Aly's Restaurant

4.5
395 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Aly's Restaurant features exquisite wine country cuisine. It's elegant ambiance is the perfect setting for couples, small groups, an intimate private event, birthday or wedding dinners, business meetings, and wine tastings.

We are pleased to offer you a traditional style dinning experience; where you may enjoy your food, wine and company un-rushed. We allot between 1-2 hours for you to enjoy each other in this experience. If you desire a quicker pace please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate you.

Though we love children, our restaurant isn't very Children Friendly. For those Children that are well behaved we will accommodate them the best we can.
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gordon
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a quiet, understated gem in an otherwise overly fancy town. The food was fresh, creative, and confidently presented.

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vipLindaM
Central Coast
97 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely evening with great food , ambiance and service. We will definitely return

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ElizabethY
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary with a trip to Solvang and dinner at Aly's. With the exception of a dinner I had in Belgium during the early 1980's, this was by far the best dining experience ever! Ambiance was elegant but cozy; service was perfect and the food/wine exceptional. We both ordered the tasting/food pairing chef special. Food and wine were perfectly paired. We are lamb lovers and the lamb course was spectacular. Never had lamb so tender and flavorful. We have been raving about the meal to anybody who will listen and we peaked the interest of several people who we subsequently met at Solvang area wine-tasting rooms. Highly, highly recommend this place to anybody who has plans to be in the Solvang area.

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vipFrequentdiner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a wonderfully romantic spot with extraordinary food and friendly service.

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vipAltacocker
Cleveland
45 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This was Valentine’s Day, so they were busy. Had some noisy customers that made the dinner less enjoyable

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ChrisK
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Friendly and inviting atmosphere. The owner, Aly, was delightful and welcoming as she strolled from table to table. We enjoyed our meal and will definitely return the next time we are in the area.

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JulesH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great surprise, an excellent choice. Everything from employees to food was excel”ent. Definitely will be back and have already told our friends.

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SteveL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Fiance and I enjoyed a very nice Valentine's Day dinner. They provided excellent and thoughtful service to us throughout. The Owner even came by our table a few times to make sure that everything was satisfactory, as did our waiter. When we were set to leave, the Owner came over to escort us out and wish us a very pleasant evening. All-in-all, first rate! The next time we are in Solvang, we will be sure to stop there for dinner.

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WayneH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most creative and exciting food in Santa Ynez valley and competitive with my regular favorites in LA. Should not miss the Chefs tasting menu.

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vipCindyB
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We never go to Solvang without having dinner at Aly’s. Food and service are always excellent. I had halibut and my husband had filet mignon and they were both outstanding. Their tasting menu is always excellent as well.

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kevkas
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Unimpressed, the food portions were very small and overpriced. a $45 steak had no flavor. Wine was mediocre. There are many other places in Solvang that are much better, will not return.

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vipTopeka11
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We went as a group of eight and restaurant was not that busy. Loved the homelike atmosphere. Only complaint was how poor the service was. Our young waiter may have been new. Slow taking our order, getting our wine, bringing bread, clearing our dishes , ets. Maybe needs better training?
We loved our food and each other’s company so that helped us be a little more patient.

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SteveF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overpriced for what you get and food preparation wasn’t as upscale as we had anticipated. Not bad food simply not great food.

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AmarisC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Aly's on a Sunday evening. Aly herself was there, occasionally stopping to chat with customers. She farms some of the food used in their menu herself which I was very impressed by. The food was so delicious, every course was impeccable. The chef came out at the end of the evening and chatted with us for a short time, and made sure we enjoyed our meal. It was a very intimate setting, very romantic, and the service was impeccable. We don't get to Solvang very often, but I will make sure to visit Aly's again.

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SportDog
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

My wife and I really wanted to like this place but it fell short on service and the food was not worth the price. The waiters were nice but they never followed up on our meal, didn’t refill our waters after we asked, and there was food missing on our appetizer that the waiter had said they would look into and never came back with a follow up. As for the food, we got the lobster Mac n cheese, which was good but it didn’t come with homemade croutons as it stated on the menu. We asked the waiter curiously if indeed it was supposed to have croutons, they never confirmed. It wasn’t a big deal to us or didn’t ruin our dinner since it was tasty anyways. Then our mains came, we got the fish and scallops. The scallops were over cooked. My husband described them as hockey pucks and the asparagus that came with it was chewy, as if it wasn’t cooked enough. The fish has good flavors but it was still gooey in the center. You can see the fish guts/slime when you pierced it with a fork. I ate the edges because I was hungry and service was slow so we just ate our food, paid the bill and left. The restaurant was probably less than half full. The ambience is quiet and the interior is cute and romantic. Based on our food and service, it was not worth the price we paid.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food were delicious, excellent service, very nice environment. The best choice for dinning in Solvang.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot to visit in solvang! Be sure to try their pre-fixed menu with paired wines! Wonderful! The chef came out and chatted with each table. Wonderful ambiance with appropriate noise level for good conversations and privacy. We will come back for sure!

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MrsWM
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The only problem was they had run out of supplies such as a certain wine, lemons for water, etc. our main courses were divine and if Solvang wasn’t so darn busy (yeah for tourism) it might have been perfect.

