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The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

4.3
4.3
1577 Reviews
$50 and over
Steak
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 USDA Prime Steaks, Fresh Seafood and American classics like Chicken Pot Pie.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Seafood, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 1:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (408) 294-2244

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Catering

    Take-out & catering available.

  • Private party facilities

    The Grill on the Alley's locations have private dining areas accommodating intimate family celebrations and high profile executive meetings with a full-service bar, perfect for rehearsal dinners and cocktail receptions. Visit us at www.TheGrill.com to view the virtual tour and private event menus.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Manager: (844) 221-2516

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Cross street

    b/w San Fernando & San Carlos

  • Parking details

    First 90 minutes free in "SJ PARKS" garages - closest located at the corner of San Carlos, between 2nd and 3rd.

  • Public transit

    Light Rail, Bus

  • Entertainment

    Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,577 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Jose / Silicon Valley

    Notable Wine List

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  1. JR

    JessR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    tasteless steak, very disappointed, it was like eating water. The service was excellent, Hector was very nice waiter. Won't go back and will not recommend.
  2. PS

    PhyllisS

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A friend and I enjoyed our dinner very much and the portions were ample. She had the surf and turf and I ordered abalone. It was not what I expected (it was grilled and not fried in Panko flour, which I expected). All tasted good and my friend especially enjoyed her dinner. Dessert was good,’as well. Our server, Devon, was attentive and professional. He made the evening delightful and special.
  3. EN

    ENRIQUEA

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We love coming here. Unfortunately the cook cut our steak even though we asked not to.
  4. MW

    MaryW

    Adelaide

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm a long time dinner at The Grill. Nobody cares, but I miss the short ribs. That was a standard, and they were not on the menu. I was served a delicious, cooked to perfection, steak. I also want to make mention about the older gentleman valet parker. I am sorry I did not get his name, but spot on friendliness, attention to duty, and with probably fifteen cars parked and waiting to be parked, he recognized me and got me my car within 3 minutes. Thank you, sir. See you soon, Mary
  5. MT

    MaryT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, poke, and grilled calamari steak!!!!
  6. RH

    RobH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is always on point. The steaks are extremely good and the sides are always large. It's a great restaurant that I hope continues and am glad they made it through the pandemic.
  7. DH

    DrHowFun

    San Francisco

    81 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always special! Excellent wine list. Perfectly prepared steaks. Attentive service.
  8. FF

    FamilyFirst

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    We went for lunch before a show at the SJ Performing Arts Center. Great lunch menu and we were in and out on time with a wonderful lunch, albeit a bit pricey (over $100 for 2, pre-tax, pre-gratuity, no alcohol). We had appetizers and entrees, no dessert. Service attention dropped off a bit after entrees arrived. Overall I'd go back.
  9. RJ

    RobinJ

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is excellent but on the pricey side. Had a fantastic Filet Minion with a Bourbon Pepper sauce. Great service. Because of the price it's more of a celebration restaurant for us than a regular occurrence.
  10. MX

    MikeyX

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good place to take parent for a nice food!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was good, but not oh my God exceptional. The price of the entrees is very expensive for the amount of food you get, even compared to other fancy restaurants. My entree was $45 for 3 scallops and some fancy corn. That’s an appetizer portion, not an entree. My husband ordered the salmon - $42 for a medium sized piece of fish and a very small salad. I left the restaurant hungrier than when I arrived. We’ve eaten here before and have never left hungry before. This used to be one of our favorite special occasion restaurants, but not anymore.
  12. BW

    BaronW

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The water in gentleman restroom is so hot. It's been many years the restaurant still did not improve even they changed the faucet to touchless.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    went to celebrate my mom’s birthday and the staff was great! food was great! just an overall wonderful dining experience :)
  14. MM

    MichaelM

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The food was very good/great. The prices are exorbitant. The service was inadequate, especially for the price you pay. I cant necessarily say I dont recommend The Grill but I would advise others to lower their expectations.
  15. RA

    RACLaw

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had dinner with a friend who we have not seen since the beginning of the pandemic. He moved out of the state but was back in town for business. The restaurant was not very busy on a Friday night, which we did not mind since we pretty much had a section to ourselves. Started off with calamari and oysters. My martini was outstanding. We then had the tomahawk ribeye for the table with mashed potatoes, asparagus, and sautéed spinach. Paired that with a bottle of Silver Oak cabernet. Finished it off with a couple souffles which were perfectly done. Only criticism is that their cappuccino was off line and had to settle with barely warm coffee. However, service was very attentive and outstanding. Really turned out to be a great experience. Well done.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall1food4service3ambience3
    Birthday dinner
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    It was really hot in the restaurant like they didn’t want to turn on the air conditioning but otherwise was yummy and servers were fantastic
  18. MG

    MichaelG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    The entries were excellent, as always. Very disappointed in the service, cocktails, and dessert. The waiter was clearly inexperienced. He was not very polished and inelegantly kept trying to push the tab higher with sides, starters, and drinks. Repeatedly pushed. Over and over. That shades the dining experience very negative. Ordered a Hendriks gin and tonic. The tiny glass was so packed with ice that there was little room for the drink. The waiter also brought the wrong wine. The bread pudding dessert was on the cold side and the whipped cream topping was watery and runny. The sea bass, vegetables, and steak were superb. Been coming to The Grill on and off over the years, including through Covid. This may have been my last visit.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is delicious, as always. Arrish is an outstanding server and provided a wonderful dining experience.
  20. AS

    AlisonS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dry-aged steaks were particularly good- definitely get one of those! Service was attentive, quiet, and impeccable.
  21. TD

