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About The Grill on the Alley - Chicago

As soon as you walk through the doors of The Grill on the Alley in Chicago, you are transported to another time and place reminiscent of the great American grills of yesteryear. The unique decor has an elegant feel with its polished hard wood floors, leather banquettes, and white linen tablecloths. A virtual art gallery adorns the walls of our many dining rooms while the sounds of Ella Fitzgerald linger in the background as white-jacketed waiters attend to your every need.



Since opening in June 2000, this high-end steak and seafood house has made its mark on Chicago with locals, and tourists alike. The Grill has become one of the most popular places to gather for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all types of special occasions. Located on the floor level of the Westin Hotel, The Grill on the Alley is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Chicago with easy access to the McCormick Place Convention Center, shops, museums and theaters.

909 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 6:30 am to 1:00 am

Cross Street:
Delaware & Michigan

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(312) 255-9009

Website:
http://www.thegrill.com/

Catering:
Catering and Delivery available. Contact SpecialEvents@grillconcepts.com to order.

Parking Details:
Parking Garage in Westin hotel 24 hours.

Public Transit:
Chicago Red Line

Executive Chef:
Geordan Stenson

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer three beautiful private dining rooms and two semi-private dining rooms for all types of special occasions. These rooms are ideal for breakfast buffets, luncheons, business meetings, wedding rehearsal dinners, and corporate presentations equipped with state-of-the art audio-visual equipment. Our unique space, set right on the Magnificent Mile can create a fabulous experience for as few as eight, and as many as 400. We can handle any event you may have in mind, big or intimate, personal or professional. Please feel free to view all of our private dining menu options from Hors D’oeuvres to our popular Breakfast Buffet by clicking on the Private Parties link above. To book your event please contact us.

Private Dining

The Grill on the Alley can meet all of your special event needs. The space is perfect for rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, or high end business meetings. Every event is assigned a Special Events Manager who will assist in planning everything from conception to execution.

The Grill on the Alley - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

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Quiet

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Special Occasion (6)
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Romantic (5)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Business Meals (4)
Bar Seating (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Cozy (2)
Fun (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Disabled Access (1)
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 (Omaha)·Dined 21 hours ago

Top quality food and service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Good food and great place for a business lunch. Not overcrowded and not too expensive. Will be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Lunch

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2018

We always have a wonderful time at the Grill because the food is outstanding
and the service cannot be beat. It is a nice place to meet with friends because
you can talk in a quiet environment. They are wonderful and we treasure our
times there.

Tags: Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 27, 2018

This is one of my all time favorites. The food is always tops and the service staff wonderful.
Dependent on arrival time the noise level can go from quiet to very energetic.
The Grill on the Alley does an amazing job with catered affairs, too, one of which
I recently attended.
You can't go wrong at this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Bar Seating
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 19, 2018

Bar seating - Monday lunch for one ... several people eating (business men - possibly regulars) a few folks at the bar - light lunch. Bar Tender/Server was on-the-spot, friendly and conversant - but not officious. Fish and Chips were of the best I've had (including London!) Crisp, lightly battered, and delicious white fish, fresh and tasty. Chips were golden crisp. Peanut slaw was good but served almost "warm". Bloody Mary was sub-par ... boring mix over ice w/vodka (I think ...). I would go back if in the area; would order the F&C again but not the Bloody Mary.

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 23, 2018

Great as always

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 18, 2018

The bar area was great, able to watch tv while waiting or you can eat there. Table service and drinks were top notch. Loved the tuna appetizer!

Tags: Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We live in the John Hancock building and we often go to this place when we want good healthy food, but do not feel like cooking. This place is never pretentious and you can always get a good table. It is not trendy and over hyped like Mastros or Joes, and the food is much better. The service is first class with the waiters and ambiance. Unlike the places just mentioned that have decreased in quality over the years, this place is consistent with quality ingredients, preparation, and staff.
We are very fortunate to have this top notch steakhouse right across the street from our condo. Drinks are perfect and the bartender can make anything. Desserts were great and huge. We bought the key lime pie, the brownie and the apple streusel for 6 people and we still had leftovers.
If you want to have a TRUE Chicago great steak, fish, mixed drink and dessert like great home cooking that isn’t trendy and flowery like the others, this is the place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Louisville)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful food. Great cocktails and key lime pie outstanding

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Alex Pelletier visiting from Florida.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Best Chicken Pot Pie. Great location, quick and pleasant service. Also a neighborhood gem.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

My waiter was great and the food was outstanding. Also I had a cocktail a couple hours before in the bar and the bartenders were great and made a good drink. I don't know their names (waiter or bartenders) but they did a great job. I often stop in to have a drink when I am in town but I had never eaten at the restaurant before. Definitely a good experience!

