The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

4.5
1265 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steak
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, American
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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
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Phone number
(408) 294-2244
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Kyle Lopez
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Catering
Take-out & catering available.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
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Parking details
2 hour validation before 6:00 PM Monday-Friday in city lots.
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Public transit
Light Rail, Bus
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Entertainment
Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.
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Special events & promotions
The Grill on the Alley Private Rooms are available for all your event needs from business meeting to rehearsal dinners.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Complete with two private dining rooms, The Grill on the Alley can host groups up to 60 guests in an intimate setting. Specializing in professional and intimate service, The Grill offers private dining every day of the year.

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What 1265 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good. Appetizers were overpriced for what you got (we had the Tuna Tartare) and the steaks were slightly overcooked, but the service and wine menu were very good. Nice place for a date night or special occasion.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good and service excellent as always. Great prime aged steaks!

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was terrific but the portions are way too large so ordering is difficult. Quality was excellent which is why I went. It was a business meeting so quiet was important and we were placed in a quiet spot which worked out well. My big issue with this restaurant is the parking problem in downtown San Jose--I want and need Valet Parking and I'm not heading off to a subsidiary unsafe lot in downtown San Jose.

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YG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. Their food is great. We ordered a Kansas City steak which was tender, well seasoned and juicy.

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DB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was ok but nothing special and the potion size of my fish was below average

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SF
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and the food was excellent!

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PJ
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome as usual, bisque, filet, and soufle! Stellar wine list.

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j
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service are very good. The prices are on the high side, even considering location. With that said, it's a good place for a special meal.

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SJ
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Disappointed. Have dined here many times. No longer worth the premium you pay.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The person who I booked a table this for said the high price was not worth the ‘charred’ Filet Mignon. But did not complain about it in front of his ‘business meeting’ guest. No worries will just never go back thank you.

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PJ
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Best steak in town! Filet was cooked perfectly and was delicious! Lobster bisque was awesome as usual. Wonderful selection of wines by the glass.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing steak and great service.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Other than being really loud and the AC seemed like it wasn’t on enough.. food great!

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NK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place! Just a little on the loud side and you need to plan on 10min to find parking (it doesn't have it's own lot) but we had a great waiter and a great time.

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C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been here about 5 times and they've been consistently good. Steak is well cooked, flavored. Ingredients are high quality. I prefer this place over Alexander's or LB

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Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Ambiance
Delighted with the food
Theresa our Server Amazing
Fantastic Night

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RC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal, hosted by waiter "Steven" was superb. We had Seared Scallops, Lobster Bisc, Shoestrings, Wedge Salad, Crab cakes and Chardonay. Occasion was our 54 Wedding Anniversary. Excellent restaurant.

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m
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

always a good meal...let it be known that their fairly vibrant bar area is closed due to some water-damage that occurred thus it limits one to the dining area which is still nice but not the same with the bar area out of commission right now.

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HG
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dining room was lit a little darker than expected, but had a nice private feel for how large it is. Food was delicious and cooked beautifully. Very happy with their option for vegetarians, though it wasn't on the menu- a variety and abundance of tender veggies glazed with balsamic reduction. Perfectly balanced and well-seasoned. One of the larger mushrooms was slightly underdone, but overall a superb dish. Service was exceptional- answered all our questions, well-timed, friendly. Will definitely be back again.

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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We felt like it was just hot in the restaurant and air conditioning would have been great. Otherwise, the food and service were excellent!

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OT
7 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.
Great service.
Great night.

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PR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Drink service was slow. Had to send back 1 dirty water glass and 1 that was chipped. Selection of beers was extremely limited, bottle only, but was not brought a glass.

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OT
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, food was delicious!

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W
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here for my husband's birthday, and it lived up to my memory! Service was excellent, not rushed, drinks and dinner were great. We had a wonderful experience!

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CA
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner with friends before a show downtown. The restaurant was not too busy at 6pm, so it had a quiet ambiance for us to enjoy chatting with each other. Roomy seating was very comfortable. The menu was nicely varied and we each found something to our liking. Everything we had was very good. Our waiter was attentive, friendly and very professional. Overall, and excellent dining experience.

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CR
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!
Had a great semi business lunch.
Food terrific
Quiet
Service exceptional!

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SM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I love the Fairmont Grill for a great steak. It is pricey, to be sure, but the quality of the beef always delivers. Our server was a bit too rambunctious, and spilled wine all over the tablecloth as she poured it into my glass, but was unaware that she had done so! Certainly won’t stop me from coming back!

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HD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food, steaks among the best, great selection of side dishes, service was first class, food was the right temperature, great wine selection, beer selection good.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got there when it opened food came quickly it was hot waiter was very nice very attentive to detail I would highly recommend the grill on the alley and it is one of my favorite places to eat at

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KM
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dinner at The Grill was excellent this evening. Every dish was prepared to order and when one item came not quite medium rare, it was redone immediately and perfectly. Lorin was an attentive and professional server. Saw to our every need.
A wonderful evening all around.

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DL
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Server didn't give us bread. We waited 5 minutes before being greeted at the table. We waited an hour for two steaks.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Cobb salad was underwhelming. Tiny bits of meat and there were few of those. No egg.......

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 4

The meal was delicious but for the type of restaurant and the $$, the service was deplorable.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

とても良い雰囲気で楽しく過ごせました。

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ML
Orlando
46 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steaks -- well browned but not blackened (for medium rare) so flavor of meat is not destroyed by seasonings or char. Entree comes with side (mashed potato or vegetable). Watch out or you will eat way too much of hot, sourdough bread brought to the table first thing. Desserts are shareable size which is good or you are taking some home. Easy access from the Fairmont Hotel lobby.

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PH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Have always enjoyed The Grill - especially since I live in downtown San Jose - and it's an easy walk from my condo. Also like the fact that I'm dining in a nice quiet setting. (Dinner in some other big-name restaurants isn't as relaxing - due to louder, fast-paced music.)

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GH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A dinner tradition for every Fanime. Wouldn’t change it for anything. Great place!

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PJ
San Francisco
165 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Mother's Day menu! The best lobster bisque in town! Crab cakes were awesome too! The Grill is always a good time and dining experience.

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CM
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is an old-school upscale steakhouse that has a variety of other classic dishes as well if you're not in the mood for steak. Took my mom here for an early mother's day celebration, she had a wonderful time and an excellent meal. Service is top-notch, prices are fair.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was good and the food was very tasty. Enjoyed the experience.

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