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John's Grill
John's Grill

John's Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.johnsgrill.com/
  • Phone: (415) 986-0069
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am -3:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: Lunch 12:00pm - 3:30pm Dinner:3:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Steak
  • Executive Chef: Mauricio Sibrian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: There is live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Powell Street
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There are two public parking lots directly across the street. One is Ellis-O'Farrell garage; see rate here http://sfpark.org/how-it-works/the-garages/ellis-ofarrell/
A word from John's Grill
John's Grill has been a San Francisco tradition since 1908. This historic restaurant is one of the city's oldest and most famous and is a favorite of celebrities who enjoy great steaks, expertly prepared fresh seafood with excellent service and a one of a kind atmosphere. John's Grill was a setting in author Dashiell Hammetts, The Maltese Falcon. The restaurant has earned many tributes: it has been chosen as one of the 10 best by Esquire and featured in Gourmet Magazine. Live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Very easy to book with internet, as we fortunately did: a crowd of 20 peoples were waiting outside. Although full, neither the first quality of the meal nor the excellent service were missing. Each time I come to SFO, I never miss to visit John's Grill."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "7/10 In town for quick pursuit of hot tip. Checked all leads without hitting pay dirt. Dog tired and grumpy from wasted effort, met an old flame at the scene of our initial encounter. Not much has changed over the years...at least with the joint. Candor - and a cheap mirror - made me admit to myself that the time (thirty-two years) has not graced me as favorably. Was thankful that the excellent wine and perfect steaks seemed to deflect my companion's attention...unless, possibly, she was just being kind. Humm, maybe there is a chance tonight will improve... S. Slade"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "John's Grill is one of my very favorite places to go in my neighborhood. The ambience is great and the history fun to show out of town visitors."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Steaks were outstanding, veggies and potatoes were so so. Service pretty good, and ambience was classic American steakhouse, but too many tables in too little space made it cramped and loud."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal in late June at the classic John's Grill. The paneling and mid-1900 era pictures on the wall were fun to view. Ambiance was great, a good balance of energy but quiet enough to hold a conversation. Service was excellent and the food was really good. We also appreciated their flexibility with rescheduling our dinner reservation. We will definitely return there when in SF again!"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We wanted to go to this SF institution for many reasons and it was worth it. The food was great and we had a wonderful time. Even our waitress made a mistake on our order, she surprised us with a free dessert. Classy!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Prompt and attentive service despite being busy. Food was excellent and price was typical for Union Square fine dining. Nice casual and friendly place to dine in SF. Definitley would return. It's more than steak!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Loved it except the menu on their website was quite outdated. Entrees were at least 10 dollars more."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Excellent service and food as always! We had the Jack Lalanne's Salad, Oysters Wellington and the Porterhouse Steak."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Any SF local or tourist needs to come to John's Grill. I will never get tired of saying that they have the best steak and seafood around."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "There are so many trendy restaurants in the Bay Area that sometimes it's easy to overlook the classic joints that have been around for years. Took my wife here for her birthday. I chose this place because I remembered a romantic dinner we had there 25 years ago. The only small negative is that our table for two was very small, but I understand it because the place isn't that big. Service was excellent. Both the waiter and the busboy were very attentive and friendly. Food was very good. I doubt most people even know who Jack LaLaine is, but the salad named for him is fantastic. The grilled snapper was perfect. They also make a perfect martini."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Walked by Johns grill on the way to and from the convention I was attending. Sign jumped out out to me as old school San Francisco. My wife and I tried it. It was as I thought it might be, and more. Food was great and well priced. Had their New York,came out perfect. The live jazz playing while we ate finished off a great night. Will be back next time in town!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "The place was packed and the tables were a little close but the food was prepared to order and served quickly! We started with salad and oysters, yum! For dinner I had a ribeye done medium (slightly on the rare side) and my gf had a new york cooked the same. Our steaks were perfect, cooked thoroughly but still a little pink n bloody! The accompanying veggies and potatos had a really nice seasoning to but not too much so as to hide the flavor of the food, also cooked topeffection. Great menu, wine list, specialty drinks, desert menu, etc... Servers were courteous and attentive as well. Wonderful dining experience, we will DEFINITELY be coming back!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "I dined at johns grill three times whilst in SF. The history and ambience of the place lend to its unique charm, fantastic food and friendly staff"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Staff was awesome and food was too. We would go again on our next trip and would use Open Table to reserve a time! It gets crowd and noisy."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Food was very good. We'd had raw oysters, crab cocktail, a steak fillet (cooked as ordered and tender - despite reading a review to the contrary), and drinks. Very good service"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We were hungry after a long day of shopping and felt like good steak to satisfy the craving. I remembered the John's Steak, what a beauty! I ordered it and bowl of what I think is the best clam chowder in the city...I mean the best. My wife had the petrale sole, which was so moist and flaky I was jealous but I have to say my steak is a can't miss favorite. I highly recommend this place not only for the food but for everything about it, the history, service and location."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great spot....we celebrated our brother and sister in laws 40th wedding anniversary and they were thrilled with the total experience. Food and service were excellent. Put this restaurant on your list of must go there!