Galley

4.5
294 reviews
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Seafood
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  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighbourhood Gem
Galley is a modern seafood restaurant and bar on Upper Street, Islington. Seasonally inspired ingredients including oysters, shellfish and fresh fish, as well as meat and vegetables, are crafted into contemporary dishes in our stylish open kitchen.

Saturday 30th March
Treat your mum to our wonderful
Flowing Prosecco Brunch
£30 per person
11-3pm
Mother’s Day 31st March
3 Courses Lunch
£35 per person
(Children under 12 half price)
12-9pm


Happy Hours Cocktails - 2-4-10 happy, red and white wine £15, Prosecco £21, Peroni 3.5

- Pre Theatre (SET MENU) Monday - Friday until 7pm - 2 courses for £17 , 3 courses for £19

- Bottomless Brunch - £30pp - One Dish from Brunch menu + unlimited Prosecco, Mimosa's or Bloody Mary's (1.5 hour limit, 1 glass per person at one time)

Special Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Sun 3:00PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Wed 5:00PM - 10:30PM
Thu 12:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri 12:00PM - 3:00PM

What 294 People Are Saying
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London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

absolutely love this place & it never fails to deliver amazing food, i went with my partner & we had a selection of Oysters, scallops, squid & other sides whilst our 2 children had chicken escalope & the fish & chips. The House wine was fantastic & Bellini cocktails to die for, we were amazed when offered a generous discount on the Drinks which i think runs Mon - Fri.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous service and great food

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NF
London
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was excellent but the food was overpriced for what it was .

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AH
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was mediocre, "english"version of slightly dried up sea food platter, expected a lot more after reading reviews

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OT
London
16 reviews
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Enjoyable.

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C
London
39 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely service and a buzzy environment. The Oyster Tempura is lovely . Went there twice this week ! Good value and a friendly service .

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was super delicious, very attentive and helpful but not overwhelming staff, highly recommended

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CE
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very nice food, halloumi and courgette fries were both fantastic, found the octopus and chorizo dish a little too much with the onion sauce and pesto, would be better just simple octopus and chorizo. Seafood platter was very good. Cocktails are well made, very nice old fashioned. The Paris brest for dessert is incredibly well made.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The staff were friendly and the food was lovely- maybe slightly pricey but still a lovely place to go, especially for a special occasion. We booked a table for 8:30 and it was very quiet without much ambience but a lovely experience overall and I would definitely go again!

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DP
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Having previously very much enjoyed a few meals at Galley, we were very disappointed on this occasion. There were a number of items not available on the menu, including our wine of choice. The food that did arrive was so-so, and the service left a lot to be desired, with us having to get up from our table a number of times to get attention. Ended with our waitress eating lunch at the bar and not even saying goodbye when we left - classy! Having previously recommended Galley to a number of people I will actively now disuade them from going, and we won't be returning ourselves.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

The service was awful. We weren’t allowed a jug of water on our table and instead had to ask for our glasses to be refilled every 2 minutes as we were all very thirsty. We went for bottomless brunch and had a vegan in our group. There was no vegan option on the brunch menu and instead we were handed a vegan dinner menu. The one and only main course on the menu was £17. The rest of the items on the brunch menu ranged from £7-12.50 so the vegan option was substantially more expensive. We were told by a member of staff that we could have the vegan main course for the same price as the non vegan options since we were all paying for the £30pp bottomless brunch. Then the manager came over and said that this wasn’t the case. Then all our food came and they completely forgot to make one dish entirely. Sadly we won’t be returning.

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CP
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and well presented, will definitely be back :)

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VS
Essex
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Disappointed in the quality and the amount of food served. Half a ‘crab’, 2 sea bass fillets the size of 50p, deep fried ‘don’t know what it was’, 5 prawns and a few shrimps. Prawns and oysters were ok. Overall no value for the money.

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R
3 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food aways well presented, oysters a particular speciality, you can easily fit the menu to the way you and those with you choose to eat. Ambiance is much better than the outside decor would suggest.

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, amazing wines and fantastic service! dishes beautifully presented and very tasty, definitely will come back :) service nice and friendly, Ela made our day!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Not a brunch place. Don’t know about seafood, but how can it be a top ten brunch place in London is befuddling.

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday for my fiancé. Beautiful place, food and warm hosts.

Will be coming back!

