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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.

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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2012

Service was not memorable. Seemed rushed. Late in taking drink orders.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2012

The Kansas City Steak was one of the most delicious steaks I've had the joy of eating... The Filet Oscar my dining partner had was also very good with nice chunks of crab along with a sauce Bearnaise, but I'm still going to get that KC steak again. All the sides and preliminaries were very good, the chopped wedge is a favorite... The wine list included some good by the glass selections allowing to vary your wine between courses... The service was good, but not up to the premium level this restaurant aspires to obtain... they could use more seasoned servers to balance the overly youthful staff... But do try the Grill and their premium steaks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 20, 2012

I have dined there many times. From the welcoming hostess to the efficient waiter I was again pleased. My cheeseburger and my wife's chickenpicata were tasty.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 18, 2012

I came here for my 18th Birthday lunch with my best friend. 5 Stars across the board. Props to our waiter Garfield for catering to our every need. In my opinion, the grill is good for a nice, quiet, and moderate place to eat, and have a nice conversation. For the atmosphere, it's good for a nice date, special occasion, or a dinner for two. A party of three is big enough. You don't want to be that group that everyone hates cause they're too loud. If its a huge party, them you're at the wrong place. Perfect Food, Perfect Service, and Perfect Atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (London)·Dined on September 16, 2012

The Ahi Tuna is a winner every time!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2012

Everything is good but nothing exciting, especially for the prices. Prices are the same for Perbacco or Boulevard or One Market and these 3 produce more innovative food, but in smaller proportion. Service is so-so as the place is large and the waiters forget or don't see you in a booth waiting for them come by. I had to stand up to get someone's attention.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2012

Went to the Grill prior to going to Neil Diamond concert. My wife ordered a filet with broccoli. The filet was cooked perfectly but lacked superb flavor, the broccoli was enough for a family and was a bit undercooked. I ordered the double cut lamb chops, these were superb. Cooked perfect and full flavored, very tender. Mine came with cream spinach which very good. We also ordered a side of sauté mushrooms, they were excellent and also enough for a family or table for four. Meals are very expensive. Drinks are great, service is pretty good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 7, 2012

We had an excellent American classic meal. My parents and I had a terrific meal. Steak with Bacon wrap was cooked and dressed well. Bread and Garlic Bread were superb.
Wedge Salad was great. My parents both had Crab and Prawn Louie salads which were good but not fantastic.
Heavy handed drinks and good service made our night a good one

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 3, 2012

We took our daughter for her 16th birthday and it was a wonder dinner. The girls got to dress up and experience fine dining. Loved it.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 1, 2012

The restaurant is lovely - dark
wood, soft lighting, 'old style elegance, and the menu had lots to
tempting choices. Everything we all had (which included chicken
marsala, scallops, crab cakes, tuna tartare, lobster bisque and
wonderful roasted peach salads) was delicious. Love the bread! And the service was
excellent.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 25, 2012

Not a great experience. Steaks about $45 and for this would expect outstanding. Steaks were just OK, not spectacular. Potato was underdone...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 22, 2012

This is a sister restaurant to one in Beverly Hills we've enjoyed before, but this one is more upscale in decor. The steaks were outstanding - cooked perfectly and seasoned carefully. The accompanying vegetables (broccoli on this night) were cooked well also, but were a huge portion. The restaurant offers unnecessarily large portions of meat but also offers a petite filet which still weighs in at 8 oz. There are lots of non-meat courses to choose from as well so there's something for everyone, and they also have a kids menu. My only note is that service can be a little slow, which is probably intentional to allow a leisurely meal, which normally is great, but since we were rushing to make a show at the Pavilion, it was a little annoying.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2012

Very expensive for quality of food. There are better places.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2012

This was a very disappointing experience. First of all, our server gave us misleading information regarding what was includined and what was not included with our dinner. Also, the meals were just average at best, and, in light of that, were especially overpriced. Wine list prices were also "over the top," more expensive than some of the finest classic restaurants we've frequented in San Francisco. Our d1nner for 4 with 2 shared salads, one cocktail each, and wine was a whopping $500!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2012

