The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village
The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village

The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://thegrill.com/
  • Phone: 8054181760x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday; 11:30AM-10PM
    Friday; 11:30AM-11PM
    Saturday; 11:00AM-11PM
    Sunday; 11AM-9:30PM


    Happy Hour and Special Appetizer menu in the bar.
    Sunday through Friday 3-7pm
    Saturday 3-6pm

    *Please note that we do not accept reservations for Happy Hour or for patio seating.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, American, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our Sola Private Dining Room can accommodate Parties up to 50, a more intimate room that can accommodate parties up to 11 and a Covered Patio and Lounge area that can accommodate seated events up to 50 and Standing Cocktail Parties up to 80. Menus and options are available. Just call the Restaurant for personal assistance.
  • Private Party Contact: Ariella Traficante 8054181760x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thousand Oaks Blvd. and Westlake Blvd
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: We offer Valet Parking at Both Lunch and Dinner for a nominal fee and have free parking throughout The Promenade Center.
A word from The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village
The Grill on the Alley Westlake is located at The Promenade at Westlake, a Mediterranean-styled outdoor shopping and entertainment center featuring some of the most well respected merchants in the world, including Sur La Table, Barnes & Noble, m. Frederic, Restoration Hardware and Bristol Farms. Curbside take-out service is available.The Grill on the Alley was opened in 1984 as a living tribute to the great American grills of yesterday. In time, it has established itself as one of the country's leading restaurants, praised by writers across the country. The menu is classic American grill - prime steaks, fresh seafood, traditional dishes such as chicken pot pie or meatloaf and mashed potatoes, and homemade desserts. Named to The Fine Dining Hall of Fame by Nation's Restaurant News, The Grill is home of the entertainment industry's "power lunch," but is also open for dinner seven days a week.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (74)neighborhood gem (51)romantic (49)fit for foodies (45)great for outdoor dining (43)great for lunch (43)good for groups (34)vibrant bar scene (32)notable wine list (32)great for brunch (27)hot spot (20)late-night find (16)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • Not as good as expected
    meat2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Having never been to the Grill, I headed over there Saturday night for my sisters birthday dinner in hopes of eating a good steak at renowned steakhouse. Unfortunately, my dissapointment started as soon as I walked into the restaurant. The restaurant was super crowded ( considering that the cheapest steak is $50 a plate). There was barely any room to walk and the noise level was ridiculously high. The food? Ehhh it was mediocre at best. Being a steakhouse lover I am sad to say that I will not be coming back
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    RosiecclVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went to celebrate special occasion. What happened to this place? It used to be so good. Bad service. Food was bland and tasteless. One dessert looked and tasted like it was made by a five year old and the other was served so hot it burnt our mouths! Couldn't eat either one. Won't be going back anytime soon. Beautiful restaurant with a great patio, but changes are needed!!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Highly Memorable Experience!
    TrumpetTom2
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We stopped here on our way to Carmel and Monterey areas. This is our first time at The Grill on the Alley in Thousand Oaks. We have been to the Daily Grill in Los Angeles. The Trout was fabulous at both places, with the edge given to the Grill. The service was superb! Its location very convenient just off 101 freeway at Westlake Boulevard, set in an upscale shopping center. While on vacation we ate at many really nice restaurants, but my husband and I agreed this restaurant was clearly the most memorable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Straightforward and well executed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Professional service, great ambiance, solid selection of salads, steaks, sides and fish, prepared by pros for highly consistent quality. Reliably good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dreadful Experience
    Cambria1VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We had a dreadful (no other word describes it) experience. An extra wait, in spite of a reservation, no problem; it was a Saturday night. THEN it went downhill. Both salads were "OK", my Wedge a bit better than her "Greens", but both my Chicken Piccata and her Brick Chicken we're mediocre at best. When you make Chicken Piccata you pound the breast at least a little bit; these were full thickness and thus over-cooked chicken breasts. Wife's brick chicken was "dry as a bone." The broccolini was so HEAVY with pureed garlic I really, actually, thought it was a cheese sauce! When we rejected it and asked for plain, steamed, it came 15 minutes later with stems 3/4"-1" thick and so, undercooked. "Everything OK?" from 3 people. Sure. Outta here!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food - Service so so
    4barrygVIP
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    been here several times and always enjoy the experience, except a couple times the service is very slow. I think I was either forgotten or they are under staffed. yes, I will go back and if the service is still lacking, I will tell the mgr. my fault for not telling them before but who wants to deal with that?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!
