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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)
+1 408-294-2244
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri 11:30 - 23:00
Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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San Jose, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love going here for special occasions. In the summer it is great to sit outside and have the $5.00 Cosmos. It is a great place for a celebration, an anniversary, engagement, wedding. I went to the absolutely best wedding ever here, spectacular!

Thank sjsubabe
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86 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is exquisitely preprepared and the menu interesting. While the usual steakhouse foods are on menu, they have others that you won't find on every steakhouse menu. The service is top-notch, from the maitre d' to the bus stop--everyone wanted to make sure we were taken care of well.

Thank JennyAGoGo
Santa Barbara, CA/Dallas, TX
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290 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Attended a private event here and tried both the chicken and the steak. Both were excellent!! I didn't expect the chicken to even compare to their steak but it was perfectly cooked, very juicy. The veggies on the side were good as were the potatoes. Great venue for a private event. Parking can be tricky but I love downtown and... More 

Thank NicoleHT
San Jose, California
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100 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The quality of the place is just rock solid. You can expect a great steak with its side dishes time after time regardless of the season and occasion. Service is always good, attentive but not over bearing. Wait staff are always within view so there is always some one who can tends to your needs. The doneness of the steak... More 

Thank Eddie L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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271 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent service and the food was very good. Steak was tasty and cooked to perfection. The bread was excellent. Brussel sprouts were an excellent accompaniment. If you are looking for a steak house this is definitely a good find.

Thank delen1
Los Angeles, California
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43 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

The great grand dad of the popular Daily Grill chain of steak houses, this Grill on the Alley serves as the signature fine dining establishment for the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose. It has proved a wise choice. Steaks are outstanding and the loaded mac and cheese stands out among the side dishes. Some have noted the prices are on... More 

Thank bbchea
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127 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Grill on the Alley in San Jose is a very good restaurant. I tried the scallops appetizer and had the lamb chops as an entree. Both were excellent. One negative: the baked potato was too hard and had to send it back in favor of the mashed potatoes which were a very good replacement. Did not try desert or... More 

Thank bjandljtravels
Helmond, The Netherlands
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108 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

Quite possibly the best steak I ever had (12oz dry aged NY strip)! Also very nicely set up interior with options from groups to solo

Thank Joosmark
Gilroy, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

One brother flew in from Japan to help celebrate our dads 80th birthday. We wanted a very special steakhouse to mark this milestone. We chose The Grill on the Alley for their fabulous steaks. Which we did get! And of course the service was very good. My husband and I ordered the lobster salad, I didn't want to spoil the... More 

Thank kathymeritagecourt
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49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017

Met with colleagues after work for dinner and the service was amazing, seated right away and as others showed up they were brought to the table, staff knew the menu very well. Steaks were cooked perfect and had amazing flavor.

Thank KwhiteHa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
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: +1 408-294-2244

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