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Historic John's Grill, San Francisco, CA

Historic John's Grill

4.6
4.6
5933 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 71 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 5,933 people are saying

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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. AS

    AnquainS

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The good and service were very good . It can be a little tight and busy but I did not feel neglected.
  2. P

    Preetam

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service3ambience5
    I was looking for a steak, but then I ended up looking at the steak being served(at different tables) and went with a caesar salad instead. :(

    Historic John's GrillResponded todayHello. It seems we weren't able to deliver on your expectations and would appreciate the opportunity to learn more. We are focused on sourcing and delivering only high quality ingredients to our guests., including our steaks which are all Upper 2/3rds Choice Angus Beef. We hope you'll give us a second try.

  3. K

    Kireviewer

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is not the place to get lobster tail. The Maine lobster tail was mediocre at best. Had much better at cheaper places or cooking it myself from tail bought at the grocery store. Wasn't the worst one I had but you would expect perfection from a place like this. Steaks were great. We had both the New York and Filet, medium well and both were perfect. Vegetables were great. Also comes with a baked potato and side of sour cream. Not a big fan of baked potatoes but I forgot to ask if substitutions were allowed. Nice wine list and the pours are very generous. Nice cocktails. Sat upstairs....very nice atmosphere.
  4. RP

    RemiP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent dining experience. Reservation recommended
  5. TC

    TexiCal

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in SF. Always good food. Our service this time was excellent. We can always count on a great evening.

    Historic John's GrillResponded todayNow you've made us blush. We absolutely love our loyal guests and appreciate you taking the time to leave us such a wonderful review. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoThank you for giving us such high marks. We are constantly hard at work to deliver the best possible food and service at John's Grill.

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Historic Restaurant one of our favorites in the city. Always great food. The spacings on the tables were tight and the guy directly behind me kept banging into me it was very annoying other wise the meal was great as always.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoIn a city with so many great restaurants, it's always great to hear that we can be one of the favorites. We are an old restaurant in a small space, so yes things can get tight, however we appreciate you continuing to dine with us.

  8. B

    Bigpa6

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As we told our waiter, they serve the best steak in SF. Charring is second to none.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoWe appreciate the kind words and are so happy to hear you enjoyed your steak. Our culinary team works hard everyday to deliver a quality product for our guests.

  9. AM

    AuntMeem

    Baltimore

    128 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    128 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice local place. Great back story. La Lane salad disappointing - not enough crab. Halibut good. Shrimp dijon and fried shrimp VERY good. Nice prices on wine.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoHi. Thank you for joining us at John's Grill. We appreciate the feedback and are happy to hear you enjoyed the Broiled Halibut Weekly Special as well as some of our Jumbo Prawn menu items.

  10. s

    stepheneats

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good food and service. Not outstanding but consistent.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoHello Stephen. We appreciate the feedback. We are always looking for ways to improve and ensure every guest has a wonderful experience.

  11. t

    trw171717

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The usual great food and the usual great service. The staff always makes us feel welcome. The whole staff is totally professional. We have been regulars at John's now for several years and look forward to several more.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoHello. Our team works so hard everyday to provide every guest a great experience. To hear these words from a loyal guest makes it that much more meaningful. Thank you for the kind words. We hope to see you again soon.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    An old school restaurant all adding to the charm of a classic San Francisco dining experience. Polite attentive staff, delicious food and a buzzing atmosphere.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoWe appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear you had such a great experience at John's Grill. Our team works hard everyday to hold up to our 100+ year legacy of providing great service and great food. We look forward to serving you again soon.

  13. TP

    ThemusP

    Birmingham

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service were outstanding. We were celebrating our anniversary.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoHello. Happy Anniversary! Thank you for letting John's Grill be part of such an important occasion.

  14. RS

    RuthS

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Steak night! My friend has ribeye. I had lamb chops. Portions were large. Great value for the price. Service was a bit off once our initial cocktails arrived. They were slow to offer my friend a refill and had to be reminded to bring the wine which arrived after the entree. Little things that could easily be fixed. I think of steakhouses as having comfortable upholstered chairs. Not hard wooden ones. We had a nice time nonetheless.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 6 days agoWe are very happy to hear you and your friend enjoyed the Ribeye and Lamb Chops. As you may already know, the Lamb Chops are a guest favorite at John's Grill. We will definitely take note of your other feedback as we are always striving to provide the best possible service and environment for our guests. We hope to see you again soon.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    Fillet wasn’t great. I’ve had much better. Lobster bisque was awesome!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoThank you for the feedback. We're very happy to hear you enjoyed the Lobster Bisque, however we are disappointed to see that your expectations weren't met with the Filet. We take all of our guest feedback to heart so we can provide the best possible experience.

  16. MW

    MaribethW

    San Francisco

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our 47th anniversary. Everything was great… service, food, ambience. I had the lamb and my husband had a steak. Both were exceptional! They surprised us with a yummy desert and champagne in celebration of our anniversary. We will definitely be back again the next time we come to San Francisco.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 5, 2022Hello Maribeth. Thank you for including us in your anniversary celebration. We're honored to have been part of such a special evening. We hope to see you again soon.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great ambiance, but the food was disappointing. The petroleum sole was delish! Salad had too much dressing and the salmon tasted pretty fishy. The hollandaise was blah. Too bad!

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 5, 2022Hello. Thank you for joining us and we're glad to hear you enjoyed the Petrale Sole, it is definitely a guest favorite. We are, however, disappointed to hear some of our menu items were not to your liking. We take our guest feedback seriously so we can continue to improve.

