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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
The four of us were sorely disappointed with our entire experience except for our waiter, who was very good. It appears they are living off their long time in business and the accolades they give themselves in the visitor publications. The noise was far beyond the “energetic ” category that Open Table provides. It was deafening without ceasing, making any possibility of visiting impossible. That alone might have been bearable IF the food had even modestly improved. Our table orders included steak as well as seafood; just very disappointing in all regards.
Pretty good for a tourist spot. Lots of families with small children. None of the staff seemed particularly interested in being there.
Sit on the second floor if possible, there is a live piano player and less kids. Wife enjoyed a new to her dish, Chicken Jerusalem. My steak was cooked right and tasted fine but just an average quality cut.
There is some history with this place and the Maltese Falcon, but I'm not sure what.
We picked this place because it was close to our hotel, had a decent menu, seemed fairly priced (by SF standards), and the bar/cocktails looked good. Their story is that they've been here for
a long time, and they have pictures up of all the semi-famous people who've visited the restaurant. We got there a little before our reservation to sit at the bar and have a drink.
The hostess was very nice and accommodating. Unfortunately, the bar was much smaller than we expected (six seats in a cramped location). The drinks we ordered were okay, but were not what I would consider top shelf (which I would have expected for the price). The bartender was attentive (we got our drinks quickly), but not very engaging or charismatic. The waitstaff was also attentive (good service), but again, just seemed to be going through the motions. The food was acceptable, but nothing special. Overall, we were fed and had no problems, but it's not a place we'd be in a hurry to return to.
We were told about John’s Grill by some friends in Australia, who had been late last year. They spoke very highly of the restaurant, so we had high expectations and had made our booking before leaving Australia. The ambiance was very good with the jazz guitarists, the food was also very good and the service was excellent.
John’s never disappoints! Filet Mignon was almost “knife cutting butter” tender, cocktails spot on and everything else tasty as well! Service was also good and ambiance cozy. Not your cheapest meal in the city, but not the most expensive either, and worth it! Don’t forget to say hi to the Maltese Falcon prop upstairs on the way to the bathroom — “it’s the stuff that (dinner) dreams are made of.” 😉
Old world steak house. Aged interiors, maybe that is part of the charm. My salad was good but my NY strip steak was dry to the point where it was not that enjoyable. Low on flavor perhaps because of how dried out it was. Serving a well prepared and served steak is sort of basic for a steakhouse so please draw your own conclusions.....
My group was there at a very busy time...because of a conference in the area. As a result, the restaurant was overcrowded and too loud. Tables were situated so close together that I couldn't access my table without other patrons moving, which they only begrudgingly did. The maitre 'd was pretty unhelpful as well. Our waitress, however, was very nice and accommodating...made the best of a challenging situation.
John's is a venerable San Francisco institution having been in operation since the early 1900's. It is a classic San Francisco restaurant with a relatively simple menu whose items are delicious. It's very near Union Square and has three stories, so usually has availability even during busy times. Known as a haunt for Dashell Hammet andJack La Lane. Would recommend Jack La Lanes favorite salad for lunch.
This place is celebrating 110 years in business and you can see why. It is classic dining at its best. No frills or need to have dictionary to understand the ingredients. Here its quality and quantity expertly prepared and served with style. The bartender who doesn't look a day over 40 has been working there 42 years. Our young server has been there for 10 years.
Fantastic experience. Great selection of quality steaks and fish. All dishes come with sides and that a huge savings when you see some restaurants charging $10 for a baked potato. Here we had a ribeye with a baked potato and generous serving of sautéed green beans. The service is professional and landmark setting creates a wonderful dinner.
My experience there was unremarkable. The restaurant food taste was nothing remarkable. It was just ok. I had to season the Jerusalem chicken to give it flavor. The service was not attentive. We had to continue to ask for service. I would not go back again as it did not measure up to it's acclaim.
Never go on a holiday! We went on New Years eve. Waited 30 minutes in the cold for our table with a reservation. My husbands pasta was good, my steak was underdone the first time then over done when it came back. May give it another try when it is not a holiday but it would not be my first choice.
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