    Bolomk34VIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    OK, some previous reviews indicated slow service and so-so food...I have to think that these people were at a different restaurant than The Grill! Service was FANTASTIC (team service)...the food...while a tad pricey...was FLAVORFUL, prepared JUST RIGHT and DELICIOUS! Will I go back again? YOU BETCHA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Good food. Slow food service. Take a looong time to serve main course. Friendly waiters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere and food
    Lavender1022
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I brought my husband here for his birthday dinner and The Grill did not disappoint. I made my reservation through Open Table and on the day of my reservation I got a confirmation call from the restaurant and they were very nice on the phone to discuss my requests. The food was great. We had the filet mignon and I had crab cakes. The crab cakes were wonderful and huge! Everything was delicious. I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what it used to be
    care4dinVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Not sure what's going on here but the service was sporadic, slow, & the server not knowledgable about menu/preparations. We dine here (and other steak houses) quite regularly & it's usually top notch. The last few visits have been disappointing & we are just about done trying with the Grill. We were seated for at least 15 min before we got water or menus. They were out of the bourbon my husband ordered, the lemonade didn't arrive until after the entrees (& 3 requests), appetizers were cleared after entrees arrived, never got a refill on my iced tea which sat empty all thru the meal, we ordered the chopped salad which came like a regular green salad - not chopped or tossed - & the list goes on. We won't be in a hurry to go back :(
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food, Great Service
    PJfrmSoCalVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Never varies. When I am in TO on business, The Grill is my go to place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great
    TruewiseprinceVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Great spot to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or just to have a great dinner. Staff is phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • boring
    sniggysdad
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    a restaurant whose best days are behind them----won't back
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at the Grill
    jetcraig
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I was rather disappointed this time. While moderately busy, tables were not cleaned off when patrons left, our server was not at all friendly, and the food was average. I'm hesitant to recommend this restaurant to anyone although I'm aware that this could happen to any restaurant and it could have just been an off afternoon. I'll need to try once more and if I have the same experience, we won't be back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Good and service was excellent! We will be back. We couldn't think of anything that needed improvement.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Manager Skills are Fair
    whocareswhoiamVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    With over 3 small booths available, the manager wants to seat us in a large booth which is not very good for a party of two-we prefer to look at each other rather than sit side by side and stare into the restaurant. I requested one of the smaller booths. Mgr says he has other customers coming later that prefer those booths, so he is not sure he can seat us there. There were open tables with four chairs which would have worked too but I was told are for parties of 4. So although we had reservations days in advance and arrived on time, the manager wasn't very accommodating. Perhaps he has enough business with his other customers who prefer those booths. Finally, he cleared a table for us. We don't come as often as we use to, less often now.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tait is the man!
    SamCooke
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The overall dining experience was quite nice and we plan a return later this month. we were most impressed with Tait who made the brunch very memorable. All in all, a great start to a fine day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always consistent food and service!
    great2dine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Service and food are always great, good variety and consistent quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Food met expectations for a high end steak restaurant. Entrees were fully priced for a suburb and yet The Grill tacks on for little things like béarnaise sauce ($4). Worse, the wine list is way overpriced (3-4x retail) with very few bottles under $100. Usually service is good but was inexperienced and inattentive on this visit.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch Issue
    joyL
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Please bring the BELLINI back to the brunch menu !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and dining experience
    mom3boys
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We felt taken care of the instant we walked in the door. Our waiters were attentive and helpful. The food was excellent and overall we had a good experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant
    Hidi
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I love the food and the décor of the restaurant, the location is also very nice. After having a full meal, walk around the piazza is great for digesting.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice patio ambience
    tonibVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The Grill has great food and service. Their outside dining is relaxing and has great ambience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service.
    traceyntVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    As usual the Grill is great. The food is delicious and it always helps to have a coupon $30 off every $100. Thanks
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful!
