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Grill on the Alley

172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
+1 408-294-2244
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good36%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (72 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options
172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113-2307
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1 - 10 of 235 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were too tired to leave the hotel for dinner, so ate at The Grill. Their sour dough bread is out of this world and I couldn't stop eating it, so less room for dinner. My scallops were sweet and cooked to perfection and my...More

1  Thank Sonia F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous filet, excellent risotto and strawberry shortcake. The portions are large enough to share. Attentive servers. Well worth it!!!

1  Thank Donna K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

With several restaurants to choose from, this one had quite a few people and looked friendly inside. It is. Very goo service with a great selection of food, beers and wine. We had steak salads, soups and a nice choice of desserts. Reasonably priced with...More

6  Thank EliteTravellers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came away disappointed with the whole experience. Part of the Fairmont hotel the dining room is fairly dark but offers nice intimate spaces if you want a quiet meal. Experience spoilt by being continually asked if everything thing was ok. Perhaps as many as 15...More

1  Thank grwpl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of our downtown favorites. The food is always so good, fresh and tasty. The customer service is very good. We enjoy the bar area or we have done many group meals here as well. I highly recommend this place as it is...More

1  Thank roslyn b
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Went here for birthday dinner for my partner because I knew he would love the steak tartare, lobster bisque and lamb chops. I had the seared foie gras and the Scottish salmon. We shared a real Caesar salad with eggs and anchovies. It may seem...More

1  Thank dbwbear
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

In general, I made an opinion on US meat. It overcooks fast. Also, it absorbs marinade fast. The ribeye and the tenderloin we tried absorbed too much garljc and other stuff. The meat lost its original flavor although it was of good quality. The staff...More

1  Thank Karim F
Reviewed 16 June 2017 via mobile

The booths here are comfortable for 4 adults to have a business conversation. I wouldnt suggest this option for having material to share, per se. Meal was well paced, salads were all fresh and promptly served. It's a little dark, but not to the place...More

1  Thank PHXJeremy
Reviewed 12 June 2017

I had the cowboy ribeye and it was delicious. The waiter and the rest of the staff was excellent and very attentive to our needs. Even the creamed spinach was good!

1  Thank Jaye M
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8 July 2016|
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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..
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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, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Valet Parking
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • E-mail
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