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.View Private Dining Details
Been coming here for ages. Just as good as ever. Please don't change a thing.
I go to John's Grill every time I am in San Francisco. I have brought family and friends and business associates. The staff is friendly and attentive. The food is incredible. The atmosphere is charming. It is the San Francisco of my heart and takes me to a safe and happy place.
One of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Ana amazing experience and amazing food.
Tender, high quality steaks. Very good service. Sides are included without having to pay $10 extra for a potato and $10 for fresh veggies , so very good value . The atmosphere is so classic. There cheesecake is over the top and enough for 2.
John's Grill is one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco. Great food and drinks, plus live piano music at dinner. All with excellent service.
We wanted an old San Francisco establishment with the old SF ambiance. The food, service (Jose), & atmosphere were absolutely wonderful!!!! My husband is an east coaster seafood lover & felt his dinner was the best prepared seafood he has ever had. Our waiter was wonderfully attentive...great job Jose!!
We will definitely be going back next time in SF!!
The steak was fine but not great. The cioppino was adequate. I anticipated better.
John's Grill is a true GM in the heart of the Union Square section of San Francisco. The history is amazing dating back to 1908 and it's inclusion in the Maltese Falcon. Excellent food and service!
Absolutely a great experience. They are celebrating there 110th year in business and are as popular as ever. We shared delicious mussels and a tender porterhouse steak. The service is professional and the wine list reasonable .
Lamb chops were superb. Loved the old school SF vibe.
This restaurant had it all- great atmosphere, great food and great service/staff! Wonderful dinner for our last night visiting in San Francisco!
You guys are the BEST of the best!
I love recommending you EVERY DAY!
I wanted to like this historic restaurant, but that didn't happen. I ordered the Oysters Wellington, and it turned out to be three puff pastries filled with some kind of spinachy, mushroomy mush. The mussels appetizer had a very tasty broth, though the mussels were all overcooked. I can't really get too upset about the poor, homeless person who fell down in the entryway and violently pounded on the door and the window next to us until taken out - the area is challenging, and the restaurant staff did the best they could.
This place was a nice throw back. I would say it seemed to be a local place it had character.
Service was good our waitress was spot on. The place has white table cloths and they put white paper on them to help save the linen. My wife had a dirty fork and there was a guy playing guitar to programmed music it was a little strange because he did not exactly play in tune or key that the other music was in. It was entertaining as he jammed away in his own way.
Food was okay. Escargot and bread app was fine not sure if I ate canned escargot though but it was tasty especially to dip the bread in the sauce. I had a steak it was delicious but not great but what I expected along with a baked potato and fresh green beans and a carrot very fresh and crispy. My wife had chicken with artichokes that was bland and we had the Roquefort salad that she did not like for a place to label it’s self a seafood place I did not expect to see baby brine shrimp on the salad I was thinking it would be better presentation with a couple of 16/20 shrimp but that’s just me. A defiantly a nostalgic place I would recommend the steak that’s all I can vouch for.
Classic old steak grill with good seafood as well. Packed and noisy but fun. Two of our meals were excellent (salmon and ribeye), two had porterhouse which was OK but not great. Service was attentive without being intrusive. A perfect place for us as visitors to take the folks we were visiting out for a treat.
waiter was in such a hurry to turn the table that we didnt have an opportunity to order a bottle of wine with dinner. food was good. met some new people at the table next to us - tables are very close together.
An excellent menu, featuring basic steak and potatoes type food. The food was very good, but not outstanding. Similarly the service. It was Saturday night and the place was full. There was live music, but it was hard to hear over the restaurant noise. I do expect to return regularly.
"Comfort food" and "special occasion" don't exactly cover it for me. John's Grill is a shrine, eating there an iconic experience for this native San Franciscan. By the time you've made it through the classic, no-nonsense starters and entrees, to the cheesecake and Irish coffee, you've left your pretensions out on Ellis Street.
A bit of a tourist trap but fun to see all the photos.
John's never disappoints. They over-cooked my steak and had a new one to me before my colleagues had gotten a bite in, with apologies. (I've eaten here many times, never has happened before.) When served to taste, it was delicious, and the wine menu has lots of nice choices after a well made before dinner drink.
If you want old-school San Francisco, this is it! Definitely cozy---pretty tight surroundings. Service was great---very friendly and on it! We were difficult customers as we brought a new-born with a huge stroller. They took it all in stride, collapsed the stroller, whisked it into the back room, gave us a booth for four on a busy night. All with a welcoming smile. Got Grandma her martini on the immediate. "Baby slept through the whole event." I will be a return customer!
Fresh, tasty seafood and great service. Everyone is very accommodating.
A famous restaurant certainly lived up to its reputation. Chef's Special red snapper was a great choice.
Loved the fried oysters they were cooked perfectly. The staff is always the highest standard of professionalism and attentiveness. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Seafood was fresh and tasty. It was noisy but ok with me since I was dining alone. Good wines.
Service was outstanding. Menu is superior with enough great choices to please the most pickeyunish of eaters.
