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.View Private Dining Details
I really enjoyed the meal and our service was great! The restaurant is small and tables are very close together. The noise was a bit much and the table next to us was very load throughout the entire meal.
Great ambiance you would expect from a classic 110 year old restaurant.
Very nice but waiter seemed very pre-occupied and didn’t check in with us much at all throughout meal.
This is a tourist trap. I thought we were going to a restaurant at the level of the Palm or a great steakhouse but actually this is a mid level tourist trap. Save your money find a better steakhouse.
Celebrated our anniversary and the server was excellent as well as food , location of our table a bit crammed all in all good first time experience.
Food and service were GREAT!! Mario (our server) took fantastic care of us and made excellent recommendations on both the food and the wine. We ended up going back again a couple days later, and also a great experience. Both steaks and seafood are well prepared and reasonably priced for a downtown SF restaurant. Tables are small and it is a little noisy, but that's pretty much the same for many of the grills in downtown SF. Great food and service more than made up for the small tables.
Our first time back to San Francisco in 40 years! Johns Grill was a hotel recommendation and it was very good! Lamb chops were the best we’ve had. Noisy but good energy!
I opted for the John's Grill for mySaturday dinner based on a high Google rating but it did not live up to the expectation: the steak was mediocre, the sides were not good at all and the setting was authentic but not really comfortable.
It’s was very delicious!
Classic setting. Rather crowded. People kept coming and going past our table. My wife liked her New York Strip Steak. I liked the Fisherman's pasta. The beer and wine selection were OK. It eventually got quite noisy.
Great local hot spot. The steaks are spot on, tender, high quality and seasoned. The service is outstanding . Atmosphere is one of a kind.
A real San Francisco gem. Vintage in all respects. Incredible steaks. Lots of food on the plate.
Great experience of San Francisco . Food was good, atmosphere too
My friends from out of town were here and I thought that a bit of old San Francisco charm would make them happy. They were over the moon at the atmosphere and the food! The steaks were out of this world! They're still talking about it! The charm and everything about John's Grill will make me return many times!
My husband's steak was good, & prepared as requested. My haddock was over-cooked, very firm & well beyond being flaky, although the delicious sauce made it palatable. The baked potatos were really baked, not steamed in foil. A plus. Both of our plates contained carrots & green beans that were very hard and barely cooked. Inedible for our tastes. The service was prompt, although we were not asked if the preparation was acceptable. We aren't in any rush to return.
Been coming here for ages. Just as good as ever. Please don't change a thing.
I go to John's Grill every time I am in San Francisco. I have brought family and friends and business associates. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food is incredible. The atmosphere is charming. It is the San Francisco of my heart and takes me to a safe and happy place.
One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Ana amazing experience and amazing food.
Tender, high quality steaks. Very good service. Sides are included without having to pay $10 extra for a potato and $10 for fresh veggies , so very good value . The atmosphere is so classic. There cheesecake is over the top and enough for 2.
John's Grill is one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Great food and drinks, plus live piano music at dinner. All with excellent service.
We wanted an old San Francisco establishment with the old SF ambiance. The food, service (Jose), & atmosphere were absolutely wonderful!!!! My husband is an east coaster seafood lover & felt his dinner was the best prepared seafood he has ever had. Our waiter was wonderfully attentive...great job Jose!!
We will definitely be going back next time in SF!!
The steak was fine but not great. The cioppino was adequate. I anticipated better.
John's Grill is a true GM in the heart of the Union Square section of San Francisco. The history is amazing dating back to 1908 and it's inclusion in the Maltese Falcon. Excellent food and service!
Absolutely a great experience. They are celebrating there 110th year in business and are as popular as ever. We shared delicious mussels and a tender porterhouse steak. The service is professional and the wine list reasonable .
Lamb chops were superb. Loved the old school SF vibe.
This restaurant had it all- great atmosphere, great food and great service/staff! Wonderful dinner for our last night visiting in San Francisco!
You guys are the BEST of the best!
I love recommending you EVERY DAY!
I wanted to like this historic restaurant, but that didn't happen. I ordered the Oysters Wellington, and it turned out to be three puff pastries filled with some kind of spinachy, mushroomy mush. The mussels appetizer had a very tasty broth, though the mussels were all overcooked. I can't really get too upset about the poor, homeless person who fell down in the entryway and violently pounded on the door and the window next to us until taken out - the area is challenging, and the restaurant staff did the best they could.
This place was a nice throw back. I would say it seemed to be a local place it had character.
Service was good our waitress was spot on. The place has white table cloths and they put white paper on them to help save the linen. My wife had a dirty fork and there was a guy playing guitar to programmed music it was a little strange because he did not exactly play in tune or key that the other music was in. It was entertaining as he jammed away in his own way.
Food was okay. Escargot and bread app was fine not sure if I ate canned escargot though but it was tasty especially to dip the bread in the sauce. I had a steak it was delicious but not great but what I expected along with a baked potato and fresh green beans and a carrot very fresh and crispy. My wife had chicken with artichokes that was bland and we had the Roquefort salad that she did not like for a place to label it’s self a seafood place I did not expect to see baby brine shrimp on the salad I was thinking it would be better presentation with a couple of 16/20 shrimp but that’s just me. A defiantly a nostalgic place I would recommend the steak that’s all I can vouch for.
Classic old steak grill with good seafood as well. Packed and noisy but fun. Two of our meals were excellent (salmon and ribeye), two had porterhouse which was OK but not great. Service was attentive without being intrusive. A perfect place for us as visitors to take the folks we were visiting out for a treat.
waiter was in such a hurry to turn the table that we didnt have an opportunity to order a bottle of wine with dinner. food was good. met some new people at the table next to us - tables are very close together.
An excellent menu, featuring basic steak and potatoes type food. The food was very good, but not outstanding. Similarly the service. It was Saturday night and the place was full. There was live music, but it was hard to hear over the restaurant noise. I do expect to return regularly.
"Comfort food" and "special occasion" don't exactly cover it for me. John's Grill is a shrine, eating there an iconic experience for this native San Franciscan. By the time you've made it through the classic, no-nonsense starters and entrees, to the cheesecake and Irish coffee, you've left your pretensions out on Ellis Street.
A bit of a tourist trap but fun to see all the photos.
John's never disappoints. They over-cooked my steak and had a new one to me before my colleagues had gotten a bite in, with apologies. (I've eaten here many times, never has happened before.) When served to taste, it was delicious, and the wine menu has lots of nice choices after a well made before dinner drink.
If you want old-school San Francisco, this is it! Definitely cozy---pretty tight surroundings. Service was great---very friendly and on it! We were difficult customers as we brought a new-born with a huge stroller. They took it all in stride, collapsed the stroller, whisked it into the back room, gave us a booth for four on a busy night. All with a welcoming smile. Got Grandma her martini on the immediate. "Baby slept through the whole event." I will be a return customer!
Fresh, tasty seafood and great service. Everyone is very accommodating.
A famous restaurant certainly lived up to its reputation. Chef's Special red snapper was a great choice.
Loved the fried oysters they were cooked perfectly. The staff is always the highest standard of professionalism and attentiveness. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Seafood was fresh and tasty. It was noisy but ok with me since I was dining alone. Good wines.