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John's Grill

4.4
3996 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 25-300 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 3996 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
service
4.3
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4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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fatlion (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 2 days ago

Gotta love the historic John's Grill for that New York-style ambiance, food, and interest. Still one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

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PatL (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

I always love going to John's. The SF feel is great and the food is very good. I always like the service and location. It is across the street fro a garage and makes it easy to park eat and shop.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great place for a business lunch. Our waiter was great. My client likes oysters on the half shell they normally have at dinner only. He made a special request. I’ll definitely be back the next time I’m in SF.

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SherylP (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined 3 days ago

The John's Bone In New York steak was of very poor quality which was a great disappointment although the Sea bass was quite good. The Pomegranate Cosmo was unique and very tasty but seemed a bit pricey at $14.
Ambiance was nice, music was a Jazz guitarist and not too loud. We were celebrating our 35 year anniversary so all in all the experience was a bit off due to the total cost being $156 for 2 and the steak being so bad.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Food and service was excellent and the atmosphere was very cool and nostalgic! Went for my wife’s birthday and was treated unbelievably good, very impressed!

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MaryB364 (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

This is an historic restaurant just off Union Square and walking distance from the end of the Powell Street/Hyde Street trolley. I've only eaten lunch here, so I haven't had a chance to try out the dinner menu. There are photos all throughout the restaurant of famous people who have eaten here. It is worth visiting at least once just to experience an old classic place. The décor is probably the same as it's always been, although I really enjoy that sort of thing. It was a chilly day when we ate there and we chose a spot by the window, although that may not have been a good choice. It was quite chilly in the restaurant. Our server was appropriately attentive for the lunch hour, although he had my order incorrect at first, but switched it right away. I had the crab Louie salad, which had a generous portion of chunky crab pieces with delicious dressing. I would come back here for that alone. My husband had a toasted sandwich which he said was really good, although I was so engrossed in my salad, I don't remember what kind he had. By the time we left, which was around 1:00 p.m. or so, the place was quite busy with what seemed like local clientele. Worth a visit, especially if you would like to experience a bit of history as well as have good food.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Old school San Francisco restaurant. It's small, it's crowded, it's loud and bustling. Great value as the entrees off the grill come with vegetables and a baked potato. Friendly servers. Reservations are recommended. We had the New York steak, salmon, and the jumbo prawns. All were good.

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vipBZLB (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

A San Francisco classic with the Maltese Falcon thrown in! Good American Food.

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HenryE 
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

We were all very satisfied with the food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

It’s my almost 10yr old niece’s favorite place to eat when we’re downtown. She loves the lamb chops and I can confirm they’re the best!

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JimE 
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

Great steak, great service, great atmosphere. We went for the Dash Hammett experience, and found the food and service to be excellent. We would definitely go back

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

We sat on the 3rd level. What a beautiful room. High ceilings , wall of windows, dark mahogany walls and amazing antique reiliefs. The delicious tender steaks were high quality and include sides so it ends up being a bargain. Excellent service. Immaculate clean for being 110 years old.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

DELICIOUS FOOD

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent Valentine’s Day celebration!! Steaks were grilled to perfection.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Love this place! It’s so “City” and always maintains it’s quality in ambiance, food, and value. You can never go wrong here!

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Mmjj (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Definitely need reservations on weekends. Food is above average. Good for small business dinners.

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AaronB (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Excellent Filet Mignon and Clam Chowder. Very good heirloom tomato Caprese salad.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Best lamb chops ever. Fantastic service . Reasonable wine list. Amazing setting. 110 years in business says it all.

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stever (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Very old school place mainly for carnivores. There are some fish dishes, but you'd be hard pressed to find anything for vegetarians. Steaks are very well prepared (as are the fish dishes), and all come with really good baked potatoes. Just an old-fashioned steakhouse, with pictures on the wall of the celebrities who have eaten there since 1908.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Classic restaurant great experience not mind blown if but would go back again!

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Dickinson (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

John's remains a San Francisco stalwart for reliably good food and a stiff drink. If you want a cultural glimpse of the City over the past 110 years, make a point of looking at the various photos on the walls (including some celebrities). As one of SF's oldest continually operating restaurants, I'm sure that many stories and romances have been nurtured there.

Since we almost never order steaks in restaurants, cannot comment on that. My fish was excellent, and cooked "gently" as I'd requested. It was an excellent meal at a reasonable price for what they delivered. Service was very attentive, but not overbearing.

I would guess that the crowd was probably 50% out-of-towners, as John's must be in every travel guide book (for a reason).

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vipbelas (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

It's amazing how this place got so many 5 stars reviews. I guess if you like bland, simple and expensive food, then this is the place. We had their grilled red snapper, chef's snapper, and cioppino. Well, service was quick, that is all 5 main dishes were ready within 10-15min.
The food... All our snappers were full of bones, had pretty much no flavour (and this is chef's entrée), cioppino was 'ok', but had relatively little ingredients...
All in all, food was OK, but definitely not worth the price.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

The place serves up good steaks at a reasonable price. My ribeye was done perfectly. Service was good. My main issue is that the tables are so close together, so it's cramped dining when the place is crowded.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Great service! Lamb chops and steaks were delicious. Good wine selection. Menu selection was limited- need a few more healthy choices and other options for sides and appetizers. Cocktails were just ok.

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vipTwoBeerTeddy (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Classic, old-style steakhouse with good selection of seafood as well. Enjoyed the cocktails and reasonably-priced wine list.

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Blueyes (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Delicious old school dining; excellent service. Our waiter was a lot of fun; we discussed the show we were going to. He made good recommendations for food and wine.

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GoodEats (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We’ve been dining at this historic San Francisco iconic restaurant for nearly 30 years. It is a treasure and so close to Union Square. No one should miss the opportunity to experience this jewel in the crown of SF eateries...

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Very good food at a classic, historic restaurant. The service was gelreat and the live misic was a nice touch.

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LesW (Houston)
2.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

I wouldn't recommend John's.
The food was pretty basic and flavorless.
My partner and I had two different steaks but both felt there was a lack of seasoning and both were bland.
The location and internal decoration offered so much more, but we were very disappointed by our choice.

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JBWNOHO (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Recommended by nearby hotel concierge. Not quite a 5-star but not far off!

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