Alley Restaurant & Bar
Alley Restaurant & Bar

Alley Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thealleynewportbeach.com/
  • Phone: 9496469126
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Santiago Nunez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Balboa Blvd. & Pacific Coast Hwy
  • Public Transit: Directly in front
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We have an open lot with many available spaces which is private to patrons of the Village Balboa Strip.
A word from Alley Restaurant & Bar
For over 22 years, the Alley Restaurant and Bar in Newport Beach is the local's favorite for a dining destination. Specializing in only the best on-site cuts of beef like Filet Mignon and New Zealand Rack of Lamb. And don't forget the freshest seafood like Chilean Sea bass and our famous Sanddabs. The Alley serves as a casual, yet elegant dining experience and by late night as a high energy "Cheers" bar of Newport Beach. Come join us at the Alley and become part of the family!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Alley Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)vibrant bar scene (17)great for brunch (10)fit for foodies (7)great for lunch (6)good for groups (6)romantic (6)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (2)special occasion (2)hot spot (2)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Excellent
    JedirabbiVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Another great meal at the Alley! Really good food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great pub. Value for good is very good. Food quality is above average. Noisy and bar area overspills into the dining area. Would call this place more a bar with better than average cuisine with sit down area for meals. Parking is free as this establishment is in a neighborhood market. Yet parking spaces are tight.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • heizebububeVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The ribs were good as always, unfortunately the soup special "beef barley" was not very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    jh58
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The food is great, so is the service. Tables are somewhat close and can be quite noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    $15 prime rib on Friday and Sat with 2 sides, can't beat this price. Our server was attentive and friendly. Will go back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loud n fun - Take a first date here
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took a firs date here and it was perfect. Busy atmosphere with surprisingly great food. Excellent service as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Experience
    TheRoc
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My first time at the Alley. Was recommended by a friend. The Prime Rib special on Friday and Saturday nice was excellent and a reasonable price. The service was amazing. I will be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enduring local place!
    MDBROOKS
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Visited The Alley again and enjoyed those great Mai Tai's, calamari steak, champagne mushrooms and an outrageous baked potatoe. Always dependable great food, large portions and a loyal local following.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Alley
    eatngoodVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Wonderful pub type restaurant. Daily specials are great deals, especially the $15.00 Prime Rib dinner on Friday and Saturday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never Again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    After seated 15 minutes no waiter or menus. Too loud to talk comfortably. Left without eating.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • eatngoodVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Wonderful food with great nightly specials. The $15.00 Prime Rib on Friday and Saturday is an outstanding value.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything old is new again!
    DivesRTheBest
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We loved this place! Old leather booths, nice & dark, filled with local folks that obviously know one and other. The food was reasonably priced and delicious.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE THE ALLEY
    OCDINERVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My favorite night is Monday night rib night, the best ribs in town! The Alley always has friendly service and great food!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor experience
    greatoverallVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    To be fair, we didn't get there till 9pm and the kitchen closes at 10pm. Regardless, the waitress didn't get our order till about 930pm. The shrimp cocktail felt like they were microwaved before put on ice, they were still warm!!! They tasted awful. The main plates were ok. We had fish and steak.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Air conditioner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We eat at the Alley frequently. The air conditioner could not keep up while we were there. Extremely hot. It had never happened before!!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatngoodVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Great pub like restaurant. The nightly specials are all great especially the Friday and Saturday Prime Rib dinner for $15.00. The wait staff is always right on.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    stenC
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    My wife and I enjoy this restaurant very much. Great food, strong drinks and fantastic service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Nice and friendly. Reminded me the Cheers crowd. Will return with other friends
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent customer service
    lizbeth35
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Felt very taken care of. Mimosas were excellent, biscuits were very good and fresh. Too much cheese on omelettes, too much cheese on potatoes. Would try a different breakfast next time. The lunch menu looked good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatngoodVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The Alley is like a pub. Great food, a bit noisy, great prices, and fantastic nightly specials. the Prime rib special on Friday and Saturday is truly a great deal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food
    luvitVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Good food love coming in neighbor hood gem great service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Bar Food
    CustomerVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Alley is a throwback but good at what it does. The menu was pretty broad with a number of daily specials of which I had one. The service was prompt, friendly and helpful with honest opinions on menu items. The bar served a martini to the next table that was full and an excellent gin martini according to reports when those guests left. My entree was a tuna salad - actually very hard to find in the area and very well done with very fresh lettuces, sliced tomato, hard-boiled egg with just enough mayonnaise to make everything good. Salad dressing was on the side and very tasty. My wife had a panko-fried avocado salad that she raved about. Once again, everything fresh but the serving too large. All in all a very fun lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • LOVE THE ALLEY
    eatngoodVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    The Alley is very much like pubs we have visited in England. Their nightly specials ($15.00 for a Prime Rib dinner on Friday and Saturday) and many other good deals the other nights are wonderful. Andrea and her staff are a joy and take very good care of the customers. The Monday night baby back rib special, with 2 sides for $10.00 is a killer deal. ENJOY!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual fun
    Flyboy
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great place to drop in for a drink and food - Sunday brunch is fantastic !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 177 reviews are from the Alley Restaurant & Bar reviews archive.