  18. JN

    JillN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    If you have a special appointment or occasion coming up and you're likely to spend a little extra dollar I totally recommend Johns Grill! We were 4 person eating appetizer and dinner, had a bottle of wine and sparkling water and paid 400$ with tip. If you're german or European in general be prepared to receive a bill as soon as the last plate is empty. Overall 11 outta 10 for the food

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 4, 2022Hello Jill. We're so glad to hear that you enjoyed your experience and especially the food. Thank you.

  19. B

    Barney415x

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As expected. Professional and good food.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 4, 2022Hello Barney. Thank you for the high marks! Come back and see us again soon.

  20. H

    Hungryheart

    Minneapolis

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First day in Frisco. Not much to look at from the outside but inside is a comfortable dining place with an ode to the Maltese Falcon. Steaks were perfectly cooked and the service was top notch. We did feel a bit cramped though, guess that shows it’s popularity.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you for giving us a try on your visit to San Francisco. We know that you have options and we are tremendously happy you chose John's Grill.

  21. RL

    RogerL

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    The New York steak was so salty as to be almost inedible.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 4, 2022Thank you for your honest feedback, Roger. We take feedback like yours as a way to improve our guest experience.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Vacation. Nice they comped dessert as one dinner wasn’t as good as expected
  23. J

    Jessica

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Enjoy our lunch there, it’s very cozy restaurant

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 4, 2022Hi Jessica. Thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback. We hope to see you again soon.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Visiting San Francisco again and remembered how much we enjoyed John’s Grill. Our last visit was 7 years ago; nothing has changed. Excellent food, atmosphere, and service.
  25. ET

    EagerTraveler61

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff are friendly and make you feel welcome. Server was attentive and we were able to eat relatively quickly at our request as we had tickets to a show. Menu offers a wide variety and the full bar and lengthy wine list offer lots to chose from. We enjoyed Chicken Linguine Alfredo, clam chowder, shrimp salad and the grilled halibut. All were delicious and prepared well. The mashed potatoes were a bit gluey but the side vegetables were very good! It is impressive that John’s Grill remains a high quality establishment after so many years. We will return!
  26. WK

    WayneK

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are at John’s Grill to celebrity anniversary. Outstanding service and meal!
  27. WR

    WilliamR

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food in a very cool environment. The ambiance here was perfect for our final meal on vacation after another long walk around the city.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 4, 2022Hello, William. We are so glad to hear you had a superior experience when visiting our restaurant. We hope to see you again on your next visit to San Francisco. Take care.

  28. SS

    StanS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding food and beverages. A wonderful and Interesting place to eat.
  29. CW

    ChesterW

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and atmosphere. We were a birthday party of 6 and everything went smoothly.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I were in the City for a special Giants Baseball game when they retired Will “the Thrill” Clark’s number.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Staff and Services are great!
  32. DP

    DonP

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were great!! Tables are a bit small but would definitely go back again!!
  33. JD

    JeremyD

    Lancashire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    I had Ribeye, my wife had broiled halibut. Both were very tasty Our server was excellent and my choice of wine, a very nice Californian Zinfandel, was appreciated by our knowledgeable server. I liked that touch...
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California Sur

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Un lugar rústico, con un ambiente agradable ya que cuenta con una excelente ambientación y cabe mencionar que la comida se encontraba en excelentes condiciones en cuanto a sabor y cantidad. Por último me gustaría agregar que el servicio fue razonable ya que nos atendieron de manera correcta pero no llego a ser excepcional.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 6 days agoGracias por tomarse el tiempo para compartir sus comentarios sobre John's Grill. Estamos muy contentos de escuchar que haya disfrutado de su experiencia.

  35. J

    James

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    As much as I wanted to have a 5 star dining experience, there were a few minor things that didn't sit well with me. First and foremost, the restaurant provides bread and butter at the beginning. This is great by the bread is served cold and the butter was even colder. It makes it impossible to spread the butter on cold bread. I was worried that the bad experience might continue however I was wrong. The escargots and the tortellone was amazing. The sauces for both were to die for as they were superbly done and so delicious. I ordered the ribeye and my girlfriend ordered the salmon. They were wonderful and delicious. We saved room for some dessert and we ordered Chocolate Mousse Torte (A triple chocolate threat with layers of decadent dark, milk & white chocolate mousse). It looked promising however; it was a major disappointment. It was covered in dark chocolate icing however there was no dark chocolate mousse or white chocolate mousse to be found. I would have complained to the waiter but he only visited our table infrequently and we had to ask him for the dessert menu because of his inattentiveness to our table. The appetizers and the entrees made this visit but if it was based on the bread/butter or dessert or service, I would be giving this place a one star review. It is questionable if I will return even with the great food as service is paramount in a great restaurant.
  36. P

    Patxi

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Professional staff. Very attentive and not overbearing. The food was perfectly prepared. We never felt rushed
  37. HW

    HawaiiWriterGirl

    Hawaii

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is a fun spot to explore, with "historic" being the key word. We did not want to climb any stairs, so our little booth in the bar area was cozy, if not a bit too tight for our overly plump tummies. (Sigh) We enjoyed being near the bar area which had mementos from the past, including the Maltese Falcon. My martini was a classic, as is this restaurant, definitely "old school." Apparently, the rich and famous dine here, and their photos line the walls. As for food, it was "very good" in the four-star range. I started with the shrimp cocktail. Hubby had the lobster bisque. I enjoyed a small filet of beef, while Hubby had the snapper with three fried prawns. For dessert, we split the flan, which was lovely ... soft and creamy. Service was quite good and professional. John's Grill is certainly worth a stop. It's one of those places you go to because it is there. Good food, good fun.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on August 5, 2022Getting reviews like yours rank among our favorite things! Your thoughtful and descriptive review reaffirms our efforts and it helps other community members know what we are all about. Come see us again soon.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience1
    Food was really good but extremely noisy, tables very close together.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place.
  40. CD

    CDarice

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service

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 5933 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 71 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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