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Historic John's Grill, San Francisco, CA

Historic John's Grill

4.5
4.5
6144 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 89 times today

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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

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What 6,144 people are saying

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

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

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  1. D

    Dennis

    San Francisco

    97 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    97 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Enjoyed the ambience and the servers were very nice.
  2. NV

    NancyV

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The breakfast we had there a couple of years ago was outstanding. Dinner last night was good but the halibut was overcooked and not as tender as I had hoped. The veggies were delicious. The Christmas decor was lovely and the photos of Maltese Falcon actors were fabulous on the 3rd floor where we were seated. Loved all the photos of the hundreds of stars & other famous people displayed on the walls throughout the restaurant.
  3. S

    Sandradee632

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dining experience was great! Arrived early for our reservation but was seated immediately. Service and food was too notch!! Can’t wait to return.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! 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.

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    ajfoodie

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful atmosphere (very festive this time of year), very good food, and excellent service (the host was very accommodating when we asked to change tables).
  5. MP

    MiaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. It’s our favorite when we are in town. I ordered the seafood pasta yesterday and it was delicious. Excellent staff, waiters and cooks!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and appreciate the 5-star review of John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  6. MH

    MichelleH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great family gathering place! Great service and food was out fast!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and service, and appreciate the 5-star review of John's Grill. Please come back and visit us again.

  7. T

    Tantie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at John’s is an annual holiday celebration for my husband and me. The service, food and drinks are great!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello, thank you for making us a part of your annual holiday celebration! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and appreciate the 5-star review of John's Grill. Please come back and visit us again.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In spite of this day being Black Friday the people greeting and serving our family were courteous and attentive to our dinning comfort. We were fortunate to receive the privilege of being seated a small dining room off the 3rd floor bar. This enhanced our dining experience for our small family. A big thank you to the staff and the kitchen personnel for the excellent dinners we each consumed after a day of fun and frolicking around the stores of Union Square.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed the service and experience, and appreciate the 5-star review of John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  9. KB

    KennyB

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrating a family birthday...What a beautiful restaurant! Decorated so beautifully for the holidays! The food and the staff were amazing! We will be going back with many more family members during the holidays!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! Thank you so much for choosing John's Grill for your family's birthday celebration. We're so glad you enjoyed your experience and look forward to you visiting us again.

  10. CV

    CesarV

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were fabulous as always!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance especially during the holidays with good service and great food at what feels like an SF classic restaurant.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoThanks for joining us at John's Grill. We appreciate the 5-star review. Please comeback and join us again soon.

  12. C

    Cynth

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration
  13. J

    Jessie

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Introduced my out of town friend to John’s Grill and the best Petrale Sole with Boidins French bread and butter.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoThank you for making John's Grill a part of your San Francisco experience. We're glad to hear you enjoyed the seafood! Please come back and visit us again.

  14. BM

    BarbaraM

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another fantastic dinner before our show at the GG Theater (only 1/2 mile away), They let us have separate checks which we appreciate. Food, service was top notch as usual. We'll be back!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoThank you for making John's Grill a part of your San Francisco theater experience. We look forward to you joining us again.

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    abby

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a nice dinner enjoyed the food and our time together

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you had a great experience. Please come back and visit us soon.

  16. HJ

    HeidiJ

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had never been and we had some out of town guests to entertain. Food and service were good and the photos on the walls gave it good ambiance. We plan to return.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance of John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  17. D

    Dezy710

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was absolutely amazing. Staff was friendly and on top of everything. Only this is seating was to close to others. Person in back of me had a hard time moving around in his seat without bumping me. Other than that great experience.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed the food and service and appreciate the feedback on your experience. Please come back and visit us soon.

  18. M

    Miso

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. Great ambience. Order the lamb chops, you will not be disappointed.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed your experience, and the lamb chops, at John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the food & the restaurant
  20. C

    Christian

    Houston

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The food was very good! Unfortunately, we didn’t have great service. Which is a shame because the food was amazing. I would go back again with a different waiter. 3 stars solely for the service.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed the food and appreciate the feedback on the service. Please come back and visit us soon.

  21. BU

    BeUTAHful

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Servers were short and not very warm/welcoming. Food was under sized (my wife and I ordered the same dish and the portion sizes were very different), over priced, and not better than any other typical steakhouse or restaurant.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for your honest review. We take great pride in providing our guests with attentive service and great food at a good value. We're sorry to hear your experience fell short during your recent visit.

