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Ye Olde King's Head

Ye Olde King's Head

Pub, Bar, and English Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Santa Monica, Santa Monica
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  • Lee S.
    Solid full English breakfast if you're craving that. Bar next door seems awesome too. The staff are cool too.
  • Randal S.
    Randal SchwartzMarch 6
    Been here 100+ times
    This place shows most of the European soccer games. They tend to be mid-afternoon local time, or most of the weekend during tournaments.
  • Randal S.
    Randal SchwartzMarch 6
    Been here 100+ times
    happy hour 4 to 7 weekdays. Discounted food and drink.
  • Victoria S.
    Victoria SantoroFebruary 11
    My favourite bar in Santa Monica. You go if you want to get a beer and thats all. No fancy people. I always end up here! Also they have a jukebox - a song for a dollar <3. Karaoke Sundays are fun too!
  • Jana T.
    Jana TomovaJanuary 28
    The shepherd's pie is absolutely delicious 😋
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RebeccaJanuary 14
    The service was very minimal, and only somewhat friendly. I had their crumpets, which seems quite good. I also had the fish cakes, which were nicely soft on the inside and crispy on the outside
  • S Y.
    S YusopNovember 22, 2016
    If you're looking for traditional fish and chips, this is the place to go.
  • Shamus W.
    Shamus WilsonJune 17, 2016
    Try out the afternoon tea sandwiches. Excellent.
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah ElizabethJune 10, 2016
    Fish n' chips! Where have you been all my life. Okay, the fries are lacking but the cod, batter, healthy portion and flavor, damn good.
  • Winnie K.
    Winnie KhooJune 10, 2016
    Fave: trivia nights
  • Arnie P.
    Arnie PanameñoJune 2, 2016
    Great looking place. It's huge with a small bar towards the end and a large one in the front. They also have some delicious beer on tap!
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly SparksApril 22, 2016
    Queens English brekkie is best.
  • Annette H.
    Annette HarganMarch 29, 2016
    The Bass ale us delush.
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 29, 2016
    Opened in 1974. Traditional English pub with ’70s style dining area serving classic British food.
  • Offbeat L.A.
    Offbeat L.A.January 29, 2016
    Opened 1974. Traditional English pub with ’70s style dining area serving classic British food.
  • Seyhan
    SeyhanSeptember 25, 2015
    Good food, good price.
  • Mike E.
    Mike EspinozaApril 26, 2015
    Watching Chelsea FC vs Arsenal
  • Adrian P.
    Adrian PhillipsApril 24, 2015
    If you like beers that come out of taps, liquor and solid prices then you can't go wrong here. Don't expect any fancy cocktails, just shut up and drink.
  • Andy R.
    Andy RunwildMarch 17, 2015
    Meet people from around the world, and it's overlooking the Santa Monica Bay ... this is the place for international travelers and friendly locals!
  • Cherith Z.
    Cherith ZanghiMarch 9, 2015
    Lots of seating, authentic food. Good place to relax and have a conversation
  • Sean R.
    Sean RobisonJanuary 5, 2015
    Very authentic British pub. The fish and chips were fantastic.
  • Lloyd M.
    Lloyd MorganDecember 29, 2014
    The fish an chip is awesome and I love the roast beef and the fry up breakfast is a must try :-)
  • Iván R.
    Iván RodriguezDecember 24, 2014
    If you're on your own is the perfect place to make new friends near santa monica pier/promenade
  • Tom M.
    Tom McKeeverDecember 4, 2014
    Classic English pub a block from the cliffs. Stop in for apps and a Smithwicks next time you're craving some good comfort food.
  • Iván R.
    Iván RodriguezNovember 20, 2014
    Try Harp Lager is really good !
  • Milen
    MilenOctober 25, 2014
    Thanks for playing the Habs game for us!
  • Ram C.
    Ram ChandranOctober 6, 2014
    Great happy hour and decent burgers 👍
  • Liz M.
    Liz MorganSeptember 8, 2014
    Cod fish chips I prefer the larger and lime start of with a first pint then a second yum yum then a dessert with rhubarb and custard wicked
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Ye Old King's Head as seen on Food Paradise Read more
  • Geoff R.
    Geoff ReinhardtAugust 21, 2014
    Grab a pint and watch "football" (soccer) at this fairly authentic pub!
