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The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

4.2
1177 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steak
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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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
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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Cross street: b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
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What 1177 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.2
food
4.3
service
4.4
ambience
3.7
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipProfessorJake (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined a day ago

Best steak in town! Filet mignon perfectly prepared. This is the place to go.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

Noise level through the roof!
Food is presented like Hospital food on a plate!
Servers kept forgetting things again and again: forgot to bring napkins, brought Luke warm coffee, forgot to bring the dessert menu , generated bill before we even looked and or ordered dessert!
Food is over priced, boring in presentation but well cooked and flavorful!
I would not go back on my own dime!
There are no exciting Resteurant’s in San Jose CA ...it seems!

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Jujumom (Orange County)
3.0
Dined 3 days ago

Very disappointing. It was rated number 1 on Trip Advisor for steakhouses in San Jose and I thought that was a good reference for my steak-loving husband’s Birthday.
He started with a wedge salad which arrived with a lot of hard, inedible core. My spinach salad was okay but all of the “goodies” were buried under the spinach. I didn’t find them until I was halfway finished. My husband’s ribeye looked more like a NY steak and was fatty and flavorless. My short ribs arrived lukewarm. Dessert options were uninteresting and hubby wasn’t even offered a dessert for his birthday. Our tab, including a $150 bottle of wine and a $60 tip (not really much extraordinary effort by either person on our serving team) exceeded $350. I cringe thinking about how much we spent for a mediocre, at best, dining experience.
I’m a good cook and have high expectations when dining out. The Grill did not meet them.

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Lobster was a bit chewy, food came out way before we finished our appetizer, and there was a limited dessert option for gluten free guests. Overall, for the price, we were a bit disappointed.

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NeroWolfe (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Three of us traveled from New York to the National Figure Skating Championships in San Jose and stayed at the Fairmont Hotel in which The Grill was located. Although we were delayed past our reservation and arrived within an hour of closing because of the skating, our host accommodated us seamlessly and assured us that we would not be rushed. We weren't, ans had a relaxing, delicious, and memorable dinner.

The Grill employs a "team service" approach, so we had two main servers who coordinated between themselves expertly. Both servers were knowledgeable and, maybe more importantly late in the evening, fun. Fantastic wine recommendations, witty banter, and quick to check if everything was going well.

New York Strip, Petit Filet, and T-bone were all stellar, perfectly cooked. Sides of shaved grilled asparagus and light crispy onion rings were hot and well-timed. The beef was first-rate. The featured wine from Duckhorn complemented the meat beautifully.

We enjoyed this dinner so much we returned after the last night of the competition (10:30pm) to eat in the bar. Whiskey list gets to the point quickly; the scotch list is more expansive. When I'm in San Jose again, I'm heading to The Grill, regardless of where I'm staying. In skating terms, The Grill landed a quad lutz perfectly.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Was a bit over priced for the quality of the food...

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vipMBAA (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Food and staff were excellent. We particularly loved the Prime Rib and the John Dory entrees . We were disappointed with the Chocolate Bread Pudding dessert, though.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Went here for NYE- it was not up to it's usual standards. Prix Fix menu did not have a vegetarian entree- they did make a pasta dish for the guest. Steak was overcooked and dry, desserts both served cold- much better when we asked them to warm them up ( bread pudding in particular). Would not come again with a Price Fix menu- much better ala carte.

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DGinSJ (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Yes, it was New Years Eve..... and the waitress was VERY pleasant and attentive ..... BUT .... cocktails came AFTER the soup and salad were served. Prime rib was excellent (good portion and prepared just right. However, a total of four "miniature carrots" was the side vegetable with the meals. The side of au gratin potatoes was OK. Creme Brulee for dessert was a disappointment...little taste with a soggy crust.

Would I return...yes (we visit multiple times a year).... however not for a holiday "peak" meal. This was a $350+ meal for two .... not well spent.

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freejoyful 
1.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

This restaurant is over rated. It was great before and now it's going down the hill. The meal was charged for $75 and it was not worth of any dimes.
The salmon and mashed potatoes tasted blah. I cook better than that.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
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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Cross street
b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Price range
$50 and over
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(408) 294-2244
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Entertainment
Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.
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Catering
Take-out & catering available.
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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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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
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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.

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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