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63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207 (Downtown)
415-986-0069
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Ranked #590 of 5,012 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $30 - $40
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Neighborhood:
Union Square
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Powell Street
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Boulder
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I I would recommend John's Grill.f you would like to go to a restaurant in San Francisco where there is City ambiance and great food, wine, Tables are close to each other...not romantic but fun and energetic!

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Berkeley, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

Old style San Francisco restaurant severing many fish dishes as well as beef. Much memorabilia from the movie, the Maltese Falcon. Every available space has a table and the noise level is quite high. The food is always very good to excellent (Lobster Ravioli, Caesar Salad and Halibut). Service is excellent; timely but not cloying.

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We ordered shrimp, halibut and steak - all three dishes met expectations. Will go again when in town.

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Walnut Creek, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

John's Grill is a San Francisco tradition. I have been dining there since the 1960s. It had two entrances then, one on Market Street, and one off of Ellis which is the current entrance. Of course it's known as the home of "The Maltese Falcon" from Dashiell Hammett's Sam Spade movie, but the real reason to go there is the... More 

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Gold Coast , Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 via mobile

Dined here with my wife , food is good, service was excellent walked in no reservation 10 min wait at the bar, steak was cooked medium rare as requested and the pepper sauce was full of pepper as it should be, good wine list, not huge but sufficient , we would go back as the menu has plenty of variety.

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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Heard good enough reviews from friends but felt was just average. Seating was very cramped. Wait staff attentive. The rib eye was thin and very fatty even though it was flavorful. Partners declared the filet and sea bass also well served though I would not have cared for all the sauce on the sea bass. A pet peeve is to... More 

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Felton, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Whenever we're in the City, we try to eat at least once at John's. Truthfully, from the outside, it doesn't have all the glitz and glamor that define a lot of the restaurants nowadays; however, it's a San Francisco "original". Once you walk in, you're immediately transported back to a time when restaurants were built for "the locals" -- dark... More 

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California
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85 reviews 85 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

Loved the atmosphere in this, star pictures on the wall. Service was great and my wife loved her prawn dish. I am a steak guy and ordered the ribeye. Price is high but normal for San Francisco. Ribeye was thin, little marbling and to be honest the ribeyes at Outback are better.

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North Dakota
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This is a San Francisco classic. Both seafood and steaks are amazing. We had a long wait for a Saturday night, but the food was worth the wait

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Lanark, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Had a nice meal at Johns grill was our first night in San Francisco so we were both tired . Nice ambiance and nice food worth visiting while in town

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Additional Information about John's Grill

Address: 63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207
Phone Number: 415-986-0069
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
Cuisine: American, Seafood, Steakhouse

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