapidly in popularity. shows will be harder to get tickets to, and there is a capacity for the pit. so arrive early and drake your claim!
  • John T.
    John TorresDecember 5, 2013
    KRS-One a-ttacked! Best $5 concert ever! $10 parking in the rear and around the corner though. Cash only!
  • Billy A.
    Billy AmparanoDecember 11, 2014
    Small little spot to see a underrated show. Always a good spot to see your favorite artists up close!
  • Glen F.
    Glen FujimotoAugust 10, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Kills just finished playing tonight - awesome! Really enjoyed the venue - free parking, tiered viewing areas so more people have good views - will definitely visit again
  • Aling Z.
    Aling ZhangJanuary 23, 2012
    Go behind the curtains and upstairs. A much better view of the stage and you won't have to battle the crowds. There's a bar up there too
  • Pamela
    PamelaOctober 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They no longer serve food in the venue! They had the best BLT too! :( They now serve expensive ass burgers in the smoking patio. Be sure to eat dinner somewhere else before seeing a show here.
  • Thierry L.
    Thierry LangfordJanuary 19, 2013
    Awesome venue, reminds me of the House of Blues, Houston. :) Great crowd, Trampled by Turtles always puts on a good show!
  • Jose T.
    Jose TorresDecember 23, 2014
    Awesome place. Came to see immortal technique twice plus Chino XL, Aesop Rock, Raekwon, Sick Jacken, etc.
  • Juan Carlos C.
    Juan Carlos CastanedaDecember 31, 2011
    Beware with parking especially if u park across the street, I work next to this place and they tow cars like crazy every time there is an event!
  • Teresa G.
    Teresa G.October 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Always a good experience when we come here! The venue is definitely one of the best in orange county.
  • Savannah R.
    Savannah RoseAugust 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Galaxy is an all ages venue with a full bar and restaraunt. Buy tix at box office in cash for no extra fees (boycott ticketmaster!) make reservations if you want a table. for sched.
  • Joseph L.
    Joseph LembleAugust 29, 2013
    Pay for your drink after it's poured. Just saw the bartender poor half foam and half beer and give the middle finger to the customer. Also, be ready to be blinded by the house lighting guy.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MollazadehMay 29, 2014
    Bottle Service is the way to go. Great drinks and a great view of the stage. Thanks Tori and Ryan!
  • Amy S.
    Amy ShriderFebruary 15, 2013
    This is an amazing venue! Great price, better bands, and every seat is a wonderful one!
  • Steven G.
    Steven GoinsSeptember 5, 2013
    Good venue but parking situation is absolutely horrible for bigger show. Get here early or you'll pay for it figuratively and literally.
  • Diana G.
    Diana GDecember 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get there early to get the best seats and close to the stage.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicMarch 29, 2015
    The tiers are great for concerts. Even short people like me can see the stage clearly!
  • El martin P.
    El martin PSeptember 21, 2013
    Tribal seeds fucking sucks their band members took over everybody else's set. They keyboard and guitarist came out as guest singers on the other opening bands but muffled the whole set. Narcissistic!!
  • Niku A.
    Niku AzamMarch 3, 2015
    Spacious venue, great sound
  • Israel Z.
    Israel ZamoraSeptember 7, 2013
    Get there early, tables on the balcony, first come first serve
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Loving the newly added patio & restrooms located on the left of the stage
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    parker jaydenDecember 18, 2013
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  • Josh C.
    Josh C.April 18, 2012
    It gets hot as balls in here if there's a big crowd, so be sure to wear light clothing.
  • Shmee
    ShmeeMarch 3, 2012
    Tip the servers! They work for tips and are awesome.
  • Raeanne D.
    Raeanne DonatoJanuary 26, 2014
    One of my favorite venues and usually never disappointed but sound was off tonight.
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FuentesDecember 18, 2014
    Love this venue, get here early free parking if the kit isn't full!
  • Peter A.
    Peter AnargirouOctober 27, 2014
    Great venue with lots of room
  • Danielle M.
    Danielle MireSeptember 21, 2015
    The second floor table service is a must!
  • Rudy R.
    Rudy RomanosAugust 18, 2014
    Staff and security not very informative about late starts suggestion while waiting put people in patio and sell drinks make money before events
  • Marco L.
    Marco LopezFebruary 28, 2015
    Saw Ilan bluestone here for cheap!! I love this place!!
  • Angela T.
    Angela T.January 18, 2014
    much better view of the stage at the bar!
  • matt m.
    matt meddockJanuary 22, 2011
    Since you're already at a show and partying you need to get yourself a spirithood. Raaawr!
  • Brad E.
    Brad E.March 25, 2013
    Food, and dining available upstairs.
  • Jenn M.
    Jenn MorrisApril 23, 2013
    Seriously. Music hasn't even started and already hate it here. Our "reserved" table is shared with some random people. Worst menu and they're already out of stuff. Also Slowest will call ever.
  • Trent S.
    Trent ShamaleyNovember 26, 2011
    Super dirty venue... Fxx'n killer! Great vibe. Great people... Come for a SMOG event!!! Http://
  • Nechama D.
    Nechama DinaAugust 22, 2013
    Awesome small and intimate venue
  • dp_recess
    dp_recessNovember 13, 2013
    Always a good spot for live music
  • Steve P.
    Steve PerezMay 7, 2014
    Great place !! Awesome people ! Good times.
  • Aldo B.
    Aldo BustosFebruary 1, 2015
    Try the music!
  • Cam! B.
    Cam! BApril 23, 2013
    If you're looking for a nice experience Don't come here! Even with reservations, you have to share your table and they are out of half of the items on the menu. This place sucks!
  • Connie C.
    Connie ChiuMay 10, 2015
    Such a cool music venue.
  • Cesar T.
    Cesar TapiaFebruary 1, 2016
    Good show.
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    Dan SantanaJuly 20, 2010
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  • Tina S.
    Tina SarmientoJuly 26, 2014
    Old guy bartender is a jerk! First experience here and not a fan!
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