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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!!!

63 Ellis Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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.)

Cross Street:
Powell Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(415) 986-0069

Website:
http://johnsgrill.com/

Entertainment:
There is live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.

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.

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.

Public Transit:
BART / MUNI at Powell Street Station

Executive Chef:
Mauricio Sibrian

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact john@johnsgrill.com

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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.

John's Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (94)
Neighborhood Gem (81)
Authentic (74)
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Good for a Date (73)
Good for Anniversaries (67)
Business Meals (63)
Good for Birthdays (52)
Pre/post Theatre (52)
Casual (49)
Comfort Food (47)
Cozy (44)
People Watching (43)
Fun (43)
Great for Lunch (35)
Hot Spot (34)
Romantic (34)
Good for Groups (31)
Fit for Foodies (26)
Live Music (26)
Worth the Drive (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (24)
Notable Wine List (23)
Bar Seating (17)
Seasonal (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Late-night Find (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Kid-friendly (7)
Happy Hour (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Great for Brunch (5)
Great Beer (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Healthy (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 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.

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

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

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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·Dined 4 days ago

We were all very satisfied with the food and service.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined 5 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

DELICIOUS FOOD

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 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2018

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

Tags: People Watching, Live Music, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 11, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Tags: People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fun, Gluten Free Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·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).

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·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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 (New York Area)·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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (Las Vegas)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Cozy, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Live Music
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 (Houston)·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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My companion's salmon dinner was tasty. My steamed clams were small though plentiful , however they were over cooked and the broth wasn't flavorful. House wine was average. enjoyed the old photos and old San Francisco feel.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly
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 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great food and great staff. Always head their when in San Francisco. A must stop every time.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 1, 2018

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.......:-)

Tags: Romantic, Local Ingredients, Fun, Tasting Menu, Paleo Friendly, Seasonal, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 31, 2018

A classic SF restaurant. Great steaks, wine list, and if you had 6 stars, our waiter would get them. Truly a great dining experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on January 29, 2018

Average place and food. You get what you paid.

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 (London)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The best clam chowder in SF.
Terrific waiting staff.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Outstanding local fish and top quality steaks. We loved the setting and service. Prices are reasonable for the experience. They are celebrating there 110th year in business.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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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 (Austin)·Dined on January 27, 2018

John's Grill is an amazing restaurant! The food is incredible and the service terrific! My husband and I celebrated a birthday dinner here during the weekend. It was perfect!

Tags: Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Portland)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was outstanding as the service awesome.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Food was delicious and the service was great!

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We enjoyed our meals. The restaurant is very crowded. Tables very close together.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We started off with a dozen of the freshest oysters and crab. I only order shellfish at very busy restaurants and John's is always packed. The halibut and petrel sole is delicious. Professional service and excellent wines by the glass.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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