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John's Grill

63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207 (Downtown)
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Ranked #561 of 4,946 Restaurants in San Francisco
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Price range: $30 - $40
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Powell Street
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69 reviews 69 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

After reading good reviews we decided to eat here, we were not disappointed. Very good food and friendly helpful staff. A little pricey but most good places are. My husband loved the steak and I enjoyed the salmon, we had no room for dessert. Well worth a visit.

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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193 reviews 193 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My wife and I enjoyed a decent evening meal here during our summer visit to San Francisco. It has quite a bit of seating capacity on several levels and the attentive staff go out of their way to make you feel at home. There is a good selection of steaks and seafood on the menu which is fairly extensive. A... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This San Francisco historical landmark in the heart of the city has been serving up an excellent food since 1906. Not only celebrity sightings and the homey atmosphere but the staff was friendly and attentive and the food excellent. They have the best steaks around.

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Singapore, Singapore
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179 reviews 179 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

My colleague enjoyed his jumbo prawns and said his choice was delicious, while another found his broiled salmon way too dry. The latter was given a replacement, which was much better. I found that my grilled red snapper to be too much butter. The total bill (excluding drinks) came to US$105.00.

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16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We ate here on our first night in San Francisco. We were exhausted from the long flight, and just wanted something nice to eat for our dinner, near our hotel on Union Square. We stumbled across John's Steakhouse, a few blocks away. To our amusement, a couple who had travelled all the way from Ireland on the same flights as... More

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Sippy Downs, Australia
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4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We read a lot of the reviews prior to deciding to try it for ourselves. This restaurant is an icon in San Francisco. We were lucky to secure a table downstairs, the food, cocktails and staff were all fabulous. My husband's steak was cooked to perfection and my seafood dish was just right. Large list of cocktails and glorious desserts.... More

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Long Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Food is good. Service is above average too. But this is San Francisco and I have to lift the bar a tad higher. For the amount of money I spent I expected better in quality of food. Portions are just nice. Services are friendly. Jazz music during dinner is a nice touch. Ambience is deep in history but... That's all.

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San Antonio, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I would come back to SF to John's Grill and order a John's Steak for the tendons for my knee. The Maltese Falcon and atmosphere were cool. Personally I would pass on this restaurant...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Recommended highly by our concierge, we were seated promptly, though it was a squeeze. The waitstaff was quite good, as was the food. We were 'on the fence' though, settled upward by rating it 'very good'. Clearly John's Grill has many positive attributes enjoyed.

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Mt. Cobb, Pennsylvania
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158 reviews 158 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Stopped in for lunch before getting in line for our cable car ride around the corner. Yet another SF restaurant that is like stepping back in time. Nice atmosphere and good service. My broiled salmon was done perfectly and the mashed potatos were homemade. The veggies were just OK. My wife had the Jack LaLaine salad. Primarily because it had... More

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