The Grill on the Alley - Chicago

4.4
834 reviews
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$30 and under
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Steak
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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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Daily: 6:30 am to 12:00am
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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
Catering and Delivery available. Contact SpecialEvents@grillconcepts.com to order.
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Cross street
Delaware & Michigan
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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.
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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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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Chef can't cook! The broccoli was too hard to cut and eat, and the Prime Rib tasted oppressively like grazing in "prime thyme"!!! I couldn't eat it. The salad was fresh and delightful and the baked potato was fine, as was the service. The Manager was sensitive to the food issues and very gracious....she deserves a good, basic chef to compliment the front of the house! Anyone who has ever made Print Rib knows that salt, pepper and a bit of garlic on a good piece of meat is all one needs to make me rave about my favorite food, Prime Rib!

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4.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Stopped here for lunch with a business associate, ate outdoors. Nice location albeit a bit busy with traffic. Attentive staff for the most part...nice wrap for lunch. I've been to The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills a bunch of times and had some great steak dinners there...which is their strong suit. May have to try this location to see if it's the same quality...but so many other choices in this area, my current favorite being Maple & Ash...

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

As always great atmosphere and service. Meets all expectations for classic sophisticated but relaxed city dining, with menu variety that can please most. My favorites include the chicken pot pie, and fish & chips.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Great atmosphere. The food was good (scallops, halibut) with the exception of the calamari which was chewy, bland, and did not like sauce. All in all, had a nice time.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

This is one of my favorite restaurants to go to when we are in Chicago they have a great atmosphere superior service and without the snootiness you can get sometimes get. PS the crab bisque is one of the best I’ve ever had

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

We had a wonderful experience at The Grill. It was a special occasion celebrating our anniversary. The service was stellar. The food was excellent. The wine selection was ample. I highly recommend dining here!

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

Went for a birthday lunch. A bit pricey for lunch but excellent service

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4.0Dined on May 29, 2018

The Grill on the Alley is one of my four most favored restaurants. The food is great, the service outstanding and the atmosphere can go from quiet to energetic, dependent on crowd size. Excellent for business meal or friends get together.
Recent times have found me going more often due to schedules at nearby offices and I am never disappointed by the meal or the staff.
Being right on the Mag Mile only adds to the appeal for those who want shopping and or tourist destinations.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

The Grill on the Alley once again delivered a lovely meal. We were getting together with friends after not seeing them for months.

The staff supported our desire for a leisurely meal. Very professional, unobtrusive service at the pace we wanted.

Well made cocktails.

The food was the comfort food we all were looking for - chicken pot pie as wonderful as always, brick chicken delicious and generous portion, burger, and skirt steak salad - delicious (not a large amount of skirt steak).

Not inexpensive.

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2.0Dined on May 25, 2018

After picking this for a special occasion, it was terribly disappointing. The waiter rolled his eyes when asking for recommendations & steered us to the most expensive things on the menu.
The crab cake was fishy; mashed potatoes like mud & the broccoli Parmesan was burned with barely cheese. The steaks were ok but very over priced.
The serving of wine was decent.
I did become ill from dinner upon return to our hotel. Very over priced, barely adequate food & crummy service. The place was unimpressive despite its build up. Location is all it has going for it unfortunately. Many better choice in Chicago.

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3.0Dined on May 25, 2018

The Caesar salad- always my favorite, was horrible. Not much lettuce and could have gotten it anywhere. Very disappointing.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2018

we love this place because the food is fabulous and the service is great. We love to go there for lunch and or dinner. We always have a great dining experience. It is a wonderful gem to have in the neighborhood.







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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Food and wine were delicious. Our server was the best - charming and accommodating. Would definitely recommend

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Bridgette was exceptionally attentive but not at all annoying. She gave us great advice on dinner selections. We were seated in a nook, and for our party of 8, it was great! We had a round table and were able to converse easily across table. The food was expensive but delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We were there on a Saturday so it was pretty quiet. Fantastic chicken pot pie-the main reason we went. Also, Ruben was great- Large portions, great service.

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Subdued yet impeccable menu and service. Delicious business dinner on a Saturday night. Walls are packed with hundreds of pieces of art, some of which are perfectly respectable, some that are cheeky and unexpected. Makes for fun wall-gazing. Had the lobster bisque, lobster mashed potatoes (full of lobster chunks) and a perfectly cooked 12 oz. filet. Didn’t flinch at the $100+ per person total because it was so good and servings were very generous. Joel provided excellent service.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Top quality food and service.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Lunch

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great as always

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5.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Wonderful food. Great cocktails and key lime pie outstanding

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Alex Pelletier visiting from Florida.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 25, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on December 22, 2017

Price was right and excellent service.

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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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!!

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2.0Dined 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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