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Grill on the Alley

172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
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Ranked #54 of 1,921 Restaurants in San Jose
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Restaurant details
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
San Jose, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Nothing special but also very well done, exactly what you'd expect from a Fairmont hotel steakhouse. Food was fine (wedge salad was awesome!), drinks were good, atmosphere was exactly what you want from a steakhouse.

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Union City, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I had a business dinner mid-week at Grill on the Alley. Great appetizers! I had the Chilean Sea bass which was delicious. We ordered several side dishes and they were all very good; my favorite was the brussel sprouts. I don't really drink but the rest of the team enjoyed the wine; they have a good selection. Our waiter was... More 

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New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great wine list and menu. Service has been mostly attentive. At times problem getting steaks cooked to order. Other dishes with better results. Would recommend it

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Houston, Texas
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

We had a very pleasant meal here, they stop serving/taking orders at 10:00pm during the week. We shared a nicely prepared steak, slightly caramelised on the outside and still pink inside. The hot chocolate lava cake was not the typical small cake but 'house made' it appeared, smothered with caramel and chocolate almost too much!

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San Jose
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This is our go-to place for after-work happy hour and special anniversary and birthday dinners. This place has it all. The food is excellent and the great service and atmosphere make the price quite reasonable.

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San Jose, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ambiance The Grill is split into two distinct sections, the grill area and the dining area. Both are very comfortable. The grill area is what you'd expect, an upscale bar/food area, fun for a Saturday afternoon lunch. The dining area is well separated from the grill, so it's quiet, soft to slightly brightly lit. Well appointed, tables and booths far... More 

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Additional Information about Grill on the Alley

Address: 172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
Phone Number: 408-294-2244
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
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
Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
Cuisine: American, Steakhouse

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