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Historic John's Grill, San Francisco, CA

Historic John's Grill

4.5
4.5
6040 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 61 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–9:00 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 6,040 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

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco

    American

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  1. AH

    AaronH

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great drinks, good service, great food. Enjoyed the evening!
  2. F

    Foodgasm

    Oklahoma City

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    Very impersonal and slam bam experience

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoWe're sorry to hear your experience was less than exceptional and hope you will give us another chance to impress.

  3. E

    Eat2run

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVED our experience at John's Grill. Our party of seven included 3 generations of the family, all celebrating their birthdays. One of our guests had been to John's 50 times before since he works down the street. John's has something for everyone. Great food (we had the snails, salads, lamb, filet, fisherman's special, burgers and halibut ), all cooked perfectly and tasty. The waiter's were friendly and meticulous with the service and timing. We were seated on the 3rd floor Falcon room at a round table, which was a little more quiet and made for easy conversation. Highly recommend for both old timers and young people, locals and tourists.

    Historic John's GrillResponded todayHello! Thank you for choosing John's Grill for your family's birthday celebrations. We're so glad you had a great experience and appreciate the recommendation. Please come back and visit us soon.

  4. AJ

    AndreaJ

    London

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant was very busy, its certainly a popular place. The nice gentleman at front of house wished us happy anniversary which was a nice touch. Service was excellent as was the food...the ribeye steak was cooked perfectly. It was a very enjoyable evening.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHi Andrea. Thank you for choosing John's Grill for your anniversary celebration. We're so glad to have provided you with an enjoyable experience. We hope to see you again.

  5. YB

    YummyButRushed

    New England

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Very loud and bad service

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoWe're sorry to hear your experience was less than exceptional. We hope you will provide us with another chance to impress.

  6. Y

    Yudianto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Food and services are good. But it is very noisy, especially sitting inside

    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.

  7. G

    Geri

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Going to John' Grill is always a treat, but even more fun when I get to introduce one of my friends to this landmark! The food was great, particularly the broiled salmon.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHello! Thank you for your loyalty to John's Grill! We're so glad you enjoyed the salmon and appreciate you introducing your friends to our historic dining experience. Please come back and visit us soon.

  8. RO

    ROBERTB

    San Francisco

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Had liver and onions, not on menu, requested. Excellent with 2 slices. Also, had escargo as appetizer, excellent. Same for clam chowder.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoWe were happy to help with your request and are so glad you enjoyed your dining experience at John's Grill. Please come back and visit us again soon!

  9. AA

    AlexandraA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, good restaurant with excellent steak’s and quality food

    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.

  10. SB

    SusanB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, and our waiter took care of us quite well, John's Grill is my go to place when I came into the city to go to the theater.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 1 day agoHi Susan, thanks for your loyalty. We appreciate you making John's Grill a part of your SF theater experience. We hope to see you again soon!

  11. AC

    ACEPgoer

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Had weekly special, steak medallions, steak was chewy (overcooked), limp broccolini and ok mash potatoes. We were on second floor - very noisy, hot and smelled like fish being cooked. Waiter was efficient, but not friendly.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 2 days agoHello! Thank you for the honest feedback. We'll be sure to share this with our team to continue and improve the dining experience for our customers. We hope to have another chance to impress you in the future.

  12. S

    Sfgirl

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was seated right away. My dining companion was 30 minutes late & the waiter brought me water & bread while I waited. I asked about the specials; beef medallion entree, the waiter was honest & recommended the filet mignon entree because it was 5oz bigger for an $8 difference. We celebrated a birthday & received a complimentary dessert. Everything we ordered was delicious. My friend had the escargot with a salad & she said both were delicious

    Historic John's GrillResponded 2 days agoWe're honored you chose John's Grill to celebrate a birthday. From the food to the service, our staff strives to make each guests dining experience with us exceptional and we appreciate the 5-star review! Please come and join us again soon.

