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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

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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.

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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

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

85% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (75)
Neighborhood Gem (61)
Special Occasion (58)
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Good for a Date (54)
Business Meals (48)
Casual (46)
Cozy (37)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Good for Anniversaries (35)
Comfort Food (35)
Fun (34)
Good for Groups (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
People Watching (31)
Romantic (29)
Live Music (24)
Hot Spot (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Great for Lunch (21)
Notable Wine List (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Late-night Find (11)
Tasting Menu (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We shared three dishes and they were excellent. The petrale sole and red snapper were as fresh as can be . The rib eye was supper tender. The crowds let you know how popular of a place John's is. They have been serving guests for 110 years.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Our friends from Napa & Cannes, France loved the period atmosphere and their beef entrees. Being from the Bay Area my husband and I realized how much we take for granted. We had a wonderful day/ evening in San Francisco.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Richmond)·Dined on October 28, 2017

As always just a great part of downtown SF rich is history and food and service better than most!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had the pleasure to dine this past Friday for my husband’s birthday and the attention to detail was far more than expected.
Will recommend to friends and business associates! Totally pleased !

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, People Watching, Late-night Find, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Live Music, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 27, 2017

We had our family reunion there for lunch and everything was perfect!!
The food, the place, the staff!!
We couldn't of asked for a better place!

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Crammed in tables with huge noise level detracted from the good food and service. Don't go if you are looking for an intimate evening out with someone special. Caters to a business crowd.

Tags: Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Decent food, nothing great, good service, extremely noisy with a guitar player, who while talented just added to the cacophony.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 26, 2017

One of our favorites in SF. Shrimp Provençal is delicious.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 26, 2017

If it is steak you want then this is the place to find it! Great flavour and quick service.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Hi,

The food is delicious and friendly atmosphere.

We will come visit again 🙏

Have a wonderful day 😀

Regards,
Meriam

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Authentic, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 21, 2017

‘Was ok. Had better clam chowder steak was pedestrian. Butter pads wrapped in foil packaging is a deal killer.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 20, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Great food & service

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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great dinner with colleagues. Food was perfect, low noise on 3rd level allowed for great business conversation.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 17, 2017

I thought it was overrated. Very noisy.
Also the Restrooms are upstairs.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 17, 2017

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, People Watching, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent "old school" steakhouse! Great service great food great fun!

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

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 .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

One word....FABULOUS!
One word....FABULOUS!
One word....FABULOUS!
One word....FABULOUS!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

The specialty is the lamb! Excellent! Loved the vibe. Waitstaff attentive and on-point. When in San Francisco this is a must! Classic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Classic menu and atmosphere. Delicious and perfectly seasoned filet mignon. the martini's are free pour and therefore very generous as are the wines by the glass. Very good service.

Tags: Authentic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Great food, great service and good value!

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 (Edinburgh)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Old-school steak restaurant with the right vibe. The steak was really, really good. The wine list is extensive and really fair priced - you can get superior wine for a very reasonable price. Only objection is that they keep and serve the wine too warm.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Filet was over cooked, ribeye & sea bass were fantastic. 2 out of 3 is good, 3 out of 3 would have been better. Crowded, warm, not a place for quiet conversation but pleasant.

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 10, 2017

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.

Tags: Live Music, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 10, 2017

the best bet for dining in Union Square. Fresh fish and over the top lobster ravioli.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

The steak was excellent but the seafood was mediocre. We would definitely come again but just for STEAK!

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·Dined on October 9, 2017

Treated my parents, who were visiting SF. My dad saw the sign and wanted to give it a try. It was great! We ordered the steak, and it was perfection.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 9, 2017

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.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

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

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.

Tags: Comfort Food
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