    TedD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Grill on the Alley is a high-end dining destination with quality food and excellent service. They are still serving with reduced seating so plenty of space in nice booths. I love their chicken pot pie believe it or not - best ever. If in need of a business lunch in San Jose you can not go wrong here - and many establishments are closed at lunch!
  22. ET

    EvelynT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Retirement dinner Food was wonderful, booth was a bit tight
  23. SL

    SallyL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food quality were outstanding! We will definitely return to celebrate a special event!!!
  24. L

    Love2eatgood

    Central Coast

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First time at The Grill… great experience! Food, service and overall experience were top level! Would definitely go again when we go to SJ for a show or sports event!
  25. PF

    PeteF

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Grill on the Alley has been our favorite restaurant since it opened. In fact, we are Grill Concepts VIPs. However, the Pandemic has truly affected this former Hot Spot. We ordered take out from them throughout the Pandemic and it was great. Our first in person visit since the Pandemic was for our Anniversary and it was really sad. It was as if the Pandemic sucked the life out of this establishment. We were expecting the usual upbeat personnel and outstanding food. We were very disappointed. There were only four tables being served and no energy at all. On to the food. My wife had the New York and it was cooked to perfection. I had the short ribs, what a disappointment, they were chewy and lacked flavor. We both had the creamed corn for our sides and it was "watery". We also ordered the Risotto and that too was a disappointment. It was over taken by Lemon, not enjoyable at all. We shared the house made Tres Leche cake for dessert. It had a nice texture, but lacked flavor. We will give this place another chance; hopefully, now that the Pandemic has subsided the Grill on the Alley will get back to it's former great self.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here today for lunch! Everything was amazing to the second we walked in with being greeted by the manager to the amazing server Jesus we had. The whole staff was super friendly and the place was very clean with great ambience! This is my new favorite place to go and will 100% be coming back due to the amazing hospitality and service I received today. I tried the lamb chops and they were cooked to perfection!!! Coming back soon snd thank you Grill for making our day!
  27. NR

    NeilR

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience3
    Outdoor was in disarray overgrown with weeds - no heaters no atmosphere and worst bartender service outside - all my food showed up at same time - bartender did not know how to pace a dining experience- manager no where to be see - frequent diner at the Grille and was very disappointed
  28. JF

    JillF

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful. The host who seated us was very friendly and our waiter, Bob, gave us great service . Our cocktails were on point, and the food was the best I've had for a while! My filet mignon cut like butter, melted in my mouth, and the flavor was amazing. My husband and both ordered the steak and his was just as good as mine. I highly recommend this restaurant. I'm just sad that we were just visiting the city and most likely will not have an opportunity to dine there again.
  29. KG

    KellyG

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The steak was AMAZING! So tender and flavorful. The entire dinner was delicious and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend dining here!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service fantastic food. Will definitely go back
  31. f

    foodie90

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Ahi Tuna salad was awful. Lots of salad vs. tuna with way too much dressing!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice night out at the Grill. Enjoyed the evening.
  33. DW

    DavidW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food and service was excellent. Mens bathroom was dirty.
  34. f

    frankfoodie77

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service and ambience was wonderful and food was good.
  35. TN

    TeresaN

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had dinner here before Il Divo concert. The food was excellent, the ambience was very nice and the service was excellent. I recommend this restaurant, a bit pricy but it was worth it for a special occasion. I ordered the French onion soup, it was very tasty, my hobby ordered the lobster bisque and it was delicious. We had the macadamia crusted halibut, came with spinach and we order a side of asparagus that were also delicious.
  36. s

    stanf

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Parking was very difficult. Ambience was average. Service excellent.
  37. PJ

    ProfessorJake

    San Francisco

    416 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    416 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good dinner last night. Food and service were good. The kitchen struggled with timing and delivery though. Food was slow to come out. We waited too long for entrees to come out. And the restaurant wasn't busy, it was rather dead. But I suppose their having staffing issues. I look forward to the day when we can put this time period behind us.
  38. J

    Jacob

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Grill on the Alley has a variety of choices, and everything I've tried has been amazing. Sometimes service takes a while, and I can't recommend them if you're looking to spend less than an hour out to lunch or dinner, but the restaurant's quality makes up for the mild inconvenience of longer wait times. It can be faster if you skip straight to entries, but I recommend getting a full meal from appetizer to desert.
  39. GS

    GinaS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was awesome. The food was fresh and delicious. The service was great; the waiter was super attentive to our needs. I was celebrating my birthday and enjoyed it thoroughly. The ambiance was great and the noise level was quiet enough for my husband and I to share a conversation.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    Valentines date night

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Grill on the Alley - San Jose also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 294-2244.

The Grill on the Alley - San Jose is rated 4.3 stars by 1577 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Google Map for The Grill on the Alley - San Jose

172 South Market St. San Jose, CA 95113

Additional information

  • Cross street

    b/w San Fernando & San Carlos

  • Neighborhood

    San Jose

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat 1:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Thu, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Fri, Sat 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steak, Seafood, American

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    First 90 minutes free in "SJ PARKS" garages - closest located at the corner of San Carlos, between 2nd and 3rd.

  • Public transit

    Light Rail, Bus

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    Walking distance to all downtown night clubs, hotels, theaters, and convention center.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (408) 294-2244

  • Catering

    Take-out & catering available.

  • Private party facilities

    The Grill on the Alley's locations have private dining areas accommodating intimate family celebrations and high profile executive meetings with a full-service bar, perfect for rehearsal dinners and cocktail receptions. Visit us at www.TheGrill.com to view the virtual tour and private event menus.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Manager: (844) 221-2516

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