We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Grill on the Alley

172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
+1 408-294-2244
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“steak” (77 reviews)
“cowboy ribeye” (5 reviews)
“creamed spinach” (10 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
All Details
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (258)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 243 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

They are known for their steaks but I wasn’t that hungry sonI ordered the crab cake appetizer(excellent), braised bussell sprouts (average beware it has walnuts in it) and hot tea(good selection). The location was good and they had a great outdoor space. Table next to...More

Thank engineergirl621
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I was here solo on a business trip. The reviews seemed good and it was located right downstairs in the Fairmont where I was staying. I would say the average reviews are accurate. I had the Caesar Salad to start. Not bad. Not the best...More

Thank mitchm11741
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mediocre at best. Although the portion of the meat/fish is large - the sides (which are usually separate at steak houses, but are also usually noteworthy) were banal. With so many other steak houses in the near vicinity of the Fairmont, I'd save your money....More

Thank hillaryok
Reviewed 29 October 2017

This restaurant is old style! Vests and long white aprons on the waitstaff, fast service with 2 waiters or waitresses per table (they tag team basically), so every table is completely taken care of! The menu is nothing short of perfection! I had the Double...More

Thank Julie M
Reviewed 20 October 2017

The Grill on the Alley is an independant part of the Fairmont hotel in downtown San Jose. There are 2 parts to it: the elegant restaurant and the separate bar with outdoor seating. The bar is plush inside, with lots of locals and travelers frequenting...More

Thank mmoguls
Reviewed 16 October 2017

2.0 star rating 10/16/2017 Have been coming to the Grill since the property was originally built. Nice décor and upscale steak house feel. We were a party of six and the first group to be seated on a Sunday evening. Lighting was a little dark...More

Thank JeffRobinson7
Reviewed 26 September 2017 via mobile

I had high expectations for this place. I travel frequently and typically go to the best steak house in town. The service is great, the waiters were attentive and friendly. As soon as your water glass is half full it was refilled. Bread crumbs on...More

Thank coltren007
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Casual friendly venue- decent steaks and pretty good service although had to wait longer then expected to receive our meals for which they compt our desserts and corkage fee.

Thank jeanpaul70
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

Excellent dinner and service. Can't wait to go back. Steaks and seafood were awesome. Had the Kansas City steak and ahi apps, all were so tasty and service excellent I just wish I remembered her name.

Thank markhorn03
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I had lunch here with my kids last week (August 7) since we were staying at the Fairmont for 3 nights. The kids meals are nicely prepared and many options to choose from. The $17 Chicken pot pie was good, but the veggies were a...More

1  Thank Season S
Nearby Restaurants
Original Joe's Restaurant
1,119 reviews
.22 km away
Il Fornaio
443 reviews
.19 km away
Nemea Greek Taverna
205 reviews
.21 km away
Nearby Attractions
The Tech Museum of Innovation
803 reviews
.13 km away
Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph
218 reviews
.17 km away
San Jose Museum of Art
158 reviews
.11 km away
San Jose McEnry Convention Center
79 reviews
.33 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
8 July 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from bbchea | Reviewed this property |
Valet parking is available at the Fairmont which is attached to the restaurant. The restaurant will not, however, validate valet parking. The restaurant will validate self parking at a lot nearby..
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 31 - US$ 50
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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: +1 408-294-2244
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing