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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

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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (96)
Authentic (81)
Neighborhood Gem (77)
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Good for a Date (71)
Good for Anniversaries (70)
Business Meals (58)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Pre/post Theatre (54)
Casual (50)
Comfort Food (49)
Cozy (47)
People Watching (46)
Fun (42)
Hot Spot (38)
Great for Lunch (38)
Good for Groups (37)
Romantic (36)
Live Music (31)
Fit for Foodies (28)
Worth the Drive (26)
Handcrafted Cocktails (21)
Bar Seating (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Seasonal (13)
Late-night Find (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Kid-friendly (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Great Beer (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Live Sports (1)
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

We took a trip to SF for a Christmas gift to ourselves. I bantered between John’s and other local spots but ultimately settled with John’s, because we wanted to be in walking distance from the Marriott Marquis.

John’s met our expectations but didn’t exceed anything. The food was good. I had John’s Steak. My wife had the seafood cannelloni. Compared to other steakhouses in the area, the menu pricing is more conservative. It’s a crowded spot with lots of history. We got in just before our scheduled 6 pm reservation, and it’s a good thing we did. It filled up quickly afterward. The service was average. Don’t expect charisma in San Francisco.

You’ll easily spend $125 for two people at John’s including tip. That’s entrees and no alcohol, appetizer, or dessert.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excellent Old school San Francisco, which makes it increasingly unique. Wonderful staff. Historic.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Apparently a long time San Francisco establishment. Features steaks, seafood and some regular meals. My wife had Chicken Jerusalem and enjoyed it. I had Petrale Sole and suspect it may have been something else. It was served in a mushroom sauce which is far too heavy for a delicate fish.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

John's is a landmark with exceptional service and amazing food. Can be loud if you're close to the bar, but would happily return.

Tags: Business Meals, Hot Spot, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 19, 2017

This place knows how to keep everyone happy. Great comfort food and professional service all in a great atmosphere.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We were treated beautifully by our waiter, Caesar, and the maitre d; the Christmas decorations were lovely, and the food wonderful. We'll be back again soon.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

John's was on its game. The service was excellent and the salmon first rate.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I always have a wonderful time at John's. Have been going here for more than 40 years.. I love the escargot and people watching is excellent !! I did give it a higher noise level than usual, but it was really only because of the Christmas crowds..

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. The ambiance was like the good old days “Hollywoodish”- rich, dark wood, candles, white tablecloths. Good service. Food excellent. Wine list superb. Can’t wait to go back!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Great steaks- service was very good, except that we had to work at flagging the waiter down a couple of times. We were there at Christmas time and it was decorated nicely. Would go back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Seasonal, Cozy, Fun, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The Jack Lalane salad is to die for

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Our waiter was great, and the food was tasty. The bar was slow, but the drinks were good. Overall, a nice experience, and I would definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 17, 2017

For the past 15 years, family get together the Saturday before Christmas . We stay around the corner at the Hilton, shop Macy’s and all the upper end retailers, watch the ice skating in Union Square, then head over to John’s Grill for a fabulous steak dinner. Only four of us this year, but have had as many as twelve before, they accommodate them all. Excellent service whilst ya listin.to the live jazz music, service is outstanding making you feel so special and well taken care of. Steaks come out popping hot along with all the side dishes, sourdough bread kept full without asking while drinks and wine flow as needed. While the family outing is just before Christmas, we tend to do the same routine a few other times throughout the year,

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Great food and service but very noisy

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Have eaten at John's many times. The service, food and drinks are very good. Will definitely eat there again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Having been born in SF John's Grill is truly old SF.
The staff was very professional and friendly

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The service and food were excellent. it was just too crowded. Too many tables crammed too close together.

Tags: People Watching
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on December 16, 2017

John's was without a doubt the find of the weekend for us. It was so good we went back for lunch the next day.

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

A busy place. They do a great job of getting people in and out. The food is great, steak prepared perfectly and a generous portion.

Come hungry and come on time.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Food was mediocre for the price. Was expecting a baked potato and got French fries. As the waiter was serving the food he stated that they were out of baked potatoes— it was 5:30.? Didn’t get a Chance to substitute anything for the potato just got served fries.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The Jack Lalane salad was delicious. The Jacks steak had good flavor but was hard to cut and chew. Great service. Noisy

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Hadn't been here in years and decided to try it with a friend for a holiday lunch. Very pleased. Service is excellent, food was great(!) and price was very reasonable. It's a little noisy, at least during lunch, but not enough to discourage conversation.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous place to dine, will return

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Always a wonderful experience at John's Grill. Servers attentive, food fresh and
flavorful. And at Holiday time, makes one feel so festive.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, People Watching, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

We started with clam chowder and the freshest crab cocktail ever. The lamb chops are divine and it's there signature dish. We also shared the halibut which was super moist The service and atmosphere is over the top.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Wednesday night's hostess, bartender and server were wonderful. I love the table in the back as I'm kept away from loud parties and badly dressed out-of-towners.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

John's Grill is a San Francisco tradition (founded in 1906 or 7). I was disappointed in the food this trip. Ordered escargots and lamb chops. Escargots sauce was not traditional and I didn't feel it was very good at all. The lamb chops were good, but probably not fresh.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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 on December 11, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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 on December 10, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Honored our reservation even though we were late due to traffic. Thank you!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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 on December 9, 2017

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

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