  • Fun Place
    Scottc
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We have been here several times and we keep coming back, because of the great food and friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sometimes too noisy
    JustMyPointOfViewVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Usually we would give this a 4 star overall...We have made this one of our regular restaurants to dine at, but we have to be "up" for it as it is very loud. It just means people are having a great time, but sometimes its hard to have a conversation and that probably adds to the noise. A family was at the next table yelling as they chatted with someone visiting their table. We find the food very good with fair prices. The service is always excellent, with everyone sharing in making sure all is good. Had a bit of a complaint about a spicy dish being too spicy (something we've had before) and they fixed up just fine.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cool
    Stiegs2002
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    I really liked visiting Alley Bar and Grill. I had a great time and will recommend it to all my friends.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good!
    JedirabbiVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The Alley is always good and a great value. Will be back soon.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch by the beach!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    I scheduled a reservation through OpenTable for a party of 10 (but ended up with 9) for Saturday brunch. My friends arrived a tad late, but they were chill about it! We were quickly seated, read through the menu, and waited. Our waitress was sweet and patient with us, so that was great. Once all of us ordered our food and sipped on our mimosas (which was more like a glass of champagne for everyone, with two glasses of OJ and cranberry on the side to pour into our glasses), we got more and more loud, but no one seemed to mind! It was a wonderfully relaxing and fun experience and birthday. Definitely a lot of fun -- will return in the future!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back to the Alley
    HockeyMom
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Once again, my husband and I had a lovely meal at the Alley. We started our dining experience with a Caesar Salad. With a wonderful, cruching romaine, tangy dressing, homemade croutons and anchovies (if you want them), it is the BEST Caesar Salad anywhere!! Once again, I enjoyed my Mahi Mahi with Macadamia Crust! Our server Adriana was spot on with her suggestion that I chose that preparation. Very nice! My husband opted for his favorite, Prime Rib, which was cooked just the way he like it ~ seared medium rare. Yum! We'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Foodie
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The staff was friendly and attentive, from the bartender to hostess and the server was excellent. She anticipated our needs, kept our table neat and had a great disposition. 5 of us had prime rib which was very good, however one was extremely fatty, although flavorful. We enjoyed our dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice "non-chain" restaurant
    Pamella
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I made Mother's Day brunch reservations via Open Table and though it was very busy, we were seated right away. There is a bar near the front of the restaurant, but we were seated well away from it. The menu had a nice selection of items - I had a delicious make-your-own omelette with artichoke hearts, chicken and spinach. We were served a basket of delicious biscuits and the servers were very good at keeping our bottomless mimosas filled. They bring you both OJ and cranberry juice so you can mix and match your own. I was totally pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day 2014
    idebil
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had reservations for 11am and arrived at 10:50am. We were seated immediately and a waitress arrived quickly to get us something to drink. This was surprising as Alley's was completely filled with diners. Our food was deliver very soon after placing our order and the food was outstanding. We have eaten at Alley's in the past and they have never failed to be a place for a great place to dine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT EVERYTHING!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! First time there and most definately will NOT be my last time. Everything was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Alley!
    HockeyMom
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    About 2 years ago, my husband and I rediscovered the Alley Restaurant and Pub. We were pleasantly surprised with the changes in the vibe of the restaurant, as well as, the selections on the menu. The food is excellent, especially the fish blackboard specials. Monday through Saturday dinner specials are generous and oh so tasty! My husband and family friends love the prime rib! The whole staff makes us feel at home each time we visit. Even the chefs have become friends! Indeed, we love the Alley!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Brunch
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    My wife and I enjoy coming for mid-afternoon brunch. I love the corned beef hash and she loves the California Benedict.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rib night
    DianeVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Always the best ribs for the Monday Night Special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unfortunately they ran out
    heizebububeVIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Unfortunately they ran out of the BBQ Ribs which is there Monday night special.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • brunch
    jocoVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    went for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. the best thing we ordered was probably the corned beef hash. huevos rancheros, cabo salad, california benedict were also pretty good. $10-15 entrees were huge. plus, can't complain about $10 bottomless champagne. will definitely be back when i'm in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistantly consistant
    MrEatwell
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    I have consumed many meals at the Alley. The food has always been very good. The service is always good. They pour a stiff drink. The prices are very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic