The Grill on the Alley - San Jose
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- 93%Local Culture
- 93%Art & Design Lovers
- 93%Green Travelers
- 84%Luxury Travelers
Member Reviews (8)
- The Grill on the Alley - San JoseMember ofFoodiesNov 20, 2013
-Happy Hour until 8pm, whoo!
-They validate parking.
-$2 & $4 appetizers, $7.95 burgers, $5 well drinks during Happy Hour.
-Portions are smaller than most Happy Hour places. Boo!
-Regular menu is super pricey.
-Calamari was a tad bland and not crispy at all.
-Spicy Blue Cheese fries were good, loaded with crumbles of blue cheese. However, it was kind of soggy and not that spicy.
-Tuna Sashimi was really fresh and a good sized portion.
-Loaded Mac and Cheese, yum! Lots of oozing cheese with bacon and mushroom.
-Kobe Beef Sidekicks probably stood out here. The patty was really moist, too bad they only give you two per order.
-Crab Cake Sidekicks were good, a bit fishy and soggy though.
-Mojitos here were bomb! They were actually kind of strong too and came in many flavors like Raspberry, Mango, Pear, and some others. A deal for only $7!
- The Grill on the Alley - San JoseMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 5Jan 21, 2013
Went there for a friend-fun dinner, with my super picky sister. The wait staff was awesome, and they were super accomidating, they even completly altered a dish just to make her happy. Not one mistake on all 12 people's orders, lots of fun, not too crowded.
Due to a totaling error, they got double tips, and for once I just might think that they deserved it.
- The Grill on the Alley - San JoseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 5Jul 05, 2012
My initial perception of the place was that it was going to be a hoity toity type of place, because it's a steakhouse inside the Fairmont Hotel. But I was wrong! The place had a classy old school vibe to it, and the staff were all very friendly and unpretentious. While the prices were steep, and to be expected, the portions definitely made up for it.
I had trouble deciding what to get because the menu was quite extensive, ranging from appetizer salads that are huge enough to split and still seem like an entree portion for both people, to pastas and seafood, and of course steak and prime rib. I decided to go with their $39.95 pre-fixe menu which included soup or salad, entree of your choice from a selection of about 5 items (I went with the lamb chops), and a full dessert of your choice from the regular menu. This was definitely the best deal, because had I gotten lamb chops on their own, it would have been $42.
I wish I had gone with the Manhattan Clam Chowder instead of the creamy tomato soup of the day, but I didn't realize I could have chosen it. The lamb was a nice serving of 3 chops with a large grilled veggie kabob. They were nicely done, and more than enough food. For dessert, I went with the key lime pie with fresh whipped cream, which was delectable. I also tried a bite of the peach cobbler of the day with ice cream - it was huge and scrumptious!
This is definitely a splurge type of place, but the pre-fixe was definitely reasonable. I'll have to come back for their Happy Hour specials - $5 well drinks and $6 appetizers at the bar!
Tip: Although it's not on the regular dinner menu, you can order the $16 regular cheeseburger or $25 kobe burger from the bar menu!
- The Grill on the Alley - San JoseMember ofLocal CultureFoodiesLuxury TravelersJul 05, 2012
The Grill makes you feel like you are sitting in an old bank eating some very delicious food. The space is grand, and they have green banker lights in each booth. I have never had a bad dish here - and the portions are generous!
- The Grill on the Alley - San JoseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Jul 04, 2012
Funny that I was across the street for a happy hour crawl that was so busy that I snuck away to this place for martini or two. The menu is a touch more upscale and the price seems to reflect it. Heck, it reflected its way to the bar and in the price of my drink. Its not quite vegas prices but it was up there. But it was a nice change of quiet scenery and more than immature crowd. I had to force myself to rejoing the fray and get into the thick of it once again.
- The Grill on the Alley - San JoseMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Jul 04, 2012
The Lobby Bar at the Fairmont was freezing cold when Gayle and I first sat down for a pre-Sharks game drink. It took only a few minutes before we decided to leave and mosy on over to the The Grill, which is also located at the Hotel.
It was Happy Hour and after previously looking at the Bar prices at the Lobby, we wondered why we didn't come to The Grill first. Bar Bites were $3, $5, and $7, draft beer was $5, and the wine prices were equally reasonable. Gayle and I shared a plate of calamari while we had a chance to relax and talk about several things. We also enjoyed the dark woods, the upholstered chairs, and the classic legacy bar feel. Best of all we were warm, comfortable, and felt right at home.