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

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

  • 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.
  • Entertainment: Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSteak
The Grill on the Alley - San Jose reviews from OpenTable diners
72 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (41)notable wine list (28)romantic (27)good for groups (23)fit for foodies (19)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (8)late-night find (7)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Always Impressive
    JohnnyO
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great location...The filet is magnificent...A bit overpriced, but worth the experience...
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit disappointing
    Greg
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Thought I would enjoy a good dinner alone while traveling to San Jose area. Service was slow. Wine served 20 minutes after order and a very short pour. bread came after salad. Steak was very good, but not worth the prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb Fine Dining! The Grill
    OhSusanna
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    I've dined here numerous times for lunch and dinner.. Love this place to pieces! Chris the manager never fails to make your experience enjoyable :) The wine list is the best one in town, and the food is always as delicious as it looks... Yes, this is what Fine Dining is all about!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Favorite Spot in Downtown San Jose
    RachelCoutureVIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Love this place, the service, food and of course the music they play in here is wonderful. The meat quality is EXCELLENT! Dry aged beef for 28 days! The seafood is sent fresh daily! This place is where it's at! Why did it take so long to discover? Been here three times in the new year and it's only the 20th!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • superb steaks
    davec95818
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    and a great chicken picatta marked our meal here. Oustanding retaurant in the Fairmont Hotel.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NEVER GO ON NEW YEARS EVE..IT
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    NEVER GO ON NEW YEARS EVE..IT WAS THE WORST SERVICE EVER.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Can't get enough
    Lucy
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Ricky and I love this upscale eatery. The ambiance greets you with elegant, comfort from the front door. The background music is flash to the sophisticated years of supper clubs! Each waiter has an assistant so we are never left unattended for long. The steaks are enormous and delicious. At some restaurants the large baked potatoes to accompany a steak have an odd flavor, the Grill never fails. Try the Mac n' Cheese or the Tuna Tartare! Huge desserts, all the portions are 'super-sized' so enjoy! Can hardly wait for an excuse to return!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Menu
    DonnaVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I love the Daily Grill in Palm Desert and realized this is the same company and really the same menu. The pot pie is fabulous, the bread is standard sour dough, but ample and so good. This is my favorite Cobb salad in the world. Pricy, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going The Wrong Direction
    mikelikes2eat
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Have been eating here infrequently over the past 15 years and I can honestly say that my last meal there may just well be the last time I eat at The Grill. The food is just not as good as it used to be. We had to have steak taken back for not being cooked to our requirements and I heard similar things happening at nearby tables. I guess I should have known something was amiss when I was able to get a reservation at the last minute on a Saturday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christmas Dinner at the Grill
    diningwfriends
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    I took my parents and aunt, all about ninety years of age, for the second year in a row to the Grill on the Alley to celebrate Christmas. The service and the food were excellent, and it was a big treat for them to have such a fine dinner. They would never have gone their on their own, as it is much too expensive for them. I do think the prices are high, but the food is very good, so for a special occasion I would highly recommend it. It was very nice to be able to leave my car by the front door of the Fairmont while we had dinner, because it is difficult for my parents and aunt to walk very far.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappoints
    Linda
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    The Grill is always a good experience. This is the first I've dined on Christmas Day... The set menu would usually bother me;however, the choices were great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the night at The Grill
    Allsmilz
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    The front greeted us immediately and accommodated our plus one with a welcoming "no problem". This Christmas Eve dinner was a wonderful outing and stress free.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • There is better
    OptblerVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    I really wanted to like the Grill because I wanted a place closer to home where I can go for a great steak instead of going to Palo Alto or Cueprtino for a great steak. My search continues. For $46, I expected my 16 oz bone in ribeye to be melt in your mouth juicy. Except, my piece was gristley and over salt/peppered. Is there such a thing....yes. I want to taste my meat not mouth full of salt and pepper. It was just not the experience I expected. Unfortunately, if the cut of the meat is wrong then there is nothing one can do to fix it. Sadly, I will not be going back to the Grill. Flemings and Alexanders are still my top choice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    LewisVIP
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    My family and I treated ourselves to Christmas Eve dinner at The Grill. The steak is THE best around. And this comes from some serious steak lovers. Their wine list is also fabulous. Any occasion is a great occasion for dining at The Grill!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We came back for the crab
    crabcake1
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    We came back for the crab cakes (the best!). Typically, the service is excellent, but our waiter this time was very slow, and the place did not look busy. It took a while to be attended to, then we had to ask twice for bread, finally speaking to the manager . . . it then arrived piping hot within two minutes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Occasion
