Ye Olde King's Head

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9 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

116 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, California, 90401-2202
United States

(310) 451-1402 | map

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Blcookies
3.3/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 1.5 | food: 4

Photo of countrybat
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JohnnyAngel
1.7/5  rDev -44.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 2 | selection: 1 | food: 2

On first impressions of entering this British pub the decor and photo's are very good and you wouldn't be at fault for thinking you will be having a good time. That's all the Pro's I can think of for this place.

Sadly, there are more Con's: The beer is pretty poor if you are looking for a good variety of quality beer. I've rated it at below average. I asked the waitress what Nitro beers they had. She had no idea what a Nitro beer was and went to ask someone. It turned out they had Boddington's and the usual crap watery tasting Guinness. They used to have Olde Speckled Hen, but alas, no longer.

The meal I had was Fish & Chips. I decided to order a Scotch Egg with it. It was the worst Scotch Egg I have ever tasted. Must have traveled from Scotland!

The waitresses are very poor. Some look as though they have had better days and flap around in familiar British ways looking as though they don't know what they are doing and have a dark veil hovering over them as though the end is nigh. I'm British by the way so I know what I'm talking about here. For those of you who know what the British television program Coronation Street is, some look fresh out of the cast.

The Gent's in the back area has to be the smallest restroom I have ever seen. It's almost laughable as you enter it. Just one toilet and a small vanity basin in a room about 4 X 4, or was it smaller than that I wonder? It could have been 3 X 3. The one door to that room has a slide lock that doesn't work, but not to worry, if anyone tries to get in they can't because you are in there acting as a door stop. I know! It happened when I was in there.

This pub needs a really good manager who knows what he is doing to better manage this place and his staff. It could be a wonderful pub. It has the decor and the architectural charm, but that's where the buck stop.

It's a typical coastal area pub that is relying on you going there one time. They give you food and beer then take your money. I get the impression it's all about money, money, money. The client that's paying comes a very poor last, but then again, they have a huge holiday vacation turnover so why should they worry too much about it as long as they keep coming through the doors on their way to the beach.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped by this place last weekend with a buddy to check it out. I had been here years ago, but thought it would be a good place to grab some food and hopefully a good British pint.

This place is busy on a normal night, but on this particular night, everyone who was in town for the Rose Bowl seemed to be here. The hostess was sick and obviously completely overwhelmed and it took a while before she even noticed us. Our waitress was cool enough though, so I'll average that grade out to a 3.

The atmosphere of this place is solid. Good British pub feel and two large bars to choose from if you want to watch a game. The food was also pretty tasty, so if you're not looking for great beer selection, but are looking for good pub food, it's not a bad bet. The beer selection is definitely lacking and the only semi-out of the ordinary beers I found on tap were Fuller's and something called "Santa Monica Pale Ale." The menu didn't name the brewery, so it took some research afterwards to actually find out who made it. Overall, I came out a little disappointed. Good food and good atmosphere, but not great beer.

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Photo of Floydster
2.79/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 2

My girlfriend and I stumbled across this place after venturing off 3rd Street Promenade earlier today, this place has a bunch of different things going on with a pub, restaurant, and the small British shop on the corner all next door to each other, it has a pretty cool British pub feel when you walk in, there was also a lot of families eating dinner, selection of beers included St. Peter's, Hobgoblin, Bass, Sierra Nevada, Corona, and some other uninteresting others, nothing was really eye catching to be honest, store had pretty much the same stuff as the bar, place had about ten taps total, the place was old and run down inside, although the store was modern and clean, nothing special to look at, service was okay but it took a while to be helped out, we did not have any food because we went to the Cheese and Olive right beforehand, this place was a bit expensive but that can be expected in Santa Monica for the most part, I would not go back, but it might be a cool place to watch a game or grab a bite if you live close, do not go for the beer though, as there is nothing here you cannot find in the liquor store down the street or every other beer establishment in the Los Angeles area

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Photo of zuggy9
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

This is an enjoyable place. Near the beach and the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, it's a great locale for when your hungry, thirsty or wanting a bit of English munchies.

The menu is food, mostly British pub fair. Good fish and chips, and a lot of it.

The bar has near a dozen beers on draft, nothing too exotic, but you can order a decent snakebite if the mood strikes you. It has a very Hollywood feel to it, like many restaurants in the area, with nearly every celebrity you can imageine who happens from the British Isles having a signed photo somewhere on the walls.

