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: 4082942244
  • 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 4082942244
  • 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 WinnerSteak
The Grill on the Alley - San Jose reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (46)romantic (32)notable wine list (30)fit for foodies (21)good for groups (21)vibrant bar scene (13)great for lunch (10)late-night find (6)neighborhood gem (6)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    service was awful food not much better. Drinks arrived an hour after ordered in a near empty restaurant. Souflee ordered way in advance got lost in the kitchen. Some of the food was overcooked. Manager did cut us a break on the check, but we were never credited with our Opentable points. I love the Grill in Beverly Hills, and the one in Chicago is OK, but stay away from San Jose. Just awful
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday dinner
    NMJohn
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Came to the area to celebrate my birthday and see our daughter in college. The service was wonderful, not intrusive but available. The sides were much more generous Than I expected, and we would have ordered one less for our table of four. Will definitely be back! A great value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needs Improvement
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Don't dine here often but it isn't always what you'd expect from a upscale, expensive restaurant. Most disappointing was the souffle we ordered ahead of time, it tasted like and had the consistency of scrambled eggs, couldn't even finish it. The creamed spinach was cold, steak was medium instead of medium well. The Moscow Mule tasted like lime juice, no taste of ginger beer whatsoever.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romance at 'The Grill on The Alley'
    paloaltomom1
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Romantic evening out on a Saturday night with my husband began at 'The Grill On The Alley'. We arrived at 6p.m. & they offered us the best table in the house. The restaurant offers outside dining & bar service as well. The dressy back dining room was quickly filled up with couples & groups of four celebrating other special occasions. They also had private rooms for business meetings & large parties. The food was fabulous although pricey. And, we had 2 waiters although one would have sufficed. Portions are large & service is a bit slow. So plan on spending the evening enjoying your meal & not rushing off to a comedy club like we did. BTW...Order their in-house, homemade Key Lime Pie with whipped Cream & Raspberry Sauce. You won't be sorry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous we loved the mac & cheese
    RaviU2
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My sister and I came to San Jose for our birthday weekend & we had the best dining experience at the Grill On The Alley. Thank you for the birthday surprise at the end of our amazing dinner! We had the best time and they made sure we were out before our show started.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fishy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Service was very slow and the Crab Cakes were fishy didn't seem fresh
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • beenthereVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Whenever I visit San Jose I always make sure to dine at Grill in the Alley. The service & food are consistently great! We look forward to our next visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced and under delivered
    Stevecmc87
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even though we alerted them to our need to get to a show (and the waiter even asked) service was slow. We had to rush eating, and we did not have an opportunity to get coffee or dessert, as we had to catch a curtain. In addition, our chicken dish was over cooked, while my scallops had some grit. The plates were not very well composed. And, they did not supply a serving utensil for our shared side dish. We went to this restaurant based on a friend's recommendation. Maybe we caught them on a bad day... It certainly did not look slammed to me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Christine
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very pricey steakhouse, but it was a nice experience. Probably would only go back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dinner
    SJDiner
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Went with a group of friends to celebrate a special occasion and was so pleased that the Grill exceeded all my expectations, especially with the service. We were having a grand time and our waiter was as patient, pleasant, and attentive as could be. I love that he always had a smile for us and did everything he could to serve us without disrupting our meal. All the food was spot on: excellent flavors, perfectly prepared and cooked to our preferences (cowboy ribeye, NY steak, crabcakes, salmon). Fruit cobbler and key lime pie were excellent and huge! Be ready to share. The prices are no joke, but the food, service, and ambiance are worth splurging for, especially if you want to make those special occasions a little extra special.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service Good Food
    byranVIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food was very good, the Service was great, the waiter was good, his assistant provided excellent service.
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  • never disappoints
    food4fun
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Always love eating here! Food is always outstanding along with the service. Love the bar area too!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food, Expensive
    JeremyVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Be aware that they charge triple retail on their wines, where most only charge around double. So you are going to pay over $100 for something at the store at around $35, so you are better off bringing you own and paying a corkage fee. Food, while expensive, was really good this time. The last time we were there I had bad fish, and have no clue how at $40+ a plate you can deliver fish that stinks so bad you can smell it 10 feet away. This time, filets only and no seafood, perfect. The Wedge Salad was really good, better than any wedge I've had. Creamed Spinach was bland and lacked flavor, no wonder it was "included for free" with a plate. The Mac and Cheese was the bomb!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still great.
