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John's Grill

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4138 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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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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 4138 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had a very good steak at the traditional and bustling John's Grill. Service was quick, friendly and efficient. Make sure you have a reservation to avoid a wait.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

So busy but so good. After 110 years in business they are bustling both locals and visitors . Lamb chops are divine as is the classic petrale sole. The service is great and atmosphere is one of a kind.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Graduation Dinner. Great food and great service for a party of 10. It’s rare to get both.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Loved it! The whole experience. Obvious large, loyal following at this historic venue. Best lamb chops ever! Beautiful presentation. Very accommodating service.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Nice vibe, liked live music. Old school fine dining restaurant style not hip modern thing just so ya know. We had snapper and salad, they were good. Would have liked more seafood selection.Waiter was nice but seemed a bit confused by our orders for some reason. They got our open table booking wrong, had us as a no show, perhaps because we changed our time. But got it resolved ok.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Five of us had dinner there. Food and service were excellent. We shared fresh oysters. I had fried jumbo prawns as a main dish, which was very good. Other people had chef's special red snapper, which looked great. They said it was delicious. Since it was a business meeting, we wanted a quiet table and the host seated us by the window. I would highly recommend John's Grill.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was absolutely delicious. I got the ribeye, cooked perfectly and a generous portion. My husband got the chef's special red snapper and was as equally delicious and a generous portion. The atmosphere was quaint and we were upstairs with a gentleman playing nice music. I would definitely recommend it! We will probably go back another time before we leave San Fran. I would recommend reservations.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We have enjoyed several excellent meals at John’s and keep coming back frequently.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We met another couple of friends who were visiting from England. The were very pleased with the ambiance and the food. The service was spot on. Let's not forget the convenient parking right across the street.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

They made sure I got the table I wanted. Food is always great and the wait staff always very attentive. This is classic SF!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We had a week night reservation for 5:45 pm, got there a little early & were seated right away. The place was already busy. Our server was very friendly, knowledgeable and made very good suggestions. We chose the halibut special & the prawns with dijonaise sauce. They were both excellent! It was my husband’s birthday & they brought out a complimentary dessert...Flan. We are not fans of this particular dessert. While waiting for it, we noticed they were bringing out other desserts to others celebrating occasions. They all got cheesecakes, chocolate mousses & another dessert. We were kind of disappointed. No one else in the restaurant got flan! The prices were reasonable for the type, quantity & quality of food served. When in SFO, we will come back to John’s for dinner, but we will avoid the flan.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

I've walked past this place for twenty years and never knew what I was missing. The food and service are as good as almost any similar steakhouse I've patronized in Manhattan. Unique to San Francisco, John's is a fantastic find, even though it's been around for more than 100 years. There's no wonder why.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Birthday Celebration for my Wife. We were seated immediately . The service was excellent very attentive waiter and staff. Wife's Johns Steak with Peppercorn sauce was cooked exactly the way she asked. She said it was one of the best she has had. My Rib eye was also cooked exactly the way I asked. Some places tend to way under cook a medium rare but not John's it was perfect. Complimentary Birthday Flan and a Kahlua and Creme put the finishing touch on her meal.

Great service great meal .

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Jewel of a building. It's there 110 th year in business and you can tell how much the owner cares . It's spotless and bathrooms are super clean . The servers are great. The halibut was delicious as were the lamb chops.

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3.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Green beans were way under cooked and some were tough—couldn’t cut with a knife. Halibut over cooked swimming in sauce

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

John's Grill is a San Francisco landmark restaurant. While most patrons today will miss the references to the Maltese Falcon and The City's storied past, the food and service speak for themselves. Our table was ready right on time and the meal was served quickly. Oh yeah, and the food was very Very good. This patron had the Joe's Special which is a sort-of omelette with mushrooms, spinach and ground beef - "full throttle flavors" which did not disappoint. Recommended for special occasions and out-of-town guests who are in search of the 'real San Francisco'.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Nice quick dinner before the show.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Neat old building with fun old pictures. Food was good but a bit pricey.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

This was a great dining experience and the only thing better than the food was the great service!

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4.0Dined on May 4, 2018

It filled up very fast and became very crowded. It was very loud and hard to hear or appreciate the jazz musician.Service was fast and efficient. Food was delicious. Good size portions. Would eat here again maybe try main floor seating. The signature drink was good and love that I can keep the glass!

