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About John's Grill
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!!!
San Francisco, CA 94102
American, Steak, Seafood
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.)
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.
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.
Parking near John's Grill:
There are two public parking lots directly across the street, Hotel Union Square lot and Ellis - O'Farrell Garage.
BART / MUNI at Powell Street Station
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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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.
John's Grill Ratings and Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Myself and another cookbook author friend were in town for a joint book signing and decided that we wanted to have a good steak and a glass of wine after our signing. Our server was so incredibly rude and condescending all throughout our meal that we will never return. I have never been treated so horribly by a server ever. I was in the restaurant industry for 17 years from crew level all the way through management and I cannot fathom treating a guest in any of my restaurants the way our server treated us. We will NEVER return.
We were looking for something that was less about fish. The history of the restaurant and the good rating on OpenTable settled a last minute decision. NY Strip and Sam Spade lamb chops were excellent, but the wine was divine, a Grgich Estate Cab Franc blend. Morris, the wine country guitarist, strummed softly in the background allowing conversation, making for a memorable dinner.
John's gets better and better as time goes by. I always order steak, but this time I ordered the Seafood Canneloni. I think it was better than the steaks. John's always tries to go over the top, and this time, way over the top. I am glad to be a regular there.......:-)
Reserved some time ahead for Business Dinner and was not disappointed: received table and service as expected. Very good.
If you don't know the place: 1st and 2nd floor noise levels are quite elevated and probably not a good place to have a deep conversation; and the later the evening the more 'energetic' it will become at John's.
A great old San Francisco hallowed place for an excellent lunch or dinner at surprisingly reasonable prices. This time I ordered calves liver with the usual trepidation and was delighted to find some of the most tender delicious liver I've had in a long time.
First time visit. Food was good. Service was great. The live music started out perfectly soft as background but even though he was good, it progressively got louder and louder. One of my key peeves is to have music so loud at dinner you can’t carry on a table conversation.
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