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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.
Chicago, IL 60611
Steak, Seafood, American
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 6:30 am to 1:00 am
Delaware & Michigan
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering and Delivery available. Contact SpecialEvents@grillconcepts.com to order.
Parking Garage in Westin hotel 24 hours.
Chicago Red Line
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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