A great comfort spot
Impeccable service, friendly and comfortable, this a restaurant to come back to whether you are celebrating something or just want to meet friends. They do have the feel of an old fashioned bar and grill with an extensive menu that includes old favorites and a good choice of seafood, salads and meat. I had the crab cake, someone had the steak tartare, another the hamburger and 2 had salads. All were fresh and well prepared and I will certainly go back. It is a stylish, popular place without being overly hip.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was my husband and my
This was my husband and my first time at the Grill on the Alley. We were pleasantly surprised! Ambiance and decor of the restaurant was very nice, food was delicious, and service was equally good. We will definitely go back!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the steaks...
This is my second visit to The Grill on the Alley. It was great that they had the same special that included a bleu cheese crusted filet mignon with their awesome garlic spinach mashed potatoes. I am very glad that the steak was done to my liking. I will definitely return to this restaurant, but I probably will never try anything but the great steaks.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Mothers Day Delight!
I took my sisters here for Mothers day and we really enjoyed ourselves.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Good food and great service-
Good food and great service- was a houseful on a Thursday.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
We are frequent visitors to the Grill on the Alley. We keep returning for the superb food and excellent service. They cater to our daughter and always make her feel special. It is the consistency of the great dining experiences that keeps us coming back.
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Grill was a perfect spot to walk to from our hotel. The wall are filled with unique print as well as the light fixtures. Great service and a varied menu.
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fine Steak House
Nothing special, but notable for good solid steak menu in the heart of Chicago.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is dark, warm,
This place is dark, warm, and elegant without being stuffy. It was not crowded at all for a Saturday night, so we were a little worried when we first walked in. But the chef's specials were divine (sea bass for two people and steak for one person), the petite filet was cooked perfectly, the chicken pot pie was declared yummy, and all in all it was a terrific experience. We were a party of 8 and had great service. The cocktails were also very good.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorites in Chicago
This place is always a great stop for a drink. And the restaurant always delivers whether breakfast lunch or dinner. We had an excellent pepper cheddar burger with fries seasoned perfectly. Service is always attentive and fun. Thanks
5/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
It's fun to lunch in the colorful
It's fun to lunch in the colorful bar dining area at this Westin Hotel restauran.t
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Chicago's Chop Legacy Continues
Hoped to have a great Chicago "steak house" experience with friend from OK on their first visit to Chicago. Chose here for location and based on reviewers. My peppered NY steak was one of the best I've ever had, large enough for a healthy dinner portion and enough to go home for 2 steak salads! Tasty grilled tomatoes. Also enjoyed the classic wedge salad - perfect bacon and blue cheese dressing- and my friend loved the real sourdough bread. Our server was attentive; his recommendations for the grapefruit martini was spot on, their basic by the glass wines too. All in all, here in Chicago if you are not worried about being seen like up on Rush, you can trust it to compare to all of the big name steak houses.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went on a recommendation from a friend and had a surprisingly great experience. Ahi tuna app was great and the scallop entre was excellent. Drinks were inspiring. Will go back, soon.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us gathered to eat at the Grill. The waitress was excellent and delightful and patient. She brought us extras, humor, and information...in addition to excellent food.
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
Outstanding food and service
The ora was great and so was the service. Our waiter was very knowledgable of the menu and the wines. I ordered shrimp and it was amazing! No issues whatsoever. They also have great mixed drinks!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good all around
I had a perfect filet and my wife had a wonderfully prepared sea bass. Don't understand why it was practically empty on a Saturday evening. Perhaps because we dined early (6:30).
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Experience on Michigan
Went on a Saturday night when the Taste was going on so I assume it was a little bit more slow than it usually is. The Mac n Cheese was amazing along with the 2 dishes the other people in my party had (Some fillet special and the baked Idaho trout). Unfortunately, my fillet was about 2 inches think and there was no way they could have cook it to anyone's liking. I had to send it back because I asked for medium and received rare, due to the thickness of the meat. When I got it back it didn't look like it changed color at all, but I still ate it as it wasn't terrible, just not how I enjoy my steak. Other than that everything else was wonderful, what you would expect from a steak house. Great service as it was a pretty slow night.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistant outstanding food
I stay at the Westin, so this restaurant is off the lobby which makes it very easy! I've had both lunch and dinner here several times and it has not dissipointed! Had the "brick chicken" last night which was just outstanding. Dinning room is large and usually not very full so I opt to eat in the bar area which is very nice.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is our new favorite.
