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.
- Holly & John
Owners, Dry Creek Grill
San Jose, CA 95125
Steak, Barbecue, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-10:00pm
Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pm-12:00am
$30 and under
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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
I love good steak. The best steak I've ever had was at Chops in Atlanta GA. That's a 10 in my book. I give Dry Creek an 8 for their Porterhouse. The flavor was good, but exterior char was minimal (which I like, even for a medium rare steak). This place beats out the other steak place I've been able to get to since moving to San Jose (LB Steak - they got a 6 in my book, I will not go back). I would go back to Dry Creek. We were there for our 13th marriage anniversary and they comp'd two glasses of sparkling wine (or champagne, not sure of the brand). Very nice.
Why do people often rave about this restaurant? Beats me! I ordered the Farm House salad. All the ingredients were there but the dressing was not tasty at all. My entree was the beef brisk with cornbread, baked beans and coleslaw. I was served 2 thin slices of brisket about 7 inches in length. One piece was 50% fat which was inedible. The beans were nothing special, Bush's baked beans are far better. The coleslaw was not made with mayo but with a dressing so it can be stored for a long period of time. You would not believe the cornbread. It was a small pie-shaped slice about one inch across at its largest edge. The cornbread was not cooked thoroughly so it was very doughy.
My wife had the blacken grilled chicken with collard greens and a square of polenta. The chicken was cooked several hours before and placed on the grill to heat it up. It was dry and overcooked. The greens had not been cooked enough: they were tough and tasteless. The polenta had no taste at all. Experienced cooks know how to season their dishes properly. These cooks haven't a clue.
The only redeeming part of our dining experience was the service. Our server was pleasant, attentive and professional. Unfortunately, this did not make up for the quality of the food. Fortunately, I was given a gift card which I used to pay for this outing. Otherwise, I would be extremely upset. My advice is to find another place to spend your money.
The crab tower starter was salty and paired with dry crostini, a poor mix of texture and taste. My attentive server suggested bread which complimented the flavor, although still too salty. I then ordered and tried the fried calamari salad which was significantly over fried. Although the calamari was poorly prepared, the other elements in the salad were tasty and the dressing was good. The service was excellent and I appreciated the attention of Kristen and the other service people.
We frequent Dry Creek quite often. We had five adults this visit. We had a nice server named Kevin, who was great and we hadn't had before. We enjoyed deviled eggs, burnt ends, blue gem salad, mixed BBQ plate, burger, meatloaf, fudge cake and cookie. The food was delicious as were the drinks and wine.
Took my family here for my Mom’s birthday. Awesome wine list and great food here for sure. It can get a little noisy at times. However, it really is a great neighborhood gem. And our service was perfect Brandon our server was attentive and he truly showed that he cared to make our experience at the restaurant a good one. And he was very helpful on knowledge of the dishes on the menu. Overall the experience was phenomenal which will bring me back as a customer once more.
Nice ambiance but the food was not great. The presentation was good but the flavors were not. Seems they tried too hard to do unique things with the flavors but missed the mark for my palate. Had the Texas Beef Brisket, it was too fatty. The coleslaw was an off flavor that was not good. 3 others at the table agreed. The baked bean were off tasting as well. Other dishes at the table were not cared for.
Food is excellent: Meatloaf the best since Mom's special "home cooking"... Fish is amazing, and scallops delightful. Oh, and the pork chops: OMG exquisite! The most important factor was the service: Mamicha is at the top of the list for giving more than expected and making a perfect dining experience.
Many thanks for always exceeding expectations...
Service was outstanding. Our Server was very attendent to our needs, checking in on a regular basis (not overly) as to our satisfaction or needs. We were there for a Birthday celebration and there was NO pressure to order and eat. And, they provided a "free" desert for our celebration.
Would usually rate Dry Creek Grill high and still recommend to friends... I've always enjoyed the food and dinner here with my family. However, this time I decided to splurge on the special Dry Aged New York Steak. It was marginal at best, not worth the $49. I expected and have had much better Dry Aged New York Steaks. I'll go back, but won't go with the Dry Aged Steak here.
Never disappointed when we dine at Dry Creek. We took friends there for a birthday dinner and had a great evening. The service was impeccable (thanks, Kevin!) and the food was fantastic. I especially appreciate how easy it was to add this, or leave this out, etc. They have great bartenders who not only know how to make craft cocktails, but they also do a fantastic job with the classics: old fashioned, dirty martini, etc. The "burnt ends" appetizer is plenty to share, as are many of the other appetizers and sides and the scallops were prepared to perfection. They also remembered that we were celebrating two birthdays and they brought us two desserts with a candle. Again, they seem to go the extra mile. We've been to Dry Creek before, but our friends hadn't and they can't wait to go back and bring their friends, too!
Review for Thanksgiving Dinner only!
Made a reservation here for Thanksgiving as we wanted to try their regular menu. There was NO information on their website about a prix fixe menu for Thanksgiving! So immediately we were disappointed. Their "Turkey Dinner" was an embarrassment, you could've had the same meal at Harry's Hof Brau, and it would've tasted better at Harry's, and cheaper. Also, their prix fixe menu items were also available ala carte, but their prix fixe price of $64 was fuzzy math, because some three-course picks would not have added to $64. Lastly, service from the hostess to our server was not up to par. Our server was great during the intro but was difficult to get bread, beverage refills, and waited ages for dessert, just for him to say they ran out of two of the choices. We said we'd just skip it. They credited us $30 ($10 per). Overall, I'd never come back or recommend coming here for Thanksgiving but, I'll give them another shot for their regular menu!
LOUSIEST THANKSGIVING DINNER I HAVE HAD TO PAY FOR!!!!! WARNING; WARNING!!!!! DON’T EVER GO HERE FOR THANKSGIVING. I made reservations to Dry Creek because I wanted to eat from their normal menu. Instead, I was given a fixed price menu with limited choices. Open table website failed to warn me about this fact. So I ordered the traditional thanksgiving fare. The turkey was dry, flavorless, and cut too thick. The stuffing was insipid. Worst of all, it was a rip off. $64. You can have this meal for $20 at Tommy’s Joynt. Lesson learned. A ruined thanksgiving. Open Table failed me.
I so wanted to love this place. It's got a great ambiance and our waiter was fabulous. Even the bus boy was awesome. Sadly, the food wasn't. When we read the menu, it all sounded delightful, but when the food came, it didn't live up to the expectations set by the menu. Maybe it's that it was Thanksgiving and a one-off menu, but of two three-course meals the only thing that really met expectations was the pumpkin cheesecake dessert that one of us had.
The food was awesome. The wait staff was attentive and helpful. The open area can get noisy so having a booth really helped our conversation. Definitely a place I would bring people to for good food and a nice treat. And I'll say again all the staff were great :)
We've been to Dry Creek before but this visit didn't go as well. We waited about 20 min. before our server took our order - we had an appetizer which was a good thing because it was an hour from the time we placed our order till we got our actual food. Our server checked on us sporadically - I think being seated in the galley area by the kitchen had something to do with it too - we weren't visible to him. We ordered the soft baked cookie w/ ice cream for dessert - when the cookie arrived it was rock hard. Not quite sure what part was suppose to be soft baked.
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.
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.
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.
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