  13. B

    Buffy

    San Francisco

    91 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Jack LaLane salad wonderful; huge giant prawn; good fish; good steaks; great chops. I love it

    Historic John's GrillResponded 2 days agoHi Buffy. Thank you for visiting. We're so glad you love John's Grill and look forward to seeing you again soon!

  14. s

    sfoodie

    San Francisco

    98 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    98 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, ambience.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 3 days agoThanks for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed your dining experience and appreciate the 5-star review!

  15. B

    Bailey1

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have come to John's Grill since 1959. It hasn't changed. The food selection and presentation is superb. The staff are knowledgeable, accommodating and very nice. I now have a service dog and they happily made room for her even bringing her a dish of water. My favorite meal from 1959 tasted exactly as I remember it. I hope to return to John's Grill again.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 3 days agoThank you for being a loyal customer of John's Grill. We're so glad to be a part of your dining experience all these years! We look forward to your next return.

  16. MP

    MiaP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Ambiance. Delicious Food. Waiters were courteous and great customer service. We went for a Birthday dinner and the attention to detail of the dessert with a candle and singing Happy Birthday made my daughter so happy. Thank you for making it memorable!!!!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoHello! We're so glad you chose John's Grill for your Birthday celebration and thrilled we could help deliver a memorable experience. Please visit us again soon.

  17. HH

    HarryH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoThanks! We're so glad you enjoyed the food at John's Grill. We hope you will join us again soon.

  18. LD

    LoriD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The halibut was delicious. Service was outstanding.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoThank you for visiting John's Grill and the 5-star review. We're so glad you enjoyed your dining experience. Please come back and visit again.

  19. BM

    BarbaraM

    San Francisco

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 4 women get together for pre-theater dinner every month or so. We so appreciate that our wonderful waiter lets us get separate checks. None of the back and forth after a nice meal of figuring who ate or drank what. I find this a much more enjoyable end to dinner out. All of the food was fantastic. Lamb chops, beef medallions, halibut and chicken Jerusalem. Split 2 salads to start. We'll be back again soon.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoThank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed the food and dining experience! We look forward to you joining us again soon.

  20. FL

    FoodLover

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was nice, service just ok. Didn’t bring our desserts together so I cancelled mine as other half was done.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 3 days agoThank you for joining us at John's Grill. We're glad you enjoyed your good and thank you for the honest feedback. We'll be sure to pass it along to the team to help us learn and grow. We look forward to another opportunity to impress!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’m in love with the staff here!!! They really care about every little thing. Fast and efficient service! Do try the fried prawns, such a great accompaniment to the excellent filet!
  22. RL

    RichardL

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, great food in a historic location.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoThank 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.

  23. RE

    REDSOX

    Tokyo

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    建物(内外装)・料理・スタッフサービス、全てが良かった。 また、気軽な雰囲気なので緊張もせず、良い時間を過ごす事が出来た。 スタッフの皆さん、有難う。

    Historic John's GrillResponded 4 days agoThank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed the ambiance, food and service. We look forward to your next visit.

  24. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kristin was an excellent waitress! Great food & service!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed the food and service at John's Grill. Please come back and visit us soon.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was lovely. At 1:00 on a Sunday it was not too crowded. The waiter got our order mixed up, but was very apologetic and made the correction immediately. They presented us with a fancy birthday flan to share with a little candle on top as a surprise. We love the food and ambiance.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! We're so glad you loved the food and ambiance and greatly appreciate the 5-star review. Thank you for making John's Grill part of your birthday celebration. Please come back and visit us soon.

  26. KD

    KarenD

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Disappointed for the first time. Too many things to say. Just not rushing back.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for your honest review. We take great pride in providing our guests with timely and attentive service and we apologize your experience fell short during your recent dine. We have shared your feedback and hope you will give us another opportunity to impress you.

  27. C

    Classic

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Prior to a play at the Golden Gate Theater we had an early dinner. Our waiter respected our need to get to the theater. I had Petrale which I always love there. Big portion, too much for one adult. Wished we'd split it.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! We're so glad you enjoyed your evening at John's Grill and appreciate your review. Please come see us again soon.

