Historic John's Grill

4.7
5433 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
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 Hammett, 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. Now, offering a 700-square-foot outdoor dining area and indoor as well. Delivery is available via Caviar, Uber Eats and Doordash!

ZAGAT RATED: Food 26 / Decor 24 / Service 25 / Cost $44

"Step back in time” at this circa-1908 Downtown “landmark”, where “solid steakhouse fare" and "strong drinks" draw “tourists and locals alike"; "one of the last old-style SF eateries", it’s also renowned as a "Dashiell Hammett hangout" (and a setting in The
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter Bret was fantastic! He was very personable and gave us just the right amount of attention.

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ACarver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! The clam chowder and shrimp cocktail were as good as they good. So were the "Humphrey Bogart" lamb chops. I highly recommend John's Grill for anyone visiting SF!

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Tccoach5
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John's Grill...if You Know, You Know...

Every facet is superb; Ambiance, Service...stellar...food, impeccable.

Appetizers, Entrees...it's the simplicity that makes the meal. Nothing mired in a heavy sauce to mask a subpar dish; crisp, clean...One of the Best the City has to offer.

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KathyW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, as always. One of our favorite restaurants when we are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Booked reservation 30 min to arrival and was immediately seated. The cocktails were delivered immediately after ordering, lemon drop was heavy on the Triple Sec, but quickly corrected. Fisherman’s Pasta was average, it offered the perfect amount of seafood, noodles slightly over cooked. The Beef Medallions were cooked medium rare (just how I like it). We tried the pecan with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and the pie was served warm with a side of berries, it was excellent. The staff was attentive and overall a great experience and we will return after the next ball game. Would certainly recommend!!

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vipJennyC
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the SF Restaurant Week lunch special. The clam chowder was awesome and the fish and chips hit the spot! Great lunch!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate inside (we’re vaccinated) in the corner booth just past the bar. It was quiet and very nice. The service and food were both great. We split the Jack LaLane salad and then he had a burger and I had the lamb chops.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to John’s Grill after my vaccine and to celebrate my birthday. What an amazing experience! I love this place and they pulled out all the stops for my birthday: dessert and lemoncello on the house. I’ll be back again, like I always do! Seafood pasta was delicious!!

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vipRMarina
San Francisco
57 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A classic, old world traditional SF restaurant. Lamb chops are recommended!

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GenV
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Best Petrale Sole ever! Very thick cut. New York steak was very good. Excellent skinny Margarita. Chocolate Mouse Torte was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the seventh time I’ve been to John’s in the last two years and, as ever, it was awesome.

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Amksf
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing, food so high in quality. We had table 21, by far the best in the restaurant. The manager came over to check on us and sent over a free desert.

What struck me most is that I asked for a bottle recommendation and when I do this they usually recommend the most expensive but no he recommended the 4th least expensive cab.

Highly recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our service was phenomenal! We really enjoyed the desserts the most ! Great traditional restaurant with comfortable vibe. We loved all the photos on the walls with the history of the restaurant.

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MarioP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was fantastic and provided great service. Food was great, my fish and chips, i think the oil was a bit old, but still very good. It was my mother's birthday and when the waitress brought her a flan with a candle it made a huge impact. Thank you and i will definitely come back

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TonyToekneeTone
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks exceptional as usual. Wait staff, on point. May continued success and further prosperity be in your near future

LJ
vipLindaJ
San Francisco
45 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

had lunch inside- ordered the broiled salmon and it was delicious!

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TheMartiniKing
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and booze have always been great at this landmark. Went for the first time since pandemic began. John's had an amazing setup outside. It was like your own private booth. Staff was outstanding. The food is still great and perfect temp, even coming all the way outside. Excellent job making the best of our current situation.

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AngelS
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and the price was better than expected. Definitely will be coming back next time I’m in the city

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evec
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a very memorable evening. Was our anniversary and every staff person made it special. The service was awesome, not rushed, and at our own pace. Food was very good, had Halibut and Beef Medallion special. Glad they were able to continue through this pandemic.

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Miriam
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food but the ambiance outside was meh considering we ate outdoors off the sidewalk.

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ShirleyB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Very very nice outdoor seating. Waiter was so so. In the past I’ve always ordered the fried prawns. They have always one with a veg and mashed potatoes. Only veg offered but asked for potatoes instead. Usually the mashed potatoes are so so creamy and delicious. But this time....dry and bland. Disappointed!

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HunterC
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal all the way around not a single complaint about the restaurant or staff but be aware if you choose to sit outside be prepared to be approached a few times by some homeless begging for cash other then that such an amazing meal!

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PatriciaD
E. Tennessee
6 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience. Great service, great food, relaxed atmosphere

JD
vipJohnDensem
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab as usual. Beef Medallions were SO tender!

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vipKathy
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed our visit. The food was good, but not outstanding. My halibut was rubbery and bland.
Service was excellent. Ambiance very fun. Thank you

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vipYFsf
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place felt comfortable and clean. The tables were spaced apart. For my daughter’s birthday they gave her a flan dessert which was generous and delicious! We also celebrated HS decisions. It felt quite celebratory!

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RubenP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good steaks and martinis the Botha outside are nice safe isolation zones.

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ChristineB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Lamb was amazing. Outdoor dining experience was great. Excited to go back and eat indoors to experience the period style.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant. Friend crew. Bartender made the best Le he martini ever.

FM
FullMoonDiner
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

1st indoor dining experience since last October due to the pandemic. Felt well taken care of from both a health and dining standpoint. New York steak and lamb chops were delicious and cooked perfectly. Lots of interesting memorabilia to look at on the walls.

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MashaO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious - loved the historical vibe !

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CarlaG
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! This was our first indoor dining in over a hear and it couldn't have been better. The staff was gloved and masked, tables were over 6 feet apart and we felt safe and very well taken care of. So glad to see an historic S.F. restaurant back. Thank you.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible restaurant!! We will definitely be back. Hidden jem with incredible food and drinks. Highly recommend.

PD
PatD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing great, it was food...not at all what I expected and had when there several years ago. Would not pay to return for a meal.

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vipKMBH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. My husband had the New York steak with a baked potato and veggies and he loved it. I had the Jack LaLanne salad that had crab, bay shrimp, avocado, tomatoes and it was delicious. They gave us a welcome back dessert which was Flan. It was so yummy. Our server was very friendly and it was pleasure to talk with her. We had reservations at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday and we were the only people in the restaurant but by the time we left. The ambience was wonderful. We love the old style restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! The clam chowder was to die for. Definitely will be back!

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HaywardA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place and excellent food, would recommend for any occaission

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mikeb
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, nice outdoor heated seating

FB
vipFoodBug
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John's Grill is an excellent choice if you want delicious, reasonably priced food served by competent and friendly servers in an interesting setting. They serve a delicious steak, and their fries are the best in the city! Add a Caesar Salad, and you're set!

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You can order delivery directly from Historic John's Grill using the Order Online button. Historic John's Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 986-0069.

Historic John's Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 5433 OpenTable diners.

Historic John's Grill does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/order/?h=2168a60c.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.