Historic John's Grill

4.7
5401 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: Monday - Sunday, noon - 8 pm. 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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Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure to eat here. John’s Grill is my favorite place to go. The food and service are always excellent and they have a great classic bar menu. They definitely know how to make you feel special. It’s also a place that knows how to make a single diner feel welcome which I definitely appreciate.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always go to the City during the Christmas season and we went today. It is the last day before they have to shut down outdoor dining. Yes we were outside and had a parking meter across from us but thy have done an excellent job of making each table feel private Lunch was great and the people greater. Come back soon

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply...marvelous

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vipEMcD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

John and his team were fantastic as always. We enjoyed a delicious steak dinner and drank our desserts.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great dinner! The drinks were great, the food was excellent and their service was outstanding. The outdoor set up was well built and the way it is set up we were in our own little room. We will be back!!

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Kerryloves2travel
San Francisco
58 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

John's Grill is a classic and did outdoor dining right. Delicious shrimp salad & sole. Outstanding service. Unique outside booths. Let them stay open.

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vipDavid
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They have been able to transfer the great service and friendliness to outside dining during the pandemic. I always have a good time and a great meal at John's.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jeff is an awesome food server!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went during Covid shut down and it was awesome. we were prepared to freeze your butt off and be shoved off on the side of the road. We were pleasantly surprised to see they set up a little cubicle tents that felt like you were on a train. Service was phenomenal food was really good. We had filet mignon and the medallion meal both were excellent. And oh by the way the martinis are pretty killer!!

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Ladiesinvegas
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Happy to be able to eat at John’s!

MM
MayaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, classic cocktails, heat lamps and great and attentive service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

They’ve done a great job adapting to outdoor dining. Our food was good. It took quite a while for drinks to come. We ordered a second drink just before the main course came out and were more than half way finished eating before the drink came. It was a little chilly outdoors but we expected that in November. Overall, it was a good experience. We will return.

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Jess
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dragos is number 1 :) very good food, great prices and he's easy on the eyes heh heh

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The ribeye

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Cassidy
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Service!! I had a blast and definitely will be back!!

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vipferny
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Set up for outdoor dining with overhead coverings and heaters. Food is excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience3

The whole experience was rushed. Veggies were cold and some broccolini pieces were cooked earlier as the color was and texture was different. Apps came out them entrees came out. As soon as we ordered one app the server walked off to place order but didn’t wait for us to tell him the second. The outdoor dining wasn’t an issue, the food and service were just sub par. I have dined here before and it was a way better experience. I believe that servers have the opportunity to do so much more and should with the altered service available now.

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Anchirblue
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak and clam chowder i have ever ate. The Steak melts in your mouth and is very tasteful. Its a must eat if you are in SF. I am coming back every time I am in SF.

AM
AndyM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Covid continues to take its toll. Back to outside dinning only however John's continues to remain open. With a new cover and a few heaters a good start for dining in cooler temps. They are going to need a few more heaters along the way. Food and service is why we keep coming back.

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LauraO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to John’s for years and we both agreed the food is the best it’s ever been. NY steak. Fried prawns. Veggies. All delicious Prices considerably less than equivalent old school places. Great service as always. Still enjoying the leftovers. We will be back soon

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RickS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service! A lot of San Francisco history. Love the cocktails. Great place to meet friends and celebrate special occasions or just for a night out. Old San Francisco experience.

LM
LeahM
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent all around. It was our anniversary and they gave us two small bottles of prosecco, complimentary.
Only one improvement: bread was cold.

RK
RichK
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Keep on thriving into 2021 and beyond! Love this place!

JD
vipJohnDensem
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday! Fabulous! Just like the previous-Covid time but far less buzz.

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vipFoodBug
San Francisco
91 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can sum up my review very quickly - we ate there 3 times last week - that tells you something, right! There is no better place in San Francisco for steak and fries. The steak is delicious (and I think a good value) and the fries are the best I've had in the Bay Area. Sitting outside there is delightful, and I really enjoy the jazz music. We also think they have a great Caesar Salad.
Top this off with excellent and hospitable service at a fair price - who can ask for more.

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vipsfoodie
San Francisco
95 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor dining experience was outstanding. The food was delicious and the service attentive. It was my first pandemic dining experience that wasn’t take-out, but it was my birthday and I knew I could trust John’s Grill to take every precaution. It did not disappoint and I plan to return.

KW
vipKipW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

If you ask for a steak rare you get it that way. Not at many other restaurants.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a very good meal and good service

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TamaraC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding visit after a 50+ year absence. Went because it was my birthday and I had a recommendation to go after a friend celebrated her birthday there. I wanted isolation and I received it, being and feeling safe from any risks of Covid-19 contact.

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Samspade
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating at John's Grill since 1952, at age 9. Over the years, there have only been two owner's and really, nothing has changed., which means they are still utilizing the original recipes and high quality which makes it a San Francisco Restaurant Landmark.

I would recommend it to anyone!

KC
KathleenC
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, but the cocktails were ridiculous! We all loved them. Strong! haha! I don't eat meat or fish, but great salads if you are OK with shell fish!

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vipMelv
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was a nice historic type restaurant. I had the seafood pasta. It had a lot of flavor. My husband had the burger, which was also very good. The service was excellent. We sat indoors, but there was also a nice outdoor area. I would definitely go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing place ... old school vibe ... great value ... great service !

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vipGreg
Sacramento
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and great service. Easy parking across the street.

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LorraineR
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I’ve eaten here for some time and the quality is always top notch. Never had a bad meal. The order was 5 lamb chops and they were top quality. Very enjoyable experience when all works in harmony-rather and experience from the past. You will not be disappointed. You won’t even remember COVID.

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vipDanaS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and cocktails are always amazing. We can't wait until the restaurant in opened for inside dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
East Texas
14 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food. Nice outdoor seating

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vipkitty
Central Coast
49 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always John’s Grill was delicious.
Perfectly seasoned Bloody Mary’s went perfect with the lightly fried shrimp.
Service is with a smile and on time.
Go.....

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vipKati
Sacramento
57 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

We enjoyed our “new normal” dining experience. The noise came from the construction across the street. Since we opted to eat outdoors we didn’t get to enjoy the ambience of the Home of The Maltese Falcon as in past years.

MP
vipMPFZ
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved eating in the street! Great service....gorgeous day! It was a great day! Food excellent as always!

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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 delivery in partnership with Caviar. 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 5401 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.