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Historic John's Grill, San Francisco, CA

Historic John's Grill

4.6
4.6
5846 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:45 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (415) 986-0069

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mauricio Sibrian

  • Catering

    Cancellation policy: A party of six or more must be confirmed with a valid credit card. Any cancellations must be made prior to 24 hour of reservation to avoid a $30 charge per person. This policy also applies if you need to reduce the number of guests in your party.

  • Private party facilities

    Historic John's Grill a landmark restaurant established in 1908 offers private dining rooms for 20 - 300 guests. Classic San Francisco atmosphere offering local seafood and fine cuts of steaks and chops. Chosen as top 10 by Esquire and featured in Gourmet.

  • Private party contact

    John Konstin: (877) 298-5397

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Cross street

    Powell Street

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage directly across the street, Ellis - O'Farrell Garage.https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/ellis-ofarrell-garageParking near John's Grill:https://www.parkinsf.com/sanfrancisco/parking-near/John%27s+Grill

  • Public transit

    BART / MUNI at Powell Street Station

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 5,846 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    American

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  1. S

    Smitty

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Arrived 10 minutes early, seated on time, excellent service even with a full restaurant the waiter was spot on for service and checking back, food was excellent, fish and chips,moist and golden brown the steak cooked perfect, and of course, sourdough was the best
  2. IF

    InternationalFoodie1

    Denver

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I grew up in this restaurant. Its quintessential San Francisco. The cocktails are super generous. The martini is a double really. The food is super. My favorites are the fried prawns, the lamb chops, bacon cheeseburger. I highly recommend!
  3. DS

    DarcySmile

    Portland

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re anywhere nearby, a lunch here is a must. It’s a classic, and I’d go for the ambiance alone…but on top of that, the food is delicious and the service we received was outstanding. They were also very accommodating of food allergies. Highly recommend.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great spot!
  5. AD

    AlexanderD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good atmosphere ,good people and good food what more can you ask for
  6. CF

    CatF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated father's day here with fam. Awesome customer service!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day dinner.
  8. TI

    TIMOTHYM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    Made note in the reservation that the purpose was for business. Was quite surprised to hear our waiter could/would not do separate checks nor split the bill evenly 7 ways. Not the first time I've been to SF, but the first time I've been disappointed with the service. He was quite rude about it on top of that. Food was very good and environment was very accommodating for an evening with business associates. Waiter simply blew it for us. Never again will we dine at John's.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  10. J

    Jenn

    San Francisco

    51 reviews

    3.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Burger, pasta, and salmon dishes.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time back after 3 years (on Holiday from UK) John’s never fails with atmospheric surroundings and amazing food and service 11/10
  12. DC

    DorianC

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    While historic, the food has really declined over the years. Very disappointing. And overpriced.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect ambience and service! Food was exceptional!
  14. c

    charlied

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Tourists beware! We’re English but have lived in west coast US for 25 years. We asked for a round table for 7 and it was ok but upstairs and very close to stairs and kitchen/bar area….not ideal But meal was great although wine list limited and not as they have on their website I thjnk. BUT our waiter failed to remind us as is customary for a waiter to do that they had already added 18% service to the bill/check. We very nearly double dipped and added another 20% When I quietly asked why he didn’t warn us he said it said it was on the menu. Not good We always tip well….but very nearly double tipped on a $900 bill. I suspect this happened as we had English accents and we’re hosting Visitors from UK. Most Brit tourists would miss this I’m sorry but u rarely notice this. It should be brought to the attention of the guest.
  15. MM

    MichelleM

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though we made a last minute reservation, they were able to accommodate us without issue. The restaurant has a long history and photos of past celebrities lined the walls. The menu had a wide variety of items to choose from and they have a very well rounded wine list. I ordered a salad and the seafood fettuccine. It was a classic salad with house-made dressing. The entree was excellent with a wide variety of seafood. This place was a wonderful spot to spend our last meal in San Francisco!
  16. MB

    MisterB

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We found John’s Grill through Open Table and loved it. The Dash Hammett connection was intriguing. The rib eye was perfectly seasoned. Was pleased to see a coupla Grgich Hill wines on the list too. Highly recommend John’s Grill.
  17. BS

    BarbaraS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John’s Grill is a family favorite, for special occasions and a last-minute reward for a long day. The old SF decor and its history make it fun, the generous drinks make it spirited and the excellent menu items make the trip from the East Bay, and the evening satisfying .
  18. CK

