The Grill on the Alley - Westlake Village

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After over 35 years in the restaurant business, you learn what simply does not cut it. We’ve crafted an experience born from perfecting the classic service of the great American steakhouse. When it comes to food, we are fearless. We explore new flavors and aren’t afraid to leave a few grill marks in the goal of serving the perfect meal. In our contemporary steakhouse, you’ll enjoy exceptional cuts cooked over a live oak fire, robust sides and impeccable wines and spirits in a chic ambiance with modern dĂ©cor. We do not settle. At The Grill, you’ll recognize it from the first bite. The philosophy is simple. We work with only the best ingredients. As for those who believe that “a steak is just a steak?” we will prove otherwise...
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LM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious. I had the John Dory. Yum 😋 it was my birthday celebration 🎉 drinks were very good as well. Soup of the day was potato leek, so delicious.Atmosphere was quaint not stuffy 5 stars 🌟

G
Los Angeles
320 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. The best bread. Had an excellent cobb salad and hamburger with french fries.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice dinner with the family for our son’s birthday. We love Grill on the alley and always have nice service.

FD
London
208 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server, Leia, was the best I have ever had there! After years of visiting, I can say that this visit was exceptional. My tea/water were refilled quickly; she offered options from the kitchen —I love the onion rings but the order is too large for 1 person—she got me a half order. No one else has ever checked with the kitchen & offered that option. My lobster salad was very good. Bread was too toasted & she agreed that it was variable! She was friendly, checking on all customers with a good attitude & smile, while being efficient. Try to not lose her!

RW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Once again, Megan was an outstanding part of our meal with great service and a friendly attitude.

T
Los Angeles
46 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Grill on the Alley- Westlake- is always absolutely wonderful. This time it was exceedingly good because of the courtesy and support of the restaurant manager. As it turned out, the steak my husband ordered - a bone-in fillet- was not as expected. The manager came over and took care of us.
We have always loved this place and will continue our romance with it.
Thanks so much

EN
New England
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Solid back to mix things up from Mastros, which is our go to steakhouse in the area. Was ironic considering we got the burgers and shake shack is nextdoor, obviously different quality etc, they make a great old fashioned as well.

MK
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great kids menu, delicious food, wonderful ambiance, and excellent service

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alway welcoming, Megan is a wonderful server. We always try to get her table, she is so knowledgeable about wine and food.

WC
Los Angeles
507 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

New ownership has changed the experience a bit. Chop House Burger is a tad smaller roll and patty, but its good. The salad is still really good, fresh lettuce. Service was just ok today. In past, servers would always ask when they served the salad if we wanted fresh ground pepper, today we had to track down the server to ask. Also had to track her down for silverware. Front desk hostess was aloof. May have to try other restaurants for a good burger as this one is expensive, and with size and service dwindling - Grill may no longer be our favorite lunch spot.

OT
Los Angeles
42 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

It is unfortunate, but this restaurant just can't seem to get it's act together. While it has no problem charging top dollar for virtually everything it serves, the service and frequently, the quality of what comes out of the kitchen, rarely match up to what one pays.
This last visit, we attended midweek, when half the restaurant was not filled, but apparently, a large party was in one of the private rooms. this threw the entire staff, including greeters, into a tizzy, servicing that group, at the expense of virtually everyone else in the restaurant.
We waited an hour, after speaking with the manager, for two items, both pre-cooked, (meatloaf and shortribs), that they couldn't find the time to put together despite the fact we had nothing coming prior to that.
We have experienced issues like this before, on a variety of occasions and we have decided that we are finished with this establishment. Maybe in the past, before many quality alternatives existed, but now, especially; when asked to spend the prices that this restaurant asks of its customers, they can get it from someone else.

m
Des Moines
24 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Only reason I would not recommend is that the food was overpriced (could have gone to Mastros for the same money) and NONE of it arrived hot. Wasn’t cold .....simply warm

l
Los Angeles
99 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the most excellent b-day ever😀This was our first time at This Grilll! We usually go to the one in BH. The atmosphere is so nice .we started off in the bar. Since we were early ,
we took advantage of the Happy Hour!! Great drink and appetizer prices!! Sushi was to die for! Then we went to the dining room for dinner. Mike was our server! He was so great! We never had to ask for anything! We both got the special of the evening which was two beef medallion over mash potatoes and topped with fried onions and asparagus. My husband substrates fries and no prob at all. The dinner was excellent. We will definitely be back soon. I hope they have the special again and Mike is working👏😃Thanks for the great b-day dinner❀

b
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The Grill is a quiet, reserved, excellent classic style restaurant with good food, great service, and comfortable setting. A welcome return to a quiet, comfortable scene. Not overly expensive, yet certainly not cheap.

m
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was good but the steak was not served piping hot. The server took about 10 minutes to acknowledge us at the beginning and she was not very attentive on her own initiative through the meal. It was a nice meal and we enjoyed sitting out on the patio with the live music but it was not great.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our very favorites. Consistently excellent. My wife swears by the Lobster Bisque. But everything is done right. Service is friendly without being overbearing. You can't go wrong.

a
Los Angeles
32 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were dining with another couple (life-long friends who were in town house-hunting from the Bay Area) for our second time at The Grill. Before I tell you what we ordered and how much we liked it, I want to mention the best part of our wonderful dinner was our server, Mike, a professional who knows his craft. He took care of us like we were his only table and it was a busy Saturday night. Mike is smart, friendly, funny, quick-witted and great to talk with. He said he was recently engaged so someone else thinks Mike is pretty great too.
We had a lobster salad, crab cakes, New York strip, lobster tail, baked potato, Brussel sprouts and one a fish entree. The lobster salad was fantasticly fresh with big pieces of lobster. The crab cakes are a special creation and as good as any other restaurants in the Valley or Malibu. Yes, that good. The steak and lobster were split for my wife and I. The steak was perfectly cooked to our liking and the lobster was BIG and exquisitely prepared. My mouth is watering now thinking about how delicious it was. The vegetables were very tasty as well.
I highly recommend dining at The Grill and strongly suggest you ask for Mike as your server. Thanks for the great evening!

