The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

4.6
1552 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1552 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.5
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Quiet
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ReemaT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good experience and my kids loved the food and cleaned their plates 😀 will be coming again for sure

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vipRG2014
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

With the weather being so hot I booked a reservation for indoors only to arrive and find the AC barely working. This was a huge disappointment. When I asked about turning up the AC I was told that they needed the engineer from the Fairmont Hotel which is closed. I felt a discount on our bill was warranted but was never offered. Totally disappointed because I have many fond memories of this restaurant. I will need to reconsider if I will return.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had such an incredible experience at The Grill on the Alley. Food was fresh and my filet was mouth watering and tender.

RG
vipRG2014
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waiter, Jesus, was very attentive and I enjoyed returning to The Grill.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked the server what were the best choices on the menu, followed his lead . . . awesome. Just awesome!

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Dana
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time, dining in a nice restaurant after sheltering for so long and waiting for vaccines to take effect. The space was beautiful, quiet, and clean. The food was outstanding and the service exemplary. I can't recommend The Grill enough and if we could afford to eat there often, we definitely would!

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MelissaF
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Steak, salmon and cheeseburger were all delicious! Steak done to perfection!

LJ
LauraJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is one of our favorite restaurants. The lobster bisque is the very best!

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vipTamaC
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Service was poor, food just ok, and weird being there with only 1 other table in that giant room. We have always loved your restaurant but yesterday it felt creepy being there. Like a ghost town feel. Sad to say as I mentioned we have spent many occasions and parties there.

JD
JoeD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best old-school restaurant with private booths, great food, and excellent service. Has been a frequent return-to-restaurant over the years.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic steaks!

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IronPat1966
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my first visit and my wife's second visit. The location, atmosphere, service, food/drink, were excellent. We highly recommend it.

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KarlP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly pleased with the service, the wine, cocktails, and the food. I went away very zen like.

JW
vipJanetW
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It was near empty so it felt a little odd. But the server Eric was excellent. And so is my French onion soup.

KH
KourtneyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still great, even post shutdown. Yummy cocktails!

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Twinee
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter Dylan was terrific! Huge burger and great fries, and Brussels sprouts. Only complaint is everything was a bit over salted.

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vipPLMK
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The service was great and dining indoors was wonderful. My rib eye steak really sub par. About 1/2 thick and overdone. No flavor.

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LydiaT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambience was great, staff were very attentive but not intrusive, food was delicious. We were celebrating several events, and they made it a special night for us. I look forward to the next time I get to go back.

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Leon
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for dining. Service is excellent from greeting to food serving. Love it.

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vipcambell
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My date’s salad was not to her liking, but she did not want to send it back. After discussing the issue, she will be more vocal in the future. The dressing was spicy and she expected it to be sweeter/ tangy blend

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Billy
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is special place to take a date.

The food was excellent and the service was well timed

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vipKeith
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there early on a Thursday evening to dine inside not too long after indoor dining was allowed. Restaurant was mostly empty, but well configured for distance between tables. The food and service were excellent.

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MASSIELLZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jesus was great, very polite and great service! I miss Daily Grill in SF, but I’m glad I could come to visit the San Jose Grill on the Alley location. Loved the seating and ambiance. Everything was great. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

was my 60th birthday, we arrived early for 5pm reservation. they were not busy, there were maybe 2 other tables there. service was extremely slow, our table was not given any bread at all. main dishes were amazing but side dishes were cold & servings were small. our bill was close to $1000 so i thing it was unacceptable but because of covid i tipped generously.

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vipSteve
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was invincible. My New York Strip was not impressive but everyone else was impressed with the ribeye. I thought the prices were very high considering the portions of the sides and such. Service was impeccable and I think I might return again.

KC
KarenC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious steaks!

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vipGaryP
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Very quiet for one of the first nights after indoor dining was allowed to resume. Food was very good. Very pricey!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Decent. Not impressed

CB
CarolineB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service! My favorite place to go downtown SJ!

CA
CarlA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The grill on the alley was very nice. The waiter was very attentive. For being outside in the evening, it was actually very warm and cozy.

RG
vipRG2014
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter, Jesus, was excellent! I've always loved The Grill and I'll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Our waiter was super gracious really made our experience pleasant. Meat was overcooked, we did not return we actually ordered new steak and it was rushed so not very good.

We will give it another try once indoor dining resumes and see if our food experience is a little different. But overall very nice restaurant with nice employees. We understand everyone has an off night so we would definitely try again.

JC
vipJohnC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We had the ribeye and porterhouse. Both steaks were done to perfection! Their Wedge salad with bleu cheese dressing is the best! As was the sauteed spinach and grilled broccoli. Service was excellent! (The only reason I gave Ambience a low rating is because of the COVID-19 Outdoor Dining requirement, and that the lighting was horrible in the tent. We are looking forward to the "Newsome Lockdown" being OVER as The Grill on the Alley has one of the nicest dining rooms in the South Bay Area) We'll be back! :)

CE
CarolynE
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Indoor dining ambiance - excellent! Covid outdoor dining ambiance - average.
Food & service is first rate.

KM
KathrynM
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was during COVID and cold, that didn’t stop the great service! Heat lamps were great, and food was excellent!

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jovy
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was okay, a little bit pricey though its Valentine's Day. The food was lackluster in its presentation. Service was outstanding.

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AdrianZ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food was awesome.
Giving that we are just off a shut down...
It was very calm and the service and food was excellent!

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vipHook25
Seattle
47 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Service was fine; no complaints. Getting the food from the kitchen to the outdoor patio must have been a challenge; main course items were fine , but all side dishes were Luke warm.

BB
vipBobB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Thanksgiving Dinner at the Grill was excellent. Server Dylan was great. COVID protocols strictly followed. The food was great. This is an excellent place to dine in spite of the virus

AM
AxelM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ahi poke:
had no taste, no oil or spices on the ahi, was covered with some avocado cream with too much cream cheese
Steak tartar:
had the structure of mashed potatoes, again no spices, for price it should have been hand cut, felt like it was some left over meat ground 5 times

Porterhouse steak was excellent, sauces lousy

Asparagus side: o boy please cut of the end to remove the end that are not eatable, otherwise well prepared and spiced

Sautéd spinach, well prepared, almost no spice though.

Bread pudding with whipped cream, not fresh prepared, no fluffiness, watery fruit sauce

Drinks were ok

Overall way overpriced for food that one can cook better at home, the steak somehow saved our anniversary evening.

FAQs

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and 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 4.6 stars by 1552 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.