    1SavvyGirl
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    Expensive but worth it for that special occasion. Waiter asked if our visit was a special occasion, yes it was my husbands birthday. He had the Kansas City NY prime rib and I had the sea bass, both where excellent. Everything ordered was delicious, would go back for that special date. When we received the bill, the dessert was on the house, a very nice surprise. To top everything else, service was superb!!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the Cobb dinner salad
    JLA1
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    My wife and I and two young adult children went there on a Friday evening. This was not our first time here. My wife and I decided on the dinner size Cobb salads whereas our two adult kids each had steak. The steaks were just fine (4.5 stars); the dinner salads were poor - 1.5 stars; mostly a pile of lettuce with very little flavor and nearly no chicken. For $20+ for a plate of tasteless lettuce, my wife and I were not at all pleased with our choice. When we go back, we certainly would stick with a steak, or not go there at all.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    Cindy
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    We love the grill. On this night we had reservations for four, but ran into a few more friends.. so we called about 40 minutes before on a Friday night to change it to ten. They were very accommodating and made the change by moving around some tables. Food was amazing as usual and service as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My Favorite San Jose Restaurant
    bimmergeek
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    My wife and I came to The Grill for a holiday dinner together. The bone-in ribeye was fantastic. Tender, juicy and very flavorful. My wife was very happy with the seared Arctic char. The service is attentive without being annoying. My only complaint was being charged $8.50 for a bottle of Pelligrino sparkling water. I understand it's an expensive restaurant but that's pretty ridiculous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dry fillet, high cost
    dvayderVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Went to the Grill on the Alley to celebrate our engagement. Woo Hoo! The atmosphere was lively and fun. The service was excellent. But the fillet steak we ordered (and not cheap) was not good at all. It was the driest and most tasteless fillet I've ever had. We were very disappointed. Everything else we had was delicious.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced and overcooked
    DiningDocsVIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Unfortunately the Grill on the Alley gets away with extremely high prices, poor service, and not up to standard food. Wine markups are absurd compared to other restaurants in the Bay Area. Service was terribly amateurish--server leaned over us and extended his arms numerous times across table in odd and distracting ways. He knew little to nothing about wine or service. Arctic char cost more than $30 and was totally overcooked. I recommend happy hour here and little else. They should align their prices, quality and service with good restaurants in the area (Nemea is one) or they will suffer local business significantly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food is consistently very
    melsj
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    The food is consistently very good, but the service can often be on the slow side.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impeccable food and service
    Fourmalts
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    They have a large, diverse menu. The wait staff was super attentive and helpful. The food was out of this world! The best Yukon mashed potatoe and Mac & cheese you will ever have!!! Expensive, but well worth it for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    Didn't quite like being seated next to the kitchen, but everything else was okay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • we have gone to the grill
    Francophile
    Dined on 11/28/2013
    we have gone to the grill for Thanksgiving for 3 years since my Mom died…everything has always been perfect. My father hadn't gone to a restaurant with out my mom in 50 years…. it is stressful for him…he is completely at ease and talkative at the the grill.. the best for my dad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly excellent steaks, sides, bar
    larryy
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    My wife and I both had the petite filet mignon, dry, and agreed it was some of the best steak we've had. Truly great. Her Cosmopolitan made with Hendricks gin and my Sidecar were perfect. The mac & cheese with bacon and mushrooms was terrific. (I was worried the mushrooms might not work, but the texture was just right, so they actually added to the dish.) The baked potato came with butter, sour cream, and real crumbled bacon, and was very good. We shared a simple house salad with blue cheese dressing, which was fine. (My wife liked it exactly as it was; I felt it could have used a bit more blue cheese.) The service was great. I don't know if the preceding does the place justice, given that this is my new favorite restaurant! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic steaks
    Barry
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    This restaurant has long been our favorite special occasion location. It never fails to deliver impeccable service and amazing food. The steaks here are incredible and always done to perfection. Pretty much every table is a booth so you have plenty of privacy for a business conversation or a romantic evening. The kids menu has plenty of selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went during lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2013
    Place was pretty empty, which is the only reason why I did not rate it higher. Have been to many Grills in other cities. This is is very consistent and a good option for a higher end (i.e. expensive) meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service don't like the price
    ladiesout
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    The service at the Alley is fabulous. I took my daughter in law for her birthday and the staff was ready and waiting with special additions and Happy Birthday! That means they really read my comments when booking through open table. The quality of the food is awesome and the portions were pretty large. I would prefer smaller portions and included options for less price. All in all this is a great special occasion place!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This place was amazing!