Tags: Healthy, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

As good as I remember it to be. Our server Julie was very knowledgeable and was very understanding when we had just a couple issues with the temperature of our bisque. Overall a very nice experience and excellent meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve around 6:00PM. Our waitress was very nice and always was at our table if we needed anything. Food was very delicious, bottle of wine was over priced.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Wonderful time! Staff was terrific; setting was warm and charming; food met all expectations.

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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 26, 2017

First visit to this restaurant and it was very enjoyable. Server made excellent suggestions and was very attentive to our needs. We have it on our list to visit again when we return to Chicago during the summer.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We ate Christmas dinner at The Grill on the Alley mostly by default since there were not many other options. The meal overall was ok. The best part of the meal was the delicious crusty bread and slightly salted butter. We ordered off the Holiday Menu which was a good value. My lobster bisque was excellent but not quite hot enough. The prime rib was pretty good but the yorkshire pudding was disappointing. The cheesecake was very good. Our waiter was attentive and did a great job. I don't think I'll go back but it was fun to be just off Michigan Avenue during the holiday season.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas dinner with my wife who had a recent death in her family.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Price was right and excellent service.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The staff is very friendly but the food is overpriced and the ambience was not was expected-
The jam and jelly caddy were still on the tables at night.
This is fine for drinks after work or for a family that wanted to eat in the hotel.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 16, 2017

One of my most favorite restaurants for every meal. The food is very good, with interesting and creative touches and the service is outstanding. The selection of wines and beers is wide and excellent.
We have taken out of town visitors to The Grill on the Alley. We have met friends for breakfast, lunch and dinners. Always a wonderful time because of the nearness of North Michigan Avenue (The Magnificent Mile), the lake, river tours, etc. All of these and excellent food.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

This is an “old style” restaurant. High-backed, leather booths. NO loud, grating “music”. NO screaming kids - or alleged grown-ups either. Service that was responsive - but without any “hovering” or the usual stupid questions (such as, “How are we liking our meal so far?”). We could actually HEAR one another talk and left with our sanity intact.

They weren’t in a hurry for us to go so they could turn the table and we were not surrounded by hoards of other people. They even brought us a complimentary dessert in observation of our anniversary.

It wasn’t “cheap” - - - - but it was worth every penny!!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Our waiter started off very attentive, but then became aloof and difficult to find once the entrees were served. He came back to collected our empty plates and took the bread, despite the fact we said we said we were still hungry may order a salad to split. We had the sea scallops - they were excellent but all you got was sea scallops, no rice, vegetable etc.
We ordered a dessert to split, and he again disappeared we had to flag the busboy to get our check. We signed and were ready to leave (enough time to get to our concert) but the waiter appeared to explain he ran my credit card on someone else's check and we then had to wait another 10 minutes. Better value at lunch and better service, too.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Everything was amazing! Highly recommend this place.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The food here is consistently good! A varied menu makes it a winner for all palates. Try the crabcake appetizer...delicious!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

We enjoyed the waitress. She was outstanding. The food was very good. We sat next to a table of three fellow workers. They were passionate and concerned about some fellow workers. That was a bit of a distraction... But they left about the time our food arrived. We were celebrating our 49th wedding anniversary and would have preferred a little more quiet, but we were in a restaurant! There was a lot of noise out in the bar area - people were having fun!

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Smoothly escort

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Fantastic food prepared exquisitely and the service is absolutely amazing !!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Authentic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great place, dinner was awesome!! If you like Brussels sprouts they are to die for!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

It took forever to get our food! We had to wait over 30 minutes for soup. And 40 minutes for the steak, that actually came rare, however I ordered it medium well

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Terrific service, food was mediocre, too many other great restaurants in the city, so I will not be going back or recommending.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 12, 2017

One of my favorite places to dine when we visit Chicago, always great service abs food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Romantic, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Enjoyed lunch two days in a row.
Had birthday dinner with our family
for our third meal. Great place to eat and enjoy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Casual, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, fabulous wait staff and great food and wine..... that worked for me!

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Was presently surprised as this steakhouse was quite good. The wine list was superb, and the service was stellar

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Great food!! Great Service!! Recommend the filet!

Tags: Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 25, 2017

We had an awesome server and the food was fabulous! Very conveniently located from our downtown hotel.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Service was amazing! Tuna was spectacular! Fish tacos were delicious but a little spicy.

Tags: Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The food is always first rate and the service attentive but not overbearing. Menu is "comfort" but heathy. They always adjust to your tastes and special choices. This is a great place for business lunches or catching up with friends in the city.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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