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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

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (71)
Neighborhood Gem (66)
Special Occasion (66)
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Good for a Date (57)
Business Meals (46)
Casual (45)
Good for Anniversaries (44)
Cozy (41)
Comfort Food (40)
Pre/post Theatre (40)
Good for Birthdays (38)
People Watching (37)
Fun (34)
Good for Groups (29)
Great for Lunch (28)
Live Music (27)
Hot Spot (26)
Romantic (26)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Bar Seating (16)
Notable Wine List (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Late-night Find (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (9)
Local Ingredients (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great Beer (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Paleo Friendly (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Healthy (3)
Scenic View (2)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day 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 a day ago

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

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·Dined 2 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 2 days ago

Christmas visit to SF

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 2 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined 2 days ago

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Tampa)·Dined 3 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined 4 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 4 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 5 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Old time San Francisco restaurant with great atmosphere, good food and drinks with great service. Would recommend It to everyone.

Tags: Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 27, 2017

SO GOOD! And they gave our friend a nice birthday dessert!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Romantic, Live Music, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Perfect steak! I ate the best in San Francisco! Retro restaurants are romantic!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

We had a flawless dinner . Steaks as tender as can be. Delicious Roquefort salad with loads of shrimp. The martini's are over the top. Classic look in atmosphere is never going out of style. Our server knew his wines and paired them with our courses.

Tags: Hot Spot, Live Music
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Reservation is the way to go. Walked in and sat right down. Great food and fun times.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

John's is a "Go To" place when I'm in SF. The food is good and the service was excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service! We both had Filet Mignon, very delicious!!! The best clam chowder I had so far.

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 (México)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Muy rico todo, la atención muy buena

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This is one of SF's legendary restaurants; the food is good, and a little pricy for what I ordered, but I'll return nonetheless. The lobster bisque did NOT fill the soup bowl and was tepid at best. The lamb chops were good.

Tags: Live Music, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was average. My filet mignon was half the size of another person's filet at the table and I ordered mine medium rare and it was maybe medium slightly pink left. My daughter's water had a fly in it. I told the gentleman to empty out all the pitchers and rinse them out. Instead he poured another glass of water with debris in it for her.the bread came with two used butter wrappings stuck to the bottom when brought to our table. It is ok to have one if these errors but over and over not so good. Spoke with manager, not horrified about water or bread issue. Gave up by time I got an overcooked steak. The waiter said he was paying for our desserts on him. Bogus for restaurant to charge him and manager not apologize profusely and offer a discount. Lost our business!!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Amazing steak perfectly cooked!! Me and my girlfriend both had an amazing experience. Great way to end our vacation!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Cozy nostalgic place. Lots of history here and tasty food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre
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