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The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

1200 reviews
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$50 and over
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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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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
Andy Hatcher
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Take-out & catering available.
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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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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.
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 1200 People Are Saying
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined a day ago

Nice option for a business dinner. Good service and low level of noise which makes it easy for conversation.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined a day ago

Our party of 5 met for lunch. The restaurant was not crowded as there must have been only a few other parties at the time. Everyone enjoyed their food: chicken pot pie, meat loaf, burrata and the service was very good. But our enjoyment was diminished by the cold temperature in the restaurant. Granted, we are in the middle of a cold snap and the management apologized for lack of control in turning up the thermostat. But what could have been a lovely lunch was compromised by the fact that we were all cold throughout our meal.

5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Our waiter was very attentive and the food was amazing. We had the short ribs, delicious.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

The service and food options was exceptional. I highly recommend this restaurant.

5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Had a fantastic night at the Grill on the Alley, Theresa our server made our anniversary special, and the food was beyond words.

BillF (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Rushed through dinner. Pre fixe menu for valentine dinner. Ordered cocktails and the waiter asked if we were ready order. We said maybe appetizers. The waiter says might as well order everything since things are not served one right after another. Surprise! The appetizer arrived before our drinks. As soon as we finished our appetizer the main course arrived. So far have not been able to finish our drinks so we can order wine. End of main course we order wine. He brings the wine and we are finished our dinner. He picks up the plates and serves desert within 30 seconds. Valentines dinner lasted 45 minutes! Food good, not anything spectacular that can't be had a many other restaurants. Sat us in a room next to the main dining room that had zero ambiance. Next year's celebration will NOT be The Grill.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

The music was not appropriate for a class steakhouse. Piano music would have been more appropriate

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The service and the food were amazing! We brought our 3.5 year old daughter along for a nice dinner, and she was very pleased. She loved the popcorn shrimp and my lobster bisque. I was glad that I ordered the salmon grilled. It was one of the best I've ever had at a restaurant. My husband was a little disappointed that they only had two orders of the John Dory available, and of course, they had already been ordered. But he was extremely happy with the burger. They even surprised us with an anniversary dessert! This was our second time here and we will definitely be coming back!

patk (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Last Saturday night I took my wife to Grill in the Alley to celebrate her 66 Birthday. This has been our go to place to celebrate Birthdays. Last Saturday night we had Ryan and Crystal for our team servers. By the end of the meal Ryan was acting like a complete JERK! Here is what happened: we ordered drinks, a soup, and our dinners. My wife never received her soup, and when I had asked what happened to my wife's drink order he said he would check with the bar. We asked Crystal about the AWOL drink, she said she would check with Ryan. Five minutes later the drink arrived. When our dinner's arrived I had asked for a second drink, and about 15 minutes later I had to ask Crystal again, if she could check on the status of my drink. When Ryan finally brought the drink, I was finished with my dinner. However, here is the reason why I earlier referred to Ryan as a jerk. When he placed the glass of wine on the table he made it a point to place it right in front of me and clicking my empty dinner plate. My wife thought it was a intimidation tactic. I kind of ignored the incident, since I am a fairly big guy and was on a Special Ops team in the Army. In hindsight, it was a jerk face move! My wife's broccoli was not grilled as advertised on the menu, but steamed. For dessert we ordered the peach cobbler and decaf coffee. The cobbler was pretty good, but the coffee in the carafe was ice cold. (Not sure why, nor do I understand). When we received our bill, the soup which we never received was still on the Bill, and Ryan stated he forgot to take it off the Bill. Ryan seemed to be preoccupied or maybe overworked while we were there. Crystal was the Star of the night. When we had asked for her assistance, she always answered in the affirmative, and with a great smile. I was very surprised by our visit to Grill in the Alley! In the past we have always used Grill in the Alley as our Gold Standard to measure other restaurants service and food quality.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

we typically love coming here for special occasions and great steaks. this time was a little dissapointing because our steaks were cooked more than we liked and my steak was more salty than normal. our servers were not as attentive as usual and in the past when our main meal was finished, they'd scrape up the bread crumbs but not this time even though they saw me doing it with the dessert menu.