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Party Size
For 2
Date
Wed, 2/21
Time
7:00 PM
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Alley Restaurant & Bar

4.7
343 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Cozy
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
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!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steakhouse
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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
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Phone number
(949) 646-9126
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Balboa Blvd. & Pacific Coast Hwy
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Parking details
We have an open lot with many available spaces which is private to patrons of the Village Balboa Strip.
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Public transit
Directly in front
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 343 People Are Saying
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4.7  based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.9
service
4.4
ambience
4.8
value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Went here for brunch. I actually frequent this place for brunch about twice a month. They have Saturday brunch and Sunday brunch. Saturday’s are pretty quiet but Sunday’s are busy. They have a small patio, bar seating and tables. The inside is a bit dark. You can not beat the service! Everyone here is so nice. They have $10 bottomless mimosas and when you buy a meal and they always keep your glass full. Plus the food is really good as well. I’m obsessed with their cheesy potatoes! Overall as long as you aren’t looking for a fabulous patio or fancy brunch dining then this is definitely the spot for you.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Service was excellent.. all were courteous and pleasant

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Gbkinney (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Great place to eat or have a cocktail in a warm comfortable ambiance. Service is great and prices are reasonable. They do have the best pour on the shore!

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vipOCDINER (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

The Alley has great food and service!

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vipstenC (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

Great food and fantastic service as always at the Alley!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on December 4, 2017

Great place

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DecemberDinner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 28, 2017

This is a nice neighborhood restaurant, with a nice bar, generous drinks and good comfort type food of good quality. We eat here often with friends.

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vipAbc1 (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on November 22, 2017

They didn’t have our reservation in their system, even though it showed on my account. This happened one other time there. (It’s never happened anywhere else.) They were willing to squeeze us into a small table, but we wouldn’t have been comfortable. It was also REALLY loud.

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vipGlowbug (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on November 7, 2017

Great service!

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vipRobertP (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on November 2, 2017

outstanding great !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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vipOCDINER (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on October 23, 2017

The Alley has dinner specials Mon-Thursday. Great value and food. The service is the best !

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vipOCDINER (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on September 25, 2017

The Alley has great food and service! Monday night ribs are our favorite!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on August 29, 2017

We've been to the Alley many times and are never disappointed in the food and service --both were excellent, as usual.

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vipstenC (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on August 14, 2017

Fantastic BBQ Rib meal with great service and drinks that can not be beat.

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vipGBob (Phoenix)
5.0  Dined on August 8, 2017

Walking distance to our home along with the great service and food makes our new go-to restaurant. Angie was the perfect server and made great suggestions for both specials and cocktails. My wife had a pasta and steak special and I had the Porterhouse steak. Both were amazing.
We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

If you're 50 and single - this is your spot

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vipEdwardP (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2017

Always great! My favorite go-to place for an informal dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 20, 2017

Was up in the area and had past restaurant a few times and wondered how the food was there. Went on Open Table and it had good reviews. Made reservations and took the family. The service was awesome, great waitress. The food was delicious. My wife had to concede and tell me I made a good choice. Will eat there again when up that way.

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vipOCDINER (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2017

We dine at the Alley on a regular basis. Always good food and service!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
2.0  Dined on July 16, 2017

The service was slow and it was quite warm in the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

First time ever in years of using Open Table the restaurant had no record of our reservation. I showed the hostess my phone with the reservation and 35 minutes later we were seated. This is a very busy restaurant and while mistakes do occur other reviews have mentioned this problem. Food is good, prices reasonable, very noisy atmosphere but will return. Have been going there when in the area for the past 15 years!

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vipOCDINER (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on June 5, 2017

My wife and I enjoy the Monday night rib special. The ribs are tender and fall off the bone. Comes with one side for $12. Excellent dinner salad as well.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 27, 2017

Food and service were excellent. We appreciated the patio seating so we could bring our dog. They even have a dog menu. The cucumber margaritas are fantastic!

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vipOCDINER (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on May 22, 2017

The Monday-Thursday specials are a great value! We love the Monday night ribs!

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Gbkinney (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

The Alley is such a comfortable, nice and cozy restaurant/bar for any occasion or not. It's like the favorite neighborhood place. Their saying "best pour on the shore" is true. Very nice and friendly servers and bartenders. It is casual dress yet dressed up parties come on all the time. Love this place!

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vipEdwardP (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on May 18, 2017

Always great food and service at The Alley! Their specials are always special, too!

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

All the food is great with the exception of the Mexican food. The drinks are always great and the best service in town. I wish the patio had more ambiance and I would have had my son wedding rehearsal dinner there.

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viproys (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on May 4, 2017

Great friendly atmosphere good food Definitely go back it's a great get together place

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vipFoodieonthemove (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on April 10, 2017

Great lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. We go about 3 times a month. Great Monday night ribs

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vipOpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
4.0  Dined on April 2, 2017

Per other reviews I have read, the restaurant seems to have a technical problem with OpenTable reservations. Ours did not go through but hostess was great in accommodating us.
Portions are huge - you may want to split entrees.

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