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About John's Grill

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.
Live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.

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 Maltese Falcon.)”

Zagat Rates John's Grill - #1 Steakhouse in Downtown San Francisco!!!

63 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American, Steak, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am -3:30pm; Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:45pm (last reservation 9:15pm.)

Cross Street:
Powell Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 986-0069

Website:
http://johnsgrill.com/

Entertainment:
There is live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.

Catering:
Cancellation policy:
A party of eight or more must be confirmed with a valid credit card. Any cancellations must be made prior to 24 hour of reservation to avoid a $25 charge per person. This policy also applies if you need to reduce the number of guests in your party.

Parking Details:
Parking near John's Grill:
https://www.parkinsf.com/sanfrancisco/parking-near/John%27s+Grill

There are two public parking lots directly across the street, Hotel Union Square lot and Ellis - O'Farrell Garage.

Public Transit:
BART / MUNI at Powell Street Station

Executive Chef:
Mauricio Sibrian

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact john@johnsgrill.com

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Private Dining

Historic John's Grill a landmark restaurant established in 1908 offers private dining rooms for 25-300 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.

John's Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (96)
Authentic (81)
Neighborhood Gem (77)
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Good for a Date (71)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
Business Meals (58)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Pre/post Theatre (54)
Casual (50)
Comfort Food (49)
People Watching (46)
Cozy (46)
Fun (42)
Hot Spot (38)
Great for Lunch (38)
Good for Groups (37)
Romantic (36)
Live Music (31)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Seasonal (14)
Late-night Find (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Kid-friendly (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great Beer (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

The four of us were sorely disappointed with our entire experience except for our waiter, who was very good. It appears they are living off their long time in business and the accolades they give themselves in the visitor publications. The noise was far beyond the “energetic ” category that Open Table provides. It was deafening without ceasing, making any possibility of visiting impossible. That alone might have been bearable IF the food had even modestly improved. Our table orders included steak as well as seafood; just very disappointing in all regards.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Pretty good for a tourist spot. Lots of families with small children. None of the staff seemed particularly interested in being there.

Sit on the second floor if possible, there is a live piano player and less kids. Wife enjoyed a new to her dish, Chicken Jerusalem. My steak was cooked right and tasted fine but just an average quality cut.

There is some history with this place and the Maltese Falcon, but I'm not sure what.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We loved this place, our steaks were great, and the live dinner music on the 2nd floor is a nice touch! We'll definitely come back next time we are in San Francisco!

Tags: Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

We picked this place because it was close to our hotel, had a decent menu, seemed fairly priced (by SF standards), and the bar/cocktails looked good. Their story is that they've been here for
a long time, and they have pictures up of all the semi-famous people who've visited the restaurant. We got there a little before our reservation to sit at the bar and have a drink.
The hostess was very nice and accommodating. Unfortunately, the bar was much smaller than we expected (six seats in a cramped location). The drinks we ordered were okay, but were not what I would consider top shelf (which I would have expected for the price). The bartender was attentive (we got our drinks quickly), but not very engaging or charismatic. The waitstaff was also attentive (good service), but again, just seemed to be going through the motions. The food was acceptable, but nothing special. Overall, we were fed and had no problems, but it's not a place we'd be in a hurry to return to.

Tags: Casual, Fun, Happy Hour, Business Meals
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A wonderfully attentive server combined with wonderful company and fine food/beverages made for the start of a great concert-attending weekend in the City. A wonderful old-school place that inspires with quality.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Always excellent food, drink and service. The hostess was very gracious in getting us the booth we requested. Martini's are excellent and reasonably priced. Lobster bisque is wonderful

Tags: Live Music, Casual, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

A great place with friendly service and excellent food. Family owned and been in business for more than a century!!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 12, 2018

We were told about John’s Grill by some friends in Australia, who had been late last year. They spoke very highly of the restaurant, so we had high expectations and had made our booking before leaving Australia. The ambiance was very good with the jazz guitarists, the food was also very good and the service was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

John’s never disappoints! Filet Mignon was almost “knife cutting butter” tender, cocktails spot on and everything else tasty as well! Service was also good and ambiance cozy. Not your cheapest meal in the city, but not the most expensive either, and worth it! Don’t forget to say hi to the Maltese Falcon prop upstairs on the way to the bathroom — “it’s the stuff that (dinner) dreams are made of.” 😉

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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 (New England)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Excellent chef’s special - red snapper, lemon butter sauce, with shrimp & mushrooms. I also had the homemade vanilla ice cream for dessert - sublime.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Old world steak house. Aged interiors, maybe that is part of the charm. My salad was good but my NY strip steak was dry to the point where it was not that enjoyable. Low on flavor perhaps because of how dried out it was. Serving a well prepared and served steak is sort of basic for a steakhouse so please draw your own conclusions.....

