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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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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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 24
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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
Elegant Resturant for Business Dinner

Located attached to the Fairmont Hotel, it clearly caters to the elite/fine dining crowd. But they do have nice happy hour that offers smaller portions. They also have a nice wine selection. I was here for a business dinner so the cost was not an issue. But for me this would be a special... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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San Jose, California
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This is a restaurant that aims to please. Located in the side of the famous San Jose Fairmont hotel, the Grill has been a landmark for almost twenty years, may be longer. But that is as far as I gone back as a customer. The service is good and the steak is much better. It does not have the exotic... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Went for dinner on my own. OpenTable reservation worked even very short term (1h). Lobster salad was ok but lobster rather dry - so probably not fresh prepared. Fillet on the bone ordered medium rare was rather on the medium side, so preparation not up to par with the price of us 72 for the fillet. Key lime pie was... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The Food and Service are high quality. The menu portions may be a bit smaller than you would expect for the price. We go a couple of times a year here.

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San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Located attached to the Fairmont Hotel, it clearly caters to the elite/fine dining crowd. But they do have nice happy hour that offers smaller portions. They also have a nice wine selection. I was here for a business dinner so the cost was not an issue. But for me this would be a special occasion restaurant. The service was very... More 

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I frequently go to The Grill for happy hour and for dinner with family and friends. The food is always delicious and high quality. I eat my meat well done and not too many restaurants get it perfect. The Grill makes my filet mignon well done and juicy at the same time. A side of creamy spinach or broccolini comes... More 

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watsonville, ca
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Being a vegetarian, it is always an iffy prospect going to a "grill" restaurant, which generally focuses heavily on meat or fish As a vegetarian, your typical option is to pick a couple of side dishes, or eat very mediocre pasta. My husband and I ate at The Grill on the Alley last Saturday (July 4th) and were very pleasantly... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Located attached to the Fairmont Hotel, this restaurant clearly caters to the elite dining crowd. Service is by team not by individual server. It did take neat 10 minutes to get a menu when I first sat down but after that the service was very attentive and friendly. The prices are quite high. But the food was very good. I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Steak was amazing, seafood appetizer was great, looking forward to coming back next time I'm in town.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

feel from the wait staff, decor, menu and overall ambiance. The food will not disappoint. Having hosted a couple of larger events here, I can also say that everything is done as one would like if hosting the event yourself. The prices are accordingly high, but go along with the overall quality of the event, meal, cocktail.

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I spend a lot of time eating at the Grill. Food is always good, service is very good and the décor is warm and gives you the feeling of the 1940's.

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, Romantic
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?