    PickyDiner
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Out for a birthday dinner with family (adults only) and everything was fantastic. The service was top notch and everything we ate was outstanding. Large portions and variety. Pricey, but worth it for a special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing Dinner
    Rnatel
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We have been to Grill on the Alley before and this was our least favorite experience. The service was not great, Did not get water or bread till way after we received our drinks and the martinis were not filled to top for the high price they charge compared to comparable Mastro's restaurant. They never refilled water without me having to seek out and hope. The sautéed mushroom were not a great side. We did like the halibut special and split a special salad but for a party of 4 and bill well over $300 with tip, it was not worth it on this visit. The special occasion dessert was terrible, like an over saturated cake with no real pizzazz which was unfortunate as special occasion desserts should be better prepared and nicer I believe.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Trout Almondine
    CrazyTravelVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I had a chopped lettuce wedge which was excellent and the trout almondine which was some of the best trout I have ever had! Lunch was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gibson
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We love the Grill but the service was a little slow this time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RBGrill
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our favorite Restaurant and the best Restaurant in Souther California
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not up to their usual standards
    Robb
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife's fish arrived under cooked and cold. 20 minutes later a replacement arrived. In the meantime my food got cold. It was our 43rd wedding anniversary. No one inquired if this was a special occasion. The bill was not adjusted due to the fish fiasco, nor was a complimentary desert offered. The best they would do was to offer my wife a second bowl of soup. Not what you would expect from a supposedly upscale restaurant.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous for Steaks & More!
    MomLovesFoodVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with great service! We began with delicious cocktails followed by a great wine from their extensive wine list. We moved on to salads which were wonderful. Then some of us enjoyed steaks and they were terrific but others enjoyed the Ahi Tuna. Each entree comes with a side but we added some of the other side selections & they were fabulous! Chipotle creamed corn, Brussel Sprouts & Loaded Mac & Cheese - Oh my goodness! SO delectable! We've eaten at the Beverly Hills location as well which was also wonderful & we will be back if we ever visit again. No one left unfulfilled or wanting for anything!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyable Evening Despite Table
    LeenieVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We enjoyed a family dinner celebrating an accomplishment. The food was excellent, the service (tag team) was different but effective. However, we were placed at a table in the back where we were forced to watch the employees go through the flatware all evening which lessened an otherwise enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Went for a special occasion. Great food and fine dining. A bit on the noisy side.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Always excellent. Never disappointed with the food or service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    valerie
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Had a great business lunch. The staff was really attentive and didn't miss anything,
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My man Tate
    wildechild
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Best food I've had in awhile and I eat out a lot! Sat at bar to wait for our table and never left. Tate the bartender took such good care of us and makes amazing drinks to your exact specifications.Followed his lead on the menu and was not disappointed. Food was absolutely amazing! Great company at the bar made it a fun evening. Will return soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Dinner
    bobe0212
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our second visit the The Grill on the Alley in Westlake Village, and we had a very enjoyable meal. We were seated promptly for our 8:00 PM dinner reservation. Service was attentive but not overpowering. The food was outstanding - steaks and lamb chops were cooked exactly to our requests and portions were ample. The noise level is a bit high, but the quality of the food and service more than made up for that. I would highly recommend The Grill for a special evening out.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WWould definitely come back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Food is good,ambiance tops and employees caring...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened-not as good as before
    gwjazz
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Have had 5-6 previous dinners/lunches here. This time the server tried to be helpful but talked WAY too fast. The food took a long time to prepare. My wife made a point of telling the waiter to prepare the meat a certain way, and even he admitted it was cooked wrong, so we had to wait ANOTHER 40 minutes for her meal. Her grilled broccoli tasted very propane-ish. The waiter did comp us for the bad meal, and they did give us an anniversary cake piece, and they checked on our waiter a lot. BUT, it took an eternity to get another set of silverware so I could share my meal with my wife
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NOT happy
    Nevergoback
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The food was way overpriced - my halibut ($38) was over cooked and dry - Prime Rib ($55!) was bad and not the 28oz it was listed to be. And my credit card was charged $10 more than I signed for - someone at the restaurant must have changed my bill!! I would never go back!! Overpriced and bad food.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 76 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1118 reviews are from the The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village reviews archive.