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K
London
12 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We chose this restaurant for a girlie catch up and it did not disappoint! The food was amazing and our server Ella was awesome she helped us with our choices and we had booked a special deal so helped us with what dish was were included. She was very attentive and friendly throughout the evening. We will definitely be returning to Galley!

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PQ
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my sister to Galley for her birthday as she is a discerning restaurant goer and I wanted to take her somewhere she’d not been before. We weren’t disappointed. We were warmly welcomed and informed about the best dishes of the day...our deal included a bottle of excellent French wine and the open kitchen meant that we could see our food being prepared. Very tasty mussels with ginger, hot peppers and herbs and fabulous grid iron steak to die for. Thank you Galley.

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G
London
15 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Really excellent food among the many choices in this neighborhood. Music was a bit noisy but turned down at my request. Close enough for pre-theatre at the Almeida.

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Would highly recommend. Our hostess was exceptional and made us feel so welcome. The food was delicious, my other half was also given a little desert as a birthday treat. The restaurant itself looks super plush and everyone around us also seemed to be having a great time. Can’t wait to visit again!

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KK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent oysters and sea food platter. Lovely relaxed ambiance and good service. Highly recommend!

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h
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was lovely, portions are quite small and good for sharing. Oysters were lovely. Service was mostly attentive. Atmosphere is fun and lively.

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ST
London
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brilliant food (would recommend the linguine and the ravioli) and amazing friendly staff who were really accommodating. Will definitely go back again soon.

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JA
London
75 reviews
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed pre theatre meal at the Galley. Staff attentive and the free bottle of wine in the deal was very welcome.

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JH
Hertfordshire
3 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place would recommend. Great food,great staff and a amazing setting

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L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I'm always a bit wary of seafood restaurants due to past bad experiences, but now know I have 0% reason to be about the Galley.

Our 4 dishes all came with an original flair of design, flavour and execution (burrata, fried squid, prawn linguine and roasted cauliflower in case you're interested). And if that wasn't enough, the chocolate fondant between 2 was nothing short of excellent. Plus you get to see the chefs at work.

Thanks for a brilliant night.

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H
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great good. Really fresh fish and tasty combinations. Friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. A little more expensive than I would expect.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience! Food tasty and well presented. Staff friendly, professional and courteous. Great lighting and vibe. Highly recommend 😊

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J
London
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top list in London, best linguine pasta.
Highly recommended.

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MK
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been to a lot of restaurants but Galley has surprised m in there authentic professional best service I have ever encountered in any posh dine resturant. Galley seems to be doing things perfectly well keep it up I would recomend this resturant to any one that whishes to spend one with friends or loved ones food tast fabulas deserts extremely lovely there is nothing here that wouldn’t appeal to anyone there is something for everyone. You have to try to see and I’m sure once you have been your u won’t go anywhere else

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B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

Very expensive rip off!!!!!!!!!!!!! Far too expensive and children's menu over spiced.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cozy not pretentious resto. Loved the food and cocktails

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KK
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent evening at Galley. Superb food and great service!

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GD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very careful attention. Amazing decor. Food did not disappoint at all. I had an amazing sea bass with gnocchi and truffles. Everyone in my group was very happy.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Unclear with the issues in the kitchen. But the service was unacceptable - food showed up after almost an hour of us ordering. They forgot items and later came to apologize - but with all of the poor service, didn’t even offer a free cocktail / some way to compensate for the experience.
We like the food at Galley and have been before, but today was poor service.

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SS
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Service very slow. Had to ask 3 times where wine was. Vegetarian menu not very disappointing

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great ambience, excellent service from our lovely waitress, good happy hour offer. Tasty food, loads of healthy options and vegan menu is good. Having said all that not sure if I would go back I am afraid. On our arrival maitre d’ told us in a strict manner that it’s busy and we need to vacate a table in two hours, same was repeated to us by two different waiters. We were aware of it prior to our arrival there was absolutely no need to remind us. Most restaurants have the same policy and customers are generally aware of this. We were given the bill without asking for it without even an apologetic smile by the same maitre d’. It was unnecessary and a bit inappropriate. We were all quiet surprised and felt like we were not welcome.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Nicely presented tasty food. Good portions as well. Inspiring decor!

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EH
London
1 review
Dined on 9 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic food, great atmosphere but not too hectic. Great for a catch up with the girls over Sunday brunch :)

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