Outstanding experience but expect to spend close to $100/person with tip and modest alcohol.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2012

I love the food and the atmosphere. I've particiatipated in the San Jose Rock n Roll marathon for six years, since it's inception, and each year I eat at the Grill the night before the race. I wish the menu included the meatloaf, it was so good.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2012

Went for Father's Day and had a great dinner. 8oz Filet Oscar was cooked to perfection and tasted great! Shared the Ahi Tuna Tartare with my son and it was delicious.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2012

Our overall experience at the Grill was disappointing. The wait staff seemed unknowledgeable and interrupted conversation at our table several times. The food was very average and overpriced.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 7, 2012

Two of us ordered the "special" which was an open faced prime rib sandwich. I ordered mine to be cooked medium. The meat was overcooked and dry. My friend had the same problem with hers.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2012

Food was great, and waitstaff excellent

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 26, 2012

Above all else, we like the consistency of the The Grill. When you feel like a good steak accompanied by fresh vegetables, this is the place to go.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2012

Want to try this restaurant again. A lack of attention contributed to a poor experience. When the food finally arrived, it was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 18, 2012

Excellent food and service! We cannot wait to return!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

We dined at 8:30pm after a Sunday night Broadway show. The service was polite, but could have been more attentive as we had long waits between courses, getting bill, wine refills, etc. The food was ok. The lobster bisque was mediocre and fishy. The kids pasta was dry and tasteless. I enjoyed the scallops, but the serving was rather small - I received 4 pieces and they were very inconsistenly sized. The other adult at the table ordered from the specials menu, steak with lump crab - she enjoyed it. Not sure if this was an "off night" because so late on a Sunday, or standard fare, but we won't go back anytime soon. Pre-tip with a bottle of wine was $180 for 2 adults and 1 child. Highlights were the garlic spinach potatoes & bread.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

Took too long for the food. about an hour's wait just for the food to come.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

Great bartenders, wonderful service, fine food,

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

The food was excellent. The service was great as well, just that the food took a while to get to us (probably because it was Mother's Day). But overall this was a very good dining experience and it is my mother's favorite restaurant.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

Great food and ambiance. Waiting staff was awesome and helpful.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 13, 2012

We always enjoy our meals at the Grill.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 12, 2012

A wonderful dining experience but it is not inexpensive. Great timing by the staff.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 10, 2012

I dine there roughly once a year, each time a memorable experience. Mr Azoulay is one of the rare authentic Sommeliers I have seen in affordable US restaurants, let him guide you through their wine list.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2012

It was a good experience for the four of us. Everyone loved their meals, although the price was too high for the quality of the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 5, 2012

food cooked to specification, presentation good, service great and grand marnier soufflé was to die for

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 24, 2012

Good drinks, good food, good service.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 22, 2012

I really like this location, it is always a stop when we are in the area, but it is inconsistent in service. My last visit the service was wanting, but on previous visits it was outstanding. The food is always very good. It is still a great place to dine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2012

It was a special birthday dinner. We ordered one of the specials- prime rib
for two . It came as an enormous hunk of meat , so thick you
Had to saw your way thru it. Not soft and buttery as it should have been.
Very disappointing. We left most of it, as it was fairly gross looking.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 6, 2012

The menu was delicious and their lobster bisque was amazing.

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 (Denver)·Dined on April 5, 2012

Greatest fillet i have ever had!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2012

Very expensive but worth it for a special occasion. First class service and romantic ambiance make this a great location to take a special someone. As the name suggests, the menu is heavy on red meat. Great traditional fancy steak house.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 24, 2012

I eat weekly at the Grill in Westlake village and the service there is awesome.
Unfortunately, the service of the wait staff was downright Awfull. The waiter took 2o minutes to come back and order our drinks then another 15 min
To bring the "turley" ZIN back. We had to hunt people down just to get water
And our waiter never came back to our table. No management was present and
The food was served Luke warm.

Just terrible service which is worse because I'm a regular customer in Westlake village. I was staying at the Fairmont
But I will never eat here again

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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