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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Chef has created a special 3-course Christmas Eve menu with decadent favorites! Starters include Dungeness Crab Tower, Muscovy Duck Prosciutto; Entrees such as Filet Mignon, Butter Poached Lobster ...+ Desserts. California Wine List, Local Craft Beers + HUGE selection of rare scotch+fine spirits.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

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Celebrate in Style @ Dry Creek Grill this year! Chef has put together an awesome festive Menu, lively restaurant decorated & sparkling, fun party favors, champagne toast @ midnight. CA wines, Local Craft Beers + Best whiskey selection in the South Bay! Hurry and Book soon - don't miss out!

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Dry Creek Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (88)
Good for a Date (84)
Good for Anniversaries (73)
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Good for Birthdays (71)
Bar Seating (70)
Neighborhood Gem (66)
Handcrafted Cocktails (49)
Romantic (49)
Fit for Foodies (45)
Vibrant Bar Scene (44)
Good for Groups (34)
Happy Hour (34)
Business Meals (34)
Creative Cuisine (33)
Casual (33)
Comfort Food (32)
Notable Wine List (32)
Hot Spot (30)
Cozy (29)
Fun (28)
Worth the Drive (27)
Local Ingredients (22)
Authentic (18)
Live Sports (15)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Healthy (10)
Seasonal (10)
Great Beer (8)
People Watching (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Organic (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tapas (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Excellent anniversary dinner in a quiet booth. Great service. Great atmosphere. Will be back soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service are top notch. The restaurant has a great vibe, but is a bit loud.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Always amazing here. One of our favourite places. Service incredible. Lovely buzz without being too much. Great bar, and amazing food.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food and service was very good. Plenty to choose from. Nice looking bar and the restaurant is nicely decorated. Had a reservation and was seated as soon as we arrived when others were waiting.
A little pricey and noisy, even in the dinning room.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Romantic, Business Meals, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The food was delicious and the drinks were very good.

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Terrific experience; great food, service, and ambiance.

Ashley did a great job serving us.

Ahi tostadas, brusell sprouts and sweet potato fries were killer good.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion, People Watching, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

First time here. AMAZING food and drinks. I️ had the pan roasted day boat scallops, and my boyfriend had the smoked chicken. Thank you! Will be returning soon.

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·Dined on November 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

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...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Excellent fooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our server was great. Food was okay. Would have liked it warmer and would have liked cranberry sauce. But all in all, it was a very pleasant experience .

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Our first time going out for Thanksgiving as a family. DCG did a marvelous job of accommodating our large group and taking great care of everyone. And it was yummy, as always!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Great Beer
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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 :)

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Wonderful food and great service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Great restaurant!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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 on November 17, 2017

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 on November 16, 2017

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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 (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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 (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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