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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)
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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
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Los Altos, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Had to pick a spot for lunch near San Jose. His location was very central and was close to the highways. Parking at the hotel was reasonable and quick access. Restaurant had a good atmosphere and very friendly staff. The waiter was a bit too over zealous but good service. Good was light and tasty. There were some heavy dinner... More 

Thank ToughTime
Phoenix, Arizona
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I expected the steak to be really, really good, but it was truly exceptional. Moreover, the brussel sproutwas one of the most create and unique tasting food I've tasted to date. I also appreciated the staff who were neither overattentive or underattentive, both of which are not enjoyable. This is a special place for a special dinner. OH and did... More 

Thank BM C
Kennesaw, Georgia
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567 reviews
331 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped at the bar for dinner. Few TVs for football. Good service and friendly staff. Good wine by the glass and cocktails with local beers. I had the Special wagyu short ribs (little fatty but well seasoned and braised) with mashed potatoes and gravy. Dessert I had key lime pie. The crust was close to graham cracker but more... More 

Thank Thomas V
New York City, New York
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407 reviews
225 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Let's start with the fact that this is an expensive steak house. Most mean entrees are in the $50-60 range. Side dishes and starters are extra. Wines and cocktails are undoubtedly good but costly. But quality and service are not without cost. Now you know that, so let's continue. The decor and service were great. The waiter was knowledgeable about... More 

Thank Staten_Islander
New York City, New York
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100 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rivals some of best in NY - on par with Wolfgang's and a little bit better than Smith and Wollensky's. Adequately priced given the great service and excellent selection of cuts and wine. Seafood was alright, not fantastic.

Thank Sean M
Sfakaki, Greece
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Perfect for a formal group occasion wedding, bar mitzvah, etc. Excellent service; food prepared as requested. Avoid lobby bar (noisy, trashy).

Thank Gargan S
Green Valley, California
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310 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Grill is a very good restaurant, one worthy of seeking out. Located within the Fairmont in downtown San Jose, all the food was excellent though somewhat pricey. Many items are a la carte so be prepared to pay well for a full and complete meal. It has the feel of an expensive restaurant in SF or Europe with low... More 

Thank WineEng
Tulsa, OK
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43 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2016

We ate on the outside patio which made the experience even more enjoyable. The drink list was amazing and the Strawberry Mule was SO good! The food was excellent and we were very satisfied with our meal and service!

Thank Hquizzle
Dublin, Ireland
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

It is expensive and the service fell well short of my expectations. They promote gluten free however no gluten free breads and fish came out with crisp coating. Queried the coating advised it was flour and wheat free - unable to say what type of flour. Had to remind about vegetables and meal half eaten before vegetable arrived and fries... More 

Thank annlR8994AU
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107 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We went to the Grill for a birthday celebration dinner. The servers were amazing - chatty, friendly and the right level of attentive. My meal - the scallops with a side of broccoli - was sadly a bit lack luster. Friends enjoyed the crab cakes and one of the salads. Nice ambience.

Thank Lesley B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$31 - $50
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?