The Alley is one of those places where you instantly feel "in your element." The bar is small, with an intimate feel to it. The bartenders are friendly and attentive and knowledgeable. Three flat screen TV's visible from the bar are tuned to sports programming. On week nights it starts getting crowded about 6:00pm with people just getting off work to casual drop-ins. The tables and booths are positioned into a relatively small room, but you never feel crowded. The food is excellent! The service is definitely professional with personable servers. In the past I've had items from their Daily Specials list, Prime Rib (Fri) and Fish & Chips (Thurs) and both were excellent. The restaurant is located in a strip mall along busy PCH, so I would avoid the outside dining area unless you enjoy engine noise and gasoline exhaust fumes with your meal.