The Grill On The Alley
172 S Market St, San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 294-2255
Fax: (408) 289-1568
Fax: (408) 294-2255
The Grill On The Alley-San Jose
Parking: Garage, Street
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: American, French, Steakhouse, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Full Bar
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Price Range : Above Average
Good For Groups: Yes
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I highly recommend the Fairmont Grill. I had the New York steak sandwich medium rare which was cooked to perfection.
The fries were fresh and the mac n cheese melted in your mouth. Our waiter was new but not lacking in attentiveness or politeness. They had a variety of lunch specials that I can't wait to return and try.
This is one of the best dining experiences I've had in San Jose. As soon as you walk in the door, you'll notice the great atmosphere, ambiance and friendly, attentive staff.
The menu is robust and everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their meal - from the first piece of Shrimp to the last bite of Key Lime Pie. As for an entree, I would highly recommend the trout.
Whether you're meeting a client, relaxing after a long day at work, celebrating a special event or just interested in a great lunch/dinner, you'll definitely enjoy your time at The Grill.
I go once a month to this grill on slow days to have my space and fun. As always the food was great but this time the off duty assistant manager was over stepping his boundary with us. I was celebrating the fact I lived one more month of my life. Yes I was feeling real happy. Being the only two customers in the whole restaurant I took the chopsticks that came with my order and started to play ting ting on my plate and glass. The off duty manager decided to come in and eat two booths down from us. There were 90 other booths in the whole place but he had to sit there. He came over and told me to stop playing around. I was like, who are you? I said nothing until we started to leave. I told him I was sorry but I was celebrating my life and I am sorry that I intruded into his little world. His lady friend started to get loud towards me. I just walked away leaving her running her mouth. I talked to the manager and he just said he was sorry and looked down his nose at us. See we do not look like we can afford to be in his place, little does he know. I have now also learned that the assistant manager works at Anderson Steak House as well. I will go to AP Stumps for now on, even though we will not have the place to ourselves. They have much better food by far. Average bill for two is $270.00 in either place. The company in which I work will take their business lunches elsewhere. Average bill for company $700.00.
Total loss for the month almost a $1000.00 or more. See one never knows how just a few words and actions can spoil your business.
06/27/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We decided to try Grill on the Alley even though we'd had a really bad experience a few years back. Maybe it had changed. We had reservations and we were seated at the round table just as you walk into the restaurant. My father and husband were being bumped by the staff since they were sitting right in front of the bus station and we were right in the middle of traffic. We asked to move. Our first mistake. We should have left. They wouldn't move us, even though the restaurant was half empty, since they said we wouldn't fit in a booth, 4 adults with 1 small child so we thought we would try ordering. After 20 minutes they took our drink order. We should have left. It took another 20 minutes to bring it. We finished our drinks, we're not offered a refresher and our first course of food showed up an hour after we were seated. We should have left. We ended up spending over 2 hours, $500 bucks, talking to the manager, being snubbed by the staff, packing up most of our dinner (since it was sooo late) and having a terrible experience. - Being natives of the Silicon Valley, we'll now recommend many other restaurants for families, celebrations and fine dining in the Silicon Valley
03/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Ambiance nice upon arrival. Super quick service as soon as we sat down, but then that slowed down quickly. Found hair in butter that came with bread. Complained, got new butter ?! After sticker shock from the menu, I expected perfection! $42.50 for small filet mignon, $61.50 for a rib eye. Average taste. Could have done better myself at home. Tummy is wrecked right now, & has been for past 45 mins. Dessert (carrot cake) was ok. Wine of choice, which was on the menu, they didn't have. Ordered second choice. It was ok. Service was ok. By no means enough to make up fo all that the food lacked.
The Grill on the Alley has to be the best restaurant in the silicon valley, no where else can you receive great food and incredible service all the time. We've been going there for years and the food is always perfectly cooked. The wine list is to die for and the wait staff is always spot on. We tell all our friends that they have to go to The Grill if they want the best!!! The chef is a god with steaks!!!!!!!!
10/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I would recommend that NO ONE go to this restaurant due to its poor customer service. I was staying in the Fairmont and ordered pick up. I was transferred to the bar where they took my order and was told that it would be ready in 10 minutes. Just to be safe I didn't go to the restaurant until about 20 minutes later. Got there and was told my order was not ready. I sat patiently for 10 more minutes then went to ask about my order. The bartender said he would go check on the order and was gone for another 10 minutes. He came back to apologize and tell me that the order was put in late and they were still making it. I wait for another 10 minutes then ask again. Still nothing. Finally I see the bartender speaking to the restaurant manager and I overhear him say that he FORGOT to put in the order and messed up. I wait for another 15 minutes and finally my food comes. The restaurant manager comes by with my food and apologizes for the delay and I ask what the problem was. Her exact words were ""the restaurant was a bit busy tonight"" and did not offer me any compensation for my wait. I can forgive a mistake but I do not tolerate being lied to. In addition some sort of compensation should be made for a customer waiting over 40 minutes for their $60+ dinner. PLUS by the time I got the food it was cold. DO NOT GO TO THIS RESTAURANT!!!!!
03/06/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've had the peppercorn filet mignon (on the bone) *twice*, and it is the best steak I've had. Service is excellent, and the ambiance is great (if you like the steak-and-martini hotel-restaurant setting). Prices are a bit high for San Jose, but well in line for what you get.
02/16/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I have been to the Grill on three occaisions. The food is less than fabulous and I never recommend this place to people visiting San Jose. Beginning with being put on hold 3 times to make a reservation to curt service table side. Go some where else. 71 Saint Peter is a San Jose gem.
09/16/2005Provided by Citysearch -
I like dining at this restaurant for intimate dinners because the atmosphere is calm and sophisticated; the staff is extremely helpful and friendly. The filet mignon and side dishes are delicious here. Also, the fruit cobbler is just as good. However, I would not recommend the mixed drinks at the bar; either the drinks aren't made properly or the bartenders do not know how to make the specified drink.