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

Our favorite old time restaurant in the city. Large portions, high quality with great service and one of a kind atmosphere with locals and visitors all enjoying the grill.

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Good food. Great service. Steak was cooked perfectly

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4.0Dined on May 2, 2018

For a steak dinner in San Francisco financial district John's would be hard to beat. I could easily get in trouble relaxing with too many martinis here.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Excellent ribeye steaks and seafood. Great service too

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

My wife and I were down from Oregon for the weekend and I wanted to take her to a classic San Francisco restaurant and Johns Grill didn’t disappoint! Great food, great service in a true piece of Americana San Francisco style.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food. Great value. Had John’s signature steak and awesome shrimp cocktail.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Very nice experience eating at John's Grill!

Nice atmosphere, friendly staff, good food

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Great food. Great atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Gutes Steakhouse zu Vernünftigen Preisen!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Heirloom tomato salad was disappointing, but the rest of the meal lived up to expectations - or better. Special attention for our special occasion was appreciated - more so for being unexpected and beyond others’ . Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

AWESOME! Cannot wait to return! Food was incredible!

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2.0Dined on April 24, 2018

We went to John's expecting a great meal on our final night visiting the west coast. I was so excited to go here!! Our excitement faltered after our meal was delivered.
I'm a good cook and often grill ribeye steaks, so I know their flavor, texture, and taste very well. Since I love it, I ordered boneless ribeye steak but what was put in front of me didn't match up. It didn't look like a ribeye, but I was willing to try it. After using lots of elbow grease to cut it, I put a bite into my mouth. It was flavorless and tough. Unfortunately, the waiter disappeared and didn't come back in sight until well after I'd tried the steak and found it lacking. To his credit, he removed it from our bill, but I came in wanting a good steak and what I got instead was a comp on my bill.
I would like to hope that this is not normal, but there were other sloppy things - vegetables that weren't trimmed properly, butter that was frozen (I am not making this up), and a waiter so disinterested in our service that he tossed our meal at us and was nowhere to be found for a solid 20 minutes.
Side note - my husband eats anything not nailed down, so although he agreed it wasn't ribeye, more likely sirloin or chuck, he ate it anyway because he's a good guy whose mother raised him not to make a fuss. My mother taught me to make one when things weren't right. Further, I don't expect to pay $39 for sirloin.
If a restaurant has a good reputation, or as in this case a "historic" reputation, one might think they'd like to maintain it. Serving mis-labeled and sub-standard food is not the way to make new visitors to a restaurant want to return.
It was a very disappointing evening out.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2018

Great service, atmosphere and food. Very busy after 110 years in business, be sure to reserve.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Atmospheric restaurant with a long-established feel. Great food and good service. Obviously popular.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2018

Meal service started out ok for a 6:30 reservation on a Sunday. Food was fine; steak was correctly cooked to order. But after we finished (by then the place had filled up) we couldn’t get the server’s attention to get our bill and when we finally were able to ask for the bill, it never came. After about 20 minutes I had to go to the back of the dining room to ask our server for it, and I barely got an acknowledgment of any issue. And then - without any prior notice - service was added to the bill (party of 5). I happened to see it (it was noted on the check) but might have missed it because we were by then really wanting to leave the place.

Food was ok, but it’s a pretty tourist-y place. I will say that the live music - a keyboardist - was very nice.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Loved it!!! Lamb chops were fantastic my wife’s filet was perfect...

We will go back plus recommend to friends when traveling to San Francisco..

Cheers

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

John's is always great. It's a must visit any time I'm in The City!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Had one of the best meals and service I have ever received in San Francisco. Chanteal was an extraordinary server/waitress....never rushed me and was always available. The bread was perfect and butter was not frozen. The table flowers were real and so was the candle. The martini (vodka dirty) was PERFECT...the oysters were delicious and then when I thought it couldn’t get any better the dinner salad came, fresh and unique and bursting with freshness. My red snapper was so fresh that it swam to the table. I dine alone often but have never received the service and kindness and welcomness that I received Saturday night April 21, 2018. I look forward to visiting again when I am in San Francisco. Oh, and I forgot to tell you how beautiful and warm this place is, lots of woodwork and a solid feel, I loved everything about it!!
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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Excellent service, exceptional experience for my daughter's birthday. Thank you for making it special.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great place, with rich ambiance. Great food.

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