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MrBellows
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good location but the food was not as good as expected from other reviews

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Baldomero
New England
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Made a reservation for the earliest seating on Christmas night. Big mistake. There was no advanced notice that it was a preset menu. Got there and the ordinary and overpriced dinner took well over 2 1/2 hours. The food was fine but completely ordinary nothing special about this place at all. The decor was bland, we had a wonderful view of a framed Open Table award. I was really surprised as the reviews were good but I was extremely disappointed by the extremely SLOW service. We waited forever to order from the set menu then it took forever to get wine then 30 mins for our salad then over an hour for the main course. Just when you thought the kitchen was getting it together you were in for another excruciating wait, It was basic food: Filet Mignon & Scallops... there was no reason at all it should have taken that long. Waiters were hiding in the kitchen so they would t have to deal with customers. It was truly a bizarre experience. To boot the 20% service charge was added to the check at the end of the meal. I get it it’s Xmas and it’s normal to have a set menu but that’s all the more reason to have everything coming out in a reasonable amount of time. The place is overrated and WAY over priced. There are so many better fine dining options in Solvang, Ballard and Los Olivos that are so much better at similar price points. Don’t waste your time here.

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MarceloO
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. Friendly hosts, great food, price above the average but in accordance to the service and food provided.

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vipConstantinoH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We waited for someone to take our order for over 30 minutes. Our salads came at least 1 hour from the time we were seated. The portion of our food was minuscule.

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SteveL
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! Ambiance and service excellent!

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Robert
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, excellent service, cordial and attentive staff. A wonderful dining experience in a cozy atmosphere. Highly recommended!

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vipRobert
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, knowledgeable and attentive service, delicious food cooked to perfection, great wine pairings!! We loved this place and highly recommend it.

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Love
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a beautiful dinner! Everything was more then perfect!

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vipCarolynH
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Went for Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately they ran out of fist course soup as we were last seating at 8 pm. Otherwise great food. Owner made it up to us by not charging us for wine.

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MOmc
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience5

Thanksgiving Day was my second occasion to go to Aly’s. I was very disappointed as the place was so noisy & I could not hear my soft-spoken friend’s conversation. The special menu was extensive, I chose the turkey, wish I’d chosen another option. It was OK, wrapped in a round shape using the skin. The service was painfully slow. It took 3 hours for 3 courses to be served. The two owners were serving & cooking & were very attentive to the guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this restaurant and highly recommend it. Very friendly chef and wait staff. We can’t wait to back.

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vipWayneH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have eaten here many, many times. Always wonderful and reproducible. The Chef's menu is highly recommended. I love a fine dining experience, and in my opinion it does not get better than this. I live in the Los Angeles area where we have an abundance of fine restaurants that I frequent. In a comparison, Aly's rates very high on my list and I find it worthwhile to take the 2+ hour drive to eat there at least once a month.

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RichardM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Pretty good food, it’s was expensive, limited menu items, very nice atmosphere with a very attentive waiter.

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Two4dinner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The traditional decore is welcoming and comfortable. The food is seasonal and locally grown. The preparation is flavorful and delicious. The wine is outstanding and made by the owners. He service is attentive. Both of the owners welcomed us and checked to make certain all was to our liking. Aly's is our favorite restaurant and where we celebrate our wedding anniversary traveling from Orange County to Solvang yearly. It's a great dining experience!

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CalvinT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Our second time there and will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful experience in October 2019. It’s obvious that cuisine and service are of the utmost importance. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, sharing insight to the local flavor of Solvang and of the menu. We had the Maine lobster tail, crab cake, and filet mignon with the recommended wine pairings. Needless to say, our selection was excellently prepared and simply delightful. To our surprise and delight, the chef also came out and discussed the preparation and menu selection for the evening. The atmosphere and ambiance in Alys made it feel like a very private and personal experience. Overall, we had an outstanding experience at Aly’s and would certainly recommend!

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JamesJ
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great. We had the filet and scallops, both were delicious. Dessert was also amazing, we'll be back for sure.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came up to Solvang for the annual Danish Day’s and decided to dine at Aly’s. Wow, What a wonderful decision that was! Every aspect from the ambience to the food was superb. The server recommended the Scallops and Filet, so my wife and decided to take her up on her suggestion...AMAZING! You can tell Chef Richard knows what he is doing, from the quality of the food to the presentation of the dishes. My wife enjoyed it as did I. If you so happen to be visiting the lovely town of Solvang, I would STRONGLY recommend stopping in for the best dining experience in Solvang!

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VincenteC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came all the way from Texas, and I have to say, the Collared Steak was delicious. The server mentioned that they get the Mangalitsa from a local farm which added a nice touch to the entire ecperience. Thank you Aly's!

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Love
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Solvang, but the best of come here it is have to have dinner at Aly’s Restaurant! Do not miss the best restaurant in Solvang !

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SharonE
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience3

the servers came to tell us about the menu and poured water, then ignored us for 20 minutes while they took drink and food orders from tables that sat down 10 minutes after we arrived. Not great service. There was a 20% 'service fee' tacked onto the bill which a verifyed was the tip so I didnt' tip extra even though the receipt gave me advice on how much more i could leave! It was a small quaint expensive restaurant and the food was delicious . they need to work on their staff for better service and NOT charge a 20% service fee.

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vipDP11
Central Coast
41 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Halibut was super. Wonderful salad as well.
It was so nice after the day in the sun at the car show

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Aly's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 395 OpenTable diners.

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