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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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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
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 74
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  • 67
    Very good
  • 30
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Excellent meat

We were suggested The Grill during our stay in town for the Super Bowl. Nice ambience, very nice menu and Wine list. Meat is really excellent, I really had a great steak, as well as the Soufflé!!! Staff is extremely kind.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Clelia1717
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Turin, Italy
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Tampa, Florida
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112 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

During Super Bowl Week, we stopped by Grill on the Alley next to the Fairmont. Had a great steak and potato. Very nice atmosphere but not stuffy at all. Good location if at Fairmont, Hilton, Westin, or Marriott.

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Thank Ken H
Turin, Italy
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We were suggested The Grill during our stay in town for the Super Bowl. Nice ambience, very nice menu and Wine list. Meat is really excellent, I really had a great steak, as well as the Soufflé!!! Staff is extremely kind.

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Thank Clelia1717
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66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing food and lots of it. Perhaps too much. Great wait staff and atmosphere too. Even if you are not staying at the Fairmont, this place is worth a try.

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Thank Mac D
San Jose, California
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Grill On The Alley is an excellent location for lunch or dinner before (or after) a downtown San Jose event. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is casual. Check their happy hour eats - a great deal for excellent dishes!!

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1 Thank Steve U
Dana Point, California
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're looking for great steak in downtown San Jose, check out this place and you shan't be disappointed!

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Thank D C
Maureen Phillips
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74 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not exactly California Cuisine here but oh we were hungry! We all had the John Dory -which was pan fried with flour. It was quite good but the fish did not need the fussiness of the flour. Sides were BIG. Be warned. It's very much like a New York chop house, but it doesn't pack as much punch with the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

When you enter, it's a bar first and if you turn to the right you get to the host reception for the restaurant. The strawberry lemonade was highly recommended by two of the dinners in the group. Fairly extensive wine list. Tap water provided very quickly for all on the table. Bread for the table was served with 3 options:... More 

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San Jose, California
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Return for dinner after 3 months away. Still one of the best steak house in the South bay. The steak were cook perfectly. Service were great without being suffocating. I would rank this above Alexanders and way about LB steak. Slightly above Forbes Mill due to better service.

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Redwood City, California
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40 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Attached to the lobby of The Fairmont in downtown San Jose, Grill On The Alley was convenient for us when an out-of-town friend was staying at the Hotel. Aside from the convenience, the Grill had a comfortable steak house atmosphere with a modest noise level so we could converse with our friend. Its downside is that it is your standard,... More 

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Thank ghsfcal
Newberg, OR
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74 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

When I am in San Jose this place is one I try to eat at with clients or just by myself. I am so impressed with the place I have had my holiday party there every year for the past ten years. They do such a wonderful job I have never changed the venue and look forward to another wonderful... More 

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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?