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Historic John's Grill, San Francisco, CA

Historic John's Grill

4.6
4.6
6340 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 67 times today
Experiences are available.
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Dining areas

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–9:30 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

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day at John's Grill

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    All guests dining at John's Grill on Valentine's Day will receive a complimentary treat from our Chef. Select from the a la carte menu including our holiday special Roast Prime Rib of Beef or enjoy the holiday 3-course menu including, Lobster Bisque, Filet Mignon and Lobster Tail, and your Choice of Dessert.

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What 6,340 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

Loved For

  • San Francisco

    American

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  1. BO

    BrandonO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding steak house in the heart of San Francisco!
  2. t

    trw171717

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner as usual........and Pablo is an outstanding waiter.........this time wifey had the halibut for dinner. I had a bite and I will order it next time we are there, Glad to be part of John's Grill Family.......:-)
  3. B

    Barry

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Experience was great, tables are small and dining room is tight. Service and food was great though
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice Restaurant, friendly service, good food - but: they were out of RibEye and Filet Mignon, a no-go for a steakhouse
  5. F

    Fredzoomer23

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The fillet's were excellent. The snapper with a spicy tomato sauce was extremely marginal. Such a simple light fish did not need such a heavy sauce. The prices are a bit high for the food quality.
  6. A

    Anamandaris

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience2
    Wonderful service from the moment we walked in until the moment we left. We will be back, again!
  7. VL

    VincentL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service are always great, glad to visit again after three years.
  8. B

    Betsy

    Richmond

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food and service. Can’t wait to return.
  9. CT

    CarolTsa

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, excellent service! Will definitely be back!
  10. C

    Christiane

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent Margaritas and Clam Chowder. Good Offering of meat and seafood. Everyone will find an apropriate dish. Always a good choice in SF.
  11. D

    Daniel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of history, great value, tasty food, and friendly service.
  12. MT

    MichaelT

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    My wife and I had a fine lunch of steak and fish with great service. The environment was exceptional. Highly enjoyed it.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were great.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Birthday! Service was great? Atmosphere wonderful. Steaks were awesome. Will always come back.
  15. BS

    BonnieS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Great chowder & sourdough bread. Had the halibut, but will get steak next time.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    The steak was perfectly cooked and delicious, but the ambiance made this feel more like a cafeteria than a quality steakhouse. I’ve eaten here several times in a larger group and never been disappointed. But know that when you book a table for 2 for a special occasion, you’re likely to be seated in a room which has row upon row of tables for 2, without much space between rows and zero privacy. Given this was a date I wished we’d gone to Morton’s or somewhere with a little more ambiance
  17. J

    Jenjo

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John’s Grill is amazing! Like stepping back in time. The “Bogie” Manhatten and filet mignon were perfect. An all around great evening!
  18. V

    Vivalasvegas

    Las Vegas

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The lamb chops were amazing. So was the escargot.
  19. P

    Pinecone

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was great and a good value. Nice place.
  20. n

    neener

    Los Angeles

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This iconic restaurant is all you would expect and more. The space is just as you would picture it. The food is excellent and the service was. Rey attentive but not overwhelming.
  21. JB

    JamesB

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    John's food and service are always dependable. It was the perfect spot for our lunch yesterday.
  22. MF

    ManhattanFan

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun, historic restaurant with fantastic food, great staff, and reasonable prices. My friends and I had a great time.
  23. KG

