John's Grill

4.4
4118 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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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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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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 4118 People Are Saying
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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

My T-Bone steak was awful. I was told that if I did not want it red in the middle, I had to order Medium rather than Medium Rare. It came Well Done--dry and tasteless. The steak was so thin that it had to be cooked Rare to be at all tasty. Otherwise, the place was pleasant and the food good.

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m
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Overall good experience and fun to eat in a place that's been around for over 100 years. Dark inside, somewhat noisy as tables are close, especially downstairs. Upstairs a better choice of decor and quieter.
Service very good. Food probably depends on what one orders. Had the Jerusalem artichoke chicken in past, very good. This time had the recommended chef's special snapper dish, with shrimp, crab added in their sauce, to us average or just above average flavors. Heirloom tomato dish good, but tomatoes not flavorful.
Price overall was reasonable, however.

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A
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John's Grill is my favorite SF restaurant for two reasons: the ambiance and the lamb chops.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic old time San Francisco restaurant with great food

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GS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Easy to get to from theater post-matinee. Classic "old school" SF icon. Great steaks & seafood, very good wine list,outstanding wait service. Drinks were generous and exceptionally well prepared. Couldn't have enjoyed it more, Oh and then there's "The Falcon". Special, iconic it spot.

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BO
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our lunch was delicious and our waiter Hugo (Hugh?) was wonderful.

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AW
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Entertainment was good if you like jazz guitar and blues

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PF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant with great food and very helpful staff.

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AC
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is just as good as it was 20 years ago . Great service. I am sorry that downtown San Francisco is torn up with construction on Stockton street and union square . Wish the city could finish these projects , please. You can’t beat the special menu of San Franciso favorites, mussels, Cesar salad, crab, etc.

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m
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

...service was great, unfortunately cooked rare ribeye steak ordered was very tough, waiter replaced with cooked rare filet mignon which still had cold (near frozen) areas (spots) ... very, very disappointed with the steaks... this restaurant came highly recommended for steak lovers
September 9 , 2018 at 1900hrs

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N
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I come here every time we’re visiting San Francisco. I LOVE this place! It’s charming and delicious.

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

My husband and I chose johns grill for our 1year wedding anniversary. We were definitely not disappointed!
We enjoyed a cocktail at the bar then was seated upstairs with the live music. It was very romantic. Our waiter was awesome! Attended to our needs. I had the rib eye -medium. It was cooked perfectly to my taste. My husband ordered the t- bone he had no complaints. They surprised us with a complimentary drink.
The night was amazing and johns grill help out with that. I will definitely be coming back!!

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a
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant! They always provide what is requested! Love that they made sure we got our specific table. Thank you!

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C
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic steak!

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c
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This restaurant was excellent. It was very close to the hotel, the Marriott Marquis. My friend and I split the Jack LaLanne salad - we were almost full from that. I the Chef’s Special Red Snapper that was topped with Shrimp, Crab, Mushrooms and Lemon Cream. My friend ordered the Seafood pasta with Linguine, Salmon, Snapper, Shrimp, Mushrooms Surrounded by Mussels & Clams in Basil Cream. These hearty portions were absolutely delicious. There is something for everyone on the menu!

I will return here to dine on my next visit to San Francisco.

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JB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great steaks. Good service. Classy with a casual vibe. Perfect.

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FT
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

John’s is a classic San Francisco restaurant from the decor to the seasoned wait staff to its very extensive menu,

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The location was nice but the restaurant was small compared to what I saw on line. The food was not good and I probably will not be coming back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our new favorite in SF! and a absolute return! The ambiance, food, service was excellent. The clam chowder was the best I’ve ever had anywhere along with the tender steak and ending with a delicious dessert. We will be back!!

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing steak dinner we've ever had. Fantastic atmosphere and good service.

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D
Louisville
38 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service for our party of eight on the third floor. Several other groups on the third floor, but noise was only moderate and the room was lovely. Everyone enjoyed their food and Chris, our server was very attentive. Will definitely return.

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

We had an excellent dinner. Ambiance reminded me of a classic old-school steakhouse - exactly as it's advertised. Waitstaff, food runners, maître d, were all courteous to a tee. Just love this kind of classic charm. Jazz upstairs was a nice backdrop to dinner - not too loud. Mussels, steaks, and cocktails were also spot-on. Thank you for a wonderful evening.

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BL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The New York Steak was exzellent Great theast and the Merlot from the House as well

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H
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wine country visit

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RA
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John's Grill is a great place for locals and tourists alike. You can't miss--from steaks to fish--it's all good
The service is excellent, and the staff does not rush you when you've finished your meal. From the minute your greeted by the hostess to the presentation of the check, everyone is pleasant.

I overheard two other people talking about how much they've enjoyed eating at John's Grill--one was from Hawaii and the other was from Arizona. It was their first time for both, but they said they definitely would return. There's a nice ambience to the place. This is one restaurant that's been around for a long time and definitely deserves to be.

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WB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

John’s grill is a gem of a restaurant in San Francisco we were seated in the Maltese falcon dining room second floor. All the photos on the walls were taken from the movie along with Lines from the movie. Food was wonderful and a must try restaurant if you’re in San Francisco.

Wayne Blankenship

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RG
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience; great food, cocktails and service. Enjoyed the guitar player!

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S
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

A little disappointed in quality of Steak but lots of history there

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Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

Poor service and food quality. Good value based on prices vs other stakehouses but food quality and service was very poor. Cool ambiance considering it has been there since 1906.

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j
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding staff and the food was absolutely wonderful in this incredible historic grill!

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DO
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

John’s Grill is an old SF restaurant that I hope will always be there. Ambience is cozy. There menu has traditional items you can only find at some places, like liver and onions. Service was great!

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Charlotte
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

I have heard of this place and read about it in novels, so was looking forward to experiencing the ambiance (good) and the fine steaks (not so good). We had a filet & the John's steak (bone-in NY strip). Both were MR. The filet was small (what is called a lady's filet), but nice with a Bearnaise sauce. The strip was about 1", and had a fair amount of gristle. According to the price, these were their best cuts.
I would suggest steak-lovers order pommes frites & martinis here, and go to a Golden Corral, or other family steakhouse for the same steak @ cafeteria prices.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The staff was so nice to prepare a pudding cake with candles as requested for my husband’s birthday 🍰

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Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great, my wife fillet and my ribeye were excellent. The service was very good. Definitely will recommend.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

息子の誕生日で利用しました。
ローソクとデザートでお祝いしてもらい、子供も喜んでいました。

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JK
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a couple very good steaks and nice slice of key lime pie for dessert. Would love to go back some time.

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AM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved the history of the restaurant and truly enjoyed our meal which was very reasonable you priced

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BS
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff at door was welcoming and seated us early. Bartender was friendly and very accommodating. Our waiter was fantastic, knew the menu and gave excellent recommendations. All-around a very good experience.

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RA
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

San Francisco chop house is an historic and delicious neighborhood gem.

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C
Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

John’s Grill is a classic. Its decor is rich with history on the Maltese Falcon and SF. The food, wine and service are consistently good. Live piano upstairs.

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