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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 - 23:00
Closed now
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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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Gilroy, California
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good here is very good, both the meat and the fish. Meat is however slightly over priced I would say. Service is in general good.

Thank Bygdagut
Bucharest, Romania
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239 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Good truffle fries, great steak and bernaise. I also liked the the gratine cauliflower, although more liquid than I expected. I plan to try their tuna, since it looked delicious 😁

Thank nico84ro
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

one of my favorite restaurants,service is impeccable food is great and consistent,you get what you pay for

Thank Marion M
Santa Barbara, United States
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Our visit over Christmas was in the later evening for drinks and dessert. Wonderful wait staff, setting tremendous and relaxing.

Thank Steen H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

When you want a wonderful steak dinner with special friends or to celebrate go to the Grill. It is located in the Fairmont hotel, and is as classy as it gets with private wood booths, wonderful designer cocktails, all the classic side dishes, and a skilled staff. Open and bright tall ceilings with a masculine interior. We could talk and... More 

Thank Jean H
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I went with a friend for lunch on a Monday. We have made a habit of meeting for a steak at various places around the world so next stop was San Jose. The restaurant is part sports bar and part semi-fine dining. Service was a bit slow and somehow disinterested. The menu was surprisingly low on dead cow offerings which... More 

Thank BrettOnTheRoad
Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Normal steak house fare in a very nice setting. I've had several different items on the menu and have never been disappointed. A bit on the pricey side but what good steak house isn't? Actually I think the value is good. Very good wine list is fairly priced. Good bar area with a fun bar menu.

Thank David N
San Jose, California
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20 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

First off if it's in the fairmont. It's going to be pricey. Which is fine you need to expect that with high caliber hotels. But with the price I expect great quality. But $55 dollars for a "filet" ( beef tenderloin maybe but not a true filet cut it was an end piece) to have it cooked to death with... More 

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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
Groups, Romantic, 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?