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food1
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service3
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 (Manchester)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Upperclass pub style food and ambience . Great food and favorite for business groups.

Tags: Bar Seating
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Loved the caeser salad! It was fresh and delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Really the food was good, the service was outstanding it was the increase of 50% for the JPM conference that killed it for me. Used to be a regular business lunch spot for me - no more. Really unacceptable

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We were on the second floor for lunch during JPM. It was very loud until about 1:30. Food and service were quite good.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on January 9, 2018

My group was there at a very busy time...because of a conference in the area. As a result, the restaurant was overcrowded and too loud. Tables were situated so close together that I couldn't access my table without other patrons moving, which they only begrudgingly did. The maitre 'd was pretty unhelpful as well. Our waitress, however, was very nice and accommodating...made the best of a challenging situation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Tea
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

John's is a venerable San Francisco institution having been in operation since the early 1900's. It is a classic San Francisco restaurant with a relatively simple menu whose items are delicious. It's very near Union Square and has three stories, so usually has availability even during busy times. Known as a haunt for Dashell Hammet andJack La Lane. Would recommend Jack La Lanes favorite salad for lunch.

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

A jewel box of a restaurant. Three levels of dining. We sat on the 2nd level where there is live jazz playing. It was not loud and was a wonderful addition. Our steaks were tender and delicious . The service was spot on.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Birthday celebration with perfect music, perfectly prepared food. Thank you x

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

This place is celebrating 110 years in business and you can see why. It is classic dining at its best. No frills or need to have dictionary to understand the ingredients. Here its quality and quantity expertly prepared and served with style. The bartender who doesn't look a day over 40 has been working there 42 years. Our young server has been there for 10 years.

Tags: Comfort Food
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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Fantastic experience. Great selection of quality steaks and fish. All dishes come with sides and that a huge savings when you see some restaurants charging $10 for a baked potato. Here we had a ribeye with a baked potato and generous serving of sautéed green beans. The service is professional and landmark setting creates a wonderful dinner.

Tags: People Watching, Hot Spot
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Nice place. Good food but a bit overpriced. Seafood Cioppino was very average but premium price. T-Bone steak was good but a bit on the tough side. Good service and was seated promptly.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

We didn’t expect the kind of classy and elegant experience from a Grill spot, but that’s what we got. We will be back anytime we come to San Francisco.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

My experience there was unremarkable. The restaurant food taste was nothing remarkable. It was just ok. I had to season the Jerusalem chicken to give it flavor. The service was not attentive. We had to continue to ask for service. I would not go back again as it did not measure up to it's acclaim.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Fun, fast and filling! Great steak and genuine and friendly service!

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We were visiting SF for NYE and my husband's 50th bday and chose this spot for our NYE dinner. It was absolutely wonderful. The food was amazing and the staff was incredible. We couldn't have asked for a better experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our New Year's dinner at John's was great. We will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food and service were excellent. Very crowded and buzzing on a New Years Eve. Fun!

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great choice for New Years Eve dinner!
Great food, service and ambiance with trays of hats and noisemakers passed out.

Tags: Seasonal
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

The food was good, but not great. The music was very loud, but then again it was NYE. We had reservations and still had to wait 30 minutes outside.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

丁寧な接客でした。料理はボリュームもあり大満足です。外に待ちの列が出来てましたので、予約されることをおすすめします。

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Never go on a holiday! We went on New Years eve. Waited 30 minutes in the cold for our table with a reservation. My husbands pasta was good, my steak was underdone the first time then over done when it came back. May give it another try when it is not a holiday but it would not be my first choice.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

John’s Grill for New Year’s Eve was great food and the new year hats set the mood just right steak was well done and cooked to perfection.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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food5
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I made reservation for my girlfriend and I for an early dinner before going to a concert on NYE. The place was packed but we were seated immediately. The food was good and the service was fast.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

I made the mistake of ordering fish. Steaks at other tables looked good. Halibut was dry over cooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Have dined there dozens of times, and every time is a pleasure. Everything from the food to the service to the cocktails is a first class adventure.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Excelente cena y con un servicio excelente y rápido. Felicidades

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was cold and had to be sent back for two of us , the burger was over cooked.
We had heard so much about this place it was disappointing. We realize it was a busy day.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The best fir what it was.

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