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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
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Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 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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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 52
    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/Great Setting/Great Staff

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
TJFLG
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California
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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133 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

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
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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100 reviews 100 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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
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77 reviews 77 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?