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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

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Enjoy tender steaks and local seafood in a classic 1908 landmark building. Entrees starting at $31. Live Jazz. Top Zagat rating. Complimentary treat from our pastry chef for open table diners.

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

Enjoy tender steaks and local seafood in a classic 1908 landmark building. Entrees starting at $31. Live Jazz. Top Zagat rating. Complimentary treat from our pastry chef for open table diners and complimentary designer party favors.

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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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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (74)
Neighborhood Gem (69)
Special Occasion (66)
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Good for a Date (62)
Good for Anniversaries (48)
Business Meals (46)
Casual (46)
Comfort Food (42)
Cozy (41)
Pre/post Theatre (40)
Good for Birthdays (39)
People Watching (37)
Fun (36)
Good for Groups (31)
Great for Lunch (29)
Romantic (29)
Live Music (28)
Hot Spot (27)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Late-night Find (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Great Beer (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Sports (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Great finish to a wonderful week end in SF. Loved the "old feel"of the restaurant,
very nice food. Our waiter was excellent.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 3 days ago

On our annual Holiday trip to San Francisco, we always end the trip with dinner at John's. It never disappoints us.

Tags: Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Have been here a few times and have never had a bad meal or service. We usually stop here before or after a show.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

This restaurant is obviously an institution in the city. It is so loud and crowded that people bump you when trying to get by. The food is crazy expensive for what you get. Would rather another restaurant with better value and less noise

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We made a reservation 4 days before going to San Francisco. I was a bit concerned that it may be booked since we needed a reservation for 7 people on a Saturday in December, but we were able to get a table. I have not been to this restaurant before, but the reviews were good so we gave it a shot. We were pleased with our meals, the service and we didn't wait at all for our table. There were a few people waiting when we got there at 6:15 p.m. and a ton of people waiting when we left at 7:45 p.m. Glad we had a reservation. It is three stories tall, so there is plenty of seating.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is still very good after all these years. Took friends visiting from out of town and they enjoyed it. The rib eye was quite good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

A favorite. I’ll be back when I’m next in the city.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

One of my very favorite places. The staff and food are always awesome!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Happy Hour, Fun, Authentic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

Wife and I were in San Francisco for my wife's birthday. We often come to John's Grill when we are here. I am handicapped, so I like their bathroom situation, even though it is upstairs.

My wife is gone here since she was a child, also.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access
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·Dined 4 days ago

Overall, the dining experience was nice. The halibut was a little overcooked and needed more salt, but the sauce complemented the fish nicely. The clam chowder as rich and very delicious, what I expected of San Francisco. I was happy to have a bit of steak with the soup. Wanted to mention a quick thing, one of the legs on the chair was broken, and felt very wobley and I felt like I could fall if I made the wrong move.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

We have been coming to John's Grill for 9 years now. We come to SF a week or two before Christmas and stay overnight very year. We always have lunch at John's. The place is decked out with Christmas decorations and its always a great experience. Food and staff are amazing. A real SF experience. You feel all of the history the moment you walk in the door. Love it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service, cool vibe but the food was just terrible. The hollandaise was separated.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Classic San Francisco. Time warp with service and a smile. A touch of class for the old soul.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Christmas visit to SF

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 days ago

If you're looking for an old-school, downtown steakhouse kind of experience, this is your spot. It's not an accident that this place was actually in the Maltese Falcon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Paleo Friendly
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·Dined 4 days ago

John’s I would say represents ol San Francisco , gives the feeling of the city in the 40’s. The food was wonderful, full of flavor and plenty of it. Price was very reasonable, especially considering your in San Francisco

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Fun, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined 5 days ago

Good food, good service. Somewhat noisy, but overall a great dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined 6 days ago

Great place for a group, we had 8 so we were on the 3rd level. Food was amazing according to all, we had steaks, lamb chops, seafood and various appetizers. Service was good, but they don’t split checks but will take multiple cards/cash.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

John's is always good. Our only negative experience was the homeless (and crazy) guy standing in the entrance vestibule on our way out. He asked for money. We ignored him. And then he continued to follow us out and stay very close to us. Two of John's employees were out on the sidewalk having a smoke, and they did nothing. They just watched as this crazy guy continued to glue himself to us. We kept changing direction, and the guy would stay with us. It finally took a young lady to come yell at him to get him to leave us alone. I understand that it is not the role of John's employees to do something like help us on their break, but it was very disconcerting.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

The food and service were excellent. Hopefully return soon

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined 6 days ago

Our meal at John's Grill was exceptional. My wife's halibut was so tender it melted in your mouth. My porterhouse was enormous and was cooked to perfection. Even though the restaurant was crowded, the service was superb! Our waiter was attentive, but not pushy.
Fun place to dine. Will go back again

Tags: People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Live Music, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined 7 days ago

John's Grill is a favorite because of the interesting Dashiell Hammett history. It's a bit noisy and older folks can't really converse at the table on a crowded night. Yet it's great food with an old school ambiance.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 7 days ago

Picked John’s Grill for location near Union Square and we very pleased with our lunch. Historic setting and ambience, great food. We will return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Cozy space spread over three levels. Friendly host started off what turned out to be a great experience. Professional server , we took his advice on apps , entrees and wine . All delicious. Beautifully decorated.

Tags: Cozy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is a lovely old San Francisco restaurant with a great atmosphere! The food is outstanding as is the service. I do recommend a reservation as it filled up very quickly at lunch time. We shall go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2017

This is our go to place when in Union Square. the snapper and seabass are delicious. Great service and ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

John's Grill has that "old time San Francisco" look and experience. Great Bloody Mary's and nice variety of dishes on the menu. Very festive decor for the holidays.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Excellent classy service. Our steaks were seasoned and cooked to perfection . The cheesecake is delicious. Very cozy and nice relaxing atmosphere with live jazz in the background.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Love the history that John's Grill has. Been here for dinner for many years around Christmas it a family tradition

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Wonderful waiter; delicious food!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 4, 2017

The steak was not flavorful, but it was tender. The place is very tight between tables.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 3, 2017

John’s Grill is an ongoing favorite that never disappoints. Great location when shopping downtown.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Pretty disappointed in food. Felt rushed. They ran out of sourdough bread. Ambiance is great, but expensive and food was not worth price.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was excellent. Very friendly staff. Service was timely.

Tags: Live Music, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 3, 2017

One of our favorite steak places on Union Square. Walking distance from hotel and the food is great!!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great service

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Ordered med rare. Got med wel. Big difference. A very nice evening just did not feel like sending the meat back. Was not their for food was there to have a great evening

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

The best. Thats all. We went there on oir 38th wedding anniversary. The waiter, the food, the entertainment were all great. We will be going back as this was our fourth anniversary there. Thank you John's Grill.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Good food, good service, enjoyable evening, gentle live music (not too loud). Overall a lovely evening.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Very busy, but that is a good sign. Great service, terrific Fisherman's pasta and t-bone, service is professional. We are locals and love the history.

Tags: Hot Spot
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