It was between Johns and Morton's and I chose Johns because of the history. From the time we walked in my gut told me this was a mistake. When we sat down the Staff behind the bar was talkin smack with some local. No big deal but I found it loud a bit unprofessional for my liking, especially at an old SFO dining establishment and on a date with my wife. The dining room had a funny/off smell to the place. Service was fine. Waiter was good enough but certainly not someone I would remember or ask to be seated at his station. I liked the nostalgia and history of the place. Walked around to the two upstairs dining rooms. Very nice ambiance upstairs.
My wife and I ordered the King of Steaks, the Porterhouse. With the long history of this place I was expecting to be knocked out with what we ordered...
One Word. Horrible. My wife and i were shocked. Thought about making a scene and sending it back but as they say, "you never get a second chance to make a good first impression" and I really did not want to get into it after a long day at the office. Just a bad experience. The peppercorn and Bearnaise sauce we ordered on the side tasted like they either came out of a can or were powdered mixes. I have done better at home. Much better. Shame on the chef who served this slop! really that bad... Very disappointed.
Our medium to medium rare cooked "Porterhouse" was pink in the middle and looked to be cooked properly. However on the first and subsequent bites the meat was dry, no moisture or juice AT ALL! It was thin, 1/2" at best, and tasteless. I'm a steak guy. Tried a lot of different places. I really thought this would be awesome. Very very poor cut of meat at these prices. For $40.00 I'd probably just go to my local market, get just shy of a
2"" cut and cook my own.
Our experience was Not worth it and we will never be back or recommend this to our friends. So sad for what was most likely a really great place to dine and enjoy a fabulous steak in it's day.
Really enjoyed our dinner. The dinning room downstairs was a little chilly and loud. But still enjoyed our meal.
A wonderful old San Francisco establishment with so much to offer! The food was excellent, great service, and we truly enjoyed the live piano player who seemed to play through most of our dining. Add to that the elegant, comfortable decor and the Maltese Falcon, and you can't lose!
Great food and excellent service. Four of us ordered 3 different steak meals and a salmon dish. Everyone enjoyed their entree. The waiter was attentive and helpful with the menu.
There is a real "San Francisco" traditional feel to the restaurant.
I've done romantic and client events at John's Grill. Each event was well received by my guests.
John’s Grill is a historic restaurant and fun to see. The service was wonderful but the tables are very close together and so it is definitely not a quiet intimate dining experience if that’s what you’re looking for. The food is good (the steaks were cooked to perfection) but very basic. If you’re looking for a loaded baked potato, this isn’t the place. The salads were great and the cocktails were delicious and definitely not weak. Overall a good experience. We would go back again.
We are returning customers. Request a table upstairs it isn't nearly as noisy. Seems to be a hot spot for locals which always tells you the food must be good. Clam chowder is to die for!
Gotta love the historic John's Grill for that New York-style ambiance, food, and interest. Still one of my favorite restaurants in the city.
I always love going to John's. The SF feel is great and the food is very good. I always like the service and location. It is across the street fro a garage and makes it easy to park eat and shop.
Great place for a business lunch. Our waiter was great. My client likes oysters on the half shell they normally have at dinner only. He made a special request. I’ll definitely be back the next time I’m in SF.
The John's Bone In New York steak was of very poor quality which was a great disappointment although the Sea bass was quite good. The Pomegranate Cosmo was unique and very tasty but seemed a bit pricey at $14.
Ambiance was nice, music was a Jazz guitarist and not too loud. We were celebrating our 35 year anniversary so all in all the experience was a bit off due to the total cost being $156 for 2 and the steak being so bad.
Food and service was excellent and the atmosphere was very cool and nostalgic! Went for my wife’s birthday and was treated unbelievably good, very impressed!
This is an historic restaurant just off Union Square and walking distance from the end of the Powell Street/Hyde Street trolley. I've only eaten lunch here, so I haven't had a chance to try out the dinner menu. There are photos all throughout the restaurant of famous people who have eaten here. It is worth visiting at least once just to experience an old classic place. The décor is probably the same as it's always been, although I really enjoy that sort of thing. It was a chilly day when we ate there and we chose a spot by the window, although that may not have been a good choice. It was quite chilly in the restaurant. Our server was appropriately attentive for the lunch hour, although he had my order incorrect at first, but switched it right away. I had the crab Louie salad, which had a generous portion of chunky crab pieces with delicious dressing. I would come back here for that alone. My husband had a toasted sandwich which he said was really good, although I was so engrossed in my salad, I don't remember what kind he had. By the time we left, which was around 1:00 p.m. or so, the place was quite busy with what seemed like local clientele. Worth a visit, especially if you would like to experience a bit of history as well as have good food.
Old school San Francisco restaurant. It's small, it's crowded, it's loud and bustling. Great value as the entrees off the grill come with vegetables and a baked potato. Friendly servers. Reservations are recommended. We had the New York steak, salmon, and the jumbo prawns. All were good.
A San Francisco classic with the Maltese Falcon thrown in! Good American Food.