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The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

4.1
4.1
1603 Reviews
$50 and over
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 USDA Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood and American classics like Chicken Pot Pie.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 1:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 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: (844) 221-2516

  • 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 1,603 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Great for Lunch

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Devin was wonderful! Thanks so much for another great experience! Will be back
  2. PC

    PCSe

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The whole experience was just ok. The greeter didn’t have a whole lot of enthusiasm/really didn’t look like she wanted to be there. I feel like the restaurant was really big and empty. Especially for a Sunday night. It feels really good when you walk into a place and it’s busy. You can see people enjoying their time and the food. We felt like we were the only two in the whole place. That’s good for some people. But wasn’t quite what we were looking for on that night. Our waiter did a fine job. Nothing spectacular but he was fine. There was another older gentleman who was walking around and he seemed much more personable. You could tell he wanted you to be comfortable and he wanted you to have a great experience. Food was good enough. My husband liked his filet mignon. I thought the chicken Marsala was ok. Very very salty. Drinks were perfect. Bottom line if you want to feel like the only people in the restaurant definitely come here. If you like a little louder busier atmospher and you like to people watch and don’t like feeling like you have to whisper then maybe look elsewhere.
  3. K

    Kristen

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    We opted to sit outside, which had debris all over and did not appear to have been cleaned in days. The tables were wobbly and the chairs were broken down. The food was good, but several items on the menu were not available which we were not informed about until after we ordered them.
  4. c

    cliffmm

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Grill is comfortable, classy, great food, reasonable cost, great service.
  5. S

    Susan

    San Francisco

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the perfect restaurant before attending the theatre across the street. The food was superb, the service was excellent and the atmosphere is very elegant. Best filet I have ever had.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the third time we came here in the past few months and it never disappoints! We were attending a show and wanted a nice elegant lunch and so happy we returned. The manager on duty Jeremy was so delightful and accommodating and made sure we have a perfect experience! Our server Jesus was superb and attentive. He Recommended the 12oz Filet which was cooked to perfection and my wife had the scallops that were so delicious! Thank you Grill for always being who you are and what you represent! We will return!
  7. LA

    LoriA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have always liked the booths at the Grill. The steaks are still top,quality. Seemed a bit more came with your meal - a welcome change. Everything was perfect
  8. SS

    SteveS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Server was inexperienced Food not cooked the way we asked This place needs a quality control person to go over some details Manger on duty never stopped at our table to check on us even though he walked around quite a bit.
  9. CD

    CoreyD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Have eaten here many time but never for lunch. Now I know why. Food wasn’t that good for lunch. Will be back for dinner. I would recommend it for dinner but not for lunch.
  10. n

    notcourage

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    Outstanding: room, shrimp cocktail, filet medallions, Bernaise, mashed potatoes poor: salty lobster, watery mac'n cheese, burned brussels sprouts selection: no mushrooms
  11. TM

    TonyM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a GREAT venue with a terrific menu and GREAT service!
  12. MT

    MyeshaT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I first visited this restaurant one year ago during the San Jose Jazz fest. Due to the pandemic, this restaurant had a very limited number of servers and chefs making service extremely slow. I believe I waited around 45 minutes just for a drink and about an additional hour or longer for my meal. I'm pointing out the long wait time because my meal was sooo good that I gave a huge tip and returned the next day for another meal!! Again the service was slow, but the food did not disappoint. Fast forward to a year later, I returned yesterday for another meal since I was attending a play downtown. I arrived 15-20 minutes late for my reservation of 5pm, so I was a little nervous about making my 6:30 pm showtime. This time the service was on point! The staff was very accommodating, the food was EXCELLENT and I made it to my show with time to spare! The Grill is such a wonderful restaurant. I highly recommend it and will continue to eat here
  13. PJ

    ProfessorJake

    San Francisco

    427 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    427 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good lunch today! Food was good, service mostly good though a bit slow. Restaurant seemed a little under-staffed.
  14. B

    Brianne

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Server was semi attentive
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    Service was poor, patio where we sat had garbage all over. I had to ask wait staff three times to remove finished appetizers plates. Meals were not great, I had to send my entree back. The gravy was like jello and the chicken was dry. Really a very disappointing meal. Definitely not worth the cost of menu prices.
  16. S

    Scarpantibus

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food quality was very good. However, service was very poor. The steaks were cooked wrong, not much attention was paid to us, beverages were not offered at the beginning, and then served late. Given the price level of this restaurant, one should receive a much better treatment
  17. C

    Cmeeat

    Baltimore

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We were so excited to go out (for the first time in like a year) and unfortunately things didn’t go as well as we wanted. Great night to sit outside and the jazz fest was right across the way. First, service was super slow. The place wasn’t packed, and our waiter clearly didn’t care about his job. When he did eventually get to us, we already had gotten drinks from the floor manager. After ordering, it took a long time to get our appetizer (crab cake), but it was good. Took another 30min easily to get our entrees. Here’s where it got interesting. I ordered the NY strip, au poivre, with baked potato. Steak comes out without either. Our server produced not one but two small baked potatoes a few minutes later - pretty strange for a $70 steak. When we pointed out the lack of au poivre sauce, they went and about 5min later (and half steak gone) with what they think is the sauce. Instead, it’s grilled onions - c’mon! Finished our entrees, paid the bill and left. They did comp one glass of champagne (we were celebrating), but we won’t be going back.
  18. TB

