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63 Ellis St, San Francisco, CA 94102-2207 (Downtown)
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Ranked #592 of 5,039 Restaurants in San Francisco
Price range: $30 - $40
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

I just happened upon this restaurant while visiting SF. Enjoyed a nice salad for lunch at a reasonable cost. This place opened in 1908 and is featured in Dashell Hasmlet stories. There is an upstairs room devoted to the Dashell Hasmett society. Nice atmosphere throughout with many framed B&W pics of celebs and noted SF people. Just a quick walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Loved it! In a tall building with multiple levels . They accomidated 20 people with no problem and I have never seen food come out so fast as this restaurant!

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San Diego, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

First time here, the night before New Year's Eve. Our party was 4 adults and 3 kids. We did not make a reservation, came in around 9:00pm and we were seated in no time. Place has old decor, low ambiance light and live jazz music by solo musician. So Atmosphere was perfect for the occasion. We ordered Rib-Eye steaks and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Went to Johns on a concierge reccomend. Small cramped restaurant, but very common in San Francisco. Arrived at 9 on Friday so no wait. Service was average and rib eye disappointing. All I could think was it was similar to a inexpensive grocery store cut of meat. Thin, grizzly, poor taste, nothing special at all. Lots of other choices in... More 

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Decorah, Iowa, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had a dinner out here this week. We had reservations for a romantic dinner because it was my birthday. This establishment is extremely loud and not romantic at all. The tables are only a few inches apart so you feel like you were dining with everybody. The food was out with in minutes in the service... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

John's Grill had good reviews when I read them and since I was staying around the corner, I thought it would be a solid choice. I sat at the bar and had a beer. Could not have even been 12 oz in size but I wasn't there for the beer. I asked my server about the most popular choices and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

It's cramped, it's busy and it's a taste of old time SF. We tried the Petrale Sole which was very good. The wine list is good and the bread is really good. Worth a try.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is one of my most favorite restaurants. We took the cable car down to Ellis Street where this restaurant is located. It is a little hole in the wall kind of restaurant that is very well known and serves excellent food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I loved San Francisco, I spent hours and hours walking on its streets the whole morning. When we got hungry, I turned my sight and read this neon lighted John's Grill sign and asked myself, how about that place, my wife agreed and BANG, inside we realized that restaurant was an icon in San Francisco. One of the oldest, actually.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Ordered salad and mussels. The salad was OK but the some of the mussels smelled very weird and none was fresh. It's also way overpriced. The only aspects that brought up my experience were the service and the ambience/ music.

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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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