  • Clean Bay R.
    Congrats to Ye Olde Kinds Head for passing their Clean Bay Restaurant Certification in Santa Monica! They're doing their part to keep the Santa Monica Bay clean! Learn more: www.santamonicabay.org
  • Mike L.
    Mike LanzilloJune 16, 2014
    Killer fish n chips and supah big tvs
  • Nick
    NickJune 1, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    The best English breakfast in LA.
  • Stuart D.
    Stuart DavisFebruary 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Always go for the English breakfast. A pint of Pride ain't bad either!
  • Mohammed A.
    Mohammed ALQarawiOctober 12, 2013
    So So Food lk 3leeh
  • Phil I.
    Phil IngramOctober 7, 2013
    Every British cliche wrapped up in one place. Took 20 minutes to order a drink and 15 minutes to arrive after that.
  • R
    ROctober 6, 2013
    OMG, proper breakfast with toast that's not been dipped, spreaded or covered in something sweet!! No fruit piled on either. Just breakfast as it should be. Thank You
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WalkerSeptember 30, 2013
    Fulham games, beers, and darts...perfect
  • Brian M.
    Brian MountSeptember 26, 2013
    Try the agency reunions!
  • Ricardo A.
    Ricardo AcunaSeptember 14, 2013
    The fish & chips is da bomb!!!!!!
  • Gavin P.
    Gavin PerezSeptember 2, 2013
    Awesome as always. Tip your server!
  • Maya C.
    Maya ConnAugust 27, 2013
    They offer a nice selection of hard ciders.
  • Luis M.
    Luis MartinezAugust 21, 2013
    They have darts
  • Tom H.
    Tom HallJuly 30, 2013
    Great English Pub. Not Irish. English. Different.
  • Millie E.
    Millie EscalanteJuly 17, 2013
    Don't expect to find soccer fans or knowledgeable Brits there
  • Sevalley
    SevalleyJuly 13, 2013
    Get a 20 oz beer instead of 16, only $1 more! Smithwicks!
  • Jay M.
    Jay MilletteJuly 9, 2013
    One of few bars with steel-tip darts.
  • Spielmann
    SpielmannJune 14, 2013
    A great place in Santa Monica - watch sports and enjoy great food, beers and friendly locals. A timeless favorite.
  • Rahil B.
    Rahil BeraniMay 31, 2013
    Yo it's only 1:40 not 2:00AM yet bro
  • Roy W.
    Roy WooMay 20, 2013
    The fried bread is amazing....at first glance it just looks like toast but when you bite into the crispy bread the crunch will bring acknowledgement that it was definitely fried!!!
  • Jenni
    JenniMay 13, 2013
    Dry Blackthorn Cider + Jameson + Roasted Salmon = Perfection
  • Kate H.
    Kate H.May 7, 2013
    Classic English dive pub. Mixed crowd of Cinco de Mayo revelers on the day I visited (yes, that is odd) but assume from the fairly friendly staff that it's usually a bit more low-key in this pub.
  • Laura R.
    Laura ReaApril 12, 2013
    Love the fish n chips!
  • Christine B.
    Christine Boone-OgdenApril 11, 2013
    Get the fish & chips!!! Very yummy, flakey, & to die for!!!!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 23, 2013
    Try the Beef And Guiness Pie
  • Brian B.
    Brian BehnkeFebruary 23, 2013
    Try the Fish 'n Chips
  • Marc S.
    Marc S.February 17, 2013
    Only in LA will you hear an entire bar sing along to Sublime and Frank Sinatra in the same hour. A+
  • John F.
    John FisherJanuary 22, 2013
    Fish and chips are ok
  • Abigail C.
    Abigail CoursolleJanuary 6, 2013
    Get the fried bread at breakfast...totally worth the artery clog!
  • Riquel S.
    Riquel ShaneJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ladies... there is no point in dressing up in your heels to come to this place. It's a PUB! :)
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JabantoDecember 24, 2012
    Shepherds pie! Fish and chips! Clam chowder!
  • Clean Bay R.
    Ye Olde Kings Head is a certified restaurant of the Clean Bay Restaurant Program, helping to reduce stormwater pollution in Santa Monica Bay! Learn about or find more certified restaurants at Read more
  • Ian David M.
