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Bob Spivak, Michael Weinstock and Richard Shapiro founded The Grill on the Alley in Beverly Hills, Calif., in 1984. The restaurant serves classic American food. Its menu features a variety of appetizers, desserts, seafood and pasta. The Grill on the Alley has private dining rooms for a range of events and can accommodate more than 25 people. In addition, it features a cocktail lounge, main dining room and a semi private dining area for up to 40 guests. The restaurant offers gift cards of several denominations, which can be redeemed at any of its locations. The Grill on the Alley is located in San Jose, Calif.

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Phone: (408) 294-2255

Fax: (408) 289-1568

Fax: (408) 294-2255

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Price Range
Fairmont Hotel
Central San Jose, Downtown San Jose

The Grill On The Alley-San Jose

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American Restaurants, Steak Houses, Seafood Restaurants, Bar & Grills, Bars, French Restaurants, Night Clubs, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Dressy

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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George W.



Always a pleasure returning to TGOTA. This visit our company booked the wine room for lunch. The personalized service was excellent. From apps to lunch to dessert, the food was visually appealing and tasted great.

Patty S.


Wonderful dining experience!

The staff really made us feel welcome. Outstanding experience. Ten people for lunch not one negitive thing to say.



We had a fabulous luncheon at ...

We had a fabulous luncheon at The Grill On The Alley. I had the salmon and it was delicious. The restaurant has a very comfortable atmosphere. The service was excellent.




We had a luncheon at the Grill last week, the food and service was outstanding. I have dined there multiple times and have always experienced great food & excellent service.



great place for a work luncheon

Our large party had a wonderful lunch here. The menu has something for everyone to enjoy.The staff was very friendly and the atmosphere was great. The desserts are fabulous!




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.

Becky S.



We had a wonderful luncheon at this restaurant. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. They also went above and beyond in making us feel welcome. Overall the food and staff are worth coming back to. GREAT JOB and thank you for your hospitality.



Eager to Return!

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.



Do not go happy!

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.



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Extremely dissappointed, again!

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



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Extremely Overpriced, steak was not so good, below average service.

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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Over priced

The food was good, but not outstanding. Service was good. We had seafood, chicken, and steak. The chicken was not very flavorful. The other food was good. We felt that the restaurant was very overpriced.



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The place to go for a great steak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The best restaurant in downtown San Jose by far!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The best steaks and the best service we've seen!



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Best steaks in the Silicon Valley!!!!!!

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!!!!!!!!



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The best part of the Fairmont!!

The best steaks and chops we've ever had!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will be back and bring all our friends, the best part of the Fairmont!!



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Restaurant Manager that lies

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!!!!!



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The best filet!

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.



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Food is Lackluster and Service is Worse

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.



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top notch

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.



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I love this place.

The food and service have been excellent everytime I have been to this restaurant. My servers have always been nice and the food always tastes good. I like the all-booth seating since I hate sitting at tables. Most of the desserts are yummy too.

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