About Dry Creek Grill

We are committed to buying sustainable fish, meats, cheese and produce, as well as purchasing local and organic whenever possible.
We use the freshest, highest quality products we can get our hands on - its our intention to showcase the immense bounty of this wonderful area that we live in. Northern California is chalkful of farms, vineyards, oceans, ranches that are like nowhere else! We've chosen to support local farmers -- as well as local craft brewers and feature wines from California exclusively. We have such a rich wealth of natural resources here in California, we want to celebrate that. We hope that you share our vision and come visit soon. Dine with us and you'll be dining with other like minded folks in your community.
Cheers!
- Holly & John
Owners, Dry Creek Grill

1580 Hamilton Ave
San Jose, CA 95125
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steak, Barbecue, Californian

Hours of Operation:


Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm

Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-12:00am

Cross Street:
Meridian Ave.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 264-2011

Website:
http://www.drycreekgrill.com/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Dry Creek Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (92)
Good for a Date (88)
Good for Birthdays (73)
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Good for Anniversaries (72)
Neighborhood Gem (69)
Bar Seating (68)
Handcrafted Cocktails (52)
Romantic (49)
Fit for Foodies (47)
Vibrant Bar Scene (46)
Casual (38)
Good for Groups (38)
Happy Hour (37)
Hot Spot (34)
Notable Wine List (34)
Comfort Food (34)
Fun (32)
Business Meals (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Cozy (29)
Worth the Drive (29)
Local Ingredients (21)
Authentic (17)
Live Sports (13)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Late-night Find (12)
Tasting Menu (12)
Healthy (12)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Seasonal (8)
People Watching (8)
Kid-friendly (6)
Quick Bite (6)
Great Beer (5)
Disabled Access (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Organic (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tapas (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 days ago

Wonderful food and great service.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

We came here based on a recommendation for a group get together of 8 people. None of us had been here before. This is a great place for groups, with large square tables that accommodated our group very well. Despite the hard floors and celling, the noise level was reasonable and we did not need to shout over one another. Overall the bar service was good and they had a great wine and beer list. A few folks had cocktails (including a Sazerac that was made perfectly she said). Some of us opted for a cab (Trefethen). As far as food, we had some fresh crab stacks (special of the day) and a cheese plate (all local artesian cheeses). This place is known for their streaks and BBQ. I had a brisket and my wife had a steak. The brisket was ok, nothing great, but it wasn't bad. My wife raved about the steak. Overall, everyone was very happy with their meals. (one note, the dinner salads were quite large - you could probably split one or skip it if not super hungry). While we were deciding on dessert, they brought out a few complementary desserts for the people celebrating birthdays. The cheesecake was quite good. Overall, we would definitely plan to come back - especially for a group dinner.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

nice and comfortable surroundings. Food is good and the service was also good.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Great restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Filet was phenomenal, service impeccable and they brought a wonderful slice of cheesecake for my boyfriends birthday. Definitely will return

Tags: Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

I love this place and come often. Best cocktails around! I always get the Day Boat Scallops, but I tried the Pappardelle with Mushroom Ragu and was very impressed. Yum.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Dry Creek is always reliable for a nice meal. We like the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Great service, exceptional atmosphere, above average execution on food!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2017

We love this place and it is one of our go to places in the south bay for a great meal. We had all excellent drinks (try the firecracker!), apps (chicken wings), and food on this experience. We also were well taken care of by our server. We'll be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Kids brought me for my birthday dinner; can't think of a bette place in Silicon Valley. Amazing steaks and friendly service. Love this place!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Great place. Excellent steaks. I really liked the service and the attention to detail.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Live Sports, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great diverse menu. Budget (bbq) to high end (bone-in ribeye). Will come again, frequently!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Notable Wine List, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Incredible food and staff. Noise level is loud, but it did not bother my date and I. I’ll definitely visit again.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Had the scallops, was very tasty, but the sauce a little too heavy and rich for me. Couldn’t finish it. Ambience is darker lighting, sleek sultry. Noise level is a bit of a problem. Hard to hear colleague talk. We sat in booth. Service was great, loved our waiter, he was personable and attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

This is my first choice when I want an adult special occasion dinner. The cocktails are great. This particular evening I went for a birthday dinner with two close friends. The service was attentive and the food was top notch. I ordered the Maple Glazed Porkchop, and it was exceptional - as always.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Great place for birthday or special celebrations. We had a fabulous time!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Always a good choice for a fun night out! I LOVE the cocktail menu!

