Nostalgic type restaurant.Nostalgic type restaurant. Food and service was outstanding. Very reasonable prices for San Francisco dining.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMNice dinnerHistoric restaurant with great food and superior service5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMHighlight of a tripOur great trip to San Francisco was highlighted by a terrific dinner at John's Grill. Being a fan of old movies like the Maltese Falcon is not required to enjoy an excellent meal at John's Grill, but we had fun discussing our favorite old black & whites. The steaks were perfectly cooked, portions were ample and the service was excellent. John's is on our "must do" list whenever visiting San Francisco.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AM20th Wedding AnniversaryMy husband surprised me with a trip to San Francisco and we just happened to find this restaurant online and loved the comments and the description of the place. The food and service were exceptional. Our waitress surprised us by bringing 2 flutes of champagne and the Flan dessert for our anniversary. Definitely will be returning when we get the chance to return to San Francisco!5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Steady Great FoodJohn's Grill is fun for eats in the City.
Steady good food.
Professional waiters. Fast service. Nice menu.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMChops and tomatoesChops and tomatoes and make it snappy. I'm in a hurry. I love John's. I always look for Sam Spade and expect to see him. Bogart at least. Around the corner from Powell Steet cable car and BART station. How could you ever beat that. Oh yea, the Apple Store across the street! You haven't been to the city if you don't know John's Grill. Meanwhile, read The Maltese Falcon.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and classic atmosphereGreat atmosphere and we felt like we had gone back in time to the gritty pages of Dashall Hamitt's great dectective story. I would not have been surprised if Bogart had walked in wearing his classic trench coat and hat. We had a party of 10 for lunch and the food was great and reasonably priced.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMOld School DiningThe atmosphere and dependable menu is perfect for a dress up night with a group. Thanks again for another fun meal!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMSo fun!This historic spot is a favorite! We got to listen and sing along with the jazz guitarist. The food was great, service even better.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMHistoric Johns GrillThe name says it all. Step back in time when everything was a bit more simple. The menu is basic steak and seafood, but don't think that is not a good thing.
Awesome service and great drinks, a must visit while in San Francisco.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMOur group loved it!Our group of seven had reservations for 7:30 and were promptly seated upstairs, which seemed a bit quieter than downstairs. We opted for Jumbo Prawns, Salmon, and two vegetarian en/trees, which we all enjoyed. A few of us opted for simple desserts of berries (fresh and delightful) or ice cream. Service was excellent, including handling the multiple credit card and cash contributions to the tab. A guitarist quietly played mellow background music, adding a nice touch to the busy scene.4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were at John's to celebrateWe were at John's to celebrate our very special friend's 75th birthday. The Maitre'D and the Host were both aware of the event and brought us a round of drinks because we had to wait about 30 minutes for our table to clear. Once seated, we had the best service from our Server, Tony, who never hovered, but was always there for us. The steaks and lamb were superb, as was the zinfandel Tony recommended. We could not have had better service and our friend was all smiles and compliments for the entire experience. Pretty good for a grumpy old Brit. I hav e already requested that we come back for my birthday, but don't know if I want to wait until October.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThe Oysters Wellington & ChickenThe Oysters Wellington & Chicken Jerusalem were both outstanding. Waiter was very attentive and service fast. If you're looking for a quiet, romantic place I would go elsewhere.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThird time here and I loveThird time here and I love it but my friend's steak was a little too well done. Kind of brought down the mood. My steak was perfect but you want everyone to have the same experience. Waitress was okay but not great or particularly friendly. Had a gentleman upstairs last visit and he was possibly the best waiter we have ever had. Keep him!!!4/22/2013 12:00:00 AMA real San Francisco landmarkA real San Francisco landmark and home to Dashiell Hammett's "Maltese Falcon", John's Grill is legendary. We've lived in The City for two years now and finally got around to checking out one of the world's most famous restaurants. We weren't disappointed. Stopped in for a Sunday lunch with friends and soaked up the vibe and enjoyed a real old-fashioned, early twentieth century-style meal.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMgreat restaurant great food greatI have been coming to this restaurant for many years and have never been disappointed. Whenever I visit San Francisco from United Kingdom I make a point of having at least one lunch at Johns Grill and in particular I always have Sam Spade chops4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLoved Johns!!! Would go thereLoved Johns!!! Would go there again in a heartbeat!4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMFood came so quickly - madeFood came so quickly - made me think it was pre-cooked. Great classic steakhouse feel to John's.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMClassic standard, up to dateWhen you want a good steak, this is the place! (No worries, fish is featured prominently on the menu.) Service was exceptional. And they know how to make a proper cocktail. We were a moderate sized group and they really went out of their way to accommodate us. All this and The Maltese Falcon, what's not to love? Not our first time, we'll be back!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMNice restaurant within walkingNice restaurant within walking distance of shopping and hotels on Union Square. Found it because we could see their sign outside our hotel window! Then checked Open Table and it was listed. Very good entree (almost too much food!) Excellent service.4/17/2013 12:00:00 AMMy third visit, and a stepMy third visit, and a step down from previous times. The service and ambiance was excellent, but the food had declined. I ordered the Lamb Chops and Tomatoes, and was disappointed to find no tomatoes. Since it's a featured item on the menu,I was a trifle surprised. The chops were excellent, however, which were some mollification and desert was good.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst visited John's GrillFirst visited John's Grill in the late 40's Back on a few occasions since. A remarkable place for good/outstanding food. Do not recall waiter's name but he is one of the best4/15/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent food and drinks TheExcellent food and drinks
The steaks are wonderful and cooked perfect.
