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About Aly's Restaurant

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.

451 Second Street
Solvang, CA 93463
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Californian, Farm-to-table, French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Thursday-Monday: 5:00pm - 8:45pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 697-7082

Website:
http://www.alysbyalebru.com/

Parking Details:
On street parking, public lot parking on weekends as well.

Executive Chef:
Richard Bruce

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Wine

Aly's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

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Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (16)
Good for a Date (13)
Special Occasion (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Cozy (9)
Local Ingredients (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Authentic (5)
Seasonal (4)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Healthy (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
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·Dined 7 days ago

The food was absolutely delicious. Not only was our waitress friendly and helpful but the owner/chef came out and thanked people at the tables for dining there. A lovely family run restaurant where they make you feel like one of the family even if you are just passing through town.

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Loved Aly's!! This was our second Valentines at Aly's and the food, service and atmosphere did not disappoint. We will definitely come back again and again. Can't wait!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was fabulous, expertly prepared. Romantic ambience. Great service! Delish!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We read the reviews on Alys Restaurant and dined there to celebrate our birthdays over the holidays. The food was excellent. We had the lobster macaroni, filet Mignon, and the scallops. We would definitely recommend this restaurant for special occasions as our bill including wine was $125 for two people.

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 24, 2017

When we booked, for dinner on Christmas Eve, there was no indication that it was a special dinner, nor that the price would be different from that shown on the menu. We were shocked that it was then a set, and very high, price. It was a difficult decision for us to stay at the restaurant, but we didn't have much choice, since everything else was booked up.
So the price was very, very high, double what you would normally pay from their menu. But...
Every single thing that they brought to our table was amazingly delicious and better than anything like it we had had previously (and we've been to some very, very nice places). My husband had the tomato soup...sounds simple, right? I've never had tomato soup like this, it was so delicious. I had a small salad of cabbage with a lobster tail across the top. Now, I hate cabbage, so does my husband. I don't know what they did to it, but it was great! Second course was salmon for him, filet for me, and every bit, from veg to meat, was excellent. Every course was wonderful, and when we finished our meal, and paid our bill, we felt that they had well earned their price. And then some. What a terrific, beautiful, delightful restaurant. The ambience was perfect, staff wonderful, and I don't know who it is that is in the kitchen but there should be awards hanging from the wall in there. Wow.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our 39 wedding anniversary and it was sensational for this occasion.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My husband and I are such foodies - we go to various places all the time so our palettes are quite difficult to please. This intimate, elegant place blew. us. away. The wine, the food (dear lord, the FOOD), the service - were all so impeccable - we came back every single night during our stay in Los Olivos. The executive chef is Brazilian and creates both traditional and cultural dishes (we found out his mother was a renowned chef - makes sense!!) and we just couldn't stop eating. Everything is OUTSTANDING. We’re making another drive up in a few months just to eat here with friends. This place will NOT disappoint. Order anything - anything!! We dare you.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Argentinian owners, besides more standard fare, offer some of their national specialties. A surprising regular menu item, Chile Rellenos was easily the best I've had. Not at all oily as most, and served on a bed of delicious and complexly flavored black beans.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The chef’s menu with wine pairings was delicious and beautiful- loved it!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

This restaurant is a must when visiting the area. Richard is the best chef in the region. Everything is awesome. Love the fish tacos! Go here. You won't be disappointed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Best thanksgiving dinner in my life!!!
The citrus dressing on the salad was light and fresh. The turkey and risotto were both unparalleled in flavors. The pumpkin pie was unmatched. And, the wine pairings across all the courses tied everything together masterfully!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Ambiance was great. Cozy with nice music coming over the speakers. Nice place to go for a romantic evening.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Amazing food, wine pairings and service! The best scallops we have ever had!

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I want to thank Aly’s for another wonderful dinner. We always feel like family when we go there. It is my favorite spot for dinner. Thank you to Richard for the great time and great food.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Friendly, attentive staff. Delicious meals made with fresh ingredients. Superb wine list. Dining here made our anniversary very special. We will return.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was possibly the worst meal we've ever had. They were out of their usual fish and substituted yellow tail for it. It was mushy and fishy. So bad I could't eat it. My wife had scallops that were so overcooked you could have used them for golf balls. I have to say they did the right thing and didn't charge us for our entrees but save yourself the hassle and find somewhere else to eat in solvang.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Beautiful restaurant with great food and great service. Wonderful wines. Interesting decor with gorgeous antiques. A great option for a fabulous dinner!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience at Aly's. Our meals were prepared superbly. It was obvious that Richard prepares his dishes using only the highest quality of ingredients. My wife ordered the filet, which was prepared perfectly and served over a Yukon potato cheddar fondue (very creative). My scallop dish was equally as delightful. When our plates were cleared from the table, they were virtually clean. And our server, Amanda, was the best. This will definitely be one of our dinner stops every time we visit the Santa Ynez Valley.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We enjoyed Aly’s for the second time the other night. As on our first visit, we did the Chef’s tasting menu with paired wines. Everything was superb. Cooked perfectly and subtle and interesting, flavorful seasoning. Beautiful presentations. After an amuse bouche our first dish was lobster tail, second was sea scallop with cornbread and a mango salsa, third was lamb chops and dessert was a berry mousse thing that was awesome. The meal is somewhat pricey compared to other Solvang spots, but is a very good value for the meal and matched wines compared to LA and San Francisco prices for such pairings.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 30, 2017

