Alley Restaurant & Bar

4.4
393 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced for mediocre food. Drink was good though.

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at the Alley at least twice a month and we enjoy the food and great service! The ribs on Monday night are very good!

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OT
Orange County
57 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 1

When we checked in, the waitress said Open Table reservations do not come through. I emailed Open Table and they took cared of it for me. Reviews praised the service. We did not experience that at all. The service we received was not professional or friendly. The two waitresses knew many patrons by name and was great with them, the regulars. Eileen, our waitress had her mouth full of food and chewing on it when she took our order, that was very unprofessional and disgusting. Never experienced that before. The decor is old. However, our food was delicious, thank goodness, so compliments to the chef!! He saved the day.

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I eat at the Alley at least twice a month. The food and service are great! The specials are of great value and always taste great! It's a great neighborhood restaurant.

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Kent
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I love the menu, food and vibe! The service has always been friendly as well. We had a lovely dinner with friends....I’d highly recommend The Alley! Lunch is a very good value but the atmosphere might be a bit dark for some.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

California pub feel with good bar and menu. Not pricey, good service and good food.

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AM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff! The bottomless mimosas kept coming with out me asking and that goes a long way! My kid enjoyed his French Toast, my GF had the huevos rancheros which was a huge plate and I had the brunch burger which hit all of the spots lol! We'll definitely be back!

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J
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We hadn't ever dined at the Alley and had a dinner with excellent service.
We will definitely return.

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BO
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Not where you want to go for fresh seafood. Looks like a great bar though!

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had another great dinner at the Alley. Great food and service as usual! Thank you Vanda for always taking good care of us.

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s
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service was great but it was crowded and really noisy on Friday night... which I guess is not surprising. We had a group of six old friends though and the table we were seated at was a long booth. Since there was another table next to us, we couldn’t seat anyone on the opposite long side of our table. We were left to sit in a long line which forced us to break up into two groups to talk. Too bad there didn’t seem to be any six top round tables. Otherwise, I love the place and try to visit whenever we’re in town.

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME SINCE I HAVE BEEN COMING TO THE ALLEY FOR OVER 10 YEARS THAT I RECEIVED BAD SERVICE AND THE RIBS WERE NOT VERY GOOD. USUALLY GREAT SERVICE AND FOOD.

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o
San Diego
343 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really love this restaurant - consistently good and great daily specials. The wedge salad a must (ask for it chopped) nobody makes sweet potato fries like they do.

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TJ
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of our favorite spots. The food is consistently good, service great and a wonderful value. Warm and inviting.

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CB
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to the Alley now 3 times and very time it's been great! The staffs are very polite and friendly especially the mature gentlemen who does the busing, as he was very attentive, courteous and very hard working. He really made our dinning experience exceptional and at the same time appreciative during our last 2 visits. We were there this past Friday 8th of Feb and if owner/management would be so kind to pass on our positive feedback to him that would be wonderful. Many thanks.

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alley is my favorite restaurant in Newport Beach. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, and the prices are great! Cozy local restaurant in NB!

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K
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic Newport Beach restaurant, love the Eggs Benedict’s

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KJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Alley twice now to celebrate New Year's Eve. We love the service and the convenience as it is walking distance from our home. The atmosphere is fun and lively and the food is very good. As I said we love the service at this restaurant, especially since hospitable and competent wait staff is a rarity in Newport Beach. I highly recommend The Alley! You'll have a great meal in a terrific environment.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alley is definitely one of my most favorite places in Newport. The food is delicious! Try the sand dabs! Yummy!! Bartender Mike is a gem, and Vanda is without a doubt The BEST server you could ever ask for. Do yourself a favor and go there!!!

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

MY WIFE AND I DINE AT THE ALLEY AT LEAST TWICE A MONTH. IT IS ONE OF OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN ORANGE COUNTY. THE FOOD AND SERVICE ARE EXCELLENT! KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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TJ
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our favorite place. Good food , good service , good time.

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DM
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. Good lunch.
Bathroom could be a little fresher smelling.

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PT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alley is a great neighborhood bar. Friendly staff and food is always good.

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AH
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! Had a drink at the bar before our meal and was a great drink! The service was wonderful and the food was excellent!! Next time I am in the area i will be eating there again!!

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE ALLEY IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE RESTAURANTS IN THE OC!

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h
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good! Had relatives from Europe who have been here before and they requested to go back and take us as their treat.

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TM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Could use little HVAC. Was warm and does not have AC. Otherwise great place

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alley is one of our favorite restaurants in the OC. Great food prices and service! We dine here at least twice a month.

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TJ
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always good. Welcoming. One of our favorites. Love the staff.

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JB
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Dark and old, noisy, felt like a golf course bar. Had three different servers . Drink refills ( water and milk) took over 10 minutes. Best for over 60 crowd.

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CA
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great ambience. Cozy and fun. Food was great. Service was slow, but in the defense of our sweet waitress, she appeared to be the only server waiting on the entire dining room.

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TJ
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always a good meal with good service. A favorite

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OT
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing time!

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C
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Ribs were out of this world delicious! The drinks were generous and the service was top notch as it always is at the Alley.

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OT
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always accommodating and fantastic!!

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OC
Orange County
143 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Alley Is one of our favorite restaurants in Orange County. The food is excellent, the service is excellent, and the prices are a great value!

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d
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for the Prime Rib Thursday special
The food and service was outstanding
Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone
Looking for a great restaurant

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EG
Seattle
100 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Get the Calamari ! Split a salad, they are huge! We'll go back for sure. I say that because after our apps and salads - we were done - in a good way. Next time we'll split a salad so we can each have a meal. Surprised by the location, right on the PCH, not in an Alley. Great value, friendly and understanding staff.

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MP
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

What a great family restaurant. This is how family run restaurants used to be. Excellent service, quality food at reasonable prices. Sand Dabs were some of the best I 've ever eaten. Excellent salmon and the artichoke cooked perfectly. Generous pours on drinks. Definitely coming back!

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OT
Orange County
66 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an amazing brunch!

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