With so many restaurant choices available in Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that LA diners are fickle, and are always on the prowl for the something new.
However, there are a few places that stand the test of time. The Grill on the Alley is one of these places. Celebrating its 30th year in Beverly Hills, this is one gem worth visiting. I used to take clients there when I was in the advertising business, so it was nice to see that this restaurant is still thriving.
Inside, I’m reminded of one of their more casual sister restaurants, The Daily Grill. But this place is a few notches above her sibling, offering a cozy, yet clubby atmosphere for industry types and locals.
Tucked down an alley, the entrance to the restaurant is a bit of a secret, but once you are inside, you will enjoy the welcoming arms of the staff and management, making you feel like a long-lost friend.
Our servers Toni Romano, and “Red Head Ed,” were both seasoned pros, with their attentiveness and menu suggestions. I am a sucker for seafood, so we started off with a medley of crab and prawns for appetizers. Delish! Each prawn was the size of a boomerang. Indeed, they were some of the largest prawns I have ever enjoyed.
Gazing at the menu, you’ll notice a number of meat dishes. My pal opted for the veal. One look at it and you will immediately order a doggy bag. It was huge! I went for their famous Dover sole, also large enough to suffice for a few meals.
"Why have I waited so long to visit?” I asked myself. The side of broccolini was outstanding, with a hint of smokiness that was aromatically memorable. The steamed spinach would make Popeye proud, again with portions large enough to either share or take home.
Here are some other new arrivals.
New Side Dishes for Sharing:
o Cauliflower Gratin – Roasted cauliflower with emmental cheese sauce, crispy bacon and crusty bread crumbs
o Chipotle Cheddar Cream Corn – Sweet cream corn with hints of chipotle chilies topped with a crunchy panko topping
o Braised Brussels Sprouts – Roasted Brussels sprouts with carrot, onion and bacon hash drizzled with balsamic vinegar and tossed with roasted pecans
o Wild Mushroom Risotto – A variety of wild mushrooms slowly cooked with arborio rice risotto until tender, finished with butter and fresh grated grana padano
o Lobster Mashed Potatoes – Yukon gold mashed potatoes tossed with Maine lobster claws and knuckles and drizzled with brown butter and chopped chives
• New Entrees:
o Steaks and Chops:
• 12 oz. Prime New York Steak
• 20 oz. Cowboy’s Rib-Eye Steak – Prime bone-in
o Preparation styles for steaks
• Boef Onions with Bordelaise
• Béarnaise Sauce
• Green Peppercorn Sauce
• Truffle Butter
• Bleu Cheese Herb Crust
• Oscar Style
• Pepper, Bacon, & Onions
• Australian Twin Lobster Tails
• Center Cut Blackened Ahi Tuna Steak
• New Salads:
o Spinach Salad – Fresh baby spinach tossed with sliced button mushrooms, red onions and egg tossed with a warm bacon vinaigrette
o Filet Steak Salad - Grilled filet mignon served over mixed field greens with roasted red bell peppers, asparagus, gorgonzola, herbed crostinis, and basil tossed in balsamic vinaigrette and topped with crispy onion strings
This place caters to the A-list industry crowd, and often at lunch, a few star sightings are common. Over the years people like Brian Grazer, Amy Adams and Anthony Hopkins have been known to frequent this restaurant. I can easily see why.
CEO and co-founder Bob Spivak recalls many notable personalities who have visited over the years. Luminaries like Ronald Reagan and Johnny Carson have all made the Grill on the Alley one of their favorite haunts.
And with so many new menu items, this place is definitely worth visiting.
Grill on the Alley
9560 Dayton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210