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The Grill on the Alley - Chicago

811 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Steak, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Daily: 6:30 am to 1:00 am
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Phone number
(312) 255-9009
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Geordan Stenson
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Catering and Delivery available. Contact to order.
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Cross street
Delaware & Michigan
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Parking details
Parking Garage in Westin hotel 24 hours.
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Public transit
Chicago Red Line
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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.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Smoking Area, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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What 811 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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!

Steakhousesnob (Chicago)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful food. Great cocktails and key lime pie outstanding

vipJosephM (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Alex Pelletier visiting from Florida.

vipCucinaBella22 (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

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

vipJMJB (Chicago)
5.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Cincinnati)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
3.0  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.

NormanW (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 25, 2017

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

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

Price was right and excellent service.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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.

vipAycso (Chicago)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Detroit)
5.0  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!!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
2.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2017

Everything was amazing! Highly recommend this place.

vipSara (Chicago)
5.0  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!

BobM (Washington DC)
4.0  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!