    CamilleK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent dinner choice! Lamb chops, filet & red snapper were all items we orders and we loved them all!
  19. n

    nanaya

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    everything is god, atmosphere, food , drink and anything else.
  20. GK

    GuyK

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I were in town celebrating our wedding anniversary. I picked John's because it was an easy walk from our hotel. We were greeted with champagne and also received an after-dinner drink on the house. I had the medallions of beef, and my wife had the Chicken Jerusalem. We were both pleased with the taste and amount of food provided. I would definitely return if we were in SF again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Please tell place at a convenient location for this at convention center.
  22. JH

    JanaH

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service. Steak was perfectly cooked and the lobster melted in your mouth. Very traditional steakhouse but superb none the less.
  23. EA

    EatAmerica

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Service was outstanding. Conversation required almost yelling. Appetizer came out along with entree. Filet mignon was ordered medium delivered medium well plus. Broccoli was mostly stem.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After eating here for the first time I now know why this restaurant has been open for a 114 years. The food was great, the service was excellent and the ambiance was lovely.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Birthday dinner enjoyed the evening s
  26. ER

    EuniceR

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious, staff was friendly. Went with a party of 7 before concert at the war field.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience4
    Good steak Limited sides No bone-in Ribeye !!!
  28. KP

    KimPK

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this place consistently delivers, the food is excellent, the drinks perfect, and the service exceptional. This is my go-to restaurant in the Union Square area and well worth a visit for out-of-towners. John's Grill is classic San Francisco
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    It took a really long time for our meal to be served.
  30. TY

    TomY

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Too loud for a business meal.
  31. J

    Joyous

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the best filets I’ve ever had. Phenomenally good food.
  32. n

    none

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    we were seated in the table on the first floor by the elevator, not to comfortable I would suggest you just take out that table, very distracting when your trying to talk and eat. Would not eat there again if given that table.
  33. S

    Sunchaser

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We met up with one of our friends while they were in town for a conference, and had the pleasure of dining in the Maltese Falcon room. I enjoyed Escargo and steak medallions, my partner enjoyed strip steak and a Cesar salad, and our friend enjoyed the seafood pasta dish. Amazing food, and classy service. I know we had some dessert as well, but the cocktails were my favorite!! We're super grateful that there is a parking lot across the street as well.
  34. JG

    JG72

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience1
    Outside was pretty disappointing. A lot of the food was over cooked or dry.
  35. SR

    SaraR

    Las Vegas

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Went here for dinner. It’s close quarters between tables. Luckily it wasn’t full or it would have been uncomfortable dining that close to others. The food was good, but not so amazing I would hurry back. Portions were generous. Server was attentive and timely. Overall a nice dining experience.
  36. TH

    TerryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service, excellent food and a really fun place to eat! We had the lamb chops, seafood pasta, and sole. Each was outstanding But I think the petrale sole was the best!
  37. CL

    CarolL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Very enjoyable atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Normally reliably good. My wife always gets the Sam Spade Lamb Ribs. Last night's were less than good and that's their signature dish. My salmon was excellent however. Maybe one more try.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was quick, professional, and very friendly. A good mix of beef, seafood, and pasta dishes. The meat was cooked perfect. The halibut was fresh and tasty
  40. JT

    JayT

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch. Old-school experience. A time machine, in a good way. Can’t go wrong, unless maybe you’re vegan.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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 4.6 stars by 5846 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 56 times today
Google Map for Historic John's Grill

63 Ellis Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Powell Street

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Union Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:45 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 3:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Steak, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is a parking garage directly across the street, Ellis - O'Farrell Garage.https://www.sfmta.com/garages-lots/ellis-ofarrell-garageParking near John's Grill:https://www.parkinsf.com/sanfrancisco/parking-near/John%27s+Grill

  • Public transit

    BART / MUNI at Powell Street Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mauricio Sibrian

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (415) 986-0069

  • Catering

    Cancellation policy: A party of six or more must be confirmed with a valid credit card. Any cancellations must be made prior to 24 hour of reservation to avoid a $30 charge per person. This policy also applies if you need to reduce the number of guests in your party.

  • Private party facilities

    Historic John's Grill a landmark restaurant established in 1908 offers private dining rooms for 20 - 300 guests. Classic San Francisco atmosphere offering local seafood and fine cuts of steaks and chops. Chosen as top 10 by Esquire and featured in Gourmet.

  • Private party contact

    John Konstin: (877) 298-5397

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