John's Grill

4.4
4067 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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  • Special Occasion
  • 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 4067 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

We ordered two kinds of Steak and my kids love it. Service is good and value for money.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

It's what you expect: an old time San Francisco steak house. Good food, good service, and a lot more reasonable than the competition. No wonder they're still going strong after 100+ years. Enjoy! We did.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

the new York steak was perfect. the red snapper was great . portions were just right.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Very busy and fun spot. Service starts great and ends even better. Very generous portions you can almost split every dish. Lamb chops are over the top.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed the food and appreciated the service.
Will visit again soon for another special occasion with my family.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

John’s is a must go place every time we visit the city. All the food is delicious but we go for the lamb rack and New York Cheesecake for dessert!

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

John’s Grill is a well known Historic San Francisco restaurant paying homage to Dashiel Hammett. The upstairs is a beautiful dining area and the menu featured many nice steak and seafood options. The service was fantastic with the waiter and kitchen working with us to prepare a dining option for our eight-year-old that was not on the menu. The only unfortunate drawback was that the food was very bland.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Well, I was very upset with my food, I order the grill salmon and it was barely cook, the green beans were old, I doubt they were fresh, I know what a fresh bean looks and taste, this were all soggy and taste bad. The smell at the restaurant was a mix of fish and urinal. I paid way too much for an uncooked meal and one bake postato.....
I had lunch before i it was way better. I am so sorry that I have to write this feedback, but it’s true, way too expensive and it was not very good.

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2018

Great food. Best in the city. Tables are quite close.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Old school at its best! Everything was great. Steak cooked to perfection, classic cocktails. Perfect!

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

We were recommended to another steakhouse by the bridge and the only positive experience was the outside scenic area. John's grill knows how to cook a steak and fantastic customer service at 1/2 the price. Be sure to make reservations on the second floor with the entertainment is located because all 3 floors will fill up. We recommend this restaurant. This place is a gem.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Wonderful food (I love the lamb chops) and the service excellent. It was a busy
Saturday night, but the staff managed to treat us as though we were special customers.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Steak was overdone.
Baked potato was lame. How do you ruin a baked potato?
Vegetable was nearly nonexistent.
Seabass was covered in a undisclosed butter sauce to mask it being a week old.
4 oysters mixed with spinach and butter and pastry for $35 called oysters Wellington.
Interesting pictures one the walls from a time gone by.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

A classic old San Francisco favorite!

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2.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Having booked this for a business lunch, I was told by the restaurant that lunch is not that busy so accommodating my small party would not be a problem. It was quite disappointing to find out that my party of 6 was squished into a 4-top (my client is 6'9!) & our client had to send back the oysters! A couple people did love their steaks but unfortunately that was not enough to remedy this visit. I will not be booking future business here based on the experience feedback I received.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

We do bar seating and just martinis while shopping in the city, but this night it was friends, dinner and martinis. Live jazz on the second floor was a bonus!! Can’t wait to do it all again! The hostess was as always, wonderful and remembered us! Winning!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great atmosphere with interesting history. Food and service were excellent.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Good service, but limited options on the menu. Very crowded seating, as the restaurant is small and they seem to be trying to maximize the number of diners they can get in. Beef options were gluten-free, but not a separate menu for gluten-free diners

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Nice old school San Francisco spot for old school heads

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1.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Good food, they make good meat. but in the end the account is a scam. They force you to pay the 19% tip if you go 5 and apart they charge you $ 12 for a tax they say from San Francisco

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Rib eye steak was stringy. Not the best steak we’ve have been be had.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Great neighborhood steak house near Union Square . Has the feel of Peter Lugers in NYC !

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Service was poor; food miocre. Was there on Thursday celebrating a former employees birthday. Would not recommend or go back again.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Anthony was an amazing server with awesome recommendations for food and wine pairing!! Just kind and interesting and food--phenomenal!! The perfect evening, including the magical Wednesday musician!!

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3.0Dined on August 2, 2018

John’s Grill is lively and entertaining. The steaks are amazing and the seafood is fantastic. However I my reservation was made for my husband’s birthday and we received no special treatment. We were seated at a table in the bar which I found to be obnoxiously uncomfortable and inconsiderate of the host. They didn’t offer a dessert or acknowledge the occasion whatsoever. Shame.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We eat here regularly - for a reason. Actually several reasons. Without exception, the food is excellent; it has that "just so" ambience; and the service is exactly what should be the standard everywhere but seldom is. We'll be back, and looking forward to it.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

The dinner salad; the perfectly cooked ribeye steak; and the magnificent Grey Goose Martini exceeded my expectations. I will definitely go again and recommend it to others. My potatoe appeared to have been cooked hours before...; however, it was eatable...string beans crunchy, just like I love them. The dining room and bar area was pacJed. ♥️

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

We dine at John’s every time we’re in San Francisco. Excellent food and we love the ambiance there.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Delicious and tender filet minion cooked to perfection.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Great porterhouse steak, can't wait to return and try the ribeye. Great service, our waiter was attentive and always kept our water glasses refreshed.

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4.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Wonderful old world steak house ambiance. Great food and excellent value for such high quality steaks. We sat downstairs the first time and upstairs 10 days later. The restaurant was packed and it felt a little noisy and claustrophobic upstairs where the tables are closer together. There was a misunderstanding due to a language problem over how the filet mignon was to be cooked. Another was prepared to perfection in a short period of time without any questions or fuss. All in all a wonderful place to enjoy a superb steak dinner. We would love to go again if in San Francisco.

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1.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Way overrated...second floor is a dump. Very loud and cramped. Food is ok but nothing special. Establishment is clearly trading on its past...60 years and over will like it.

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3.0Dined on July 30, 2018

I read such great review, I was really looking forward to eating here. The restaurant was nicely decorated and the service was very good. I was disappointed by the food- too salty, fish drenched in mushroom cream sauce that reminded me of Campbell's soup. I envisioned an adult, sophisticated vibe which was not possible given the number of young kids accompanying their parents.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

We were visiting San Francisco; wanted to sample local .

Great food, great service and great atmosphere!

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

This was recommended for good food and typical San Francisco feel so for that I would say it was good.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Johns is always an exceptional experience. Old school, high quality steaks, potatoes and seafood. It is a great place in downtown SF.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

What a great experience. The cocktails were delicious. The food was the best of the best. It is no wonder that this restaurant has been in business since 1908. It will be there for many years to come.

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3.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Took the family here for our last dinner in San Francisco. The place advertises being an old historic restaurant in SF. We were seated on the second floor in a table for 4 that was pretty tight. The seats were old and uncomfortable. Tables were packed in to maximize the number of guests. The service was average but not warm and friendly. The food was good but not great. For the money spent it was not a memorable experience. I would not recommend it unless you cannot find reservations elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

The service, atmosphere and food were great. Make sure you book and ask for upstairs. Johns grill has lots of atmosphere and Sam spade chops are great as the prawn cocktail. You must experience this restaurant.

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3.0Dined on July 28, 2018

As UK tourists to San Francisco this place came highly recommend. The first night we arrived we went here, the quality of food and value for money I thought was very good. The service was a little slow at times though. Overall a good and pleasant evening. I would recommend

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