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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
17:00 - 23:00
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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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Los Angeles, California
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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102 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 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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240 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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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71 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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

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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
USD 31 - USD 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
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups
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?