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“A local place with a big following” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Alley at Aiea Bowl

The Alley at Aiea Bowl
Ranked #1 of 159 Restaurants in Aiea
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
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94 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“A local place with a big following”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

A 30 minute drive from Waikiki (as long as hour and a half at rush hour) brings you to City of Aiea and the Aiea Bowl. Located inside of the Aiea Bowl is the Alley Restaurant. The restaurant spills out into the bowling alley itself. Folks from all over come to feast on the old school cuisine and the scrumptious desserts. We had the Alley fried chicken and the shoyu pork. Two more dishes completed our order and we ate family style. The dishes were as good as anywhere in Honolulu. The portions were such that we did not have room for dessert but we were sure to bring back some of the wide selection of devilish desserts.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Horrible service”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Food is okay, but the horrible service is really what stands out about this place. Even if the food was somehow amazing, I wouldn't recommend putting yourself through the irritation. And they take forever to put out orders... Which sucks when you get fries that are cold...

Overall... Don't waste your time unless your a hungry bowler

  • Visited June 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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96 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Disappointing Experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2014 via mobile

So maybe my expectations were too high, influenced by Guy Fieri's visit on Food Channel's Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives. I was looking forward to consuming an awesome generous serving of their famed Oxtail Soup. Maybe their kitchen had an emergent shortage of cooks, which may happen at times.

Whatever the reason was for the last remaining order of their famed dish to be served well after the first serving on the table was already eaten, it didn't quite sit well with me. The chef on the filmed segment stated that they typically serve 150 servings daily. There was no shortage of help waiting for the soup to come out from the kitchen.

I am hoping that when we visited that morning, it was an unusual rather than a normal occurrence. If your establishment cannot serve five orders of the same dish to a table at the same time, you don't deserve an "excellent" rating.

The saving grace was that the soup was flavorful as advertised, however a little short on the veggies for my taste. They serve it with a few baby bok choy and could be supplemented by some won bok too. Their Tasty Chicken, garlic chicken with soyu sauce, is also generously served and not overcooked like many places. Their pastery chefs do wonders, producing favorites such as Pumpkin Crumb Cake and Lemon Cake.

I'd like to visit again and hope that they have a better process implemented to ensure more timely service, because the food is really great and the atmosphere is, well ... it's a bowling alley.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Elnakaz1
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Liberal, Kansas
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Okay place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2014

They have a few specialties that are really good: Oxtail soup, hamburgers, and especially their tempting desserts. They are located in the Aiea Bowling alley, so it's pretty loud most of the time. The service is okay, but they are usually so busy, the staff kind of take it for granted. There is a large seating area outside of the restaurant, that is in the bowling area, which is great for the bowlers, but not so much for the diners. Their menu is kind of limited. The parking sometimes gets to be problematic unless you are also there to bowl.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank bjskau
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great food and service at a bowling alley.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a tough one. We had dinner at The Alley Restaurant, on what they call a Tasty Tuesday. They serve a fixed menu for $42 per person. We had a mahi appetizer, followed by a veggie salad, pasta dish, and bacon wrapped filet mignon. Dessert was a walnut apple strudel. All the food tasted good, but could have been hotter. Everything seemed just warm. Service was fantastic and people very friendly. It is pretty noisy since you're in a bowling alley, and the parking lot was crowded.

Not your typical place for a romantic dinner, and kind of pricey for casual dinning, but the food was good. They also have a bakery with some awesome looking desserts.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank oahusquid x
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