John's Grill

4.4
4011 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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!!!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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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.)
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Phone number
(415) 986-0069
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mauricio Sibrian
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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.
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Cross street
Powell Street
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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.
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Public transit
BART / MUNI at Powell Street Station
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Entertainment
There is live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact john@johnsgrill.com
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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What 4011 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This choice for gathering with out-of-town visitors was a real winner ! Staff were exceptional from the host to the waiter.

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GG
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This spot is ideal for a dinner before a play at the Geary Theater. The food is very good and the service always gets us out in plenty of time.

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g
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was good and the atmosphere lively; however, one member of the party requested the steak prepared medium rare and it came medium. Also, we asked if we could have a salad instead of vegetables to accompany the dinner and were told management did not allow the substitution.

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place!! As soon as I arrive I got greeted by the two host at the door. We sat down at the famous booth all the way in the back. My girlfriend got the oysters wellington and I got the huge porterhouse steak.. Unfortunately this was during lunch so we had to go back to work but, we’re surprised by how big the wine and drink selection is. Plus the sever told us that they have 3 floors and that they have a live musician every night on the second floor. Overall food and service was great, definitely gotta come back for dinner soon!!

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P
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

SndNice family dinner while visiting San Francisco. Good steaks and the sea bass eas ok. Would recomend Very characteristic place

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KB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was cold when it came out and the waiter was not particularly friendly. We booked a table but it wasn’t ready when we arrived. It was very busy and there was no where to stand except by other tables.

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J
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great meal!!!
Fantastic old school restaurant.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

It was awful. Terrible food.

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SK
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Traditional steak house environment.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming to this restaurant is a must every time I go to San Francisco. The seafood cannelloni is outstanding.

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SH
Greensboro
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I m nostalgic so I liked the outdoor Marquis
I loved the movie Maltese Falcon
The ambience was great
I had a great server
My Jack La Lane salad was great with crab and shrimp
I also had the house special cocktail whick came with souvenir glass
Highly recommend

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Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Red snapper had no flavor. Service was poor. My iced tea was never refilled. Waiter walked by four times without acknowledging we were finished with our meal. Extremely noisy.

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Houston
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

I am not that particular about my food. I usually find things to enjoy about the restaurants I go to. I did not enjoy my meal at John’s Grill. I got the “local” halibut. It didn’t taste fresh at all, had scorch marks (not the good kind), and the capers tasted like soap. The only option for a side was baked potato. All it came with was sour cream and butter. We went for our anniversary, which was a mistake. For the price we should have had better quality food. I’m sorry to be such a downer, but I wanted to warn people. Three stars is being nice and only because my husband said his snapper was decent.

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K
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John's is just old fashioned goodness!! Like going home! Great drinks, great food, all around great!

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G
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was very good! Lobster Bisque was exceptional and the Filet Mignon was as well. We ordered the Broiled Sea Bass and we were a little disappointed because it was over cooked and a little dry.
Loved the historical building, but it is a little cramped and very loud.
Overall we were very happy with our experience!!

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Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Seated properly, and service was excellent. Steaks were melt in your mouth. A++++

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender Jose Luis was the best - 40 years there

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c
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First time I have ever been to this restaurant. It was extremely good. Coming from someone who was raised on a cattle ranch, I can honestly say that my fillet was among the best I have ever had. I highly recommend it.

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Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tony provided excellent service. If you like lamb chops, don’t be distracted by other good choices on the menu! Best lamb chops ever, and a very generous portion.

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t
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are pretty much regulars who dine at John's. Again, the usual superb dinner and service. Steaks all cooked to perfection. However, the bar was a little noisy.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice and a very historic restaurant. The food was really good and the steak was perfect on!!!
The price for what we got - Ok.
We will return to it, next time in SFO.

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Miami
16 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is an oldie Goldie. People come here from all over to meet and enjoy really good cooking.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

接客も丁寧で、料理も美味しくコスパもよし。客層も上品で雰囲気もあり最高。申し分なしの完璧さでした。

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CR
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Had the ribeye with bernaise. Steak was grilled to perfection. Service was good. Forgot my credit card and it was there the next day. The red wine we had could have been a little cooler. All in all great place with good prices and a cool atmosphere.

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AE
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Very satisfying meal. Ate there before going to a play. Got us out in plenty of time. Service was great. Food was great!

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t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John's is our staple restaurant. Always outstanding. We do our birthdays and anniversaries here. If we are entertaining out of area guests, we come to John's. The food is always outstanding and the service is way over the top. We have been coming in here several times a year for the last few years and have yet to have an unpleasant experience. This is a lot more than I can say about a lot of other restaurants here in San Francisco.

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TB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find! Went in by accident and fell in love!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

2 of the 5 steaks were over cooked (ordered medium got medium well). But still great quality and well-seasoned.

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere! Highly recommended!

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SS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The staff are friendly and attentive. Food come out timely.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful ambiance and delicious food!!

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KS
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I've wanted to come to John's Grill for some time for the historic space - opened shortly after the earthquake. Another reason is that they regularly serve calves liver and bacon - something I get an itch for about once per year and hard to find. Setting is a dark wood, paneled saloon with a small bar. Overall a small place.

Service was at times good but would decline to borderline indifferent. Food was okay or better but since most of the preparations are grilled steakj, chops, seafood could rise to a higher level with some additional effort. The broad experience was good and I would return.

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RV
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This restaurant was recommended by colleagues, so I took my family there for a special dinner. First impression was negatively impacted because we were about 9 minutes late for our reservation and they had already deleted us from their system and reported me as a no-show to Open Table. Food was good although it didn't live up to its reputation. I had a ribeye steak which in Canada is a great and flavourful cut of beef. This was tough and undercooked. In fairness, my son had a NY steak which was very good. They add a 19% service charge automatically for parties of 5 or more which I thought was cheeky - I've seen it for parties of 6 or more but never for just taking my family to dinner. I usually tip 20% anyway but in this case I left it at the 19%.

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K
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great Caesar salad, steak, wine. Piano player upstairs.

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PL
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great steaks and chops. Good service.
Enjoyed the music,great singer shame it was very loud in the restaurant, people’s chat.

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S
Las Vegas
50 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not sure why Reviews are so polarized...lovely evening there. Seated on second floor and had live music! Busy place, good service, lamb chop and tomato was cooked according to chef's recommendation and was perfect. Ribeye was tender. Hammett martini was so good...will return!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 2

Best clam chowder on our entire trip.

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TG
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from Austin, Texas and the restaurant was close to our hotel. Our meal was fabulous and we thoroughly enjoyed the live music which made for a lovely evening!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat at the bar and the service was outstanding! We had the Crab Cocktail and it was amazing, the cocktail sauce had a great horseradish flavor. Our dinners were flavorful and delicious. The bar and restaurant decor was beautiful and historic! We will go back for sure!

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