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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 - 21:30
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
santa barbara, California
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57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Sacramento, California
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102 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped by to pick up some dinner after a long day of driving. They had quite a diverse menu and offered everything from prime rib to burgers. Not much in the way of ambiance, but heck it is a bowling alley. The service was reasonable and our food was served hot and tasted just fine. No complaints!

Thank johnwP9095WU
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had the Ono, a tad dry, but tasty. Overall, dinner and service was above average. Very surprised to find good eats at a bowling alley.

Thank Leonard S
Inyokern, CA
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80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The "go to place" for Prime Rib dinner in Bishop. Take home box was enough meat for three more meals if you use the portion control measure of "deck of cards" size. Husband had a chicken salad which was "nothing special". Entertained by nearby group of fishermen talking about everything including cooking for their wives! Fun waitress summed it up... More 

Thank alicerbob
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm sorry, we wanted to love it. We wanted to eat like the locals, etc....but the food was so so bad. I ordered fish & my husband ordered steak. I could not even eat mine, and I am not a crazy picky person. However the service was great-super busy & happening place so that made it better, and the drinks... More 

Thank stormiecmt
Riverside, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

We went before the busy dinner hour. We opted to do the split plate with each of us getting our own salad/soup. Plenty of food for two, and the food was tasty! Can see why the locals love it. It's a bit loud but we expected this as it's in a bowling alley. We'll be back!

Thank Vamanos06
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

I know what you are saying, good food at a bowling alley, are you kidding me? But it is true, this place has really great food. I have eaten here several time and was never disapointed. The steak I had one evening ranked up there with some high end steak houses in Southern California! Staff is very friendly and there... More 

Thank Theodore M
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Average food and average service, I didn't get to finish my entree before my main was shoved under my nose. The bowling alley itself was really popular, we didn't get to have a game which was a pity. We could see it was very popular with locals and had been recommended to us by a local and it was a... More 

Thank Sharon D
Apple Valley, United States
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 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

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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
USD 8 - USD 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, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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?