This was our first visit to The Grill on the Alley. We arrived at the end of lunch, as the dinner service was beginning and were pleased with all aspects of our visit. The food and service were excellent. We were seated in the main dining room and had no difficulty carrying on a conversation, although there was a lively group of celebrants in the bar. The restaurant is large enough for different groups to have the experience they want without intruding on other diners.
A restaurant to visit many times. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the key lime pie was heavenly. We will go again.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent, Midwestern Tradition
My friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner the night before Chicago Rock'n'Roll Marathon. The restaurant staff were superb and after learning about our race, made suggestions of items that were not on the dinner menu! The food was excellent and the service superb! I absolutely recommend and hope to be back next time I am in Chicago!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
We dined at the Grill because
We dined at the Grill because we were staying at the Westin. It was fabulous. The starters were excellent and led to share bites. My dining companion had the Sea Bass and thought it was the best she'd had in a long time. My crab stuffed trout was absolutely delicious. Great specialty cocktail selection and the half bottle wine selection was great - just the right amount. I highly recommend this restaurant. The service was the perfect level of attention and very well informed, making this a very memorable dining experience.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place no one talks about
I loved it! The food was tasty and the steak was fantastic
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
My fiance and I dined here
My fiance and I dined here the weekend that I proposed here and it set the mood for the rest of the night perfectly. Definitely a great place to bring that special someone or even for a business dinner. Lots of space and excellent food!
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not So Hidden Gem
Located in the Weston Hotel, The Grill serves consistently good food in a comfortable atmosphere. The servers are knowledgable and strive to please. I'm a neighborhood resident and am always pleased with my dining experience at The Grill. If you haven't tried it, put it on your list.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another enjoyable meal
At first blush, the Grill on the Alley seems like just another old-style supper club--dark ambiance, white-coated servers, and a menu with lots of beef and martinis. Still, there's a charm to the little touches--the silhouette drum shades, the real linens--and the staff is really intent on making your visit memorable. I enjoyed salmon with the largest baked potato I've ever been served--I could only eat a quarter of it - and a large head of broccoli. Fresh, crusty bread kept my husband happy. As a dedicated slimmer (dieter), I appreciate being able to order fresh fruit for dessert.
Tha drawbacks--a chilly dining room, so bring a wrap, and for some reason my husband got a fresh ice tea but I was not offered one. We'll be back.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Celebrated my wife's birthday. They greeted us by wishing her happy birthday. The Grill has excellent appetizers and side dishes. Huge helpings. We had several meals from the leftovers. reasonable pricing for a Michigan Avenue hotel restaurant. Great service. The quality of the ingredients and food preparation is excellent.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The seafood was outstanding
The seafood was outstanding and beautifully presented. We will go again.
8/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Very enjoyable. Food was wonderful.
Very enjoyable. Food was wonderful. Service was fantastic. I would recommend to everyone.
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a gem!!
Consistnetly great food, very accommodating staff and kitchen with dining in a warm, quiet mileu. This is the best neighborhood restaurant that offers and extensive menu.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Crab Louis salad is AMAZING!!!
It's off the menu but the chef will prepare if requested.
8/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
Always a treat.
Love The Grill. The service is excellent. The Crab Louis salad is amazing. They make great martinis too. Sitting out on the patio is fun in the fall.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place for breakfast too
I stay at the Westin regularly. Great quick breakfast. Excellent coffee.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
great service weird chicken
our service was outstanding our table ordered 4 dishes 2 chicken parm that both people hated the other 2 dishes were perfect
8/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Went Back the Very Next Night!!!!!
Found this place on Open Table with a random search while visiting Chicago. The food was great. Our waitress was very nice. I was surprised this place was not busier. We will definitely be recommending for our family and friends. We had such a good time that we went back the very next night. I had the Double-cut Blackberry Pork Chop. We also ordered the Pan Seared Scallop entree as an appetizer. Both were very good. Went back the very next night and had an awesome Key Lime Pie for dessert. I highly recommend!!!!!