  28. EB

    EricB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fabulous place to experience old or should i say "Classic San Francisco " cause the youngsters dont like the word "old

    Historic John's GrillResponded 2 days agoHi Eric! Thanks 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. o

    ot4jt

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Menu choices and meals (halibut, petrale soul) were very good. Noise level inside was very loud which detracted from otherwise enjoyable experience. Outside seating is probably a better choice, but the evening we were there was getting a little chilly.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 2 days agoThanks for your recent visit to John's Grill. We pride ourselves on providing our guests with an excellent dining experience and we're glad to not disappoint. Your thoughtful feedback is appreciated. We hope you will join us again soon.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited for Lunch. Everyone had a different meal and cocktail. Cocktails were outstanding. Fish and Chips were crispy and light. Beef Medallions were cooked medium and they were great. Prawn appetizer recommended. I have been here several times and there is something for everyone.

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed your dining experience and appreciate the recommendation. We look forward to you joining us again soon.

  31. NW

    NortonW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Filet Mignon I have ever had. Fantastic

    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.

  32. C

    Charles

    Hawaii

    99 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dinner. We ate outside and were very comfortable sitting there. We had the snapper, and it was great. Good service and good food.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 24, 2022Hi Charles. Thank you for choosing John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed the food and service and we look forward to you joining us again.

  33. DG

    DGTravels

    Detroit

    29 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Missing the mussels that used to be on the menu. I travel from Michigan and would also book multiple meals just to have your mussels. Since it has been removed, I've had to find other restaurants for mussels. I'm so bummed that you have taken it off the menu. Please bring it back!!

    Historic John's GrillResponded 7 days agoHello! Thank you for your feedback. We so glad to you have as a loyal customer.

  34. c

    cityguide

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very special place for a special event. It's an "experience" to remember. Good food and unique "one of a kind" ambiance. Personal recommendation - ask for a table on the 2nd floor as the noise level on the first floor can be a bit loud - also check out the history exhibit glass case on the 2nd floor!

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 22, 2022Thank you so much for the review. We agree, the Historic John's Grill is a very special place and we love sharing this unique part of San Francisco history with our guests. We hope you'll join us again for another memorable dining experience!

  35. GA

    GrantA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding dinner with a great atmosphere. Food was perfect. I would recommend to anyone that like steak.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 22, 2022Hello! Thank you for the 5-star review of John's Grill. We pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding dining experience for our guests and appreciate the recommendation. Please come back and visit us again soon.

  36. TW

    TimW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Classy vibe. Good food and professional waitstaff. Felt like the table was ours for as long as we wanted it.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 24, 2022Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We're so glad you enjoyed the food and service. Please come back and visit us soon.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Estuvo todo muy bien, comida rica y buen ambiente y un excelente servicio, estamos de vacaciones y nos encanto

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 20, 2022Hello! Thank you for visiting John's Grill on your vacation. We're so glad you had a great experience and appreciate the 5-star review. Please come back and visit us the next time you're in San Francisco!

  38. PN

    PerN

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful host and waiter - couldn't have had a better experience for our 30th wedding anniversary

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 20, 2022Thank you for choosing John's Grill to celebrate you anniversary! We're so glad you had a great experience and appreciate the 5-star review. Please come back and visit us soon.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Ecuador

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We have the rib eye and the raviolis, it was really good the raviolis we loved it. I order medium well it came well done so I tell them to change it and they did it fast.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 19, 2022Thank you for visiting John's Grill. We love that you loved the raviolis and appreciate you allowing us the opportunity to ensure your rib eye was cook to perfection. We hope you will join us again soon.

  40. KL

    KenL

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    This is a great restaurant with lots of history. Old school dining.

    Historic John's GrillResponded on September 19, 2022Hi Ken, Thank you for the review! We're so glad you enjoyed your dining experience and a little slice of SF history during your recent visit to John's Grill. Please come back and see us again 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 6040 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 61 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–9:00 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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