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The Grill on the Alley - San Jose
The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.thegrill.com/sanjose
  • Phone: (408) 294-2244
  • Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-10:00pm
    Fri 11:30am-11:00pm
    Sat: 5:00pm-11:00pm
    5:00pm-9:00pm, Sun
    The bar remains open after the dining
    room closes and features a late-night bar menu.

    Happy Hour:
    in the bar
    4:00pm-7:00pm, Mon-Fri
    5:00pm-7:00pm, Sat-Sun
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Argentinean
  • Executive Chef: Andy Hatcher
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Take-out & catering available.
  • Private Party Facilities: Complete with two private dining rooms, The Grill on the Alley can host groups up to 36 guests in an intimate setting. Specializing in professional and intimate service, The Grill offers private dining every day of the year.
  • Private Party Contact: John Price (408) 294-2244
  • Entertainment: Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.
  • Special Events & Promotions: The Grill on the Alley Private Rooms are available for all your event needs from business meeting to rehearsal dinners.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
  • Public Transit: Light Rail, Bus
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: 2 hour validation before 6:00 PM Monday-Friday in city lots.
A word from The Grill on the Alley - San Jose
Inspired by the legendary grills of New York, Chicago and San Francisco, The Grill on the Alley features favorite American classics.Hardwood floors, white table clothes, leather booths and white-jacketed waiters create a truly unique dining experience. The knowledgeable, friendly staff will guide you through the 500-plus wine offerings and extensive menu featuring Kobe Beef, USDA Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood and American classics like Braised Short Ribs and Chicken Pot Pie.Continued
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Diner Reviews
  • "We went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Beautiful restaurant, and the server was very personable, however the food was expensive and disappointing. Tuna tartar appetizer seemed premade and ran out of wonton chips. My lamb chops were quite good, but my husband's filet mignon was very dry and a bit overdone. All vegetables are extra. We wanted mashed potatoes to accompany our meal. Menu choices were limited to lobster or spinach mashed potatoes, neither of which sounded great with our entrees but the server suggested the lobster potatoes so we decided to try it. Unfortunately, we only took a few bites as they were very salty and the lobster taste was overwhelming. We ended up spending $180 for our meal which didn't seem worth it."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "The restaurant was very pricey for the quality of the food I experienced. I had the Chilean Sea Bass as did three others at my table of 6 and all three were undercooked, in fact, 2 of the 3 of us suffered stomach issues as a result. In fairness, the other 3 had steak and were quit happy with the order with the exception of the price."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "A lot of hype for very little. Unless you are a big spender -lots of drinks and high priced items on the menu- you will get less than satisfactory service. Indifferent comes to mind. We wanted the Prix Fix menu and had to ask for it. It was obvious the waiter wasn't too please. Why then advertise it? There are so many people running back and forth, but it seems to be the height of inefficiency. We will definitely not go back. There are so many better restaurants with good service, good food and better prices. Why spend so much and come away regretting it? We even had to remind them that we were entitled to dessert!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening of delicious food and fine service. I would have liked a bit of olive oil and a little more goat cheese on my heirloom tomato salad. It was delicious but could have been better. The crusty bread, tapenade and oil and vinegar dip were outstanding. Our steaks were cooked perfectly. All in all it was a lovely evening."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I've been going to The Grill on the Alley for about 15 years. This last visit found me completely dissastified with the menu changes and the ambiance changes. The feeling is now that you are being nickle and dimed to death. The food wasn't as tasty anymore as there are a lot of changes to the menu (more in how they prepare the meal than food choices). It seems like the Grill is cheapening out. Very dissapointing"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Nice restaurant and great service but I would not go back because the food was far below expectations."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We love The Grill, but this time was a disaster. Our drinks did not arrive until after the appetizer,the kids drinks being even later. Clean-up was sporadic, taking our kid's crackers unfinished, & left dirty dishes. We mentioned our 7:30 tickets 2x, yet our 2nd drinks came after the meal was over. They forgot to run our credit card, leaving me to sign the "hotel version" - with no personal receipt, but worried of being late to our show, came home to a voicemail message. I talked to manager Marco, who was very responsive, friendly, understanding of our issues. Again, we have had many wonderful dinners here, and will definitely try again. But they HAVE to prioritize the restaurant drink orders, when you're paying their prices for dinner. "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Downtown San Jose is a hotbed of restaurants, which comes in handy any time there's a major show at the Convention Center. Given this abundance of choice, it says something that I always make a point of going to The Grill on the Alley -- a steakhouse that does its job superbly. Their glass wine program is tailored to finding your next new favorite, their kitchen is situated so you can watch your steak being broiled, and the staff totally want your company. Do the blue-cheese-crusted bone in filet and you won't regret it. Always phenomenal."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "My husband and I were celebrating our 10 year anniversary here and our waiter surprised us at the end of our meal with a dessert. Since we didn't order any dessert, nor did we ask for anything for our celebration, we unfortunately assumed that the dessert was free. Once we received the bill, I noticed that there was an $8 charge for that dessert. Next time, if you're going to offer a dessert then you should give it to your customers for free, or at the very least, make them aware of the cost and let them decide whether to have it or not. Disgraceful! Very tacky. I will not come here again."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "All of our food was amazing --from appetizer, salad to entrees and then desert. "
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I had the lobster salad for $30 and had one piece of lobster claw that was overcooked on it. Not enough dressing and way overpriced."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "I love The Grill, great spot for any event. Would highly recommend it, great steaks and an extensive wine list too."
