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Thu, 4/26
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10:30 PM
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John's Grill

4.4
4105 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
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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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Additional
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 4105 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.1
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Heirloom tomato salad was disappointing, but the rest of the meal lived up to expectations - or better. Special attention for our special occasion was appreciated - more so for being unexpected and beyond others’ . Will definitely return

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

AWESOME! Cannot wait to return! Food was incredible!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Great service, atmosphere and food. Very busy after 110 years in business, be sure to reserve.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Atmospheric restaurant with a long-established feel. Great food and good service. Obviously popular.

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

Meal service started out ok for a 6:30 reservation on a Sunday. Food was fine; steak was correctly cooked to order. But after we finished (by then the place had filled up) we couldn’t get the server’s attention to get our bill and when we finally were able to ask for the bill, it never came. After about 20 minutes I had to go to the back of the dining room to ask our server for it, and I barely got an acknowledgment of any issue. And then - without any prior notice - service was added to the bill (party of 5). I happened to see it (it was noted on the check) but might have missed it because we were by then really wanting to leave the place.

Food was ok, but it’s a pretty tourist-y place. I will say that the live music - a keyboardist - was very nice.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Loved it!!! Lamb chops were fantastic my wife’s filet was perfect...

We will go back plus recommend to friends when traveling to San Francisco..

Cheers

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

John's is always great. It's a must visit any time I'm in The City!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Had one of the best meals and service I have ever received in San Francisco. Chanteal was an extraordinary server/waitress....never rushed me and was always available. The bread was perfect and butter was not frozen. The table flowers were real and so was the candle. The martini (vodka dirty) was PERFECT...the oysters were delicious and then when I thought it couldn’t get any better the dinner salad came, fresh and unique and bursting with freshness. My red snapper was so fresh that it swam to the table. I dine alone often but have never received the service and kindness and welcomness that I received Saturday night April 21, 2018. I look forward to visiting again when I am in San Francisco. Oh, and I forgot to tell you how beautiful and warm this place is, lots of woodwork and a solid feel, I loved everything about it!!
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Excellent service, exceptional experience for my daughter's birthday. Thank you for making it special.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great place, with rich ambiance. Great food.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Everything was fantastic. Great steak

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Great food. Good service.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

excellent as always

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1.0Dined on April 20, 2018

They seem to cater to tourists. They gave us a crappy little table upstairs that couldn’t even hold the meal water and bread. The hostess was rude. I asked her for a better table and she was like Ho back downstairs and ask them. The food came out cold.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Real food for real people. Steak and potatoes. Good service

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

Our last night in San Francisco, we wanted a special dinner. We had eaten at John’s earlier during our trip. Lobster bisque was wonderful. Two of us had the surf and turf - it was excellent! Steak was huge, shrimp delicious. The others had ribeye and NY steak. We all agreed it was the best meal of our trip. None of us had room for dessert. We will definitely go back to John’s on our next SF trip.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

This place will never go out of style. It's 110 years old and has the coolest feeling . Lamb chops are delicious and plentiful. The service is great.

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3.0Dined on April 19, 2018

I'm a native Bay Area gal who lived and went to Collage in SF, worked up the street from this place,....and now live in Sonoma County. We were excited to check out the famous John's Grill!! We felt the place was everything we wanted, our server was attentive, our first two dishes, the Lobster Bisque was outstanding, house salad was perfect and John's wine by the bottle was smooth,...but, we shared one of the John's steaks, which was mostly tough and not edible. By the time the wait person checked in we had attempted to eat about 1/3, some bites good, a few perfect, but the rest was chewy and tough. Normally, one would send it back, but the timing was strange. At this point we were not hungry after all that time gone by. The waiter asked what we wanted him to do, which my husband replied, "That is up to the house to decide." We were not charged for our salad and bisque, but still charged for the steak and wine. It was uncomfortable. We paid, left a tip as if it were the full order, (after all it is not the server's fault for the chewy steak), but it is strange the way he was terse towards us towards the end.

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

I booked this restaurant because it was close to Parc 55 and the RSA conference in the City. Glad that I booked it ahead of time on OpenTable. There was a line so long. Had a reservation for 8:30 p.m. and finally got seated at 9 p.m. We were done with dinner by 10:15 p.m. Great service! I ate the roquefort salad with shrimp and filet mignon. Excellent choice! Thank you!

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

It was great. Busy place. Food and service excellent

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Amazing from start to finish... great wine.. stuffed @$100pp all in

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Excellent food and service but too loud for a date

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very solid old time place ala Sam's, Tadich.
Rib Eye is good; cooked as ordered. Probably choice NOT prime.
Sea Bass excellent; cooked to order portion so so for price..
$15 for call bourbon pretty steep for a old time no pretense place.

Service very good. Would come again

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a reservation. Were seated promptly upon arrival. Waiter was knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Although it was incredible noisy on the 2nd floor, we enjoyed our diner at John's Grill. Food was very good, either was the service. Good location for eating fish, not for a in depth conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Outstanding food! We were only on San Fran for 1 night and so glad we picked Johns Grill. The Filet Mignon was probably the nicest steak I’ve ever tasted. We had the cheesecake and pecan pie for dessert - unreal! And I even got my boyfriend to try escargot! Perfect date night spot.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

As usual had a wonderful meal, as did all of our party. The food is very good, well worth the price. The ambience is outstanding and it's a great deal of fun to eat here. Also you can eat leisurely, make an evening of it without being rushed. Particularly want to mention the wait staff. They are friendly, professional, very understanding and patient with multiple questions and special requests. If you've never been to John's I urge you to try it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was really good and fresh!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food! Love John's! We didn't have a good table; upstairs by the bar/kitchen but we made the best of it. Its hard to beat Johns!!!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was average at best. My husband and I both had steaks, not much flavor and no seasoning. Tables are close, which is ok if you enjoy listening to someone else's conversation. Service was good and to the point.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very good food, service was excellent . Would highly recommend to anyone

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

very nice place for Easter dinner. the food was good, the service good, easy parking. lost my glasses there but they weren’t turned in 😢. this out a damper on the experience...

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were in SF after over a week of food and wine in the Bay Area and were heading out of SFO the next morning, looking for some comfort food for my birthday. Our server was friendly and knew the menu well, and we had a nice, cozy table. Our tweens were not treated like children or adults, which was great. Our steaks were very good (and I am from Omaha, where steaks are the ONLY good thing, other than corn on the cob). We live in Chicago and have access to lots of good food, but for comfort food, we were pretty happy with John's Grill, although a bit expensive. Would have been nice had they recognized my birthday, but we forgive and will go back next time we are in SF.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazing food. Great selection something for everybody. Fantastic drinks will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Tasty lobster ravioli, steaks cooked to perfection. Reasonable prices for top quality. Very good service. Each level has its own landmark qualities.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was warm in temperature at best.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

John's is our go-to place when we downtown.

The food is very good, consistent comfort food. The service has always been good when we've been there. The food is served quickly and they know how to cook a steak.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This place kinda felt dirty to me and run down. I get it's an older restaurant, but so is Tadich Grill, but Tadich is way nicer.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Very delicious!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was great here! If you want a quieter environment I would recommend waiting for a table downstairs - we sat up stairs and it was pretty loud - the service was great and the live music was a plus

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