We come from out of for special occasions.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMChill Spot!John’s Grill was a very chill spot, nestled on a side street, off of the busy Market Street in San Francisco. The restaurant is very easy to get to, if you’re traveling via public transportation. We chose to dine here while visiting SF, from reading positive previous reviews. I echo the thoughts of all of those reviews. The food was very delicious. We received white table cloth service. The waiter was excellent. The walls are covered with photos from historical icons who dined there. I’m giving John’s two thumbs up!4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMwe met a friend there fromwe met a friend there from Canada as we heard John's was very good. We didn't feel the food was in line with it's price. Service was outstanding as was the obiance though.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, friendly serviceGreat food, friendly service with energetic bar scene!4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMJust the right place for aJust the right place for a wonderful, warm birthday celebration with the perfect seating we had requested. We enjoyed every minute!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat steaks and fabulousGreat steaks and fabulous oysters. the service at John's is impeccable. We were 8, then 9 then 10 people (people kept joining us.. even someone at the bar who turned out to be a friend of a friend) and the wait staff handled this chaos seamlessly. The steaks are cooked to perfect temperature and the side dishes are excellent. The house oysters are especially delicious and even the bread that they serve is classic san francisco sour dough. Highly recommended even if this is a touristy spot ... only issue is the tables are very close together and somewhat cramped. But this was also partly our fault for having a group that kept growing out of control!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMVery Good Food, But the Noise!What kept me from giving a 4th star was the noise level... it made it difficult to speak to each other. I asked for a booth in my reservation, but none was available, I feel having one might have helped with the noise.3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMA nice traditional menu inA nice traditional menu in a wood paneled room with character. The food was good with great service.3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat BuzzFelt like being in an American TV show (from a non-American). Great buzz, great history, but most importantly great food with goos size potions and enthusiastic, friendly and cheerful wait staff.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMHistoric and pleasant placeHistoric and pleasant place to dine. White table cloth service with reasonable prices in the financial/shopping district.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMHome of the historic MalteseHome of the historic Maltese Falcon. Cool bar. Great location. Wonderful vibe. Delicious food. Recommend this place to everyone.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a great time! FoodWe had a great time! Food was good and the atmosphere was fun.. I loved that we could make reservations online..3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful ambiance! FoodWonderful ambiance! Food was excellent as was the service. The Maltese falcon connection makes this restaurant even more special. The live jazz was excellent and added to the overall experience.3/21/2013 12:00:00 AMJohn's before the theatreSpot to stop on the way to the matinee....great food, great service, great choices....3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMClassic New York-style grillClassic New York-style grill with unique San Francisco atmosphere - incredible collection of photos of celebrity diners running from local sports icons like
Joe Montana to old school movie stars like Humphrey Bogart. Maltese Falcon
connection adds to the ambiance. Food is excellent and prices are not only
"fair" as the web site advertises, but very reasonable for an upscale restaurant
of this repute in the heart of San Francisco.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe made reservations at John'sWe made reservations at John's Grill because of it's great location, very close the Powell St. BART station and the Curran Theater is just a few blocks away. We arrived early but were seated very promptly, it was on a Sunday and not very crowded when we arrived at 5 PM. The service was great, and our server answered all our questions about the menu. My wife had Chicken Jerusalem which she really enjoyed, and I had the Rib Eye Steak which was cooked perfectly, and very tender.
We were seated near the front away from the bar which became a little noisy as it began to fill up. If you like it quiet I would suggest a table away from the bar. We would go back when were in that area of the City again.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBeen coming to johns for yearsBeen coming to johns for years for business lunches. Great spot.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMEnjoyed the service and theEnjoyed the service and the food. This was our first stop before the theater (Jersey Boys.)3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Experience. Went withGreat Experience. Went with family (3young kids) and staff were awesome. So accomidating.
It felt like such a privilage to be part of such a legendary establishment!3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWe will be back!Had dinner with family and friends. Very attentive waitstaff, great menu. Was there on a Saturday night, very energetic place. Glad we used OT for a reservation there was a wait list to be seated we waltzed right in to our table with no wait. Very good wine list, something for everyone on the menu. A great pick amongst the many San Fran dining options. We will be back.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food and service !!!Great food and service !!! We had lamb chops and oysters wellington which were amazing. Waitress was very attentive but not overly intrusive.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMA classic old-school restaurant:A classic old-school restaurant: an excellent shrimp cocktail, large prawns and spicy, hot cocktail sauce. I had the chicken jerusalem, one of their special dishes, and it was delicious. My dining companion had liver, cooked medium. Both dishes are difficult to find in today's restaurants. Service is smooth and professional.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMGood steak and chops kindGood steak and chops kind of place, historic -- love the dark wood and mid-forties feel.2/22/2013 12:00:00 AM