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John's Grill

3984 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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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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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:

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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There is live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.
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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 3984 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 2 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago


OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 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!

4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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

4.0  Dined on February 11, 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.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

Dickinson (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 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).

vipbelas (Las Vegas)
2.0  Dined on February 10, 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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 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.

vipTwoBeerTeddy (Las Vegas)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

Blueyes (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 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.

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...

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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

2.0  Dined on February 4, 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.

JBWNOHO (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Yosemite)
3.0  Dined on February 4, 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.