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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.

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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

86% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (72)
Neighborhood Gem (58)
Special Occasion (58)
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Good for a Date (55)
Casual (47)
Business Meals (45)
Pre/post Theatre (35)
Good for Anniversaries (34)
Comfort Food (34)
Good for Groups (34)
Cozy (33)
Fun (32)
Good for Birthdays (31)
People Watching (30)
Romantic (28)
Live Music (24)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Hot Spot (21)
Great for Lunch (19)
Notable Wine List (16)
Handcrafted Cocktails (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Late-night Find (11)
Tasting Menu (9)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Healthy (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Brunch (3)
Great Beer (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
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Afternoon Coffee (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Simply outstanding classic menu, service and atmosphere. Warm greeting at host stand, seated on time, personable server and delicious porterhouse and halibut filet.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

We had a late dinner with two toddlers and the server coped graciously. She quickly replaced a mediocre wine with her recommendation for a much better one. The food was terrific. Steaks perfectly cooked.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

HOT it was so hot in the restaurant there is no air flow at all.

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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

The place was packed on a Monday night! The surf & turf was outstanding!! Lots of fun, seeing all the people and enjoying the steaks!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Great service and tender steaks with a reasonable wine list. the ambiance is one of a kind. Authentic building ; a century old but spotless bathrooms , dining room, elevator and air-condition.

Tags: Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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·Dined 6 days ago

Good atmosphere, food was really good ..went to San Francisco for our honeymoon and decided to try this place out for some good steak.place looks small but it’s 3 floors! Service was good..price was expensive but it’s San Francisco.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Perfectly prepared porterhouse and rib eye steak . Both seasoned and cooked just right. huge martini's , professional service and amazing jewel box of a restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Loved the ambiance but my son's medium rare Porterhouse steak was raw on one end and well done on the other(tenderloin side) was asked if he wanted a fresh one but we didn't have time to wait for another one. For the price it should have been made right the first time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

I have eaten at John's Grill several times before, and had a good experience, but this time was disappointing. We made a 9:15 reservation on OpenTable. As soon as we were seated, the waiter said, "The kitchen is closing; I need your food order right now." In general, we felt rushed throughout the meal. If the restaurant can't accommodate a 9:15 seating, then don't offer that as an option on OpenTable. Also, both the salmon and the filet mignon we order were slightly overcooked.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We love to go to John's when we visit the city. Be sure to make a reservation and request the second floor seating. The clam chowder and prawn cocktail are to die for. Real sourdough and butter. The portions are generous. We split the porterhouse steak and it was still too much food. Will return to be sure!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Great location for a business lunch. Close proximity to convention center. Make reservation.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Had to wait a little after our reservation time but hung out at the bar and were seated quickly. The place was packed and ever table feels crammed in. We were a party of 5 and hardly had a big enough table for all entrees and sides.

That said, steaks were very well done and the service was great all around. Great location (Union Square) and great experience. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

The history of being in business for 110 years says it all. They serve classic comfort food without the frills. Generous portions of high quality steaks and fresh fish. The porterhouse is big enough to share and it's a bargain . The halibut filet must be half a pound compared to two bite sizes you get elsewhere. The service is outstanding.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Had a great Anniversary dinner on a very busy night as a major convention was in town and John’s Grill was full and lively. Excellent service, seated immediately and served Comp Champaign for our celebration and had a wonderful meal. Waitress was prompt, attentive and friendly and added to the the occasion. Will return again when visiting San Fran!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, People Watching, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

A San Francisco historic gem. Great service, drinks, and steaks. Never disappoints. Visit at earliest opportunity. Love it.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (Wilmington)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our first visit..... Overall, a good experience, but expected better. Food was tasty, but not spectacular. Although pleasant, the Server was slow or overloaded and not terribly attentive.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Very loud and lively, we like that. Good entertainment. More or a steal place not really seafood place. We were the last to be seated so i got a lot less seafood in my cioppino, which was disappointing, but it is obvious the food is good otherwise. The server was good but again we got there late, but the way i feel is i should get same service and same quality if i am paying same price or dont seat me. Husbands dinner was great

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Delicious , perfectly seasoned quality steaks. Professional service. Fantastic atmosphere . Locals and visitors keep this place packed after 110 years in business.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My sister and I had a nice lunch here. The fish entree was very good (and very generous portions). We both had a glass of wine (good pour). They serve sourdough bread also, which was delicious. This is an old restaurant that Dashiell Hammett use to frequent. The service was very good. Would recommend it!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Orlando)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Just an average steak at more than average cost, would not recommend.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were in the city for a concert and hadn't thought about dinner until that afternoon. I checked Open Table and saw the reviews for John's Grill. They were able to accommodate 6 of us for the time we needed. We were seated immediately and the service was fantastic. It was a perfect environment for six noisy ladies excited to be out. The wine was wonderful as was the food. We all split meals (which they actually did for us and served us our own plates) and the portions were big enough to make everyone happy. The atmosphere was fun and loud and high energy. Really fun for a group!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

It was a little loud but the food was great. The crab cocktail for our app was awesome. The lamb chops were very good. Friendly staff.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

We had a “Great Experience” being from out of state and first time visitor. The food was delicious.

Tags: Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great dining experience. The red snapper and rib eye steak were cooked to perfection. Very good service. Wine list very reasonable. The atmosphere dating back to the last century completes your experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Our favorite spot in Union Sq. Great atmosphere and excellent service . We enjoy the classic menu . Quality steaks and fresh fish are the staples that continue to bring the crowds in. The bartender makes awesome martinis.

Tags: People Watching
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Nice atmosphere but the food was lacking. I ordered the fresh red snapper and it literally came to the table in less than 3 minutes.... did not taste fresh nor could not have been freshly grilled. Was overdone and less than desirable.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2017

Classic, long time SFO establishment. First came here 35 years ago and it's as good now as it was then.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Have eaten at John’s Grill on 4 occasions mostly for dinner after going to the theater. My favorite meal is the chilean sea bass. John.s brand of wine, particularly their Cabernet, is excellent. The service is also really excellent and very attentive. Great place to eat and I highly recommend it

Tags: Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 30, 2017

I heard about the steak and ordered a Steak Sandwich rare. Perfect! I did miss out on I forgot my leftovers, but my friends cheeseburger was as ordered and the fries were perfect - nice and crispy. The wait staff were polite and attentive. I did see about six other things I wanted to try, so I am planning on returning, although it is a bit far for lunch, I just need a slightly longer lunch hour. ahhh -- I love dining in The City.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

If you want to take in the historic atmosphere, go there for a drink and leave. Don't bother with the food. The "Chef's Special Red Snapper" served with shrimp, Dungeness crab, mushrooms and lemon cream was awful. The shrimp was clearly frozen mini shrimps (the same mushy mini shrimps appeared on the house salad), the crab tasted canned and the sauce was a light gray paste. the vegetables were sparse and barely warm. The baked potato looked and tasted like it was on a steam table for hours and hours. The other dish ordered was the Grilled Red Snapper with lemon butter sauce. It did not appear to be grilled and came swimming in an ocean of butter sauce. The same vegetables and baked potato as the other dish and just as bad. This is not fine or even good dining. It was New Jersey diner food at three times the price. Will never recommend or return.

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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.

Tags: People Watching
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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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