3325 Grand Ave
Oakland, CA 94610-2738
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The Alley

Neighborhoods: Grand Lake
Cuisine: American, Barbecue, Pub Food

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  • 8/27/2017

    An American food lover from Hayward, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 2/21/2016

    An American food lover from Hayward, CA tried it.

  • 12/31/2014

    A dining patron from San Jose, CA tried it.

  • 11/09/2014

    An American food lover from San Jose, CA tried it.

  • 4/14/2014

    A dining patron from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 10/25/2013

    A dining patron from San Jose, CA tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

  • 9/29/2013

    A diner from Richmond, CA tried it.

  • 9/01/2013

    A dining patron from Hayward, CA tried it.

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burtkauf

 Oakland, CA
 

ONE-OFF RESTUARANT-PIANO BAR-EXPERIENCE

There’s nothing like this anywhere. God bless Rod
Dibble for hanging in all these years (50-count-em) as piano bar player. The Alley only survives because it’s still -technically – run by the family (niece of the significant ofther’, a ccording to nice lady bartender, tonight, who’s been there longer than anyone other than Rod). The food is very good and cheap (full steak dinners for $11), the ambience great and the music fantastic. If it weren’t for the original family ownership, or, sort of, the health inspectors would have condemned the place long ago. Yellow business cards, f;lyers and such cover the walls as they have been for decades. Nothing has changed since, maybe 1963, when Rod began his run, or thereabouts… and that’s what the customers like. When they tried to remodel some years back the regulars said ‘no’ and thats’ where we’re at… Nothing like it sure. But enjoy it now as who knows how longit can go on- hopefully a lot longer. Some would call this a dive bar. I call it one-off classic!

steak dinner

Where else can you get a complete steak dinner for $11? Not to mention the ambience – rod Dibble tinkling the ivoeries., nostalgia -covered walls, etc.

June 28, 2009
 

Old Fashioned Bar

The concept behind this bar is inventive: they offer an old fashioned way of singing karaoke with a piano and a decent selection of songs. The location isn't bad - although it's not the city, I'd rather come here for a drink than drive…
September 29, 2008
 

The Alley

This is a great little bar. I love the music and the service is great too. It's a good place to check out if you are in the area. They make a great martini.

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Tags
American Parking Barbecue
Tips
  • There's no smoking, of course, but the Alley still has a cigarette machine if you want to grab a pack of Camels and step outside.
  • Serious singers show on Thursday nights for karaoke without the machine. The piano player has been holding court for years and adheres to a list of favorites.
  • Dinner is served until 10pm and features sirloin steak for less than $10.
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