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About The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

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.

172 South Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

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

Cross Street:
b/w San Fernando & San Carlos

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(408) 294-2244

Website:
http://www.thegrill.com/sanjose

Entertainment:
Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.

Catering:
Take-out & catering available.

Parking Details:
2 hour validation before 6:00 PM Monday-Friday in city lots.

Public Transit:
Light Rail, Bus

Executive Chef:
Andy Hatcher

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
The Grill on the Alley Private Rooms are available for all your event needs from business meeting to rehearsal dinners.

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Thank you for spending your holiday with us. We look forward to helping you celebrate.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Thank you for your reservation. We look forward to ringing in the new year with you!

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.

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Romantic (21)
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Notable Wine List (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Business Meals (11)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Casual (3)
Cozy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Authentic (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Comfort Food (2)
People Watching (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Live Sports (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We were celebrating my mom’s birthday, which was noted on our reservation, and unfortunately, they sat us at a table next to the kitchen and very busy server’s walkway. The surrounding tables were extremely loud as well. Not the intimate dinner we were hoping for.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

Restaurant with a very nice ambient as well as good wine list.
The 48 days dry aged steak is a must try. Best steak ever

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Service was great, Ravi our waiter was amazing! Ordered shrimp portofino and Mac and cheese they were both disgusting, they did comp it off our bill! No complaints other than that, i would go back because the other dishes we ordered were divine!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was very good and the servers were very attentive. Thank you to our server for bringing a cheesecake with a candle (on the house) for my date's bday.

I would have given 4 stars for the service. But our server forgot to put my date's half eaten steak in the togo bag. She was really looking forward to having that steak for breakfast the next day, so she was very disappointed when the steak was missing. So I will probably take her to Arcadia, so she can have another bday steak.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Service disgraceful. Had 5:30 pm reservations And informed server we had a 7 PM performance to attend. Our entrée was served at 6:40 PM. It not only ruined enjoying our dinner but the rest of the evening. Will never return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2017

I had a fillet mignon with blue cheese sauce cooked medium rare. I think they over-compensated for the thickness of the cut as it was very solidly cooked for the first quarter through the steak, as a result losing the tenderness of this cut. Best way is to take the time to cook it slowly up to temperature and then scorch the outside. I could have waited for that. It was ok, but a little more care would have been appreciated.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The Grill is fine. But for the high cost of the dishes, there are so many other places in the bay area to go. For instance, close by is Mccormick and Schmicks. They are more reasonable, way better service and good food. If you want a great steak then go to Alexander Steak house in Cupertino. They can give you a much tastier Filet Mignon and I believe that that dish is similar in price. And if you want a place more intimate, with a great wine list, wonderful service and great food, go to Naschmarkt in Campbell.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I haven't been to the Grill for dinner in quite some time, but it was known for years for serving an excellent prime rib on Sunday evenings. It's no longer on the menu.... :(

The steak medallions were on the small side, especially given their $50 price. Plates weren't warmed as they are in many other chop houses. And, the creamed spinach served on the side was lukewarm at best.

The brownie dessert was the highlight!

$175 for a couple cocktails, a glass of wine, 2 entrees, and a dessert, mediocre service..... As others have written here, there are likely better options when it comes to a great steak dinner.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We had an early 5:15 reservation to allow lots of time before a 7 pm. show 1 block away. Appetizer was not served for an hour; dinner followed finally at 6:45. Terrible service and far more expensive than expected.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Amazing food and our waitress was phenomenal!! We cannot wait to go back when we visit San Jose again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The Grille is one of my favorite go to places when meeting over dinner with business clients or celebrating something special!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

This is one of our favorite places in town. The service was good but the guys weren't not quite as sharp as we are accustomed here. We have meant we have been spoiled by the amazing service :-)

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We have been dining at the Grill for over 15 years always happy!!!!

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fun, People Watching, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The food was delicious and the service was impeccable

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Grill always delivers solid service and great cuisine. The seafood platter is sure to satisfy a group of 3-5. The special dry-aged steak is among the best I've ever had and the service is friendly and attentive. Classic downtown choice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Just unbelievable ! As always !!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

The entire process was really easy. I used Opentable for the reservation. When we arrived we were greeted and immediately and seated. the waiter staff had our water served. they were helpful in deciding which side dishes to order. We ordered a Fillet Minot and my wife had the petite fillet Minot. And it was DELICOUS.
Also don't be fooled: Potato shoestrings are french fries. LOL.

Overall it was very good and we will be back for special occasions.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Elegant atmosphere, good food, great bread!, full of people having a great time! Loved it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Everything we ordered was delicious! Service was excellent. The décor is very inviting. Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 16, 2017

The waiter was trying too hard and added an unnecessary stress.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

The John Dory (fish) was broiled perfectly with just the right amount of sear and light cream sauce. I would have rated it 5 stars but it was salty. I would recommend cutting back on the capers. The service was impeccable and I would definitely return the next time I'm in San Jose.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Mediocre at best. For the cost - the meat/portions are large, but there was little finesse in any of the presentation and the sides (which most notable steak houses are known for along with their cuts of meat) were banal. Bottom line - with so many other steak houses in close proximity to the Fairmont - I don't believe the Grill is worth the money. Having said that - the service was excellent and the ambiance was great for a romantic date.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Such excellent service with amazing food and wine. Perfect for a night out with your significant other.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 3, 2017

This was not a very good experience. The service was rather unattentive, and the food was unexciting. My medium well steak was way past well. I realize that they probably find medium well as "She doesn't care about her steak", but if I want to pay $50 for a med well steak because that's how I like it, I expect to get med well not totally overcooked.

