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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

Private Party Facilities:
The Grill on the Alley Chicago offers three beautiful private dining rooms and two semi-private dining areas for all types of special occasions. The 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 rooms, available 365 days a year, are located right on the Magnificent Mile and can help to showcase a memorable experience. Please let us know if you would like us to handle any added detail such as ordering flowers or balloons for your event.
For your next special event, let The Grill on the Alley Chicago help make it memorable.

Private Party Contact:
SpecialEvents@grillconcepts.com: (844) 258-2258

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.

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Thank you for your reservation. We look forward to ringing in the new year with you.

The Grill on the Alley - Chicago Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.6

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
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Comfort Food (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Cozy (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

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 2, 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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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Smoothly escort

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·Dined on November 28, 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 27, 2017

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

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 23, 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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·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 10, 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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·Dined on November 5, 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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 (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 26, 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 18, 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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vip
 (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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·Dined on August 15, 2017

We had a delicious meal with great service, knowledgeable wait staff and good ambiance. Our out-of-town family members really enjoyed themselves. Thank you for a memorable experience!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Overpriced for food and service. Nothing special but they charge special prices

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Always dependable, both the food and the service. Fish tacos and chicken pie always a favorite. But there are many items on the menu. I always go there for lunch. It never disappoints.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Great, classic midwest steak house that did everything as expected and met the high standards of high end steak houses I have been to in other major cities.

Tags: Hot Spot
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Always a great choice downtown. Had the crab Louie salad off the menu. Amazing chunks of crab. And the house rose is great.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Server was knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. Had the salmon, the brick oven chicken, the calamari (sautéed), sides, NC an heirloom salad. Everything was above par.
Would visit again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, People Watching, Disabled Access
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was attentive. Great wine selection
Loved it As did my niece and her husband

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Always a great place for breakfast. Excellent coffee rol

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Food wasn't bad, but nowhere near good enough for the price. Can easily get better for half the cost.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great side walk cafe. Food was great.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 28, 2017

The service &food were both amazing. Our waiter Steve made the experience even better. Great job.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I'm not one to trust a hotel restaurant to offer great food. Boy was I pleasantly surprised with excellent food and service! I will caution you, this isn't a place for a low-cost meal. You won't be disappointed, especially if you are a steak lover.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Great food. Great service. Room got very noisy when the other tables filled, but overall was a good Easter Brunch experience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Went for Easter brunch with the family but the vibe did not feel like Easter. The bread was hard, seemed like it was left over from the day before and the grill broke so we could not have certain items on the menu. Our waitress made it a good experience but I would never eat here again. Really disappointing.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on April 1, 2017

Good food, excellent steaks, quiet atmosphere. Easy to get reservations, charming old school supper club vibe.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Great dinner with impeccable service! We will definitely be back--

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fun, Live Sports, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 15, 2017

very over priced. salad was a plate of mush. food mediocre.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2017

Food was tasty and service was good but loud family at next table was disruptive and the cost of a simple steak and vegetable dinner without wine was outrageous. Good steak- but not a good value.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Good food and great service. A little pricy but nice ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 2, 2017

One of my favorite places in Chicago. I take friends from out of town. Terrific Sat. lunch spot on MI Ave.

I love it for quite personal dining.

I take Clients and employees for lunch or dinner

Tags: Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 17, 2017

Brigitte was an outstanding server

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Wonderful new years dinner. The salmon, mushrooms and creamed spinach were unbelievably delicious!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

OMG. With so many awesome restaurants in Chicago, please don't waste your money or time going here. I am always hesitant about restaurants associated with hotels but gave this a try and it did not live up to my expectations. We had reservations but arrived 25 minutes early because we were worried about traffic into the city. Even though only 5 tables were filled when we arrived, we were made to wait for 15 minutes before we were seated.
Limited choices, not willing to make substitutions telling me it would ruin the taste of the dish. Price fixe menu gives you a salad course, a meat with No Potatoes or Vegetables and a dessert. While the wine list was extensive, prices were outrageous. If you want a steak go to Chicago Cut or Smith and Wolenski

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great ambiance or a quiet dinner. Excellent food and wine list. Staff is very knowledgeable and accommodating.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2016

the staff was friendly. the tuna was old and tasteless and the steak salad was over dressed limp lettuce and too wet. the savingon blanc and chardonnay wine was room temperature. YUCK. it was a total disappointment.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Wonderful food and service. We always have a great time there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Outstanding Value, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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