    Sheri
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We stayed one night at the Fairmont in San Jose because we were going to a show at the SAP Center. We made a reservation at the Grill on the Alley and were we impressed. My husband, 15 year old daughter and I all completely enjoyed our dinner. It is a little on the higher price range. We didn't have much time before the show, but would have loved to stay longer and enjoy the ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Average…Service, Service, Service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Food was good, drinks generous but service was average. Service could use some work, waitress was not as available as she could have been.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good Date Night destination
    Binty
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Good, classic American fare. Meat & potatoes, creamed spinach, chicken pot pie, etc. Their meals are a touch expensive, but all cost aside their steaks really CAN be put up against any steakhouse in the South Bay... and hey, quality steak dinners aren't cheap. That's just life. The pricing that did really bug me was in their wine selection. Restaurants like this need to figure out how to offer more affordable wines by the glass that aren't available at Trader Joe's. I ordered a glass of the Nickel & Nickel zinfandel for $19 because, damnitall, I wanted a zinfandel. My husband doesn't drink so bottles are out., which left me with only this choice. Wasn't worth the $19, sadly. Still, we love Grill and we'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service – pricey!
    WillotheGlen
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    The Grill on the Alley lived up to its reputation as a high-end Silicon valley eatery on a recent visit. It has a very "movers-and-shakers" kind of old-money gentleman's club ambiance, and the prices to match. Service was attentive, but sometimes a bit slow in coming. The quality of the food just misses five stars due to a dry, overcooked – but potentially quite tasty, baked bacon and Brussels sprouts appetizer (which, to their credit, they deleted from the bill after we commented on it), but our entrees were very good (though the sauce on my bacon-wrapped filet mignon was overly sweet, stealing attention from a perfectly-cooked filet). One shocker – the price of two cocktails would have bought a bottle of the premium Scotch we ordered!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deliciousness
    Carter
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    My date had the Scallops. I had the New York Pepper Steak. I win. She ended up eating half of my dish. Perfectly cooked medium rare. Deliciousness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not it's usual great
    Scudman
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    Visited during restaurant week and the selected menu was excellent. The appetizers were both enjoyable and filet and sea bass were prepared perfectly. The desserts get a C only because the pistachio brûlée was surprisingly salty and not enjoyable at all. Service was rated only ok as I had to remind our waiter to bring me my ordered glass of wine and ask for more water. Overall, it's still a great place for a nice group or intimate dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    JohnE
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    I ordered the 16 oz Prime New York Steak and could not finish all of it. It was cooked to perfection and topped with the added requested mushrooms which were delicious. Cream of spinach was also delicious as a side. My wife ordered the Cobb Salad. It too was very good. We enjoyed the service and I noticed, we didn't have to wait for the waiter to give us our bill. He was very busy but the Busboy had his back. The Busboy removed our dishes boxed the leftovers and asked if there was any thing else we would like including the desert menu. We were stuffed and he returned in a few minutes with the bill. The waiter did a flyby just to make sure everything was OK with his arms loaded with someone else's meal. It was a very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steakhouse
    DowntownSJ
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    My bone-in rib eye was absolutely fantastic. My wife's Romano encrusted filet was not that great. We both agreed that the Romano cheese detracted from the overall flavor of the beef. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was excellent. The
    FoodieRob
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    The food was excellent. The steak was flavorful and extremely tender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the best in the South Bay
    MistyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    The Grill is one of the best high end dining places in the South Bay. The food, service, and beauty of the restaurant are all outstanding making this the perfect place for a special, elegant celebration. The standout food items were the lobster bisque, souffles, and prime rib (huge!). The cocktails are also fabulous if you want to come just for drinks and apps in the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Place in Downtown San Jose
    sanjosePat
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The Grill on the Alley never disappoints. We dined there Saturday night with friends from Portland and could not have been happier with our choice. Sean, the waiter, was attentive, but not smothering. He was able to accommodate our "double glass" approach to the wines we brought for dinner...wanting to drink both simultaneously for comparison sake. The dinner special he recommended was terrific: Filet Mignon Oscar with a choice of crab or lobster. The beef, as usual, was cooked to perfection, and the whole dish was delish! One of the things that I love is that they never overcook the veggies...always fresh and crisp-tender. Their entire staff is professional and welcoming...always a treat!
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    • Noise LevelModerate