  22. M

    Mark

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I’m a local and always assumed this was a tourist trap based on the Union Square location but tried it while on a downtown staycation with my kids and was quite impressed. It is tight and very noisy, as most reviewers mention, but it has that classical steak house atmosphere with lots of wood and pictures of ‘famous‘ diners on the walls. The food was very good- my daughter and I both had the filet Mignon, which was a perfect medium rare and served with a baked potato and broccolini. My other daughter had the chicken Alfredo and loved it, with the pasta cooked al dente and, most importantly, not drowned in sauce. Both the chocolate mousse and flan were excellent, with the mousse being rich but not overly sweet and the flan having a perfect texture and that desirable ‘jiggle’. The only disappointments were the kids’ lemonades, which had that distinct taste of instant powder, but my Ketel One martini was done perfectly and had that steak house necessity- blue cheese stuffed olives. Although it wasn’t inexpensive, it was reasonably priced by San Francisco standards and much more affordable than the other well known steakhouses, with the loud, lively atmosphere and friendly servers making it comfortable for teens or others who may find more formal restaurants intimidating.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoThank you for making John's Grill a part of your SF staycation! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and appreciate the 5-star review of John's Grill. We hope you will join us again soon.

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    None

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Great SF History here .. good food.. fun vibe...check it out

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoSo glad you enjoyed your experience at John's Grill. Come back and visit us again soon.

  24. A

    Andi

    Denver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Celebrated a birthday dinner. Food was good however a very noisy and crowded experience. If you are looking for a quiet and intimate setting this is not it. Better suited for a fun night out.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 20, 2022Hello Andi. Thank you for selecting John's Grill to celebrate a birthday. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your meal.

  25. MB

    MedeleneB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the history of the place and the menu was just varied enough without being overwhelming. The food was delicious as well. The portions were good and it's nice to get the sides included in the meal, something that you don't always get in restaurants these days where you have order everything separately. The waiter was attentive and friendly and we did not have to wait long to order or to get the food.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and appreciate your review of John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  26. SJ

    StJohnHalfpenny

    London

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, great service, and fun atmosphere.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and found our food to be delicious. Please come back and visit us soon.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had friend from out of town - we all loved our food and ambiance.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! 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.

  28. SJ

    SusanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    San Francisco ambience rich in character from a bygone era, delicious food and drinks, impeccable service. The Belvedere martini was perfection. Our waiter, Jose, was first-class.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! 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.

  29. E

    Erika

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was wonderful from the food to the service- we were treated so well at John’s!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! 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.

  30. BB

    BalboaBob

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Great food! They are a solid meal all the way down to the fresh SF Sourdough! You will not be disappointed.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 19, 2022Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you had a great experience and appreciate the review. Please come back and visit us soon.

  31. J

    Jack

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service at our favorite table and the food was superb as usual. Couldn’t have been better!

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 19, 2022Hello! 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.

  32. JB

    JudyB

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and seating.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great night with great friends!
  34. J

    John

    Kansas City

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We wanted a seafood house. John’s Grill advertised itself as a seafood and steak house. Well, the seafood was superb. We each started with a jumbo prawn cocktail. I then had a superior New England Clam Chowder. For the main course, my wife had fried prawns and a baked potato with carrots and broccoli, while I had fish and chips of wild caught pollock. If you’ve read Dashell Hammett’s Maltese Falcon, John’s Grill is mentioned, and the upper floor dining room is an homage to Hammett and Humphrey Boagart! It looks like a hole in the wall, but it’s a true first class dinner house.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 19, 2022Hello! We're so glad you enjoyed the seafood and appreciate the 5-star review of John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  35. FA

    FASHIONSUZ

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you are looking for an old school San Francisco restaurant, this is it. I went there solo and had a great time, the servers were excellent and took good care of me and the customers on either side of me were fun too. Great vibe.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 19, 2022Hello! 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.

  36. J

    Jake

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Johns Grill never disappoints! Great food & service as always

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 14, 2022Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you had a great experience and appreciate the review. Please come back and visit us soon.

  37. Z

    Zabaglione

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Classic fish and steak house, with interesting history. Good basics.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 14, 2022Hello! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and history at John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  38. D

    Dogtess

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was our second time to John's. We were an hour early for our reservation because the play was early. Anyway, the hostess found a way to accommodate us even though at 4 PM the downstairs was crowded. Service was awesome. My steak was done perfectly and my wife's fish the same. We love the old san Francisco ambiance. Its our go to place in theatre district.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 19, 2022Hello! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and appreciate the 5-star review of John's Grill. Thank you for making us a part of your San Francisco experience. Please come back and visit us again.

  39. BC

    BeverleyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well it was magnificent from start to finish . Food was perfection , service amazing and staff so pleasant .

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 14, 2022Thank you so much for choosing John's Grill for your celebration. We're so glad you had a memorable experience and look forward to you joining us again.

  40. SJ

    StefanieJ

    Oklahoma City

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed a wonderful business dinner at John’s Grill! The food was great and prepared well. Great cocktail and wine selections. We had steak, salmon and chicken entrees….everyone was happy!! Our server Jose was attentive and friendly. Love the history in the building and great location.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on November 14, 2022Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you had a great experience and everyone was happy with their meals. Please come back and visit us soon.

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 4.5 stars by 6144 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 89 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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