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The Back Alley Bowl and Grill

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Pub, American, Bar
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649 N Main St, Bishop, CA 93514-2425
+1 760-873-5777
11:30 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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Apple Valley, United States
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Ordered the prime rib and would give it a 9 out of 10. Service was moderate and the bowling alley atmosphere was poor.

Thank Brad T
Irvine, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Heard about this place for a while now but we finally tried this place for the first time. I wanted a ribeye steak while my wife wasn't that hungry so she wanted a side salad and baked potato. The waiter suggested we do the split plate for $3.50 that way she gets both. I ordered my steak medium which came... More 

Thank Elmore Todd H
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We were looking forward to a great swordfish dinner but swordfish wasn't in season so red snapper was our second choice. We split the dinner. The portions were large and we ordered an extra wedge salad. Baked potato and asparagus and a bottle of wine and we were good. All this for $47! We'll be back.

Thank Suzie m
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Situated right behind the La Quinta Inn hotel, the front desk recommended we eat there. A family diner, but a little noisy from adjacent bowling alley. Nevertheless we had a superbly cooked juicy steak dinner. Staff friendly, we met the owner and his wife who were very helpful with local knowledge and advice on nearby Yosemite National Park.

Thank Anita W
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I went there all the time while I lived in Bishop. It was one of the places the locals cherished for its atmosphere and good food.

Thank Robbin S
santa barbara, California
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Even after reading the rave reviews and being told by the desk staff at our hotel next door that this was the best food in town we were still a bit apprehensive. But the food, service, and fun factor were as good as described. You wouldn't expect that swordfish would be something you'd order in the Eastern Sierra, but it... More 

Thank wilbron
Corona, California
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199 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We drive through Bishop often and Schat's is normally where we dine but decided to try the Back Alley due to other Trip Advisor reviews. This seems to be popular with locals and we had a 10 minute wait for a table. Service was great and accurate. We are not food connoisseurs so their simple down home menu fit the... More 

Thank KarenK518
Severna Park, Maryland
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Just returned to our hotel next door and we are still talking about our fun dinner at Back Alley Bowl and Grill. Obviously a local favorite, the staff is fun and funny and didn't make us feel like touristas. I had the scampi and the wedge salad (wow, is that salad great?!!) and it made a lovely meal. My friend... More 

1 Thank ellenhud1
West Covina, California
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Great service, good food, and family fun for all with a bowling alley & restaurant connected. This is a locals favorite that boasts the best steaks and prime rib. Make sure you arrive early for prime rib dinner on Fridays-Sundays as they run out in less than half an hour of opening.

1 Thank Pat S
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32 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Who would think a restaurant in a bowling alley could be so delicious? We went there tonight and it was filled with local families and couples. After a short wait we were seated in a comfortable both . It's kind of kitschy with Halloween pumpkins and Pirates out front. But, it's clear once you're seated that it is a favorite... More 

1 Thank KathyNel

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Pub, American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?