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Grill on the Alley

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172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307 (b/w San Fernando & San Carlos)
Light Rail, Bus
408-294-2244
Website
Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great food!!!!

One of the best business dinners ever. Very busy place. The Cowboy rib-eye, all 20 ounces was the best seller at our table. We ordered too many appetizers and probably the waiter should have told us...but anyways..great service...excellent wine list.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
Dan J
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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128 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

One of the best business dinners ever. Very busy place. The Cowboy rib-eye, all 20 ounces was the best seller at our table. We ordered too many appetizers and probably the waiter should have told us...but anyways..great service...excellent wine list.

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wa st
Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I have been here several times and never had a bad meal or experience. My veggie wife loves the grilled vegetable plate, and I like everything else. The others in our party were very pleased with their food. Wait staff was attentive and very friendly. Here comes the "but".....The pricing here is very high, so it is difficult to to... More 

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San Francisco, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Great quality, great service- a bit pricey. Everything is priced separately so it can be expensive. Great bar and service is good. Food is excellent.

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Folsom, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

The food was great, however the service was so poor they forgot part of our meal and tried to make up for it, but then just kept coming up short. Too high priced for the terrible service.

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san jose 95120
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Too expensive for what you get, snobby, indifferent service and just not worth the money. Servers kept walking past us, not even glancing our way or offering service. We had to signal that we were ready to order. You would think we'd walked in with our flip flops and shorts.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Came here on New Year's Eve. The place was not too busy but the kitchen was slow. The food its self was pretty good, not the best I've had but good. I'm not sure that it's worth the cost however. We were a party of 3, got 3 filet mignon 12oz orders, 3 sides, a lobster bisque soup, garlic bread... More 

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San Jose, California
Top Contributor
132 reviews 132 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This place is awesome for getting drinks in a classic downtown bar setting, while rubbing shoulders with locals and tourists. The food here is great too and has great presentation and decor. The price (as you would expect) is a bit pricey but if its for a special occasion, its well worth it.

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Houston, Texas, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Great ambiance and very good food. The service is excellent. The restaurant has very good seafood dishes and the menu has a variety of dishes outside of what you expect from the mostly steak house. Those dishes are quite tasty and are not just an afterthought.

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bolton
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31 reviews 31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

San Csrlo, The Rice Bowl, Grill on the Alley, happened to be the mainstays of Manchester Dining for the last five years. San Carlo and The Rice Bowl are still there but OHMIGOD the Grill has plummeted. Dreadful steaks and dreadful service when it was busy, but not excessively busy. The mussels were excellent. Sack somebody right now and regain... More 

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San Jose, California
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Folks, the bone in Fillet is back at the Grill in San Jose. I rank it best fillet of on the non Kobi beef or Kobi mix category. This includes Alexanders when they have it, Phoebes Mills, and Spencer. Order it towards the rare side however, they usually cook it to the more done side to my liking. Service are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
    (b/w San Fernando & San Carlos)
  • Public Transportation: Light Rail, Bus
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: 408-294-2244

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?