My anniversary dinner was memorable because of the hospitality, ambiance and food. Chef and winemaker came out to welcone us and to ensure our meal was to taste.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 28, 2017

My better half and I have eaten here a few times now, and each time, our experience has been exceptional. The tasting menu is superb, and made even better with the wine pairings! Great attention is given to taste, presentation, freshness, and quality. The service is exceptional- although we had not been there for a year (We are not local), we were recognized as having been there before! We will be back!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Everything was fabulous, especially the risotto! Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a nice place to dine.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Chef-Owner enjoys his guests. Guests enjoy his culinary abilities!

Tags: Authentic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Excellent food and very good friendly service. Very nice dining room with plenty of room between tables. Worth the drive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Fantastic romantic 60th birthday 🎉 celebration! Amanda was an exceptional server wine knowledge and food knowledge. Great night for my bd😘 Karen Kampfe

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The filet was one of the best steaks I've ever had - perfectly cooked and the sauce was incredible. My wife had the scallops and said they were also excellent. Prices are fairly high ($100+ for a couple), but for an occasional date night or dinner before the PCPA it is well worth the money. We were there on a quiet slow night, but the wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Highly recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Delightful meal, the chef's tasting is the way to go.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Food preparation is outstanding. Serving size, especially on the tasting menu is small with each course presented well. Great for quiet dinner, special event or the theater. Prices are comparatively high.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 28, 2017

The best restaurant by far in Solvang. Amanda is wonderful and makes you feel at home and the chef is creative with his composition of food. We definitely will return

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2017

We loved everything about the place, the food and especially the staff. If you dine at Aly's and find something to complain about I suspect you were having a bad day. In a town of really friendly people, the staff of Aly's are among the best.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Good meals, portions are less than average, but it's a French cousine place ) Imho it's overpriced 15-20% . Overall, it's a safe choice, but not the best value for money.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 21, 2017

Expensive over cooked fish and boring sauce were a disappointment

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

A very nice restaurant with the best servers, wonderful food, terrific ambiance. In addition they are located directly across the street from the Solvang outdoor theater.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary at Aly's and couldn't have been more pleased. Not only was dinner fantastic, staff was fantastic as well. Amanda took great care of all our requests and was sincerely happy to be our server. We would recommend Aly's to anyone going to Solvang. Aly stopped by our table after dinner was done, as well as her husband, the chef.

Overall, there is nothing I would change about our evening at Aly's. We plan on being back in California within six to eight months and will most certainly make a reservation for dinner again.

My one regret is that we didn't write down the name of our seating hostess who was so attentive. We wish only the best for her.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Food was outstanding. Need to make time for a slow enjoyable experience, will definately be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Okay... I guess the French dining experience is supposed to be a long process, but this was ridiculous! We showed up at 7 for our reservation, we ordered a bottle of Chardonnay and split a salad. All of that happened in a reasonable time, but it finally got to be 8:15 and our main course had still not been served. There were only 5 tables of 2 at the restaurant (probably 12 other empty tables), so it wasn't because they were busy, but we finally said it's been way to long and we weren't hungry anymore. My wife ordered crab cakes and i order a steak (rare)... not too hard to prepare!

So I was going to give this place a 3 rating until the owner came out and introduced himself and made some excuse about us not understanding a fine dining experience. I guess his idea of fine dining is waiting 45 minutes to get your dinner. I said just get us the check and he said "I will have to charge you for everything!. We were never even served our dinner, yet this guy charged us for everything! If you wonder why restaurants go out of business, this Aly's is the poster child!

We paid $186 for a bottle of wine and a split salad... STAY AWAY!

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Fabulous food, atmosphere, service (from Amanda), best Pinot ever. In Solvang, don't miss Aly's! Can't wait to return.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 15, 2017

This is simply the best restaurant around. Richard is top notch. The chefs tasting menu was delicious and fun. The taco appetizer is super. Wife had halibut and loved it. This is a can't miss when in the area.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This is the best dinner for me this year, my wife and I loved the chef's tasting menu, and they update the menu every week to give costumers the freshest food. Definitely will come back soon for this restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Organic, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We had a wonderful dinner at Aly's! The service was attentive, the food was delicious, and the overall experience was lovely. We will be back soon!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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