I would not recommend to a friend, nor would I return for that price and that food.

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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We had 8 people in our group and each of our steaks were cooked to perfection.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Wonderful food and service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Was there for husband’s 50th birthday. Got a table right by the kitchen door which was constantly opening and closing with people coming out, loud, and very disappointing location for such a special occasion.

Husband’s filet was great, but three of us got seafood...salmon and halibut. None of us finished our plates. The fish was dry, and the small amount of seasoning could not cover that up.

The drinks were great, wine list great, service good. Dessert disappointing. Will not return.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Usually we have great service as we frequent The Grill often. Our server was medium. The food is always great! Thanks

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent service and food, as always. The cowboy ribeye, loaded Mac & cheese were awesome! Service was very attentive but not overbearing.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Very nice meal and would expect that for the price. Bone-in fillet was exceptional and the peppercorn sauce was fantastic. Sides are huge so pick a couple, no more, unless you want leftovers.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing serviand quality as usual .....................
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Tags: Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

I've been to other grill concept restaurants and always enjoyed the food. This was my first time to this location in San Jose to celebrate my birthday with my wife and daughter. The establishment's ambience can be described as being uniquely old fashioned with a classy and romantic vibe. The staff was very accommodating for locating an area of the dining room where we could park our stroller next to the table, since our daughter had fallen asleep after a long day at the museum. For starters, the complimentary house sourdough bread had an excellent crust and a soft center. The butter and Himalayan salt compliment very well with the warm bread. It was perhaps one of the best sourdough my wife and I both had. We both shared a 20 oz cowboy rib eye and wild mushroom risotto. The aged steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and was packed with flavor! Not very often could a steakhouse nail the temperature like this one had for us. The risotto was also exceptional. It was both creamy and well cooked. The wait staff and our server was friendly and attentive. We had a wonderful experience and definitely would return if we are in the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Staff was very professional and friendly. Appetizers were amazing. Main course was exquisite. I would definitely recommend this place for a date night or an anniversary. One of my buddies was already talking about bringing his wife there.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Unfortunately we were very disappointed. As we have bad backs we wanted a table and chairs, not a booth. They only have two small tables with chairs, one in the dark in front of rest rooms at entrance and the other in front of the grill. We chose in front of grill. After 15 minutes wait I had to inquire why we still had no waiter. I ordered a margarita but forgot to tell waiter no salt on rim. It arrived drenched in salt. I asked if he could pour it into a plain glass without the salt. He returned but I was unable to drink it...tasted like seawater...I think he scraped all the salt from previous glass into it. I decided to order a rum daiquiri on the rocks. He returned 20 minutes later, after salad and soup were gone, with some kind of nasty orange fruit punch flavored drink. Certainly not a daiquiri. I switched to water. The iceberg lettuce wedge had a runny, milky substance poured over the top which had no taste. There were only three pea-sized pieces of low quality blue cheese on it and about 5 bits of bacon. Total rip off for the high price. My wife's lobster bisque was mediocre. My wife ordered the halibut special which she said was good. I had the filet medallions with mushroom caps. The creamed spinach had no taste. The garlic in her garlic mashed potatoes was nasty tasting...like it had rotted! Coffee good but they were too cheap to ask if we wanted a 2nd cup. Waiter disappeared after the dinner order was taken. So we were extremely disappointed at how the service and quality of this restaurant has gone down hill while their prices doubled in 5 years. I think next time in town we will do much better with one of the small, independent restaurants, of which we passed many on way to theatre. Certainly Grill on the Alley has seen better times and I would not recommend to anyone again. They still charged for one cocktail. A truly great retaurant would not have done so.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The only place I know where my teeage girls always get the filet mignon and devour it everytime. Although a little pricey, the superb & gracious service is worth it. Every booth has some sense of privacy, so a romantic date is what you will have in what can only be yermed a warm and luxurious setting.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Good food, very slow service !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Beautiful restaurant, but we asked to have the halibut grilled instead of baked with Parmesan crust. (We don't eat cheese.). The fish was way, way over cooked and as dry as can be. The rest of the meal was fine and service was good. Just don't ask for anything outside their normal fare. The chef is obviously not very versatile.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Great steak and old school steak house feel. Big comfy booths, dark, and high ceilings with lots of wood. Excellent location in the heart of San Jose.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is our second night eating there and needs time the food is been perfect and we always enjoy the music in the hotel lobby.
A special shout out to the kitchen on there filet and grilled scallops.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Everyone did an amazing job from the server, the kitchen, and even the host greeting guests.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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