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Alley Restaurant & Bar

4.4
4.4
419 Reviews
$30 and under
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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  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steakhouse

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (949) 646-9126

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party contact

    Jeff Chon: (949) 646-9126

  • Neighborhood

    Newport Beach

  • Cross street

    Balboa Blvd. & Pacific Coast Hwy

  • Parking details

    We have an open lot with many available spaces which is private to patrons of the Village Balboa Strip.

  • Public transit

    Directly in front

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Only Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-3PM

Entrées

Brunch items served with cheesy potatoes, fries, sweet potato fries, cole slaw, or fresh fruit

  • Classic Breakfast$12.00

    three eggs | bacon | sausage | toast

    • Belta$12.00

      blt | avocado | overeasy egg

      • Steak and Eggs$16.00

        prime chateaubriand steak | two eggs

        • Brekky Burger$14.00

          angus | cheddar | bacon | jalapeno | bbq | egg

          • Brekky Quesadilla$12.00

            chorizo & eggs | pico | jack cheddar | sour cream

            • Custom Burrito or Omelette$14.00

              eggs | cheese | 3 fillers

              Fillers

              • Veggies

                artichoke | asparagus | avocado | beans | bell peppers | jalapeno | mushrooms | onions | spanish rice | spinach | tomato

                • Meat

                  bacon | beef | chicken | chorizo | ham | sausage

                  Benedicts

                  • Classic$11.00

                    canadian bacon | egg | hollandaise

                    • Cali Style$12.00

                      bacon | tomato | avo | egg | hollandaise

                      • Southern$14.00

                        meatloaf | grilled onion | egg | sriracha hollandaise

                        Beverages

                        • Bottomless Mimosas$10.00

                          with Individual purchase of entrée | staff reserves right to stop service at anytime | stops promptly at 3PM | two hour table limit

                          • Ultimate Vodka Bacon Bloody$9.00

                            with bacon strip and bacon salt

                            • Chandon Sparkling Split$10.00

                              For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

                              What 419 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              4.4
                              4.4 based on all time ratings
                              • 4.3Food
                              • 4.5Service
                              • 4Ambience
                              • 4.5Value

                              NoiseModerate

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                              1. BS

                                BarbaraS

                                Los Angeles

                                38 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                38 reviews

                                Dined on June 27, 2020

                                overall4food3service3ambience3

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

                              2. RC

                                RetiredCouchPotato

                                Orange County

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on June 23, 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.

                              3. S

                                Sean

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on June 21, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              4. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on June 20, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Always a perfect staple!

                              5. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                86 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                86 reviews

                                Dined on June 19, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Great value especially the daily specials Full bar and great cocktails

                              6. JB

                                JustinB

                                Orange County

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on June 16, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Food was incredible! The chefs are definitely on point here

                              7. o

                                opentablefan

                                San Diego

                                362 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                362 reviews

                                Dined on June 8, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                So delicious and great service

                              8. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                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.

                              9. TO

                                TimO

                                Caribbean

                                9 reviews

                                4.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on May 31, 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.

                              10. EB

                                ErikaB

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on May 30, 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.

                              11. GD

                                GregD

                                Orange County

                                23 reviews

                                4.0

                                23 reviews

                                Dined on May 27, 2020

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

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

                              12. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                13 reviews

                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on May 27, 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 !

                              13. L

                                Lisi

                                Los Angeles

                                11 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                11 reviews

                                Dined on March 10, 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.

                              14. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                1 review

                                vip
                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on March 2, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great ambiance! Wonderful service.

                              15. TJ

                                TomJ

                                Orange County

                                19 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                19 reviews

                                Dined on March 1, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                The Alley Bar and restaurant is our go to favorite.

                              16. SS

                                SteveS

                                Los Angeles

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on February 15, 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              17. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                3 reviews

                                vip
                                1.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on February 12, 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?????

                              18. a

                                allano

                                Los Angeles

                                6 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                6 reviews

                                Dined on February 9, 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.

                              19. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on January 12, 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.

                              20. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                86 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                86 reviews

                                Dined on January 7, 2020

                                overall5food4service4ambience3

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

                              21. KW

                                KimberleyW

                                Orange County

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on January 1, 2020

                                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.

                              22. MB

                                MonicaB

                                Orange County

                                24 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                24 reviews

                                Dined on December 22, 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.

                              23. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on December 18, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              24. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on December 4, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Birthday fun ole time charm

                              25. D

                                Donna

                                Orange County

                                7 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on November 29, 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.

                              26. TJ

                                TomJ

                                Orange County

                                19 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                19 reviews

                                Dined on November 17, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              27. l

                                lmdine

                                Orange County

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on November 7, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              28. A

                                Amazing

                                Orange County

                                15 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                15 reviews

                                Dined on November 3, 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!

                              29. FT

                                FrequentTrav

                                Los Angeles

                                44 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                44 reviews

                                Dined on November 2, 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!

                              30. SS

                                SarahS

                                Orange County

                                7 reviews

                                3.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on November 1, 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.

                              31. DH

                                DavidH

                                Orange County

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on October 24, 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.

                              32. T

                                Tomslooking

                                Charleston

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on October 15, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              33. DC

                                DianaC

                                Orange County

                                18 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                18 reviews

                                Dined on September 21, 2019

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                A little noisy.

                              34. V

                                Vivian

                                San Diego

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on September 1, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                              35. Y

                                Yolie

                                Orange County

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on August 18, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              36. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Orange County

                                86 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                86 reviews

                                Dined on August 2, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

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

                              37. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Vancouver

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on August 1, 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

                              38. YS

                                YolandaS

                                Orange County

                                15 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                15 reviews

                                Dined on August 1, 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!

                              39. OC

                                OCDINER

                                Orange County

                                150 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                150 reviews

                                Dined on July 16, 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                              40. MD

                                MarcellaD

                                Orange County

                                17 reviews

                                5.0

                                17 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 is rated 4.4 stars by 419 OpenTable diners.

                              Not available on OpenTable

                              Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                              • Cross street

                                Balboa Blvd. & Pacific Coast Hwy

                              • Neighborhood

                                Newport Beach

                              • 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

                              • Cuisines

                                American, Steakhouse

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Elegant

                              • Dress code

                                Casual Dress

                              • Parking details

                                We have an open lot with many available spaces which is private to patrons of the Village Balboa Strip.

                              • Public transit

                                Directly in front

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Additional

                                Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (949) 646-9126

                              • Private party contact

                                Jeff Chon: (949) 646-9126

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