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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
My ribeye was average at best. Luke warm, but cooked properly at medium rare. My wife's steamed clams were good. We sat upstairs, but it was more lively on the main level. We decided to eat here because it was recommended as "The Classic SF Steakhouse". It was just ok.
My filetmignon was succulent and beautifully cooked as was my husband's steak with the bone in. We shared a plentiful and perfectly seasoned Caesar salad. Wait staff were attentive and helpful, allowing us to move to a quieter table when the opportunity arises. Loved the music upstairs. A really pleasant, enjoyable evening. Will be back.
I was looking for a restaurant conveniently located between several hotels as a good meeting spot for several business associates to meet, unwind and reflect on the past week's successful business work. How lucky I was that John's just happened to be the center location. The hostess was very accommodating to hold our table until most of us had gathered. In the meantime, we enjoyed drinks in the small, cozy, friendly bar. And then enjoyed a delicious steak dinner. We each chose different cuts of meat, based on the very knowledgeable guidance from the waiter and we weren't disappointed. A few sharing bites confirmed the accuracy of what we were told. Everything was cooked to perfection - no sending back for additional heat. Overall, a very pleasant evening. Thank you!
Went here on a Saturday night with my wife and stepson. We had a reservation but it took them about 15 minutes to get us seated. Along with several other people who were waiting to be seated, we were told to stand by the bar, which was way overcrowded. The restaurant is pretty small and during busy times it can get very cramped and warm.
Food and service were great but it was so hot we found ourselves eating quickly so we could outside and get fresh air. If not for the uncomfortable temperature and waiting we experienced, I would give it 4 stars.
Thought we would go for a date night but food wasn’t the best as I had read in the reviews. Steak below my standard and below what I saw on reviews. Noisy but good people watching. Also seemed rushed to turn tables. My wife said the sea bass was also not very good.
I have been frequenting John's for many years, actually since Gus ( the current owner's dad) was the owner. I have always loved the rich history of the place. Noticed the other day that I was sitting under a picture of Governor Jerry Brown - from the 1970's !! De ja vu all over again?
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone. Although the menu remains pretty stable , maybe not too much froo-froo, I like it for that very reason. This is not for the trend seeker, but for someone who wishes to enjoy an excellent meal.
Had a great lunch two months in a row for two special occasions. Prices were lower than what we pay in San Carlos restaurant row! Waiters are friendly but one needed a little more training on pouring wine and refilling coffee, which never happened. Overall, an awesome place near the Square.
Came to John's Grill on our 25th Anniversary trip after having been here years before on a
business trip. Food and service were still wonderful. I had the shrimp dijonaise as recommended, my husband had the ribeye both were excellent. We started with the salad with shrimp and bleu cheese and the bisque both also excellent. Knowing it was our 25th anniversary, they surprised us with sparkling wine to start and a lovely dessert at the end of our meal.
The crowds say it all. Jam packed everyday so you can't go wrong. They have been doing this for 110 years . The halibut is delicious , the t-bone enough for 2 is over the top. the professional service from the host stand until the exit is gracious and genuine. The staff makes you feel welcomed and appreciated .
A lot of words come to mind when I try to describe John's Grill. Charming might be the closest. It's definitely popular, but it's still possible to get a table. It's got history, but nothing feels dated. It's cozy without being cramped. And so on...
A reservation is a good idea pretty much any night of the week.
I didn't make it to the Maltese Falcon room this time, but that's a good excuse to come back again on my next trip to San Francisco.
The heirloom tomato salad with mozzarella, basil, and balsamic vinegar was a great start. The steak, baked potato, and vegetable medley were excellent. The extra side of sauteed mushrooms put it over the top. I had to laugh when my server asked if I wanted to see the dessert menu. I had no room left, but I wasn't in a food coma either.
I'm sure I'll find my way back on my next trip to the Bay area.
The food was quite good, and the service was very prompt and friendly. However, this place is LOUD. We're talking seismic proportions here. I wish that it was a bit more on the quiet side as I do not enjoy screaming to my dining partner who is seated right in front of me.
We were seated at a very small table with uncomfortable chairs. We were very close to people around us. Very loud. Live guitarist was excellent, but we could hardly hear him. We couldn't wait to leave. The food was good, nothing outstanding or memorable. Our server was excellent.
We arrived for our 730 reservation about 5 minutes early and were told we would be" seated in a couple minutes ,just go behind me and wait at the bar."
Behind her was about 15 people standing in the aisle overlooking the tables on the way to the completely full bar. About 20 minutes later we got a seat at the bar, then waited another 30 minutes to get a table after complaining of the wait.Others that were there with reservations before us were still still waiting as we got seated .Food was Ok, but the din of the sardine like packed quarters made conversation impossible. Good place to go if you are hearing impaired,have no friends, or just want to spend a lot of time eating some Ok food.
they really try and get you in and out as quickly as possible - way too fast. I orderd the Oakville 2013 Cabernet and they brought me the 2014. not a huge deal but dont advertise the 2013 and then bring me the 2014 without telling me and for the same price.
food was good but nothing great. i think this restaurant is living on its history.
very ordinary dinner.
Our go to place for a delicious lunch (Jack Lalane salad with lots of crab and shrimp) when in San Francisco. Greeting/service was exceptional from the time we arrived - ensuring accessibility and room for a certified service dog. Food was generous and delicious.
It is great to see locals and visitors enjoying classic dining at its best. The service is outstanding although it is super busy all the time , the service is always a hit. The t-bone was perfectly seasoned and cooked medium rare. The halibut is a great choice as well. Try the cheesecake its enough to share.
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