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Grill on the Alley

172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
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Ranked #32 of 1,904 restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: b/w San Fernando & San Carlos
Transit: Light Rail, Bus
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106 reviews from our community

76% Recommend
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English first
Palm Desert, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Conveniently located in The Fairmont Hotel. Comfortable dining room with expected high-end steakhouse amenities. Service was professional and efficient. Steaks were cooked as ordered, tender and flavorful. Side dishes were large enough to share and very well prepared. A companion ordered oysters as an appetizer, they were a bit disappointing. Prices were typical of a high-end steakhouse.

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Seattle WA
Top Contributor
299 reviews 299 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I ate at the bar and orders off the happy hour menu which was a smaller sized portion of a New York. Steak was served medium well when I ordered medium rare. I had to send it back. The second steak came out rare but was ok. They do make a very good loaded macaroni and cheese. Bartenders also made... More

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New York
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

I went there for dinner the food was good and the place is nice. But I travel alone so all I got was a bar seat so not so comfortable for me, the place is always crowded.

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Sunnyvale, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Excellent selection of steak although we ordered seafood. The King Salmon was delicious and we their interpretation of Brussels Sprouts is original. Our wait staff recommended the french toast souffle and suggested that we order it during our meal so we wouldn't have to wait. This was truly worth the wait; it smelled exactly like french toast and tasted like... More

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Vancouver, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Had the new York 12 oz steak with lobster mashed potatoes and brocollini. Steak was cooked perfectly and was flavorful and lobster mashed potatoes were delicious. This restaurant has a nice decor and the service was spot on. Definitely a good place for a steak in San Jose.

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Leuven, Belgium
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Food was pretty typical of a good steakhouse -- huge portions, high prices, standard steakhouse menu with seafood options. Food was good, but I felt like I could do just as well at home. Pretty good when on the road with an expense account, though....

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Sebastopol, California
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111 reviews 111 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Ate at the bar part of the restaurant and had the Tuna. It was a very tender fresh nice size piece of Tuna I added the Brussels Sprouts that were delicious. Great food, service s so much. Waiter was too busy.

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Puerto Cayo, Ecuador
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

First of all this restaurant gets 5 stars for the food. The Lobster Bisque was incredible. My husband had the steak which was cooked perfectly, while my scallops and our friends' tuna were fresh, succulent and well prepared. The dessert (which we shared)was an enormous chocolate brownie and icecream which was actually more like a molten lava cake. Fabulous. So,... More

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Houston, Texas
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Last year I ate at this restaurant. Food was fabulous and I especially enjoyed their split pea soup! Speed up a year later and my experience was a disappointment. From the water spot stained wine glasses to the awful tasting split pea soup, This split soup was different it tasted just as if they had opened a Campbell's soup and... More

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San Jose, California, USA
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Joined a couple of friends who were celebrating their anniversary. The food that we had was really good. Taste was great and my steak was cooked perfectly to my request. If I was to rate it on the kitchen staff they would get 5 stars. Unfortunately the service staff (mainly the bar staff) let the experience down. When we arrived... More

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