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Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica, Santa Monica, CA

Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica

4.6
4.6
232 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica, California has been open for over 40 years. It has developed an amazing reputation as among the most recognizable, finest British pubs in the USA. We have a casual comfortable dining room with Fireplace in the cooler months and an outdoor heated patio where patrons can sit and enjoy the restaurant’s delicious food. There is also a Private Dining room available and Afternoon Tea is served Mon - Sat 11.30am-4pm. (Private room also available for Baby & Bridal Showers)

Ye Olde Kings Head in Santa Monica provides patrons with the look and feel of Britain right in California. It has something that will appeal to everyone and offers a traditional British Breakfast and British favorites such as Fish & Chips, Bangers and Mash and Shepherd’s pie, along with some healthier options, Salads, Curries and Vegetarian dishes. Come taste Britain in the heart of Santa Monica.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Afternoon Tea, British
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (310) 451-1402
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    We can cater any of our Menu in large Chafing dishes - please call or email for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a Private Dining Room available for Meetings, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Afternoon Tea, Special Birthdays - please call or e-mail for further information
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Cross street
    2nd Street
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Traditional Afternoon Tea

    $35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Traditional Afternoon Tea (or Vegetarian) - A selection of finger sandwiches, savory bites, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream and preserves and a selection of pastries. Specialty tea or coffee. Royal Tea $40 Includes a glass of Champagne, Mimosa or Kir Royale. Available Monday to Saturday 11.30am to 4pm. Private parties also available - Excellent for Baby Showers & Bridal Showers (for parties of 6 or more please call Christine 310 451 1402).

What 232 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Westside

    Kid-friendly

232 Reviews
  1. Connie

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The bar is extremely loud but the dining areas are perfect. And service was great. 

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for afternoon tea with a group of girlfriends. Reasonably priced tea served with scones, small bites and ginger sandwiches. Our server was attentive and sweet. We all enjoyed having afternoon tea. It felt like we got transported to London in the middle of Santa Monica.

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  3. GSmiley

    Los Angeles

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely experience!!! Great service and very good food!

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  4. KellyD

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun place with many choices . Food was great. Also love their gift shop next door.

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  5. JeffreyN

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Kings has an outstanding English pub. The food is authentic and delicious. The ambience is wonderful and the weight staff is outstanding. 

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  6. clarel

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great value for the afternoon tea. Had a great time with my mom, and the tea room was full of families and others enjoying tea. The service was friendly and I had a nice time.

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  7. WilliamM

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    This is kind of a Santa Monica institution- but it still delivers. A very nice traditional English menu, including such classics as shepherd's pie, bangers and mash, and their very famous fish and chips. The food is surprisingly good, I don't think we have ever had anything really off. Of course, you have to like this sort of fare. Drinks are reasonable, and the service is just fine. It can get crazy busy on, for instance, Saturday night, so plan accordingly. We particularly like the red room with all the King's heads on display- cheers!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great fun for the holidays. A little respite from the chaos.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a tradition to have tea here at Christmas time. 

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  10. LauraP

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Met a friend for afternoon tea shortly before Christmas. The room was adorn in holiday decorations Our waitress was delightful and attentive, the pastries and sandwiches were yummy (I really liked the sausage roll) and it was what a tea should be - a delightful afternoon repast. I will be back.

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  11. RhondaG

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Last year you offered a Gluten free tea. This is I was completely surprised you were unable to offer gluten free. This is not a hard thing to do. Every other restaurant for afternoon tea has gluten free choices. I suggest you consider it

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  12. Chauwgal

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ordered chicken pot pie and it came with veges and fries. Overall very good, although thought the sauce in pie could have been a bit smoother and more well- seasoned. Still a winner. Desserts were yummy and perfect.

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  13. RobinA

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the Christmas tea - it was delicious with lots of variety. Sweets and savory choices filled us up!

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  14. Bolton

    Los Angeles

    182 reviews

    4.0

    182 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fun time! The regular fish and chips are very good, as is the Salmon. The sausage roll appetizer is also tasty. Have fun.

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  15. MikeM

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seated immediately. We were seated in front of the fireplace with a fire inside, warm and cozy. Server took our drink order quickly and we enjoyed a relaxed dinner, attentive but not rushed. Always a pleasant experience here.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As a Brit, this “Sunday Roast” was appalling. Meat was like terribly cooked road kill, vegetables were shrived up, Yorkshire pudding could be so much better with a little training, the roast potatoes gave the effect of frozen roast potatoes. Gravy and service was great.

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  17. PeterV

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We all had a different entree. Each was delicious, as well as the starters. We love going there, it feels like we are in England again.

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  18. LindaD

    New Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Typical English restaurant. The food is amazing. You can get typical uk food at the shop on the left of the restaurant. They also serve High Tea. What an experience. Went to one last year. Don’t miss this place!