8/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Perfect Experience
Having dinner here was the perfect find- food, service and ambience were outstanding. After all the hustle and bustle of this city, it was wonderful to find a quiet spot with perfectly prepared food. We look forward to a return trip and dinner!
8/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
with reasonable prices. For a steakhouse located just off the corner of the miracle mile, this is a real gem. We have a wonderful evening. The bar is a great place to start the evening to wind down and then move into the beautifully decorated dinning room that helps you forget just how busy your day might have been.
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great menu with wide range of delicious food with varied price range and generous potions, both for lunch and for dinner. This is our destination for a quick or a leisurely meal, either with a significant other or friends.where you can hear others speak. Really good food!!
9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Fine Dining for Date Night
My wife and I really enjoyed our excursion for downtown dining at The Grill on the Alley. Generally, I shy away from hotel restaurants, because their level of dining does NOT justify their prices. However, I was more than pleased with the food and the service we received. We ordered filet mignon and Chilean sea bass. Both entrees were delightful. They have an excellent wine selection; we had a white wine and red wine along with cocktails. The chef created an appetizer for us to sample the sea gallops. Overall, it was just great food and service.
By the way, you CAN bring your kids if you want to, but why bother; they don't appreciate fine dining!
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great for neighborhood
Best gazpacho in the city during its season. Delicious, predictable, can always get a table. Easy to visit with friends here as not screamingly noisy like so many other spots nearby.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambience and great location. Just steps from Michigan avenue and shopping. Large portions, but delicious.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I LOVED eating here! The service was amazing! There was always someone taking care of us, we hardly had to ask for anything because the wait staff was so good at what they do. It was like a team effort on their part. The food was delicious. The plates are large enough to split, and they will split it up for you upon bringing it to the table. The room we sat in was covered to the ceiling with drawings and art. The lights were dim with candles on all the tables. The main bar room was very vibrant and there were people dancing. I love this place!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most tender beef short ribs
I did not know ribs could be so tender! So glad I tried them.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Location, Food, Service….
Over the years the hotel that surrounds the Grill on the Alley may have changed and morphed, but the restaurant remains dependable for good food and service. It is a fine spot for a any meal as you pass thru the Gold Coast, shop or just go there for an excellent experience.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
One of our favorite go-to places for a quiet, comfortable dinner with friends. The food is excellent. Their staff is knowledgable, experienced, and friendly.. Best of all, it is conversation friendly.
I would highly recommend this lovely restaurant.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant, located in the Westin Hotel just off Michigan Ave., is a lovely dining experience. The food was very good, service very good and reasonably priced for being located in downtown Chicago. Welcoming, upscale atmosphere in dining area as well as the bar.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I enjoyed the grill on the alley. The food is excellent and at a reasonable price point for the location. Much more enjoyable than the rush street steak houses.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
The service is amazing. This is a fine dining restaurant where you get your money's worth. The food is great, the portions are great and the hosts are very attentive! The ambiance is fitting for a romantic night or just a nice dinner. The bar area in the front of the restaurant is also great! Love this restaurant!
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I had a Bone in Ribeye and Split pea soup. They were beyond description in presentation and taste. My wife had salmon, and it too was top notch. The ambient is classy in a dim great room with fine leather booths, and white tablecloths.
The service is not exceptional. Nice, but not well groomed or well kept, with a less than cheery disposition. The bread and butter should be provided liberally considering the $250 price tag (two couples no wine but with desert).
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and service. Very friendly atmosphere and a lot of privacy while eating. Great place for any occasion.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food but service a bit slow
The food was good as mentioned by the other reviewers. My husband and I ordered off the special Thanksgiving menu which had the pork chop and scallops - both quite superb. Granted it was a busy night, I wouldn't say it was packed, but the service was quite slow. There was a substantial wait between our appetizers and main course - but what can we do. Contrary to reviews on sites such as y*lp, the restaurant is kid-friendly and has its own kid's menu. My daughter ate an appetizer plate and the lobster bisque soup - the rest she ate from our plates but there was plenty of food.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM