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John's Grill

4.3
4093 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
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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!!!
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Steak, Seafood
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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.)
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Phone number
(415) 986-0069
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mauricio Sibrian
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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.
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Cross street
Powell Street
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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.
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Public transit
BART / MUNI at Powell Street Station
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Entertainment
There is live jazz nightly in the upper level dining room.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact john@johnsgrill.com
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Historic John's Grill a landmark restaurant established in 1908 offers private dining rooms for 20 - 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.

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What 4093 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 11 hours ago

Loved it!!! Lamb chops were fantastic my wife’s filet was perfect...

We will go back plus recommend to friends when traveling to San Francisco..

Cheers

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Everything was fantastic. Great steak

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

excellent as always

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

They seem to cater to tourists. They gave us a crappy little table upstairs that couldn’t even hold the meal water and bread. The hostess was rude. I asked her for a better table and she was like Ho back downstairs and ask them. The food came out cold.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Real food for real people. Steak and potatoes. Good service

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our last night in San Francisco, we wanted a special dinner. We had eaten at John’s earlier during our trip. Lobster bisque was wonderful. Two of us had the surf and turf - it was excellent! Steak was huge, shrimp delicious. The others had ribeye and NY steak. We all agreed it was the best meal of our trip. None of us had room for dessert. We will definitely go back to John’s on our next SF trip.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

This place will never go out of style. It's 110 years old and has the coolest feeling . Lamb chops are delicious and plentiful. The service is great.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

I'm a native Bay Area gal who lived and went to Collage in SF, worked up the street from this place,....and now live in Sonoma County. We were excited to check out the famous John's Grill!! We felt the place was everything we wanted, our server was attentive, our first two dishes, the Lobster Bisque was outstanding, house salad was perfect and John's wine by the bottle was smooth,...but, we shared one of the John's steaks, which was mostly tough and not edible. By the time the wait person checked in we had attempted to eat about 1/3, some bites good, a few perfect, but the rest was chewy and tough. Normally, one would send it back, but the timing was strange. At this point we were not hungry after all that time gone by. The waiter asked what we wanted him to do, which my husband replied, "That is up to the house to decide." We were not charged for our salad and bisque, but still charged for the steak and wine. It was uncomfortable. We paid, left a tip as if it were the full order, (after all it is not the server's fault for the chewy steak), but it is strange the way he was terse towards us towards the end.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

I booked this restaurant because it was close to Parc 55 and the RSA conference in the City. Glad that I booked it ahead of time on OpenTable. There was a line so long. Had a reservation for 8:30 p.m. and finally got seated at 9 p.m. We were done with dinner by 10:15 p.m. Great service! I ate the roquefort salad with shrimp and filet mignon. Excellent choice! Thank you!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was great. Busy place. Food and service excellent

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Amazing from start to finish... great wine.. stuffed @$100pp all in

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very solid old time place ala Sam's, Tadich.
Rib Eye is good; cooked as ordered. Probably choice NOT prime.
Sea Bass excellent; cooked to order portion so so for price..
$15 for call bourbon pretty steep for a old time no pretense place.

Service very good. Would come again

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We had a reservation. Were seated promptly upon arrival. Waiter was knowledgeable.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Although it was incredible noisy on the 2nd floor, we enjoyed our diner at John's Grill. Food was very good, either was the service. Good location for eating fish, not for a in depth conversation.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Outstanding food! We were only on San Fran for 1 night and so glad we picked Johns Grill. The Filet Mignon was probably the nicest steak I’ve ever tasted. We had the cheesecake and pecan pie for dessert - unreal! And I even got my boyfriend to try escargot! Perfect date night spot.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

As usual had a wonderful meal, as did all of our party. The food is very good, well worth the price. The ambience is outstanding and it's a great deal of fun to eat here. Also you can eat leisurely, make an evening of it without being rushed. Particularly want to mention the wait staff. They are friendly, professional, very understanding and patient with multiple questions and special requests. If you've never been to John's I urge you to try it.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was really good and fresh!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great food! Love John's! We didn't have a good table; upstairs by the bar/kitchen but we made the best of it. Its hard to beat Johns!!!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Food was average at best. My husband and I both had steaks, not much flavor and no seasoning. Tables are close, which is ok if you enjoy listening to someone else's conversation. Service was good and to the point.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Very good food, service was excellent . Would highly recommend to anyone

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

very nice place for Easter dinner. the food was good, the service good, easy parking. lost my glasses there but they weren’t turned in 😢. this out a damper on the experience...

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We were in SF after over a week of food and wine in the Bay Area and were heading out of SFO the next morning, looking for some comfort food for my birthday. Our server was friendly and knew the menu well, and we had a nice, cozy table. Our tweens were not treated like children or adults, which was great. Our steaks were very good (and I am from Omaha, where steaks are the ONLY good thing, other than corn on the cob). We live in Chicago and have access to lots of good food, but for comfort food, we were pretty happy with John's Grill, although a bit expensive. Would have been nice had they recognized my birthday, but we forgive and will go back next time we are in SF.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Amazing food. Great selection something for everybody. Fantastic drinks will definitely be back

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Tasty lobster ravioli, steaks cooked to perfection. Reasonable prices for top quality. Very good service. Each level has its own landmark qualities.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Food was warm in temperature at best.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

John's is our go-to place when we downtown.

The food is very good, consistent comfort food. The service has always been good when we've been there. The food is served quickly and they know how to cook a steak.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

This place kinda felt dirty to me and run down. I get it's an older restaurant, but so is Tadich Grill, but Tadich is way nicer.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Very delicious!

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

The food was great here! If you want a quieter environment I would recommend waiting for a table downstairs - we sat up stairs and it was pretty loud - the service was great and the live music was a plus

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great food and history. This little gem has a ton of atmosphere.
Kind of old school.
The steaks were tender and flavorful. Our waiter was such a gentlemen with a great personality.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great all around experience. Lamb chops are over the top and plentiful. Service is professional . Reasonable prices. Gem of a building.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Love the service a little expensive.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Food is delicious Lunch prices reasonable. I’m extremely happy with my recent visits.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Be sure you go to John's Grill hungry because the portions are huge , fresh, high quality and steaks cooked to perfection. They are celebrating there 110th year in biz and you can see why. It's all about the food , ambiance and service being enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

The variety of food was great for accommodating the tastes of our bigger group.
We needed a quieter corner so we could discuss some business and that was easily handled.
Great food, great ambiance, great service.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Classic old time San Franciscan restaurant. Excellent steaks and wine list.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

料理、サービスは良かった。ちょっとバーカウンター近くてうるさかった

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

der Service war mäßig. Das Essen sehr schlecht. Wir hatten Rib-eye Steak und Muscheln. So schlecht haben wir schon lange nicht mehr gegessen.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Very classic. Large high quality portions . Professional service. Great landmark atmosphere. Nice mix of locals and visitors enjoying the 110 year old experience .

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Our server was great, there just aren't enough of them. They're working too many tables and always in a hurry.

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