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  19. Monsterma

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I chose Ye Old Kings Head to take my friend for our Friday adventure. We were not disappointed. We were led through the restaurant which was busy with customers and ended up in a private area that was a perfect tearoom! Each wall had portraits of English Kings and underneath the picture was a short paragraph about their reign. While Henry VIII had many wives some of whom he beheaded, he also had a very peaceful reign and did not even have an army. We chose our teas and were brought a tea tray with three levels. The bottom level had sandwiches made of the Coronation Chicken Salad which I had read about at the time of Charles coronation. We also had vegetarian sandwiches which worked well since my friend is a vegie-tarian. The top plate had all kinds of pastries including scones. We ended our trip in the gift shop next door to buy more scones and clotted cream. Our server was Christi who was from Scotland and she was excellent.

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  20. booboo

    Los Angeles

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Christine was the BEST server! reasonably priced high tea in a very high priced area. We will be back for sure. Parking terrible in that area tho, $25!! Ouch!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant and bar. Highly recommended. Great food and beer options

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  22. Jules

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a fantastic time here. The food is great, the location can't be beat, and the service is always phenomenal.

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  23. AnthonyA

    London

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Waitress was hung over and the other staff had to cover for her. Horrid service and mediocre food. Used to be a great place but the current manager Matt is running the place to the ground. Avoid this place.

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  24. KevinS

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It had been quite a few years since we had driven up here from Orange County, and didn't disappoint. Everyone had a different dish: Sunday Roast - Beef, Sunday Roast - Lamb, Steak & Guinness Pie, Shepherds Pie and Fish & Chips (2 pieces with a different batter type of each piece), and all were happy. Good portion size as well, especially the Sunday Roasts, we ended up having left overs for a few of us, so another meal at home the next day! Shared a couple of Sticky Toffee Puddings and a Rhubarb Crumble for dessert, and those were great too. And the Fullers London Pride tasted pretty fresh. Service was excellent. Fairly quiet mid-afternoon on a Sunday, a good time to visit. I've been coming here on and off since I first arrived "off the boat" from the UK nearly 40 years ago now, and it's never disappointed. I see they now have Afternoon Tea, my wife and I will be back for that!

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  25. PekoPeko

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sunday Roast did not disappoint. The roast beef was perfect as were the vegetables, roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding.

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  26. CindyM

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    5 of us went. 3 got the Tea. Amazing value for $35. The tea was so tasty. The sandwiches , sausage roll and other savories were great, amazing sweets, and fresh scones with clotted cream snd jam. 2 of us ordered the Poached Cod , it was very good. Also one of us got the Clam Chowder, get a cup, it’s thick delicious and very filling. Don’t bother starting with a dinner salad, $10 is way too much and it was nothing special.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The fish and chips were amazing! Played trivia here and it was fun.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great traditional english meal and decor. Good ssrvice and friendly staff

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, excellence service. Nice place for conversation, no noise.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ye Olde Kings Head is an amazing restaurant, bar and store. I take all my family and friends there when they visit. I’ve been going here since 2005. One of my favorite restaurants in LA.

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  31. CathyL

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for afternoon tea, among much other British fare. Good value too. I booked tea on open table but they got the reservation as lunch, not sure what happened but fortunately the had a table in the tea room for us.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As someone who adores tea time, this was absolutely perfect. The price was amazing, the tea itself was delicious, the women in charge is the sweetest, and it’s a perfect spot to have a comfortable but very nice tea experience. I think has quickly become a favorite spot for me.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Server was amazing and walked through the whole process - my nieces had a great experience and would visit again soon :)

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  34. BenS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for an English touch to a US visit. Queen size full English was just right, even served with what tasted like Heinz beans!

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  35. ChiGirl

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The overall ambiance was very British/Irish. Felt like I was in a pub in London. However the music playing through the speakers were loud. The place was not packed so I didn’t think there was a reason to have the music turned up loud. The service was good, waitress was very friendly. Food was good as well, large portions. You won’t go hungry. If you’re in the area and want to eat something from across the pond, go here.

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  36. Louise

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great time. Friendly staff, good food. Favorite SM spot!

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  37. Dweller

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Mother’s Day dinner. Food and service were excellent.

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  38. jules

    Los Angeles

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    What a fun Mothers Day brunch. We were seated right away and got our mimosa's and food pretty quickly. Love the decor and wasn't too crowded so was pleasant to eat and enjoy our meal. Would recommend if you are craving some English food. There is also a cute English store to shop at next door.

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  39. PattyE

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS PLACE, if you are looking for a warm atmosphere, friendly staff, great food and authenticity stop by here!

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  40. JudithH

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely filling high English tea set in a beautiful dining room with white table clothes. Our waitress was Irish which added to the atmosphere. Great place to celebrate my birthday.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily

FAQs

Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (310) 451-1402.

Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica is rated 4.6 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ye Olde Kings Head- Santa Monica

116 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    2nd Street
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Monica
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Afternoon Tea, British
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, High Tea, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (310) 451-1402
  • Catering
    We can cater any of our Menu in large Chafing dishes - please call or email for more information.
  • Private party facilities
    We have a Private Dining Room available for Meetings, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Afternoon Tea, Special Birthdays - please call or e-mail for further information
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