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!!!
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:45pm (last reservation 9:15pm.)
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.
There is a parking garage directly across the street, Ellis - O'Farrell Garage.
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.View Private Dining Details
We loved it! The a/c was horribly cold, but anything else 5*
always good been going since 1982 every time we are in SF.
Delicious food and a great atmosphere.
We enjoyed everything about John’s Grill. The Sam Spades lamb chop s were outstanding.
The food is delicious. You go here for steaks and they do know how to do that very very well. The baked potato was also prepared perfectly. You do not go here for quiet. That’s not necessary a bad thing. But if is busy, while the service is snappy, it is a bit loud.
So enjoyed our pre-theater meal, delicious all around! I had the Shrimp w dijonaise cream sauce-highly recommended- and my husband had the ribeye, also cooked wonderfully. It was a nice relaxing time as well, not rushed, and I would definitely return.
This is our preferred go-to restaurant for pre-theater, or for business meals. Always comfortable, relaxing, great bar, delicious food, (especially steaks and seafood), and service is impeccable.
We were seated upstairs and enjoyed fabulous steaks and lamb while listening to the live jazz
Went with 3 others for special dinner as it was our last night in SF. I had the giant prawn cocktail starter at 17 dollars. It was 5 large prawns and no salad. Steaks were great and perfectly cooked. Chap playing guitar fantastic. All in all expensive for what you get.
It was my wife’s 60th birthday. The staff was very nice. Wine list perfect and very reasonable. It was very noisy and extremely tight with space. The food was okay at best. When you go to a steak house and order a ribeye for $40.00 it should be thicker then a 1/2 inch. The manager was very gracious sending us a round of Kalua and milk for an after dinner drink. So thank you for that.😀
All in all... we had fun.
The food was good, but expensive. Seating is very crowded. Service was excellent.
Visiting from Lake Oswego, Oregon, was lovely and close to our hotel, wonderful food!
The seafood was one of the nicest I've ever had. Really good atmosphere too
Looks like an old favorite in San Francisco. But the food was overly heavy and fried. Lobster bisque was nice. Butter in foil wrappers and jazz entertainment was a guy with keyboard playing smooth jazz.
A waitress served our table was very friendly and every food she brought was good timing.
Everything was good. It’s a convenient location for the Orpheum Theatre. Made our play with time to spare.
Outstanding Service, Food etc. Found just walking around.
I happened to be in the area & after living in the Bay Area for decades I decided to give this local institution a try., although I usually opt for ethnic cuisine when eating out.
No surprises, delicious big ribeye with bearnaise. Came with baked potato & unexciting carrot & green beans. I added side of asparagus.
Menu has pastas, seafood, steaks & lamb chops, so good place to take folks who like an old school restaurant. Like my inlaws.
Small place with white table cloths, wood paneling & countless celebrity photos on the wall.
Awesome food, fantastic mood for me. Me and ma wife enjoyed every moments. I would like to recommend to my all of my friends.
Great food and great service. However on top of your neighbors some of whom were very loud.
This is a restaurant with lots of tradition, one which I have patronized for more than 50 years. This recent visit was the first in a while. It's an attractive place with a comprehensive menu. I just had the feeling that the energy level and eagerness to serve well had dropped a bit. But I will definitely go again.
Food was great, service was great, decor was great. Would highly recommend especially if you like hearing your dinner companion!
Filet Mignon was perfect! Waiter was helpful & diligent. The lighting was too low.
I was hungry for a steak but did not want to stray too far from my hotel. John's Grill was down the street, so I decided to check it out.
The service is wonderful. Friendly, yet attentive, and not stuffy. The place has been around forever, but does not look dated. Cocktail was strong and the prawn cocktail was very generous. The steak (John's Steak - a bone-in New York) was good, but not great. The meat was tender enough, but didn't have a lot of flavor. That said, they did not try to overcompensate by over-seasoning it, so kudos for that.
All told, if you are looking for a good steak and a piece of San Francisco history in Union Square, you will find that at John's.
The food is very good. We went back this time for the lamb chops. The service was very good.
Third time to SF-third time to John’s Grill. Great jazz musician upstairs in the dining area.
Perfectly prepared food. Exceptional service. Historical eatery in an historic city.
Good food. We enjoyed the meal. The room was a little bit loud for the small area.
Great service, outstanding wait staff, and wonderful food!!!!
We were in San Francisco for a few days and remembered them from a previous visit. Always a great steak and the history of the place. Make sure to read about The Maltese Falcon.
The seafood and pasta dishes were slathered a with rich bloaty cream sauce are were over salted. Fun noisy atmosphere.
Very good drink service. Old school menu, excellent food preparation particularly the fish. My liver and onions was good, but not great. Two slices of calves liver were very thin, not very flavorful. Next time I'll try the lamb or steak. Service was excellent, knowledgeable, cheerful, helpful and attentive without hovering. Great value for money.
Always a reliable great steak at Johns Grill. Cocktails are generous in size and perfectly crafted. We had a baby and stroller with us and everyone was extremely helpful getting us the perfect spot. No attitude and no problem. Thanks for taking good care of our little family!
My steak was good but my wife’s was not a great piece of meat.Nice atmosphere.Great service.
Great service. Had a special bottle of champagne for our anniversary. Food was excellent and music was a special touch!
Really really good food and great service. Oh it’s a great place to go when were in San Francisco for outstanding steak.
Had dinner there on a busy Saturday night. Waiter was very rude. My friend asked for the driest white wine. He brought a full glass. She tasted and asked if there was another and he snatched it away and brought a different one. Due to her shellfish allergy we had some menu questions then ordered. All of a sudden when food came we had a different waiter with no mention of the switch. It was a very odd and uncomfortable dining experience. We enjoyed the food, but were confused by the service. The new waiter was very nice but we had to ask if he was now our server.
My husband and I had been told this place was a hidden gem, total San Francisco style place. WE loved it. Our server was fantastic, super attentive! We had the crab cocktail, ceasar salad, I had the Halibut and my husband had the Filet. IT was ALL excellent food! I had the pomegranate cosmopolitan, and a Moscow mule. Very good. Our server checked on us often, refilled our water, and was just really attentive but not annoying. I'd recommend this hands DOWN to anyone! Especially, if you're looking for an old fashioned feeling, with five star food. We will definitely be going back!!