    Terrbear
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Our last visit was a comedy of errors, but this time The Grill was up to its normal greatness. Our servers were excellent, and they, and the kitchen, accommodated our kids's varied and sometimes unusual requests - Loaded Mac n Cheese, hold the load; half sprite/half lemonade, etc. The food, as usual, was excellent, lobster moist and tender, steak perfectly rare, tuna ahi seared nicely (all sauces and toppings on the side, please, asked our daughter - and she's right...who would spoil the perfection of ahi?). The Grill is one of our favourite pre-CPA dining choices - not crowded (except for the bar), good food, usually great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not good for value!
    GeoffVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Have been to the bar and returned for a pre-theater dinner - looked online and wanted the happy hour deals. Were seated in the restaurant where the cheapest meal was a over $20 salad. Asked for the burger menu from the bar and ended up with a $22 kobe beef burger - very dry and not a lot of flavor - better burger at Carl's Jr! Told the waiter we had to be out the door by 7:00, giving us an hour to order and eat. Our food consisted of a wedge salad, my burger, a second burger, and a salad special. There were two other tables when we ordered. Food arrive at 6:42pm! We ate quickly, and then had to ASK FOR THE $112 CHECK AT 7:05p. Got it back to sign the CC at 7:12p. Needless to say we had to rush to the theater. Not happy!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Exceptional
    crzy8tsVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a large group (8) and we requested and receive a table in the Wine Room. It made the evening perfect. Food and service were exceptional; thanks again JT.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quiet in chaos
    whanafi
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Ended up at this restaurant as I was staying at the Fairmont. Was travelling on business, and did not know the San Jose Jazz Festival was on at the same time. Hotel was overwhelmed, with a 20-30 minute wait for car retrieval from the garage. All of which is to say it was busy. The staff did no seem able to cope. I was seated, then ignored for 15 minutes while I tried to flag a waiter. The manager finally noticed and brought me a menu. The food itself was good, though expensive.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very fine dining experience
    Jand
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    6 of us were seated in a private dining room. We were thrilled. Excellent dining experience with delicious dishes. Two served us and we always had attention We will return
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good meal & service
    Cali
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    My husband and I went there for a date night and the food was very good. Service was very good as well. Definitely will be back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Dining
    Will
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The service and food were very good. I had the New York and my wife the filet. They were both cooked to perfection. The entire meal was very good. Our waiter did an outstanding job and had a great personality. Enjoyed the entire evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive!
    Dissapointeddiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bring Your Own Bottle of Wine
    PriorRestauranteur
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The food was great. The wine list is very expansive, but VERY expensive. The restaurant does have a corkage fee of $25.00. I brought our own bottle of wine with us. The bottle I brought would have cost me over $300, closer to $400 on the wine list, if it was listed. Still a nice restaurant to go to for that special occasion or romantic evening. Just be prepared to spend alot if you want a bottle of wine.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Substandard
    Snakestar
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Why bother?
    Retts
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 695 reviews are from the The Grill on the Alley - San Jose reviews archive.
  • Birthday Celebration
    nini
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • So dissapointed
    DissapointedDiner
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diner6
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Nice restaurant and great service but I would not go back because the food was far below expectations.
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  • not a good night
    Terrbear
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Great Excuse to Go to the SJCC
    ScotchAndSteakSavantVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cheated on Celebratory Dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent menu
    Dineandwiine
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    All of our food was amazing --from appetizer, salad to entrees and then desert.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced
    Disappointed
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • John
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I love The Grill, great spot for any event. Would highly recommend it, great steaks and an extensive wine list too.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious at a price
    lovethepotpie
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Week
    DowntownDiner
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The special menu was great...our steaks, perfect...our dessert, decadent!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining done right
    CEBohn
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    When you combine creative, and impeccably executed food with top-level service, you are bound to have a fabulous dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfull birthday dinner.
    SCOrtiz
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Grill on the Alley worth the dough
    snewwithyouVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We shared a bone-in 16-oz steak, and it was tender and flavorful. The sides were likewise delicious, and the soufflé fantastic.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Irrationally expensive
    Nobillionaire
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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...
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  • Gals night out
    ibinca
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic