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The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

4.1
4.1
1724 Reviews
$50 and over
Steak
Inspired by the legendary grills of New York, Chicago and San Francisco, The Grill on the Alley. Located in San Jose, CA. Our main entrance is off Market St, as well as our other entrance through our lobby of Signia by Hilton in downtown San Jose.

The Grill on the Alley features favorite American classics. Hardwood floors, white table clothes, leather booths and our professional service team. We offer unique charm & warm hospitality with a fine dining atmosphere. The knowledgeable, friendly staff will guide you through the 500-plus wine offerings, craft cocktails and extensive menu featuring Creekstone farms, USDA Prime Steaks, and Prime Seafood.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steak, Seafood, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (408) 294-2244
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    Take-out & catering available.
  • Private party facilities
    The Grill on the Alley's locations have private dining areas accommodating intimate family celebrations and high profile executive meetings with a full-service bar, perfect for rehearsal dinners and cocktail receptions. Visit us at www.TheGrill.com to view the virtual tour and private event menus.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Manager: (818) 251-7021
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Cross street
    b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
  • Parking details
    First 90 minutes free in "SJ PARKS" garages - closest located at the corner of San Carlos, between 2nd and 3rd.
  • Public transit
    Light Rail, Bus
  • Entertainment
    Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,724 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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1,724 Reviews
  1. RichardB

    Greater Boston

    49 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Strip steak was gristly, the sides were small and were lukewarm. Would not return

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and good Ambiance. Somewhat pricey but I guess you get what you paid for.

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  3. KathyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service were excellent. I haven't been here in years so the updated atmosphere was a bit of a surprise.

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  4. Randizzle64

    Detroit

    131 reviews

    5.0

    131 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Being in a hotel, it is overly expensive as all hotel restaurants are, but this is not an ordinary hotel restaurant. It has great ambience, service, and food. If I ever get back to San Jose, I would go back. 

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  5. Lynnette

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The oysters were fishy and all our courses came out practically at the same time! I had to eat my soup quickly so my steak wouldn’t get cold. They also brought out the wrong side twice. The cocktails were good but very expensive!

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  6. JennaR

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    old-style fancy design, lovely. service is very attentive. Steaks were very good, not the best we've had.

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  7. JacobM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was my husband and I 1st time there for are anniversary the table were not ADA compable for someone who weights 300 lbs this was sad serivce was poorly.

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  8. Larry

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Ordered Halibut which was dry and overcooked at $45-50. No excuse for that. Server took care of that and we received the same dish which was better but no distinction of taste. Service good!

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  9. Jazzy

    Central Coast

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our time and our meal together. . It was a great Christmas gathering.

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  10. Hitman45

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Grill impressed us with the menu items, prepartion of each persons plate, quality of the food and the atttentive and knowledgeable service provided by Hector, the table captiain.

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  11. Jacki

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    So disappointed with Lobster. I sent it back. Very tough...maybe overdone. I sent it back and ordered halibut which only arrived when most of my party was finished eating. the halibut was ok but way too salty.

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  12. BarbaraR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Perhaps it was just a busy night however, our three sides came in five minutes after our steak. In addition, while the two guest with me received an excellent fillet, mignon cooked to temperature my dry rub ribeye was underwhelming it wasn’t prime. In addition, it was tough and prime should never be tough, at this point, you can get a better steak at Mastro’s or Dio  Deca.

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  13. lunch

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    we enjoyed the meal and we went at 5:15 before the dinner crowd

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  14. MiguelO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Ridiculously high prices. Sides at the cost of entrees came after entree was nearly finished.

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  15. KhadijaW

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another beautiful experience at The Grill On The Alley. Delicious food, nice atmosphere and friendly attentive wait staff.

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  16. PhuongK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Foods are good, location is perfect for the holidays. Staffs are friendly and helpful excepted one waiter is very cold and forgetful. We asked for soda water and warm water, he brought only soda water and never came back to our table. His face is so cold and unfriendly. The waitress girl is so lovely!

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  17. CourtneyK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner with awesome staff. Will definitely be coming back again soon.

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  18. MarenL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal! Stellar Service, Beautiful Food, Extraordinary Old School Elegance + Ambiance! Perfect Place for a Celebratory Experience!

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  19. TauniB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    We have had our company holiday lunch at The Grill in years past, but this year was very disappointing. The restaurant was completely deserted except for two other tables. There were only two servers. The food was mediocre at best. There were very limited condiments (tartar sauce, pickles) and they do not even serve bread and butter at lunchtime. The Grill is over-priced, the food/drink portions are small and leave a lot to be desired. We will not be going back. The one good thing about our experience was the server. Steve was very pleasant and entertaining. He deserves a huge shout out (and a raise)!

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  20. SJSteph

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Grill on the Alley. Entrees always as expected; filet mignon and various side dishes. This experience was not as great as in past. Food & beverages were great! They were short staffed, only had one server whom did his job well, for a large part of the dining room. Food runners brought out our steaks, but it was another 10 minutes before we could alert our server that they did not bring out our side dishes (creamed spinach, roasted Brussels & truffle mashed potatoes) and sauce enhancements. Desserts were perfect (apple cobbler tart & chocolate lava cake). Overall good, but having to wait for the other 1/2 of our dinner was not a good experience.

