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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.
San Jose, CA 95113
Steak, Seafood, American
Hours of Operation:
The bar remains open after the dining
room closes and features a late-night bar menu.
in the bar
b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
$50 and over
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.
Take-out & catering available.
2 hour validation before 6:00 PM Monday-Friday in city lots.
Light Rail, Bus
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
This was one of our favorite spots for special occasions. However, this time we got the feeling they won't be around much longer. Saturday night and it was pretty dead except for a couple tables. The one next to us was a family wearing shorts and Mom in her Miney Mouse tshirt with flip flops and kids climbing all over the booth. Fine for Chilis... not for a high end restaurant with $60-$85 steaks served a la carte. We ordered a beautiful New York steak, but that too was disappointing as it was over cooked. But the worst part of the experience came at dessert when we heard that our one reason for choosing The Grill that night was no longer an option... no more creme brûlée!!! They took it off the menu a month ago. And no more soufflés either! So sad! The whole experience didn't feel worth the very large bill!
I spent $85 on a bone-in filet. It was dry and not flavorful. I could have done much better at home. The rest of the food was good to very good but not worth the $306 price tag at all. And, we brought our own wine.
We did not return the steak to avoid the hassle as at that point, we had no intention of returning.
We do not plan to return and will dis-recommend to others.
The menu items we selected were really very good, except the mac & cheese which was just average. The wines are rather pricey, so you might prefer to take some of your own, even with the $25 corkage fee. It's a dimly lit quiet place quite suitable for conversations, and we did not feel rushed at all.
I always love coming to this restaurant but was extremely disappointed this time. With a group of five and the entire restaurant completely empty we were sat literally in the kitchen. Unfortunately our party was delayed but the server was patient with us which I greatly appreciated. The noise level from the clanging dishes and being passed by every server and staff members really ruined this restaurant for me. Seeing only a few tables fill I was hoping we'd get moved because 95% of the restaurant was empty for our 3 hour dinner. This was a business meal with out-of-town customers and we had to yell at eat other to hear over the dishes being banged around. It was not how I normally experience meals at the grill I will question going back again.
Our servers were lovely & attentive but sadly the food let us all down.
The halibut ordered by 2 in our party was served with the sauce when it was ordered with no sauce. The fish was mediocre at best. The lobster tail was tough & had a smoky pepper sprinkled all over it which did nothing for the taste.
Our kale salads were overdressed with an oily dressing.
The vegetables did not all come out together.
They were out of all sorbets & most ice-cream & only had vanilla ice cream.
3 coffee mocas were made twice as they were cold - both times - but we gave up !!
As I said our servers were great , the kitchen was the problem.
At $100 a head with only 2 glasses of wine we will never go back there.
There are plenty places to eat in the area , go to them !!
There are a lot of, "Steakhouse" options in the vicinity. Can't say I know the standards of the others but found The Grill to be quite a pleasant surprise. Perhaps my only negative was that the dining room definitely felt like you were in a hotel. Still nice but in a hotel. Menu was diverse and of good quality options (both food and wine). Food was impeccable and our server Tim was GREAT! Toward the end of the meal, we had a small team transitioning our experience from dinner to dessert. I'd definitely return!
The service was outstanding and our party of 7 for lunch really enjoyed the experience. The chicken pot pie seemed to be a good choice as well as the fish tacos. The big disappointment was the filet salad. The steak was cooked to order but the cut was very disappointing- tough and grizzly- absolutely not what I'd expect for the price.
Outstanding steak dinner, as expected and per usual.
One gripe: I noted on the reservation that it was a birthday dinner. So I wasn't surprised when they brought my wife a small birthday desert with a candle in it.
I was surprised and very disappointed that the check included an $8 charge for the birthday desert. What? I hadn't specifically ordered such a desert, and have aways found them to be complimentary when they are brought.
Went there for brunch. Place was empty. Food was fine . Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Another waitress was very rude. We were speaking to the host at our table, and she was yelling at him from across the room, that these people wanted to change tables . Very unprofessional
The Grill is normally a 5-star experience for us, but this night was a miss. The restaurant was surprisingly empty for a Friday night, but service was still very slow. It took a long time before our order was taken. Some of the food was a bit off - ex. the lobster bisque was cool. And someone messed up on the dessert order. We ordered souffles at the time we placed our order, but when we had finished our meal the souffles were still going to take 'another 20 minutes' which turned into at least half an hour of additional wait time. What should have been about a 1 hour meal took about 2-1/2 hours with all the delays. We won't be returning on any evenings when time is a factor.
The best service I've had in some time. The waiters work as a team and we're great. Good cocktail menu. Had tuna carpaccio and oysters for appetizers. Great steaks: New York and KC cuts were excellent medium rare. They bragged about their Oscar-style, and my companion agreed with their assessment. Liked the charred broccoli. Not the least expensive place, but worth it for special occasions.
I've eaten here often, most recently late last month. That dinner was a bit disappointing, and this one was, too. The good things: service, the bread, the petite filet, the mushroom rissotto, the mashed potatoes, and coffee. The not so good things: an undersized quasi-Manhattan, the very runny creamed spinach, the exceptionally pretty but profoundly bland blueberry peach cobbler, and the no longer served Grand Marnier souffle which has been supplanted by a trite strawberry shortcake (ugh). To be clear, we didn't order the strawberry shortcake, but is there a less interesting dessert on the planet? So we ordered the cobbler which sounded appealing, but really was much too bland as the fruit was not ripe, there was nothing added to it which made it dry and flavorless, and the fruit was sugarless (which is ok when the fruit is ripe, but this wasn't). The crumbs were scant and tasted primarily of flour. This dessert seems made to order, but could have used some sugar to bring out the flavor of the berries and peaches, some spices like ginger and cinnamon or cardamom, some vanilla and a bit of lemon juice and/or rind. I make this kind of dessert all the time, and it's not rocket science, although this might have been for The Grill. I used to love this place, now it's become only ok, and it is too bad whoever is running it doesn't realize it's become an overpriced version of every other steak and fish restaurant.
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