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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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