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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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Details

Enjoy a prime rib special all day or Mother's Day Brunch on May 13th!

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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4.2

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4.3

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3.7

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73% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (15)
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Notable Wine List (6)
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Bar Seating (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Fun (3)
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Casual (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
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Happy Hour (2)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2018

The food was very disappointing. The lobster salad had no lobster and steaks were questionable. Not a good experience at all.
Service was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and great services. Our waitress is very friendly and knowledgable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 15, 2018

The Grill on the Alley was a big disappointment. After being seated, we waited about 10 minutes just for a waiter. My wife and I ordered drinks, but we had to ask twice for our drink order which took another 15 minutes. After ordering our meal, it took about an hour to be served. Our steaks were disappointing and not worth the price charged. If you want a good steak dinner, I would suggest Morton's, LB Steak or Forbes Mill.

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·Dined on April 9, 2018

Overall pleased. The food was good. The one detractor was that we were a party of two, there was another party of 10 in the restaurant....and no-one else. They sat us right next to the big party...not a huge deal though.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2018

Amazing cocktails, perfectly cooked steak, and some great pasta! We were self-conscious about being a bit under-dressed for this gem of a restaurant, but still welcomed with open arms at the end of a long day near our conference. Such a relief to have stunningly efficient and friendly service when we truly needed to unwind. We had Team 4 -- Teresa, Audrey, & Hector. They were all wonderful and attentive, and we'd ask for them again if we go back to San Jose. Menu is a bit pricey, and it grew louder as the restaurant filled up, but we'd still recommend this to anyone for a nice occasion. Enjoyed two of the uniquely flavored martinis, and some luxurious red wine from Napa with our entrees.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Live Sports, Authentic, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2018

Outstanding, amazing, best meal I've had and I can't remember how long.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 31, 2018

Service very attentive and staff very friendly. Food was excellent as well. A very nice evening to end our Spring break vacation.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2018

Best service great food great atmosphere, our service was top quality

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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 29, 2018

Service is excellent and consistent with a great steak house. The lobster bisque was superb and plenty of lump lobster in a tasty bisque. My wife had a filet which was very flavorful, seasoned and cooked as desired. The fish was moist and prepared with a lemon caper burre blanc. Nice selection of wines including half bottles. Highly recommend this steak house!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 18, 2018

Steak ended up really small after I cut the large chunks of fat around the meat. This should have been done by the kitchen before they cooked and served it on a plate. Very deceiving!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 16, 2018

Was an early dinner before the theatre. Restaurant was quite empty but we were served quickly. They even asked if we had a time schedule to ensure we departed in sufficient time to see our performance. Food was outstanding.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 14, 2018

Terrific place, good food, ambience etc. especially for a business meal.

My negative comment is that the portions are way too large and therefore way too expensive but that seems to be a trend in restaurants these days. I could only eat 1/2 of my salad

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2018

What a great crew. The food was amazing and everyone we encountered, from the bar to the hostess to the waiter were just as gracious and helpful as can be.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2018

Great food, great service. Unfortunately, a group of giggly pre-teen girls came in to eat at like 9:00PM - not the ambiance we were hoping for. Some people were dressed in shorts and flip-flops - no clue how to dress for dinner. California can often be too casual.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 6, 2018

Always great.

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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on March 4, 2018

The prime NY steak was perfect. Let down just little by warm (not hot) sides of spinach and shoestring fries. If you are going to cook the perfect steak then at least make sure the relatively simple sides are hot! My wife had the John Dory fish which I tasted and it was also excellent. We will be going back for sure and we hope to have hot sides with the excellent entrees.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 2, 2018

The entire experience was just ok. I will not bring my customer back any time soon.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 27, 2018

This is one of our favorite places in the South Bay when we're looking for a high end meal. Our service from Teresa was excellent, although the bread person was no where to be found. We finished our drinks and appetizers and finally asked if bread had to be requested as we never received any. We also tried some new food choices, and the food wasn't as good as usual. The piccata sauce was rather salty and the cook put it on both the chicken piccata and the salmon (a different sauce should have been on the salmon). The lobster bisque also seemed somewhat thin and had no chunks at all in it. We'll be back but hope the food will be back to the standards it was on past visits.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Special Occasion, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on February 24, 2018

Took friends here prior to a musical and the food was wonderful as usually. My friends enjoyed everything thing about The Grill, in fact they each stated they would be returning. My New York Steaks was very good and with the price!!

