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John's Grill

4.4
3963 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 3963 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined 5 days ago

Over priced, mediocre food served by an unhappy staff.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Good steak...a bit thin. Great drinks, wonderful salad & excellent dessert
I’ll go back!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food is exceptionally & consistently delicious!
The clam chowder, Jack Lalanne crab shrimp salad, lamb chops and berries & homemade vanilla ice cream are wonderful. They NEVER disappoint and Chanteal our waitress was very personable, pleasant & efficient ...we couldn’t ask for more. Ask for her!!!! My husband felt pampered on Fathers Day and it made me happy that he enjoyed himself so much!
When we come to San Fran, we always try to come here. Thank you for providing the tasty & delicious food we love for over 30 years that we’ve visited. From 2 grateful visitors from Hawaii!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

My steak smelled and tasted like blue cheese and I have no idea why, the green beans were undercooked and bland. I loved the atmosphere and it is super cool that the Maltese falcon was filmed there so I’m hoping my experience was just a fluke. The service was fabulous as well, so was the appetizers (oysters and cocktail shrimp and the chocolate dessert)!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Love going to such an historic place. Unfortunately, Canola oil is used in many dishes and I am allergic to it. The server was wonderful. He recommended some alternatives. My lunch partner and I order the same thing. However, mine had very little sauce on it and, therefore, not much flavor. I am not sure why mine was different unless they use Canola oil in the sauce too. (Usually, it is used in the fryers.) Perhaps they thought I didn't want any oil/fats? Who knows. Anyway, great old restaurant that I would recommend.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

Was bit crowdeddand noisy but the lamb was perfect. Restaurant seems nice and kind but if you are to have business meeting I recommend you to choose another one in downtown San Francisco.

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

Mediocre food at high prices. Poor value

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food and service was excellent

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4.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Visiting San Francisco. Was a good recommendation by the hotel staff. A must try if in the area

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2018

A truly wonderful place to eat with great old world ambiance ( think old supper clubs) and very attentive waiters.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Great food, great music, loved the ambience. The service was great. I recommend the lamp chops. Delicious! Excellent desserts too (the house gave us one complimentary) Totally recommend it!

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Best value 'old school' restaurant in the Union Square area.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

Service was slow for the time of day (5pm) and small crowd, but the Filet with fried shrimp was excellent. Gin and tonic was flat; dessert menu predictable and limited. Great location for shopping and BART.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

Excellent service with delicious food. Came to John’s grill for a birthday meal, and v kindly they presented us with a birthday creme caramel-welcome and unexpected. We would definitely eat here again.

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3.0Dined on June 9, 2018

The filet mignon was excellent and cooked perfectly. Both fish dishes my wife tried were underwhelming to say the least. Don't go to this restaurant for the seafood, you'll be disappointed. The baked potatoes were dry and lukewarm. The drinks and the steak saved the evening.

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

The party of four ordered a Dungeness crab appetizer, NY Strip, Red Snapper, Petrale Sole, and Liver with Bacon.
The diners loved the two fish dishes, and the bacon served with the liver was the best bacon that diner had ever eaten. The NY Strip was ordered medium rare, but it was not cooked sufficiently to meet that expectation. The service quickly remedied the misfire and the diner was delighted with the seasoning.
The service was terrific - attentive with becoming intrusive. Solid experience.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Delivers on what it promises - a great steak and fantastic, classic ambience.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Great food, got the fried chicken thigh meal and it was the absolute best chicken dish I've had at a restaurant

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

So good I went two nights in a row. The ribeye blew me away.

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Wonderful staff and food!

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5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Service was friendly and great. Food done perfectly. We’ll definitely go back

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Ok place. But was expecting great judging from other reviews.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Great food great service!

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always awesome! Wait staff is fantastic and the food is awesome. You will be welcomed very warmly with a smile. Can’t go wrong by having dinner here.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Very good, great service

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

We had excellent filet mignon for dinner and the service was excellent. It can be a bit noisy but truly a San Francisco landmark. I thought the prices were a bit high, but this may be the norm for San Francisco at this time.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Best steak we’ve had in years. Service was impeccable!

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Steak was decent but potato was bland, service was a bit slow.

Price for what you get is okay, overall is a ok place

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Met my cousin from Brazil for the first time here at Johns Grill on Thursday evening, and was so happy to share this San Francisco icon with her!

Great food, great service and an overall classy experience!

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2.0Dined on June 1, 2018

This place may once have been good. But.no longer. The lobster-filled ravioli had no discernible lobster. The wine selection was sparse. The table rocked back and forth. Generally a rickety old place from yesteryear.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

There wasn’t a happy hour. Food is okay and service is good

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5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2018

I have been here several times and every time the steak is tender, juicy and perfectly cooked. Do yourself a favor and stop by John’s Grill if you are ever in the area. I get the filet, but others got the NY Strip and lobster ravioli. Everyone was full and happy when they left.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

John's stays true to it's history and has never underperformed during my time, over 30 years, of going there. The ambiance of historic San Francisco couple with perfect steaks, always a pleasure.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Decor and surrounding a little dated. Seating postion a little cramped. On a good note, our server was attentive.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2018

This was the first time that my husband and I had been to John’s Grill. If we get back to San Francisco for another visit, we will definitely go here to eat here again.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We had a wonderful lunch here. The food was great and our server was outstanding! He was extremely attentive personable, and very polite. The atmosphere of the restaurant was old San Francisco: beautiful wooden interiors and tables with white table clothes. The ambience was quiet and relaxed. If you’re not a fan of loud music and diners talking loudly on their cellphones, you’ll love this place. Highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

One of the best steaks I have ever had. I loved the 1930s/1940s atmosphere, particularly the dark wood paneling and the photos of celebrities from the many decades that John's Grill has been operating.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Exactly what we were looking for on our trip to San Francisco! We loved the atmosphere and the food was fantastic. The tenderloins we ordered melted in our mouths !

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

The server was phenomenal. He gave excellent service and even made a drink that he had to look up how to make it. He definitely went above and beyond. The food was phenomenal!

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