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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
11:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon 16:00 - 22:00
Tue - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Reno, Nevada
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I dined at The Back Alley at the advice of the nearby hotel staff, and was not disappointed. Don't let the looks from the entry dissuade you. It does look like a bowling alley because it is, and the restraint is not fancy, but the menu is extensive and upscale. Lots of steaks, seafood, and even lobster! I had the... More 

Thank Dudenacho
santa barbara, California
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 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
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San Diego, California
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Back Alley Restaurant in the Bishop CA bowling alley serves great food where you would least expect it, in a bowling alley. The prime rib served Thursday-Sunday is excellent as is the seafood dishes. Casual atmosphere in a bowling alley. I'll return next time I'm in Bishop.

Thank rick c c
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had our doubts that the better restaurant recommendation was in a bowling alley. But it was very good!!

Thank caroline p
Bear Valley Springs, California
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100 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We decided to stop and have lunch on our way back from Tahoe recently. I had a burger and fries, and it was good. My daughter had the shrimp and fries, and it was also great. My wife had the blt, and it was really good. I also had a pitcher of coors light! I've eaten here numerous times in... More 

Thank cold1za
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What hasn't been said about this place? The food is perfect and inexpensive and the service & staff is what you would expect from a small town, polite and discrete. Definitely worth a night here for dinner & even a few games of bowling if you are in town. Take the plunge, you won't regret your choice for dinner tonight.

Thank Adam L
Bishop, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yes you can actually get good lobster at a bowling alley! Service needs improvement but the food was very good. Quite impressive for an actual bowling alley.

Thank Sharon M
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was rated #2 in Bishop. The hamburgers were overcooked and the french fries were in really, really old grease. I guess the beer was okay. Go to Carl's Junior. Better food and better service.

Thank MEL12111
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You know it's good when the locals eat there... went on Wednesday night at 5:30pm when the bowling was closed to league play until later that evening. However the league players were all locals, mixture of mature folk from the town. My 2 year old son was high fiving them when they got a stoke and picked the rafal ticket... More 

Thank Alex P
Los Angeles, California
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49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

I hadn't been here in years and what a surprise. Don't be fooled about it being a bowling alley. The food here is good and the bar is always lively. The staff if very friendly. Don't be afraid to try the lobster.

Thank DKS44

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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$8 - US$25
Pub, American, Bar
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, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids
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

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