It's a decent place to take family too, but it's not a cheap place to go.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

2 sets of friends from the UK visited me in the space of 2 weeks recently; it was almost inevitable that we would end up here after a trip to Santa Monica. YOKH is not so much a pub, as a complex. Over the years, it has expanded East, not unlike the British Empire, & is a compilation of several buildings. On the corner is a Shop, then working west you have a Restaurant & Small Bar, then the Pub area with the Main Bar set against the extreme west end wall. Several entrances can cause confusion at times. Look for the Policeman outside for the Bar entrance.

The Main Bar has around 10 beers on draft. Apart from the Fullers & Bass, there is nothing else that is really ‘exciting’ from the assembled mass of the other usual British Keg favorites (see Rumrunners Review). It does however sell Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I usually have. My friend’s wife is a Cider drinker & she was happy with the Taunton & Woodpecker. The service at the Bar was sometimes strenuous at times, though it was reasonably busy.

The Pub area is my favorite, warm & welcoming, it’s a great place to kick back & sling some arrows at the 3 Dartboards in this area. The back walls are bedecked with pictures of literally hundreds of visiting celebrities, a vast majority of which are British. Other décor includes the obligatory Union Jacks, Cross of St.George, Football Shirts, Pennants, other bric-à-brac & Breweriana.

The Restaurant is a great place that serves Classic British Pub Grub & Fare, which it specializes in (the basis of the 4.5). Best come here hungry & not wanting a Salad. The Fish n’ Chips are Excellent here, as are the Bangers & Mash, the Shepherds Pie & Steak-n-Kidney Pie. Had ‘em all at one time or another, never disappointed. Be sure to sling the bottle of Ketchup & ask for HP Brown Sauce & Malt Vinegar. Sir Winston Churchill constantly watches as you stuff yourself. Waitress service was very good in this part of the YOKH complex.

The Shop is worth a visit, it’s not cheap, but has some great items from the UK incl. McVities Hob-Nobs, Cadburys Chocolate & Tea Bags.

First time I ever came here, about 18 months ago, I thought it was touristy & I’m from England! Yet many visits since have revealed a lot of UK accents here every time, & not all are visitors, many are of the So.Cal. variety. I also happen to like feel of the place, & the excellent food, so considering I only come here once every 3-4 months, I can forgive the limited beer range, as long as they have Fullers & SNPA anyways.

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Photo of Rumrunner
3.75/5  rDev +23%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

The Ye Olde King's Head comprises four different elements. A pub, a restaurant, a small bar and a British shoppe. The shoppe is a nice place which sells plenty of items from the British Isles. Good gift shopping for that Anglofile in the family. Tea pots, cozeys, bisciuts, cookies, aprons, spreads, breads, sauces and other items.

The pub and bar part of the establishment are to the right and the restaurant and small bar are to the left.The main pub area has a good sized bar. They serve spirits and wine as well as beer and ciders. There are a few tables and chairs and a few dart boards. Next over are two adjoining dining rooms. There are pictures of famous celebrities and regulars all over the walls. Plenty of mirrors and knick knacks on the walls. Over the fire place there is a portrait of Winston Churchill. Next is the small bar. A short bar and a few tables and chairs. This is a quiet room compared to the main bar. A good place for a meaningful tongue wag with a friend. The final room is another dining room. This is used for parties and events

They have a good number of beers on the menu. Nothing too obscure and no micros from America. They do have Fuller's and Marston's Pedigree in the bottle and Murphy's in the can. Boddington's, SNPA, Guinness, Harp, Bass, Newcastle, Stella Artois on tap. Sadly they have removed the Tetley's. They have no IPA's either. Well, McEwan's? Some other's are Steinlager, Sierra Nevada and a few ciders. Woodpecker and Taunton are on the menu. The beer selection is good but not great.

The service is not bad but it is very slow. The employees are very friendly. I think they feel that they should not disturb the patrons and therefore they do not stop by the table very often.

The food is good. Usual British fare. We always order the same items. My girlfriend recommends the sheppard's pie. I like the fish and chips. Their fish and chips is very heavily battered. I like it but it is definately not light food. I usually need a nap after eating here.

The establishment gets a very mixed crowd as far as age is concerned. From twenty-one to the very old. Plenty of people from the British Isles do make this their pub and restaurant.

First time visitors may find this place touristy. It is near the main shopping area of Santa Monica. Which is a good location but it will receive plenty of out of towners. Overall this is a very warm and friendly place in which one is always welcome.

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Photo of Mustard
2.5/5  rDev -18%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Derivative English style pub located smack dab in the middle of Santa Monica's tourist district. Beer menu ranges from Boddington's to Guiness to Miller Lite, all at a wallet-gouging $5.50 a pint. Fare is both typical (Kidney Pie, etc.) and expensive ($8-$15 per dish). Almost always packed. Two words: tourist trap.

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Ye Olde King's Head in Santa Monica, CA
Place rating: 3.05 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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