Alley Restaurant & Bar

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$30 and under
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American
Turn of the century San Francisco style grill and saloon serving traditional American fare with prime steaks, fresh seafood, and continental specialties. "Cheers" style bar environment, very popular with the locals!

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vipBarbaraS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Cute place in Newport with a good brunch menu. Good service and social distancing encouraged.

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RetiredCouchPotato
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 51st Anniversary at the Alley. My wife had the Rack of Lamb and I had the Steak Diane. Both were excellent. We went at 5:30 on a Monday, so not very crowded. We took a bottle of our favorite wine from Orange Coast Winery and enjoyed no corkage fee. We have been going there for years, if not a couple of decades. We have never been disappointed.

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Sean
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had at a restaurant in awhile. Rack of Lamb.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a perfect staple!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great value especially the daily specials Full bar and great cocktails

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was incredible! The chefs are definitely on point here

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vipopentablefan
San Diego
350 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious and great service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Alley has always been a great place for us to go. The staff & owner are awesome people. Never disappoints.

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TimO
Caribbean
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everyone was friendly and attentive. Prime rib and liver and onions were wonderful. Only negative was the twice baked potato not a fan of fake bacon.

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ErikaB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a great time at The Alley. This was our first time eating out after lockdown so we were nervous but The Alley was prepared! They followed all CDC, federal, and local safety guidelines, guests were staggered and tables were separated. Staff wore PPE and menus were disposable. The service was wonderful! Our server was attentive, timely, and knowledgable. We were able to customize our orders without a problem and the food was outstanding!!! I highly recommend this restaurant and you will be supporting a local business owner wich is huge a perk of the whole experience.

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GregD
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food, best service, glad they're back missed them so much.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time! During these times your staff was not only outstanding but made me feel safe! Keep up the good job !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was great. There were more seafood options than anything else. We had the burger (very juicy) and the pastrami sandwich (enough for 2 people). The wait staff is very ‘comfortable’ which is good if you’re looking to feel at home or looking to feel like a regular. They don’t over crowd or over book, giving approx 90 min per table. I was served and ate within 45 minutes. This was greatly appreciated. I hate feeling like we’re being rushed out and brought the check before we’ve even considered dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance! Wonderful service.

TJ
vipTomJ
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Alley Bar and restaurant is our go to favorite.

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SteveS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great NPB place that has great service and food. Bar atmosphere is great as well

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall1food5service5ambience3

We were a party of six that often dines here. This restaurant is often chosen for our weekly dine out! On Tuesday, feb. 11 we were happily enjoying our meals when we asked for separate checks, as was usual for our group. We were told that they would not do that!!!! I hate to think that we will have to not come here anymore. Our couples are between 83 and 92. People of this age have varying appetites :some order alcoholic beverages,deserts and it is very difficult for us to try to figure what part of check belongs to who! If we came and sat at three different tables you would be able to give us three checks. Why can’t you give us our own check?????

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vipallano
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Excellent food and ambiance. It is noisier than I like. Service could be improved. We got our soup and entrees at the same time.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been there twice in a month. We love the atmosphere, the food, the service and the price. It is fairly loud in there, it’s a locals type restaurant so people are enjoying themself. I ordered the prime rib and it was amazing. The French onion soup needs some love to make it remarkable but the broth was tasty so it made up for some lost kudos. Everyone in my party will be back, but when we want to meet we will pick a weekday or much earlier. Thanks for always being good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Best value in OC Rib dinner for $12 on Monday! Free pour drinks Great find!

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KimberleyW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good! Spinach salad was delicious and the crab legs were as well. My porterhouse steak lacked flavor and needed more seasoning- just kind of bland. The macaroni and cheese was a favorite for my husband as well.
It’s really loud in there but we’ve eaten there before and decided to give it another try for New Years Eve.

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MonicaB
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was good but not outstanding. Menu was a little misleading. The server told us the choices for sides but didn’t mention there was an up charge for some of them. The surprise came with the bill. She should have mentioned the cost when she gave us the choices. Otherwise the service was very good in a pleasant atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Open Table lists this as free corkage everyday but it is not. Check the Alleys website for details.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday fun ole time charm

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Donna
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience2

I've been coming here for years for the calamari steak. Here on Thanksgiving and we were ignored by the servers for 15 minutes. Same thing happened the time before. Last two times the restaurant smelled like the sewer. This time my calamari was over cooked and dry. The restaurant was not busy so that is not an excuse. This was our last time for the Alley.

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vipTomJ
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was good and the staff pleasant and welcoming.

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viplmdine
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great price and fun atmosphere.Drinks on Wednesday are 50% off and very well priced.

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vipAmazing
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Took awhile for someone to come over and wait on us but the food was amazing! Corkage fee seemed high $25? Overall a great local place to get a great meal!

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vipFrequentTrav
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We happened upon this place a few weeks ago and will return again tonight, our third visit. This is the quintessential locals' restaurant with perfect food and great drinks. Service is spot on!

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SarahS
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Service was great, also no wait time. Ordered Prime rib med. rare, was done good, but the cut was as thin as a piece of ham, and very fatty, wish I would have sent it back. I did sent back my baked potato, was dark yellow inside and hard, not white like a fresh potato.

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DavidH
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the definition of a "local's bar and restaurant". If you show up more than one or two times, odds are pretty good you will be remembered by more than half the staff!

Everyone is nice, the place has a great atmosphere, and the food is fantastic! Our personal favorite is the Chicken Picata, but there are a ton of fantastic favorites for nearly everyone.

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TomL
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fish fish, veal, and hamburger were well prepared. Hamburger was related as one of best ever.

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DianaC
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little noisy.

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vipVivian
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service was absolutely amazing. Will definitely be back!

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Yolie
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. The food and the bottomless mimosas the best

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you want good food at a very reasonable price go to the Alley They are famous for their sand dabs

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Sat outside with our puppy. Servers were outstanding, very attentive and friendly. Food is just ok for price. Good value if you order off of Pub menu on the patio. Only issue with Patio is noise level from PCH

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YolandaS
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The Alley is a favorite spot for my family and friends. The food is always delicious, and the servers are wonderful. At my most recent visit it was very warm in the restaurant; the weather outside that day was very warm and humid. Despite this, I enjoy dining at The Alley!

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vipOCDINER
Orange County
147 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

THE FOOD, VALUE, AND SERVICE ARE THE BEST AT THE ALLEY, WE DINE THERE AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH!

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MarcellaD
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Greeter very friendly waiters and waitress very attentive
Food good and value great considering location

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Alley Restaurant & Bar does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now.

Alley Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 438 OpenTable diners.

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