Historic John's Grill

4.7
5612 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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  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
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  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JenM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Food was good but definitely overpriced for what it was

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Ivan
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lived up to the notoriety and our expectations. Delicious food, fantastic interior, and history, excellent service. Couldn't ask for more.

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vipPeterW
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The ambiance and service are excellent. The food is old-fashioned and perhaps a bit above average, but not much.

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Avma
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly staff and pleasant service. Food was great quality.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Greensboro
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food & environment! Old school vibe. Dragos was a great server!

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JessicaA
Denver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience1

We were greeted at the door by the host which was nice. The waiter was also nice as well very professional. The food on the other hand was very bland no flavor at all. Not even a bit of salt and pepper.
It’s a rent place for a few drinks but dinner it’s a no go

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KidNotorious
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic but casual atmosphere makes for a perfect "Old San Francisco" experience. You can feel the history in this place and the food and cocktails are fantastic. Service is great and the prices, while not cheap, are very reasonable given the quality. The highlights for us were the clam chowder, Manhattan cocktails and sourdough bread. Our steak and seafood dishes were also excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service

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carenw
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service4ambience1

I thought this would be a romantic meal at a nice restaurant. Very loud and crowded. People in shorts and t shirts. Food was okay but not worth the price. Good service.

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MartinM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service, ambience and food quality were all top notch. Best meal we’ve had in San Francisco and better service and food than 2 of the top national steakhouse chains we’ve eaten in recently.

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vipmaria
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usually it was amazing !!!

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DeborahG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Loved the ambience. Can’t wait to go back!

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SactoJohn
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very good food at a fair price, with EXCELLENT service by our server Drakosh. We sat upstairs & it was quiet & enjoyable. John's is an American classic!

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LadyinredSF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great job helping us celebrate my moms birthday! Thanks

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vipRichardR
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After being away from the San Francisco restaurant scene during the pandemic, it is good to see old favorites reopen. The upstairs has been renovated and is now called the Maltese Falcon Room. John still has his great menu, including the Sam Spade lamb chops, which I had and they were excellent and generous.

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JKay
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food & drinks! Lovely ambiance!

JJ
JohannaJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like visiting an old friend. Lovely dinner, perfect cosmo, delicious wine by the glass and coffee and port.

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Greenrose
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and the food delicious. All three in our group enjoyed their dinner and would definitely return. The servers wore masks. They have built an outdoor seating area for those that would prefer to sit outside. I would highly recommend.

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JohnF
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fun historic spot for a martini and a steak!
Don't miss "The Bird!"

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was pretty busy, but we were seated right away. Service was great. Surf and Turf was excellent. Clam chowder was very good as well. We would definitely come back.

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Mark
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed a mid-afternoon meal at John's Grill. The food was very, very good. Our server took very good care of us and the afternoon ambiance was perfect. We will be back. It was all perfect! Thank you!

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June
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We were seated outdoor and the service was great. :)

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PaolaB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great atmosphere!

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susanmc
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love the atmosphere of John’s. I can picture Dashiel and Lillian cuddling in a corner booth, sipping snifters of brandy after dinner.

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JohnC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated our 49th anniversary at John’s Grill where they gave us a quiet booth in the corner near the bar. They even treated us to Prosecco & a yummy dessert! And the food was amazing! It was a perfect place to celebrate us!

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CelenaB
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool vibe short staffed still able to provide acceptable service. Food was great

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TonyD
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and food!!! Enjoyable experience.

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JohnF
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time going to John's in as many weeks, and it was better than the 1st time. Food is amazing, and the service is top notch. one of the best places I have ever eaten in my life.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to plan an extravagant dinner party or just take in a great lunch while shopping the downtown stores.
Excellent food and great service with reasonable prices and a variety of American style dishes.

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vipsfoodie
San Francisco
96 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, ambience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and service.

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LollieD
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food were incredible. We had the filet mignon.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was incredible and the food was outstanding! 11 out of 10 experience

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Larry
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Busy Saturday night and a little chaotic. Seated maybe 15 minutes late which is fine, but the table the two of us received was so cramped it was almost impossible to move or relax. I felt like I was in a straight jacket perhaps awaiting an interrogation. Service was very slow which is understandable as most restaurants are short staffed post Covid. Servers were extremely warm and friendly.
Food was decent. House salad was pretty tasty topped with mediocre limp shrimp. Lamb chops were beautiful looking and plentiful, although somewhat lacking in flavor.
It's a hard time for restaurants and I appreciated the hard working staff... Will give it another try on a week night when things hopefully settle down.

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brianc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love John's. The staff are all friendly and professional. The food is consistent. It feels like a bit of old San Francisco.

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Scott
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the service is outstanding. I highly recommend!

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JerryW
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent! The meal and the dessert were both excellent! Using the website to make a reservation was very easy. I will definitely eat at John's on my next visit to SF.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my SF favs

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RowenaT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite service and the best fish and chips of the year at this wood-paneled 100+-year-old eatery a block from Macys San Francisco. Atmosphere of the 1940s with a replica of the Maltese Falcon (a scene from the Bogart film was made here), and a menu out of the 1950s. The chef knows what he's doing and he does it well.

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OpenTable Diner
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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 5612 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.