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·Dined on February 21, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2018

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.

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·Dined on February 19, 2018

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

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 18, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 17, 2018

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The Grill is always a treat. I dined there this Thursday and met Theresa, the superstar server. I went with the filet and it was amazing. Love the spicy rub they use. The size-12 baked potatoes are killer. The half portion of the featured salad was perfect.

My only complaint was about the WiFi. Dining alone, I like to use my phone during my meal. I never could connect to restaurant's system, even though I sat nearby a week ago and it worked. The new GM stopped by and tried to help, to no avail. When you go to a first class restaurant, you want everything to work perfectly. I'm surprised the GM didn't offer to buy me a drink or dessert to compensate fo my inconvenience. I'm still waiting!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The appetizers were phenomenal- we ordered the seafood tower (large size) with fresh lobster tails, mussels and shrimp. Two thumbs up for the appetizers!

Main course... man what a letdown. We thought the steaks would be amazing and once we got them, the porter steak looked like a steak I could get from Longhorn Steakhouse for $20.

Overall atmosphere is amazing but is it worth it...? I am not sure...

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 29, 2018

This was a terrible choice. We came here looking for a decent steak. The "Team Service" offered was not existent. We ordered sparkling water as we sat in and it took them about 10 minutes to get us the water. I ordered a medium rare NT steak that was well over medium, and even though the manager offered to replace it, I decided not to accept it because I was already half way. In general service was very slow. I have to say that the calamari were good. I will not come back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Our server was very occupied by something else. We ordered our drinks which were water and coke she came back about 15 minutes later asking if we were ready to order with no drinks in hand. It was hard to get a refill on my water glass as she rarely came around and our 7:30 dinner came out at 8:45, not very fast service that’s for sure!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Great food, service and wine! We can always count on The Grill for consistent high quality dining e perience.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I love the atmosphere from the bar to the dining room. Friendly staff but all talk and little action. We expected to have a complete dinner from cocktails, apps, salad, entree, dessert & cappuccinos. We waited so long to order & then waited & waited for our seafood platter that we even considered leaving. The platter was delicious & presentation perfect. That’s what kept us there along with requesting to chat with the manager. With a change in our waiter things picked up in a pleasant direction. Our salads, entrees & dessert were good however at this point our mood had been slightly comprised. Overall we left happy because of our company & we were full.

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Showed up for our reservation for five people. They tried to put us on a corner adjacent to the kitchen, up against another table where we could barely get in and the service passway. Even though there were other tables available, the Mgr said they could not accommodate us. He said next time we make a reservation we “need to request a quiet table.” Noted

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2018

TGOTA is one unit of a notable chain of high end steakhouses. These restaurants have a standardized look, courteous staff, and generally well prepared food. We had an excellent iceberg lettuce wedge with tasty blue cheese dressing. The dish was more than two could eat. We had a chicken pot pie. Almost all chicken with a few peas and carrots. Very good sauce. The cpp crust was excellent. The dish was very good. We had a petite NY strip. 12 oz which pretty big these days. The alternative was 16 oz. the only problem was the meat was not juicy and tender. Cheese cake dessert was good. We have eaten at LA and Thousand Oaks versions of this restaurant which seem better. 18 years ago when we are at this San Jose restaurant I had the best steak ever then it now. We are dealing with the bits and grits. Go and try it. See what you think.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent meal and services

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great! The waiters were attentive. The wine was superb and the food was delicious ..

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Fabulous cocktails, food and service. Made the birthday girl feel special and were respectful of the play we needed to rush out for.

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