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "The food is wonderful but the prices are not for the faint of heart. Even while sharing some of the entrees and appetizer the cost soon added up A wonderful place to have a special event celebrated (save up for the celebration!). Service is slow but courteous"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "The special menu was great...our steaks, perfect...our dessert, decadent!"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "When you combine creative, and impeccably executed food with top-level service, you are bound to have a fabulous dinner."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "We were in the wine room. Had a great time. They made a desert that was off menu, it was a big hit with all of my guests."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We shared a bone-in 16-oz steak, and it was tender and flavorful. The sides were likewise delicious, and the soufflé fantastic."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I thought I lived in an expensive dining town (I do). But this is San Jose, and this place is way overpriced. Must be the bubble economy, or they expect everybody is on an expense account. Main courses in the 40s, wines 3-4x retail. The waitstaff was friendly..."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "My niece, Monique Graziadei, who usually stays at the Fairmont when in town and another friend and I had a terrific dinner. Starting with the fresh oysters which were scrumptious, and my bone in Filet Mignon was perfectly cooked, and the Arctic Char was excellent too. Everyone enjoyed their dishes."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I have been to the Grill many times in the past but it had been a while so i thought i would take my siblings there who were visitng fromout of state based on my past experiences. The food tasted good as in the past but what was extremely disappointing was the menu had changed and some of the favorites like the Pot Pie are no longer on the menu. It is now strictly a high end priced menu so i have to assume that management is only catering to the high end clientel who will pay 40+ for an entree plus a side dish for extra dollars if ind this very disappointing. I will not be taking my business back to the Grill because paying 230+ dollars for a dinner for two people is rediculous in San Jose no matter how good it might taste...."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I always enjoy the dining experience at the Grill. The wait staff is attentive and cordial and do their best to answer any questions you have about the preparation of the food. The food is delicious and well-prepared. This is the second time I ordered the scallops and though they are beautifully cooked and wonderfully seasoned, both times I've gotten a little sand in them. The menu is pricey, but the quality of the food is very good and I suppose part of that expense is for the service and ambiance. Apparently they stopped validating parking for the garage right next door; after paying for an expensive dinner, it would be nice to not then be hit by another $10 as you leave the garage."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The Grill never disappoints. It is perfect for special occasions or just getting together with friends. The food and service are excellent and it's never too noisy so you can enjoy conversation."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "First visit ate n bar it was lively and fun. This time restaurant area not as fun would rather sit at bar"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite places to go when I want an exceptional meal. I have been here several times and the food and service has always been above average and great...If anyone asked me the best place to go to in SanJose and bay area.."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Service, food and convenience to the SJ Rep were outstanding. The service was especially personal as the manager remembered a funny incident during our last visit and treated us to a complimentary souffle. First class operation."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Love the grill! One of the best places to go out in SJC>"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "It was our first time to The Grill and everything about it was excellent. The restaurant itself had an old time feeling to it with the high ceilings and the way it was furnished. The steaks were perfect and the service was great. It's not cheap but it would certainly be perfect for that special mean for a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "the Grill is a pricey steakhouse with a dark conservative atmosphere. The quality of the food is very good, steaks are juicy, but it is overprized. The dark atmosphere did not appeal to me."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Service was the best part of the meal. Staff is most accommodating. Steak knives are dull and management needs to invest in a good sharpening tool or buy new steak knives."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "I was in town and wanted to great downtown restaurant and Open Table did not disappoint. The Grill on the Alley was the perfect choice. The steaks were excellent and we enjoyed eating outside and enjoying the view."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The Grill on the Alley is always fantastic...the service is excellent and the food outstanding."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "I have to say that their steak was prepared perfectly, and was delicious to the last bite. The scotch selection wasn't the largest I'd ever seen, but it was decent, and what they did have was great. Most importantly, I'd like to thank Jessie M. and Kyle D. Those two really made the experience one to remember. When everything is said and done, I would HIGHLY recommend The Grill on the Alley. I personally will be stopping by every time business brings me to San Jose."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "The Grill on the Alley is located inside a major hotel but acts as if it is a stand-alone site. Everything is excellent, especially the service. They just started a new menu that includes some old favorites but increased portion sizes. Be careful ordering side dishes. The portions are, for the most part, table sized."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I was a little disappointed this time. I won't say anything bad about this place because I come here once a week sometimes twice. Maybe they were just having an off day."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We enjoyed our dinner. My filet mignon was fabulous."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Pleasant atmosphere, but seated near a 12top and an 8top which this evening limited our conversation, as we both have a hearing loss. Our NY steak was hot and cooked perfectly, as always. Souffle dessert was light as air and a lovely end to a perfect meal. We visit The Grill whenever we are in town."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "we were there for girls night out. our group had both steak and sea food both were excellent. staff was attentive. a little high priced but we enjoyed the experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Friendly and attentive service without being overbearing. Highlights were perfectly medium rare butter-soft filet, roasted brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes with fresh spinach folded in (wow!) and perfectly chilled and beautifully presented shrimp cocktail (actually a LARGE prawn cocktail). All this topped off by a delicious warm brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel and hot fudge. Everything was delicious."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "I reallty liike the feel of The Grill as it reminds me of a New York or Chicago steak house. However, I think their service is a little slow and the food is just above average and does not match-up to the price point. With that, it is a good business lunch place as it is quiet and comfortable."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We always enjoy eating at The Grill, and the bar food is perfectly prepared, as well."
    Dined on 2/25/2014