Tags: Bar Seating, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Fabulous food and wonderful service. Loved every minute being yhere

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Organic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First of all, I love the Firecracker cocktail with Rye instead of Vodka. Now that I said it, the food here is always very good and the service is top notch. I keep going back to the bar bites, choosing the homemade potato chips and Burnt Ends! The salads are fresh and the meats are usually cooked to my preference. Occasionally the meat is overcooked (seemingly when they are very busy), but they are always accommodating. I've never made it to desert, so I can't comment. You never know how big the restaurant is from looking from the outside.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Great food and service. Complimentary wine and cheesecake since it was our anniversary.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Consistantly great service - great attention from all the staff and the restaurant managers. If something is wrong with the meal, they will fix it immediately. Great specials - the new salads on the menus are wonderful, and beautifyly plated. All around, a really great restaurant.

Tags: Late-night Find, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great service. Good menu selections. A bit noisy for conversation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

I've been to Dry Creek Grill numerous times since they've opened; though a bit pricey, I've always had wonderful meals.

For no specific reason, I hadn't been there for around a year. Took two of my kids (both have accompanied me in the past numerous times) for dinner Wednesday night. My review:

Charcuterie plate - prociutto was old, chewy...definitely been in the referigerator way too long.
Salami tasted "off" . Server came by (after seeing me spit out a bit I was chewing), asked how it was, I told her I thought the meats were very old, definitely did not taste as they should.

Caesar Salad - dressing was practically tasteless. This surprised me, as I've always enjoyed it.

Mushroom burger - This is my "go to"; again, practically tasteless. I asked for extra roasted red pepper aioli - when it came with the dish, it looked as if they'd scraped it from the container, much of it looked as if it had been exposed to refrig without proper covering. Horrible taste, definitely not as I remembered.

Even the bread had changed - I recall there was always a variety, but no longer

New chef? Cutting corners? I won't be back.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I have eaten there many times and always find the food and service very good. Our waiter
was particularly attentive and the meals were very good, as usual. They always look very
tempting when they are served.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Good spot. Solid menu with good variety - fish, high-end steaks, extensive burger options, meatloaf.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Excellent food. Superb service. Great atmosphere. Good value.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Casual, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Live Sports, Romantic, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our new favorite restaurant! Had a hard time choosing from so many great options. The ahi appetizer was very good (pic included). Great scallops & steak. And our server was exceptional. Love the decor & ambiance, was perfect to celebrate our anniversary.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This was our first time at this restaurant. We had a wonderful time. Both the service and Food were great. We will definitely return.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was our second time at Dry Creek and I was disappointed. I was so excited to return as dinner there the first time was so delicious. My pork chop had a burnt taste and the chutney surrounding it was too sweet for my taste as a pairing. Our server was nice but she seldom checked in and was terribly slow in getting it all going and wrapping it up. We were seated by the bar and it was understandably loud but just too much for a quiet evening. There must have been an unusually great amount of salt as we were both up in the middle of the night drinking several extra glasses of water.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful service great food great management
Our favorite restaurant Always great

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

I was very happy with our meal but surprised by the price of the cocktails.
Also, the take out meal I ordered leaked through the bag it was in and covered the front of my dress in oil. The cleaner isn’t sure he can remove it all. Probably should get leak resistant take out bags (waxed inside?).
I will, however, come back again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

A rock solid restaurant to get a dependable dinner and cocktails. The bar is the center of things with two sides to sit on. Great locals meeting place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Great meal and excellent service. The salmon was fantastic!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Excellent customer service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The food was wonderful!! The service was fantastic!! Our server was attentive and very accommodating.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The night was easy going and perfect. All the staff we encountered were awesome. The wait staff was understanding that our group was catching up so they gave us enough time to chat without us feeling like we were ignored. Fun night and would definitely go back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Besides the amazing food and ambiance, we had one of the most amazing servers. His name was Kevin. I highly recommend when you go to request him. One of the top 2 servers we have ever had.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

We like this restaurant very much, food, drink, etc. The only complaint it gets very noisy.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great food, great service, way too noisy! Have to think twice about going back.

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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Food was good and service was good. Drinks were always full. Fast service. Will go back

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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