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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
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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Bucharest, Romania
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199 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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28 reviews
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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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127 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 

Thank biadhbeatha
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

IF you want a tasty steak this is the right place! Very good food but you Will spend some dollars! :-)

Thank Emil N
Los Altos, California
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 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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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 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

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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
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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
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?