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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It was great.
If u read this and go then you have no one to blame but yourself. Just bad food. Steak was okay, everything else was of poor quality.
Traditional atmosphere, fabulous service, cozy atmosphere, excellent food quality. The best french fries ever.
Lunch at John's Grill was start of wonderful SF weekend with my sister. I LOVE liver & onions and they did not disappoint. Service was WONDERFUL. We will be back.
Great spot as always. Authentic
Every year we come to San Francisco we make sure we eat at John's Grill.
Love the history.
The food was pretty good but got cold quickly. It felt crowded and it was difficult to get around with my walker, especially getting upstairs.
It was a very busy Saturday night and we were a party of six. The service was excellent-the host, server, busser, all! The food was very good with the exception of the creamed spinach-it was more like cream of spinach soup. Everyone's steaks were cooked perfectly. It was so very loud, it was difficult to enjoy the music, but still a great experience.
Great Classic Place. Will be back often.
This place has been around for yeas but our first visit. This will now be a regular place for us. Great food, service and atmosphere. Everyone really nice. My wife had he NY steak and it was fantastic and very reasonably priced. I had the classic lamb chops Outstanding. Great martinis. Would highly recommend.
Excellent food, service and location. We will be back. Loved all the food, and the sides were cooked perfectly. We had a 6pm reservation which was a good thing- this place was packed and the line out the door the entire time we were there. The server was excellent and all staff was on point.
Had a very good dinner. Service was wonderful and ambiance was perfect.
Very expensive for what it offers. The fist was horrible, probably a frozen fish fillets, with a bad mixture of spices and some veggies, would not recommend at all. Wine was average in quality, but expensive. The steaks that my colleagues had seemed to be a bit better, but nothing spectacular. It is a tourist trap restaurant. For 90 dollars per person there are much better restaurants in SF.
Food was excellent, as well as service. Excellent value with meat as good as any other steak places, but notas expensive. However, it was too noisy despite the fact that we went for a late lunch, 2:45pm.
John's Grill is a San Francisco institution. Aside from its historical significance, the food is excellent, and the service was outstanding. My guest and I both had the Boston chowder, which was really good. I had a crab-shrimp Louis salad. Again, the salad was excellent. John's Grill is one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco.
I cannot wait to go back to John's Grill. The food was outstanding and the value was excellent compared to other SF restaurants who are goughing tourists. I strongly reccomend the Petrale sole. Basic Salad was also terrific. Not thrilled about the house wine but the food was so good I did not care. My only real criticism was that the house music was slightly too loud. Tone it down so conversations are easier. Thanks for a great evening!
Great history, great food and great value for the City
Old SF style restaurant with great food!
John's Grill never disappoints! You feel like you've stepped back in time to an earlier chapter in San Francisco's history. The waitstaff is always excellent. The food is classic and ever so tasty.
Great for visitors but queuing for 30 mins with a booking was disappointing
The atmosphere at John’s is always a delight. I’m a fan of detective noir generally, and Dashiell Hammett’s writing. The strip steak was prepared perfectly. Heirloom tomato salad was great. While it was busy during JPM, my colleague asked if we could go back next year.
I’m already looking forward to it
Claaaic SF dinner spot. Started slow at 5:30, but was hopping the time we left. Food was good and what I expected. It’s not a blow you away place. It’s a classic establishment.
Going to put it in the rotation
This is my second visit to John's Grill. What I did not appreciate was the restaurant jacking up prices due to a conference in town. The menu and prices were different than their usual. While the service at reception and wait staff were very good, the food and ambiance were average (and very expensive). I assume this was due to how busy they were.
Much too noisy...could not hear my lunch invite across the table!
Was great all around
First time. Food was OK - salad tasty, steak was rough to cut and gristly, wine list limited. The place was packed and really noisy to the poit that conversation was almost impossible. Our waiter was great but not enough to overcome the negatives. For Union Square area, there are much better choices....
Price was extraordinarily high for food quality and preparation. Old and dirty. Tablecloths were covered with white paper. Wine was fairly priced compared to other restaurants.
Food and service was fabulous and our business guest really enjoyed it, too. Will be back!
Had great meal with my wife and another couple, great service,great food, and ambiance. Highly recommend
Good old school establishment. Real San Francisco charm! I've wanted to go here for years and finally did. Food was good, service okay. Some tables, including ours, are a bit too dark. I like an intimate setting, but we were practically in the dark. There wasn't an overhead light even remotely nearby, only a very dim candle at the table.
2 of our party had the Seafood Pasta and were sick afterwards. I had the Rib Eye and it was excellent. I can't return if the food makes you ill. Nice place and great service though.
Family dinner in the city
Tables are very close together on second floor. We were often bumped by wait staff and patrons squeezing between tables. Noise level very high. Not a relaxing dinner experience.
The worst - the absolute worst dining experience of my life. The food was inedible, plain and simple. The hostess was rude and totally uninterested in making our party welcome. I may never recover from recommending this place to the folks in my party. Won't be back, ever...
Good food, outstanding service. Little bit over priced
This a SF institution. As in its been around for over 100 years. Also as in it seems exactly like its been around 100 years. Its great food and great service, but a little old fashioned for this SF native - and I am nearly 50. I think everyone should try it, but the menu might need to add an item or two from past say the Mad Men era.
I haven't eaten here in many years, and it isn't as good as I remembered it being. It's still great old San Francisco history, but the food it only okay. A party of five, so five appetizers and five entrees, and nothing better than "good" in the bunch. Nothing was bad, it was all just meh, very ordinary.
And, to be fair, we enjoyed our evening. We were seated promptly -- we had a reservation, but that's not a guarantee at many restaurants -- and all our food and drinks were served appropriately. Our waiter was very good and I added a few dollars to the included 19% gratuity (parties of 5 or larger), so no complaints there.
It was fine to eat here once more, but I think this was the last time. Too many better places here in the city.
We love John’s Grill and it has become a Holiday tradition for my family to dine there. The food, service, and ambience or top notch. However, they could spend some funds to upgrade the ambience and furniture on the third floor dining room...the folding “dining tables” don’t do the restaurant justice.
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