KL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful lunch. Excellent service. Our server's graciousness added to a lovely dining experience.

F
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding service and food. Always feel at home at The Grill. Our server, Meagan, was great. Thank You!!!

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was really good. It’s definitely an upscale meal, as is reflected in the pricing and the service. All the servers are very nice and treat you well. Husband had steak and I had salmon, both were very good. Highly recommend the calamari appetizer. Tasted really fresh! They even gave us a small slice of cake for my husbands birthday. Very nice evening.

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place w excellent food. Enjoyed it very much.

JM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great to n every way!!

L
Los Angeles
70 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We like to come here form lunch, it' quiet, the service is top notch and the prices are a little less than dinner menu. The chicken pot pie is quite a dish, very large and very good. The braised short ribs had a very nice presentation and is a full meal with mashed potatoes and some veggies but I was a little disappointed in the taste of the ribs. Next time I will order something else. They have a full bar and out door patio seating is available as is a private room for small gatherings. I like the salt crystals added to the butter when they serve the bread.

RS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and ambiance were terrific. The three of us enjoyed it.

LB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We don’t know how we missed this place. What a pleasant surprise from drinks to dessert. We’ll be back.

LE
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a nice restaurant with great service. There were four of us. Two of us thought the food was very good. One of us ordered the lamb chops medium rare. Of the 3 chops, 2 were medium and 1 was well done. It was sent back. The replacement came about 20 minutes later and was very rare. One of us ordered the brownie dessert. It was burned. It was sent back and replaced. The replacement was wonderful. Through all this the server was excellent. So overall the food is good but there are some misses. The menu is very limited. The service is the best.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Loved the outdoor section! We shared appetizers for the table and they were all great. Recommend the tuna poke, spinach artichoke dip, and sliders.

MS
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful dining experience. Holiday weekend, so the restaurant was pretty empty. Our server was charming and very efficient. Wonderful cocktails, and salad, followed by delicious fish entres. I was concerned about calories, and asked how "heavy" the sauce for the fish was. The server offered to bring it on the side. This was the perfect solution for me. All in all, it was a lovely evening.

R
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In an era of noisy restaurants with over-rated menues, The Grill reminds me of a great New York City restaurant with great ambiance, excellent service, and delicious food. My husband and I love going there as often as we can and bringing friends.

TW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last date night before baby!

EO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food in the most delightful environment. Beautiful porch outdoor dining is especially inviting. Service and food spectacular.

m
Seattle
130 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was pleasant however we were charged for baked potato toppings when we didn’t directly ask for or need them in a tricky way- then charged to sub our side without being told - side of this and side of that and it adds up and feels cheap and like we were cheated when it might have been fine if your are just upfront and warn your customers so they can make that call. The 2 baked potatoes we had tasted old like they were from the previous day and the food was cold. We had hoped this place had turned around but it’s the same. It’s also empty at prime time dinner time which doesn’t bode well for what was once a great restaurant- we left highly disappointed as this also reaffirms our loyalty to Mastros - they just know how to be consistent and offer great service with detail unlike the Grill on the Alley.

CD
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

One of the prettiest of the Grill restaurants. The acoustics were excellent, at a perfect level for conversation. However, the COBB salad seemed to have less chicken, tomatoes, and cheese, used shredded lettuce, and the dressing wasn’t as tasty as the Grills in Studio City, Beverly Hills, or Burbank. I will stick with the extraordinary French Onion Soup and Burgers.
Then after we finished lunch, we realized that our otherwise attentive server forgot the birthday dessert that when we had requested when we mad our reservation on Open Table. But, for sure, we will all be back, as there still seems to be a shortage of fine dining in the Westlake Village/TO area.

WC
Los Angeles
507 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Although the restaurant was very slow during our late lunch (3pm), our server remained attentive throughout. A nice sized starter salad with oil and vinegar was my chosen healthy option, although the oysters here are usually my favorite starter. ts the best lunchtime Chophouse Burger around. Always prepared to order, not overly salted and quality beef is flavorful. We did the BYOB and paid for corkage, our server is among those that actually do take time to stop by and pour for us. Kudo's on that. So many times restaurants charge corkage but neglect that..so we acknowledge when a server takes care of us.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Service was not good. Slow and inattentive.

B
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Been there before so decided to give it another try. Nope place was empty except the bar area. The food was just ok.... Better places to eat. Sorry been there many times......still can't recommend it.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always enjoy our evening at The Grill :)

CK
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was AMAZING. I wish i could remember his name, but he was fantastic. Made our Father's Day brunch very special. Thank you for training your staff to be so enjoyable.

RW
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food, great experience. Always consistent.

p
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made reservations for a business lunch, requesting a quiet table. All was GREAT - could not have been better. The table location, the service, the food. Really appreciate the fact that it is quiet , so that business can be conducted.