    KatherineG

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    Burger was completely over cooked and over seasoned and not worth the $25 price tag . Ambience is nice with old world feel. My partner’s filet mignon was great, though, and perfectly cooked. Wine tasted old but spritz was refreshing.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food was great and everyone was real nice. Service was a bit slow on checking in on us, we would have ordered more wine if they had been more prompt.
  25. j

    jkf64

    Las Vegas

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Old school steak house with excellent seafood. I would definitely return.
  26. t

    tcbfast

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    John's Grill is one San Francisco's storied restaurants with a history dating back to 1908. That alone makes it unique, but the consistency in food and service keep us coming back time and again. I've probably run through most of the menu over the years and never been disappointed. Beef? The steak sandwich or medallions are a great meal! Fish? The sole almondine is a wonderful dish with lots of sole and veggies. The Jack LaLanne salad will fill you to the brim. If you want a nice Noir meal to match the Sam Spade vibe, go for the lamb chops which has been served there since writer Dashiell Hammet was a regular, and had the dish make an appearance in The Maltese Falcon.
  27. HG

    HenryG

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A venerable San Francisco eatery.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food and atmosphere. It was like stepping back in time.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great and ambiance unique. Really enjoyed my meal here. Food was very good. Would definitely go back!
  30. F

    Fletch

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food5service1ambience2
    One of each ? Waiter Server Busser Kinda crazy numbers given a fully booked seating room Service a snail can compete with, never came back to ask if we wanted drinks, water glass sat empty, how’s the food tasting ??? Nope 👎 can I bring you anything else? Nope 👎 oh, so you’re celebrating a birthday? 👎 noise level through the roof btw. Only saving grace was the food which was absolutely amazing.
  31. DS

    DannyS

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So classic! Awesome old school waiters. Exquisite Roquefort salad. Best halibut in history. A flan straight from heaven. The only decent place in union square.
  32. S

    Shortstop

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Noise level considerable. Service inconsistent.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent historic dining venue. Took my in-laws there and they enjoyed it very much. The food is very good. We ordered lamb chops which was cooked to perfection. Petrale sole was excellent although m the snapper was just so so. Overall, we really enjoy the experience and go back again.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, great steak! Priced about what you’d expect from a nice steak house
  35. t

    trw171717

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great steaks as usual...............we ate outside and in spite of the rain, we were kept warm, comfortable and dry......
  36. RS

    RamseyS

    Phoenix

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service! Thank you

    Historic John's GrillResponded on January 16, 2023Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you had a great experience and appreciate the 5-star review. Please come back and visit us soon.

  37. D

    Dublinresident

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful old school restaurant. Pleasant waiters, great food and fabulous cocktails
  38. KK

    KatherineK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to John's Grill with two friends prior to a performance at ACT. The food was fantastic and the service was exceptional. I had the filet mignon and it was perfectly cooked. I will go back again to order it. My friends had halibut and sole and they said it was delicious. The French martini's were also really good.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on January 16, 2023Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're glad you enjoyed your Filet Mignon and appreciate the 5-star review. We look forward to your next visit.

  39. JS

    JerryS

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Good experience. Crowded, loud and hot. Food was good not special. Great location.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on January 16, 2023Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you had a good experience and appreciate the feedback. Please come back and visit us soon.

  40. A

    Angry

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall1food4service1ambience2
    Food was good, but there was a $50 per person minimum charge that was mentioned nowhere on OpenTable (other restaurants I booked for this week in San Francisco were upfront about minimums, which are common during JP Morgan). Gratuity was also included in the bill, which was a surprise to me. The reservation was for 5 (we had one late cancellation, and again, had I known about the per person minimum before sitting down, I would've amended the reservation to avoid paying the extra $50). The $250 "minimum" ended up becoming $340 after tax and "service charge" Food was good, but our server was rude, bordering on nasty. I get that it's JPM week, and understand the need for minimum per-person charges, but at least let people know before they book.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on January 16, 2023Thank you so much for your honest review. Our lunch and dinner minimums are posted on our website however based on your feedback we will review them to ensure this is clearly noted for future guests. We take great pride in providing our guests with timely and attentive service, and truly apologize your experience fell short during your recent visit. We have shared your feedback and hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

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

Historic John's Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (415) 986-0069.

Historic John's Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 6340 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 67 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Historic John's Grill

63 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Dining areas

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–9:30 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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