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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 - 11:00 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
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 51
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 5
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    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great steak...

This is a big busy place, but good. Over the years I find I always end up here for one meal at least when in town and it never disappoints. I have tried a few things on the menu, but to be honest the star of the show has been the steak. Simply prepared and beautifully cooked. Service has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
cunim
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Sydney, Australia
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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138 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Lovely tasty warm bread with 3 options of butter , oil & tomato to start. We both had the scallops as an starter they were delicious & succulent. Next was the steak a filet mignion cooked to perfection & just absolutely delicious. It was to die for. Sides of creamed spinach & mashed potato complimented the steak well. Wine by... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

This is a big busy place, but good. Over the years I find I always end up here for one meal at least when in town and it never disappoints. I have tried a few things on the menu, but to be honest the star of the show has been the steak. Simply prepared and beautifully cooked. Service has always... More 

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

I took a group of 7 cooks as a training experience to see first hand presentation, service, seasoning, menu development, etc. I even let the Host know what the purpose of our visit was. We were seated in the busiest table in the restaurant and possibly the noisiest.. It took 1 hour for our appetizers to arrive and another 1.5... More 

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Cary, IL
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Took six of us for dinner. We did the whole thing up. Cocktails, appetizers, steaks, wine, dessert. Service was fantastic. Food and wine were excellent. Would go again. Most of use had the cowboy ribeye and all of us enjoyed it. Calamari appetizer was huge.

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Fremont, California
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2,359 reviews 2,359 reviews
740 restaurant reviews
1,354 helpful votes 1,354 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We went here for late night dining and sat on the patio as it was nice out. We enjoyed calamari and a beer. Service was good. It was fun people watching also as it was Wrestlemania Week in San Jose.

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California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My wife and I had season tickets to the opera on our forty-ninth wedding anniversary so we wanted to enjoy a great dinner before the performance. We decided to dine at The Grill On The Alley in San Jose nearby the opera house. When one makes a reservation through open table, one is asked if the meal is for a... More 

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Collierville, Tennessee
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71 reviews 71 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

When traveling to California for business - there is "a lot" of seafood - and - I love seafood. We are working on a project and decided to see what a "steak house" in San Jose, CA would be like compared to Ft Worth, TX, Chicago, etc. The Grill on The Alley in San Jose, CA was just teriffic !... More 

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amsterdam
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102 reviews 102 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Spacious, nice ambiance, excellent service. Grilled beef was very good for all in our party. Attention for detail by staff. Nice...

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Amherst, New Hampshire
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64 reviews 64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Everything was well done - it was a bit noisy - I wouldn't recommend this for a romantic dinner or date. But, it is convenient to get to. It has outdoor dining area that was packed when we went. I'd go again.

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Stafford, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The menu was really good, the choice of beer was not so good, but the steak made up for any short fall with the beer selection

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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?