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Food was pretty good but not great. I had the fish which was really good but it had a sauce of shrimp and crab meat that was lumpy, tasteless and cold. My wife had a steak that was so thin it would have been impossible to cook medium rare, therefor the steak was a bit over done. However it was better than the fish! Service and food was better when we ate downstairs last time!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Service was wonderful.....oysters were great as was the seafood salad although I feel that it should have been abit more "cold" as it was not . Shrimp cocktail was the best or one of the best that I have had ever....Ciopino was to hubby's liking.....my filet was overlooked and the Bernaise was TOO salty. Other thing that bothered me was the baked potatoe "fixings" came already prepared in those little cups.......sort of lost some ambiance there.....and the food (entree) was just NOT hot! Veggies, baked potatoe and steak were just warm.... BUT I would try them again...just think that they are leaning more on their "past" performances and need to keep a closer eye on quality. Again....service and decor and location was great."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "John's Grill is historic. Everyone (San Franciscans included) needs to eat here at least once. This place is old school. The food is ok, their prices are a tad on the touristy side, but doable for most. They do need to update their beer selection though!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "a fun place to visit since it has been around for so long...has a lot of history. But, this is not a place to go to for the food."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "John's Grill is somewhat of an institution, and given the look and feel of the restaurant, I can see why. It definitely has that early 20th Century rich, solid, dark wood, moneyed feel to it. But that's where the nostalgia ends. We ordered mussels as an appetizer. All of them didn't open, which indicates to me, they weren't as fresh as we were led to believe. We ordered the Roquefort Salad; it was overdressed. I ordered the seabass, which was broiled. It might have tasted great, if it hadn't been covered is some sort of sauce. (I can't tell you what it was.) My friend ordered the Porterhouse steak, which she liked very much. I won't go back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "We dined at John's Grill on the recommendation of the Concierge at our hotel and ordered one steak medium and one medium/rare. My wife's steak ( medium) was perfect but mine was delivered medium to well done. Upon reflection I should have sent it back but being pressed for time didn't. No complaints about the quality and taste of the food though and the ambience was great."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "One of the very few old San Francisco eateries left, with the Dashiell Hammett theme as a bonus."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Food was moderate quality but of adequate quality."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "This restaurant has been around for decades and was the setting for scenes in the Humphrey Bogart classic, The Maltese Falcon. While I wouldn't want to see it modernized, it is definitely due for a renovation/refresh. Otherwise, the food was very good and very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We went here for Father's Day. 2nd best clam chowder ever. Seafood pasta fab. Cioppino very good! Seafood Canneloni very good (very rich). Sea bass very good. All of us very satisfied. I'd go there again for the seafood."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "It was very noisy and energetic making it hard to enjoy my meal. I had salmon which was just ok. But who serves a baked potato with fish? Rice would be a better choice - hint hint."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "A must visit location for fans of the Maltese Falcon. Food and service match the ambiance, for a thoroughly enjoyable dinner."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Found this through trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed with our choice. Tables a bit small and cramped but the food more than makes up for this. One of the best fillet steaks I have had and my partners rib eye was also very good. Will be back next time I am in SF for sure."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We met two newly married friends, visiting San Francisco, for lunch hoping to give them a "taste" of the City. They will be residing in the UK, met in Italy. We were a tad disappointed on two counts: first, the noise level was so high we were leaning over our dishes to hear each other at all and even then it was a challenge; second, the food was a disappointment. I only ate a portion of my Jack LaLanne salad and the other entrees were lack luster. My husband has eaten numerous times at John's Grill and thought perhaps the weekend menu differed from the one on the weekend. He was truly disappointed in the menu offerings. We did enjoy the history and went on to have a look at City Books with great delight."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "In a town where every steak starts at $45, John's is a refreshing value at 1/4 to 1/3 less, and has a wonderful, historic feel to it to boot. The employees we interacted with were all very friendly and accomodating."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "We crossed the Bay Bridge from San Leandro for a special occasion. Our son graduated from 8th grade and he loves seafood and pasta. This is one of my favorite restaurants. He ordered the Lamplighter. So did my younger son and my daughter order the fried prawns. So I guess it's a little kid friendly with some of the dishes, but for older kids not little ones. We had a nice time."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "great find. one of my favorite places. delicious food at reasonable prices."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "Food was great, atmosphere felt comfortable. Service fantastic, just all around nice classy place."
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "Had only been here for dinner previously so tried for lunch. My rib eye was excellent; my dining companion had the mix grill and the oysters were so bad he left them on the plate after a bite. This may have been a bad experience so will try again in the future."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We wanted to try Johns Grill because of the history of the restaurant. It was very crowded and loud. We could barely hear the live musician, who was only sitting twenty feet away. Our server was friendly. The food was okay, but not nearly as good as other steak restaurants. I'm glad we tried it, but we probably won't go back."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "No air conditioning. Seated on 3rd floor on a hot night. Sweltering. Staff said no air conditioning. We finally opened a window. Steaks were okay, but some grisly, not high quality. Not the caliber of restaurant I remember. Used to rave about this place. Sad to see it down to a mediocre steak house rather than the gem it was."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "John's is one of those places you hear about. It's a one time visit to see where Dashiell Hammett may have created Sam Spade and Nick & Nora Charles. Other than that its kind of average. However, I can see where it was a place to be back in the day."
    Dined on 5/26/2014