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Grill on the Alley

172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
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Ranked #45 of 1,906 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $50
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
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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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

What a terrific place to celebrate a birthday. After making the reservation by phone with Marco, when he greeted us and wished my dining companion Happy Birthday. She was thrilled he knew it was her birthday! Marco seated us at a nice booth and promised we would enjoy the birthday meal and he and the staff would make sure we... More

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Reno, Nevada
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122 reviews 122 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have always looked forward to our stop at the Grill each year when in San Jose. It has always been wonderful. Except for last weekend. We always sit outside and have several small plates and share. I'm guessing new owners? Portions were so small, food just not good at all and the usual busy place was empty. And it... More

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Wanaque, New Jersey
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64 reviews 64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Here on business. Tuna ahi was over cooked. Ate outside Street person decided to reach over the rail and eat someone's leftovers. Service was very slow....

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Mexico City, Mexico
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35 reviews 35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I was there for the second time this year and continue to like it. The wine list is great, mostly Californian, with a wide array of prices. The steak is very good and here is one of the few places in town they know how to cook it Pittsburgh style... our waiter was there whenever we needed him and made... More

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San Jose
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144 reviews 144 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Went to Grill on the Alley for a business dinner. The food was excellent. If you like shrimp cocktail, you will be impressed by the size of these jumbo shrimp. A couple of us ordered a couple of starters instead of a main course. The portions were more than sufficient. Service was unpolished. Although they weren't kids, there was a... More

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Palm Desert, California
17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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311 reviews 311 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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
34 helpful votes 34 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
20 reviews 20 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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