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The Back Alley Bowl and Grill

€€ - €€€Steakhouse, Seafood,
649 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514-2425
+1 760-873-5777
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“prime rib” (45 reviews)
“lobster” (22 reviews)
“flat iron steak” (11 reviews)
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Steakhouse, Seafood, Pub, American, Bar
€€ - €€€
649 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514-2425
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: The Back Alley Bowl and Grill
1. Voted 2017 Best Dinner!
"we were blown away by Back Alley."
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2. Delicious Seafood Options!
"Very generous portions and the staff is fantastic"
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3. Prime Rib Thursday-Saturday
"Food was excellent, staff was great and fun"
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1 - 10 of 423 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We actually dined here twice on our visit to Bishop because it's location was just behind the hotel that we stayed in, the Bishop Creekside Inn. Had steak the first night which was great flavor but a little on the chewy side. Second night that...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jstclair99
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Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

We asked a local where the best place in town would be to eat and we were told the Bowling Alley (The Back Alley Bowl and Grill) on our last visit to Bishop. The food was wonderful and on our latest trip we went back...More

Date of visit: July 2018
2  Thank Grace A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A hidden gem of Bishop. We dine here each visit to Bishop. The dirty martinis are outstanding. The prime rib on weekends is delicious. It’s becoming a hot spot. On our last visit, a busload of Russian tourists came in to dine. They’ve just expanded...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank traveliter
Reviewed 30 October 2018 via mobile

Read reviews on this before we came, dont know who thinks it is pricey or expecting 5 star quality! We loved it! Does exactly what it says! Good “back alley” burger, fun night out with locals! Spent a few hours here, staff were lovely and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank laurabJ1894RT
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We had to wait 10 minutes on a week night to get in. Kind of cramped dining area, but the food was above average.

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank TravelLightOften
Reviewed 29 October 2018

When the staff at our hotel recommended the bowling alley we envisioned the standard "brown food" one might get at a diner. No way! The Back Alley offers great steaks, chops, fish, etc with fresh sides. It is a casual atmosphere but the food is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Nick A
Reviewed 29 October 2018

This has always been a favorite fun place for me with a local reputation of great food. After my last visit of a few days ago, I have changed my mind. Waitstaff is wonderful, quick and efficient. However like many restaurants today, budget cuts seem...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank TravelnLinda
Reviewed 22 October 2018

We asked the front desk folks at Creekside Inn where to eat and all three told us "The Back Alley!" That was a great recommendation. Two things to keep in mind; one while offering a good amount of seating, this is a busy place, every...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LoomisSteve
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Restaurant is in a bowling alley so it might get noisy. No bowling when we there thankfully. Place was busy, service was good. Prime rib was average. Fried chicken was good. Okay prices. Would try again.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank stardok
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

We’d read that this was a favourite of the locals, also that service may be suspect. Well whilst we had to wait 15 minutes for a table, enjoying a good local IPA in the bar, the table became available exactly as promised. The food (an...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank robcZ835BL
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Questions & Answers
Libby J
19 August 2018|
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Response from sgdh | Reviewed this property |
Definitely no I am afraid.
21 October 2017|
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Response from Stacey M | Reviewed this property |
No they don’t. The restaurant is in a dinning room separate from the bowling alley. You may also order from the restaurant and eat in the bowling alley.
4 September 2017|
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Response from Tom F | Property representative |
The specials change daily.We do have Prime Rib every Thursday- Saturday.and all you can eat Spaghetti every Wednesday.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$35
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 649 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514-2425
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Bishop
  • Phone Number: +1 760-873-5777
  • E-mail
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