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  21. FLIX

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Very disappointed in my dining experience, 5 ladies celebrating holidays and birthday. The service was terrible, we waited for everything, even the water, and it became comical.

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  22. CJofSJ

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's a great place to have a nice dinner before walking through Christmas in the park. The steaks are amazing and the sides are even better. The Mashed Potatoes, OMG if I could, I would have licked the serving dish clean. AWESOME TIME!!

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  23. ShannonH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The Grill seems to have gone down in quality and up in price since my last visit a few years ago. $74.00 for a Ribeye, which was just "okay". The amazing lobster bisque is gone. The fantastic garlic bread is gone. The yummy shoestring fries are gone. Service was slow, orders were delivered to the wrong person at our table. This used to be my favourite restaurant in San Jose but I won't likely be going back.

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  24. Finickydiner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    It's definitely not what it used to be. Too bad. New menu, food subpar and pricey. Place was busy for one sitting around 6-6:30, tables were never occupied again. I think it's on its way out.

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  25. KhadijaW

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s busy in downtown San Jose right now. Holiday season brings out EVERYONE! The food was great but the service so so.

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  26. FabDessert

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal as usual! Service was very attentive and listened when a special request was made. Really interesting that we ate there 2 weeks before with only 3-4 other tables having guests. This time, with Christmas in the Park and the Nutcracker in full swing, it was much louder and full. Not a bad thing, just so striking and surprising! In fact, it was kind of nice to feel the bustle of the holidays.

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  27. RRankin

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food mediocre at best. Lobster was much over cooked. Waitress did not know Surf and Turf comes with a side, therefore, we ordered fries with the meal.

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  28. NotEasilyPleased

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The halibut was excellent. If you love halibut as much as me this is your place. My wife had the seafood dish. Two huge prawns on homemade pasta. I finished it this morning and it was fantastic. The Justin Cab was very nice. Service was good.

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  29. JosieA

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was great and arrived at our table in no time and the bread was supper yummy.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Ambiance was nice. Steak was too chewy. Food wasn’t that great. Wine was good. Overpriced for food quality.

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  31. NobodySpecial

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    At $24, 2 small scallops on cauliflower "puree" seemed a bit much for an appetizer. Octopus appetizer, Lamb chop dinner were OK. Lobster macaroni and cheese was decent. The braised Wagyu short ribs were very good - at these prices, this the only thing that would bring me back.

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  32. Eastmeetswest

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience was, as usual, very nice. Food was very good, service was what you want….attentive but not smothering. That’s why we keep going back! But I have to say $42 for a NINE oz glass of wine is quite steep!!! And the other choices weren’t much better. It would probably be cheaper to bring our own bottle and pay corkage fee! Lesson learned.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow! The food was great! After the pandemic, the food suck after it re-opened. Now, it has been a major turn around! Every item we order was on point and delicious. The service was fabulous too.

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  34. ChristelJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We will visit again. Great experience! Very nice place to enjoy a good meal

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Alabama

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambiance was quaint, the staff over the top excellent and the food delicious. A perfect Thanksgiving adventure!

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  36. M2018

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service by our server. Great dry aged rib eye, brussel sprouts & bread. Tuna tartar was fishy and should have returned it. Wagyu short rib was dry maybe overcooked. Asparagus was average. Had to ask for steak knife instead of auto provided. Complained about tuna tartar to the helper & told us he will see what he can do but did nothing. Should have told our server instead. The restaurant needs to be spruced up but dining area & restroom were clean.

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  37. MelanieP

    West Virginia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Steak was overdone and we overheard another waiter say they always overcook. That warning would have been nice. Salad greens and veggies were so so, not really fresh.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. I was very disappointed with the food. Steak did not taste very well. I haven’t been there in a while so I was looking forward to a good piece of steak. Very disappointed. 

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Used to be a great steak house. Steak was great. Sides ok. Lemon drop not the best in San Jose anymore. New lighting a tables is very harsh.

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  40. Aaron

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great. It was my friends 50th anniversary and they brought her out a surprise cake. The steak salad was amazing. The mushroom soup was awesome we loved it.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Grill on the Alley - San Jose also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 294-2244.

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose is rated 4.1 stars by 1724 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

172 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113

Additional information

  • Cross street
    b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
  • Neighborhood
    San Jose
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 2:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Steak, Seafood, American
  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    First 90 minutes free in "SJ PARKS" garages - closest located at the corner of San Carlos, between 2nd and 3rd.
  • Public transit
    Light Rail, Bus
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (408) 294-2244
  • Catering
    Take-out & catering available.
  • Private party facilities
    The Grill on the Alley's locations have private dining areas accommodating intimate family celebrations and high profile executive meetings with a full-service bar, perfect for rehearsal dinners and cocktail receptions. Visit us at www.TheGrill.com to view the virtual tour and private event menus.
  • Private party contact
    Private Dining Manager: (818) 251-7021
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