    Ian David MarsdenSeptember 7, 2012
    Try the London pride.
  • Charm B. T.
    Charm B. TrippinJune 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Wednesday night Trivia & darts!
  • Bruno M.
    Bruno MouraMay 6, 2012
    The traditional chicken curry is very good! Ask for half chips half mashed potatoes
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteApril 25, 2012
    I can personally recommend the fish and chips and rhubarb crumble.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PillaApril 20, 2012
    You're here for British fare, but try the King's Burger. Very tasty. Put malt vinegar on your chips to feel like a Brit.
  • Huw B.
    Huw BeynonApril 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The English Breakfast here puts many greasy spoons and pubs in London to shame. Really dirty bacon. Like it should be.
  • Andrew N.
    Andrew NystromApril 6, 2012
    Fullers is great. And it's pretty much always 'off'.
  • J M.
    J MesMarch 30, 2012
    Get the Bangers and Mash..great flavors, a hearty meal!!
  • Mac
    MacMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the beer!
  • Scott T.
    Scott TomassoFebruary 28, 2012
    You must order the Fish & Chips. The crust is way different than any other version you've ever had. Delish!
  • Paul K.
    Paul KimJanuary 25, 2012
    bangers & mash + black & tan. perfect combo
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 14, 2012
    Mmmm Guinness!
  • wil k.
    wil kratzDecember 29, 2011
    Stay away from the sampler platter!
  • Fulham Football Club
    Fulham Football ClubDecember 23, 2011
    Come around to Ye Olde King's Head to watch Fulham Football Club. Come on Fulham!
  • Nadim B.
    Nadim B👀December 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a Brew & always fond memories to be had, enjoy!
  • Eddie M.
    Eddie MNovember 4, 2011
    Order the welsh rarebit from the starter menu. So good!
  • Manuela R.
    Manuela RossiOctober 25, 2011
    Have the shepherd's pie!
  • Hiro A H.
    Hiro A H ROctober 24, 2011
    Best British pub in Santa Monica.
  • Lacet
    LacetOctober 17, 2011
    awesome british lunch !!!!
  • Kenny R.
    Kenny RossOctober 14, 2011
    Steak and Kidney Pie is very good!
  • Brandon D.
    Brandon DSeptember 22, 2011
    Wednesday night trivia
  • Meridith S.
    Meridith StokesAugust 23, 2011
    Try the steak, Guinness, and mushroom pie for a hearty meal.
  • Jenni P.
    Jenni PowellAugust 22, 2011
    Get the English Breakfast. So good. Read more
  • David C.
    David CarrilloAugust 17, 2011
    If you want to watch an English Premier League game, this is a great place to do it!
  • Peter S.
    Peter SwansonAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Solid soccer bar, great atmosphere, good fans, and tvs everywhere
  • Royce
    RoyceAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bangers and mash, with guinness! :) brings back fond memories of London..
  • Major League Soccer
    Major League SoccerJuly 12, 2011
    Ye Olde King's Head recreates the authentic British Soccer Pub. Ye Olde King's Head is an official pub of the LA Galaxy & MLS!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew ScarlettJune 11, 2011
    Good out door seating with heat lamps.
  • Natalie W.
    Natalie WallaceJune 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Treat Brett well..shes the best server ever!
  • Melissa S.
    Melissa SternMay 27, 2011
    great happy hour Read more
  • Lindsay W.
    Lindsay W-RMay 19, 2011
    The fish and chips might be fab but the service is hideous.
  • Jeremiah J.
    Jeremiah JohnsonApril 27, 2011
    this place has great fish n chips. i am going back soon.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartApril 18, 2011
    Coleman's mustard, Branston pickle, spotted dick and vegetarian haggis!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DelfinoApril 13, 2011
    Welsh rarebit, sausage rolls, bangers and mash, and Guinness!!! Nice...
  • Erik T.
    Erik TrobergMarch 23, 2011
    Guinness is the only beer that requires two taps... FOR GOOD REASON
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel McDonoughMarch 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    London Pride on tap.
  • Pras U.
    Pras UnyepMarch 2, 2011
    Secret sauce please......!!
  • Pete D.
    Pete DivallFebruary 21, 2011
    Used to be bigger serving of ultra high quality fish... Not so much.
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