    TeresaB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were able to be seated an hour before our reservation. Open Table has been having issues with trying to make reservations. Concierge was awesome. Waiter was attentive.
  19. MJ

    MJsanjose

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The food quality has really gone down. NY Strip was over salted, my friend did not want to send back. Parmesan-truffle fries had neither; had to send them back. French onion soup was tasteless with gobs of bread inside. Not a great dining experience and definitely NOT worth the money.
  20. BB

    BobB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I received excellent service by friendly, helpful people
  21. E

    Epicurio

    Cancun

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed our lunch, all the dishes were well prepared and delicious. Particularly memorable was Jessica!! She went beyond expectation to provide us with attentive service throughout our lunch. Highly Recommend!
  22. c

    cliffmm

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My fiancé and I had an 8:00 play to get to. The Broadway San Jose production recommended the Grill. We were impressed with everything we experienced at the Grill. The atmosphere was classy, the menu was extensive. The food was delicious. The service was the best and the cost was reasonable.
  23. TL

    TahoeLuvr

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Food was not great quality and poorly presented. Not at all what this restaurant used to be.
  24. J

    Jecamaya

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The servers were exceptional as well as the food. But the person at the front desk was a bit rude, she just said "it's an open table restaurant, except inside", sit wherever you want, but she didn't come with us, she didn't give us the menu. She could be a little more gentle. Discrimination for being Latin?
  25. JL

    JeffL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the service was excellent. Try the surf and turf!!!!
  26. A

    Adam

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Grill on the Alley for delicious steak and their friendly service. Their outdoor patio is a fun way to enjoy downtown San Jose and bring our pups to dine with us.
  27. JR

    JessR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    tasteless steak, very disappointed, it was like eating water. The service was excellent, Hector was very nice waiter. Won't go back and will not recommend.
  28. PS

    PhyllisS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A friend and I enjoyed our dinner very much and the portions were ample. She had the surf and turf and I ordered abalone. It was not what I expected (it was grilled and not fried in Panko flour, which I expected). All tasted good and my friend especially enjoyed her dinner. Dessert was good,’as well. Our server, Devon, was attentive and professional. He made the evening delightful and special.
  29. EN

    ENRIQUEA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We love coming here. Unfortunately the cook cut our steak even though we asked not to.
  30. MW

    MaryW

    Adelaide

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a long time dinner at The Grill. Nobody cares, but I miss the short ribs. That was a standard, and they were not on the menu. I was served a delicious, cooked to perfection, steak. I also want to make mention about the older gentleman valet parker. I am sorry I did not get his name, but spot on friendliness, attention to duty, and with probably fifteen cars parked and waiting to be parked, he recognized me and got me my car within 3 minutes. Thank you, sir. See you soon, Mary
  31. MT

    MaryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, poke, and grilled calamari steak!!!!
  32. RH

    RobH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always on point. The steaks are extremely good and the sides are always large. It's a great restaurant that I hope continues and am glad they made it through the pandemic.
  33. DH

    DrHowFun

    San Francisco

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always special! Excellent wine list. Perfectly prepared steaks. Attentive service.
  34. FF

    FamilyFirst

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We went for lunch before a show at the SJ Performing Arts Center. Great lunch menu and we were in and out on time with a wonderful lunch, albeit a bit pricey (over $100 for 2, pre-tax, pre-gratuity, no alcohol). We had appetizers and entrees, no dessert. Service attention dropped off a bit after entrees arrived. Overall I'd go back.
  35. RJ

    RobinJ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is excellent but on the pricey side. Had a fantastic Filet Minion with a Bourbon Pepper sauce. Great service. Because of the price it's more of a celebration restaurant for us than a regular occurrence.
  36. MX

    MikeyX

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good place to take parent for a nice food!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was good, but not oh my God exceptional. The price of the entrees is very expensive for the amount of food you get, even compared to other fancy restaurants. My entree was $45 for 3 scallops and some fancy corn. That’s an appetizer portion, not an entree. My husband ordered the salmon - $42 for a medium sized piece of fish and a very small salad. I left the restaurant hungrier than when I arrived. We’ve eaten here before and have never left hungry before. This used to be one of our favorite special occasion restaurants, but not anymore.
  38. BW

    BaronW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The water in gentleman restroom is so hot. It's been many years the restaurant still did not improve even they changed the faucet to touchless.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went to celebrate my mom’s birthday and the staff was great! food was great! just an overall wonderful dining experience :)
  40. MM

    MichaelM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The food was very good/great. The prices are exorbitant. The service was inadequate, especially for the price you pay. I cant necessarily say I dont recommend The Grill but I would advise others to lower their expectations.

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 1603 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 22 times today
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 1:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • 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: (844) 221-2516

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